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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
- 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
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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