When? Monday, February 18th, 17:30-19:00
Where? The auditorium Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

”If a terrorist knew what I know of our system for control and command of nuclear weapons he could start the third world war” is an often used quote from a Russian general. Today, the risk of a global nuclear war is probably very small, but not zero.

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan is more likely, and if more countries acquire nuclear weapons the risk of a regional nuclear war increases. Even a “small” war, where only one per cent of the world’s nuclear arsenal is used, would cause a global starvation catastrophe because of the large amount of soot in the stratosphere.

Gunnar Westberg was President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War 2004-2008. He has in later years travelled to India, Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and other countries, promoting nuclear abolition.

When? Thursday, February 21st, 17:30
Where? Hörsal Dragonen, Sprängkullsgatan 19

In 2003, on the eve of the Iraq war, acclaimed filmmaker Iara Lee embarked on a journey to better understand a world increasingly embroiled in conflict and, as she saw it, heading for self-destruction. After several years, traveling over five continents, Iara encountered growing numbers of people who committed their lives to promoting change. From Iran, where graffiti and rap became tools in fighting government repression, moving on to Brazil, where musicians reach out to slum kids and transform guns into guitars, and ending in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where photography, music, and film have given a voice to those rarely heard, CULTURES OF RESISTANCE explores how art and creativity can be ammunition in the battle for peace and justice.

Free for everyone!

Presented in co-operation with Cinema Politica

The Society of International Affairs (UF) in cooperation with Amnesty International and Cinema Politica presents:
A film festival on the theme of human rights!

The week-end of the 23rd and 24th of February we invite you to a free film festival where we will screen four documentaries dealing with the subject of human rights from widely different aspects and spanning four continents.
Guest speakers will further explore the issues raised in the films and interviews with directors will be held live during this two day-long expose into human rights issues around the globe.

The festival will take place at lecture hall Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25, Gothenburg.

The schedule for the film festival will be as follows:

SATURDAY the 23rd of February

13:00 - Film festival opens

13:30 - The Suffering Grasses
The ongoing conflict in Syria has become a microcosm for the complicated politics of the region, with thousands dead and counting. Against the backdrop of the Arab Spring this film seeks to explore the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps. In May 2012, director Iara Lee participated in a press delegation to the Turkish refugee camps housing Syrian exiles, where she interviewed those who have been most affected by the bloody conflict. When elephants go to war, it is the grass that suffers. This is a film about the elephants, but made for the grasses.
After the screening we will be joined by Katarina Bergehed, Amnesty Sweden’s leading expert on Syria. She will talk about the topics covered in the documentary from a human rights perspective. 


16.00 - Preview screening with Jonas Lai
Jonas Lai is a young documentary filmmaker from Afghanistan. He came to Sweden 4 years ago and is currently working on a personal documentary about the life of people migrating to Europe and the reasons for leaving their homes behind. He has made several shorter films before, but this is his first project on a longer documentary. He will talk about his work and show 12 minutes of the material which at the moment consists of interviews with refugees carried out during travels in Sweden, Greece and Pakistan.

17:00 - The Angola 3: Black Panthers and the Last Slave Plantation
The gripping story of Robert King, Herman Wallace and Albert Woodfox, who have endured solitary confinement longer than any known living prisoner in the U.S. Politicized through contact with the Black Panther Party while inside Louisiana’s prisons, they formed one of the only prison Panther chapters in history and worked to organize other prisoners into a movement for the right to live like human beings. This feature length movie explores their extraordinary struggle for justice while incarcerated in Angola, a former slave plantation where institutionalized rape and murder made it known as one of the most brutal and racist prisons in the United States. 

After the screenings we will end the day in a pub for some food and drinks and further discussions of the day’s impressions.

SUNDAY the 24th of February

12:30 - Film festival opens

13:00 - The Coca-Cola Case
Colombia is the trade union murder capital of the world. Since 2002, more than 470 workers’ leaders have been brutally killed, usually by paramilitaries hired by private companies intent on crushing the unions. Among these unscrupulous corporate brands is the poster boy for American business: Coca-Cola. Several cases have been filed at the U.S. federal court against Cola-Cola for murder, abduction and torture committed in Colombia and Guatemala. After five years of haggling, a settlement of sorts is reached, but what will the victims choose - cash, or power and integrity?


