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Our Destiny is to Resist: An evening with Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Tamimi

When: Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting at Cambridge • 5 Longfellow Park • Cambridge

Bassem Tamimi is a renowned Palestinian human rights activist from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, where, for the past 6 years, residents have opposed Israel’s illegal settlement construction and military occupation with weekly non-violent protests. Tamimi has been detained over a dozen times, at one point spending 3 years in an Israeli jail without charges or trial.

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HONK! Festival of Activist Bands

When: Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:00 pm to Sunday, October 11, 2015, 6:00 pm
Where: Davis Square etc. • Somerville/Cambridge/Boston

Complete HONK! Festival performance schedules will be made available 
the weekend of October 3-4, 2015, with ongoing updates of activities at and 617-383-HONK (4665).



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Shut Pilgrim Speakout

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Boston State House • 24 Beacon Street • Grand Staircase • Boston

Palestinian Villages: Erased from Space and Consciousness

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: 3 Church Street • Harvard Square • Cambridge

Noga KadmanThursday, October 22, 7:00 pm
First Parish, 3 Church St, Cambridge (Harvard T)

Join Israeli Author Noga Kadman for a book talk:

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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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