Middle East studies in the News
Obama Pals Protest U.S. Aid to Israel [on Rashid Khalidi]
An anti-war group led by former Obama associates has called for protest actions across the country next month on the anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan.
The United National Antiwar Coalition, or UNAC, has worked with the controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR.
The coalition says it is protesting for "a better world" and has such diverse demands as ending U.S. aid to Israel.
One of UNAC's demands calls for "trillions" in U.S. government funding for "jobs, education, social services, an end to all foreclosures; quality single-payer health care for all; a massive conversion to sustainable and planet-saving energy systems and public transportation; and reparations to the victims of U.S. terror at home and abroad."
UNAC held a conference call last month to plan nationwide protests and "actions" on the weekend of Oct. 5-7, which the group refers to as the "anniversary of the imperialist U.S. invasion of Afghanistan."
The coalition's literature, reviewed by WND, does not specify which cities will host protests. UNAC is calling for generalized "teach-ins, forums, protests, letters to the editor, op-eds, phone calls to Congress, petitions, resolutions and referendums."
A key demand of UNAC is "an end to FBI raids on anti-war, social justice and international solidarity activists."
That demand is a direct reference to FBI terror raids on anti-war groups in Chicago led by activists tied to Obama. Some of those same activists and groups serve on UNAC's small "administrative committee."
One of the UNAC activists is Joe Iosbaker, a University of Illinois-Chicago office worker and a union steward for his SEIU local. His home was raided by the FBI in September 2011, reportedly as part of a terror probe investigating material support for jihadist groups.
WND reported Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, worked as leaders of the Chicago New Party, a controversial 1990s political party that sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward. The ultimate goal was to form a new political party with a socialist agenda.
WND previously reported evidence from the New Party's own newsletters indicating Obama was a member of the New Party.
Another group on UNAC's administrative committee is Code Pink.
Code Pink's co-founder, Jodie Evans, was a fundraiser and financial bundler for Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, although the group has since protested some actions of the Obama administration.
WND reported Obama's other ties to the activist groups at the heart of the FBI terror probe, including Hatem Abudayyeh, the executive director of the Arab American Action Network, or AAAN.
WND was first to report that Obama, while serving as a paid director of the far-left nonprofit Chicago Woods Fund, provided two grants to the AAAN.
Obama served at the Woods Fund alongside Weather Underground founder Bill Ayers.
AAAN was founded by a longtime Obama associate, Columbia University Professor Rashid Khalidi. Khalidi's wife, Mona, is president of the Arab American Action Network.
The Islamic group CAIR, meanwhile, participated in UNAC's March conference, calling for protests at last May's NATO summit in Chicago.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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