–Robert Fisk–Noam Chomsky–and David Barsamian to speak
In an effort to develop ties with political currents outside the US mainstream and broaden the range of participation among an increasingly diverse Armenian community–the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) in the Eastern United States is planning a conference called "Armenia’s and the Left." The conference is scheduled for the weekend of April 8 in New York City and is co-sponsored by the Nation Institute and City University of New York’s (CUNY) Study for Place–Culture–and Politics.
On the eve of the conference–Robert Fisk of the British-based newspaper The Independent will deliver a plenary lecture at the New York Society for Ethical Culture at 7:30 PM on April 7. As the author of two highly acclaimed books on the region–Fisk will address global issues such as US imperialism in the Middle East and Transcaucasus and the implications for small–struggling nations like Armenia.
The conference will begin the following day at CUNY Graduate Center–where panels of scholars–activists–and opinion makers will take a critical look at–and offer progressive analyses of a range of subjects pertinent to Armenia’s political situation within a global context. The website armenia’sandtheleft.com provides a full description of the panels and biographies of the panelists. Robert Fisk that day will join David Barsamian of Alternative Radio on a panel titled–"War–Propaganda–and the Media." Barsamian has built Alternative Radio into one of the few remaining independent forums for critically analyzing US domestic and foreign policy.
On the following day–Fisk will join Noam Chomsky at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to address an audience about the topic of "War–Geo-Politics–and History: Conflict in the Middle East." Chomsky is perhaps the nation’s most well known critic of US Foreign Policy. The talk will take place at Room 10-250 on MIT’s Campus on Sunday–April 9 at 1:30 PM.