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Chomsky to speak at anti-war conference

Renowned political critic will join various activists and commentators at an international conference against war in 9th February. He will speak via live link, to discuss Western aggression and how it could be challenged in the future.


Noam Chomsky

The “Confronting War Ten Years On” international conference plans to further the dialogue on the situation of the United States’ War on Terror and the next steps that the movement should plan on taking to try to bring an end to it.

This conference is being put together by the Stop the War Coalition, which is based in London and aims to end the war on terrorism that has caused destruction to several countries in the Middle East and Africa. The campaign works towards eliminating racism that has resulted from the war and helping civil rights to remain intact.

Chomsky, a well- known political critic, has worked on critiquing United States foreign policy, the mass media and capitalism and will be an asset to the conference. He is most famous for his opposition of the Vietnam War and for devising the Propaganda Model, which examines the media through five filters. Chomsky opposes war and censorship and fights for freedom of speech.

Tariq Ali, Tony Benn, Phyllis Bennis, Victoria Brittain, Chris Cole, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Lindsey German, Shamiul Joarder, Manuel Hassassian, Kate Hudson, Owen Jones, Jemima Khan, Seumas Milne, Robert Montgommery, Andrew Murray, Explo Nani-Kofi, Derrick O’Keefe, Mitra Qayoom, Sami Ramadani, Salma Yaqoob, and Rafeef Ziadah are just some of the names that will be joining Chomsky as speakers at the conference. There will also be other campaigns and organisations present such as CND, Free Talha Ahsan, PSC, Peace News, Stop G4S and others.

Salma Yaqoob

There will be several different sessions open, such as Palestine and the Middle East Crisis, drones and remote control imperialism, art and war, the new scramble for Africa, and Islamophobia: challenging the new racism. The three major plenaries will be on the consequences of war, the war on terror today and, lastly, the international movement.

This global conference will take place on Saturday, 9th February 2013 at Friends House, Euston, London. Full details about the conference can be found at www.tenyearson.org.uk or by telephone 020 7561 9311.

Incoming Events

Tariq Ali

More activities include a Stop Intervention in Syria protest, which hopes to stop the spread of war to places such as Syria, Mali and Iran, and a public meeting on the position of women in Afghanistan.

The protest will take place Friday 15th February 2013; 5.30pm, opposite Downing Street on Whitehall and the public meeting will be on Tuesday 29 January, from 6:30pm to 8pm on Grimmond Room, Portcullis House (above Westminster tube station) House of Commons London SW1A 0AA.

Mitra Qayoom, an Afghan woman who left her home with her family during civil war, will be speaking. Qayoom has worked with the Stop the War Coalition before and has had experience with women’s right organisations, interviewing women in refugee camps and on the streets of Kabul.

She will be joined by Elaheh Rostami-Povey, who writes and researches at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Her research focuses on Afghanistan, Iran and the Middle East. She has recently published on subjects such as Afghan women, identity and invasion.

The Afghanistan Withdrawal Group of MPs will also be present at the meeting, and it works at finding constructive ways in which the conflict might be ended

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