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Where to Watch Sir Richard Attenborough’s Five Best Movies Right Now

One of film’s most beloved actors and directors died Sunday after 90 years of life and a career that somehow made giants of the 20th century (including Mahatma Gandhi, as played by Ben Kingsley, above) seem even grander.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Eric Gay

Sending the Refugee Children Home Will Bring Lasting Shame

President Barack Obama is repeating the mistakes of the past, allowing bigoted know-nothings to determine this nation’s policy toward refugees.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE



How Do Israeli Assaults on Palestinians Differ From the Way Gentiles Once Attacked Jews in Europe?

Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy argues that recent events have shown that the Jewish state has pity for only the Jews; scientists have found a possible explanation for conservative outrage over women having sex lives; meanwhile, an Ebola outbreak spread in large part due to deforestation. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



Tom Thai (CC-BY)

A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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On D-Day: Remembering the Muslim Troops Who Fought the Axis

One of the frustrations for a world historian is the unyieldingly parochial vision of the North Atlantic common among journalists and even many historians, and consequently among the public.

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 READ MORE



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To Achieve Peace, the Past Must Not Be Forgotten

The Ukraine crisis has slowed to a temporary halt as none of the significant actors will speak directly to anyone else in a position to break the stalemate.

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Japan Says It Will Not Revise Its Wartime Sex-Slave Apology

Japan has no plan to alter a landmark 1993 apology over wartime sex slavery, the government’s top spokesman said Monday, despite a controversial review of the statement that has sparked a backlash at home and abroad.

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An Interview With Noam Chomsky: Japan, America and the Racism Behind War

A young Noam Chomsky was appalled by the “special” hatred the U.S. reserved for the Japanese during WWII; a reason to appreciate the polar vortex arises; meanwhile, privacy is becoming a luxury that few can afford. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

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Designer of the World’s Most Popular Gun Dies After a Lifetime of Sleeping Well

Mikhail Kalashnikov is dead 64 years after creating the AK-47, a gun so simple, cheap and effective, it continues to be the weapon of choice for the world’s killers.

Posted on Dec 23, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. May Push Germany to Move Faster on Art Stolen by Nazis

A source tells The Wall Street Journal that Germany’s handling of 1,400 works of art discovered in an apartment may be in violation of international protocol.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE



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The Great Kitty Cull of WWII

When we think of the Second World War, of course the immense human devastation and suffering comes to mind. And yet, a widely forgotten fact is that domestic animals were some of the first British victims of the brutal conflict.

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 READ MORE



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Veterans Bust Through Barricades to Visit Shut Memorials

Veterans in the nation’s capital aren’t letting a little government shutdown get in the way of their visit to war memorials.

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE


Russell Brand Banned From Awards Party for Speaking Truth to Rich People

The comedian, who received the ironically titled Oracle Award from GQ last week, went on to poke fun at his hosts, the fashion world and event sponsor Hugo Boss, who made the Nazis “look fucking fantastic.” He was banned from the afterparty. Judging by this video of his speech, Brand probably welcomed the disinvitation.

Posted on Sep 9, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Shizuo Kambayashi

A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph

August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known.

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Happy Fourth of July Wherever You Come From

In the days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the Federal Bureau of Investigation began arresting, without charges, Japanese immigrants in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii who were on government lists as possible threats to national security.

Posted on Jul 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Japanese Mayor Defends Sex Slavery

It turns out America hasn’t cornered the market on reprehensible politicians. The mayor of Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city, just said the 200,000 female slaves who were forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II were part of a “necessary” system.

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE


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Bill Murray Captures FDR’s Pain and Wit in ‘Hyde Park’

What makes “Hyde Park on Hudson” a good deal more than delightful is its lightly touched seriousness of purpose.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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On 9/11, New Evidence From Another Massacre

While Americans paused Tuesday to reflect on the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and the loss of nearly 3,000 innocent lives, the National Archives has released new evidence of Washington’s cover-up of an atrocity 72 years ago that killed more than seven times as many people.

Posted on Sep 11, 2012 READ MORE



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A Brief History of Contempt Between Germany and Greece

Greece has been the main target of German denigration, at great cost.

Posted on Aug 29, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Every Year Russia Beats the Nazis One More Time

There is one day when it never rains in Moscow, a day when Russia’s air force literally shoots down rain-bearing clouds with a chemical agent to reinforce the spectacle.

Posted on May 21, 2012 READ MORE



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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



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The World Turns Its Back—Again

The harrowing stories that have come down to us from the Warsaw Ghetto are eerily similar to the horrific accounts emanating from Homs and other Syrian towns over the past few months.

Posted on Feb 27, 2012 READ MORE



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Germany Dominates Europe Once Again

Germany, as we all know, is a problem—especially a disproportionately powerful and united Germany. (Update)

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE



Guillaume Paumier

Remembering Danielle Mitterrand

Danielle Mitterrand, who died Tuesday at 87, was a free woman, a volunteer at age 17 with the French Resistance and a lifelong fighter for human rights.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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A Bet on Japan

If ever there was a comeback-kid sort of country, this is surely it.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Japan’s Ordeal Is ‘Worst Since WWII’

Japan’s prime minister, surveying the incredible damage inflicted by a massive earthquake and tidal wave and a still-unfolding nuclear disaster, said the country is facing its gravest crisis since World War II.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011 READ MORE



AP / U.S. Air Force

65 Years After Hiroshima: Truman’s Choices

Today, it is common wisdom that President Truman had only two simple, stark choices: to use the bomb or invade and suffer a “million” casualties. There was, however, an alternative.

