KPFA Radio 94.1FM with St. John’s Presbyterian Church presents:
Inside Syria, The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect
Hosted by Brian Edwards-Tiekert
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 7:30 pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Avenue, Berkeley
$12 advance tickets: brownpapertickets.com :: 800-838-3006 or Pegasus (3 sites) Moe’s, Walden Pond, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s Books
SF: Modern Times $15 door
This vivid picture of Syria now, through on-the-ground descriptions and challenging interviews with rebel leaders and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, provides a much clearer understanding of the complex dynamics underlying the Syrian civil war, and why it is so crucial for the Middle East, the U.S., and the world. Through his many personal contacts inside Syria, the author reveals exactly who is supporting Assad and why. He describes the agendas of rebel factions. He depicts in stark terms the horrific plight of thousands of Syrian citizens unintentionally caught in the crossfire. Also described are the role of the Kurds, the continuing influence of powerful Iran, and the conflicted policies of U.S. leaders.
Erlich demonstrates how current actions in Syria can be most clearly understood by understanding that nation’s recent history, particularly the roles of such essential figures as T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia), journalist Lowell Thomas Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan al Banna, Zionist leader Chaim Weismann, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Saddam Hassan, and Hafez al-Assad.