[act-ma] FW: forum on change sweeping the middle east_May 16

Marilyn Levin marilynl at alumni.neu.edu
Wed May 11 22:02:42 PDT 2011



-----Original Message-----
From: Paul Shannon [mailto:PShannon at afsc.org]
Sent: Thursday, May 12, 2011 12:35 AM
To: aglick at hotmail.com
Subject: forum on change sweeping the middle east

hi everyone, here is a notice of a very important educational forum next
monday that may be of interest to you. if so, please spread the word. best
paul
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Just back from Egypt! Phyllis Bennis to speak in Cambridge May 16


The Middle East and North Africa:

New Hopes and New Dangers

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?



What are the policies and goals of the United States

amidst all these uprisings?



What is the implication of these developments for Israel

and the Palestinians?



And what are the implications for our peace and justice

movement?



Come to a presentation, discussion and slide show on these

historic events with Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy

Studies and Ashraf Elkern of the Islamic Society of Greater Worcester.



Monday, May 16, 2011, 7pm

Cambridge Friends Center

5 Longfellow Park, off Brattle St., near Harvard Square, Cambridge

$5-10 donation requested - no one turned away



Phyllis Bennis is director of the New Internationalism Project at the

Institute for Policy Studies. She has been a writer, analyst, and activist
on

Middle East and UN issues for many years. In 2001 she helped found and

remains on the steering committee of the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli

Occupation. She works closely with the United for Peace and Justice anti-war

coalition, co-chairs the UN-based International Coordinating Network on

Palestine, and since 2002 has played an active role in the growing global

peace movement. She is co-author of Ending the US War

in Afghanistan: A Primer, among other books, and authors

a regular online newsletter.



Ashraf Elkerm is an Egyptian-born physician who has practiced in Egypt,
Saudi

Arabia, and the United States. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the

Islamic Society of Greater Worcester since 2000 and is a past President. "I
am

considered a brain washed American in Egypt and a naturalized alien in
America,”

says Elkerm.



www.justicewithpeace.org ● 617-383-4857 ● ujpcoalition at gmail.com
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