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Dec 18, 2015 Disputing Korean Narrative on ‘Comfort Women,’ a Professor Draws Fierce Backlash

QUOTE: a South Korean court ordered Ms. Park’s book, “Comfort Women of the Empire,” redacted in 34 sections where it found her guilty of defaming former comfort women with false facts....and she is being sued for defamation by some of the women themselves. The women have called for Ms. Park’s expulsion from Sejong University in Seoul, where she is a professor of Japanese literature.

International New York Times
Jul 13, 2011 Book Challenges Obama on Mother’s Deathbed Fight

QUOTE: The White House on Wednesday declined to challenge an account in a new book that suggests that President Obama, in his campaign to overhaul American health care, mischaracterized a central anecdote about his mother’s deathbed dispute with her insurance company.

New York Times
Jun 12, 2011 Shedding Hazy Light on a Midnight Ride

QUOTE: With all the revisions prompted by a modern political statement, one Wikipedia contributor asked on a discussion page whether they should consider simply erasing all the additions and returning the page to its pre-Palin state “considering that this is an article about a guy that died 200 years ago (and no new information has emerged recently) the entire flurry of recent activity can be attributed to defenders or detractors of Sarah Palin.”

New York Times
Apr 27, 2011 Honoring Those Who Said No

QUOTE: Thus far, though, our official history has honored only those who approved torture, not those who rejected it… But averting our eyes from recent history means not only that we fail in our legal and moral duty to provide redress to victims of torture, but also that we betray the public servants who risked so much to reverse what they knew was a disastrous and shameful course.

New York Times
Apr 02, 2011 Author of Israel-Hamas report: Would reconsider findings

QUOTE: The chairman of a U.N. commission whose report accused Israel of "actions amounting to war crimes" against Hamas says he would have reached different conclusions if the Israeli military had been more forthcoming and if he had known the results of subsequent investigations. "If I had known then what I know now, the Goldstone Report would have been a different document," wrote Richard Goldstone, a former South African jurist, in a Washington Post op-ed column Friday.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Mar 27, 2011 American Thought Police

QUOTE: The hard right... has a modus operandi when it comes to scholars expressing views it dislikes: never mind the substance, go for the smear. And that demand for copies of e-mails is obviously motivated by no more than a hope that it will provide something, anything, that can be used to subject Mr. Cronon to the usual treatment... But there’s a clear chilling effect when scholars know that they may face witch hunts whenever they say things the G.O.P. doesn’t like.

New York Times
Dec 16, 2010 Wall Street Whitewash

QUOTE: The bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission was established by law to “examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.” The hope was that it would be a modern version of the Pecora investigation of the 1930s, which documented Wall Street abuses and helped pave the way for financial reform. Instead, however, the commission has broken down along partisan lines, unable to agree on even the most basic points.

New York Times
Jun 15, 2010 Cameron Calls N. Ireland Killings ‘Unjustified’

QUOTE: Prime Minister David Cameron offered an extraordinary apology on Tuesday for the 1972 killings of 14 unarmed demonstrators by British soldiers in Northern Ireland, saying that a long-awaited judicial inquiry had left no doubt that the “Bloody Sunday” shootings were “both unjustified and unjustifiable.”

New York Times
Jun 03, 2010 The Holocaust in Lithuania: One man's crusade to bring justice

QUOTE: Within five months of Nazi Germany's invasion in the summer of 1941, most of Lithuania's 200,000 to 220,000 Jews were dead....The pace of the mass murder of Lithuania's Jews -- and the active participation of the local population -- are meticulously recorded in two of the most infamous documents of Holocaust history.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 24, 2010 What's behind Rand Paul's confusion

QUOTE: [Rand] Paul thrust us into one of thorniest corners of that larger question: What's the government's role in regulating how private actors -- private individuals and the private sector -- treat people of another race. The framers of the 14th Amendment wouldn't go there; in 1868, America wasn't ready for it.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 21, 2010 Texas school board hears from critics of social studies changes

QUOTE: ...McLeroy has argued that the revisions provide balance to a set of standards that did not initially paint America in a positive light. Both liberals and conservatives on the board have called the changes "political" -- but they have disagreed on whether that was a bad thing.

Washington Post
Apr 23, 2010 Ending the Slavery Blame-Game

QUOTE: how to parcel out blame to those directly involved in the capture and sale of human beings for immense economic gain. While we are all familiar with the role played by the United States and the European colonial powers like Britain, France, Holland, Portugal and Spain, there is very little discussion of the role Africans themselves played.

