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"You can build a state—

it takes you a hundred years;

you destroy it in an afternoon. "

...........Vijay Prashad

"How to Start a Revolution"

Jamila Raqib

...the world's foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action...

will talk about the practice of nonviolent action in world affairs

November 11
4:15 at Chase Hall, Bates College in Lewiston

7:00 at Curtis Library, 23 Pleasant Street, Brunswick

Information raises major questions.

Tell your representativesthat Congress must talk about what the US is going to do and not do in this region, what are the rationale and objectives of military action, as well as the need for Security Council action, because U.N. charter Article 2 prohibits the use of military force against other nations unless authorized by the Security Council.

Positions -- Pingree: no force -- King: reconvene for a vote

Here is a letter from Congresswoman Chellie Pingree explaining her vote against the use of arms in the Middle East. September 30, 2014

As for Senator King, he says that he believes Military action is the better alternative to not using military force. He does, however, firmly emphasize his position that Congress ought to re-convene to consider and vote whether the President should be authorized to military action.

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns about the unrest in Syria and Iraq. I appreciate hearing from you about this important issue.

SHIFTING ALLIANCES: ISIS IN IRAQ AND SYRIA

Teach-in October 8, at the Woodbury Center, USM Portland campus from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Sponsored by Peace Action Maine and the USM Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the teach-in will feature the following speakers:

Abbas at UN: World Must Hold Israel to Account for "War of Genocide"

Friday, September 26, 2014 by Common Dreams
Leader of Palestinian Authority tells General Assembly that recent assault on Gaza was a "war crime" and new paths towards peace must now be considered
byJon Queally, staff writer -- President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas speaking before the General Assembly of the United Nations on Friday, September 26, 2014.

Backsliding on Nuclear Promises

New York Times – September 23, 2014

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
(published on-line Sept. 22, 2014; in print edition on Sept 23)

Islamic State – in Iraq and Syria -- a major issue in a world of issues.

September 19, 2014 -- Friends Committee on National Legislation

The US is hearing emphasis on the need to go after this group militarily – in Syria and Iraq.

This cannot succeed.
It lacks examination of clarified purpose or of probable results on the part of the US or other nations.
There is urgency for Congressional, national, international discussion .

Peace Action Responds to Obama’s ISIS Plan

Washington, DC — September 10, 2014 — In response to President Obama’s speech on dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Peace Action, the largest peace group in the U.S. made the following statements:

Who's Responsible for the Flight of Honduran Children

"Yes, gangs are rampant in Honduras. But the truly dangerous gang is the Honduran government. And our own [U.S. and Canadian] tax dollars are pouring into it while our top officials praise its virtues."
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Who's Responsible For Flight Of Honduran Children?
07/09/2014, by Dana Frank, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-frank/whos-responsible-for-the-hondur...

MOSUL, MALIKI AND ISIS The View Today from Erbil

by Bill Park, openDemocracy
Life in Erbil continues pretty much as normal. Children chase the pigeons that gather by the fountains outside the bazaar at the foot of the city's ancient citadel; young couples share an ice cream; women try on shoes; and the men sit in the shade drinking endless tulip glasses of sweet chai and chatting—probably about the twists and turns of the world cup, judging by the crowds that gather around the large number of TV screens showing each and every game in tea shops, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants.

Points on Ukraine -- April 17, 2014

The Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) urges Congress, the Obama administration and policymakers throughout the European Union to adopt policies toward the Ukraine crisis that deescalate the conflict while providing a constructive path forward. The diplomatic deal struck this week by diplomats from the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, who agreed to a framework plan designed to end violence in Ukraine, is a very positive step in the right direction.

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President Barack Obama
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Washington, DC 20500
202-456-1111

Senator Susan Collins
413 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
202-224-2523
www.collins.senate.gov/

One Canal Plaza, Suite 802
Portland, Maine 04101
207-780-3575

Senator Angus King
188 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
202-224-5344
www.king.senate.gov

383 US Route 1, Suite 1C
Scarborough, ME 04074
207-883-1588

Congresswoman Chellie Pingree
1318 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
202-225-6116
http://pingree.house.gov

2 Portland Fish Pier Suite 304
Portland, Maine 04101
207-774-5019

Congressman Michael H. Michaud
1724 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC 20515
202-225-6306

179 Lisbon St.
Lewiston, ME 04240
207-782-3704

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