Orfalea Center Thematic Research Cluster

Transnationalizing the Study of the United States


The Secret History of the Iranian Hostage Crisis and the PLO

PRIO’s Peace in a Pod

November 4 marks the anniversary of the start of the Iranian hostage crisis. You might have learned about it as a major breakdown in the Iran-US relationship that persists today, or maybe you just watched Argo. Jørgen Jensehaugen highlights a different angle though in his article “A Palestinian window of opportunity? The PLO, the US and the Iranian hostage crisis”. This aspect of the crisis has rarely been discussed, but can tell us a lot about the political dynamics at the time, and how those ripple effects are still being felt.

The California Genocide No One Talks About

Scheerpost, SI Podcast

UCLA history professor Benjamin Madley’s book An American Genocide: The United States and the California Catastrophe 1846-1873 details the killing of tens of thousands of Native Americans as the state was being settled in the 19th century. In their conversation, Madley tells Robert Scheer why he believes these massacres did, in fact, constitute genocide in its 20th century United Nations definition. He talks about white settlers’ dehumanization and paranoia about “the other,” and the exceptions to that way of thinking. Finally, Madley discusses how the government supported killing native Americans and how people could read about them in the local newspapers.

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Syrian Atrocity Crimes On Trial

This podcast series is about torture and murder investigations and now a trial in Germany against several of those responsible for atrocities in Syria.

Talk Nation Radio: Daniel Selwyn on Martial Mining

Talk Nation Radio

Talk Nation Radio: Martial Mining, or Militarism and Extraction, sits in conversation with Daniel Selwyn, a researcher and educator with the London Mining Network, an alliance of 21 organisations working to expose human rights abuses and environmental crimes committed by mining companies based in London, and campaigning for social justice and the ecological integrity of the planet.

Operation Condor: the cold war conspiracy that terrorised South America 

The Guardian’s Audio Long Reads

During the 1970s and 80s, eight US-backed military dictatorships jointly plotted the cross-border kidnap, torture, rape and murder of hundreds of their political opponents. Now some of the perpetrators are finally facing justice.

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