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Evening lectures

Evening lecture: A Radical Approach to Humanitarian Relief

Natural disasters are becoming more and more a central issue of politics in the Third World, which is situated in the crossroad of socio-economical exploitation, and capitalist climate change. The answer to these catastrophes has often been taken on by independent NGO's and international agencies, both in the countries affected and in the First World countries where the funds are gathered. However, the way in which the aid is organised, and the actors who take it in charge, is not politically neutral.

 

December 11: Lecture by Robin Blackburn: Who invented Human Rights?

This lecture examines the role of anti-slavery and slave resistance in the elaboration of 'human rights' and the misappropriation of such ideas by Western colonialism and militarism. Robin Blackburn is a historian and sociologist, and one of New Left Review’s editors. Blackburn teaches at the New School in New York and the University of Essex in the UK. He is the author of many books, including The Making of New World Slavery, The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery, Age Shock, Banking on Death, and The American Crucible.

October 16: The Kurdish struggle against IS

We will be discussing the Rojava experience, current situation, the position of the Turkish State, the ways of solidarity with the resisting people of Kobane, and the position of the Dutch State. The event will be in English and Dutch. Confirmed speakers: Sheruan Hassan (PYD Spokesman) Nuri Karabulut (DIDF) Sadet Karabulut (SP Member of Parliament) A recommended donation will be asked to be sent to Kobane.

Video: A Radical Approach to Humanitarian Relief

A Radical Approach to Humanitarian Relief from IIRE on Vimeo.

On the 23rd February 2012, the IIRE oganised an international public meeting to discuss the politics of Humanitarian Rleif in the Third World. Speakers from France, Philippines, Pakistan and Sri Lanka exposed their experience and reflections in building humanitarian aid programs which promote social equality and human emancipation from the grassroots.

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