New York Times
Apr 15, 2010 The Living and the Dead

QUOTE: a clear demarcation line separates regions able to look forward, even over history’s wounds, and those unable to escape the clutches of the dead. Yehuda Amichai, the fine Israeli poet, once observed of Jerusalem that it is “the only city in the world where the right to vote is granted even to the dead.” The Middle East holds pride of place when it comes to morbid retrospection.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2010 Civil rights-era killings yield secrets to FBI probe

QUOTE: Three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful. Investigators say they have solved most of the mysteries behind the cases, but few will result in indictments, given the passage of decades, the deaths of prime suspects and the challenge of gathering evidence.

Washington Post
Sep 03, 2009 Korea Investigates Atrocities in Race Against Time

QUOTE: It is a race against time. The investigators, from the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, are tapping into the memories of a dwindling number of survivors as they pursue their mission of examining some of modern Korea’s most traumatic moments. They also face the possibility that their mandate, which expires next year, could be ended or drastically curtailed under the conservative government of President Lee Myung-bak.

New York Times
Aug 02, 2009 In Kansas, Proposed Monument to a Wartime Friendship Tests the Bond

QUOTE: some of the American [Vietnam] veterans, who see the park as a place to remember American service members alone, say the compromise location [a memorial for South Vietnamese allies] is still too close, and they worry about what group (Iraqi allies?) might be the next to want to erect a statue so near.

New York Times
Jun 06, 2009 Romancing the Stones

QUOTE: In the noisy debate over the restitution of ancient artworks to their original locale, no case is more controversial or inflamed than the question of the [Greek] Parthenon marbles: should the British finally send them back?

May 09, 2009 Parks Fortify Israel’s Claim to Jerusalem

QUOTE: Israel is quietly carrying out a $100 million, multiyear development plan in some of the most significant religious and national heritage sites just outside the walled Old City here as part of an effort to strengthen the status of Jerusalem as its capital.

New York Times
Nov 26, 2008 Nationalism of Putin’s Era Veils Sins of Stalin’s (Kremlin Rules)

QUOTE: The Kremlin in the Putin era has often sought to maintain as much sway over the portrayal of history as over the governing of the country. In seeking to restore Russia’s standing, Mr. Putin and other officials have stoked a nationalism that glorifies Soviet triumphs while playing down or even whitewashing the system’s horrors. As a result, across Russia, many archives detailing killings, persecution and other such acts committed by the Soviet authorities have become increasingly off limits.

New York Times
Nov 10, 2008 Agendas vanish from Obama's transition Web site

QUOTE: If a president-elect circulates a press release promising to do something, and then changes his mind, there's a paper trail. Not so when files are added to a Web site and then quietly removed over a weekend.

May 29, 2008 Ex-Aide Turns Critic; Chorus Strikes Back

QUOTE: As news of Mr. McClellan’s new tell-all book — in which he calls the war in Iraq a “strategic blunder” and accuses Mr. Bush of engaging in “self-deception” — dominated the airwaves, the White House and a tight-knit group of former aides pushed back. They sought to paint the former press secretary as a disgruntled man trying to redeem his own reputation after long remaining silent about concerns he is suddenly taking public.

New York Times
Jan 18, 2008 A Scholar's Legal Peril in Poland: Princeton Historian Could Face Criminal Charges Over Book

QUOTE: ["Fear"] was first published in 2006 in the United States, where reviewers found it praiseworthy. [Author Jan T.] Gross's work, however, generated bitter feelings among many Poles who accused him of using inflammatory language and unfairly stereotyping the entire population as anti-Semitic.

Washington Post
Nov 23, 2007 Spanish Civil War, This Time Fought in Pixels

QUOTE: The game went on sale in Spain on Thursday in the midst of a bitter debate about how to deal with the country’s past, prompted by a new law that would authorize reparations to civil war victims and ban monuments to Franco.Even before it hit the stores, the game drew criticism from both sides of the political spectrum as a divisive trivialization of a war whose wounds, for many Spaniards, have yet to heal.

New York Times
Oct 13, 2007 Mexican 'Dirty War' Case Nears Court: International Body Set to Probe Fate of Activist Missing Since 1974

QUOTE: More than 33 years later, Mexican human rights experts say Radilla's case is likely to be the first from Mexico's "dirty war" to go before an international human rights court. Attorneys involved in the case say it will be submitted next week to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is composed of judges elected by member nations of the Organization of American States

Washington Post
Oct 07, 2007 Okinawans Protest Japan’s Plan to Revise Bitter Chapter of World War II

QUOTE: The ministry said that it “is not clear that the Japanese Army coerced or ordered the mass suicides” but cited no fresh evidence to explain its change in policy. What was clear, though, was the timing of the announcement, which came a few months after the Japanese government passed a new law emphasizing “patriotism” in public schools.

