Howard Zinn would have turned 94 today if his seemingly boundless energy and youthfulness had not been cut short in January 2010.
It’s worth remembering that A People’s History of the United States first came out in 1980 as a tide of reaction was seeking to bury the social movements that inspired Howard’s book and which he saw as the hope for the future.
Howard challenged these ideas in a terrific speech he gave in 1970: “If you don’t think, if you just listen to TV and read scholarly things, you actually begin to think that things are not so bad, or that just little things are wrong. But you have to get a little detached, and then come back and look at the world, and you are horrified. So we have to start from that supposition—that things are really topsy-turvy.”
Howard had that rare ability to step back and help us understand our topsy-turvy world primarily because he approached politics and history from the standpoint of someone who thought it was possible to turn our world right side up — to put people before profit, the environment before the interests of mining companies.
Eugene V. Debs, who went to jail for opposing World War I. (Buyenlarge/Getty Images)
Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day often get equated, but there is an essential distinction between the two. Veteran’s Day honors all who have served the American military in wars. Memorial Day honors those who’ve perished. It’s an annual reminder that wars have grave human costs, which must be both recognized and minimized.
Those costs are not inevitable. We ought to also set aside time to remember those throughout American history who have tried hardest to reduce them, to prevent unnecessary loss of life both American and foreign: war resisters.
Lionel Messi has been handed a four match ban for cursing at a referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifying match with Chile over the weekend. Messi will miss today (Tuesday’s) match with Bolivia, along with the next three. While Argentina are a loaded squad, Sergio Aguero will likely find his way back into the starting xi after it was rumored he would be dropped to a bench role. Francis Maxwell and Jason Rubin discuss Lionel Messi’s ban.
The Clinton Foundation announced that the Clinton Global Initiative will shut down in April. The announcement coincides with their decision to terminate the employment of 22 employees, citing a lack of funding due to an overall decrease in donations and the loss of several high profile donors. RT correspondent Anya Parampil reports.