Thursday, January 12, 2006

“The Truth Behind the Iraq War” Double Feature Film Presentation

Bloomington Peace Action Coalition presents “The Truth Behind the Iraq War” Double Feature Film Presentation with two films examining different aspects of the U.S. war on Iraq.

At 6:30 p.m.:
"Beyond Good and Evil ~ Children, Media & Violent Times"

This 2004 film examines how the "good and evil" rhetoric, in both the entertainment and the news media, has helped to dehumanize the "enemy", justify their killing, and treat the suffering of innocent civilians as necessary sacrifice.
More about this recent documentary from the Media Education Foundation (makers of "Hijacking Catastrophe"):

At 7:15 p.m.:
“In Shifting Sands: The Truth About UNSCOM and the Disarming of Iraq" Where are the WMD's in Iraq? Find out in Scott Ritter's revealing, provocative 2002 film about the United Nation's weapons inspection efforts in Iraq throughout the 1990's.

Written and directed by Scott Ritter, former United Nations Chief Inspector in Iraq, this documentary looks at the complex issues surrounding the interplay between the United States, the United Nations, and Iraq in regard to Iraq's obligation to be disarmed of its weapons of mass destruction. It also depicts how the U.N. weapons inspectors were undermined and betrayed by Iraq, the U.N., and the U.S.A. Ritter brings his first-hand insights and experiences to this feature-length film, released in 2002.

Iraq's weapons of mass destruction have been at the forefront of international attention since the end of Operation Desert Storm in 1991. A program of arms inspection was implemented under a U.N. Security Council resolution mandate requiring the removal, destruction, or rendering harmless of Iraq's lethal arsenal. The lifting of a stringent economic embargo was linked to Iraq's compliance with its obligation to be disarmed.

In 2003, the Bush administation claimed that the status of Iraq's weapons remained uncertain. U.N. weapons inspectors did not work in Iraq for more than four years, and the economic embargo remained in place. How did these turn of events come to pass? And who is responsible?

"In Shifting Sands" provides the full story, told here for the first time through interviews with: Rolf Ekeus (the first Chief of the U.N. weapons inspectors), Tariq Aziz (Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq), as well as numerous other former weapons inspectors and Iraqi officials.

With actual footage from the inspections, this documentary is a balanced, objective accounting of the work of the U.N. inspectors and a "read between the lines" examination of the background to  the 2003 U.S.-British invasion of Iraq.

Time: 6:30 - 8:45 p.m.
Location: Monroe County Public Library Auditorium
303 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington


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Regularly scheduled events:

Regular BPAC meetings and events:

1st Monday of every month 6:00 pm
BPAC meeting in Room 1-C of the Monroe County Public Library, 303 E. Third Street, Bloomington, Indiana

every Wednesday - 5:00 pm Peace Vigil at the Monroe County Courthouse Square, Bloomington, Indiana

every Saturday - 12:00 noon Counter-recruiting and Anti-war Demonstration at the Indiana National Guard Recruiting Office, Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, Indiana

Saturdays, 10:00 am -12:00 n BPAC distributes Peace literature at the Bloomington Farmer's Market (May through October).

Related events:

every Saturday 6:00 pm Peace Vigil at the Nashville, Indiana Courthouse.

On the first Wednesday of each month, 5:30 pm: Cubamistad meets. Open to all interested in normalizing relations with Cuba. For info email Cyndi Roberts-Hall. Location: Monroe County Public Library, Room 1A.

On the third Thursday of each month, Congregations for Peace (CPAX) meets at 1:00 pm. in the library of the First United Church, 2420 E. Third Street. CPAX is an interfaith organization of laity, clergy and congregations in Bloomington witnessing to the belief that peace with justice is central to God's will for the world. It acts as a clearinghouse and linkage for religiously oriented peace ideas and activities in local congregations and the wider community. Everyone is welcome. Email Aase with questions.

On the second Friday of the month: Poets for Peace meet at the Runcible Spoon, 412 E. 6th St. at 7:00 pm.

On the last day of each month, 7:00-8:00 am.: Prayer For Peace. People from all over the world have decided to get together and pray on this date and time (12:00 PM GMT). This event is nondenominational, all are welcome! First United Church, 2420 E. Third Street, Bloomington. Email Aase with questions.


Sept. 24 - 26, 2005 -
The D.C. Mobilization to "End the War on Iraq!"

was historic as The People marched, spoke out, lobbied, and acted against war. With approximately 300,000 people involved, the "End the War on Iraq!" national mobilization was Washington D.C.'s largest anti-war demonstration since the March 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.
See details of the weekend at D.C. Mobilization.

See News Coverage of the "End the War" Mobilization
Feedback, stories, photographs, and assessment from activists and organizers are available at
Mobilization Reports


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