Category: History

Richard Falk: Richard Falk: ‘History is on the side of the Palestinians’

“Apartheid, annexation, mass displacement and collective punishment have become core policies of the state of Israel.” Such a clear and uncompromising statement may be unusual for a high-flying academic and former top UN official, but it is typical of Richard Falk. With his tall, spare frame, neatly trimmed white beard and quiet, scholarly demeanour, Falk Read more…

Jonathan Cook: Israel’s bogus history lesson

Faced with Israel’s zero-sum policies and diplomacy, Palestinians have grown increasingly anxious about the future

Jaskiran Dhillon: Dismantling Columbus and the Power of the Present

Interrogating Columbus Day is a key opportunity to think critically about current injustices that are anchored to the past in direct and substantial ways

Bill Bigelow: Support Indigenous Rights: Abolish Columbus Day

If we are sincere in our claim that all lives have value, then schools need to refuse to honor the first European colonialist of the Americas, the “father of the slave trade”

Kim Scipes: The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration

A review of The American War in Vietnam: Crime or Commemoration, by John Marciano

Michael Ansara: The lousy reason I didn’t vote in 1968 — and why Sanders supporters shouldn’t fall for it

I thought there was no difference between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. I was wrong.

Jefferson Morley: More Proof the U.S. National Anthem Has Always Been Tainted With Racism

If we truly aspire to be the land of the free and the home of the brave, we should be able to examine the real history of “The Star-Spangled Banner”

John Feffer: YOLO Economics

The economy, we have been taught, is a cat with considerably more than nine lives. The bottom might drop out of the stock market, but it will rebound — again and again. The Chinese were on top of the world, economically, for a thousand years or more, but then the colonial powers cut the country Read more…

David Swanson: Who Killed the People of California? Should Kaepernick Protest His Uniform?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been given much deserved credit for protesting racism by sitting out the Star Spangled Banner, which not only glorifies war (which everyone, including Kaepernick is totally cool with) but also includes racism in an unsung verse and was written by a racist slave owner whose earlier version had Read more…

Marta Harnecker: The best homage we can pay Fidel: look outward together in the same direction

The maximum social forces had to be united to overthrow the dictatorship. That meant uniting not only the revolutionary classes and sectors, but also the reformist sectors and even those reactionary sectors that had even the slightest contradiction with Batista

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