Friday, May 14, 2010

Why Are We In Afghanistan


1. The DVD “Why Are We in Afghanistan?”, written by Mike Zweig of U.S. Labor Against the War, mentioned in a HAW mailing this past winter, is getting some strong endorsements (e.g., from the union representing faculty and staff in the New York State public university system) as well as winning the Studs Terkel Prize for Media and Journalism from the Working Class Studies Association. Both the full 28-minute version and a condensed 11-minute version can be seen on the web site, which also has a link to a teacher guide and information on ordering the DVD.

2. A HAW-initiated session on the "Long War" has been accepted for the January 2011 AHA convention in Boston. Staughton Lynd proposed the session, which will also include Andrew Bacevich, Herbert Bix, and Carl Mirra.

Recent Articles of Interest

The Ghosts of Gandamark"
By William Dalrymple, New York Times, posted May 9
Lessons from the First Anglo-Afghan War (1839-42); the author is writing a book on that war

"Why Faisal Shahzad Bombed Times Square"
By Pervez Hoodbhoy, Z-Net, posted May 8

"The Bomb: Howard Zinn's Last Call to Rebel Against War"
By Jonah Raskin, Z-Net, posted May 8 (originally in the Rag Blog)

"The Downward Slope of Empire: Talking with Chalmers Johnson"
By Harry Kriesler,, posted May 6

"Blood or Treasure: Obama's Crucial Choice in the Middle East"
By Ira Chernus,, posted May 6

"Can the US Triumph in the Drug-Addicted War in Afghanistan?: Opium, the CIA and the Karzai Administration"
By Peter Dale Scott, Z-Net, posted May 5 (originally in the Asia-Pacific Journal)

"American Mistakes in Afghanistan and Iraq"
By Deepak Tripathi, History News Network, posted May 3

"'We're Summoning Our Forces...': May Day & SDS & SNCC Jubilee"
By Peter Linebaugh,, posted April 30
The author teaches history at the University of Toledo

"The Pentagon Book Club"
By Nick Turse, The Nation, May 17 issue, posted April 29

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