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A global day of action in solidarity with the people of Iran

When: Friday, July 24, 2009, 9:00 pm to Saturday, July 25, 2009, 9:00 am
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Join us on July 25, 2009 for a rally in your city in support of the Iranian people and in condemnation of the human rights abuses being committed by the Iranian government. Learn how you can get involved by emailing Hadi Ghaemi at united4iran@gmail.com.

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Roundtable Discussion - "Building an opposition to the US wars"

When: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
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Stop the Wars and Occupations!

Building an opposition to the US wars in
the era of the Obama administration

Tuesday, June 23, 6:30 PM

6:30 PM - Pizza and Refreshments
7:00 PM - Roundtable Discussion

Encuentro 5
33 Harrison Avenue, 5th Floor, Boston, MA

In a lopsided vote, the U.S. House of Representatives on May 14, 2009
approved the Obama administration's request for $97 billion for U.S.
military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.  Palestinians
continue to suffer the devastating consequences of U.S. support to the
unending blockade of Gaza. It is in this context that the National Assembly
to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations will be held July 10-12
to initiate an education and mass action campaign. Join us in a discussion
of strategy for building the antiwar movement locally, regionally, and

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New England United Regional Meeting - Speaker on Iran: The key to understanding U.S. policy in the Middle East

When: Saturday, May 16, 2009, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Where: Encuentro 5 • 33 Harrison Ave., 5th floor • Boston

 

OPENING PROGRAM – 1:00-2:30 pm


"Iran: The key to understanding U.S. policy in the Middle East."

 

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Iran crisis in context

Although political brinksmanship with Iran is nothing new, escalating tensions do not bode well for the region.

17 February 2012

Phyllis BennisHere we go again with the Iran hysteria. It is tempting to think this time will be just like previous periods of sabre rattling against Iran. But there are significant new dangers. The Arab Spring, Israel's position, changes in the regional and global balance of forces, and national election campaigns, all point to this round of anti-Iranian hysteria posing potentially graver risks than five or six years ago. 

We have seen all this before. The US ratchets up its rhetoric, Israel threatens a military attack, escalating sanctions bite harder on the Iranian people, Iran refuses to back down on uranium enrichment. But at the same time, top US military and intelligence officials actually admit Iran does not have a nuclear weapon, is not building a nuclear weapon, and has not decided whether to even begin a building process.

There is certainly a big dose of déjà vu. In 2004 Israel's prime minister denounced the international community for not doing enough to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon. In 2005 the Israeli military was reported to "be ready by the end of March for possible strikes on secret uranium enrichment sites in Iran". In 2006 the House Armed Services Committee issued a report drafted by one congressional staffer (an aide to hard-line pro-war John Bolton, then US ambassador to the UN), claiming that Iran was enriching uranium to weapons-grade 90 per cent. That same year a different Israeli prime minister publicly threatened a military strike against Iran. In 2008, George W Bush visited Israel to reassure them that "all options" remained on the table.

 Would the US back an Israeli attack on Iran?

The earlier crisis saw a very similar gap between the demonisation, sanctions, threats of military strikes against Iran, and the seemingly contradictory recognition by US, Israeli, United Nations and other military and intelligence officials that Iran actually did not possess nuclear weapons, a nuclear weapons programme, or even a decision to try to develop nuclear weapons. 

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No War with Iran

Below please find an action alert; talking points; and a reading list. For more information, e-mail ujpcoalition@gmail.com or swlees@earthlink.net  

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UJP Teach-in Aims to Stop a New War in the Middle East

Duncan McFarlandUJP, Dorchester People for Peace, and the Boston University Antiwar Coalition cosponsored a teach-in on April 28 hosted by the Suffolk University Government Department at the Suffolk Law School in Boston. Entitled "New War in the Middle East? A Teach-in on Iran," the ambitious program featured two panels with several university professors, students and a public official.

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No War on Iran protest

No War on Iran Protest, Boston, Feb 4 2012Boston, Mass.-Feb. 4, 2012:
As part of Feb. 4 international and national day of protest, about 200 Boston anti-war activists gathered on Boston Common for a rally, then marched to the Israeli embassy building and ended in Copley Square. The protest was sponsored by a wide coalition of Boston area peace and Middle East action organizations.

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Protestors Decry Blair as Criminal

Harvard Crimson, September 16, 2010.   By James K. McAuley

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