Daniel Immerwahr. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $35 (528p) ISBN 978-0-374-17214-5 Reviewed by Doug Heath In How to Hide an Empire, Daniel Immerwahr, Associate Professor of History at Northwestern University, reframes the standard account of US history to incorporate events in all of the lands outside the conterminous 48 states that were brought under formal US rule, thereby … [Read more...] about How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
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by Guy Gray In 2011 Greta and I moved to Brazil. We had both retired and we planned to live on the farm Greta had founded with her first husband and was recently reformed by her son. I had visited Brazil before but now I was going to be an expat in a new culture and language. I can tell you about the food and scenery but I will instead concentrate on the impressions of a new … [Read more...] about Impressions from Brazil
by Greta Browne For Christmas I was gifted the autobiography of Fernanda Montenegro, a 90-year-old Brazilian actress who became known worldwide for her role in the movie Central Station, as the tough old lady from Rio who took a young orphan boy to find his father in the interior of the country. Montenegro’s autobiography provides a vivid comparison between the Brazil of … [Read more...] about A century of politics and culture in Brazil
Democrats Need Backbone on Militarism to Win in 2020 by John Grant Who exactly is responsible for US casualties in Iraq during the Iraq War? The question has been raised thanks to President Trump’s decision to assassinate Iranian General Ghasem Soleimani. On January 13, the New York Times published a front-page story about a lawsuit filed against Iran in federal court … [Read more...] about Iran Is Not Responsible For US Dead in Iraq
by Jack Gilroy Why do Americans tend to believe the myth that terrorists are mainly people of the Middle East — dark skinned people, mostly Muslim people who want to kill Americans? Long before the extremist Saudi Arabian terrorists crashed planes into the Twin Towers, Americans used terror against the people of the Middle East. It took 64 years before the United States … [Read more...] about Who Are the Terrorists?
by Elaheh Farmand I came to America 21 years ago with rose-colored glasses,a suitcase of memories,and my mother’s dreams unfolded. I came to Americawith little Englishand a lot of bitterness becauseour struggle as new immigrantsembarrassed me. But I came with hopeand from my mother,I learned that I was lucky,privileged,fortunateto be livingthe American … [Read more...] about This Freedom
by Vijay Prashad On 10 November 2019, a coup d’état took place in Bolivia. The commander-in-chief of the Bolivian Armed Forces asked President Evo Morales to resign. The police had already mutinied, and society had already been destabilized — this had been triggered by a presidential election whose results had not been recognized by the opposition and whose results had been … [Read more...] about What Is Happening in Bolivia’s 3 May Elections?
Christopher Helali interviews Peace Activist Martha Hennessy Martha Hennessey is a longtime anti-war activist and the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. She is 62, a retired occupational therapist, and grandmother of eight. She has been arrested and imprisoned protesting nuclear power, war, the use of drones, the torture of … [Read more...] about ‘The Only Logic of Trident is Omnicide’
by Ted Morgan For many years now, an immigration “crisis” has regularly emerged as a hot topic in the corporate media. Presidents and Members of Congress from both political parties have in different ways raised alarms about undocumented or “illegal” immigrants in the United States. And both parties have raised false expectations that they might resolve the nation’s … [Read more...] about The Immigration Con Job
Cambiz Amir-Khosravi While planning a trip to Florida in 2011 to see my ailing mother-in-law, I realized that the Department of Motor Vehicles had misspelled my last name. Instead of Khosravi, they spelled it Khosrui. It might be a minor issue to most people but having a Middle Eastern name in today’s xenophobic climate I naturally became paranoid. Having heard of … [Read more...] about The Making of Inheritance