New York Times
Oct 06, 2007 Turkish Premier Tells Bush Genocide Bill Would Hurt Ties

QUOTE: "The president has described the events of 1915 as 'one of the greatest tragedies of the 20th century' but believes that the determination of whether or not the events constitute a genocide should be a matter for historical inquiry, not legislation," Johndroe said.

Washington Post
Sep 24, 2007 Giuliani's Rhetoric on Terror Contrasts With His Record

QUOTE: for most of Giuliani's career as a Department of Justice official, prosecutor and New York's chief executive, terrorism was a narrow aspect of his broader crime-fighting agenda, which was dominated by drug dealers, white-collar criminals and the Mafia. Giuliani expressed confidence that Islamic extremism could be contained through vigorous investigation by law enforcement agencies and prosecution in the court system -- the same approach he now condemns.

Washington Post
Aug 28, 2007 Policing history: Philadelphia may license tour guides: Is it a crime to say George Washington slept where he didnt?

QUOTE: Mr. Avery, a part-time tour guide and retired reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, is out to halt what he sees as "nonsense" parading as history among those paid handsomely to tutor tourists… [but] Objectors think the bill unfairly singles out guides.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 24, 2007 Ahead of 'September Dawn,' Mormon Church revisits dark period: In response to the new movie, the church sheds light on the 1857 Mountain Meadows massacre.

QUOTE: But Bylund also received death threats from Mormons unhappy with the effort. And when a backhoe accidentally dug up a shovel full of bones, distrust of the church flared among victims' relatives. Finally, at the dedication ceremony, Mr. Hinckley offered words of healing to the descendants, but punctuated them with a legalistic disclaimer of any church responsibility.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 10, 2007 Bomb Scare: Japan's dangerous victimization myth.

QUOTE: Engrained in Japan's political culture is the notion that in 1945 the country was a victim rather than an aggressor .... But presenting the atomic-bomb decision as an act of gratuitous destructiveness misrepresents history.

New Republic, The (TNR)
May 13, 2007 Jamestown vs. Plymouth: America's Founding Fictions

QUOTE: We prefer [The Pilgrim story] because we like to think that we are descended from a humble and saintly band.... But America's true founding story is much more interesting and much more real.

Washington Post
May 07, 2007 Teaching Recent History From Opposite Perspectives: At Georgetown, It's Feith vs. Tenet and Policy vs. Intelligence

QUOTE: Tenet and Feith are teaching rival versions of recent history and taking their disagreements public. Each is teaching a class that reflects his own worldview and experience in institutions -- the Defense Department and the CIA -- that saw the world in starkly different terms.

Washington Post
Apr 20, 2007 E.U. Ministers Agree on Rules Against Hate Crimes, Racism

QUOTE: The documents urge E.U. nations to impose prison sentences of up to three years for individuals convicted of denying genocide, such as the mass killing of Jews during World War II or the massacres in Rwanda in 1994.The rules would require countries to prosecute offenders in connection with killings that have been recognized as genocides by the International Criminal Court in The Hague. But some political figures said the regulations could undermine freedom of speech, expression and the press.

Washington Post
Feb 05, 2007 Spitfire: Vietnam veterans were gobbed on, insist angry readers and critical bloggers.

QUOTE: The idea that Vietnam veterans returning from the war were spat upon by protesters is fixed in many minds....Alas, none of the leads provided to me by readers contains anything that confirms that the incidents took place: I've yet to locate a news account that documents a specific spit altercation or a police or court paper trail that would back the accusations.

Sep 30, 2006 In Taking On Fox, Democrats See Reward in the Risk

QUOTE: Though Fox News maintains that its reporting is down the middle, Democrats have long complained that the news channel operates like a public relations outpost of the Bush White House. But never before has that anger built into a mad-as-hell-and-not-going-to-take-it-any-more moment, and spilled over in such naked and sustained fashion onto Fox News itself.

New York Times
Sep 13, 2006 History by miniseries: Too fast, too loose? ABC's 'Path to 9/11' ignited a furor over political meddling – and how it will play in an election season.

