Sun, Jun 20, 2010: Global Hypocrisy: International Financial Institutions and their Path of Destruction in Haiti, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Colombia, and the Alberta Tar Sands

Science for Peace panel at the People’s Summit 2010

When: Sunday, June 20, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Student Campus Centre (SCC), room AB, 55 Gould Street, Ryerson University
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How does exploitation work? Who does it — who makes the decisions and who claims to “not know” just like Nazis who sought acquittal after World War II? Changing the system will likely also involve charging the criminals. The processes and the effects of exploitation are similar in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Colombia, in Haiti, in the tar sands. On this panel, people from these regions will speak about life under corporate occupation and cover topics from nullifying corporations, debt bondage, the potential of unions, the psychopathology of leaders.


Amparo Torres and Nicolas Lopez will speak about Colombia. She is a political refugee and formerly a member of Union Patriotica. Her presentation will include a powerpoint on a new mining project in Colombia that will destroy the headwaters of fourteen rivers. She will speak about the free trade agreement with Canada and about the military.

Claire-Helene Heese-Boutin is from Haiti. She is a University of Toronto Caribbean Studies Major, External Affairs, an Officer of the Caribbean Studies Students Union, and a member of the Haitian Diaspora in Toronto. She will speak about debt as an instrument of neo-imperialism and about the influence of imperialism in the creation of environmental vulnerability. She clarifies the continuity between explicit colonisation to early post-colonial international relations, to the present use of IFI’s to perpetuate underdevelopment and extract wealth from Haiti. Haiti’s story is a great case study to look at the continuity between these shifts as it was the first non-settler post-colonial state. The military connection is also implicit throughout these periods.

Martin Kijazi, Ph.D., is a sessional lecturer in the Department of Geography, Programme of Planning, University of Toronto. He will speak about extraction industries in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the connection between mineral resources, the military, and the decimation caused by the International Financial Institutions.

Judith Deutsch, President of Science for Peace and member of the Canadian Dimension Collective, will speak about the Alberta tar sands and its human, environmental, and economic impact and the wider context of challenging corporate personhood and the structures creating public debt.

Facilitator: Pieter Basedow, Science for Peace

The panel is organized by Science for Peace Working Group on Social Justice and Human Rights.

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