Saturday, January 08, 2011

HUM 221: Peace and Conflict Studies

(Under Construction: for students, visitors and fellow-travelers..... these are resources designed to provoke us to ask how should we live, how should we treat others, what is a just world, what are the problems that continue to prevent peaceful existence between peoples, beings and cultures, and, where do we go from here? There is not a separate section for "peace" because this whole archive, even when discussing war and violence, is about building a more peaceful world. Any one source is only placed in a few of the most relevant thematic sections for convenience. These resources are mostly designed to provide a counter-narrative to the American mainstream corporate media that frame our understanding of the world; so that we can think more fully about global, national and local issues. Once a topic has 10 or more sources it is moved to its own link-archive. Please feel free to make comments about this project, to alert me to defunct/faulty links, and to suggest good resources for this archive.)

Recommended Essays/Videos/Podcasts/Websites:

Karski, Jan. "Polish Resistance Figure Jan Karski, Honored with Posthumous Medal of Freedom, in His Own Words" Democracy Now (June 5, 2012)

Nordlinger, Jay. "Peace, They Say: A History of the Nobel Peace Prize, The Most Famous and Controversial Prize in the World." After Words (May 27, 2012)


Barghouti, Mustafa. "Is There Room for Gandhi in Palestine?" Open Source (April 30, 2010)

Connors-Manke, Beth. "Ciudad Juárez: Reckoning with feminicide, part 2." North of Center (November 9, 2011)

Mountz, Alison. Seeking Asylum: Human Smuggling and Bureaucracy at the Border. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010. [Available in BCTC Library JV 6201.M68 2010]


Milstein, Cindy. "On Radicalism." Deep Green Philly (November 8, 2011)

Planetizen ["Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more. Planetizen prides itself on covering a wide number of planning, design, and development issues, from transportation to global warming, architecture to infrastructure, housing and community development to historic preservation. We provide a forum for people across the political and ideological spectrum, ensuring a healthy debate on these and other important issues. Planetizen is read by a diverse array of people interested in the built and natural environments, and their interaction. Planetizen's audience includes professional urban planners, developers, architects, policy makers, educators, economists, civic enthusiasts and others from across the United States and around the world."]

Comics/Graphic Novels/Film Adaptations

Bleasdale, John. "Avengers Dissemble: A Polemic." Alternate Takes (June 10, 2012)

Hedges, Chris, Jim Powell and Tim Maby. "Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco: drawing America's invisible poor - audio slideshow." The Guardian (July 12, 2012)

Zborowski, James. "The Dark Knight Rises." Alternate Takes (July 22, 2012)


Zizek, Slavoj. "First as Tragedy, Then as Farce." RSAnimate (July 28, 2010)

Critical Thinking

The Skeptic's Dcitionary ["The Skeptic's Dictionary is a website and a book. Each features definitions, arguments, and essays on topics ranging from acupuncture to zombies, and provides a lively, commonsense trove of detailed information on things supernatural, paranormal, and pseudoscientific. Dozens of topics in logic, perception, science, and philosophy are also covered to help explain the appeal and popularity of occult beliefs and to provide a guide for critical thinking."]


"Seeing and Perceiving." To the Best of Our Knowledge (February 6, 2011)

Taylor, Sunaura. "Humane Meat? No Such Thing." Yes! (March 27, 2011)


Frazen, Jonathan. "Liking Is for Cowards. Go for What Hurts." (Commencement address to the graduates of Kenyon College) The New York Times (May 29, 2011)

Fascism/Right Wing

Alternative Right [", launched on March 1, 2010, is an online magazine of radical traditionalism. It marks an attempt to forge a new, independent intellectual Right." Funded by the National Policy Institute.]

