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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Against War and Fascism

 Two conferences in London coming up:

1. Confronting War Ten Years On: An international conference
10am - 5pm, 9th February 2013 #tenyearson
Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

As predicted around the world, the war on terror has caused catastrophe from Afghanistan and Pakistan through Iraq and the Middle East to Libya, Somalia and beyond. The west has backed brutal Israeli assaults against Palestine and is threatening further intervention in Syria and Iran.
Ten years after the biggest demonstrations in history in February 2003, the warnings of millions have been vindicated. This conference will bring together leading activists and commentators to analyse continuing Western aggression and how to confront it.
Speakers include: Tariq Ali, Tony Benn, Phyllis Bennis, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Brian Eno, Lindsey German, Owen Jones, Jemima Khan, Sami Ramadani, Salma Yaqoob and many others.
See also the Stop the War statement on British intervention in Mali

2.  Unite Against Fascism National Conference

The conference takes place on Saturday 2 March from 10am to 4.30pm at TUC Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. The nearest tubes are Russell Square and Tottenham Court Road.

This year’s conference hosted by Unite Against Fascism, One Society Many Cultures, PCS and NUT on Saturday 2 March is a chance for anti-fascists and anti-racists to plan the campaign for the coming year.
Hundreds of anti-fascist and anti-racist activists, campaigners, faith communities and trade unionists will come together at the conference to discuss our strategy for 2013 – and look ahead towards the 2014 Euro elections, where the MEP seats held by British National Party leader Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons, who has now formed a rival party, are up for election.
The conference will review our successes – incuding the crushing blow inflicted on the English Defemce League in Walthamstow – and discuss what we do in the next year to prevent the EDL regrouping and to counter fascist candidates in the elections in 2013 and 2014.
It will also be an opportunity to discuss how we challenge Islamophobia and racism, and defend multiculturalism.

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