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The WWII Soldier Who Refused to Believe the War Was Over Dies at 91

One Japanese soldier remained at his post in the Philippines for 29 years in denial that the Second World War had ended. In his country, he is considered a hero.

Posted on Jan 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Alan Turing

One of the world’s earliest computer geniuses, a British man whose work helped save humanity from fascism, was persecuted to death by the homophobic authorities of his era. This Christmas Eve, thanks to popular pressure and the authority of Queen Elizabeth II, justice to his memory has been served in the form of a royal pardon.

Posted on Dec 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Queen Finally Pardons the ‘Father of Computer Science’ Convicted For Homosexuality

Alan Turing, the British computer scientist who helped crack the Nazi Enigma code and invented “one of the world’s first stored-program computers,” was sentenced to chemical castration more than 60 years ago on charges of “gross indecency.” Fifty-nine years after his death, he has received a posthumous royal pardon.

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Warsaw Ghetto Uprising v. 2.0

In April 1943, as Nazis rounded up, and later deported or killed, about 300,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, Hitler’s henchmen were met with resistance in the form of the Warsaw Uprising, as factions of armed Jews and Polish gentiles from the Home Army banded together to strike back against their occupiers.

 

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Suggested Vacation Reading for President Obama: ‘Catch-22’

Joseph Heller’s classic, satirical anti-war novel, published in 1961 and based on his experiences as a bombardier in World War II, is sadly relevant today, as Obama’s wars, in Afghanistan and beyond, drag on.

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The Path of Hubris and War

The bombs that ended the Boston Marathon in April were planted by young Muslims who had come to the United States as immigrants, rejected America as a civilization, and then attacked it, leaving behind a message of religious war.

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AP/Charles Krupa

Stop Assuming the Boston Bomber Is a Muslim

The first tweet I saw when I checked my Twitter account Monday afternoon was a one-line plea: “Please don’t let it be a ‘Muslim.’”

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Illustration by Mr. Fish

Rebels Stand Alone

Those we now deify for resisting evil were, when they found the courage to rebel, condemned by the public, criminalized by the law and declared traitors by the state. Rebellion is a lonely pursuit when it begins. 

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


Krugman on Why Jobs Come First

New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman drew on 20th century U.S. history to explain to Bill Moyers how a Washington that was willing to spend could end the present American depression.

Posted on Jan 15, 2013 READ MORE



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An American Story: Daniel Inouye

The senator had earlier risen to be Captain Inouye, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner in Italy, losing an arm as he ran ahead of his platoon and personally destroying three German machine gun nests on a steep ridge in San Terenzo.

Posted on Dec 19, 2012 READ MORE



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War Is Betrayal

War is always about betrayal—betrayal of the young by the old, of idealists by cynics, and of soldiers and Marines by politicians.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Ray Bradbury: A Sampler

“Writing is not a serious business,” wrote Ray Bradbury, the prolific author of dystopian, fantasy and science fiction, who died Tuesday at the age of 91. “It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE


Nazi Sniper Tamed With a Trumpet

Americans hear a lot about the need to vanquish their supposed enemies abroad with bullets, bombs, and other tools of overwhelming force. Evidence that a common humanity can be called upon to settle differences is scarce in the media. Count this brief story from a World War II vet among the few exhibits submitted to that effect.

Posted on May 11, 2012 READ MORE



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‘The Deep Blue Sea’: A Forgettable Affair

It may be that, as Americans, we are the victims of a cultural disconnect. At the height of Terence Rattigan’s fame, the Brits invested a good deal of admiration in his attempts to extend the reign of the carefully constructed prewar “problem” play into the postwar era.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



A Unique Face of Evil

“Himmler was the complete opposite of a faceless functionary,” Peter Longerich writes in “Heinrich Himmler.” “The position he built up over the years can instead be described as an extreme example of the almost total personalization of political power.”

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 READ MORE



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The Story of the ‘Iranian Schindler’

When Paris became a Nazi stronghold in World War II, an Iranian diplomat by the name of Abdol-Hossein Sardari used his influence to help more than 2,000 Iranian Jews by making a creative case for their exemption from racial persecution and by issuing hundreds of passports, according to a new book.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Pearl Harbor, 70 Years Later

On Wednesday, the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks, President Barack Obama paid homage to American troops who fought in World War II and saluted his home state (sorry, birthers) in a statement declaring the day “National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Polish Gov’t Launches Auschwitz Probe

The capture and prosecution of Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk in the U.S. earlier this year has prompted the Polish government to launch another hunt for any remaining staff members from Auschwitz who could still be at large.

