US foreign policy and empire

Making Connections: Boston to NATO - UJP Strategy Conference

When: Saturday, January 22, 2011, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Center • 5 Longfellow Park • Harvard Square T • Cambridge
2011 Jan 22 - 1:00pm
2011 Jan 22 - 5:00pm

Chuck Turner

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Chuck Turner: Here I Stand

Opening the conference will be a discussion with Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, whose sentencing hearing follows the conference by only a few days. Turner was recently removed from the City Council after being found guilty of bribery in an FBI operation which seemed strange and unbelievable to many of his supporters.

Turner is a long-time ally of UJP and leader in the movement for peace and justice. One of his priority projects was recently crowned with success with passage of a state level CORI reform bill. Turner will be introduced by Duncan McFarland, UJP planning group member, who will recount some of the history of work done together by Turner and UJP.

US Global Strategy for the 21st Century
Obama Policy, European and Asian Responses

Joseph Gerson

Joseph Gerson will share some of what he learned as a participant in the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Hiroshima, the NATO counter-summit conference and protests in Portugal, and the Japan Peace Conference, which brought together leading Japanese and other Asia-Pacific peace and anti-bases activists.

In addition to lessons about how the Obama Administration is working to create its "arrangement for the 21st century", and reflections about some of committed and inspiring people he met and worked with, Gerson will talk about plans for international campaigns to end the Afghanistan War, to cut military spending to meet human needs, for nuclear disarmament, and for the withdrawal of oppressive U.S. military bases.

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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.  British and American companies pretty much had their way with Middle East oil production during the first half of the twentieth century, but political shifts eventually led to the Iraqi Baath government nationalizing Iraq's oil in 1972.  Soon thereafter, other Middle East countries nationalized their oil resources with Iran being the last in 1979.

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Don't Believe the NATO Hype: Alternatives Exist to War, Economic Crises

Joseph GersonAs the NATO summit in Chicago approaches, misplaced paranoia is striking deep. A near-police-state regime is being imposed, not only to "protect" heads of state from protesters, but also to severely limit the freedoms of speech and assembly. Even nurses -- the United States' most trusted medical professionals -- have been deemed too dangerous to be allowed to rally.

Beyond this hysteria, peace, labor and immigrant rights activists and scholars are gathering in Chicago for the May 18-19 Counter-Summit for Peace and Economic Justice, to present the case against NATO-driven militarism. Here are 10 reasons why:

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