Greg Grandin

Greg Grandin teaches history at New York University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book isThe End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America. His previous books include, Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman, The Empire of Necessity:  Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World and Fordlandia, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019
'It Is Not Enough to Simply Oppose US Military Intervention': A Response to WOLA on Venezuela
The following open letter is a response to a letter from the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) dated March 8, and published on Common Dreams here . That letter from WOLA was a response to an initial open letter by 124 academics and scholars posted March 5, also on Common Dreams, and...
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Tuesday, March 05, 2019
An Open Letter to the Washington Office on Latin America About Its Stance on US Effort to Overthrow Venezuelan Government
The following open letter, signed by 124 academics from around the globe, is addressed to the Washington Office on Latin America and voices serious concerns over WOLA's support for various components of the Trump administration's policy towards Venezuela. We write out of concern for the direction...
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Families have been tear gassed at the border and children have already died in Border Patrol custody. (Photo: Reuters) Views
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Donald Trump, Pornographer-in-Chief
On February 15th, Donald Trump declared a state of national emergency in order to fund his “ great, great ” border wall without having to go through Congress. There is, of course, no emergency, despite the rape fantasy that the president has regularly tried to pass off as public policy. In speech...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019
An Open Letter to the United States: Stop Interfering in Venezuela's Internal Politics
The following open letter—signed by 70 scholars on Latin America, political science, and history as well as filmmakers, civil society leaders, and other experts—was issued on Thursday, January 24, 2019 in opposition to ongoing intervention by the United States in Venezuela. The United States...
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This timeline illustrates how some of the most outward-looking presidents, men who insisted that the prosperity of the nation was inseparable from the prosperity of the world, also presided over the erection of a deadly run of border barriers, be they called fences or walls, that would come to separate the United States from Mexico.(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Monday, January 14, 2019
How Not to Build a “Great, Great Wall”
The point was less to actually build “the wall” than to constantly announce the building of the wall. “We started building our wall. I’m so proud of it,” Donald Trump tweeted . “What a thing of beauty.” In fact, no wall , or certainly not the “ big, fat, beautiful ” one promised by Trump, is being...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
How the 1989 War on Manuel Noriega’s Panama Super-Charged US Militarism
M anuel Noriega is dead at 83 . He seems like a sad footnote to the last disastrous quarter century, but the December 1989 US invasion of Panama really was a permission slip for Washington—led by both Republicans and Democrats—to waste whatever potential benefits the end of the Cold War might have...
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Friday, April 07, 2017
Trump Hits His Target: Domestic Critics Who Think He’s Too Close to Putin and Not Interventionist
1. The bombing was for domestic consumption. According to The New York Times , “The Pentagon informed Russian military officials, through its established deconfliction channel, of the strike before the launching of the missiles, the official said, with American officials knowing when they did that...
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Monday, November 09, 2015
Waging Endless War From Vietnam to Syria
In April 2014, ESPN published a photograph of an unlikely duo: Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and former national security adviser and secretary of state Henry Kissinger at the Yankees-Red Sox season opener. In fleece jackets on a crisp spring day, they were visibly enjoying...
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Monday, September 28, 2015
Debacle, Inc.: How Henry Kissinger Helped Disorder the World
The only person Henry Kissinger flattered more than President Richard Nixon was Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. In the early 1970s, the Shah, sitting atop an enormous reserve of increasingly expensive oil and a key figure in Nixon and Kissinger’s move into the Middle East, wanted to be...
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Friday, September 11, 2015
The TPP Will Finish What Chile’s Dictatorship Started
T his September 11th will be the forty-second anniversary of the US-backed coup against the democratically-elected Chilean government, led by the Socialist Salvador Allende, kicking off a battle that is still being fought: in Chile, protests led by students, indigenous peoples, and workers to...
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