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Movement Shuts Down St. Paul’s in London

An encampment of protesters allied with the Occupy London Stock Exchange, or OccupyLSX, movement has already brought a major city institution to a temporary standstill, but it’s of a different sort, perhaps, from what protesters would ideally want to bring about.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

It hurts your head to open a newspaper like The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal or flip through your favorite websites. Television, I admit, is giving us a bit of a break because all those folks care about is the royal wedding.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


Japan on the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe

On Monday, Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was in critical condition after two explosions and system failures that added a whole new level to the country’s crisis in the wake of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Critics Call ‘King’s Speech’ Historically Incorrect

With “The King’s Speech” sitting comfortably atop this year’s heap of Oscar-nominated films, it’s not surprising that there might be some grumbles from critical corners about the movie’s actual merits. But in this case, a couple prominent voices ...

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Churchill’s UFO Cover-Up

Conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts, start your engines. Some newly unleashed documents from the British Ministry of Defense show that none other than Winston Churchill had a bee in his bonnet about ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 5, 2010 READ MORE


German Captains, U-Boats and Other Lies About Ireland

By chance, I arrived in Dublin this week on the day that the Saville report on Bloody Sunday was published.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Joshua Cassatt

U.S. Base Will Stay on Okinawa

Despite campaign promises and widespread protests, Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama has finally made the widely unpopular decision to allow the relocation of a U.S. military base on Okinawa.

Posted on May 23, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Joshua Cassatt

Okinawans March Against U.S. Base

Tens of thousands of Okinawans joined a rally on Sunday, demanding that a U.S. Marine air base be moved off Okinawa. The protest comes amid speculation that the U.S. government is ready to accept an alternative plan to relocate the base to another part of the Japanese island.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE


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Hanks to Take On JFK Murder Mystery

It seems that wherever Tom Hanks goes, a historical miniseries is soon to follow. There’s his latest foray into World War II storytelling, “The Pacific,” which airs this month on HBO, and then there’s the small matter of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which Hanks plans to tackle soon.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


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Another Take on Eva Braun

Eva Braun has been dismissed as an inconsequential figure (and, of course, a “dumb blonde”) in Adolf Hitler’s life, but a new biography of Braun by German historian Heike Görtemaker recasts Hitler’s lover as a more significant force who was relegated to the background out of necessity.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


Freedom's Fight
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Freedom’s Fight: Part II

Truthdig is pleased to present the second excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Agrees to Reassess U.S. Base on Okinawa

Amid continuing protests by Japanese civilians on Okinawa, President Obama has announced he will create a “high-level working group” to discuss the future of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island, a move that appears to be aimed at mending relations with Japan.

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Freedom's Fight
Gary Phillips / Parker Publishing

Freedom’s Fight

Truthdig is pleased to present an excerpt from Gary Phillips’ novel “Freedom’s Fight,” which interweaves real historical figures and situations in a fictive narrative about World War II, focusing not just on the black soldier’s struggle, but also on the debates various civil rights groups had about the war stateside.

Posted on Nov 11, 2009 READ MORE



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Okinawans Step Up U.S. Base Protest

With a new populist government in place in Tokyo, the people of Okinawa are stepping up their protest against the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island. They want the base gone altogether.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


Post-9/11 GI Bill
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Not All Vets Are Treated Equally Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 was hailed by various media outlets and veterans organizations as the GI Bill of the future. However, through my own experience in dealing with Veterans Affairs regarding the GI Bill, I have found that the help is far less than what we were led to believe.

Posted on Oct 7, 2009 READ MORE


U.S. soldier in Afghanistan
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A 9/11 Reality Check

What if eight years ago the World Trade Center had been leveled by a small nuclear bomb that took out most of lower Manhattan as well? How many millions of innocent civilians would we have killed in retaliation?

