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Guantanamo and Genocide: Upcoming Events in London

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It’s a new year and now that the close down of our financial year end is in sight, it is time to start thinking about where I’m going with this blog and what work I intend to do this year. Without putting too fine a point on it, the answer to that is simply to do much more than I did last year.

There are a couple of events coming up in London which look very interesting. I’m going to these two events:

Banned Books of Guantánamo –  The Mosaic Rooms, London SW5 0SW- 19/02/2015, 7pm

Featuring a host of guest speakers including Andy Worthington, Ian Cobain, Cori Crider and Jo Glanville, this event will focus on the list of banned books in Guantánamo as well as wider issues such as censorship and indefinite detention.

The event is free to attend but you do need to register. Link.

Carl Wilkens “I’m Not Leaving” screening and Q&A – Centre for Holocaust Education, Central London – 04/03/2015, 6pm

Four years ago, I was fortunate enough to see Carl Wilkens and Jean-Francois Gisimba speak about their experiences during the Rwandan genocide at the Aegis Trust event Rwanda – Strengthening Society Through Genocide Education. I picked up a copy of Carl’s incredible book I’m Not Leaving and am beyond pleased that a documentary has been filmed based on the book. The documentary will be screened at this event following which there will be a short Q&A with Carl.

Once again, the event is free but you do need to register. Link.

The Wiener Library – ongoing

The Wiener Library also has a full calendar of free talks and events but I’m not sure if I will be able to fit any in over the next month. Most notably, they are also beginning a ten week course on “Understanding the Holocaust” with Professor Philip Spencer that will run every week from Tuesday 24 Feb 2015 to Tuesday 12 May 2015 and will cost £160. Link.

My determination to continue researching and writing in this blog is as strong as ever and to this end, I’ve rolled out a new blog design this weekend. Time will tell whether that was another unforgiveable act of procrastination or whether I will in fact be inspired to write more now that I have a pretty blog. Whatever the case, I am comforted by the knowledge that I am almost half way through my ACCA qualification and that my dream of working as an accountant in post-conflict or emerging economies will one day come to fruition. In the meantime, if Business Taxation doesn’t defeat me next semester, I’ll be blogging about events, books and films as well as occasionally posting more thoroughly researched articles.

Image credit: The entrance to Camp 1 in Guantanamo Bay's Camp Delta by Kathleen T. Rhem (Public Domain)


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