Let the readings spring up like… a dozen links.
- Unmade in the U.S.A., a foreign policy failure in South Sudan.
- Cambodia: A War Crimes’ Stage Ready for the Next Act.
- The U.S. wants to close South Africa’s Nuclear Vault.
- A discussion on Sheila Rowbotham and today’s feminism.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is Weird. Good Weird.
- The Broad City Hustle.
- Permanent Records, on youth and social media’s temporality.
- The Teacher Wars:
When Chicago teachers voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in 2012, their objective was not only to improve workplace conditions for teachers, but also to fight Emanuel’s austerity agenda for public education. Reminiscent of the CTF a century earlier, the CTU connected its labor fight to the struggle against a capricious ruling elite, and in the process made allies of the majority of Chicago residents, especially in black and Latino neighborhoods. Their strike was a strike for all Chicagoans.
It is hard to imagine a socialist America without a vibrant system of public education, and it is equally hard to imagine a vibrant system of public education without an excellent, unionized teaching force.
- National Geographic Series on the GWOT and Polio’s Resurgence (Parts Two, Three, & Four).
- The Identity Politics of Displacement in the Middle East.
- The Teens’ Guide to Surviving Immigration.
- The Unfortunate Fate of Sweet Briar’s Professors.
- Killing in a Media Blackout.
- East African Journalists Struggle to Cover Scientific Stories.
- The Imperial Sociology of the “Tribe” in Afghanistan.
- The Firebombing of Tokyo:
In January 1945 — two days before Franklin Roosevelt was to meet with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in Yalta — the Japanese were offering surrender terms almost identical to what was accepted by the Americans on the USS Missouri in the Japan Bay on September 2, 1945.
The Japanese population was famished, the country’s war machine was out of gas, and the government had capitulated. The Americans were unmoved. The firebombing and the nuclear attacks were heartlessly carried out. If anyone is guilty of disregarding the “context” of the firebombing of Tokyo, it’s the sycophantic and biased American historians who deride these critical facts.