Outreach for the Iran nuclear agreement

When: Monday, August 3, 2015, 5:00 pm to Monday, August 31, 2015, 7:00 pm
Where: Harvard and Park Street MBTA stations • Cambridge
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Bread & Puppet Theater's "The Overtakelessness Circus" in Cambridge on Labor Day Weekend -- September 6, 2015

When: Sunday, September 6, 2015, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Magazine Beach Park • 719 Memorial Drive • Cambridge
The award-winning Vermont-based Bread & Puppet Theater takes its annual Labor Day 

weekend "little big tour" down to the Boston area, this year bringing their new The Overtakelessness Circus to be presented outdoors on Sunday, September 6th, in Cambridge at Magazine Beach Park.

The Overtakelessness Circus presents the most popular races and competitions of modern life and its economy, including the race between the proletariat and the CEOs, and the race between the limping city pedestrian and the sports car in a typical traffic jam. The Circus will also commemorate several historic events that do or do not influence modern life, such as the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta and the 30th Anniversary of the federally supported firebombing and destruction of the MOVE Family in Philadelphia.

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Ukraine Crisis: Origins of Conflict and Prospects for Peace

When: Sunday, September 27, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Eliot Church, U.C.C. • 474 Centre Street • Newton Corner

Presentation by Paul Christensen, who has studied social movement politics in Russia and the Soviet Union.  Professor Christensen has conducted research in the Donetsk region of Ukraine.  Discussion will follow.

The situation is eastern Ukraine is tragic and dangerous, with suffering and casualties for people in the region and the potential for US/NATO confrontation with Russia.

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Bread and Roses Heritage Festival

When: Monday, September 7, 2015, 11:30 am to 6:00 pm
Where: Campagnone Common • 200 Common Street • Free • Lawrence

The 31st annual Bread and Roses Heritage Festival is a FREE, open air, celebration of the ethnic diversity and labor history of Lawrence, Massachusetts, on the Campagnone (North) Common in Lawrence, from 11:30AM-6PM. It takes place in honor of the most significant event in Lawrence history: the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike.

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"The American Century" has plunged the world into crisis

‘The American Century’ Has Plunged the World Into Crisis

There’s something fundamentally wrong with U.S. foreign policy.

by Conn Hallinan and Leon Wofsy

Despite glimmers of hope — a tentative nuclear agreement with Iran, for one, and a long-overdue thaw with Cuba — we’re locked into seemingly irresolvable conflicts in most regions of the world. They range from tensions with nuclear-armed powers like Russia and China to actual combat operations in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

Why? Has a state of perpetual warfare and conflict become inescapable? Or are we in a self-replicating cycle that reflects an inability — or unwillingness — to see the world as it actually is?

The United States is undergoing a historic transition in our relationship to the rest of the world, but this is neither acknowledged nor reflected in U.S. foreign policy. We still act as if our enormous military power, imperial alliances, and self-perceived moral superiority empower us to set the terms of “world order.”

While this illusion goes back to the end of World War II, it was the end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union that signaled the beginning of a self-proclaimed “American Century.” The idea that the United States had “won” the Cold War and now — as the world’s lone superpower — had the right or responsibility to order the world’s affairs led to a series of military adventures. It started with President Bill Clinton’s intervention in the Yugoslav civil war, continued on with George W. Bush’s disastrous invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and can still be seen in the Obama administration’s own misadventures in Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, and beyond.

In each case, Washington chose war as the answer to enormously complex issues, ignoring the profound consequences for both foreign and domestic policy. Yet the world is very different from the assumptions that drive this impulsive interventionism.

It’s this disconnect that defines the current crisis.

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Boston says No to RE/MAX

Monday con­ven­tion­eers going to the Re/Max conference here in Boston saw 30 to 40 protesters saying NO OPEN HOUSES ON STOLEN LAND.  
 
Peace activist groups gathered at Hynes Convention Center to protest RE/MAX's operations in occupied Palestinian Land.  Re/Max International and Re/Max Israel sell settlement homes that are built on stolen Palestinian land.  These settlements are in direct violation of international law.  Re/Max Israel and Re/Max International profit from the continuing land theft from and dispossession of Palestinians.
 
Boston protesters say NO - No to Re/Max illegal operations.  
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