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Afghan-Canadians and other concerned citizens will assemble on June 6 (10:00am) in front of the Afghan Consulate in Toronto.More >>

Becoming Evil: How Ordinary People Commit Genocide and Mass Killing

Central to the process of genocide and mass killing are the people who actually carry out the murders, the rank-and-file killers.More >>

Please join the UBC International Students' Association (IRSA) and the Maria Helena Foundation (MHF) for a dynamic discussion on the issues surrounding the practice of Child Brides in the developing world, with a focus on Pakistan.More >>

Women in Secularism 2: The Grand Conversation Continues May 17-19

The historic 2012 Women in Secularism conference brought together a powerful roster of some of the freethought movement’s smartest and most outspoken women, setting in motion a grand conversation about the many contributions women have made to the secular movement and the role of religion in the oppression of women, while critically examining both the successes and failures of secularism in addressing women's concerns.

That conversation never ended.

If anything, it has become more central to the secular community than ever. So join us in Washington, DC, May 17–19, 2013 for the Women in Secularism 2 conference, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry, and prepare to discuss, to debate, and to be enlightened and inspired – men and women alike!

Early Bird General Admission (rate increases March 15) for the three-day conference: $210
Early Bird CFI Member Discount Admission (rate increases March 15): $185 (Become a member!)
Saturday Night Dinner and Entertainment with performance by Shelley Segal: $85
Student Registration (limited quantities, rate increases March 15, must present ID): $35

SPEAKERS:
Lauren Becker, educator, organizer, director of marketing & promotions, Center...More >>

The Free Thinking Film Society presents two incredible documentary films this month in Ottawa:

  •  An Article of  Hope. An incredible documentary about the remarkable true story of  Colonel Ilan Ramon, Israel's first Astronaut and a tiny Torah that he  carried from the depths of hell to the heights of space.
  • Waiting For Superman. The film analyzes the failures  of the American public education system by following several students as  they strive to be accepted into a charter school.

Event details at the Free Thinking Film Society website

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The Vancouver Chapter of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan (CW4WAfghan) will host a Breaking Bread event Friday, 1 June 2012 at Shaughnessy United Church, 1550 West 33rd Avenue, Vancouver to present the acclaimed documentary film, "Out of the Ashes," which traces the rise of the Afghan Men's Cricket Team from refugees to the world stage, followed by a talk from photographer and filmmaker Leslie Knott, the co-producer and director of the film.

About the Film

Against a backdrop of war and poverty, Out of the Ashes traces the extraordinary journey of a team of young Afghan men as they chase a seemingly impossible dream - shedding new light on a nation beyond burqas, bombs, drugs and devastation. This feature-length documentary film follows the Afghan cricket team in their quest against the odds to qualify for the World Cup. Watch a trailer here.
 
The event starts at 6:15PM with a reception and marketplace; 7:00PM will be a buffet dinner provided by Margarita Trifonova.

See ticket information below.

About the Speaker
 
Leslie Knott is a filmmaker and photographer who has worked in Afghanistan for the past eight years. In 2004...More >>

Terry Glavin Canada AfghanistanCanadian sacrifices and Beijing’s looming shadow

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Fraser Institute Boardroom
4th Floor-1770 Burrard St
Vancouver

A conversation with Terry Glavin, author of Come from the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan and co-founder of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee

There can be little argument that Canadian troops have played a critical role in Afghanistan, whether driving the Taliban out of Kandahar or providing training to Afghan security forces and helping rebuild needed infrastructure.

But despite Canada’s ongoing commitment to helping the Afghan people find liberty and self-determination, policy vacillation in Washington is creating an opening the Chinese government is all too willing to exploit, says journalist Terry Glavin, author of the book, Come from the Shadows: The Long and Lonely Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan, and co-founder of the Canada-Afghanistan Solidarity Committee.

After having failed to lift a finger in support on the United Nations action in Afghanistan, Beijing is now rushing in and acquiring vast copper and other mineral leases as well as forming ties with the Pakistani ISI while the...More >>

We shall not forget.

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Free Thinking Film Festival Ottawa November 2011The 2nd Annual Free Thinking Film Festival which will run in Ottawa between November 11-13, celebrates liberty, freedom and democracy. And you need to be there.

The Free Thinking Film Festival will feature three major events, two panel discussion and over 20 films. Film highlights include:

  • History Wars, a debate between Jack Granatstein (Historian and former director of the Canadian War Museum) and Michael Byers (Professor of Political Science at UBC) on the future of the Canadian military, moderated by Michael Bliss. This event is co-sponsored by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.
  • "The Living," a film about the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s that was perpetrated by Joseph Stalin.
  • "Unmasked: Judeophobia and the Threat to Civilization", the Canadian premiere of a documentary about the current political assault against Israel. Producer Gloria Greenfield will be in attendance to answer questions.

If you're in Ottawa, or can get there by plane, train or canoe, this is a must-see event for all of our freedom-loving friends....More >>

A timely timeline of the Jewish claim on the land of Israel and a long history of Arab intransigence and jihad.More >>

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