|Progressive Calendar 04.20.10||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
|Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:34:17 -0700 (PDT)|
P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.20.10 Spring static on my dialup line - slow 1. Copenhagen 4.20 5pm 2. Free dinner 4.20 6pm 3. Poetry night 4.20 6:30pm 4. Mid East course 4.20 7pm --------1 of 4-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: Copenhagen 4.20 5pm Steadfast St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on SPNN Channel 15 on Tuesdays at 5pm, midnight and Wednesday mornings at 10am, after DemocracyNow! All households with basic cable may watch. Tues, 4/20 @ 5pm & midnight + Wed, 4/21, 10am "Walden Bello: Reconsidering Copenhagen & International Development(Pt. 2)" Dr. Walden Bello may be the foremost public intellectual on Asian economics. The Economist magazine has credited Bello with creating the word "deglobalization", a concept that has put him in the front of a global movement to reconsider our identity as citizen, not as consumer. Bello speaks on the politics behind the failure of last year's Copenhagen climate conference. In this second part, Bello looks to what should be done to get out of this massive mess. (recorded in March @ the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs) plus: "Rovics Sings for Kids" A fun little concert by David Rovics. Songs created for children including "Roller Coaster Train" and "Bullies". Audience participation makes this footage worth checking out. --------2 of 4-------- From: info [at] rnc8.org Subject: Free dinner 4.20 6pm We have something special on our plates this month that you are sure to enjoy - "Sloppy Robs"! Join us for a uniquely delicious and FREE meal hosted by the RNC 8 and friends! Tuesday, April 20th 6:00 -7:30 p.m. Walker Church (3104 16th Ave S.) in Minneapolis As always, vegan and vegetarian options are available at our community meal. For those who like to plan ahead, mark your calendars now for a May 18th post-hearing special dinner. http://rnc8.org/2010/04/free-dinner-on-april-20th/ --------3 of 4-------- From: patty <pattypax [at] earthlink.net> Subject: Poetry night 4.20 6:30pm Poetry night is this Tuesday's salon. Bring your favorite poetry to read, whether it is your own or someone else's. Or, just come to listen to what people read. Pax Salons ( http://justcomm.org/pax-salon ) are held (unless otherwise noted in advance): Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Mad Hatter's Tea House, 943 W 7th, St Paul, MN Salons are free but donations encouraged for program and treats. Call 651-227-3228 or 651-227-2511 for information. --------4 of 4-------- From: Women Against Military Madness <wamm [at] mtn.org> Subject: Mid East course 4.20 7pm MIDDLE EAST CONFLICTS Don't miss this five-session course on ROOT CAUSES, offered through St. Paul Community Education Conflicts in the Middle East range from Israel-Palestine to Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and Iran, to name the most obvious countries. The world's attention is often focused on one or more of these areas as a result of sensational headlines and media hype; behind media distortions and misinformation, though, the actual Middle East is experiencing painful political, social, and economic upheaval. The role of the United States regarding each of these countries is not always clear. What people do realize is that the U.S. government is expending huge financial and military resources in the attempt to achieve its aims, whatever they may be, in this region. In order to bring real justice, peace, and security to the Middle East, we need to identify the real issues and views of the people directly affected, to overcome misconceptions, and to reach an understanding of the root causes of these inter-related conflicts. The following five class sessions are designed to address those needs. In each class the instructor will offer background information along with a handout that includes reading suggestions, show a film or film excerpt, and conduct a discussion following the film. **Please note that one or more of the listed films may be replaced with another film dealing with the same topic. Instructor: Elizabeth Burr Sessions are held at Como Park Senior High School, 740 West Rose Avenue, St. Paul Course #4670-S10EA: Begins Tuesday April 20, 7 to 9 p.m. for five Tuesday sessions (see specific dates below) Fee: $35 To register: call 651-293-8733 or go online: online St. Paul Public Schools Community Education>Adult Programs>Personal Growth Session 1: Introduction to Possible Roots of the Conflicts in this Region (April 20) Film: "On Orientalism," with Edward Said (1998), by the Media Education Foundation. Said maintains that the Western (especially American) perception of the Middle East as a place full of villains and terrorists operating under the aegis of Islamic fundamentalism produces a deeply distorted picture of the diversity and complexity of millions of Arab people. This legacy of mistrust, with its view of difference as intolerable, must be transcended if discord and violence are not to overshadow the future of humanity. Professor Said died of leukemia in 2003. Session 2: The Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: Historical Background, the Current Situation, the Future (April 27) Film: "Life in Occupied Palestine," with Anna Baltzer (2007). Anna is a young Jewish-American scholar and activist who has recently spent months in the West Bank with the International Women's Peace Service experiencing and documenting the daily impact on Palestinians of the Israeli military occupation. In her presentation, Anna offers a historical overview and then describes the structures of the occupation such as checkpoints, segregated roads, settlements, the Wall, and prisons. She also discusses resistance to the occupation, both Palestinian and Israeli, and proposes ways that viewers can try to influence U.S. policy in the region. Anna visited the Twin Cities in January 2008, and gave a number of talks here. Session 3: U.S. Foreign Policy in Iraq and Afghanistan (and Pakistan): the Role of Oil (May 11) Film: "The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror" (2004), by Gerald Ungerman and Audrey Brohy, Free-Will Productions. This film argues that behind the "war on terror" a battle is being waged for our planet's fossil fuels. With only 5 percent of the world's population, the U.S. consumes 25 percent of the world's energy. This is an unsustainable equation. The European filmmakers take you to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to tell you their view of the United States' geopolitical agenda as it affects those countries. Session 4: Iran - Inside a Shia Islamic State Apparently at Odds with the United States (May 18) Film: "Iran (is not the problem)" (2008), by Antonia Juhasz and others, A Scary Cow Production. The opening premise of this film is that it is essential to learn the history of Iran and Iranian-U.S. relations since 1953 to understand the current stand-off between the two countries. Iran possesses the third largest oil reserves on the planet, and the film deals with the key issue of oil nationalization, identifying "oil for power" as the basic motive for current U.S. policy toward Iran within the context of overall U.S. policy in the Middle East. Comparisons are made between Iran and Iraq in relation to the U.S., and the nuclear issue is thoroughly considered, including the role of Israel. Session 5: Back to the Original Source of Conflict in the Middle East - Are These Conflicts Connected? (May 25) Film: "Israel: Myths and Propaganda - The Truth about the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and the Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine," followed by "Pappé Critiques Reactions to His Work," with Ilan Pappé (2008), by Americans for a Just Peace in the Middle East (www.ajpme.org). In the first interview Israeli "new historian" Ilan Pappe exposes three Israeli myths about the 1948 war and its aftermath; he argues that the Zionist leadership "systematically planned the expulsion of the Palestinians in 1948." In the second interview, he discusses the negative consequences that he suffered in Israel because of his work, along with such issues as the dehumanization of Palestinians by Israel and the need for strong international pressure on Israel to effect change. --------------------------------------------------------------------------- - David Shove shove001 [at] tc.umn.edu rhymes with clove Progressive Calendar over 2225 subscribers as of 12.19.02 please send all messages in plain text no attachments vote third party for president for congress now and forever Socialism YES Capitalism NO To GO DIRECTLY to an item, eg --------8 of x-------- do a find on --8 Research almost any topic raised here at: CounterPunch http://counterpunch.org Dissident Voice http://dissidentvoice.org Common Dreams http://commondreams.org Once you're there, do a search on your topic, eg obama drones
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