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Revolution in Egypt: What Does it Mean for Us?

When: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 1:30 pm
Where: Palestinian Cultural Center for Peace • 41 Quint Ave • Green Line "B" to Harvard Ave. • Allston

Ashraf Elkerm (Egyptian M.D.)

Ines Joulak (Tunisian MBA student)

Layla Cable (Palestinian activist)

Brian Kwoba (African-American history teacher)

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No US attack on Syria

When: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 10:00 am
Where: Park St. T station Entrance • Park & Tremont Streets • Boston

A US attack on Syria would be a dangerous escalation of the Syrian conflict and only create more destruction and loss of life.   US military intervention could possibly spiral into a major regional war including US forces.  Only a cease fire leading to political talks among Syrians will resolve the crisis; more violence simply makes things worse and a political solution more difficult.

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No US attack on Syria

When: Saturday, August 31, 2013, 10:00 am
Where: Park St. T station Entrance • Park & Tremont Streets • Boston

Rally at Park Street, Saturday, August 31 at 1:00 p.m. Speakers followed by a march to Faneuil Hall

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Syria and the Peace Movement

Thea PanethOn Sunday, June 30, Phyllis Bennis of Institute for Policy Studies and Michael McPhearson of United for Peace and Justice met with Boston area peace activists to discuss the situation in Syria and what we can do.  

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Deepening Crisis in the Middle East: Syria, Iran and Israel/Palestine

When: Monday, February 25, 2013, 2:00 pm
Where: Boston University - CAS Room 211 • 725 Commonwealth Ave. • BU Central T - Green Line "B" • Boston

What are the prospects for war and peace in 2013? Will the civil war in Syria  engulf the region or die down? What is the effect of economic sanctions in Iran and the situation of Iranian women? How will political shifts in Israel and Palestine affect the overall environment and what is the emerging US role?

Speakers will feature reportback and analysis.

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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.

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UN Declares War on Libya

UN resolution goes far beyond no-fly zone to allow “all necessary measures” against Qaddafi.

Phyllis Bennis - Institute for Policy Studies - March 18, 2011

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Conflict in Syria

This paper was delivered by Dr. Najib Saliba to the parish community of St. George Cathedral, Worcester MA on May 17, 2012.Dr. Saliba is Professor of Middle East history at Worcester State University, Worcester MA.

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Arab Spring -- Libyan Winter

When: Thursday, July 7, 2011, 4:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave, 5th Floor • Chinatown T • Boston

As millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa fight for freedom against tyrannical regimes, US warplanes bomb Libya with the stated aim of protecting civilians. But what are the real aims of the government's intervention? How do they relate to its wars and other policies in the Middle East? And what can those of us inspired by the democratic uprisings do to help?

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Middle East and North Africa: New Hopes and New Dangers

When: Monday, May 16, 2011, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Center • 5 Longfellow Park • off Brattle St. near Harvard Sq T • Cambridge

Egyptian Protesters

Just back from Egypt!  Phyllis Bennis to Speak in Cambridge May 16!

Tunisia. Egypt. Bahrain. Yemen. Libya. Syria. For the past four months dramatic and often hopeful events have been sweeping through North Africa and the Middle East.

What are the various forces operating within each country?

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Protest for Egypt in Boston

When: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: Copley Square • Boston

The protest is organized by the local Egyptian community.  See the Facebook event at

UJP's messages for this protest are:

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Libya Conflict Highlights NATO's Imperialist Mission

The Arab Spring and the Changing Dynamics of Global Struggle

By Bob Wing* - May 2, 2011

Bob WingThe Arab Spring, the Japanese nuclear accident, the progressive/labor motion in response to the rightwing attacks in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest, and the demographic changes reflected in the 2010 U.S. census, are reshaping the U.S. and global political terrain.

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No U.S. War in Iraq and Syria

When: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10:00 am
Where: Park Street MBTA Station • Tremont & Park Streets • Boston

No U.S. War in Iraq and Syria

President Obama plans to launch a new war on Iraq and Syria, using US air strikes, arms, money, and training, and over 1,500 U.S. ground troops. The U.S. war on Iraq in 2003-2011 caused this crisis.

We can't let this happen again. Join together to protest another US war in Iraq and Syria. It’s time once again to stand up for peace and justice and against this insanity.

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First Night Against the Wars: Stop Bombing Syria and Iraq

When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014, 7:00 am to 1:00 pm
Where: Boston Public Library • Dartmouth St side • Copley Square • Boston

First Night Against the Wars

Stop Bombing Syria & Iraq

Ring in the new year -- with a spirited rally against a new war!

Our war in Iraq destroyed that country and triggered the creation of ISIS.

Who knows what death and calamities our government’s bombing of Syria and Iraq might lead to -- unless we stop it!

President Obama is seeking Congressional authorization to bomb ISIS not only in Iraq and Syria – but anywhere he wants.

Join us on

New Year’s Eve 2014

for a First Night peace rally

anytime noon to 6pm

Copley Square, Boston

Dartmouth street side of Boston Public Library

Bring your signs or help hold our banners


After 6pm we will join in the First Night Parade with banners & signs

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