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Lawrence Wittner
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Lawrence Wittner received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 1967, and has taught since then at Hampton Institute, at Vassar College, at Japanese universities (under the Fulbright program), and at the State University of New York/Albany, where he is currently Professor of History emeritus. A former president of the Council on Peace Research in History (now the Peace History Society), he has written extensively on the history of peace movements and on the history of United States foreign policy. He has received major fellowships or grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the United States Institute of Peace.

His books include Rebels Against War (1969, rev. ed. 1984), Cold War America (1974, rev. ed. 1978), and American Intervention in Greece (1982). His most extensive project was a scholarly trilogy entitled The Struggle Against the Bomb (1993-2003). In 2009, he came out with an abbreviated version: Confronting the Bomb: A Short History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement, published by Stanford University Press. His autobiography recently appeared as Working for Peace and Justice: Memoirs of an Activist Intellectual (2012). He has also edited or co-edited four other books, served as co-editor of the scholarly journal Peace & Change, and written more than 250 published articles and book reviews.

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Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 6:05 PM

Americans committed to better living for bosses can take heart at the fact that college and university administrators -- unlike their faculty (increasingly reduced to rootless adjuncts) and students (saddled with ever more debt) -- are thriving.

In 2011, the last year for which figures are available, 42...

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Doom from the Depths: Coming Your Way

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Ever since the horrors of submarine warfare became a key issue during World War I, submarines have had a sinister reputation. And the building of new, immensely costly, nuclear-armed submarines by the U.S. government and others may soon raise the level of earlier anxiety to a nuclear nightmare.

This spring,...

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Does War Have a Future?

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:25 PM

National officials certainly assume that war has a future. According to a report by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, world military expenditures totaled nearly $1.75 trillion in 2013. Although, after accounting for inflation, this is a slight decrease over the preceding year, many countries increased their military...

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Inequality Deepens on University Campuses

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Is economic inequality growing in American higher education?

A report just issued by the Institute for Policy Studie -- The One Percent at State U -- indicates that it is. Surveying public universities, the report finds that the 25 highest-paid presidents increased their income by a third...

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The Limits of Military Power

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 1:29 PM

Is overwhelming national military power a reliable source of influence in world affairs?

If so, the United States should certainly have plenty of influence today. For decades, it has been the world's Number 1 military spender. And it continues in this role. According to a recent report by...

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Robert Musil's Rachel Carson and Her Sisters

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:20 PM

Despite the central role of women in environmental activism, surprisingly little is known about them. Furthermore, what is known is usually limited to the work of Rachel Carson, whose powerful call to action, Silent Spring (1962), is widely credited with jump-starting the modern environmental movement. Fortunately, Robert Musil's new book,...

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Your Doctors Are Worried

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:05 PM

Your doctors are worried about your health -- in fact, about your very survival.

No, they're not necessarily your own personal physicians, but, rather, medical doctors around the world, represented by groups like International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). As you might recall, that organization, composed of...

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America's Peace Ship

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 10:50 AM

Is there an emotional connection between the oceans and the pursuit of peace? For whatever reason, peace ships have been increasing in number over the past century.

Probably the first of these maritime vessels was the notorious Ford Peace Ship of 1915, which stirred up more ridicule than...

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Inequality on Campus

(8) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 6:39 PM

As the United States begins to grapple with the issue of growing economic inequality, it should not ignore the widening income gap on American college campuses.

Some of the nation's poorest people work at higher educational institutions, and many of them are members of the faculty. Oh, yes, there are...

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The Endless Arms Race: Despite Great Power Promises, New Nuclear Weapons Are On the Way

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 3:30 PM

It's heartening to see that an agreement has been reached to ensure that Iran honors its commitment, made when it signed the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to forgo developing nuclear weapons.

But what about the other key part of the NPT, Article VI, which commits nuclear-armed nations...

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When Will They Ever Learn? The American People and Support for War

(3) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 4:39 PM

When it comes to war, the American public is remarkably fickle.

The responses of Americans to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars provide telling examples. In 2003, according to opinion polls, 72 percent of Americans thought going to war in Iraq was the right decision. By early 2013, support...

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Cultivating the 'Entrepreneurial Spirit' at America's Largest University

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 3:09 PM

The State University of New York (SUNY) -- 64 higher education campuses with nearly half a million students -- is the largest university system in the United States. Therefore, when university administrators join the state's governor in turning SUNY into a loyal servant of big business, that fact has significant...

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The Minimum Wage Should Be Raised

(7) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 6:53 PM

Some 47 million Americans live in poverty, and a key reason is the decline of the minimum wage.

First established under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the nationwide minimum wage was designed to lift millions of American workers out of poverty and to stimulate the...

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Eliminating Nuclear Weapons Is Just as Important as Eliminating Chemical Weapons

(103) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 12:33 PM

The apparent employment of chemical weapons in Syria should remind us that, while weapons of mass destruction exist, there is a serious danger that they will be used.

That danger is highlighted by an article in the September/October 2013 issue of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Written...

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The Problem of Syria -- and a Solution

(3) Comments | Posted September 5, 2013 | 6:50 PM

Let us consider the worst: that, in violation of the 1925 Geneva Protocol and the subsequent Chemical Weapons Convention, the Syrian government has used chemical weapons to massacre large numbers of people. If true, that is a real problem, for it is not only a dastardly act, but a clear...

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Clinging to Mass Violence

(21) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Is the human race determined to snuff itself out through mass violence? There are many signs that it is.

The most glaring indication lies in the continued popularity of war. Despite well over 100 million deaths in World Wars I and II, plus the brutal military conflicts in Korea, Indochina,...

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Still Preparing for Nuclear War: The U.S. Government Continues the Policies of the Past

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:08 PM

Nearly a quarter century after the disappearance of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, the U.S. government is still getting ready for nuclear war.

This fact was underscored on June 19, 2013, when the Pentagon, on behalf of President Barack Obama, released a report...

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When Education Is a Business

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 6:55 PM

To what extent is education corrupted when it becomes intertwined with profit-making businesses?

This question becomes increasingly relevant as corporations move into key roles at American universities. In late June of this year, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo steamrolled a bill through the state legislature to establish

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Corporate Welfare or Education? The Future of America's Largest Public University System

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 3:25 PM

"Who needs the Cayman Islands?" That's how a May 22 New York Times article began as it described "Tax-Free NY," a plan zealously promoted by New York State's Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo.

Under the provisions of his Tax-Free NY scheme, most of the 64 campuses of the...

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At Universities, Too, the Rich Grow Richer

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Although many Americans believe their universities are places where administrators and faculty members coexist on a fairly equal basis, the reality is that this is far from the case.

According to recent surveys by the Chronicle of Higher Education, 35 private university presidents and 4 public university presidents...

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