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 READ MORE


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Putin Scores Points With the Poles

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has attempted to improve relations between his country and Poland by addressing some wrongs committed by the Soviet Union—and later Russia—against its Baltic neighbor in recent decades. He offered an apology in an article he penned for the Polish paper Gazeta Wyborcza that ran Tuesday.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


Inglourious Basterds
dailymail.co.uk

Irresponsible ‘Basterds’?: Mulling Over Tarantino’s WWII Do-Over

Quentin Tarantino certainly took full cinematic license and ran with it in his Nazi-bashing big-screen extravaganza “Inglourious Basterds,” but as Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman explains, some people are getting pretty fired up about the film’s convention-busting climax, worrying that it could lead impressionable future generations astray about what really happened at the end of World War II.

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

65th D-Day Anniversary Celebration

Sixty-five years ago today, American, British and Canadian troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in what would lead to the Allied victory over Hitler in World War II. Here’s a glimpse of the D-Day commemoration.

Posted on Jun 6, 2009 READ MORE


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The ‘Good War’ Wasn’t So Good for Everybody

This year’s 65th anniversary commemoration of D-Day has been taken over by the revisionists, who are breaking down some of the heroic folklore surrounding the Normandy landings. According to historian Christophe Prime, “The suffering of civilians was for many years masked by the overriding image—that of the French welcoming the liberators with open arms.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2009 READ MORE


IMF Recession
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IMF Sees an Even Deeper Recession

A shrinking global economy has many at the International Monetary Fund worried, as economists project that 2009 will see a decline of 1.3 percent in world economic output—the first global recession since World War II.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009 READ MORE


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Holocaust-Denying Bishop’s Apology Falls Flat at Vatican

The powers that be at the Vatican (at least the earthly variety) are even more upset with Bishop Richard Williamson now that he has apologized. After drawing outrage last month when he claimed that no Jews died in gas chambers during the Holocaust, he made an apology this week. The papacy found it inadequate, to say the least.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 READ MORE


Sachsenhausen
AP photo / Sven Kaestner

Rules of War Weren’t Made for Only One People

The organized persecution of a group is despicable whether the victims are the Jews of World War II or today’s Gazans.

Posted on Feb 14, 2009 READ MORE


Murrow
Wikimedia Commons

War Reporters Used to Prefer Morality Over Impartiality

I wonder—in an age when the BBC can refuse help to the suffering because of its “impartiality”—whether we still report war with the same power and passion as the men and women of an earlier generation.

Posted on Feb 7, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza protest
AP photo / Roberto Pfeil

Leave World War II Out of Gaza

I have long raged against any comparisons with the Second World War—whether of the Arafat-is-Hitler variety once deployed by Menachem Begin or of the anti-war- demonstrators-are- 1930s-appeasers, most recently used by George Bush and Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009 READ MORE


Garzon
eitb24.com

Digging Into Franco’s Bloody Reign

An acclaimed Spanish judge has ordered the unearthing of some of the unmarked graves of the tens of thousands who were killed during the first two decades of Gen. Francisco Franco’s fascist rule of Spain, formally declaring the repression by Franco and associates as a “crime against humanity.”

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


Horrors of War Our Leaders Never Have to Confront

I’m not sure of this, but I think—I suspect and feel—that the Great War, the war of 1914-1918, is beginning to dominate our lives even more than the terrible and infinitely more costly conflict of 1939-1945. The Second World War may haunt our lives. The First World War, it seems to me, imprisons us all.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 READ MORE


Guthman and Kennedy
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Truthdigger of the Week: Edwin O. Guthman

Truthdig tips its hat this week to Edwin O. Guthman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, World War II veteran, professor and former press secretary to Robert F. Kennedy. Guthman, who died Aug. 31, was a true class act, a mentor to many and, as the Los Angeles Times noted, a top-notch editor who earned the No. 3 spot on President Richard Nixon’s enemies list for what the Times called his “aggressive pursuit of Watergate stories.” Updated

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ENTER_ALT_TEXT
U.S. Navy / Jordon R. Beesley

The Military-Industrial Complex: It’s Much Later Than You Think

Since 1961, there has been too little serious study of, or discussion of, the origins of the military-industrial complex, how it has changed over time, how governmental secrecy has hidden it from oversight by members of Congress or attentive citizens, and how it degrades our constitutional structure of checks and balances.

Posted on Jul 27, 2008 READ MORE


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