The Israel Lobby: A Threat to Democracy

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On Tuesday December 7, 2021 at 7 pm, Cleveland Peace Action will present Walter Hixson, retired distinguished professor of the University of Akron. Hixson will speak on “The Israel Lobby: A Threat to Democracy.”

This virtual event will take place on Zoom.

Professor Hixson has written numerous books, among them two books about the Israel Lobby: Israel’s Armor (2019) and Architects of Repression (2021). He is also a columnist and contributing editor for the magazine, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.  Q & A will follow Professor Hixson’s remarks.

This event is free and open to the public. Prior registration is requested.

Contact Mark Weber – 216-870-1594 – [email protected]

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Cleveland Peace Action Movie Night
Tuesday, October 19th, 7 pm

A BOLD PEACE! tells the story of how Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948, allowing investment in health, education and the environment, enhancing the well-being of its citizens.

Cleveland Peace Action Education Fund presents a virtual film screening on Tuesday, October 19 at 7:00 pm ET. Guests are welcome to participate in a live chat beginning at 6:30 pm ET, watch the livestream film screening beginning promptly at 7:00 pm ET, and join the live post-screening discussion at 8:00 pm ET. 

To watch the film and chat: Go to the Film Screening Room and enter this video password: [email protected]

Screening Room opens with live chat: 6:30 pm ET – Film Screening: 7:00 pm ET – Post-Screening Discussion: 8:00 pm ET on Zoom. Read film synopsis and watch the trailer.

“A fascinating documentary…Tells the remarkable story of war avoided, or transcended, again and again and again…By the film’s end, this way emerges not simply as possible, not simply as a curiosity, but as the model for the future.” – Robert Koehler, Huffington Post

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War, Peace, and Propaganda: the U.S. in the Middle East – [email protected], with Oliver Boyd-Barrett

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021view the program here passcode: #R!1Ep9F

This hybrid program, on Zoom and at Parma Public Library, should not be missed. It powerfully deconstructs the seemingly unwitting way the U.S. keeps waging wars.

Mainstream media narratives of Middle East conflicts are often false or incomplete. Even as the U.S. “withdraws” from the region, the extent and depth of its Middle East presence and influence is profound. Our presenter Oliver Boyd-Barrett will discuss how U.S. military and covert presence in the region (with particular reference to Syria and Iran) continues to seriously damage both the region and U.S. long-term interests.

Oliver Boyd-Barrett, Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green University, is an expert on communications, media, and U.S. foreign policy and how taxpayers, Congress, and other world leaders are manipulated into supporting war and occupation around the world. Boyd-Barrett has written or edited some 25 books and 150 scholarly articles. Here’s his bio

Reserve your spot and join the discussion in the large meeting room at the Parma Public Library. Room seats 100: a limit of 40-50 reservations will ensure physical distancing. Get your free ticket here

OR join on Zoom, wherever you are. Register here

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The End of America’s Longest War

Statement by Mark Weber, President, Cleveland Peace Action

One month ago, the last United States soldiers left Afghanistan ending our nation’s longest war. This week, amid partisan finger-pointing, we are subjected to the spectacle of Congressional hearings over how but not why the U.S. mission to this war-torn nation ignominiously failed just like our military presence in Vietnam collapsed 46 years ago. In both cases, our country lavished hundreds of billions of dollars to prop up corrupt local elites that preyed on the people who lived amid repression and poverty. In Afghanistan, successive U.S. administrations lied about why we were in one of the poorest nations of the world. As in Vietnam in the 1960’s, in the 1980’s, we used the logic of the Cold War to justify arming the mujahideen fighters to overthrow a secular, modernist government committed to significant social reforms including education for Afghan women. In doing so, we enabled the first takeover by the Taliban in the 1990’s. Then in the period 2001 to the present, we spent almost $2.3 trillion in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. We lavished money on local warlords, transforming them from being corrupt local leaders with armed militias at their backs to being corrupt multi-millionaires with political muscle and with armies at their backs. Money from Washington flowed freely into the poverty-stricken nation. However, very little of this money reached the people who needed it. The people who continued to suffer saw little reason to back a U.S. puppet regime that seemed indifferent to the vast majority of Afghani citizens who lived outside of a few urban centers like Kabul and Herat.  In addition, according to the Watson Institute of Brown University, the butcher’s bill for our two-decade long sojourn in Afghanistan amounted to more than 7,000 US service members, 150,000 Afghan service members, and 335,000 Afghan civilians. Almost 31,000 US service members committed suicide as a result of participating in all of the post-9/11 US-sponsored wars. 

Cleveland Peace Action says: ENOUGH! Since the end of the Second World War, we have sacrificed blood and treasure in countless wars waged in the name of anti-communism, oil, and now “anti-terrorism.” Our policymakers, from elite universities and foundations, have studied the lessons of the history of this period. However, they have refused to heed any of these lessons. The pull of ideology, and the interests of arms manufacturers and military contractors like Blackwater have shaped our policy. The sons and daughters of working-class Americans and the civilians in the war zones we have created have been slaughtered so that U.S. corporations can reap huge profits. Of the $2.3 trillion the Department of Defense spent on the Afghan adventure, the Watson Institute estimates that between 35% to 50% went to private defense contractors. Let us conclude by urging all Americans to organize against future Afghanistan’s, whether in North Korea or Iran or Venezuela. Such adventures have been and always will be “a rich man’s war; but a poor man’s fight.”

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