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Crisis in Ukraine

Crisis in Ukraine

STOP THE WAR PUBLIC MEETING ON UKRAINE

Ukraine:  What is Behind the Crisis?

6.30pm, Tuesday 15 April

The Wesley Hotel, Euston Street, London, NW1 2EZ
The crisis in the Ukraine continues, with tensions between the big powers growing day by day. There are several factors militating against war in the immediate future, including Russia’s nuclear arsenal and trade links with EU countries. But as the establishment think-tank Stratfor has argued, it would be naive to rule out a conflagration.

Already NATO air drills are taking place over the Baltics, and the UK and US are sending extra jets to patrol the skies. Poland has requested 10,000 NATO troops to be stationed on its territory and MPs in Kiev have voted to hold joint military exercises with NATO. In the medium to long term, NATO is looking at establishing permanent military bases in Ukraine.

Read Stop the War’s statement on the crisis in Ukraine

Stop the War Coalition | office@stopwar.org.uk | 020 7561 4830

 

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Afghanistan

MALALAI JOYA AND NOAM CHOMSKY: THE CASE FOR WITHDRAWAL FROM AFGHANISTAN

Friday, March 25, 5:30 pm
Harvard University, Radcliffe Quadrangle
Student Organization Center at the Hilles Building (SOCH)
59 Shepard Street (Shepard/Garden), Harvard Red Line, Directions below
Students FREE, $5 suggested donation, no one turned away
RSVP and invite friends on: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151499161576478&notif_t=event_wall#wall_posts  
Seating is first come, first served
Contact: sarah@haymarketbooks.org

“The bravest woman in Afghanistan” –BBC News

“Joya’s life has been singular and heroic” –New York Times Book Review

“Chomsky is a global phenomenon. Šhe may be the most widely read American voice on foreign policy on the planet” –New York Times Book Review

Malalai Joya is the author of A Woman Among Warlords: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Dared Raise Her Voice

Noam Chomsky is the author of Hopes and Prospects, Gaza in Crisis, Hegemony or Survival and many other titles.
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AT A CONSTITUTIONAL ASSEMBLY in Kabul in 2003, Malalai Joya stood up and denounced her country’s powerful U.S./NATO-backed warlords. She was only 25 years old. Two years later, she became the youngest person elected to Afghanistan’s new Parliament. In 2007, she was suspended for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons. Beloved by her people for daring to speak out against U.S.–backed war criminals that dominate the government, Joya has survived at least 4 assassination attempts. Having come face-to-face with the brutality of war, Joya has been demanding an end to the occupation for years. In her book A Woman Among Warlords, just out in paperback, Joya explains the situation of ordinary Afghans: “We are caught between two enemies – the Taliban on one side and the U.S./NATO forces and their warlord allies on the other.” Please join us during Joya’s rare visit to the U.S., as she is joined by world-renowned linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky, internationally recognized as one of the most critically engaged public intellectuals alive today.
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SPONSORED by http://www.haymarketbooks.org Haymarket Books, http://www.harvardpsc.com/ Harvard Palestine Solidarity Committee, http://www.justicewithpeace.org/node/2225 UJP Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force, http://www.masspeaceaction.org Massachusetts Peace Action, http://nationalpeaceconference.org/ United National Antiwar Committee
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DIRECTIONS to SOCH Building:
Walking Directions from Harvard Square: Located on the corner of Garden and Shepard Streets, the SOCH is a 10 minute walk.  Follow Garden St. past the Sheraton Commander hotel.  The main entrance is located on the right side of the building facing the Radcliffe Quadrangle.

Parking Information: Lots surrounding the SOCH are reserved for Harvard affiliates with designated parking passes.  Similarly, parking on streets adjacent to the SOCH is for City of Cambridge residents only. Visitors may purchase a daily permit online at https://www2.uos.harvard.edu/cgi-bin/permit/purchase.pl  

Shuttle Service: Harvard University Shuttle Services are available to all members of the Harvard community with valid ID.  The SOCH is located at the Quad stop.
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CONTACT: mailto:sarah@haymarketbooks.org
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NATIONAL TOUR DATES : http://www.afghanwomensmission.org/  

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AFGHANISTAN

TIME TO GO

National Demonstration

Saturday 20th November 12 noon

Speakers’ Corner to rally in Trafalgar Square, London

As a NATO Summit gathers in Lisbon, Portugal to discuss a new Strategic Concept, we will be gathering in central London to call for an end to NATO’s occupation of Afghanistan. With Afghan civilian deaths increasing, as well as British military casualties, the war is increasingly unpopular in NATO states, including Britain.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND)

Join us to send a strong message to the summit and to the government here in London.

For more info or to help by volunteering at the demo see the CND website.

