Making Sense of Syria – What the World Can Expect

The continuing war in Syria, notable both for its barbarism and its endless flow of refugees, has now become one of the 21st century’s major bloodbaths. It is also one of the most confusing. Peabody-winning journalist Reese Erlich will help us make sense of it.
Based on numerous reporting trips to the region, this freelance foreign correspondent will discuss the growth of Syrian extremist rebel groups, the status of the Assad regime, foreign intervention and the failure of US policy. He provides up-to-date analysis and previews what President-elect Trump will face in one of the world’s major crises.
Erlich reported from the frontlines along the northern Iraq-Syria border. He has visited all the countries surrounding Syria to interview rebel leaders, refugees and civil society activists.
His recent book, Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect (Foreword by Noam Chomsky), is his fifth on US foreign policy. He reports for NPR, Foreign Policy, VICE News, and The Progressive, among others.(

3 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, February 12
Decatur Recreation Center
231 Sycamore St., Decatur 30030
(next to Decatur Public Library; ½ block from Decatur MARTA station)
Free admission; free parking at Decatur library

Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition


Georgia Peace & Justice Coalition’s Position on Syria:

GPJC is a signatory of the Hands Off Syria Coalition, which calls for:

1. An immediate end to the U.S. policy of forced regime change in Syria and full recognition and compliance by the U.S., NATO and their allies with principles of international law and the U.N. Charter, including respect for the independence and territorial integrity of Syria.
2. An immediate end to all foreign aggression against Syria, and serious efforts toward a political resolution to the war.
3. An immediate end to all military, financial, logistical and intelligence support by the U.S., NATO and their regional allies to all foreign mercenaries and extremists in the Middle East region.
4. An immediate end to economic sanctions against Syria. Massive international aid for displaced people within Syria and Syrian refugees abroad.



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