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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Recent Terrorism in Context: Sanctions in Iraq Film Friday

***FILM NIGHT***    ***THIS FRIDAY*** 

IN CONTEXT: After the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11th it is 
important, while grieving the victims and condemning the attacks, to put the 
events in context.  This is why we are showing the following film: 

"Paying the Price: Killing the Children of Iraq" 
[Terrorism comes in many forms, as demonstrated in the United Nations 
sponsored, U.S. enforced sanctions in Iraq] 

Friday September 28th, 2001 7:00 p.m. 
Ottawa Public Library, 120 Metcalfe (corner of Laurier and Metcalfe) 
Free (Donations to help cover costs accepted) 
(As for accessibility, the library can fit two or three wheelchairs 

After the Film, there will be time for discussion, where we could discuss such 
issues as: 

- further context to world issues such as the sanctions in Iraq, or the U.S. 
sponsored terrorism campaigns which have occurred in countries such as 
Guatemala, Nicaragua, etc,...  We could also look at systemic economic 
injustice and inequality as a whole, and how any call for peace during this 
time needs to come with a serious call for economic and social justice. 

- further context to the immediate situation during this time such as looking 
at the U.S. demand that Pakistan end its aid program in Afghanistan, which 
could cause millions of deaths in the coming weeks; and looking at the harm 
that a bombing campaign could do to civilians in Afghanistan, let alone the 
uncontrollable escalation of war it could cause. 

- how we can help to end the racist targeting of Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus, and 
all people of colour in the backlash following the World Trade Center Bombings. 

- whether U.S. foreign policy, in the wake of the bombings and in looking at 
its history, is based on a racist agenda, and what can be done about it. 

- what is the best way to seek justice after the attack on the World Trade 
Center, without harming civilians. 

Brought to you by a newly forming anti-racist collective in Ottawa. 


About the Film, "Paying the Price": 

In a hard-hitting documentary, award-winning journalist and filmmaker John 
Pilger investigates the effects of sanctions on the people of Iraq and finds 
that ten years of extraordinary isolation, imposed by the UN and enforced by 
the US and Britain, have killed more people than the two atomic bombs dropped 
on Japan. 

Pilger has brought back disturbing evidence that the "holds" on humanitarian 
supplies have paralyzed the country and devastated millions of people, many 
dying from curable diseases because life saving drugs are only available 
intermittently. He also finds that the breakdown of the clean water system and 
health facilities are having a tragic effect on young children, contributing to 
an alarming rise in their mortality rate. 

Pilger also exposes the suffering caused to the civilian population by the 
illegal bombing campaign being conducted by US and Britain in the "no-fly 
zones" in northern and southern Iraq. 

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