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Peace Meals: Candy-Wrapped Kalashnikovs and Other War Stories

An intimate travelogue about war, food, and humanity.

Coming this Fall (Date TBD) Anna Badken discusses her new book. Peace Meals connects readers with the millions of ordinary people trapped in mass violence during the last decade in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chechnya, and other countries in the Middle East and East Africa, through what binds us all as human beings: food. Instead of rehashing her own travails while reporting in the world's war zones, Badkhen focuses on the human dramas that take place in Afghanistan and Iraq; in Chechnya and Gaza; Israel and the West Bank; Russia and Kenya. Wherever she travels, she breaks bread—with family and strangers, sworn enemies, hired guns, bystanders, instigators, and dog soldiers--and, over such meals, learns about what keeps us human in times of extremity.

Vijay Prashad: Arab Spring - Libyan Winter

Thursday, July 7th, 2011, 7:00 p.m.  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 our 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?

Recent Experiences in Gaza: Discussion over Dinner

Saturday, March 27, 2010, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a talk and photo presentation with economist, Garry (ommiting last name for security purposes), who has just returned from Gaza. Dinner catered by MESA sin fronteras.*

What is the current political and socio-economic situation in the Gaza Strip? What were the transformative points in the conflict's history? And what is the role of international aid agencies? Garry will be sharing his thoughts and experiences with a photo presentation in an informal Q&A setting open to discussion.

For the past three years, Garry has been working as an economist on poverty-, vulnerability-, and labor-market- related issues in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in various organizations. Recently he completed his first assignment in the Gaza Strip for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. More generally, as a social scientist, Garry studies dynamic complexity and change in social systems.

Joel Kovel: Overcoming Zionism - Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine

Thursday, October 29, 2009, 7:00 p.m. Join Overcoming Zionism author, Joel Kovel, in challenging the notion of "exceptionalism" and the resultant alienation of people and environment. Joel weaves together deep historical and structural analysis with insights into the development of the psyche. Wikipedia provides a useful overview of his thinking. However, it fails to provide a full account of the price that he is paying for publishing his critique of Zionism. For a complete list of his books, see Joel's website.

Viva Palestina! Reportback & New England United Meeting

Saturday, August 1, 2009, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Jeff Klein of Dorchester People for Peace will report back on the Viva Palestina humanitarian aid convoy which reached Gaza on July 15. (Read Jeff's reports from Gaza) The New England United business meeting will follow at 1:45 p.m Please join us: Iraq's Prime Minister admitted that US troops may be asked to stay beyond 2011. The expansion of the war into Pakistan has displaced millions of civilians and deepened the possibility of civil war. The troop surge in Afghanistan is creating only more opposition to the US presence. We will come together to discuss fall antiwar action proposals and need your input!

Iran: the Key to Understanding U.S. Policy in the Middle East

New England United Meeting

Saturday, May 16, 2009, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Join with presenter, Phil Wilayto, editor of The Virginia Defender and author of In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Delegation's Journey Through the Islamic Republic" to hear his eyewitness account of his travel to Iran and an analysis of the critical role Iran plays in US foreign policy. His presentation will be followed by a meeting of New England United.

MPA: Peace Organizing in a New Era

Saturday, February 7, 2009, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. As the Obama Administration takes office, the peace movement has both new opportunities to seize and growing crises to confront. Join us to discuss emerging peace priorities, from stopping a military escalation in Afghanistan to finally advancing a nuclear weapons free world. Let's gather together, share insights, inspiration, and action ideas, and strengthen our movement for peace. For more information, visit the Mass Peace Action website or click on "read more."

Ayisha Zaki: the Middle East in Crisis & the Socialist Alternative

Thursday, September 25, 2008, 7:00 p.m. The US occupation of Iraq is only the most recent chapter in the century-long struggle for the control of Middle East oil. The Bush administration claims the "surge" is working, but Iraq is in shambles. The entire region is threatened by further violence and destabilization. What will it take to stop US imperialism? Is there an alternative to the corporate domination of our world?