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Yemen: reasons for poverty and war

When: Friday, December 8, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Walker Center • 144 Hancock St. • short walk from the Riverside green line stop • Newton

Why has Saudi Arabia, the richest Arab country, launched a devastating war against Yemen, the poorest Arab country?  Why has the US been silent?  What are the external and internal factors and forces that historically have kept Yemen poor and cominated?  Val Moghadam will address these questions and more in her presentation.  Jean Miller will talk of her visit to Yemen prior to the war.

You must RSVP if you want to attend:  857 526 2579, donation $10

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Yemen? Where on Earth is Yemen? Paul Shannon (from Counterpunch)

At the end of last week the United Nations humanitarian chief warned that unless the blockade of Yemen was lifted, the country woul face “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades, with millions of victims”. 

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An American Housewife in Syria

When: Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Where: Fulton Hall -- room 511 • Boston College • Boston

> Janice Kortamp became an independent and completely self funded journalist after noticing the western media bias regarding Syria, and how that bias was promoting war and destabilization in Syria and the levant region.

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Courageous Women of Resistance

When: Monday, October 23, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Courageous Women of Resistance with guest speakers:
Tribal Liason Lakota People’s Law Project, Madonna Thunder Hawk
and Advocacy Coordinator Grassroots Jerusalem, Fayrouz Sharqawi

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Reportback from Palestine, Jordan and Iran

When: Thursday, September 7, 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Church, Cambridge • 11 Garden St. • Cambridge

Nakba Tour 2017: "69 Years without a Country, Stateless Palestinians from Lebanon" with Khawla Hammad and Amena Elashkar

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

The Community Church of Boston, The Free Palestine Movement, 
International Solidarity Movement-Northern California, Jewish Voice for Peace Boston, Black4Palestine, and al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coalition
announces the 2017 North America Nakba Tour:

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Miko Peled: "Trump/Netanyahu Era: The Prospects for Peace"

When: Monday, August 28, 2017, 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

We are VERY honored to have the opportunity to host Miko Peled at our humble Community Church of Boston forum. This is one of our generation's most eloquent voices against the Apartheid Israeli Colonial Enterprise. Miko has become a much sought after speaker and lecturer on the subject of Palestine/Israel. His Youtube video lectures garner gazillions of views. His activist work on behalf of the Palestinian people is extraordinary.

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Stop Trump's War on Syria

When: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Where: Park Street Station • Tremont & Park Streets • Boston

No War on SyriaOn Thursday night, Donald Trump attacked Syria with over 50 Tomahawk missiles. We don’t know who caused the chemical attack in Idlib province, but U.S. bombs will not help the situation. The Syrian civil war must be solved by diplomacy, not more bombs.

A new U.S. war against Syria’s government is not the answer to the catastrophic Syrian civil war.

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Speak-out to stop the wars on Syria & Yemen.

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Where: Park Street, Boston Common • Boston

Saturday, March 11, the weekly Park Street vigil, 1-2pm, will be a speak-out to stop the wars on Syria & Yemen.  This is in response to Hands Off Syria Coalition's call for International Days of Action Against War and Islamophobia during the week of March 11-19.

The war in Syria is an imperialist foreign-backed attack cultivated and propelled by the United States and their regional allies, with the goal of regime change, maximum chaos and deprivation, and territorial partition.

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Aleppo: Eyewitness Report

When: Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: St. Matthew's Syrian Orthodox Church • 149 Park Street • West Roxbury


Latest Eyewitness Report from Aleppo


Organized by the Syrian American Forum [SAF]


Keynote speaker: Eva Bartlett, Independent Canadian journalist who has travelled to Syria 8 times and was in Aleppo in November. 


"It's not a civil war - This is a war ON Syria"


Support Syria against a war that is funded, armed and planned by western powers and their regional allies.


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America's War for the Greater Middle East with Andrew Bacevich

When: Sunday, January 8, 2017, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street • Boston

Andrew BacevichThe US military has been intensively engaged in various quarters of the Islamic world for several decades with little to show in terms of achieving Washington's stated objectives.  This presentation will discuss the origins and conduct of this conflict and what Americans might learn from it.

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"The Syrian Tragedy and Global Solidarity" with Yasser Munif

When: Sunday, December 4, 2016, 11:00 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Community Church of Boston • 565 Boylston Street, 2nd floor • Boston

Rally against U.S. arms sales and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia

When: Thursday, October 27, 2016, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology • 77 Mass. Ave, main building • Cambridge

Rally against US arms sales and military cooperation with Saudi Arabia

Thursday, Oct. 27, 5 pm, MIT at 77 Mass Ave (main building)

Demand that MIT end its collaboration with the King Abdulaziz City of Science and Technology (KACST).  According to the Oxford Business Group, KACST has developeded partnerships with the two largest US military contractos (Lockheed Martin and Boeing) and is a key institution in carry out R&D in support of Saudi Arabia's military modernization.  It is unclear at this stage whether MIT's collaboration specifically includes research with military applications.  But given US supported Saudi Arabian war crimes in Yemen and its abysmal human rights record, it is inappropriate for US universities to be supportive of key institutions in Saudi Arabia's military infrastructure.

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Ending the Many Wars in Syria: Phyllis Bennis

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 7:00 pm to Friday, October 14, 2016, 11:00 am
Where: Boston College, Tufts, Emmanuel, Salem State, Gordon College, Brandeis, Bristol Community College • Boston, Newton, Medford, Salem, Wenham, and New Bedford

Talks by Phyllis Bennis October 11-14

Is the war in Syria a civil war? Is it a proxy war between the US and Russia ? Is it also a proxy war between Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Turkey? Can ISIS be reined in? Should Assad go? Or stay?  Should the US "do more"?  Or is it already doing too much by arming and training rebel groups? What will be the likely outcome of the current cease fire negotiations? 

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Kingdom of the Unjust: Medea Benjamin speaks on Saudi Arabia

When: Friday, October 21, 2016, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Church, Cambridge • 11 Garden St. • Cambridge

 Behind the U.S.-Saudi ConnectionMedea Benjamin’s national book tour comes to Boston Oct. 21:  An expose of an insidious relationship that is devastating the Middle East and South Asia

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