To mark the anniversary of the huge protests against the invasion of Iraq, Ceasefire Magazine and Anticapitalist Initiative present an evening of discussion on how imperialist wars in the Middle East and North Africa continue to shape our lives, heighten insecurity, extinguish precious civil liberties and further the reach of US Empire.
Speakers confirmed for the event include…
Hicham Yezza, writer and activist, is editor-in-chief of Ceasefire Magazine. He experienced first-hand how public universities are becoming subject to thought police when he was wrongly arrested on terrorism charges after a copy of the “Al Qaeda Training Manual”, an open source reference document he was using for research, was discovered on his University of Nottingham office computer.
Kate Hudson is a longstanding peace and anti-war activist, the chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and a founder of the Stop the War Coalition.
Cilius Victor is an activist with Newham Monitoring Project, a grassroots, community based anti-racist organisation that supported the families of Jean Charles de Menezes and the near-fatal Forest Gate raid.
Victoria Brittain lived and worked as a journalist in Washington, Nairobi, Saigon, Algiers and London, and wrote for the Guardian for 20 years. Her new book, Shadow Lives: The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror is to be published by Pluto Press in February 2013. Copies will be available for sale at the event.
Where and When?
7pm, Tuesday 5th February, Room 3C, University of London Union, Malet Street. Nearest tube: Goodge Street (northern line). See Facebook for more details.
The Forgotten Women of the War on Terror
Victoria Brittain. Foreword by John Berger. Afterword by Marina Warner
“Thanks in no small measure to Victoria Brittain’s remarkable work, we should all have at least some sense of the horrifying events of which Guantanamo is a symbol. Here Brittain adds another crucial dimension to the shameful record, with a searching, sensitive, and wrenching account of the ordeal of the women left behind, their torment, their endurance and courage, their triumphs over the cruel “extension of prison to home.” And not least, a revealing picture of what we have allowed ourselves to become.
“This is a window into an invisible world…a reminder that abandoning normal legal standards has serious consequences for the Rule of Law.” – Helena Kennedy, QC
Conversations on US State Terrorism
Interviews by Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes
Chomsky, Butler, Finkelstein and other leading commentators discuss state terrorism.
“Terror exercised by states is infinitely more deadly than terrorism by non-state actors. This outstanding book is welcome precisely because it starts by challenging the hegemonic views of both terrorism and democratic power. Nuanced and uncompromising, the interviewers have posed some of the most penetrating and important questions of our time. The answers received will change forever the way we think about terror.” – Penny Green, Professor of Law at King’s College London and Director of the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI)
“A wide range of compelling topics are expertly explored by leading academics. Each is skilfully interviewed by Cihan Aksan and Jon Bailes who also provide an excellent introduction. A job well done. “ – Michael Parenti