Events Sponsored by the Center for Global Justice

John Perkins

By Cliff DuRand

Lecture
The Center for Global Justice and Caminos de Agua present:
“Conversation with John Perkins: Social and Environmental Justice”
Tue, Feb 9, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
200 pesos

Lecture
“NATO: The Bananazation of Europe”
By Dr. Joan Roleofs
Wed, Feb 10, 11am
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

Film
The End of Poverty?
Thu, Feb 11, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos

John Perkins: Social and Environmental Justice

John Perkins’ 2004 best seller, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, opened many eyes to how U.S. economic development programs in the global South left many poor countries beholden to the U.S. politically as well as economically. His new book, The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, sheds additional light on the role of the US and global corporations and how they profit from neo-colonization. “Conversation with John Perkins: Social and Environmental Justice,” will be held Tuesday, February 9, 1pm at Teatro Santa Ana. Perkins will also deliver a keynote address at the San Miguel Writers’ Conference Friday, February 12, at 11am. Tickets for the Teatro Santa Ana event are available at La Biblioteca for 200 pesos. Tickets for the Writers’ Conference address are available at sanmiguelwritersconference.org; at the Caminos de Agua information table at the Saturday Organic Market; or at the Sala Literaria in Bellas Artes February 4, 2–4pm; cost is US$25 or 390 pesos.

 

NATO Uber Allies?

A quarter century after the demise of the USSR, NATO has expanded its operations far beyond the north Atlantic region from which it drew its name. It has contributed to what Dr. Joan Roelofs calls the “bananazation of Europe.” A professor of political science, Dr. Roelofs will examine NATO as a political institution and some of the reasons Western European social democracies joined and remain in the alliance—an alliance that has kept them under U.S. tutelage. Are these supposedly social democratic countries really democracies, or are they banana republics? Is NATO trying to become a world government? Dr. Roelofs will address these questions rarely addressed by scholars and journalists. “NATO: The Bananazation of Europe” will be held February 10, 11am at Sala Quetzal in La Biblioteca. Cost is 60 pesos.

 

The End of Poverty?

Why are the people living in some of the richest countries in terms of resources always the poorest people in the world? Why are there poor countries and rich countries at all? How did this come about and can it be overcome? The documentary film The End of Poverty? presents some disturbing answers found in the history of European colonialism and slavery. For example, Britain was an obscure island off the western coast of Eurasia when its traders arrived in India, then one of the wealthiest countries in the world. The End of Poverty will be presented February 11, 1pm at Teatro Santa Ana in La Biblioteca. Cost is 60 pesos.

 

 

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