Year: 2005

Situation in Iraq

Interview with Howard Zinn. BookTV. Jan. 14, 2005.
On the Jan.14, 2005 episode of "Washington Journal," Mr. Zinn talked by video uplink from Boston about his views on the war in Iraq, politics and other topics in the news.
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A Surgeon’s Touch

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. September 2005.
"As I write this, the frightening violence in Iraq continues, England and the United States are in a state of fear about suicide bombs, and the Senate is about to confirm a new, conservative Supreme Court justice. So it may seem peculiar to bring up a subject that is either at the far edge of all our attention, or over the edge and invisible. But here I go."
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Memorial Day: honor those seeking peace

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. May 2005.
"Another Memorial Day. Another war. Yes, let's honor those who died in the nation's many wars. But if we do not want to keep adding to the soldiers' graves, let's also ask why they died."
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The Myth of American Exceptionalism • Howard Zinn at MIT

Talk by Howard Zinn. MIT’s Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies. MIT Video Productions. 2005.
Howard Zinn gave an account of American imperialism spanning the last hundred years noting tactics that the U.S. uses, such as extraordinary rendition and shared the various reasons the U.S. goes to war. He ended on a note of hope, reminding us of all of the great social movements this country has had and will likely have again.
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Howard Zinn's Emma | HowardZinn.org

Howard Zinn’s Emma

Play by Howard Zinn. Performed by Byrdcliffe Theatre. 2005.
Emma dramatizes the life of Emma Goldman, the famed anarchist, feminist, and free-spirited thinker who was exiled from the United States because of her outspoken views, including her opposition to World War I.
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Don’t Despair About the Supreme Court

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. November 2005.
"John Roberts sailed through his confirmation hearings as the new Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with enthusiastic Republican support, and a few weak mutterings of opposition by the Democrats. Then, after the far right deemed Harriet Miers insufficiently doctrinaire, Bush nominated arch conservative Samuel Alito to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. This has caused a certain consternation among people we affectionately term 'the left.' I can understand that sinking feeling. Even listening to pieces of Roberts's confirmation hearings was enough to induce despair: the joking with the candidate, the obvious signs that, whether Democrats or Republicans, these are all members of the same exclusive club."
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The Scourge of Nationalism

Article by Howard Zinn. The Progressive. June 2005.
"I cannot get out of my mind the recent news photos of ordinary Americans sitting on chairs, guns on laps, standing unofficial guard on the Arizona border, to make sure no Mexicans cross over into the United States. There was something horrifying in the realization that, in this twenty-first century of what we call 'civilization,' we have carved up what we claim is one world into 200 artificially created entities we call 'nations' and armed to apprehend or kill anyone who crosses a boundary."
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‘To Be Neutral, To Be Passive In A Situation Is To Collaborate With Whatever Is Going On’

Howard Zinn interviewed by Amy Goodman. Democracy Now! April 27, 2005.
Howard Zinn: I believe neutrality is impossible, because the world is already moving in certain directions. Wars are going on. Children are starving. And to be neutral, to pretend to neutrality, to not take a stand in a situation like that is to collaborate with whatever is going on, to allow it to happen. I did not want to be a collaborator with what was happening. I wanted my history to intercede and to take a stand on behalf of peace, on behalf of a racial equality or sexual equality..."
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