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Nov 27, 2014 - Forum: Endless War? The Middle East and Canada's New Militarism

When: Thursday, November 27th, 7pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham Street, Toronto

In 2003, the U.S. and its allies invaded Iraq on false pretenses and left the country in ruins almost a decade later, creating the conditions for ISIL's ascension in the region. Now the U.S. is spearheading a campaign to return to Iraq and enter Syria to fight off ISIL. Canada has heeded its neighbour's call for support and is already on the ground "helping" with the mission. Canadian reinforcement for U.S. imperial endevours around the world is standard procedure, but Canada has its very own imperial strategy as well. A new foreign policy stance has led to interventions in Afghanistan, Haiti, Libya, and Mali, among other places.

Canada is (again) intervening in the Middle East with fighter jets, logistics, forward bases, and other supports. This is another escalation in the 'new militarism' that is dominating Canadian foreign policy and increasingly, society. Can the intervention succeed even on its own militarist terms? What are the alternatives for the anti-war movement?

In the midst of the conflict is the besieged city of Kobane, part of the Kurdish region of Rojava in northern Syria. Two years ago Syrian Kurds declared autonomy and set up a system of direct democracy called "Democratic Confederalism." What is happening on the ground and how can the Left support the Rojava Revolution and Kobane?

* Sabah Alnasseri, Professor of Political Science, York University
* Judy Deutsch, Science for Peace, Canadian Dimension Magazine
* Tyler Shipley, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humber College
* Sardar Saadi, PhD Student at UofT, Toronto-based activist

Sponsored by: Centre for Social Justice, Science for Peace, Socialist Project | Facebook event | PDF poster
Nov 29, 2014 - Book Launch: A Line in the Tar Sands

When: Saturday November 29th, 1pm
Where: Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St. , Toronto

Join contributors, an editor, and Line 9 activists for a celebration of A Line in the Tar Sands: Struggles for Environmental Justice.

Tar sands "development" comes with an enormous environmental and human cost. But tar sands opponents -- fighting a powerful international industry -- are likened to terrorists; government environmental scientists are muzzled; and public hearings are concealed and rushed.

Yet, despite the formidable political and economic power behind the tar sands, many opponents are actively building international networks of resistance, challenging pipeline plans while resisting threats to indigenous sovereignty and democratic participation.

* Toban Black, Editor
* Lana Goldberg, Rising Tide Toronto
* Lindsay Gray, Aamjiwnaang and Sarnia Against Pipelines
* Myeengun Henry, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
* Lilian Yap, Contributor

Co-sponsored by the Centre for Social Justice and Between the Lines. Thank you to our online media sponsor: | Facebook event | PDF poster
Nov 26, 2014 - Saying NO to War

When: Wednesday, November 26th, 7:30pm
Where: Friends Meeting House, 60 Lowther (enter by side door please, NOT front door!)

A Double Book Launch of Anti-War Titles and Discussion on a Century of Conscientious Objection

* Stephen Dale, author, Noble Illusions
* Sarah Hipworth, co-editor, Let Them Stay
* Frank Showler, 95, lifelong Conscientious Objector
* Jo Vellacott, on World War I Conscientious Objectors

Presented by Homes not Bombs, Toronto Action for Social Change and Peace and Social Action Committee, Toronto Monthly Meeting; Co-sponsored by Science for Peace
Nov 28, 2014 - Learning From Tragedies

When: Friday November 28th, 12pm
Where: Sears Atrium, Engineering Building, 245 Church St [3rd floor]

Nearly 25 years ago, the murder of 14 women at the École Polytechnique in Montreal gave rise to a national movement to improve the control of firearms. The Coalition for Gun Control emerged from the tragedy as a non-partisan alliance of organizations - public health, victims, police, women's groups, crime prevention, faith based, labour, education and more - and has worked since then to strengthen Canada's gun control law. However, as of the past two years, Canada is now one of the few nations weakening controls on firearms.

Panelists include:
* Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University and Coalition for Gun Control;
* Amanda Dale, Barbara Schlifer Clinic;
* Audette Shephard, United Mothers Opposing Violence Everywhere (UMOVE);
* Shaun O'Brien, Cavalluzzo, Shilton, McIntyre, Cornish