India is fashioning a major shift in its relations with its smaller neighbours Bhutan and Nepal by revising bilateral treaties that were inherited from the British Raj, writes Praful Bidwai....
NEW DELHI - A month after President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan proposed a four-point formula to resolve the troubled question of Kashmir jointly with India, exploratory contacts between the two governments have gathered momentum....
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The recent warning from General Richard Dannatt, head of the British army, to Tony Blair that the presence of British troops in Iraq does nothing but worsen the securty situation there, is the latest proof of a growing crisis in George Bush's "Global War on Terror". At the same time, the probable suicide of a Dutch sergeant serving in Afghanistan coincides with new and ongoing reports of the growing violence inflicted by NATO forces on the Afghan population.
These and more topics will be on the agenda at the "War & Peace" national conference on Sunday 29 October at the Felix Meritis, Amsterdam. The programme of the day includes an election debate between spokespeople from the three Dutch progressive parties, and several panel discussions on Iraq, Israel and its occupied neighbours, civil liberties post 9/11, Aghanistan and the role of the media in today's conflicts and violence.
- Kamil Mahdi -TNI Fellow, Iraqi Democrats Against the War
- Ben Hayes - TNI "Next Generation" Scholar, Statewatch - UK
- Miriyam Aouragh - Together Against Racism
- Naima Azough - GreenLeft Party
- Rose Gentle - Military Families Against the War UK (whose son Gordon died in Iraq)
- Abdel Bari Atwan - Arab newspaper Al-Quds
- Harry van Bommel - Socialist Party
- George Galloway - Stop the War Coalition UK (live from London)
- Bart Griffioen - International Socialists
- Salam Ismael - Doctor from Fallujah, Iraq
- Dyab Abou Jahjah - Arab European League (in Lebanon during the recent invasion)
- Hajo Meijer - A Different Jewish Voice
- Geoffrey Millard - Iraq Veterans Against the War, US
- Jonathan Neale - Globalise Resistance, UK
- Mohamed Rabbae - Enough Is Enough
- Tariq Shadid - Palestinian Community Netherlands
- Behnam Taebi - No War Against Iran
- Tanya Reinhart - Independent analyst - Israel
Debates and discussions about::
- Dutch troops in Afghanistan: rebuilding or occupying forces? (Election debate with Labour Party, Socialist Party and GreenLeft Party spokespeople)
- CNN to Al-Jazeera: The "Global War on Terror" and the role of media
- Post September 11, politics of fear and the attack on civil liberties
- Liberation- occupation - civil war: what is the future of Iraq?
- Lebanon and Palestine: Peace without Justice?
- Breaking with Bush: Strategies for a new peace movement
Film programme including the Dutch premieres of:
- SIR! NO SIR! - about US soldiers' resistance during the war in Vietnam
- INSIDE IRAQ: THE UNTOLD STORIES - images from Iraq that didn't make the mainstream media
Cultural evening programme including DJ Neil (Sounds and Views from the Middle East) and a performance by the Yuri Honings jazz trio featuring Joost Lijbaart and Tony Overwater
The War & Peace Conference is an initiative from the "Stop the War" Coalition and is sponsored financially by ICCO, Novib, GroenLinks and TNI.
To purchase a ticket or to help distribute flyers and posters, send us an email at: info[at]stopoorlog.nl
More information at: www.stopoorlog.nl
Achin Vanaik, Achin Vanaik and Craig Murray
China’s rapid growth is often presented as the engine driving Southeast Asian economies but, as the example of the Thailand-China “early harvest” free trade agreement shows, complete trade liberalisation can be a path to economic ruin, writes Bello....
India’s mainstream parties welcome the Indo-US nuclear deal just approved by the US Congress, but the deal will impede, not promote, nuclear disarmament, argues Bidwai....
The recently passed bill in the US Senate “lame duck” session enables further steps to facilitating the US – India nuclear deal, writes Bidwai....
Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to India surpassed the upbeat expectations and showed that the two countries have more in common than earlier imagined, reports Bidwai....
Recent events highlight a lack of vision and moral clarity in foreign policy. Unless this deficit is filled, India will fail to pull its weight in the global arena, says Bidwai....