INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR DECONSTRUCTING THE WAR ON TERROR

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SUNDAY 22ND FEBRUARY 2009

CHATEAU NEUF (STORSALEN)

Slemdalsveien 11, Oslo

12-7pm

Kr 100,- (Kr 50,- students/pensioners)

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CONTACT PERSONS:

IFFIT QURESHI, iffit.z.q@gmail.com

THOMAS TALLAKSEN: thomastallaksen@me.com

ANDREW MCMILLION: amcmillion@me.com

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Seminar Theme

11th September 2001 is widely viewed as the day the world change. Not only were the attacks on the Twin Towers a horrific act of terrorism, but the months and years after have been mired by increasing conflicts, leading to international and domestic repercussions for Nations-states.

The language of the ‘war on terror’ has been globalized, and has now been incorporated into the political rhetoric by countries not directly involved in the 911 events, to forward their political aims. This in turn has further escalated the fabricated tensions between East and West, which plays in the hands of those who might want to profit from such a conflict.

The seminar has been undertaken to discuss these so-called existing tensions and divides which are so often referred to as the ‘clash of civilizations’. “Deconstructing the War on Terror” gives an opportunity to prominent speakers to expand the debate on many prevalent issues that now form key international relations issues. With current events such as the decimation of Iraq, Mumbai attacks, Israel´s reoccupation of Gaza, Guntanamo injustices there is a need for a renewed dialog and discourse.

Themes to be discussed

When is military intervention necessary? 

The media’s impact on political debates and people’s perception of «the other».

Islamophobia as a result of the ‘War on Terror’.
The disputed ‘Iraq Body Count’. 

Change in White House, change in discourse.
Will the language of “War on Terror” be rebranded and how can we combat this change.
The impact of think tanks. 

The effects of war, women rights and in direct conflict zones and the displaced.

Military strategies pertaining to the ‘War on Terror’.

Iran and stability in the Middle East. Palestinian-Israeli conflict and recent Gaza siege.

Civilian human rights in the West and in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Militarizing academia.

Nato in Afghanistan – rethinking strategies. 

Pakistan – India Conflict (terrorist attacks in both countries).

Speakers

Yvonne Ridley:

Home Page: http://www.yvonneridley.org/

Human rights activist. Member of the Free Gaza Movement ( http://www.freegaza.org/ ) in Cyprus. Sailed for Gaza to challenge the Israeli siege.

Ridley will premier her documentary “Guantanamo behind the wire” She was one of the few journalists to visit the naval base. She traveled there with filmmaker David Miller to make this documentary.

Elisabeth Eide:

Home page: Norsk home.hio.no English home.hio.no

Senior Researcher and writer for Culcom UiO.

Media Researcher specializes in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

link to books and articles in English

George Galloway:

Home Page www.georgegalloway.com/

British member of parliament for the Respect Party. Perhaps best known for his vigorous campaign to overturn economic sanctions against Iraq in the 1990s and early 2000s and to avert the 2003 invasion of that country.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=249JaIaubVw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyyGoPerzWc&feature=related

Dr. Erik Fosse:

Recently returned to Norway from assignement inGaza at Al-Shifa Hospital with NORWAC (Norwegian Aid Comittee) http://www.norwac.no/

http://www.wntube.net/play.php?vid=1753

Massoud Shadjareh:

Chairman Islamic Human Rights Commission http://www.ihrc.org.uk/

A veteran human rights campaigner, who began his activism on campus at UCAL Berkley during the anti-Vietnam protest movement in the late 1960s. He came to the UK in 1971 and has worked in the voluntary sector for some 15 years. In 1997 he helped to set up the Islamic Human Rights Commission with a group of other Islamic activists working on different international and national projects. IHRC is a campaign, research and advocacy organization based in London, UK. Shadjareh currently chairs IHRC. He currently sits on the Home Office Stop and Search Review community panel, which is addressing the disproportionality of stops against minorities. He has authored several papers and reports on Islamophobia and human rights, including, The Oldham Riots, Muslim Profiling, Islamophobia: The New Crusade and Whose Rights Are They Anyway?, published by the British Council. Shadjareh has completed postgraduate studies in Cambridge and London in International Relations.

Moderator:

Robin Yassin-Kassab:

Home Page: http://www.qunfuz.blogspot.com

Robin Yassin-Kassab was born in Britain, he graduated from Oxford University and travelled extensively. Working as a journalist in Pakistan and later as a teacher in Oman. He lives in Scotland with his wife and two children. His critically acclaimed debut novel The Road From Damascus, was published in 2008.

Speakers Subject focus

Yvonne Ridley:

Will be showing her new documentary film about human rights abuses and also the impact the War on Terror has had on human rights, democracy and freedom of speech.

Elisabeth Eide:

Will be discussing Afghanistan and the present security situation and also media representation of the conflict, Conflicts in Pakistan and India.

George Galloway:

Focus on rights of ethnic minorities in the UK who belong to the so called «Axis of Evil». Also increase of surveillance cameras all over the UK and Europe, and also their purpose

Dr. Erik Fosse:

Erik Fosse will speak about his experience as a physician in Rafa Hospital during the recent siege on Gaza by Israel which left 1300 killed and over 5000 injured. He will also discuss the Palestinian elections and the circumstances which led up to the Israeli bombardment.

Massoud Shadjareh:

Racism Islamophobia and Anti-terrorism. Unravelling racist and islamophobic narrative in the laws of the war on terror.

About albphilosopher

Sead Zimeri has studied Philosophy, Islamic Philosophy and Religion, International Politics and Psychoanalysis. He is currently the project coordinator of "Islam and the Liberal Society" at the Liberalt Laboratorium (LibLab) thin tank in Oslo, Norway. http://www.liblab.no
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