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 History isn't what happened, but a story of what happened. And there are always different versions, different stories, about the same events. One version might revolve mainly around a specific set of facts while another version might minimize them or not include them at all.
      Like stories, each of these different versions of history contain different lessons. Some histories tell us that ourleaders, at least, have always tried to do right for everyone. Others remark that the emperors don't have the slaves' best interests at heart. Some teach us that this is both what has always been and what always will be. Others counsel that we shouldn't mistake transient dominance for intrinsic superiority. Lastly, some histories paint a picture where only the elites have the power to change the world, while others point out that social change is rarely commanded from the top down.

       Regardless of the value of these many lessons, History isn't what happened, but the stories of what happened and the lessons these stories include. The very selection of which histories to teach in a society shapes our view of how what is came to be and, in turn, what we understand as possible. This choice of which history to teach can never be "neutral" or "objective." Those who choose, either following a set agenda or guided by hidden prejudices, serve their interests. Their interests could be to continue this world as it now stands or to make a new world. 
      We cannot simply be passive. We must choose whose interests are best: those who want to keep things going as they are or those who want to work to make a better world. If we choose the latter, we must seek out the tools we will need. History is just one tool to shape our understanding of our world. And every tool is a weapon if you hold it right.

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Against Empire

By: Michael Parenti

Richly informed and written in an engaging style, Against Empire exposes the ruthless agenda and hidden costs of the U.S. empire today. Documenting the pretexts and lies used to justify violent intervention and maldevelopment abroad, Parenti shows how the conversion to a global economy is a victory of finance capital over democracy.

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Douglas Fraser's Resignation letter from the Labor-Management Group

By: Douglas Fraser

Letter by Douglas Fraser.

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Researching Undercover CIA Agents

By: Louis Wolf

The following is an edited version of a speech given by Bulletin member Louis Wolf to several hundred delegates to the XI World Festival of Youth and Students, Havana, Cuba, August 1978. The speech was later published in the CovertAction Information Bulletin, No. 2, October 1978.

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Dirty Work : The CIA in Western Europe: The CIA in Western Europe

By: Philip Agee; Louis Wolf

First 5 chapters of Dirty Work: The CIA in Western Europe

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Where Myths Lead to Murder

By: Philip Agee

This essay was prefaced with the following statement: "This article is a slightly modified version of the introduction to the book Dirty Work: The CIA in Western Europe, by Philip Agee and Louis Wolf, just published. It expresses much of the philosophy of the CovertAction Information Bulletin."

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Quinby's Warning

By: Edwin Jay Quinby

Article on Commander and conspiracy theorists Edwin Jay Quinby and his book, "A Few Glimpses of the Passing Scene: Involving the Strange Combination of Steam Calliopes, Steamboats, Pipe Organs, Telegraphs, Cables, Radio, Electric Railroads and Gyro Monorails."

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The Cherokee Removal Through the Eyes of a Private Soldier

By: John G. Burnett

John G. Burnett, "The Cherokee Removal Through the Eyes of a Private Soldier" (December 11,1890). In Journal of Cherokee Studies, vol. 3, no. 3 (1978), pp. 50-55- Special issue: The Trail of Tears: Primary Documents of the Cherokee Removal.

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Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies

By: Bartoleme de Las Casas

Excerpts from "A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies" by Spanish Dominican friar Bartolomé de las Casas.

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The Cold War from the Standpoints of Its Victims

By: Eqbal Ahmad

Eqbal Ahmad (1933/34 - 1999) joined the National Liberation Front and worked with Frantz Fanon, was indicted with the anti-war Catholic priests, Daniel and Phillip Berrigan, along with four other Catholic pacifists, on charges of conspiracy to kidnap Henry Kissinger (it was a mistrial), and wrote prolifically as a journalist and political theorist. This talk was delivered in 1991

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Testimony of Ismael Guadalupe Ortiz on Vieques, Puerto Rico

By: Ismael Guadalupe Ortiz

Testimony of Ismael Guadalupe Ortiz on Vieques, Puerto Rico (October 2. 1979). Text first printed in Spanish in Arturo Metendez Lopez, La Batalla de Vieques (Bavamdn, Puerto Rico: COPEC. 1982). Translation courtesy of Ismael Guadalupe Ortiz,

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The Struggle Goes On

By: Walter Rodney

This address by Rodney was made in September 1979, at a street corner in Georgetown. It says something of the crisis of neocolonial rule in Guyana then, and of Rodney and the Working People's Alliance (W.P.A.) struggle against such rule. Rodney would be assassinated in less than a year.

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The Chicago Boys in Chile : Economic Freedom's Awful Toll: Economi...

By: Orlando Letelier

Repression for the majorities and “economic freedom” for small privileged groups are two sides of the same coin.

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Street Speech

By: Walter Rodney

A street speech in Guyana by Walter Rodney arguing against racial antagonism and explaining its role in the functioning of capitalism. Note: It is important to understand that the following comments were made specifically in the context of the Guyanese situation.

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Walter Rodney Speaks : The Making of an African Intellectual (Sele...

By: Walter Rodney

A dialogue held in Amherst, MA where Rodney discussed his own political and intellectual development, and exchanged views on the role of the black intellectual.

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A Bicentennial Without a Puerto Rican Colony

By: Piri Thomas

Published in The Crisis, December 1975. As the United States prepared to celebrate the Bicentennial of the American revolution of 1776, anti-imperialists sought to call the nation back to its anti-colonial routes. A focus of many activists was the continuing U.S. control of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, which the U.S. has occupied since 1898.

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Victor : An Unfinished Song (Three Chapters): An Unfinished Song (...

By: Joan Jara

Written by his wife, this book tells of the life and times of Chilean folksinger Victor Jara, murdered in 1973 by the military after having worked to bring Salvador Allende into power and democracy to his country.

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A Fundamental Necessity of the Revolution

By: Samora Machel

Excerpts from the Opening Speech of the First Conference of Mozambican Women by Samora Moises Machel, president of FRELIMO, on March 4, 1973. Translated from Portuguese.

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George Jackson : Black Revolutionary: Black Revolutionary

By: Walter Rodney

George Jackson also authored Blood In My Eye which was published posthumously, or after this article was written.

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National Liberation and Culture

By: Amilcar Cabral

This text was originally delivered on February 20, 1970; as part of the Eduardo Mondlane (1) Memorial Lecture Series at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, under the auspices of The Program of Eastern African Studies. It was translated from the French by Maureen Webster.

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Alcatraz Proclamation and Letter

By: Indians of All Tribes (IAT)

Alcatraz Proclamation and Letters by Native Americans from November 20, 1969 to June 11, 1971 on Alcatraz Island.

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