Wed, May 25, 2011: What is Happening in the Middle East? Is Canada a Bystander or a Player?

A Fundraiser for Science for Peace

Keynote speaker: Monia Mazigh

WEDNESDAY MAY 25, 7:00 PM.
THE HOT HOUSE CAFÉ
35 CHURCH STREET, TORONTO
(CORNER OF FRONT STREET)

BENEFIT BUFFET DINNER: $60

You will receive a receipt for 50% ($30) as a charitable donation to Science for Peace. The funds will sponsor a larger conference this fall on this topic: “What Kind of Support (if any) Should Canada Offer to Pro-Democracy Movements Abroad?”.

Payment can be made with any credit card through Paypal, or by telephone with Visa. See http://metta.spencer.name/sfp for details.

The Arab Spring

The world scarcely expected the street protests which began in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year to propagate so quickly in other countries, from Yemen in the east to Morocco in the west, from Syria in the north to Sudan in the south.

The results of these protest movements have been varied, and the roles played by outside forces — not just the West but also neighbouring countries and international NGOs — have been complex. We are deeply honoured to share the insights of Monia Mazigh, who knows the region, and its human rights issues, very well indeed.

Bring your friends and join us for good food and good talk!

Our Keynote Speaker

Tunisian-born Monia Mazigh believes in freedom and human rights! In 2002 her Canadian husband Maher Arar was suspected of terrorist involvement, detained in the United States, sent to Syria, the land of his birth, and tortured. It was Monia’s actions on his behalf that won his release and Canada’s official acknowledgment of his complete innocence.

Since then, Monia has been fully engaged in Canadian politics, including as a parliamentary candidate. In 2008, Monia published a book Hope and Despair: My struggle to free my husband Maher Arar. Her second book will be published next fall.

Reserve your ticket now through Paypal at http://metta.spencer.name/sfp or by phone at 416-789-2294.