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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.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Holocaust Paintings

Anna Ulinich The Forward
The exhibition “Rendering Witness: Holocaust-Era Art as Testimony” demonstrates the power of art. The artists may have been silenced in the homicide of the Nazi 's final solution, but their clandestine art work survives as an outspoken memory.

Defender and Spearheads

Victor Grossman Berlin Bulletin 172
“If you want peace you must prepare for war," - despite its history, support for a growing and aggressive military finds many such rationalizations in today's Germany. Meanwhile, the peace movement continues to demand base closures.

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Racial Terror & Totalitarianism

Mary Helen Washington Solidarity
African American anti-fascist intellectuals sought to link colonialism and U.S.-style racism with European fascism using a variety of rhetorical and artistic means. This book offers a portrait of those efforts.

Remember the Oath of the Elbe

Jeremy Kuzmarov The Progressive
“If everyone intermingled—like we did when we linked up with the Russians—there could be no war.” On April 25, 1945, American and Russian soldiers met at the Elbe River and made a pledge for peace that we should heed today.

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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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Fascism in Multiple Translations

Yuliya Komska Boston Review
Far-rightists glorify one nation united under one language, yet are adept at using translation to spread their politics. E-commerce behemoths like Amazon allow fascism in translation the reach and veneer of a successful global business venture.

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Hitler: Still Messing With Our Heads

Christopher Clark London Review of Books
Two new books on the fascist leader walk different paths; one identifying Hitler as key to virtually every juncture of the party’s rise and fall while the other looks more toward his racial worldview as profoundly preoccupied with ‘Anglo-America.

Friday Nite Videos | October 25, 2019

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Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Politics and 2020. Jojo Rabbit | Movie. Colbert Gets a Surprise Visit From Rudy Giuliani. Demonstrating Quantum Supremacy. Lebanon Protests: 'I Feel Proud to Be Lebanese.'
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