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Revolutionizing Egypt by the Day: An Eyewitness Report

By Bob Wing and Hany Khalil

Veteran analyst Bob Wing and Egyptian-American activist Hany Khalil recently met with a dozen key revolutionaries and spoke with numerous people on Cairo’s streets, in the cafes and taxis, and in their homes.

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Protest Rally: Stop Bombing Syria & Iraq Now!

When: Saturday, February 21, 2015, 8:00 am
Where: Park Street Station • Park & Tremont Streets • Boston
  • We can’t fight terror with terror

  • Political, not military solutions, are urgently needed in Syria & Iraq

  • Stop training rebel armies

  • Stop sending weapons into the region – they are causing more bloodshed

  • Support humanitarian aid, through neutral institutions, for victims of the conflict

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Libya: Military Intervention Thwarts Humanitarian Objectives

Suren MoodliarMany years ago, in a situation that still produces much pain, close friends were thinking through treatment for their gravely ill child. They had exhausted conventional and experimental therapies; their doctors were urging them to do what they could to make their son feel comfortable and loved. Then, suddenly, after years of suffering, our friends had smiles on their faces. A cure was available!

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Beheadings, Bombings and Bullets: Medea Benjamin on our New Wars in Syria and Iraq

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 4:00 pm
Where: Harvard Science Center D • 1 Oxford St • Harvard T • Cambridge (LOCATION CHANGE)

How should we respond to the new US war in Iraq and Syria and the dangers this war may unleash in our violent world? 

The U.S. attacks on Syria launched Sept. 22 are a disastrous setback for peace, for the rule of law, and for sound U.S. foreign policy.  Why did the US launch them, how can we stop them,  and what are the nonviolent alternatives we should advocate?

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Syria, Iraq and ISIS: Understanding the New War; How Should the Peace Movement Respond?

When: Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 2:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Center • 5 Longfellow Pk (off Brattle St.) • Harvard T • Cambridge

     o Prof. Elaine Hagopian on understanding the war

     o Activist views on the peace movement's response

     o Discussion on what to do next 

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Organizing Meeting for a Coalition Against the U.S. War in Iraq & Syria

When: Monday, October 27, 2014, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where: encuentro 5 • 9 Hamilton Place • across from Park St T • Boston

The U.S. attacks on Syria and Iraq are a disastrous setback for peace, the rule of law, and for a diplomatic resolution of the upheaval in the Middle East.

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UJP Statement on the campaign to prevent a U.S. attack on Syria

Today the U.S. is NOT bombing Syria. Yes, the U.S. is still training armed groups to send into Syria. It is maintaining severe sanctions. Its warships patrol the area. And CIA spooks of all kinds roam the whole region while commando attacks take place in nearby countries.

But today we are not bombing Syria. This fact, which seemed so unlikely to be true just weeks ago, is due to the widespread public opposition to this war in the U.S. and abroad which for the first time thwarted the desires of an American president to go to war.

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Report Back from Lebanon. Featuring: Mira Rifai

When: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Where: First Church in Cambridge • 11 Garden St - Hastings Room • Harvard T • Cambridge

What Went Wrong?: The Causes of Democratic Breakdown in Egypt

When: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: Harvard University, CGIS, Knafel 262 • 1737 Cambridge Street • Cambridge

SPEAKER(S)  Carrie R. Wickham, professor, Department of Political Science, Emory University

Free and open to the public


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ISIS: Then and Now

Origins and Future of ISIS

 Note: Prof. Elaine Hagopian’s talk on Dec. 10 at a UJP sponsored program covered the historical origins of the conflicts in the Middle East, and also much information on ISIS, which is presented here in summary.

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 ISIS developed out of Al-Qaeda in Iraq and is therefore one consequence of the US invasion and occupation starting in 2003.  Local Sunni tribes cooperated with the US during the “surge” or “Arab awakening” in 2007 fighting Al-Qaeda.   They expected to be rewarded by being part of the Iraqi government.  However, the Shia regime under Maliki pursued sectarian policies and imprisoned and killed Sunni leaders.   Al-Qaeda in Iraq was able to regroup and recruit Sunni support, and rebranded as  ISIS.  It grew into a decentralized but well organized group, with money from Saudis and captured US weapons including tanks.   

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FORUM - On ISIL and the President's AUMF Proposal

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Livestreamed From Washington DC • Rayburn 2237 • link to be provided
What: CPC Peace and Security Taskforce Forum on ISIL and the President’s AUMF Proposa
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Boston Protest Against War Authorization Bill In Congress

Feb. 21, 2015-Boston Common:

About 20 anti-war protesters held a speakout against Obama's request for authorization to use military force against Iraq and Syria.

Braving the cold sub-freezing temperatures, activists spoke out against the prospect of endless war this authorization would give the US.

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The Village Under the Forest

When: Sunday, January 25, 2015, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
Where: S. Brookline • RSVP to for location

This South African film explores the remains of the destroyed Palestinian village of Lubya. An excellent overview of the role of the Jewish National Fund and how it confiscates Palestinian land. This film was extremely hard to get so we aren’t able to lend it at this time. (See the attached list of films we own and are happy to lend for small group screenings.)

Come at 5:30 for modest refreshments; the film will start promptly at 6:00. LOTS of easy parking although not near a subway stop. A donation to our film fund is appreciated.


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UFPJ Conference Call with Raed Jarrar and Jamal Abdi

When: Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm


Challenges for the Peace Movement: Update on US policy towards Iran and ISIS



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Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Where: United Church • 30 Common • Parking in the lot to the right of the church, driveway past Center for Community Counseling and Education • Walpole

Foreign correspondent and investigative reporter Reese Erlich will give a talk on his new book “Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect.” Recently returned from northern Iraq, Erlich will also discuss the growing influence of extremist rebel groups and why the US bombing campaign will hurt both Americans and people of the region.

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