Britt, Laurence W. "14 Characteristics of Fascism." Council for Secular Humanism (July 25, 2004)

Grossman, Zoltan. "The Tucson Shooter and the Real Fascists in Our Midst." Z Net (January 12, 2011)

Harkin, Shaun. "Fascism: What It Is and How to Fight It." We Are Many (June 17, 2010)

Kumar, Deepa. "The Rise of Anti-Muslim Hate." International Socialist Review #74 (November-December 2010)

National Policy Institute [Augusta, GA: "White Americans have been led to believe that “diversity” and “multiculturalism” are sacred. We’re conditioned to be shy when it comes to standing up for our own beliefs. But doesn’t every race, ethnic subculture, and special interest—from left-handers to lesbians—have all sorts of organizations working for them? Isn’t it about time someone spoke for us? It’s not just the minority lobby who opposes our interests while advancing their own: even America’s white leaders—conservatives and liberals, Republicans and Democrats—routinely push for policies that disadvantage their own people. Well, it is about time we had a voice in public policy—that’s why THE NATIONAL POLICY INSTITUTE (NPI) was formed. NPI promotes the American majority’s unique historical, cultural, and biological inheritance—and advances policies that, without prejudicing the legitimate rights of others, fearlessly defends our rights… our heritage. Our school children are special targets in a culture war—they are taught that their parents and ancestors have exploited and victimized the other peoples of the earth. Public institutions named for such Founding Fathers as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are being renamed for radicals like Malcolm X and Cesar Chavez—even the holiday that honors America’s discoverer, Christopher Columbus, is now under attack. Young people are trained to be sensitive towards “oppressed minorities,” but are stripped of pride for what their own people have accomplished. This anti-white—anti- American—campaign of an intellectual elite is waged in the most vicious language and it assigns collective guilt to our kinship in a way that would be considered intolerable if directed at other groups. While minority celebrities, loyalties, and faiths are increasingly promoted in schools and other public places, symbols of the historic beliefs of European-Americans — from Christmas trees to crosses — are discouraged or even forbidden. Government policies are shrinking the majority and underwriting the geometric growth of minorities. The tax and welfare system forces white families to postpone children for financial reasons while politicians use our tax dollars to support large minority families.”]

Potok, Mark. "The Year in Hate and Extremism, 2010." Southern Poverty Law Center (Spring 2011)

Public Eye ["Political Research Associates is a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights. The Public Eye: PRA publishes The Public Eye, our signature quarterly, presenting insightful reports by scholars and journalists on trends within the US Right."]

Smith, Martin. The Rise of the Right in Europe." We Are Many (June 17, 2010)

Youth for Western Civilization ["Youth for Western Civilization was incorporated in 2006 and began actively organizing in 2008. The founder was Kevin DeAnna, a graduate student at American University. While some events were held in the fall of 2008, Youth for Western Civilization first came to public attention in the spring of 2009 by hosting speakers such as Congressman Tom Tancredo, Bay Buchanan and Congressman Virgil Goode. Events were held at campuses around the country including: American University, Vanderbilt University, the University of North Carolina and Providence College. Since then, Youth for Western Civilization has stirred up debate on controversial issues like illegal immigration, multiculturalism and classical education that were thought to be driven off college campuses. YWC stands alone in challenging the dogmatic left-wing orthodoxy of American higher education."]


Gamman, Lorraine. "If Looks Could Kill: On gangster suits and silhouettes." Moving Image Source (May 8, 2012)


Sirota, David. "The Real Problem with Bin Laden Killing Video Games. Once again, the Pentagon is co-opting electronic entertainment to sell us on the military." Common Dreams (May 18, 2011)


Gourevitch, Philip. "Reporting the Story of a Genocide." Conversations with History (February 11, 2000)

"Responding to Genocide Today." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Ongoing Project)


Mitchell, Don. "You Who are the Bureaucrats of Empire, Remember Who We Are" History of a Weapon (April 6, 2004: Address at The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University)


"The Being Deaf Show." RE:SOUND (2007)

Fernandez, Ingrid. "Visions of the Other: The Return of the Abject in Roman Polanski's The Tenant." Bright Lights Film Journal #78 (November 2012)

Knight, Michael Muhammad. "The Innocence of White People." Vice (September 18, 2012)

(Fall 2008: Course Syllabus)


Anderson, Sam. "The Fierce Imagination of Haruki Murakami." The New York Times (10/23/2011)

DJ Monk One. "The Last Thing I Learned From Gil Scott Heron." Ill Doctrine (June 23, 2011)

