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February 2002

War Against Terrorism Or Expansion Of American Empire?

Is the Bush administration waging a war on terrorism or is the war on terrorism an excuse for the expansion of the American Empire? William Blum, noted author and long time critic of United States foreign policy, will speak address past and current US policy on Thursday, February 7 at 7:30 PM at Olney Hall, College of Marin, Kentfield.

Blum, author of "Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower" and "Killing Hope: US. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II," left his position at the State Department in 1967 in opposition to the US war in Vietnam.

He became a freelance investigator and journalist and was one of the founders and editors of "The Washington Free Press," the first underground newspaper in the nation's capital. In 1972-73 Blum spent time in Chile writing about the first elected socialist government in the hemisphere and also witnessing its overthrow by a CIA-designed coup. This experience led him to investigate even more deeply what his government had been doing around the world for decades.

In his review of "Rogue States," former University of California professor and author Peter Dale Scott said, "Critics will call this a one-sided book. But it is an invaluable corrective to the establishment portrait of America as 'the world's greatest force for peace.' Even confirmed proponents of US interventionism can find much in this important book that will both educate and shock them." The event is sponsored by the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition, Students for Social Responsibility and the Marin Interfaith Task Force on Central America and will be a benefit for radio station KPFA. General admission is $10 and student tickets are $3. Tickets may be purchased at Book Passage, Corte Madera, by phone reservation or at the door. For information or ticket reservation call (415) 721-2844. The event is wheelchair accessible.

 

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