More than three decades ago, my aunt Hilda wrote an account of her father’s voyage to and life in America for my daughter to read “someday.” She began it this way: “Your great grandfather, Moore Engelhardt, a boy of 16, arrived in New York from Europe in March 1888. It was during the famous blizzard and after a sea voyage of about 30 days. He had no money. He
Rebuffing US Erdoğan says Turkey will not step back from Afrin operation, “We will take control of Afrin, as we did in the Syrian towns of Jarabulus, al-Rai and al-Bab” – Daily Sabah
Erdogan slams US and allies for sending “planeloads of arms” to “terrorists” ahead of emergency UN session – Zero Hedge
Erdogan says he secured a go-ahead for the Afrin campaign from Russia, “We discussed this with our Russian friends, we have an agreement with them” – swissinfo.ch
VIDEO (English subtitles): Erdogan warns to the USA saying don’t interfere our operation, otherwise your soldiers also would be killed in these land – YouTube
By Dave Lindorff
The mainstream US media, when it comes to the idea of talks between the governments of North and South Korea, are focused on the idea that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is trying to drive a wedge between the Republic of Korea and the United States. No doubt that is true, but this focus misses a major part of the story.
On January 6, 1941, at the edge of what would become a terrible global war, Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed Congress and spoke of a better future “founded upon four essential human freedoms.” These were, as he saw it, freedom of speech and expression, freedom
Honestly, how many times in your life have you ever run across a headline like this: “Top general says he would resist ‘illegal’ nuke order from Trump”? That was Air Force General John Hyten, head of the U.S. Strategic Command, the present commander of
World Beyond War joins with Just World Educational in promoting Earth Day events for on or about April 22, 2018, that will challenge the greatest destroyer of the earth: the war industry.
World Beyond War’s Coordinating Committee member Gar Smith has edited the anthology, The War and Environment Reader, which makes an excellent guide to this issue.
Here are some preliminary ideas from Just World Educational:
- Work with you or others you might suggest to organize one or more dedicated “War Hurts Earth” events in your community.
- Plan good outreach to local media so that the fact and content of these events get well covered—and also, contribute Opinion pieces or Letters to the Editor around these issues to local or national media.
- Create and make freely available a basic fact-sheet providing data on issues like the contribution the Pentagon makes to carbon emissions, the number of acres deforested during the US-Vietnam War, etc.
- Create and make freely available a series of graphic images (such as the above one), that people can use in their publicity.
- Work with Just World Books to make discounted copies of The War and Environment Reader or other print resources available for sale at your events.
- Help out with networking in communities nationwide, to maximize engagement with your local initiatives.
Here are some resources from World Beyond War:
Work with or form
The new poor people’s campaign should get every ounce of support we can find and generate. I say that without the qualifications and caveats I would usually include, because the Poor People’s Campaign is doing something that may not be strictly unprecedented in U.S. history but is certainly extremely rare in recent decades. It’s pursuing a worthy noble goal, that of ending poverty, while making ending war a central part of its vision, and doing so voluntarily.
Of course this makes
Jackson Lears is the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University. Lears is the editor of the journal Raritan: A Quarterly Review. His books include: Something for Nothing: Luck in America and Fables of Abundance: A Cultural History of Advertising
In 1956, in an interview with journalist Anna Louise Strong, Chinese leader Mao Zedong famously said of American imperialism: “In appearance it is very powerful but in reality it is nothing to be afraid of; it is a paper tiger.” It wasn’t the first time he had used the image. Ten years earlier he had told Strong