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Michael Moore

By Cliff DuRand

Where to Invade Next

Michael Moore picks up a motif from earlier films like Bowling for Columbine, where he discovers in Canada a society so safe people don’t even lock their doors. Or in Sicko, where he shows us the far superior health care systems of Canada, England, France, and even poor Cuba. In Where to Invade Next, Moore similarly holds up a mirror in which we can see how we would like to be, not only in health care, but also education, the prison system, drug policy, the workplace, and many other areas of daily life. He does this by taking us to various European countries, draped in a US flag, and showing us the more humane and more satisfying quality of life with the social democratic policies that prevail there.

Film
Where to Invade Next
Tue, Feb 2, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

Panel
“Free Trade vs Democracy: The TransPacific Partnership”
Wed, Feb 3, 11am
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

Lecture
“Ending the War in Iraq and Syria: the Common Sense Strategy”
By Jeff Faux
Thu, Feb 4, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

Free Trade vs Democracy: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Obama is poised to sign an international agreement that will limit sovereignty and override many of our laws and regulations. It’s called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). It will then be presented to Congress for ratification under a fast track procedure that will allow only 20 hours of debate and no amendments. TPP was negotiated in secret among 12 Pacific rim countries with major input from 600 transnational corporations but no input from the public or our Congressional representatives. It will require them to change US laws protecting the environment, food safety, Internet freedom, labor protection, consumer rights, and more.

Ending the War on Terrorism

One of the highlights of the year is the annual Global Justice lecture by economist Jeff Faux. He is author of The Servant Economy and Global Class War. This year he turns his critical eye to the Middle East and the quagmire the US finds itself in.

Most of President Obama’s critics are urging him to do more of what he is already doing: aerial bombing; arms and money to presumed “moderates” to fight both ISIS and the Assad government in Syria; and pleas to our allies to do more. Hillary Clinton wants to add a no-fly zone in a slice of northern Syria. Most agree that the boots on the ground should be someone else’s. Yet slowly but surely Obama is caving in to the pressures to re-escalate.

Washington is unwilling to face an inconvenient truth: the war is lost. The longer we persist, the more enemies we will make, and the more blood and treasure we will spill.

The 12-year war has already cost upwards of US$2 trillion, killed a million people—4,500 of them Americans—and created several million homeless and destitute refugees. The violence and disorder has spread throughout the region, spilled over to Africa, struck at the heart of Europe, and brought homegrown terrorist attacks to the United States. And there is no end in sight.

 

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