Cancelled by Boston College due to Coronavirus Prof Ali Kadvar (Assistant Professor of Sociology and International Studies, Boston College) – studies protest and politics in Iran Prof Shamaran Mako (Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University) – studies protest/politics in Iraq Reese Erlich – journalist …
by Jeff Klein
Donald Trump began the new year with a reckless move that pushed the world closer to a dangerously widened war in the Middle East. The killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi general Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis – along with 8 other Iraqis and Iranians — by drone missiles in Baghdad on January 2 was an aggressive and criminal act, no matter how much the White House tries to spin it as a “defensive measure.”
Protests swept the US last week in response to the illegal assassination of Iran’s top military general Qassem Suleimani by the warmongering Trump administration. In Massachusetts, some 500 demonstrators marched in Boston on Saturday Jan. 4th and 300 gathered in Harvard Square, Cambridge on Thursday Jan. 9th to demand that the US stop threats and attacks on Iran, end sanctions, pull its troops out of Iraq and engage in diplomacy rather than aggression to resolve differences in the Middle East. These were two out of 11 actions that took place in communities across the Commonwealth. At least 375 protests involving more than 20,000 people erupted throughout the country, according to MoveOn.org.
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