Nation Magazine DC Discussion Group Speaker Saturday, June 18, 2016
On Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 3-5:30 PM at the Cleveland Park Public Library, the Nation Magazine Discussion Group in DC held a discussion of “US militarism”, where I was one of two very knowledgeable “resource persons” invited to the discussion.
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