Howard Zinn’s History of Hate Howard Zinn, who died of a heart attack last week at the age of 87, was a scholar of extraordinary influence. Indeed, few academicians did more than the late Boston University professor to poison the minds of so many young Americans with a vulgar narrative of history in which the United States was forever cast as the villain. The author of more than twenty books, Zinn was best known for his 1980 publication of A People’s History of the United States. Feminism 101: Patricia Hill Collins, Black Feminist Thought in the Matrix of Domination Posted by Winter in Feminism 101. trackback This is the second in a series of posts offering readings in feminist theory. We hope that these posts will make some important feminist ideas more accessible to people who haven’t read much theory. I have decided to discuss Patricia Hill Collins’s chapter ‘Black Feminist Thought in the Matrix of Domination’ from her book Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness and the Politics of Empowerment, because it gives a very good explanation of intersectionality, a theory which I’m sure you’ve seen discussed on feminist blogs. ‘Intersectionality’ argues that we should focus on how different systems of oppression interlock.
25 Documentaries Everybody Should Watch Sans Soleil This is not your average documentary. It is a fleeting memory, a sudden remembrance of times long past, a meditation on time and culture, a touch of an emotional diary. We follow the eyes of a world traveller who makes sharp observations and tries to convey them to his friend. Circle of Stories . Storytellers . Corbin Harney Read and listen to “The Water Song” story Biography: The Bear Goes Hungry When Corbin Harney was a boy, he would run away from the missionary school where he was forced to sit and listen to a language he did not speak or understand. The children were punished for talking to each other in their own native tongue. Having lost his parents when he was a baby, he came to live with his uncle who gave him the choice of staying in school or going off into the mountains to learn to survive on his own.
Forgotten Founders - American History American Indians, particularly those of the Iroquois Confederation, provided the founding fathers with many of the principles upon which American democracy is based. The contact of influential statesmen with the Iroquois nations, as well as the statesmen's participation in several treaties under the Great Law of Peace, created a distinct American political philosophy. This new way of governing had its roots in both European and American Indian cultures, making American government a truly unique mixture. While most people recognize the European heritage in modern American government, the Indian influence is usually overlooked. Of America's ties to the American Indians Johansen says, "In so far as the nation still bears these marks of its birth, we are all 'Indians' - if not in our blood, then in the thinking that to this day shapes many of our political and social assumptions".
The Politics of Heroin; CIA Complicity In The Global Drug Trade [INTERVIEW] Alfred W. McCoy is professor of Southeast Asian History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Educated at Columbia and Yale, he has spent the past twenty years writing about Southeast Asian history and politics. Mr. McCoy participated in Causes and Cures: National Teleconference on the Narcotics Epidemic Saturday, November 9 1991, at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. PD: How did you come to write The Politics of Heroin; CIA Complicity In The Global Drug Trade?
California Seeks Answers On Questionable Prison Sterilizations hide captionLawmakers in California have called for an internal audit after an investigation revealed that women were receiving sterilization procedures improperly at several state prisons, including the Valley State Prison for Women, pictured here in 2000. Gary Kazanjian/AP Lawmakers in California have called for an internal audit after an investigation revealed that women were receiving sterilization procedures improperly at several state prisons, including the Valley State Prison for Women, pictured here in 2000. Sitting in her San Francisco living room, Kimberly Jeffrey is combing her son Noel's hair.
The Face of Imperialism "A searing indictment of the ruthless nature of imperial capitalism. Eloquent, deeply researched, and beautifully argued, The Face of Imperialism is a truly wonderful book that is essential for understanding the world we live in. Parenti's compassionate voice is a much-needed corrective to the lies we are routinely fed." —Gregory Elich, author of Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit "Michael Parenti's study of imperialism provides a timely and incisive framework for understanding the upheavals in North Africa and the Middle East. His analysis of the links between autocrats and Washington is essential to comprehend the powerful tide of hostility that informs the popular revolutions."
Eugenics: Compulsory Sterilization in 50 American States Lutz Kaelber, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Vermont Presentation about "eugenic sterilizations" in comparative perspective at the 2012 Social Science History Association: 1, 2. American eugenics refers inter alia to compulsory sterilization laws adopted by over 30 states that led to more than 60,000 sterilizations of disabled individuals. Many of these individuals were sterilized because of a disability: they were mentally disabled or ill, or belonged to socially disadvantaged groups living on the margins of society. Michael Parenti: Against Empire Richly informed and written in an engaging style, Michael Parenti’s Against Empire exposes the ruthless agenda and hidden costs of the U.S. empire. Documenting the pretexts and the lies used to justify violent intervention and maldevelopment abroad, he demonstrates how the conversion to a global economy is a victory of finance capital over democracy. As much of the world suffers unspeakable misery, and as the Third-Worldization of the Unites States accelerates, civil society is impoverished by policies that benefit the rich and powerful transnational corporations and the national security state. The empire feeds off the resources of the republic, and the hard-won gains made by ordinary people are swept away.
Image Archive on the American Eugenics Movement Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's The Eugenics Archive utilizes Flash for enhanced search features, cross referencing, and interactive images created with Zoomifyer. Get the Flash plugin at Adobe.com. The Eugenics Archive will open in a new window. I prefer the original, HTML-only Eugenics Archive site, take me there. The Threat of a Good Example, by Noam Chomsky (Excerpted from What Uncle Sam Really Wants) No country is exempt from U.S. intervention, no matter how unimportant. In fact, it's the weakest, poorest countries that often arouse the greatest hysteria. Take Laos in the 1960s, probably the poorest country in the world. Most of the people who lived there didn't even know there was such a thing as Laos; they just knew they had a little village and there was another little village nearby. But as soon as a very low-level social revolution began to develop there, Washington subjected Laos to a murderous "secret bombing," virtually wiping out large settled areas in operations that, it was conceded, had nothing to do with the war the US was waging in South Vietnam.