Tag Archive: war

Ken Burns’ “Vietnam” Lacks Critical Consciousness

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By S. Brian Willson (September 29, 2017) I am interested in history, and recognize the importance of story telling as part of the process of understanding people’s history. But it is important as well to distinguish between the art of story telling, and the critical historical analysis of structural patterns and causes. US policy in Viet Nam is well established…
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The Grotesque Immorality of the US War Against Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia

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By S. Brian Willson (September 10, 2017) If the Burns-Novick 18 hour, 10 part PBS Series is to be an authentic revisiting the US War, then brutal honesty is necessary, which would certainly prevent such a pubic airing funded by US corporate monies. As a Viet Nam veteran, I know the kinds of pain and suffering incurred by over three…
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Trump Staff Changes Signal Growing Authoritarian Threat

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By Alexander Reid Ross (July 28, 2017) The evening after the Boy Scouts of America issued a public apology for Donald Trump’s behavior, his new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, went on a profanity laced rampage against the chief of staff, Reince Priebus. Instead of disciplining Scaramuci, Trump accepted Priebus’s resignation, hiring up a general from the Southern Command to fill…
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Is a youth driven mass movement possible today?

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By Mark Rudd (May 16, 2017) My friend, Glenn Silber, a filmmaker in Santa Fe, is currently screening his 1979 gem, “The War at Home,” which tells the story of the anti-Vietnam War movement in Madison, WI, from 1963 to 1970. I attended the opening showing on May 5, as well as an earlier screening at University of New Mexico,…
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The Global War At Our Doorstep

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By Joseph Orosco (May 10, 2017) A new report from the International Institute for Strategic Studies claims that Mexico is the second largest conflict zone behind Syria in 2016.  Some 50,000 people died in the Syrian conflict in 2016.  In Mexico, some 23,000 people were killed in one year as a result of drug cartel violence (that’s more than the…
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How Should Peace Activists Think About Chemical Weapons?

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By Chris Lowe (April 9, 2017) A question for peace and anti-war and international law oriented friends: As I have been thinking about the recent episodes in Syria of the apparent sarin gas attack by the Syrian government and the U.S. bombing in response, I have started to wonder about the way we, or at least the media, talk about…
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Trump’s Syrian Strike Has No Visible Strategic Goal

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By Marc Cooper (April 6, 2017) Purely for domestic consumption and with the usual unforeseen consequences. One consequence for sure: This “retaliatory” strike will do absolutely nothing to stop or resolve the war in Syria. It MIGHT be the beginning of a deeper American intervention in days to come but, frankly, I doubt it. And as horrific as the gas…
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King’s Riverside Speech the Origin Story of the American Left

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By Mark Rudd (April 4, 2017) Today is April 4, the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. M.L. King Jr’s historic speech at Riverside Church in NYC in which he broke his long silence on Vietnam and made the crucial link between militarism and poverty and racism. I consider this the left’s origin speech. It’s who we are, what we stand for….
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The Weight of It All

  WE are Responsible for Millions of Casualties By S. Brian Willson (February 1, 2016)