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Important Items + Australian Tour 2011

    Three items to note. First, this heartfelt piece by friend Deborah on our shared humanity. Next, check out this astounding graphic representation of death in Iraq. And finally… how many events does it take to constitute a tour? Well, for me its four:

    “Silenced Voices of War” – Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney

    Sunday, 22 May 2011

    2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

    What are the human costs in the global “war on terror”? Mike Otterman, ‘Erasing Iraq: The Human Costs of Carnage’ and ‘American Torture’, and Antony Loewenstein, ‘My Israel Question’ and ‘The Blogging Revolution’, both work to bring to light the forgotten stories of occupation, dispossession and torture. They discuss the ongoing human tragedies in the Middle East and beyond. What is the media not telling us about Iraq, Egypt, Iran or Palestine and why aren’t we listening to indigenous voices from the region? How can social media allow us to hone in, and amplify, these hidden voices?


    Richard Hil and Michael Otterman’s “Erasing Iraq” – Fairfield High School, Sydney

    Monday, 23 May, 2011

    Private event for students and parents, featuring a discussion about Erasing Iraq, plus workshops on the writing process.


    “What the **ck is Going On?” – Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Sydney

    Wednesday, 25 May, 20116PM – 8PM

    Are we in an era of war without end? How can we get out of it?

    The body of Osama bin Laden lies at the bottom of the sea. Bombers fly over Libya, whiletroops fire on demonstrators in Yemen and Bahrain, and Israel tries to starve the newly united Palestinians into submission. War intensifies in Afghanistan as Iran looms large in neo-conservative cross-hairs and Iraq smoulders from the sociocide committed by the US, Australiaand allies. But a new peace movement is emerging…


    • Michael Otterman, author, American Torture and Erasing Iraq: the Human Costs of Carnage;

    • Antony Loewenstein, author, My Israel Question and The Blogging Revolution;

    • Associate Professor Jake Lynch, Director,Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney

    Admission by Gold Coin Donation to finance public advocacy by Australia’s only Peace Centre. Old Geology Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney. More information: 9351 7686


    “Hidden Voices of War” – Free University of Bellingen

    Thursday, 26 May, 2011

    6:30PM – 9PM

    Why do we hear so little from the victims of our wars? Writers Michael Otterman and Antony Loewenstein explore the realities of conflict in Iraq, Palestine, Egypt and the broader Middle East. What do the Arab revolutions say about the future of the region? What impact will the killing of Osama bin Laden have on the so-­called war on terror? How do we hear the hidden voices, and amplify them?

    RSVP by May 22 –