Asia

War, Imperialism and Resistance in West Asia

West Asia is currently becoming the global flashpoint, with US imperialism seeking to remould the region to its liking. Israel, its closest ally in the region, is also seeking to destroy the Palestinian nation, as well as stamp out all resistance to its own apartheid policies. The catchall slogan of "War against Terror," post 9/11, is providing a cover for the aggressive designs of the US-Israeli axis. Military strikes against Iran now loom on the horizon and the UN Security Council itself is being manipulated for that purpose. To highlight the above issues and generate a wider solidarity for the people under occupation and military threat in the region, we are proposing a 3-day Conference in Delhi on 12th-14 th March 2007. The Conference would also work towards building the widest unity against imperialist forces in West Asia and also put pressure on the Governments in South Asia including India to oppose imperialist designs in the region. For more information contact Varsha Berry E-mail: varsharb@yahoo.com Resolution of the conference Speakers: Clovis Maksoud (Arab league) Professor of international relations, Dr Maksoud was the chief representative of the League of Arab States in 1961-66 and a good friend of then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He served as the senior editor of Al Ahram newspaper and the chief editor of Al Nahar weekly from 1967-79. He was appointed as the League of Arab Nations chief representative to the United Nations in 1979, and resigned from the League in the aftermath of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. He is the author of several articles and books including "The Meaning of Non Alignment." Kamal Majid Is a retired Professor of Electrical Engineering at Cardiff University, UK. He is a prominent political exile from Iraq. He is a regular columnist in the Arabic media, Al Quds AL Arabi, and has published two books on Iraq and Iraq-Kurdish politics. . Michael Warshawski (Israel) is based in Israel. He is the Director of the Alternative Information Centre (AIS). The AIS has been an outstanding source of information about the true facts of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories andof the domestic and foreign policies of successive governments in Tel Aviv. Warshawski is an internationally known political activist and scholar. Jamal Juma' (Palestine) is Coordinator of the Palestinian grassroots Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign which represents several major Palestinian civil society organizations and over 60 regional popular committees throughout Occupied Palestine. He is a founding member of several support organizations including the Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC), and the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange (PACE). He is a prolific writer, and has authored a number of widely published articles on the Wall and the struggle for Palestine. He lives in Occupied Palestine and his travel out of the area has never been easy. . Fawaz Traboulsi (Lebanon) is a leading Lebanese academic and public figure. He was a prominent leader of the Lebanese Left, and the founder of the Organisation for Communist Action, 1970-85. He has had a long innings in the Lebanese resistance movement. Fawwaz Traboulsi is currently a Professor of History and Politics at the Lebanese American University in Beirut, Lebanon, and a Visiting Professor in Columbia, New York. He has written extensively on history, Arab politics, social movements and popular culture. His most recent book‚ 'A History of Modern Lebanon,' was published this January. Azmi Bishara (Israel) is a leading Palestinian political activist and member of the Israeli Knesset. Bishara is former head of the Philosophy Department at Bir Zeit University and Senior Researcher in the Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem. He is member of the Knesset and founding member of the National Democratic Assembly (NDA), representing the Arab minority in Israel under the banner of national, democratic values. He is a strong and courageous voice in the region and the world. Dr Ali Fayyad (Hezbollah) Director, Consultative Centre for Studies and Documentation, Beirut University , he is a member of the Hezbollah's political bureau. He is the Hezbollah's political ideologue, and has also represented the organization at international meetings. He was handling the media, international guests and the publicity for the Hezbollah during the 39 day war in Lebanon recently. Fayyad is one of the public faces of the Hezbollah during the war, and survived by switching cars, mobile telephones and place of stay. His home in southern Lebanon was destroyed by the Israeli aircraft, and his family narrowly escaped death in Beirut where the building they were staying in was bombed. The Centre in south Beirut was completely destroyed during the war by the Israelis. George Jabbour (Syria) is the President of the Syrian UN Association. He is a former Presidential