History Commons Newsletter, July 7, 2009
Raising Funds for History Commons 2.0
Over the next few months, the History Commons will begin working towards making some dramatic upgrades in the website, including revamping the web application, and adding much more content and information. These changes will, we trust, make the History Commons a much more effective resource for you and your fellow users. While you may not see the results of these changes for some time, they will, when finished, completely transform the site to make it far more usable and comprehensive. To help move this process forward, we need your financial support like never before. We accept donations through PayPal, credit cards, and personal checks. We sincerely appreciate all you do to make the History Commons a viable resource for information and citizen activism. Please make your tax-deductible donation today.
You can help steer the transformation of the History Commons by making your comments and observations on the History Commons blog. Over the next few weeks, we will begin polling our users to determine what they want to see in the new and improved “History Commons 2.0.” You are a valuable part of the History Commons, and we want to know what you think. Post to us on the History Commons blogs–the links are below. Thanks again.
New Material Posted in 11 Projects!
This has been a busy week at the History Commons. Lots of material has been posted on a variety of subjects. The grant recipients have gotten their sea legs and are pushing material through on a regular basis.
In the 2008-2009 Economic Crisis project, contributor 99PercentPure covers continued fallout from the recent stimulus package, the creation of the various Maiden Lane entities for the AIG bailout, and predictions of future job losses. Read more.
In the 9/11 project, contributor KJF posts material about accused terrorist Abu Hamza and the White House’s reaction to criticism from former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke. Read more.
In the Domestic Propaganda project, contributor blackmax continues covering the reactions to the Sotomayor Supreme Court nomination, including more accusations of racism, a retreat from such invective by some of her opponents, and criticisms of the racial attacks from Presidents Obama and G.H.W. Bush. Read more.
In the Iraq Occupation project, blackmax documents the short career of Bernard Kerik as Iraq’s chief police officer in 2003, and documents GAO predictions of the high cost of withdrawing US troops. Read more.
In the Kosovar Albanian Self-Determination project, contributor Michael Pollock has taken us up to 1942, with the advent of Marshal Tito promising freedom for native Albanians. Read more.
In the Loss of Civil Liberties project, contributors KJF and blackmax have posted material on several areas, including the Bush Justice Department authorizations and justifications of torture, the attempts by several presidents to extend the power of the executive branch, and the court battles surrounding Inslaw and PROMIS. Read more.
In the Neoliberalism and Globalization project, contributor riverledger covers the UNESCO Cultural Diversity convention and its adoption by most UN members. Read more.
In the Prisoner Abuse project, contributor blackmax covers the case of teenaged Guantanamo detainee Mohammed Jawad and prosecutor Darrel Vandeveld, who resigned in protest over Jawad’s treatment. Max is working on much more information for this project. Read more.
In the US Health Care project, contributor Karen Wehrstein continues to round out coverage of the murder of abortion provider George Tiller, and covers the 1966 adoption of universal health care in Canada. Read more.
In the War in Afghanistan project, contributor VPresley has posted a number of entries on the death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman by friendly fire, and the Pentagon’s cover-up of the circumstances surrounding his death. Rye has posted several entries about the US’s current actions against Taliban and drug-running forces. Read more.
Thanks for reading. To our US friends, we hope your 4th of July weekend was a good one. For our Spanish friends, be careful during the Running of the Bulls!
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