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The Human Costs of the Pandemic Olympics

Dave Zirin and Jules Boykoff The Nation
The Tokyo Games should be a warning to potential Olympic hosts everywhere. The 2020 Olympics are unfolding like the nightmare scenario so many medical officials predicted.

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Narrative Napalm: Malcolm Gladwell’s Apologia for American Butchery

Noah Kulwin The Baffler
Portside typically aims at reviewing books offering a radical, cogent POV. This is not the case for the book here, a political slapdash whose trade-promoted author justifies if not glorifies mass slaughter in promoting war aims and imperial ventures.

Global Left Midweek - Focus on East Asia

Portside
A Hong Kong union organizer speaks, shaky times for Nepal Communists, the political plot thickens in India, and more reports from Asia and hot spots worldwide

Did the Atomic Bomb End the Pacific War? – Part II

Paul Ham History News Network
Taken together, or alone, the reasons offered in defense of the bomb do not justify the massacre of civilians. We debase ourselves, and the history of civilization, if we accept that Japanese atrocities warranted an American atrocity in reply.

Did the Atomic Bomb End the Pacific War?

Paul Ham History News Network
The use of the atomic weapon must be seen as a continuation and a start: the nuclear continuation of the conventional terror bombing of Japanese civilians, and the start of a new “cold war.”

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Suspicious: A Biography of Master Spy Richard Sorge

Tariq Ali London Review Of Books
Unlike Kim Philby, Cold War-era Soviet master spy Richard Sorge is not yet the subject of multiple novels, profiles and transatlantic espionage dramas. He, his exploits and his tragic end at the hands of Japanese militarism should be better known.
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