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Thanksgiving with Howard Zinn

No reason to mince words: Thanksgiving is a weird holiday, one that celebrates a deplorable, genocidal history, yet is also, for many of us, a treasured chance to spend some down-time with those we love, and even, for some, an opportunity to check in and contemplate the actual gratitude for what we have, coexisting with the anger over the state of things that drives us to make change.  In short, like much of American life, it’s complicated.

In the interest of fostering a critical approach to that kind of complexity, and, as they say, in the spirit of the season, we wanted to share this excerpt from the classic Voices of People’s History of the United States, beginning with an explanatory note by authors Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove:

On the three hundred fiftieth anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing on Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts officials planned a celebration, and asked Wamsutta (Frank B.) James to deliver a speech.

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Kirk J. Beattie with Larry King

Last week, long-time Middle East-watcher and author of Congress and the Shaping of the Middle East Kirk J. Beattie sat down with the legendary Larry King to talk Israel, Palestine, Washington, and more.  What ensued was an edifying conversation that has only grown more timely in the few days since it took place, worth watching in its entirety:

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Thank you, Edward Snowden

America’s corporate media tends to take a fairly — ahem – sedate attitude towards actual news, especially when there’s some good political horse racing to keep the ratings up.  But today, there is some actual news that Americans really ought to care about: the European Parliament has officially declared Edward Snowden an “international human rights defender,” calling on all EU member states to drop any criminal charges against the whistle-blower and guarantee him freedom from extradition to the US, where he still faces charges.

The resolution, which followed what EU Civil Liberties Committee chair Claude Moraes described as the Parliament’s “most comprehensive investigation completed to date,” marks a tremendous moment of international support for Snowden.

The announcement shouldn’t have come as too much of a shock to readers of Snowden, the acclaimed recent graphic biography by Ted Rall, which noted that European governments had taken serious notice of Snowden’s revelations:

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Another book we’re proud to publish is Censored, an annual collection of un- and underreported news stories from the heroic Project Censored

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