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Ukraine, Gaza, and European Peace Movement Priorities

Wed July 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Ukraine, Gaza, and European Peace Movement Priorities: Reiner Braun

Building Together: An In Person Evening With Reiner Braun

The war in Ukraine is increasingly dangerous – perilous. France and Poland, NATO nations, have threatened to send their military forces into Ukraine as trainers or to reinforce Ukrainian defenses in case of a Russian breakthrough. The U.S. and Germany are providing Kyiv missiles and drones with authorization to target them against Russian forces in Russia.  This is especially dangerous, as it is the first time weapons supplied by \ U.S. and European nations are being used to attack a rival nuclear power.   Russian forces are on the offensive across eastern and Southern Ukraine. In response,  senior Russian officials and much of Russian media is calling for the Kremlin to “nuke” Ukraine with no guarantees that nuclear attacks will not trigger escalation to an apocalyptic nuclear war.

The Israeli genocide in Gaza, Hamas resistance, and settler violence in land seizures in the West Bank continue relentlessly, with bombs, famine and chaos claiming still more innocent lives. Germans remain haunted by the legacy of the Nazi Holocaust, and even as increasing numbers of European states opt to formally recognize the Palestinian States, Germany and Britain have joined the United States in supplying Israel with the weapons it needs to continue its war on Gaza.

How are the German and European peace movements responding, and what do they expect of us?

Reiner Braun is among the most significant leaders of the German and European peace movements. The former President and Executive Director of the International Peace Bureau, he was the lead organizer of Ukraine Peace Summit held in Vienna which brought together peace advocates from across Europe, Russia, the United States and the Global South. He was the founder of the No to NATO/No to War International Network, and a leading opponent of NATO’s war in Afghanistan. He will be in the United States for NATO counter-summit events in early June.

Reiner studied German Literature, History and Journalism. Since 1982, he has been actively involved in the Peace Movement, working in the office of the “Krefelder Appeal” against new nuclear weapons in Europe.  Beginning in 2004 he worked on  various projects related to the Einstein year at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and for the Max Planck Society. From 2006 until 2017  he was the Executive Director of  IALANA Germany, He also served as the Executive Director for Scientists for Peace and Sustainability (Germany) for several years. Reiner has also worked with the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) beginning in the 1990s. He worked from 2006 until 2012 as Executive Director of the German Pugwash group.

Sponsored by the Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security, and Massachusetts Peace Action.

Directions: The event will be held in the community room of St. James Episcopal Church, Cambridge.  Enter the courtyard past the church building and turn left to enter the community room.


Wed July 10
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT


St James Episcopal Church – Community Room
2007 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
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