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Mikhail Metzel

Russia Has Trouble Escaping the Past

Russia has come a long way, but geopolitics in Eastern Europe are still overshadowed by a mutual distrust rooted in World War II.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 READ MORE


Europe Needs to Believe in Its Own Adequacy

What is this problem about Europe’s standing in the world today that obsesses the Europeans and generates constant self-examination, endless academic seminars and political conferences, all permeated with inarticulate anxiety?

Posted on Feb 16, 2010 READ MORE



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Missing Album From Hitler’s Fantasy Museum Found in Ohio

The world’s most famous failed art student planned to build a “Fü hrermuseum” in his hometown and fill it with his favorite (and often ill-gotten) art—photos of which were collected first in various scrapbooks. One of those volumes was just discovered in the Ohio home of a WWII veteran, who decided to have it returned to Germany.

Posted on Dec 9, 2009 READ MORE


Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges on Books About War

The Truthdig columnist, veteran war correspondent and author of “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” tells “On the Media” that when it comes to capturing war, “fiction is a better medium.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE



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Australia Sorry for Abuse of Castoff Kids

In the decades after World War II, some 10,000 British children were separated from their families and exiled to Australia, where many were physically and sexually abused and some were put to work in what were effectively child labor camps. Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 15, 2009 READ MORE



AP / Caleb Jones

Celebrating Slaughter: War and Collective Amnesia

War memorials and museums are temples to the god of war. They sanitize the savage instruments of death that turn young soldiers and Marines into killers, and small villages in Vietnam or Afghanistan or Iraq into hellish bonfires.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

War Kills Off Great Reform Movements

The hawks urging President Obama to escalate the war in Afghanistan have no interest in his domestic policy. The 20th century is a graveyard of good ideas that lost out to war.

Posted on Oct 4, 2009 READ MORE



Julien Bryan

World War II: 70 Years and We’re Still Fighting

The Germans invaded Poland on this day 70 years ago, and so began what many consider the greatest conflict in human history. An estimated 60 million people would die, including 27 million Soviets and 12 million Jews, Gypsies, gays and other victims of the Nazi holocaust. Most of the dead were civilians.

Posted on Sep 1, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Life and Fate’ at the Lincoln Center Festival

“Life and Fate” by Vasily Grossman is one of the greatest works of 20th century literature. A new theatrical adaptation is innovative, but ultimately loses the epic’s profound meditations on good and evil.

Posted on Aug 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Hiroshima Day: America Has Been Asleep at the Wheel for 64 Years

Daniel Ellsberg of Pentagon Papers fame writes that “official secrecy and deceptions about our nuclear weapons posture and policies and their possible consequences have threatened the survival of the human species.”

Posted on Aug 5, 2009 READ MORE


Pacifica Radio at 60: A Sanctuary of Dissent

The oldest independent media network in the United States turns 60 years old this week as a deepening crisis engulfs mainstream media.

Posted on Apr 14, 2009 READ MORE


‘How Did This Country Get Stuck With an Empire?’

With military personnel deployed in 150 countries, Bill Maher says bringing the troops home from Iraq is only the tip of the iceberg. “Can you imagine if there were 20,000 armed Guatemalans on a base in San Bernardino right now? Lou Dobbs would become a suicide bomber.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE


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Jay Feldman on ‘Concentration Camps on the Home Front’

A revelatory account of a hidden chapter of the treatment of Japanese-Americans during World War II deepens our understanding of American prejudice and the abuse of power.

Posted on Jan 9, 2009 READ MORE


Blundering U.S. Should Spare the World Any More Nation Building

According to a new report, the U.S. has accomplished little more in Iraq than restoration of the basic services destroyed by the American invasion and the looting that followed. This is after killing or wounding—how many, a half million?—Iraqi civilians in order to liberate them. No wonder the Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at George W. Bush.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008 READ MORE


Mohan

America Has No Obligation to Save the World

When it comes to American foreign policy, could it be that less is more? Raja Mohan of Singapore’s Nanyang Tech University thinks so, arguing for a “policy of restraint” on the part of a United States that has reached the limits of its ambitious post-WWII superpower strategy on the world stage.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


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John Lukacs on Nicholson Baker’s ‘Human Smoke’

Was World War II necessary? In an exercise in literary hygiene, a distinguished historian casts a skeptical eye at an acclaimed novelist’s revisionist take on the “Good War.”

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Outrage in Okinawa Over Edited History Books

Japan’s education ministry has generated protest in Okinawa by erasing one of the country’s worst moments from history textbooks.  Okinawans who lost loved ones when the Japanese army ordered them to commit suicide during World War II are bitterly battling the historical omission.

Posted on Nov 17, 2007 READ MORE


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Charlie Chaplin on the Villainy of War

Now seems as good a time as any to revisit the genius of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Great Dictator.” In this climactic scene, Chaplin rails against the menace of war and hopes for a world where people actually care about each other.

Posted on Sep 4, 2007 READ MORE


Mass Grave Discovered in Ukraine

During construction of a gas pipeline in southern Ukraine, workers found a mass grave containing the remains of thousands of Jews near an old concentration camp. A similar site was found last year, containing 3,500 victims. Representatives from the Jewish community say there are between 250 and 700 such graves in Ukraine, which explains why many have eluded discovery for so long.

Posted on Jun 5, 2007 READ MORE


Burns’ Documentary Perpetuates the ‘Invisible Minority’

PBS documentarian Ken Burns has created a new series about World War II veterans but, according to the author, Burns left out some important contributors in his latest narrative:  Latino and American Indian troops who fought for the U.S. (and are doing so now in Iraq and Afghanistan) and deserve due recognition.

Posted on May 6, 2007 READ MORE


Justice for the ‘Comfort Women’

During World War II, the Japanese army enslaved and raped 100,000 to 200,000 young women. By denying this atrocity, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and others have brought shame back to Japan.

Posted on Mar 14, 2007 READ MORE


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