Next week in the Center for Global Justice

By Betsy Bowman and Cliff DuRand

Film
Center for Global Justice presents
The Big Short
Tue, Mar 1, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos
Lecture
Center for Global Justice presents
Climate Change, War and the US Military
By Betsy Bowman
Wed, Mar 2, 11am
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos
Film
Center for Global Justice presents
This Changes Everything
Thu, Mar 3, 1pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A
60 pesos
Lecture
Center for Global Justice presents
Syria Unmasked
By James Paul
Fri, Mar 4, 1pm
Sala Quetzal
La Biblioteca
Reloj 50A



The Big Short

It’s 2016 and the global economy is still suffering from the housing crash of 2008. “Did no one see this coming?” was the refrain heard from Buckingham Palace to Timbuktu. A few people did see it coming. The Big Short chronicles four small groups of rogue traders who saw the crash coming and bet on it, or rather bet against it. This 2015 docudrama is adapted from the 2010 Michael Lewis book of the same name. The intertwined tales of four sets of traders show that some did see the crash coming, but most preferred to laugh all the way to the bank, knowing that they wouldn’t be caught short (no pun intended).

This Changes Everything

Much of San Miguel has read Naomi Klein’s book, “This Changes Everything.” Now she has collaborated with her husband, Avi Lewis, to put it on the big screen in a powerful documentary. Filmed in nine countries and five continents over four years, “This Changes Everything” is an epic attempt to reimagine the vast challenge of climate change. The film presents seven powerful portraits of communities on the front lines, from Montana’s Powder River Basin to the Alberta Tar Sands, from the coast of South India to Beijing and beyond. This is not a film that tries to scare the audience into action: it aims to empower.

Climate Change and the US Military

For 40 years scientists have been warning of the warming effects of the continued burning of fossil fuels. The planet is faced with death—all due to governments’ and industry’s refusal to stop burning fossil fuels. Why? A talk by Betsy Bowman offers one explanation: the US military, the largest user of fossil fuels on the planet, and its contractors.

Bowman argues that our government and the petroleum industry are forcing us to risk planetary destruction to maintain this capability. What could possibly be driving global elites to this end? In a word, debt. Most of the mountains of debt owed by the US and others is denominated in US dollars. The US dollar as the world’s reserve currency protects those debts from being called or from becoming worthless. Foreign governments and/or industries who threaten to conduct business in a different currency have faced the persuasive powers of the US.

Syria Unmasked

The civil war in Syria and its widening consequences have been capturing headlines throughout Europe and the US.  Now you can get an informed report from an observer with in-depth knowledge. Dr. James Paul is author of the book Syria Unmasked: The Suppression of Human Rights by the Assad Regime. A political scientist focusing on international relations, he was director of the Middle East Research and Education Project and founder of the Global Policy Forum. Dr. Paul will present a talk on the current conflict next Friday.

 

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