History

First Meeting of the League of Nations, November 15, 1920

From the World Beyond War Peace Almanac. November 15. On this date in 1920 the first permanent parliament of the world, the League of Nations, met in Geneva. The concept of collective security was new, a product of the horrors of the First World War. Respect for the integrity and independence of all the members, and how…

Centennial of A Test of the News – NYT Russia Coverage ‘Nothing Short of A Disaster’

It was a century ago that the New York Times first developed its dismal reputation for getting so much about Russia completely wrong.  Interestingly, this occurred within the timeframe that it became widely accepted as the ‘newspaper man’s newspaper’, George Seldes noted in his 1935 classic, Freedom of the Press.  For the August 4, 1920…

The Overthrow of Mossadeq: 65 Years Ago the United States Ruined Iran’s Best Chance for Democracy

Sixty five years ago, on August 19, 1953, a CIA backed coup d’etat overthrew the popular nationalist leader of Iran, Mohammed Mossadeq, yielding disastrous consequences that nation and the United States continue to deal with in 2018, as President Donald J. Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Advisor John Bolton all appear…

2003: Colin Powell Makes the Case for War on Iraq & U.S. Corporate Media Lines Up to Promote It

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, spoke before the United Nations, making the case for a preemptive war against Iraq. According to Powell, his purpose that day was to “share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of…

January 15, 1968: Sisterhood is Powerful – The Jeannette Rankin Brigade Marches on the Capitol

Fifty years ago, on January 15, 1968, the Jeannette Rankin Brigade, a coalition of women’s peace groups, organized an anti-war march in Washington, D.C. that would become the largest march by women since the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913. Rankin led five thousand participants from Union Station to the steps of the Capitol Building, where they presented…

January 13, 1958: 9,000 Scientists Urge End to Nuclear Bomb Tests

On this day sixty years ago, Linus Pauling presented a petition signed by over 9,000 scientists urging an end to nuclear bomb tests. The “Scientists’ Test Ban Petition” to the United Nations called for an end to testing due to its threat to the planet and its children in particular, noting that “If testing continues…

Democracies Require the Most Sophisticated Propaganda

From Taking the Risk Out of Democracy by Alex Carey (1995). Contrary to common assumptions, propaganda plays an important role – and certainly a more covert and sophisticated role – in technologically advanced democratic societies, where the maintenance of the existing power and privileges are vulnerable to popular opinion. In contrast, under authoritarian regimes power…

Woodrow Wilson & Permanent Counterrevolution as U.S. Global Policy – Tariq Ali

Text from The Dilemmas of Lenin (2017), by Tariq Ali. Chapter 8: October, p 184. Images added. Even as Lenin was presenting the April Theses to the Petrograd Soviet, the war party in Washington was almost ready to move into Europe. Woodrow Wilson was in discussions with close advisors regarding US entry into the First World…

January 1918: Woodrow Wilson’s Fourteen Points and Empire as a Way of Life

An excerpt from Empire as a Way of Life (1980), by historian William A. Williams on the subject of President Woodrow Wilson. His great admirers, beginning with himself, have sought to discount or even deny his understanding of the capitalist imperative to expand the marketplace, and his enjoyment in exercising police power in order to…