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FILM: "West-Eastern Divan Orchestra"

When: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 8:00 am
Where: First Parish church in Cambridge Unitarian Universalist (Chapel) • 3 Church Street • (Harvard Square) • Cambridge

The Peace and Justice in the Middle East Program Group
Invites you to attend this  two-part film screening

Sundays  -- February, 13  and March 6 2011 at 1:00 PM

A Film by Paul Smaczny

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Anti-imperialism and the cynical role of Obama/Clinton

Egypt Solidarity Protest Demands Mubarak Ouster

Egypt Solidarity Protest, Copley Square, Boston, Feb 5 2011

Saturday, February 5

300 protesters thronged Copley Square today demanding the downfall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and an end to U.S. aid to the Mubarak regime.

The spirited protesters sang the Egyptian national anthem, chanted, and repeatedly marched around Trinity Church chanting and singing.

photo by Sherin Shaaban

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Solidarity with the People of Egypt!

When: Friday, February 4, 2011, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Harvard Square • Cambridge


Obama: Tell Mubarak to stop the bloodshed and leave NOW. Only his departure will restore order.
Obama: Cut military funding of Mubarak’s brutal regime.
Obama: Stand with the Egyptian people. Act in the best interests of the American people.

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Hundreds Support Egypt Protests

Harvard Square-Jan. 29, 2011:
Hundreds of Egyptians and their supporters rallied and marched through Cambridge and Boston in solidarity with the anti-goverment protests in Egypt.They called for Egyptian Pres. Hosni Mubarak to resign and for freedom and democracy in Egypt; Egypt has suffered under poverty and repression in the 30 years of Mubarak's dictatorial rule.

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A Call to the People and Governments of the Free World

We call upon all of you to support the Egyptian people's demands for a good life, liberty and an end of despotism. We call upon you to urge this dictatorial regime to stop its bloodshed of the Egyptian people, exercised throughout the Egyptian cities, on top of which comes the city of Suez. We believe that the material and moral support offered to the Egyptian regime, by the American government and European governments, has helped to suppress the Egyptian people.

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Protest for Egypt in Boston

When: Saturday, January 29, 2011, 7:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: Harvard Square • Cambridge

The people of Egypt all over the globe are protesting against the egyptian regime that has been forcefully in power for the past 30 years. Today Egypt is on the brink of falling apart. In response to the protests in ALL Egypt the egyptian government cut the water supply, electricity, cell phone networks and just today they shut down the internet access to all egypt.

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Egypt Protests: "Fear Barrier Seems to Have Been Broken"

Democracy Now coverage of Egypt demonstrations, January 27, 2011
AMY GOODMAN: We turn now to Guardian reporter Jack Shenker, who is with us on the telephone from Cairo.
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A Saudi Foreign Policy Doctrine for the New Decade

When: Friday, November 19, 2010, 11:00 am
Where: Harvard Kennedy School • 79 John F. Kennedy Street • John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Littauer Bldg. • Cambridge

Presented by

Harvard Kennedy School
The Institute of Politics

A Public Address:

HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud

Co-sponsored by the Middle East Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School


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Harvard Arab Weekend

When: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 11:30 am to Sunday, November 21, 2010, 2:00 pm
Where: Harvard Business School, Kennedy School & Law School • Cambridge

HAW is one of the most significant efforts to bring the best and brightest of MENA to Harvard and open channels of dialogue amongst leaders in entrepreneurship, business, government, technology, healthcare, and education.

This year’s theme is leadership in the private, social, and public sectors. We are privileged to host an incredible roster of speakers, including Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan and Harvard University President Drew G. Faust.

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“There Is No Military Solution” – But Obama Launches a New U.S. War in Syria

President Obama’s decision to bomb Syria stands in stark violation of international law, the UN Charter, and the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

23 September 2014

by Phyllis Bennis

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U.S. defense contractors with the most at stake in Egypt

Two Massachusetts companies, Raytheon of Andover, and Goodrich of Chelmsford, have contracts to supply military equipment to the Egyptian dictatorship - Ed.

By Sue Sturgis - The Institute of Southern Studies

February 4, 2011

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Report on Current Developments on Egypt and Arab Spring

Phyllis Bennis in Cambridge 5-16-11Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies and Ashraf Elkern, Islamic Society of Greater Worcester, addressed the topic "Middle East and North Africa: New Hopes and New Dangers" before a standing-room only crowd in Cambridge on May 16.

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"Ending the Endless Wars" Conference

The first panel at the UJP conference. Left, Max Elbaum. Right, Najib Saliba and Ann Wright.   Photos by Pat Westwater-Jong
UJP's 10th anniversary conference, Ending the Endless Wars and Occupations, drew 250 Boston area peace activists to an all-day movement building conversation October at held at Suffolk University, and cosponsored by the Suffolk Department of Government.  The gathering was UJP's largest since the height of the Iraq war in 2006. 
Assistant Prof. Brian Conley welcomed the conference, which drew dozens of Suffolk undergraduates, to Suffolk University.  Shelagh Foreman of Peace Action read remarks, "No Justice, No Peace", by ex-Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner.   He congratulated UJP on ten years of work and emphasized the importance of the justice component, citing UJP's work to stop BU's dangerous level 4 biolab as an positive example.  Turner reminded us of Martin Luther King's "three evils" of war, racism and poverty and said that all must be addressed as part of the same system.   Turner advised us to persist in our efforts and not get discouraged in case of adversity.
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No US Intervention in Syria, implement the ceasefire now

UJP is deeply concerned about the conflict in Syria, which has resulted in thousands of deaths and much destruction.  Given Syria's central geographic and political position, the conflict has potential to widen into a wider and disastrous Middle East war.  We call for an end to the violence and beginning of peaceful dialogue among all Syrians to determine the best way forward to reduce tensions and resolve deep differences.  We urge all parties to begin by strictly observing the ceasefire.
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