SOURCE: New York Times
Martha Hodes Reconstructs Her Memory of a 1970 Hijacking
At age 12, the historian, with her older sister, was a passenger on a jet hijacked by Palestinian militants. After decades of minimizing the story, her efforts to approach her past as a historian highlight the gaps in documentary records, the contradictory ways memory can fill those gaps, and the varying degrees of distance historians keep from their subjects.
SOURCE: Associated Press
German Government Panel of Historians Begins Inquiry into 1972 Munich Olympics Killings
The government hopes to address ongoing questions raised by the families of murdered Israeli athletes about failures of security before the attack and as the crisis unfolded.
SOURCE: The Nation
Biden Should Remove Cuba from List of State Sponsors of Terrorism
by Guillaume Long
After Obama removed Cuba from the list of countries sponsoring terrorism, Trump reinstalled it for petty political reasons. The Biden administration should reverse the decision again.
SOURCE: Black Perspectives
Black History, White Terror, and Rosewood at 100
by Dan Royles
The efforts of historians and survivors to achieve a small measure of justice and acknowledgment for the Rosewood massacre demonstrate the stakes of Florida's current efforts to restrict the teaching of history that challenges white supremacy.
SOURCE: American Historical Review
"As if I Wasn't There": Writing from a Child's Memory
by Martha Hodes
Writing her own memory of being held hostage by terrorists forced the author to put herself at the center of the story.
SOURCE: Mother Jones
The Battle over Reproductive Freedom Still Rages at Dr. George Tiller's Former Clinic
"It’s been more than a decade since Tiller was murdered, but at Trust Women, which reopened and rebranded under his protégé Julie Burkhart in 2013, the past has a habit of lingering outside the gates."
SOURCE: African American Policy Forum
African American Policy Forum Statement on Buffalo Massacre
"Racial terrorism would die out with the generations weaned on it—or so the more hopeful among us believed."
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Isaac Chotiner Interviews Kathleen Belew on White Power and the Buffalo Mass Shooting
"The idea is simply that many different kinds of social change are connected to a plot by a cabal of élites to eradicate the white race, which people in this movement believe is their nation."
Does Israel's Right Cultivate a Permanent Enemy to Justify a Permanent Occupation?
by Alon Ben-Meir
The vast majority of Israelis and Palestinians have been born since the occupation began. The current Israeli government seems content to exploit violent outbreaks like those of recent weeks to ensure that no one seriously imagines alternatives.
SOURCE: London Review of Books
Is the British Legal System Finally Ready for Justice for the True Perpetrators of an IRA Bombing?
Journalist Chris Mullin discusses the saga of wrongful conviction, eventual exoneration, and delayed justice for the victims of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, and argues he is being scapegoated for the whole mess because he won't identify a source who was involved.
FBI Identifies 6 Juvenile Persons of Interest in HBCU Bomb Threats
On the first day of Black History Month multiple historically Black campuses reported bomb threats.
The Historian's Approach to Understanding Terrorism (and Why it's Needed)
by Richard English
Historians have the long-term focus, the attention to particularity and contingency, and the willingness to engage with sources from multiple origins that are missing from policy approaches to terrorism.
9/11's Memorials and the Politics of Historical Memory
by Marita Sturken
Major 9/11 memorials try to fix the public memory on a moment of national unity that, 20 years later, seems illusory. Other memorials point the way to using the force of memory to encourage critical reflection on nationalism.
Were the 9/11 Attacks Preventable?
by J. Samuel Walker
It's impossible to know if more diligent preparation for potential Al Qaeda attacks could have prevented them, but the Bush administration's slowness to develop a national security strategy for terrorism will always haunt the nation and the world.
Perspective on the History of the Taliban
Wazmah Osman of Temple University discusses how the weekend's events, when the fall of Kabul seemed imminent, and explains why the Taliban's defeat was illusory.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
Twenty Years after 9/11, its Memorialization Remains Contested
by John Bodnar
"How people respond to traumatic events and the pain of others, of course, is always unpredictable. But such responses have consequences."
France Arrests Ex-Members of Italy Extremist group Red Brigades
Alleged members of the leftist terror group had been harbored in France under policies of its former Socialist president François Mitterand, with the proviso that such sanctuary was only for those who had not been involved in violence.
White Terrorism: From Post-Civil-War Lynchings to the Present
by Walter G. Moss
The Capitol riots of January 6 echoed elements of mob lynchings in the participants' binary us/them view of society, a conservative white Protestant religious culture, and a willingness to accept rumor and conspiracy as justifications for their actions.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
America’s Political Roots Are in Eutaw, Alabama
"The terror campaign of 1870 ended the promise of Alabama’s brief Reconstruction era, allowing the so-called Redeemers to pry Alabama from the hands of reform. This was the critical juncture that led to the way things are."
SOURCE: New York Times
Will Insurrection Lead to Terrorism?
by Martha Crenshaw
An expert on terrorism and political violence looks to other examples of insurrection to ask what the hardcore extremists at the center of the Capitol riots are likely to do next. Such groups and the recruits they gained on January 6 are likely to become more isolated, but more extreme, and have access to guns unlike any other extremists in the world.
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