World Can't Wait at the Left Forum
World Can't Wait presents four great panels at the Left Forum. Each panel will be moderated by World Can't Wait director Debra Sweet.
Vast Surveillance of Whole Populations: The NSA Revelations One Year Out The US government collects billions of bytes of “metadata” on phone calls, emails, bank traffic, text messaging, chats -- content, recipients, etc. – storing everything for future use, if not needed immediately. Edward Snowden and others in the field say the amount of data collected doubles every two years. The ramifications of this data collection and storage process goes beyond issues of civil liberties and abstract rights. It leads to how the US ruling interests can control whole populations – in this country and throughout the world – with the threat that whoever you are, if you act, or even think about acting in a way that this or a future government doesn't like, you could be targeted. How can this be countered? How do we organize ourselves to engage in visible protest?
William Binney, Kevin Gosztola, Abi Hassen, Ray McGovern
Bringing CUNY into the US War Machine – Students and Faculty Rise Up
CUNY has restored ROTC on a number of campuses (http://www1.cuny.edu/mu/forum/2013/05/21/rotc-returns-to-cuny/) after it was driven out by protest 40 years ago. General David Petraeus, architect of the “surge” in Iraq, one-time CENTCOM and CIA Director, is teaching at Macaulay Honors College. The US military is shifting recruiting to diverse urban campuses like CUNY, saying that in 15 years it needs officers who “reflect the geographic and demographic diversity of the country.” What is the challenge for those who want to stop unjust wars?
Sharmin Hossain, Prof. Ian Hansen, Ray McGovern, Prof. Glenn Petersen
US “Dirty” Wars, Targeted Killing & Secret Operations Supercede Military Occupations – But Are Still Illegitimate
More than twelve years into the “war on terror,” the CIA and Pentagon war planners are increasing emphasis on special operations and targeting killing, with open discussion of targeting US citizens. International law has gone by the wayside, as have constitutional protections of citizens.
Medea Benjamin, Ed Kinane, Ben Kuebrich, Nick Mottern, Paki Wieland
Imperialist Wars & Global Ecological Degradation
With 1100+ bases, the US military is the single largest user of fossil fuels in this century, while at the same time it fights wars and engages in occupations to both to ensure strategic access to those resources and deny rivals control. In its military operations, it uses weapons of mass destruction, such as Agent Orange (in Vietnam) and depleted uranium (in the former Yugoslavia and in Iraq) which cause horrendous suffering including cancer and birth defects and remain over time as potent environmental toxins. The ecological effects of war, such as the burning of oil fields and the destruction of large urban constructions, spreads poisonous fumes and dust, with devestating effects on land, humans, flora and fauna.
Larry Everest, Dr. Mozhgan Savabieasfahani
Left Forum is from May1 to June 1, 2014 at John Jay College New Building, 524 W. 59th Street, New York City.