Middle East

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Starting with the Greek Crisis and the Sovereign Debt Crisis in the European Union, to the BREXIT choice of the people in the UK, to the rising of global migration fluxes and the Closed Borders and Nationalist Politicians both in Europe, the Pacific and the US, the recent Trade Wars between the US and China and renegotiation of International Trade deals, the crisis in Venezuela, the Constitutional Revision and Land Reform in South Africa, there seems to be a growing struggle between Local Nation States versus globalized Elitist Institutions. What's the root causes of these problems that seem to destabilize the Post World War II global order? How can we bring the Global Society to even keel in a way that empowers democracy and economic justice and social progress?
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From Gaza to Iran to Venezuela, peace and social justice activists are scrambling to keep up with a surreal level of reckless provocations and unbearable atrocities around the world. How can the antiwar movement fortify itself to respond to all these urgent situations at once, while also rebuilding itself for the future? World BEYOND War's Left Forum 2019 panel will gather together key voices including (not yet confirmed) David Swanson of World BEYOND War, Ariel Gold of CODE PINK and others still to be determined. (Dear Left Forum organizers: I did my best to nail down panelists for this event, but many of the people we have in mind are currently involved in the Venezuelan embassy situation in Washington DC, so I am still working on a panel list, as well as a more complete description. Is it possible for me to submit this today, May 19, in order to make the deadline, while I continue to work to fill in the details? I'm sorry I couldn't pull it together in time.)
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We are now in the midst of an epoch of death and mass extinction. Conventional approaches are failing. Social and ecological regeneration must be rooted in communities of liberation and solidarity. The new book, Between Earth and Empire: From the Necrocene to the Beloved Community, by celebrated philosopher and educator John P. Clark explores significant recent progress in this direction, including indigenous movements of the Zapatistas in Chiapas, Democratic Autonomy Movement in Rojava, in West Papua, and many more. Longtime human rights activist, educator, organizer Matt Meyer joins this conversation with his own work on international and intersectional organizing. This is a call to arms for the rebirth of a libertarian and communitarian social imaginary, and the flourishing of a free cooperative community globally. Join us!
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Socialism’s popularity is climbing but superficial conceptions of what socialism and capitalism mean are predominant. To avoid the pitfalls of co-optation and the kind of transformation into opposite that happened to the Russian Revolution, we examine these concepts from a serious theoretical and philosophical standpoint. The point is to ensure that socialism is based on revolution and self-activity of the masses rather than reducing it to state planning and nationalization, so that it can be a true alternative to capitalism. Three presentations focus on socialism in relationship to women’s liberation, to internationalism, and to climate change and the green new deal.
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This panel will focus on the various aspects of BDS (what it is and how to get involved in this movement) and the Palestinian Right of Return as a human right that is practical and feasible. Palestinian refugees number more than six million; this comprises nearly one-third of the global refugee poplulation. According to Salman Abu-Sitta, 80% of Israeli Jews live in 15% of present-day Israel, and 90% of the Palestinian village sites are still vacant today. There is ample space in present-day Israel to accommodate all Palestinian refugees.
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Most close observers of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict acknowledge the death of the ѓ??two state solutionѓ?ќ and rebirth of the ѓ??one state solutionѓ?ќ whereby Israelis and Palestinians would live together as equal citizens before the law in the land between the Mediterranean and River Jordan. In the past few years, consideration and support for the one democratic state have been expressed via several conferences in Madrid, Boston, London, Haifa, and Dallas. Panelists will briefly discuss the unfeasibility of the two-state solution, and the conditions including apartheid practices in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and adherence to international law that make the case for one democratic state--the homeland for both peoples. The goals of this panel are to educate forum participants about the one state idea and stimulate discussion for action.
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The consequences of Obama administration's undeclared remote control war has yet to be fully understood. Two renown experts of drones and insurgency in South Asia will describe their experiences reporting on this war from the ground. With Anand Gopal, journalist and fellow at the New American Foundation, and Madiha Tahir, journalist and editor of Tanqeed magazine
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James Russell, Chair, Eastern Connecticut State University, Levon Chorbajian, Panelist, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Anoush TerTaulian, Panelist, Independent Scholar. After a series of anti-Armenian pogroms beginning in the late 19th century, the Ottoman Turkish state orchestrated a genocide against its Armenian minority beginning in April 1915. In all between 1 and 1.5 million Armenians perished. Within the first month of the mass killings the Entente powers sent a letter to the Sublime Porte protesting what they called 'crimes against humanity and civilization.' The Porte responded that there were no killings, only deportations of Armenians from the Caucasian front. The Porte also claimed that Armenians were in rebellion, deserting the military, joining Russian forces, cutting supply lines, and engaging in guerrilla combat behind the front lines. In such a troubled context, argued the Porte, it was only exercising its right as a sovereign state to protect its interests. Thus begins nearly a century of continuous Turkish genocide denial that has been played out in Congress, the European Union, and even Hollywood and seen lawsuits, bullying of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and even the creation of a denialist press at the University of Utah. The paper addresses both Armenian Genocide denial and the broad consequences for social justice in the aftermath of other genocides post-1950.