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July 14, 2009

History Commons Newsletter, July 14, 2009

The Push Towards “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 right here. Thanks again.


New Material Posted in 7 Projects

This has been another busy week at the History Commons. Lots of material has been posted on a variety of subjects.

In the 2008-2009 Economic Crisis project, contributors KJF and 99PercentPure document the fall of AIG and several Obama administration attempts to resuscitate the failing banking industry. Read more: http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=credit_crisis

In the 9/11 project, KJF documents more information about accused terrorist Abu Hamza, Newmex writes of the discovery of pyrotechnic material in WTC debris, and Matt adds more entries about the responses by various military air bases on the day of September 11. Read more: http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=911_project

In the Kosovar Albanian Self-Determination project, contributor Michael Pollock documents the years 1943-1945, with Communists under Marshal Tito beginning to gather power. Read more: http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=kosovar_self-determination

In the Loss of Civil Liberties project, contributor PDevlinBuckley is chronicling the US government’s secret Continuity of Government initiative, including the involvement of FEMA. And blackmax documents numerous efforts by the Bush-Cheney administration to gather ever more power to the executive branch. Read more: http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=lossofcivilliberties

In the Prisoner Abuse project, blackmax is gearing up for a large amount of material. Current postings include an entry on Afghanistan’s “Salt Pit” detention facility, the early activities of Jose Padilla, and President Bush’s boastfulness about the capture of Abu Zubaida. Read more: http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=us_torture_abuse

In the US Electoral Politics project, blackmax writes about the 2005 effort by the Justice Department to institute “Jim Crow”-style restrictions on voting in Georgia. Read more:

In the War in Afghanistan project, contributor VPresley continues to cover the death of Pat Tillman and the cover-up of the circumstances surrounding his death. Rye is preparing to post more entries about the resurgence of the Taliban. Read more: http://www.historycommons.org/project.jsp?project=afghanwar

Thanks for reading. Therapeutic Recreation Week is coming up in the US. Mid-July is the Festival of Souls for our Shintoist friends. And the world celebrates July 18 as Nelson Mandela’s birthday. See you next week!


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