Category: History

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Andrew J. Bacevich: The Decay of American Politics

The thicket of unreality that is American politics has now become all-enveloping

Nicholas Buccola: What is My Duty as a Progressive Voter?

Frederick Douglass grappled with a similar dilemma one hundred and sixty years ago

Tom Anderson: Bikini islanders still deal with fallout of US nuclear tests, 70 years later

In 1946, French fashion designer Jacques Heim released a woman’s swimsuit he called the “Atome” (French for “atom”) – a name selected to suggest its design would be as shocking to people that summer as the atomic bombings of Japan had been the summer before. Not to be outdone, competitor Louis Réard raised the stakes, Read more…

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Juan Cole: Rep. Stephen King, White People and ‘Civilization’

Rep. Stephen King objected to a comment during a cable news discussion at MSNBC that this will be the last election dominated by old white people. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) offered an unusual defense of the racial homogeneity of his party during a panel on MSNBC Monday evening. The group, led by Chris Hayes, was Read more…

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Bill Bigelow: Rethinking the 4th of July

In Portland, Oregon, where I live, the 4th of July holiday offers an excuse for a wonderful annual blues festival in Waterfront Park downtown. Unfortunately, in my neighborhood, it also provides cover for people to blow off fireworks that terrify young children and animals, and that turn the air thick with smoke and errant projectiles. Read more…

Mike King: The “Free State of Jones” in Trump’s America: Freedom Beyond White Imagination

“[H]istory is literally present in all that we do. It could scarcely be otherwise, since it is to history that we owe our frames of reference, our identities, and our aspirations. And it is with great pain and terror that… one begins to assess the history which has placed one where one is, and formed Read more…

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Paul Street: Miranda, Obama, and Hamilton: an Orwellian Ménage à Trois for the Neoliberal Age

Miranda’s Hamilton is in this sense a perfect cultural wrap up to the ugly neoliberal Obama years. It is a brilliant ahistorical monument to Orwellian, fake-progressive bourgeois identity politics

Adam Sanchez: What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don’t Ask Your Textbook

In classrooms across the country, guided by the official textbooks and curricula, students learn a version of the Civil Rights Movement that leaves its lessons in the past

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Robert Fisk: If a US court acknowledges the Armenian genocide, the Government must follow suit

Incirlik is America’s forward air base in Turkey, take-off point for the US air battle against Isis. But in less than two months, a group of Armenians, all descendants of the 1915 genocide of one-and-a-half-million Christians massacred by Ottoman Turkey, will claim in a US court that the land on which America’s jets take off Read more…

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Richard Falk: A Moral Revolution? Reflections on President Obama’s Visit to Hiroshima

The whole idea of impunity for the victors and capital punishment for the losers is morally regressive

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