New York City International Affairs Club is merging with Prague Spring
. The combined group will be named Prague Spring and continue its six year legacy of intelligent, in-depth discussion of the pressing topics of the day. The group will continue to have two types of meetings. We will continue the 2 hour dinners focused on a single topic with relevant articles posted before the meeting. We will also have book discussions announced a month or so in advance.
The meetup page for the New York Chapter will use the same one as the International Affairs Group and we will eventually change the name to Prague Spring. In another exciting piece of news, our second chapter will be opening in Florida soon. It will take over the existing Prague Spring
In the meantime, we hope you will come to the next meeting on Tuesday, May 27.
The War Continues and the Public Acquiesces - The State of the Union
The 5 year anniversary of the Iraq war has come and gone. It almost has seemed like a non-event based on the coverage of the mass media. Perhaps worse, it seems like the public is indifferent too. What happened to a concerned citizenry?
The intelligence has been shown to be flimsy at best
, the justifications were heavy with fabricated terrorist connections and nuclear fears, the case for war was assisted by "expert" retired generals on the Pentagon payroll
and the military targeted unfriendly journalists
The Democrats were elected supposedly to bring the troops home and that is nowhere in sight. The Democratic candidates talk about withdrawal with caveats and McCain even compared our stay in Iraq to our presence in Germany and South Korea (let alone an off-the-cuff reference to a hundred years).
What does this say about the US and its future? Let's get together to talk about it.
Please note that the $17 attendance fee includes a 4 course Indian dinner and covers the tax and tip too. (First time attendees only pay $12 total including the deposit. Beverages are extra). To reserve a spot, you must make a $7 deposit through the PayPal link
. The deposit allows us to plan on table sizes of 5-8 people, making for discussions that are neither too big nor too small.
Additional articles are found below.Whistle-Blower Points to Target List in US Attack on Hotel Iraqi Exile Group Fed False Information to News Media
Global Misinformation Campaign was Used to Build Case for War