16:00 - Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai
Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy—a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration. Through intimate conversations with Maathai the film captures a world-view in which nothing is perceived as impossible, presenting an awe-inspiring profile of one woman's thirty-year journey of courage to protect the environment, ensure equality between men and women, defend human rights, and promote democracy.

After the film we will be joined by Lisa Merton, co-director and producer, for an interview via Skype directly from Vermont.

We hope we will you see you at lecture hall Sappören, Gothenburg University on the 23rd and 24th of February!

No registration or ticket will be needed to attend the film screenings as the film festival is free for all! Entrance will be open between screenings so that you can attend as many screenings as you like. Representatives of The International Society of Political Affairs and Amnesty International Sweden will attend the event if you would like to ask them some questions or want to know more about their work.


När? 12 februari 2013 kl 17:30
Var? Hörsal Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

På tisdag 12/2 är Utrikespolitiska föreningen Göteborg tillbaka med en spännande föreläsning!

Journalisten samt ordförande för medborgarrättsrörelsen Charta2008 - Gösta Hultén - är författare till boken "Terroristjaktens svarta bok" som handlar om rättssystemets prövningar efter den 11 september. I boken tar Gösta även upp det felaktiga ingripandet mot ett par muslimska familjer i Göteborg under hösten 2010. 
Gösta har i nära kontakt följt både dessa familjers öden, samt fallet med de två svensksomalierna som hösten 2012 blev bortförda från Djibouti till USA, misstänkta för terrorbrott och tillhörighet i terrororganisationen Al-Shabaab. Göstas röst har hörts stark i kritiken mot UD’s hantering av fallet, och nu kommer han till UF Göteborg för en föreläsning om just hur Sveriges rättssystem påverkas av kriget mot terrorism. 

Inträde 20kr, gratis för medlemmar i UF.
Ett års medlemskap i UF Göteborg kostar 50 kronor och kan lösas kontant på plats. 

Vi reserverar oss för eventuella ändringar, då tillägg av medverkande för en eventuell diskussion kan ske.

Hjärtligt välkomna!

The Film Club of the Society of International Affairs in Gothenburg (Utrikespolitiska föreningen Göteborg) invites you to a free film screening!

Please note the change of screening location and day of week. UF film club will from now on be in Hörsal Dragonen on Thursdays every other week.

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"Incinerators burning garbage in India. Hundreds of hydroelectric dams in Panama. Biogas extracted from palm oil in Honduras. Eucalyptus forests harvested for charcoal in Brazil.

What do these projects have in common? They are all receiving carbon credits for offsetting pollution created somewhere else. But what impact are these offsets having? Are they actually reducing emissions? And how are they affecting the people who live in these countries?

The Carbon Rush takes us around the world to meet the men and women on the front lines of carbon trading. So far their voices have gone unheard in the cacophony surrounding this multi-billion carbon industry, nicknamed "green gold" by its beneficiaries. Indigenous rain forest dwellers are losing their way of life. Waste pickers at landfills can no longer support themselves. Dozens of Campesinos have been assassinated."

Free for everyone! After the screening we will go to a nearby pub to hang out and discuss the movie.

Presented in co-operation with Cinema Politica

Kenya Mpya, facilitating sustainable development in Kenya
Time: 17.30-19.00 Monday, january 28th
Place: Hörsal Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

Mike Mutungi is the leader of the initiative Kenya Mpya  and the organization I Choose Life – Africa. During his lecture you will get the opportunity to learn more about  Kenya Mpya's work for sustainable democratic development in Kenya.

Kenya Mpya is a pilot initiative to involve residents in the county of Machakos in processes to develop strategic framework for development in the county and its constituencies. The strategic framework has been developed and spread,  and right now residents are getting involved in the process of identifying skills and characteristics of leaders who will be able to deliver according to these strategic frameworks.  In this way, they shall be able to claim accountability of leaders who are elected at the election in March 2013. Their experience will be shared and used throughout Kenya.

Om utvecklingen i Bhutan
Tid: 17.30-19.00 Onsdagen den 30 januari
Plats: Hörsal Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

Högt upp i Himalaya ligger det lilla buddhistiska kungadömet Bhutan. Landet har länge varit månt om att behålla sin särprägel, endast ett fåtal turister per år tillåts besöka landet och TV och internet tilläts först 1999. Landet är också unikt då man hellre velat mäta sitt välstånd i bruttonationallycka  än i bruttonationalprodukt. Förutom att TV och internet introducerats har landet nyligen genomgått en politiskt utveckling; 2008 hölls de första parlamentsvalen, men först efter att folket fått provrösta i ett övningsval.

