Why do we ignore the civilians killed in American wars? As the United States officially ended the war in Iraq last month, President Obama spoke eloquently at Fort Bragg, N.C., lauding troops for “your patriotism, your commitment to fulfill your mission, your abiding commitment to one another,” and offering words of grief for the nearly 4,500 members of the U.S. armed forces who died in Iraq. He did not, however, mention the sacrifices of the Iraqi people. This inattention to civilian deaths in America’s wars isn’t unique to Iraq. 40 Maps That Explain The Middle East Maps can be a powerful tool for understanding the world, particularly the Middle East, a place in many ways shaped by changing political borders and demographics. Here are 40 maps crucial for understanding the Middle East — its history, its present, and some of the most important stories in the region today. Middle East History The fertile crescent, the cradle of civilization World History: Patterns of Interaction The fertile crescent, the cradle of civilizationIf this area wasn't the birthplace of human civilization, it was at least a birthplace of human civilization. Called "the fertile crescent" because of its lush soil, the "crescent" of land mostly includes modern-day Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Israel-Palestine. (Some definitions also include the Nile River valley in Egypt.)
Creationism in school: Science quiz gets it totally wrong. This came out a while back, but I wanted to see if it could be verified before writing about it. Via Elise Andrew at “I F’ing Love Science” on Facebook, I see it has in fact been verified. According to Snopes.com, this is the first page of an actual “science” quiz given to fourth graders at a school in South Carolina. Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!
George Orwell: As I Please, 4 February 1944 As I Please Tribune, 4 February 1944 When Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned in the Tower of London, he occupied himself with writing a history of the world. He had finished the first volume and was at work on the second when there was a scuffle between some workmen beneath the window of his cell, and one of the men was killed. In spite of diligent enquiries, and in spite of the fact that he had actually seen the thing happen, Sir Walter was never able to discover what the quarrel was about; whereupon, so it is said -- and if the story is not true it certainly ought to be -- he burned what he had written and abandoned his project. This story has come into my head I do not know how many times during the past ten years, but always with the reflection that Raleigh was probably wrong. During the Spanish civil war I found myself feeling very strongly that a true history of this war never would or could be written.
Palestine is Still the Issue This is a huge bluff of the Israeli establishment, that every criticism of its' policy is anti-semitism. In 1977, the award-winning journalist and film-maker, John Pilger, made a documentary called Palestine Is Still The Issue (1977). He told how almost a million Palestinians had been forced off their land in 1948, and again in 1967.
ROAR Magazine This article has been translated into Turkish by the comrades at Fraksiyon.org. The introduction to the new book The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy (Verso, 2015), explains how Murray Bookchin – born to Russian Jewish immigrants in New York City in 1921 – was introduced to radical politics at the age of nine when he joined the Young Pioneers, a Communist youth organization. This would be the start of his ‘life on the left’ in which he would turn from Stalinism to Trotskyism in the years running up to World War II before defining himself as an anarchist in the late 1950s and eventually identifying as a ‘communalist’ or ‘libertarian municipalist’ after the introduction of the idea of social ecology. The Next Revolution includes the 1992 essay The Ecological Crisis and the Need to Remake Society.
A Depression-Era Anthem For Our Times A bread line forms outside of the Rescue Society in New York City in 1929. "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" directly confronted the hardship of the Great Depression. Wikimedia Commons hide caption Steven Spielberg's 'Munich' Yasser Arafat chose violence as his method of asserting the Palestinians' claim to their own state, and for him the birth of terrorism was a success. Two years later Arafat, his kuffiya on his head and his pistol in his holster, stood before the United Nations and gave a fiery speech about the injustices suffered by the Palestinians -- to thunderous applause. The kidnapping and hostage-taking subsided as Palestinian terror shifted back to its point of origin: the Middle East and the fight against Israel. Roosevelt and Churchill: A Friendship That Saved The World (U.S. National Park Service) June 1940. Britain and its new Prime Minister, Winston Churchill stood alone as the last bastion against the Nazis and their domination of Europe. World War II had begun on September 1, 1939 and in less than one year the German war machine had engulfed Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and France and was now poised on the shores of the English channel to invade Great Britain. May 1940 witnessed the defeat of British and French forces at the battle of Dunkirk by the Nazis.
Before seeing Spielberg’s ‘Munich,’ take a look at ‘21 Hours at Munich’ “21 Hours at Munich” 1976 Starring: William Holden, Franco Nero, Anthony Quayle, Shirley Knight and Richard Basehart Running time: 100 minutes... Secret State of North Korea A personalized PBS video experience is only a few clicks away. Use one of the services below to sign-in to PBS, and you'll be able to manage videos in your Watchlist, keep track of your favorite shows, watch PBS in high definition, and much more! You've just tried to add this video to your Watchlist so you can watch it later.