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This Happened - February 15: Largest Peace Demonstration Ever

On this day, 20 years ago, it is estimated that more than 10 million people participated in demonstrations around the world, considered the largest coordinated peace demonstrations in history.

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What was the purpose of the peace demonstration of 2003?

The purpose of the demonstration was to protest against the impending invasion of Iraq by the United States and its allies.

Where did the peace demonstration of 2003 take place?

Demonstrations took place in hundreds of cities worldwide, including major cities such as London, Rome, Paris, Berlin, and New York. It was organized by a coalition of anti-war groups, peace organizations, and individual activists.

What was the outcome of the 2003 peace demonstrations?

The demonstration did not stop the invasion of Iraq, which began on March 20, 2003. However, it did raise awareness and generate significant public opposition to the war.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

What's Next For Gaza? Israel? The World? – Mideast War, Day 32

Netanyahu gives scant signs of hope for any easing of the massive assault on the Palestinian enclave, as the number of dead tops 10,000.

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People conduct rescue work among the rubble of residential buildings destroyed in an Israeli strike in Gaza

One month after the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, the world aimed to take stock Tuesday of a war that has already killed thousands and threatens to destabilize the region, and beyond.

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Here’s an excerpt from a piece by French geopolitical commentator Pierre Haski:

“The shockwaves continue to resonate around the world: from Colombia recalling its ambassador from Israel, to this past weekend's gathering of two million people in Jakarta to the hardening of Arab countries that had made peace in the past with the Jewish state, to the unleashing of acts of anti-Semitism in Europe.

We can also mark a broader geopolitical impact. The United States has invested more than it has in a long time in the Middle East, from which it had been trying to distance itself for years. U.S. military deployment and diplomatic involvement have been considerable.

The Americans have so far succeeded in deterring Iran and its allies from getting involved in an escalation that would have changed the nature of the crisis. Vice President Kamala Harris gave a one-word response to a journalist who asked her what the U.S. message was to Iran: “Don’t!" Message received — so far anyway.

Read the full piece translated from French by Worldcrunch here

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