Alf Persson, ordförande för Svensk-Bhutanesiska föreningen, kommer under kvällen att berätta mer om utvecklingen i detta fascinerande land. The Swedish-Bhutan Society bildades 1986 med syftet att ”främja vänskapen mellan de bägge ländernas folk och att öka kunskapen om Bhutan i Sverige”.

Tid: 17.30-19.00 Tisdag  22 januari
Plats: Hörsal Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

Det mytomspunna Uzbekistan styrs fortfarande med hård hand av samme man som före Sovjetunionens fall, Islam Karimov. Landet har den senaste tiden uppmärksammats i svenska medier bland annat efter Telias affärer med regimen. Journalisten Torgny Hinnemo, som under flera år också varit UD:s analytiker för de forna sovjetstaterna, kommer att berätta om Uzbekistan och situationen för mänskliga rättigheter med utgångspunkt från sina resor i regionen under 40 år.

Föreläsningen är ett samarbete mellan Amnesty International Göteborg och Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Göteborg.Föreläsningen kostar 20 kronor men är gratis för medlemmar. Ett års medlemskap kostar 50 kronor och kan lösas kontant på plats.

Varmt välkomna!
Tid: 17.30-19.00 Onsdag  16 januari
Plats: Hörsal Husaren, Pilgatan 19

I Indien diskrimineras 200 millioner Daliter (de f.d. ´oberörbara´ inom kastsystemet) socialt, politiskt, kulturellt pga. sin kaststatus såväl av statliga företrädare som inom det civila samhället. Kastsystemet vilar på religiösa och kulturella förställningar. Diskriminering av Daliter är förbjudet enligt lag men fortsätter pga. statens oförmåga att implementera lagarna, utbredd straffrihet för förövarna samt omvärldens ovilja att – olikt reaktionen mot apartheid i Sydafrika – på allvar utmana den indiska regeringen.

Hans Magnusson är sedan 2001 samordnare av den svenska grenen av International Dalit Solidarity Network (www.idsn.org) och har varje år sedan dess besökt Indien och lärt känna Dalitrörelsens kamp för likvärdigt medborgarskap.

Observera att föreläsningen äger rum i Hörsal Husaren på Pilgatan 19A! (Mitt emot ICA Haga)

Föreläsningen kostar 20 kronor men är gratis för medlemmar. Ett års medlemskap kostar 50 kronor och kan lösas kontant på plats.

Varmt välkomna!
OBS! Kvällens föreläsning om Uzbekistan är tyvärr inställd då Torgny Hinnemo inte kan komma från Stockholm pga inställda tåg. Föreläsningen kommer förhoppningsvis att kunna hållas vid ett senare datum.

Tid: 17.30-19.00 Torsdag  6 december
Plats: Hörsal Sappören, Sprängkullsgatan 25

Det mytomspunna Uzbekistan styrs fortfarande med hård hand av samme man som före Sovjetunionens fall, Islam Karimov. Landet har den senaste tiden uppmärksammats i svenska medier bland annat efter Telias affärer med regimen. Journalisten Torgny Hinnemo, som under flera år också varit UD:s analytiker för de forna sovjetstaterna, kommer att berätta om Uzbekistan och situationen för mänskliga rättigheter med utgångspunkt från sina resor i regionen under 40 år.

Föreläsningen är ett samarbete mellan Amnesty International Göteborg och Utrikespolitiska Föreningen Göteborg.Föreläsningen kostar 20 kronor men är gratis för medlemmar. Ett års medlemskap kostar 50 kronor och kan lösas kontant på plats.

Varmt välkomna!
When: 03:00-04.00 pm, Wednesday 28st of November
Where: Husaren (Pilgatan 19)

Please note: You need to register for this event via this form to enter this lecture.

U.S. Ambassador Mark Brzezinski will visit Gothenburg University for a talk and Q&A with students on Wednesday November 28.

The Ambassador will speak briefly about the recent election in the United States and the U.S. –Sweden relationship. After his opening remarks, Ambassador Brzezinski will take questions. Moderator is Matilda Wallmon from The Society of International Affairs in Gothenburg!

Please come at least 20 minutes before the lecture start on Wednesday to secure your seat. There are a limited amount of seats because of security reasons.

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