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Oct 22, 2014 - Big Business and the Re-shaping of North America

When: Wed. Oct. 22nd, 4pm
Where: Room SS-2117, 100 St George Street, University of Toronto

"Big Business and the Re-shaping of North America" by Richard Roman, Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Toronto.

Hosted by Science for Peace.
Oct 23, 2014 - Dirty Hands in Politics – Stained with Blood in Kobane

When: Thursday, October 23rd, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

With the appearance of ISIS/ISIL on the scene since spring 2014, the bloodshed, the events and forces at play in the “Middle East” seem more puzzling than ever and the hope for a peaceful resolution ever more remote. This insanity can be witnessed in the intensifying conflict over the Kurdish city of Kobane in Northern Syria. What is going on? What is the strategic value of Kobane and this conflict? What has the Islamic State militants attacking it; the Kurds defending it; the Turkish army simply observing it; and the US and allies so intent on bombing it?

We examine the critical roles that each of these actors and the reasons that led to the extraordinary rise of ISIS/ISIL in both Iraq and Syria.

This event is intended as a community conversation after opening remarks and contextualizing by our speaker, Kawa Jabary.

About speaker:
Kawa Jabary was born in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq. He was forced to flee to Turkey as a result of his political activities and in 1997 settled in Canada as a refugee. Kawa has a graduate degree in Political Science from Simon Fraser University.
Oct 25, 2014 - Peace Rally: Canada Out of Iraq - Stop Bombing Syria

When: Saturday October 25th, 2:30 pm
Where: U.S. Consulate, 360 University Avenue, Toronto

Why we say NO to Canada's war in Iraq. We have all seen the pictures and read the reports abut the brutal sectarian group ISIS in Iraq and Syria and many people want to “do something” to stop the terror. However, the U.S. led bombing campaign, that Canada has just joined, is not going to help. Here's why we say no to the war in Iraq and Syria.

It will make things worse
- Every bombing campaign kills civilians and every civilian killed means more recruits for ISIS.
- The actions of the US and its allies are legitimizing ISIS as an anti-imperial force to people in the region.
- Already, the airstrikes have led opponents such as the Jabhat al-Nusra to join in common cause with ISIS. Bombing is making these groups stronger.

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Oct 27, 2014 - Film Festival: Rebels With A Cause

When: October 27-31, 2014
Where: West-Side Arts Hub, York Woods Library Theater, 1785 Finch Ave W

The 4th Annual Rebels With A Cause Film Festival kicks off soon! Rebels With A Cause is a FREE annual 5-day film festival that showcases artistic reflections of social justice issues and critical documentations of unsung community work. All our screenings are followed by panels consisting of filmmakers, curators, and community organizers who unpack the works, share their experiences and discuss strategies in creating real social change.