QUOTE: The controversy over "Path" boiled over even before its première Sunday. Several officials in the Clinton administration publicly complained that the dramatization distorted their actions to track down Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 27, 2006 Morality in Iraq, Then and Now

QUOTE: In a long history of U.S. involvement in Iraq stained by official mistakes, betrayals and misunderstandings, the initial coverup of Hussein's Anfal [poison gas--Ed.] campaign is among its darkest moments.

Washington Post
May 02, 2006 France to Shine a Light on Its Notorious Camp: U.S. Holocaust Museum Will Help Create Memorial

QUOTE: A memorial marking the role of France's Vichy government in shipping Jews and others to Nazi death camps will be created at Rivesaltes, an internment facility near France's border with Spain...

Washington Post
Dec 21, 2005 Defending Science by Defining It

QUOTE: Since the scientific revolution of the 16th and 17th centuries, "science has been limited to the search for natural causes to explain natural phenomena," Jones writes, noting that the scientific revolution was explicitly about the rejection of "revelation" in favor of empirical evidence. Since then, he writes, "science has been a discipline in which testability, rather than any ecclesiastical authority or philosophical coherence, has been the measure of a scientific idea's worth."

Washington Post
May 10, 2005 Know Thy Allies: What Bush got wrong about Yalta.

QUOTE: Along with the myth of FDR's treachery in leading America into war, the "stab in the back" interpretation of Yalta became a cudgel with which the old right and their McCarthyite heirs tried to discredit a president they had long despised.

Feb 27, 2005 A Plot Thickens: Three Decades After Chile's Right-Wing Coup, Historians Have Yet to Dot All the i's. But One Thinks He May Have Crossed a K.

QUOTE: Did the [Council on Foreign Relations--Ed.] cave to pressure from Kissinger and his allies and stop Maxwell's writings about Chile?

Washington Post
Jan 27, 2005 Eyes on the Prize Hits P2P

QUOTE: Eyes on the Prize, the 14-part series chronicling the civil rights movement, can no longer be broadcast on television and has never been released on DVD because of copyright restrictions....Cheng believes the group has a fair-use right to [post it for peer-to-peer downloads--Ed.] because the historically important film is otherwise unavailable.

Aug 23, 2004 Bush Renews Call to End 527 Ads: President Commends Kerry's Vietnam Service

QUOTE: Bush said he was opposed to all ads run by organizations known as 527s, which are exploiting a loophole in campaign finance laws. But Bush pointedly avoided criticizing the message of the veterans group, Swift Boat Veterans for Truth.

Washington Post
Aug 06, 2004 McCain Criticizes Ad Attacking Kerry on Vietnam War Record

QUOTE: McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, called on President Bush to condemn the ad, which was financed in part by a major Republican Party donor in Texas.

Washington Post
Oct 23, 2003 Historian Urges Revocation of 1932 Pulitzer

QUOTE: A Columbia University historian retained by the New York Times said Wednesday that he had recommended that the Pulitzer Prize awarded in 1932 to the newspaper's Moscow correspondent be revoked.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 24, 2003 At Custer's last stand, a first stand for Indians

QUOTE: Some 127 years after routing Custer at Little Bighorn, they will finally get a memorial honoring the Indians who died in the famous siege.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 14, 2003 History for Hire in Industry Lawsuits

QUOTE: The American Prospect magazine, in a 2000 article, identified Dr. Ludmerer as well as the popular historian Stephen E. Ambrose and Theodore Marmor, a social scientist at Yale University, as high-paid consultants for the tobacco industry.

New York Times
Apr 13, 2003 Vikings? Such friendly folk, say textbooks

QUOTE: "Vital pieces of history have been taken out of schoolbooks and the curriculum in the European-wide drive to pretend the union has a common identity and background," said Soysal. "But, unless our children understand the truth about how Europe was created, they will never appreciate the current world conflicts or understand European reactions to them."

Guardian Unlimited
Feb 07, 2003 Confederate Flag Boycott Tests Presidential Candidates' Resolve

QUOTE: The Democratic candidates for president are struggling these days to work their way through a bit of a headache: How to campaign in South Carolina...without running afoul of an economic boycott intended to force the removal of a Confederate flag from the State House grounds.

New York Times
Jan 31, 2003 The Guilt of the Church: Daniel Goldhagen, the author of A Moral Reckoning, calls upon the Catholic Church to face its legacy of anti-Semitism and its role in the Holocaust

QUOTE: "What must a religion of love and goodness do to confront its history of hatred and harm, and to perform restitution?"

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)

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