Wed, May 11, 2016: In the Name of Security?  Global War against the People

Wednesday, May 11 – 7 p.m. 
University College Room 140
15 King’s College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S 3H7
(Subway: Queen’s Park, Museum or St George)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1591986354448339/

Though the UN was ostensibly founded with the intent of “ending the scourge of war”, and though the collapse of the Soviet Union heralded the possibility of dismantling nuclear weapons and defusing worldwide tensions, the last decades have seen tens of millions of civilians and young soldiers killed in inter-state and intra-state wars. Along with warfare, there is a massive expansion of ever more lethal weapons, the emergence of high-technology surveillance/police states, and the personal enrichment and power of complicit entrepreneurs and professionals. Jeff Halper and Bruce Gagnon are expert researchers and longtime activists in efforts to end this madness.

Jeff Halper is founder and director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions. He has lectured and written much on Israel’s “matrix of control.” Richard Falk , Professor Emeritus of International Law and former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, writes this about Halper’s new work on global pacification:

“What the book demonstrates very persuasively is that Israeli influence is a result of its extraordinary, partially hidden and understated role as arms supplier to more than 130 countries and as an increasingly significant mentor of national police forces and counter-terrorist operations and practices in many countries, including the United States.”

Jeff Halper’s just published book, War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, will be available at the talk through Another Story Book Store.

Bruce Gagnon is founder and director of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. His antiwar and social justice work started when he was a soldier in the Vietnam war. The Global Network website and the newsletter Space Alert! document the expansion and modernized technology of the US/NATO military. Currently the focus is on missile defense, drone warfare, military base expansion to exert full spectrum dominance. In the last few years he has worked directly with the people of Jeju Island in South Korea to stop the construction of a naval base. Bruce Gagnon has published in Canadian Dimension, Z Magazine, Counterpunch, Le Monde Diplomatique.