Beheadings, Bombings and Bullets: Medea Benjamin on our New Wars in Syria and Iraq

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7:00 pm
Where: Harvard Science Center D • 1 Oxford St • Harvard T • Cambridge (LOCATION CHANGE)
2014 Oct 22 - 7:00pm

How should we respond to the new US war in Iraq and Syria and the dangers this war may unleash in our violent world? 

The U.S. attacks on Syria launched Sept. 22 are a disastrous setback for peace, for the rule of law, and for sound U.S. foreign policy.  Why did the US launch them, how can we stop them,  and what are the nonviolent alternatives we should advocate?

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Understanding China & U.S.-Chinese Relations: A Key to World Politics

When: Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 9 Hamilton Place • (1 block from Park St. Station, next to old Orpheum Theater) • Boston
2014 Oct 21 - 7:00pm
With Prof. Robert Ross and Duncan McFarland

"Competitive Interdependence” defines U.S.-Chinese relations. The Pentagon has identified China as is primary “near-peer” competitor in the 21st century, and even as the two powers share many interests (economic, climate, Islamist challenges and more,) the two nations are locked in an arms race, are engaged in competitive diplomacy, and are dealing to manage military tensions.

To learn more about the forces driving U.S. and Chinese policies and ways that we can build toward peaceful common security between these great powers, join us for a public forum with:

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Instilling Hope in Gaza: The Legacy of Dr. Eyad el Sarraj

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
Where: First Parish in Cambridge • (corner of Mass Ave and Church Street) • Harvard Square • Cambrige

 The Gaza Mental Health Foundation presents:

Instilling Hope in Gaza: The Legacy of Dr. Eyad el Sarraj
A Memorial Tribute

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7 PM
First Parish in Cambridge, Harvard Square (corner of Mass Ave and Church Street)

 

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Organizing Meeting for a Coalition Against the U.S. War in Iraq & Syria

When: Monday, October 27, 2014, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 9 Hamilton Place • across from Park St T • Boston
2014 Oct 27 - 7:00pm
2014 Oct 27 - 9:00pm

The U.S. attacks on Syria and Iraq are a disastrous setback for peace, the rule of law, and for a diplomatic resolution of the upheaval in the Middle East.

These wars divert attention and resources from the economic well-being of U.S. families and the need to address climate change. They undermine the kind of international cooperation that is needed to address urgent needs in the world community.  The new war will consume all the money in Washington – there is no way funding will be available for climate change, housing, or jobs if the U.S. starts a new war.

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Peace Activists Join Huge People's Climate March

Youth filled the streets at People's Climate March

A huge march of 300,000 people wound through Manhattan's midtown  on the westside on Sept. 21 demanding urgent and substantive action to deal with global warming.  Peace activists from all over Massachusetts joined in, pointing to the overlap in issues and common cause.  Organized labor also held a pre-march rally as did faith communities, and convergence of issues was a theme of the day.  Hopefully UN General Secretary Ban Xi-Moon, who also marched, will feel lots of support from the people as he tries to pressure reluctant goverments such as the USA into action.

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Against a Major New US War in the Middle East: UJP Statement

  • No US military intervention or bombing of Syria and Iraq!
  • Bring all the troops home
  • No arms or training to parties to the conflict
  • Support a political solution including all concerned parties and governments based on self- determination of the people
  • Support genuine and neutral humanitarian aid such as UN efforts endorsed by the entire Security Council; oppose false aid used as a cover for military intervention

Here we go again -- has the US government learned nothing from the disastrous Iraq war? The brutal US intervention and occupation of Iraq destroyed Iraqi society and is the principal cause leading to the current violence and chaos. Why would anyone think that another US intervention would be anything but another disaster?

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Boston Protests New War On Iraq and Syria

Boston Common-Sept. 13, 2014: About 75 peace activists gathered at Park St. in Boston today to protest Obama's new phase of the long US war against Iraq (from 1991-the present). Also protesting US war against Syria. This was in response to Obama's announcement wed. of his re-invading Iraq to supposedly destroy ISIS, when in fact the many US invasions of Iraq created the civil wars there by destabilizing the Iraq government and placing US puppets in power.

Speakers from American Friends Service Committee, Mass. Peace Action, United For Justice With Peace, Chelsea Uniting Against War, Committee For Peace And Human Rights,Military Families Speak Out, Veterans For Peace, and others helped organize this protest. 
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