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Jewish Voice for Peace statement on the ceasefire in Gaza

Bombing stopped, but violence continues

Only economic pressure on Israel can lead to a true and just peace.

Hours ago, Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire.

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Protesters march to support Palestine and Boycott, Divestment and Santions

On July 9 in Boston over 100 people chanted to end apartheud in Israel and to “Free Free Palestine."   With more than twenty different organizations represented, including UJP, the spirited group started at Park Street and walked through downtown, stopping  at different BDS campaign target sites:

o Macy’s, to demand that they stop selling SodaStream,

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Socialist Dialogue Needed in East/South China Sea


Vietnam justified in protesting oil rig,

China right in countering US military buildup,

Working class should resist divide-and-conquer. 

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Widespread Opposition to Camp-Baucus Fast Track Legislation

Oppose Senate resolution imposing new sanctions on Iran

So far Massachusetts Senators Warren and Markey haven’t signed  onto this hawkish Menendez resolution, but they haven’t spoken out against it either.  UJP urges everyone to call Sen. Warren and Markey to oppose S1881which seeks to impose new sanctions on Iran.

 47 Senators Take AIPAC’s Word Over U.S. Intel Community

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China's New Economic Model: Towards Justice and Sustainability

China watchers in 2013 focused on the Communist Party central committee third plenum held in November, where the new leadership detailed the national socio-economic development plan through 2020.  This was the first opportunity for the new General Secretary Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to detail their policy direction.

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UJP meeting discusses Iran and Syria: opposing US sanctions

Activists gathered in Cambridge on Nov. 20 to discuss the projected agreement among the US, Iran and other powers to put Iranian development of its nuclear power program on hold in exchange for release of billions of dollars of frozen assets. Peace activists greeted the development as a rare opportunity to make some real progress. This could be the first step towards a larger, more permanent settlement leading to a significant relaxation of tension in the region.

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 Josh Ruebner, national advocacy director of the US-Campaign To End the Israeli Occupation, spoke in Cambridge Sept. 29 on his new book, "Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure to Broker Israel-Palestine Peace."   The US-Campaign is the largest national coalition working on Israel/Palestine and Palestine solidarity issues; its campaigns include cutting US funding to Israel and boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

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UJP Holds Forum on Conflict in Syria

Peace, Justice Organizations Plan Syria Protests

"Dirty Wars" film challenges peace movement

Duncan McFarlandJeremy Scahill's documentary film "Dirty Wars" is an excellent expose of JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command), the expanding, menacing, mostly secret assassination unit that reports only to the President.   We hear of kill lists, night raids, kill campaigns, unnamed targets.  But the questions remains -- what to do about it?  

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UJP Forum on Marathon Bombings Raises Critical Issues

Fuel on the Fire: Oil and the Iraq War (event report)

Duncan M cFarlandTerry Rockefeller of Families for Peaceful Tomorrows hosted a book party July 26 featuring Greg Muttitt talking about his book  "Fuel on the Fire: Oil and the Iraq War".   A wide ranging discussion followed.  Greg focused on the role of oil in the war on Iraq.  About 60% of the world's oil reserves are in the Middle East, with about 10% in Iraq.

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UJP Teach-in Aims to Stop a New War in the Middle East

Duncan McFarlandUJP, Dorchester People for Peace, and the Boston University Antiwar Coalition cosponsored a teach-in on April 28 hosted by the Suffolk University Government Department at the Suffolk Law School in Boston. Entitled "New War in the Middle East? A Teach-in on Iran," the ambitious program featured two panels with several university professors, students and a public official.

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Chinese politics: notes on the case of Bo Xilai

Summary: in Fall 2012 strict term limits will lead to major turnover in the top leadership of the Chinese Communist Party at the 18th Party Congress.  Politics will be a hot topic among China watchers this year.  However, the highly publicized fall of Chongqing leader Bo Xilai from his high positions probably has more to do with corruption and illegal actions than political struggle.  Continuity of policies seems more likely than major change.
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