Hong Kong crisis: democracy protests, media coverage and US involvement

When: Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Friends Meeting • 5 Longfellow Park • near Harvard red line station • Cambridge

The crisis in Hong Kong has riveted world attention for months and violence in the streets continues.  The movement is a complex mixture: nonviolent protesters and youth worried about their future and wanting more democracy, others promoting Hong Kong (capitalist) independence, and those collaborating with US organizations such as the National Endowment for Democracy.  

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Syria, Turkey, the Kurds, and the US – Explained

When: Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Community Church • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

Trump’s sudden withdrawal of some US troops from Syria has caused chaos in an already troubled Middle East. It’s also caused a great deal of confusion among citizens who are both anti-Trump and anti-war. Turkey, a NATO ally supplied with US weapons, has invaded Syria. The predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been forced to retreat. However, Trump ordered 500 troops to seize Syria’s oil wells and sent 2,000 more troops to Saudi Arabia.

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Iran, the U.S., and the Middle East Crisis and Prospects

When: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: First Parish Church • 3 Church Street • Cambridge
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