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[OPIRG-EVENTS] The G8 & Africa - Discussion series continues May 30
Global Democracy Ottawa (GDO) invites you to participate in our
ongoing open discussion on the G8's agenda for Africa.
Jean Chrétien and the G8 -- the 8 wealthiest countries in the world
-- have a new plan for Africa. They want to increase aid and foreign
investment in African countries. But are they interested in ending
the exploitation of Africa's people and her resources? Are they
thinking of ending the debt enslavement in which African countries
find themselves? Is the G8 a legitimiate forum for this discussion,
or is it even capable of making these decisions, given that much of
the wealth the G8 countries enjoy was -- and continues to be --
pillaged from the continent? Is the New Partnership for Africa's
Development (NEPAD) a real answer to Africa's needs, or will it just
perpetuate the conditions that lead to the current situation?
The G8 -- and NEPAD -- insist that free trade, total privatisation,
and foreign investment are the recipe for recovery when until now
they have only produced misery and conflict. What are the
We agree with Jean Chrétien that things must change in Africa, and
that Canada can help. But we're sceptical that Chrétien and the G8
really have Africa's interests at heart, or that they have any
legitimacy in ending crises that they had a strong part in creating.
We need your help in deciding what changes are needed, and what
Canada's role should be.
All are welcome. There is no cost to participate.
Thursday, May 30, 7:30 pm
St. Paul's University
233 Main St.
Ottawa (Wheelchair Accessible - Bus Route #5)
In May and June, Global Democracy Ottawa is holding seven meetings to
educate ourselves about the New Partnership for Africa Development
(NEPAD), and the G8, and how this affects Africa -- and Canadians.
NEPAD will be the principal proposal before the G8 when they meet
later in June in Kananaskis Alberta, and, as a recovery plan for
Africa it is controversial.
In addition to Thursday May 30, we have blocked out the following
dates for similar evenings at St Paul's University.
Monday June 3
Tuesday June 11
Wednesday June 19
Other planned events:
June 14-16 teach-in (see http://www.takethecapital.net/ for details)
June 17 Turning the Tables on the G8 -- Public Forum
with guest speakers from Africa, Asia and Latin America,
Ottawa Public Library Main Branch (Laurier and Metcalfe)
Brought to you by Kairos: Canadian Ecumenical Jubilee Initiatives,
the Halifax Initiative, and Global Democracy Ottawa
Anyone interested can join with us in the planning by leaving a
message for Global Democracy Ottawa at 237-0730 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will also be planning a rally and Freedom Fair on Saturday June
22, just before the G8 meet that will give us an opportunity to raise
public awareness about the G8's agenda for Africa, celebrate African
resistance and resilience, and make the linkages between the current
situations in Canada and the African continent.
To find out more, check out the GDO website at http://www.gdo.ca
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