Public Conference

From Kabul to Baghdad, Washington conquers the world

March 22, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm, room RM-110, UQAM

Thursday 20 March 2003, by Catherine BINETTE

Mrs. Phyllis Bennis and M. Pierre-Jean Luizard are in Montreal to participate in a public conference organised by Alternatives, a non-governmental NGO in international cooperation. This public event, From Kabul to Baghdad, Washington conquers the world, is about the issues of a war in Irak.

The activity is happening March 22nd at the University of Québec in Montreal (UQAM) in the management Building, room RM-110 from 9:30 to 12h00. The event will start with the opening panel: Today Irak, and tomorrow? Why does the american empire wants to redefine the world. Challenges and perspective for the anti-war movement and civil society.

Specialist of the American foreign policy in the Middle East, Phyllis Bennis is a researcher at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and author of Calling the Shots: How Washington Dominates Today’s UN (Interlink, 2000) and, Before & After: U.S. Foreign Policy and the September 11th Crisis (Septembre 2002).

Pierre-Jean Luizard is a researcher at the Centre national de recherches scientifiques (CNRS) in Paris.
Author of the books La Formation de l’Irak contemporain (edition, 2002, CNRS Éditions) and of La question irakienne (Fayard, 2002), Pierre-Jean Luizard is a specialist of contemporary history of Islam in the Arabic countries of the Middle East. He was recently the guest at the TV show Le Point on Radio Canada.

Due to the declaration of the war on Iraq, the conference will end at 12:00 to allow us to participate in the anti-war demonstration at 1:00 at the Square Dominion.

À propos de Catherine BINETTE

Latin America and the Caribbean

Catherine Binette has studied management and international development at McGill University. It took her only one solidarity experience with an indigenous community of Oaxaca, in Mexico, to confirm her interest in the dynamics of social movements and native peoples struggles in the Americas. At Alternatives since 2002, Catherine initially worked as the project officer and coordinator of the communications and mobilization program, where she concentrated mainly on the World Social Forum. After carrying out an internship in social economy in Brazil, she joined the international team and took charge of Alternatives projects in the Americas. She is particularly interested in innovative practices of solidarity economy and local development, as with the process of political transformation to which we assist in South America.

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