advisor, a Parliamentarian and a writer. He was also the member representing Asia on the Working Group on Peopleof African Descent within the UN Human Rights Council. He was a member of the Ba'ath party in Syria. Dr Ali Saqafi (Iran) is a professor in the Azad University, Tehran. His speciality is Islamic and political jurisprudence. He has written several books and articles, and is an expert on the theoretical aspects of the Islamic revolution. Ali Atassi (Syria /Lebanon) he is a student of engineering, social sciences and history and has worked for several years as a journalist. He is from Syria but lives in Beirut where he edits the cultural supplement of the al Nahar newspaper. He is a prominent figure in West Asia, and has been very active on the cultural and political front in the region. C.M.Shafi Sami (Bangladesh) is a renowned diplomat. He has held many top positions, including High Commissioner to India between 1995-1999 and just after that, foreign secretary of Bangladesh. In 2006 he became one of the ten advisors of the caretaker government of Bangladesh. Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa (Pakistan) is an independent security analyst and author of "Pakistan's Arms Procurement and Military Buildup, 1979-99. Programme 12th March Registration 9.00-10 AM Inaugural Session: Overview of West Asia 10.00-11.30 AM Chair: Seema Mustafa Aijaz Ahmad Fawwaz Traboulsi Ali Fayyad Clovis Maksoud Lebanon 11.45-1.15 PM Chair: Mohd. Salim Kamal Chenoy Ali Fayyad Sadallah Mazraani Fawwaz Traboulsi Lunch 1.15-2.00 Address by Azmi Bishara 2.00-3.00 PM Palestine 3.15-5.00 PM Chair: Anu Chenoy Mohsen Saleh Jamal Juma Michel Warschawski Achin Vanaik 13th March Iraq and Syria 9.45-11.45 AM Chair: Nihal Singh Kamal Majid Ali Atassi Georges Jabbour N.Ram Film 12.00-1.00 PM The Gates Are Open Sometimes, Palestine Yasmine’s Song, Palestine Iran 2.00-3.30 PM Chair: Girjesh Pant Ali Saqafi Ali Fayyad Hamid Ansari US and its Allies 3.45-5.00 PM Chair: Mushirul Hassan Speakers: MK Bhadrakumar Ayesha Siddiqa Shafi Sami 14th March Campaign Outline 9.45-10.45 AM Chair: Prabir Purkayastha Political Parties on West Asia 11.00-1.15 PM Chair: SP Shukla Speakers: Prakash Karat AB Bardhan Ram Vilas Paswan Ram Gopal Yadav, DP Tripathi, Yerranaidu Kamal Morarka Films 2.00-5.00 PM Avenge But One Of My Two Eyes Palestine Dead in the Water, UK
The Conference is being organised by Committee on War, Imperialism and Resistance: West Asia, in Collaboration with: Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) Kamal Morarka, All India Bank Employees Association, Institute of Social Sciences, Women Unlimited, New Trade Union Initiative (NTUI) Magic Lantern Foundation, India India Arab Cultural Centre: Jamia Millia Islamia Focus on Global South, Transnational Institute, EMS Research Foundation, All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO) Al-Kasaba International Film Festival, Ramallah
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Declaración de preocupación sobre la propuesta de negociaciones de libre comercio UE-ASEAN

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Los movimientos de la sociedad civil y las organizaciones de la ASEAN y Europa abajo firmantes desean expresar su profunda preocupación por la propuesta de Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) entre la UE y la ASEAN que se prevé cerrar en los próximos dos años.... Read more

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Statement of Concern Regarding the Proposed EU-ASEAN Free Trade Negotiations

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The undersigned civil society movements and organisations from ASEAN and Europe wish to express their strong concerns about the proposed EU-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (FTA) slated to be concluded within the next two years.... Read more

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India-Pakistan ties set to improve, slowly

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India and Pakistan have resumed their bilateral dialogue. Progress is slow, but they are at least commencing serious negotiations on the Kashmir issue for first time since 1964, writes Praful Bidwai.... Read more

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Is India abandoning the Raj mantle?

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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.... Read more

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Kashmir Resolution in Sight?

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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.... Read more

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WAR & PEACE

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Kamil Mahdi, Ben Hayes, Kamil Mahdi, Ben Hayes

Entry: 5 Euro (in advance) or 7,50 Euro (at the door)

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.

Speakers include:

  • 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

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