Ford, John. "Reads and Discusses John Cheever's Short Story 'Reunion.' The New Yorker (December 26, 2006)

Mosson, Greg. "Ars Poetica: The Case for American Political Poetry." The Potomac (Summer 2009)


Gellman, Barton. "The Secret World of Extreme Militias." Time (September 30, 2010)

"Hate and Extremism." Southern Poverty Law Center (Ongoing Archive and Mapping)

Potok, Mark. "The Year in Hate and Extremism, 2010." Southern Poverty Law Center (Spring 2011)


Ryan, Yasmine. "Anti-terrorism and uprisings: North African leaders have worked with the West against Islamists and migrants - becoming more repressive as a result." Al Jazeera (February 25, 2011)

"Southern Sudan Referendum 2011" Global Voices [Online archive of citizen media reports]

Wallerstein, Immanuel. "Structural Crisis in the World-System: Where Do We Go from Here?" Monthly Review (March 2011)


Carlin, Dan. "Pyrrhic Schadenfreude." Common Sense (May 2, 2011)

Gellman, Barton. "The Secret World of Extreme Militias." Time (September 30, 2010)

Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights. "Tea Party Nationalism." (Special Report: Fall 2010)

Marvin, Carolyn and David W. Ingle. "Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Revisiting Civil Religion." Journal of the American Academy of Religion 64.4 (Winter 1996)

---. Blood Sacrifice and the Nation: Totem Rituals and the American Flag. Cambridge University Press, 1999. [excerpt, first ten pages]

Sharlet, Jeff. "Norwegian Shooting Suspect’s Views Echo Xenophobia of Right-Wing Extremists in U.S., Europe." Democracy Now (July 27, 2011)

Wise, Tim. Killing One Monster, Unleashing Another: Reflections on Revenge and Revelry (Website for the Author: May 2, 2011)

Native Americans

Bagley, Will. "Blazing the Trails Westward." Radio West (September 5, 2011)

Marxism and Native Americans. ed. Ward Churchill. Boston: South End Press, 1992. [Available in BCTC Library]


Cornell, Andrew. "Anarchism and the Movement for a New Society: Direct Action and Prefigurative Community in the 1970s and 80s." Institute for Anarchist Studies (2009)


Williamson, Ben. "On Parenting, Media, Education and Phobias." DMLcentral (February 14, 2011)


"Critical Art Ensemble: When Thought Becomes Crime." Dialogic (October 5, 2005)

Robbins, Tim. "Actor, Director Tim Robbins Takes Up Historic Vietnam War Protest in Production of The Trial of the Catonsville Nine." Democracy Now (August 27, 2009)

(Fall 2008: Course Syllabus)


Keller, Bill. "The Inner Lives of Wartime Photographers." The New York Times (May 8, 2011)

LGBT Pride Parades The Big Picture (July 8, 2011)

Mattei, Mario. "The True Meaning of Pictures." International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (April 15, 2011)

Young, Lloyd. "Ramadan Begins." The Big Picture (August 3, 2011)

Police/Law Enforcement

Police/Law Enforcement: Peace and Conflict Studies Archive


Brown, Pamela. "Rolling Jubilee: Buying Up Distressed Debt, Occupy Offshoot Bails Out the People, Not the Banks." Democracy Now (November 15, 2012)

Carrion, Maria. "General Strike Sweeps Europe as Millions Reject Austerity as Solution to Economic Crisis." Democracy Now (November 14, 2012)

The End of Poverty (USA: Philippe Diaz, 2008: 106 mins)

Hooper, Simon. "British ban squatting to tackle ‘anarchists': Squatting in empty properties is now a criminal offence, but homeless people say they are being unfairly criminalised." Al Jazeera (November 12, 2012)

King, Martin Luther, Jr. "The Southern Christian Leadership Conference Presidential Address: August 16, 1967." Hartford Web Publishing (Also known as "Where Do We Go From Here" speech)

Seal, Kevin. "News of the Occupation: Occupiers Past and Present – Oakland Union of the Homeless." The Occupied Oakland Journal (November 17, 2011)

Shaw, John. "The problem of the poor: faith, science and poverty in 19th century Britain." The National Archives Podcast Series (September 28, 2006)