CND: http://www.cnduk.org

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A Crisis of Capital

BONFIRE OF ILLUSIONS: THE TWIN CRISES OF THE LIBERAL WORLD

http://www.polity.co.uk/book.asp?ref=9780745648750

Bonfire of Illusions: The twin crises of the liberal world
By: Alex Callinicos (Kings College London)

Something dramatic happened in the late summer and autumn of 2008. The post-Cold War world came to an abrupt end. This was the result of two conjoined crises. First, in its brief war with Georgia in August 2008, Russia asserted its military power to halt the expansion of NATO to its very borders. Secondly, on 15 September 2008 the Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed. This precipitated a severe financial crash and helped to push the world economy into the worst slump since the 1930s.

Both crises marked a severe setback for the global power of the United States, which had driven NATO expansion and forced through the liberalization of financial markets. More broadly they challenged the consensus that had reigned since the collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989 that a US-orchestrated liberal capitalist order could offer the world peace and prosperity. Already badly damaged by the Iraq debacle, this consensus has now suffered potentially fatal blows.

In Bonfire of Illusions Alex Callinicos explores these twin crises. He traces the credit crunch that developed in 2007-8 to a much more protracted crisis of overaccumulation and profitability that has gripped global capitalism since the late 1960s. He also confronts the interaction between economic and geopolitical events, highlighting the new assertiveness of nation-states and analysing the tense, complex relationship of interdependence and conflict that binds together the US and China. Finally, in response to the revelation that the market is not the solution to the world’s problems, Callinicos reviews the prospects for alternatives to capitalism.

Format:
229 x 152 mm , 6 x 9 in
Pages
144 pages
Reviews

“The crisis of 2007-9 is an event of historic importance that has affected economy, society and politics. Callinicos analyses its causes within the broader development of capitalism in recent decades. Particularly relevant is his stress on financialisation as well as the implications he draws regarding the balance of imperial power across the world. Written with the author’s customary skill, this is a welcome contribution from the left to the public debate.” — Costas Lapavitsas, SOAS, University of London

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The Geopolitics of Global Energy: International Competition, Rivalry and Conflict

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/polsoc/news/thegeopoliticsofglobalenergy

The Geopolitics of Global Energy: International Competition, Rivalry and Conflict
An International Workshop on 28-29 May 2009, Birkbeck College, University of London

For further information and free registration please contact: a.colas@bbk.ac.uk

 

In recent years questions surrounding energy security have become the focus of international security and global politics. A number of issues have been central to these debates:

 
    • The impact of high energy prices on economic development and 
political stability within states
    • The dependence of industrialised states on sources of energy from 
unstable geopolitical zones
    • The role of states in securing access to and control of energy 
resources
    • The relationship between commercial energy producers and 
distributors to governments
    • The geopolitical consequences of the increased leverage of energy 
producing states
    • The international political and geopolitical consequences of the 
competition amongst states to secure access to and control of energy resources

This workshop brings together a number of international specialists on energy security and geopolitics in order to shed further theoretical and empirical light on contemporary resource competition and rivalry, especially – though not exclusively – between the West and its Eurasian contenders. In particular the workshop will compare and contrast the strategies and policies of states in the Europe, the Americas, East Asia and Africa, as both producers and consumers of energy. It seeks, additionally, to explore with greater rigour and precision the meaning and purchase of the ‘geopolitical’ turn in contemporary international studies.

 

Programme:

 

Mark BASSIN, University of Birmingham – ‘Energy and the Geopolitics of Russian Neo-Imperialism’

Cyrus BINA, University of Minnesota, USA – ‘Oil: The Geopolitics of Energy in the Epoch of Globalization’

Klaus DODDS, Royal Holloway, University of London – ‘The Arctic in the Global Imagination: Geopolitics, Resources, and Environment’

Dominick JENKINS, formerly of Greenpeace, London – ‘Churchill, Oil and the Royal Navy’

Ray KIELY, Queen Mary, University of London – ‘Theories of Imperialism, Contemporary Geopolitics and the Rise of China’

Kees VAN DER PIJL, University of Sussex – ‘The West, Georgia and Russia-Rearticulating Politics and Economics’

Gonzalo POZO-MARTIN, School of Slavonic and East-European Studies, University of London – ‘Inflammable Politics: Russia, Ukraine and NATO Enlargement’

Sam RAPHAEL, University of Kingston – ‘US Empire and the Control of Oil: Lessons from the Caspian Basin’

Doug STOKES, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Kent – ‘Unpacking the Logics of the US Global Oil Order’

Javier VADELL, Catholic University, Belo Horizonte, Minais Gerais, Brazil – ‘The Chinese Economic Penetration of South America and the US Response’

Paris YEROS, Catholic University, Belo Horizonte, Minais Gerais, Brazil – ‘Emergent (Sub) Imperialisms: The New Scramblers for Africa’s Energy and Minerals’

 

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