Thursday, July 18, 2019

Tag: history

Redacting democracy: Blacking out the record of the grimmest aspects of...

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.” Today, Americans are forgetting.

Notre Dame fire dramatizes the truly irreplaceable

If not cathedrals, what then are irreplaceable? Human life, above all, with animal and plant life close behind – and ideals and quests.
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Costs of war: 17 years after 9/11, nearly half a million...

The cost of the global so-called war on terror will soon surpass $6 trillion.

The 19th-century tumult over climate change – and why it matters...

“People don’t know how to have a dialogue any more.” My hope is that the case of 19th-century climatology will remind us what a genuine dialogue looks like.

A tale of American hubris

Or five lessons in the history of American defeat.

Why the time-honored White House protest needs defending

There is a lot for us to do, and unless we have public space, we can’t do the work of building a different kind of society and a different kind of world.

Ethics and empire: an open letter from Oxford scholars

Good and evil may be meaningful terms of analysis for theologians. They are useless to historians.

Don’t know much about history

Donald Trump thinks his intuition is better than knowledge of the past. That’s dangerous for him and all the rest of us.

Erasing History in Mesopotamia

Since the Islamic State rose out of the ashes of al Qaeda in Iraq, oil and other resource smuggling are just a few things funding this endeavor. Is this how the criminal gang now controls major cities throughout the Middle East?

Our Mania for Hope Is a Curse

“Humanity is never stationary." And it's only those who accept the very real possibility of dystopia that are the likely ones to carry out the self-sacrifice necessary for revolt.

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How a trojan horse project to rewrite our constitution could actually happen if Trump...

It’s often said that if Trump is reelected, it’ll be the end of democracy in America. But how could Trump get reelected,...

‘Astonishing’ Texas legal Win tops decades of clean-water heroism

Precedents Set: Big $$ Penalty Fueled by Key Citizen Evidence

 Sometimes, unstoppable anti-pollution champions must get their feet...

Fracking wastewater may trigger earthquakes for decades even after operations cease

"That has some very interesting and I think important consequences for how we understand the hazard posed by oilfield wastewater disposal."

Trump’s send-them-back doctrine

During the height of Stalin’s purges, the great Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich kept a packed suitcase near the door of his apartment. 

A border patrol agent reveals what it’s really like to guard migrant children

The Border Patrol agent, a veteran with 13 years on the job, had been assigned to the agency’s detention center in McAllen,...