Prisons/Prisoners/Jails: Peace and Conflict Studies Archive


Brickner, Mike and Mike Fasano. "Florida Lawmakers Defeat Prison Privatization amid National Push for For-Profit Jails." Democracy Now (February 17, 2012)

Crabtree, Susan. "Report: U.S. Has Wasted Tens Of Billions Of Dollars On Contractors In Iraq And Afghanistan." Talking Points Memo (February 28, 2011)

Lapon, Gary. "College, Inc.: The abuses of the growing for-profit higher education industry." Socialist Worker (August 27, 2012)

"Wells Fargo Profits from Private Prisons." Media Roots (November 22, 2011)

"Why a Michigan High School is Ground Zero for US Politics." The Rachel Maddow Show (April 22, 2011)


Wu, Timothy. "The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires." The Center of Internet and Society (May 15, 2011)


Mattei, Mario. "The True Meaning of Pictures." International Guild of Visual Peacemakers (April 15, 2011)


Sandiumenge, Lili. "Spain: The Rebel Grandparents of the 15M." Global Voices (February 9, 2012)


Baxter, Joan. "How corporate tax breaks hurt humanity. Truth be told: taxation is only certain for the ordinary law-abiding citizen, the non-rich." Rabble (March 18, 2011)

Bybee, Roger. "The Great Corporate Tax Swindle." In These Times (September 1, 2011)

"Corporate Taxpayers & Corporate Tax Dodgers, 2008-2010." Citizens for Tax Justice (November, 2011)

Guevara, Marina Walker, Michael Hudson and Gerard Ryle. "Likely Largest Journalism Collaboration In History." The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (April 3, 2013)

Johnson, Dave. "Actually, 'the Rich' Don't 'Create Jobs,' We Do." TruthOut (May 14, 2011)

"Taxday 2011: Where did your 2010 Federal Income Taxes Go? National Priorities Project (March 22, 2011)

Tax Justice Network ["TJN is an independent organisation launched in the British Houses of Parliament in March 2003. It is dedicated to high-level research, analysis and advocacy in the field of tax and regulation. We work to map, analyse and explain the role of taxation and the harmful impacts of tax evasion, tax avoidance, tax competition and tax havens. Our objective is to encourage reform at the global and national levels. We are not aligned to any political party. Our network includes:
Academics; Accountants; Development organisations and NGOs; Economists; Faith groups; Financial professionals; Journalists; Lawyers; Public-interest groups; Trade unions. Our founding objectives are: To raise the level of awareness about the secretive world of offshore finance; to promote links between interested parties around the world, particularly involving developing countries; to stimulate and organise research and debate; to encourage and support national and international campaign activity. In particular we aim to: Promote more local campaigns for tax justice, especially in developing countries; provide a medium through which tax justice issues can be promoted within multilateral agencies such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund [IMF] , the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development [OECD] and the European Union."]


Technology: Peace and Conflict Studies Archive


Wu, Timothy. "The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires." The Center of Internet and Society (May 15, 2011)


"Facing Time." To the Best of Our Knowledge (October 10, 2010)

Sukhdev, Sandhu. "'Slow cinema' fights back against Bourne's supremacy." The Guardian (March 9, 2012)


Torture: Peace and Conflict Studies Archive


Iyer, Pico. "The World Dreamed But Not Judged." The Marketplace of Ideas (August 10, 2011)

Papayanis, Marilyn Adler. "Sex on the Beach: The Yin Yang of Female Sex Tourism in Two Films." Bright Lights Film Journal #78 (November 2012)

"Seeing and Perceiving." To the Best of Our Knowledge (February 6, 2011)

"Travel." To the Best of Our Knowledge (July 19, 2009)


Taylor, Sunaura. "Humane Meat? No Such Thing." Yes! (March 27, 2011)


Adams, Mike. "Collecting rainwater now illegal in many states as Big Government claims ownership over our water." Natural News (July 26, 2010)

Goodman, Amy, et al. "Poisoned Water, Fossil Fuels." Making Contact (May 22, 2012)


Taibbi, Matt. "The Real Housewives of Wall Street." Rolling Stone (April 11, 2011)

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