Bulletin N° 688



Subject: Resetting the Global Clock For the 21st Century.


18 March 2016
Grenoble, France



Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

More than ever Americans are speaking of “democratic socialism” and “political revolution”, which implies political activities beyond electoral politics, in which presently only a small minority of the population participate.


The obvious agenda for this mass social movement --which exists parallel to the elections and at which Senator Bernie Sanders finds himself temporarily at the head-- is to democratize the institutions that occupy our lives, and to make new policies based on principles of political justice and economic equality. The corruptions and the inadequacies of the old corporate system are apparent to all but the most stubborn opportunists. The multiple crises which we are now facing are sure to worsen, and a systemically aware population will not be satisfied with simply transferring these crises to another part of the world so that private profits can continue to accrue in the hands of a few. The system is broken and it is breaking us –this is the conclusion of an increasing number of people, including millions of young people who are now facing an unattractive cheap labor market, governed by an increasingly authoritarian and mercenary managerial class.


The revolutionary alternative is social class solidarity mobilized against the forces of alienation and exploitation. The conservative corporate strategy is to engineer a stable pecking order, in which individuals become surrogates for venting frustration and anger within a social hierarchy, so that inequalities and injustices are accepted out of fear and despair.


The 10 items below can be seen not as thermometers but as a thermostats, created to regulate the temperature of our environment according to social class needs, rather than simply passively recording it.




Francis Feeley

Professor of American Studies

University of Grenoble-3

Director of Research

University of Paris-Nanterre

Center for the Advanced Study of American Institutions and Social Movements

The University of California-San Diego






Sanders and His Supporters Should Now Call for

a Real Political Revolution

Jeff Cohen says the challenge for Sanders supporters now is to continue the campaign for the nomination, but take the movement beyond the man and find ways to fight Trump without giving up their independence from the Democratic Party -





From: Mark Crispin Miller
To: "newsfromunderground" <newsfromunderground@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, 13 March, 2016 5:01:04 PM
Subject: [MCM]
Read 'em and weep: Exit polls in Massachusetts PROVED Trump's victory, DISPROVED Hillary's



The Suspect Massachusetts 2016 Primary


by Theodore Soares

As the Massachusetts primaries indicate, the integrity of our elections will be always questionable and suspect until we join the many other countries that safeguard their elections with publicly observed hand counting of paper ballots.




From: Mark Crispin Miller
To: "newsfromunderground" <newsfromunderground@googlegroups.com>
Sent: Sunday, 13 March, 2016 6:19:22 PM
Subject: [MCM] About those VIOLENT protestors at Trump's rallies: How many are provocateurs?



At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate,

Plot To Stop Trump


Karl Rove shared focus group findings that give hope to the GOP establishment.





FBI and Access to NSA Data on Americans
By Peter van Buren


FBI Has New Plan to Spy on High School Students.












Sanders vs. Clinton


Bernie or Hillary? Cornel West & Dolores Huerta Debate After Sanders' Upset Win in Michigan



Part 1: "We Are Pushing Real Revolution": Why Black Lives Matter Doesn't Have Faith in Any Candidate



Bernie, Hillary or Revolution in the Streets? Cornel West, Dolores Huerta, Black Lives Matter Debate






Is Donald Trump A Fascist? Part 2 Of Interview With Robert Paxton,

Father of Fascism Studies






Exposing the Libyan Agenda: A Closer Look at Hillary’s Emails
by Ellen Brown





Hillary Clinton's Link to a Nasty Piece of Work in Honduras


by Marjorie Cohn





Hillary Clinton Wins 4 Races, Rebounding From Michigan Loss







From: Jim O'Brien
To: haw-info@stopthewars.org
Sent: Wednesday, 16 March, 2016
Subject: [haw-info] HAW Notes 3/16/16: film-in-progress; Saudi Arabia conference; links to recent articles of interest.


To members and friends of Historians Against the War,

Here are a couple of notes, followed by our occasional "articles" list.

1.  A documentary movie-in-progress, The Boys Who Said No!, aims to tell the story of Vietnam-era draft resisters who served time in prison rather than cooperate with the draft. It is being produced by Christopher Colorado Jones, a draft resister himself, and directed by Oscar-nominate Judith Ehrlich. The will start an Indiegogo fundraising campaign on April 2. Information is at www.boyswhosaidno.com


2. Over 250 people attended the "Summit on Saudi Arabia" organized by Code Pink in Washington, D.C., April 5-6. Ben Norton has a lengthy report in Salon, and the Real News Network has posted videos of the panels.

Links to Recent Articles of Interest


"The US Military Is Everywhere, Except History Books"
By Robert Neer, Aeon, posted March 16

The author teaches history at Columbia University.


"What's Been Missing in the Coverage of the Story about the Locked iPhone"

By Lloyd C. Gardner, History News Network, posted March 15

The author is a professor emeritus of history at Rutgers University.


"The Dangerous Myth of 'America Must Lead'"

By Andrew J. Bacevich, Defense One, posted March 15
The author is a professor emeritus of history and international relations at Boston University.


"The Trillion Dollar Question the Media Have Neglected to Ask Presidential Candidates"

By Lawrence S. Wittner, History News Network, posted March 14

The author is a professor emeritus of history at SUNY Albany.

"Where Did ISIS Come From: The Story Starts Here"
By Neil Swidey, Boston Globe Magazine, posted March 10

On Paul Bremer and the Bush administration officials who put him in power in Iraq

"Textbook Destroyed"

By Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, posted March 8
On the withdrawal and destruction of a McGraw-Hill social science textbook after complaints that a set of historical maps of Palestine was "anti-Israel"


"Killing Someone Else's Beloved: Promoting the American Way of War in Campaign 2016"
By Mattea Kramer, TomDispatch.com, posted March 3


"Trump: A War Criminal in the Making"

By Aleksander Hemon, Rolling Stone, posted March 2

A former Yugoslav journalist makes a parallel with Serbian nationalism of the early 1990s.


"Gerald Ford White House Altered Rockefeller Commission Report in 1975: Removed Section on CIA Assassination Plots"

Edited by John Prados and Arturo Jimenez-Bacardi, National Security Archive, posted February 29

"Trump's Obsession with WW2 Generals Strikes Sour Note with Historians"

By Emily Flitter, Reuters, posted February 27


As usual, thanks to an anonymous reader who suggested some of the above articles. Suggestions can be sent to jimobrien48@gmail.com.