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On Saturday, April 6, 2013, veteran peace and justice activist and historian, David Swanson, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Swanson, whose latest book is When the World Outlawed War, participated on a panel called "Law and the New Faces of War."

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Harry Haines, professor at Montclair State University, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Haines participated on a panel called "U.S. Soldiers and the Vietnam War Experience."

On Sunday, April 7, 2013, Ray McGovern, retired CIA officer turned political activist, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. McGovern participated on a panel called "Indefinite Detention and War Against Iran: How Are These Strands of US Foreign Policy Connected?"

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Matthias Maass, spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Maas participated on a panel called "Law and the New Faces of War."

On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Dante Simbulan spoke at the Third National Conference of Historians Against the War called "The New Faces of War," which was held at Towson University. Simbulan, who is affiliated with the KATARUNGAN Center for Peace, Justice and Human Rights in the Philippines, participated on a panel called "Understanding and Responding to the Asia-Pacific Pivot."

U.S. armed drone and Guantanamo prisoners. Image source: october2011.org

Drone warfare, its legality, ethics and military use, was examined at a workshop held on the campus of Johns Hopkins University, at Remsen Hall, in Baltimore, MD, on Tuesday afternoon, April 16, 2013. Medea Benjamin, a peace & social justice activist and cofounder of CODEPINK, spoke about legality, ethics and military use of drones. Five days ealier, over a hundred Human Rights activists staged a “Day of Action” demonstration in front of the White House to remind President Obama to keep his word on closing Guantanamo. Peace activist, Frank Cordaro of the Catholic Worker Community in Des Moines, Iowa, read a poem written by one of the Guantanamo prisoners.

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, center, is accompanied by aides as he visits with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington in this May 5, 2009 file photo. (Photo: Jim Wilson / The New York Times)

Pakistan is not the only country flouting US sanctions. According to Flynt Leverett, a professor at Pennsylvania State University and author of Going to Tehran, a growing list of countries including China, Russia, Turkey, and India are resisting US sanctions because of their own economic needs and because of the wider principle that they should not be bound by American legislation. "It is essentially the US making a kind of hegemonic assertion, which is not grounded in international law," he says, "and could be held to violate US commitments under the World Trade Organization."

Photo source: historiansagainstwar.org

With the vast buildup and ever-expanding reach of the American military and "security apparatus" since 2001, the changes have been dizzying. When Historians Against the War, a small national group formed ten years ago in response to the Iraq invasion, decided to hold a national conference in Baltimore on April 5-7, we chose the title "The New Faces of War." With it, we hope to provide a forum for historians and activists to analyze what is new and not-new in American warmaking.

Mexico community police. Photo by: Moisés Quintana.

Indignant over the police and government’s inability or unwillingness to reduce violent drug-related crimes, citizens in Mexico’s rural, mostly indigenous, southwestern state of Guerrero have (once again) organized armed self-defense groups to ensure their own public safety and security.

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