Just War

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Charta, 2005 - Political Science - 67 pages
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"Howard Zinn, an American historian, and Gino Strada, surgeon and founder of EMERGENCY (the Italian humanitarian society for the care and rehabilitation of civilian victims of war and anti-personnel mines), are in agreement with one another on the need to abolish war - all wars." "Zinn and Strada, speaking in Rome recently, captivated an audience of over a thousand people with their views on war. Zinn's words are captured, unabridged, in this book." "Zinn's message in Rome was simple but powerful. The photos that accompany the text in this volume are by Moises Saman, a photo-reporter who fights against war with his camera." "Howard Zinn said that if the human race is going to survive, it must declare wars taboo, as it did with cannibalism and slavery. Wars, he says, referring to Gino Strada's experience in treating its victims, are essentially wars against civilians, many of them children. All of us, therefore, have a responsibility to work towards a time when we still struggle for justice, but without war."--BOOK JACKET.

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This is an excellent essay on the concept of a "just war" with information from Howard Zinn himself on how he ultimately became involved in the anti-war movement. Awesome read!

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A little book with a huge subject. This is the transcript of a speech Howard Zinn made to the members of the EMERGENCY organisation. It tells a little bit about his experiences of war and using ... Read full review

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A committed radical historian and activist, Howard Zinn approaches the study of the past from the point of view of those whom he feels have been exploited by the powerful. Zinn was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1922. After working in local shipyards during his teens, he joined the U.S. Army Air Force, where he saw combat as a bombardier in World War II. He received a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University in 1958 and was a postdoctoral fellow in East Asian studies at Harvard University. While teaching at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, Zinn joined the civil rights movement and wrote The Southern Mystique (1964) and SNCC: The New Abolitionists (1964). He also became an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War, writing Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal (1967) and visiting Hanoi to receive the first American prisoners released by the North Vietnamese. Zinn's best-known and most-praised work, as well as his most controversial, is A People's History of the United States (1980). It explores American history under the thesis that most historians have favored those in power, leaving another story untold. Zinn discusses such topics as Native American views of Columbus and the socialist and anarchist opposition to World War I in examining his theory that historical change is most often due to "mass movements of ordinary people." Zinn's other books include You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train: A Personal History of Our Times (1995) and Artists in Times of War (2004). He has also written the plays Emma (1976), Daughter of Venus (1985), and Marx in Soho (1999).

Moises Saman was born in Lima, Peru, in 1974. At the age of eighteen, he moved to Los Angeles to study photography at UC Fullerton. During his junior year in college, he took his first trip to a conflict zone, travelling to Chiapas, Mexico, where he photographed the aftermath of the Zapatista uprising. After graduating, he interned at Newsday in New York. lestinian conflict, the war in Afghanistan, and, most recently the war in Iraq--from Baghdad. During his assignment in Baghdad, Saman, along with four foreign journalists, was accused of espionage and imprisoned by the Iraqi secret police, the Mukhabarat. He spent eight days in prison before his release and deportation to Jordan. He has since returned to Iraq on multiple occasions to continue his coverage of the ongoing conflict. The winner of two "Newsday Publisher's Awards, he recently received prize in the prestigeous 2003 World Press Photo Award for General News.

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