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September 2016

Book Launch: Facing the Anthropocene

September 25 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Facing the Anthropocene, Fossil Capitalism and the Crisis of the Earth System with Author, Ian Angus. Science tells us that a new and dangerous stage in planetary evolution has begun—the Anthropocene, a time of rising temperatures, extreme weather, rising oceans, and mass species extinctions. Humanity faces not just more pollution or warmer weather, but a crisis of the Earth System. Bridging the gap between Earth System science and ecological Marxism, Ian Angus argues survival in the Anthropocene, requires radical social change, replacing fossil capitalism with a new, ecosocialist civilization. Organized by Centre for Social Justice.

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The Arc of History Bends Towards Justice in Palestine

September 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Jonathan Kuttab is a human rights attorney and peace activist who works and practices law in Israel and Occupied Palestine tells us that peace and justice are not only possible but inevitable. Kuttab provides perspective on the current Zionist backlash against BDS and the Palestinian Solidarity in general. He consider what is happening to Palestinians in the occupied territories, Israel and diaspora, and to the global Palestinian solidarity movement. Jonathan Kuttab studied law in the US and is a recognized authority on international law, human rights and Palestinian and Israeli affairs. He founded a number of human rights organizations including Al Haq, and the Mandela Institute for Palestinian Prisoners.

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Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) XLIII

September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Open Stage of Poetry and Music. Doors open: 6:15 pm ; Sign-up for the open mic: 6:30 pm; Start: 7 pm The most diverse poetry reading and open mic in Toronto. At Shab-e She’r (Poetry Night) we don’t just wait for diversity to happen – we actively invite it. Each month, Shab-e She’r brings voices from a broad range of poetic styles, ethnicities, nationalities, religions. Featured poets: Liz Howard & Ali Ibrahimi. Host: Bänoo Zan.

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War on Children in Occupied Palestine

September 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The shocking 2014 film made by Australian journalists which sparked an international outcry against Israel after it explicitly detailed Israel's use of torture against Palestinian children. Stone Cold Justice documents how Palestinian children, who have been arrested and detained by Israeli forces, are subjected to physical abuse, torture and forced into false confessions and pushed into gathering intelligence on Palestinian activists. Followed by discussion with a psychoanalyst and child psychologist.

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Film – “Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story”

September 30 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm

A preview of the short documentary directed by award-winning filmmaker Amar Wala. Guest speaker: Barbara Jackman, renowned human rights lawyer, speaks on Canada's Extradition Law and its unjust consequences for Hassan. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and Carleton University professor who lived in Ottawa. He was extradited to France on November 14, 2014, in connection with the 1980 Rue Copernic bombing in Paris. Q&A will follow.

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October 2016

Film: Native Sons – Palestinians in Exile

October 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The first of the three films to be shown at Beit Zatoun. Martin Sheen narrates this examination of the lives of three Palestinian families who fled their homes in 1948 and have lived as refugees in Lebanon ever since. Originally released in 1985, Native Sons probes the roots of the Palestine/Israel conflict through lives of individual people. Utilizing archive footage dating from as early as 1935, the film provides an accessible introduction to "the Middle East Conflict."

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The World at a Crossroads: America’s Global Military Agenda

October 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

with Michel Chossudovsky from globalresearch.ca. The world community is being held hostage by the American military agenda and the implications of its new "tactical" nuclear weapons. Any one of the many flashpoints around the Middle East, China, North Korea, and Russia's borders could precipitate a situation that threatens the future of humanity. Michel Chossudovsky is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Ottawa and the director of the Centre for Research on Globalization.

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Film: Hanna K. (1983)

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The buried and forgotten film by Costa-Gavras. Hanna K., was the first western-made film with a half-sympathetic view of Palestinians living under Israel's military occupation. Suppressed when it was released and virtually disappeared, it is worth watching as a statement and view of Palestinian reality in 1983 (a yet young 1967-occupation, pre-Intifada, pre-Oslo). Followed by discussion.

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Theatre: Keffiyeh/Made in China

October 14 @ 7:00 pm - October 16 @ 4:00 pm

Four Performances: Friday, October 14 @ 7 pm; Saturday, @ 4 pm and 7 pm; Sunday @ 4 pm. Eight seemingly unrelated vignettes attempt to find a repressed humanity among the invisible forces of occupation in Palestine. Dalia Taha's original story uses brisk and repetitive dialogue along with scarce settings to create a space outside of social context to better examine ourselves in the face of fragility, domination, and fragmentation. Taha challenges the world of social media click-bait, state-supported video propaganda, and stereotypes in order to unearth the human connections that exist in the smallest and strangest of personal encounters. The play demonstrates how a single conversation can undo decades of assumptions.

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Hearts and Mines: The US Empire’s Culture Industry

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Book Launch, Lecture and Discussion. From Katy Perry training alongside US Marines in a music video, to the global box-office mastery of the US military-supported Transformers franchise, it's clear that the US national security state is a dominant force in global media culture. How and why is this so? A discussion about the production, profit and power of US Empire’s culture industry with Tanner Mirrlees and Scott Forsyth. Presented by The Centre for Social Justice, Socialist Project and others.

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