While modern warfare continues to be waged through conventional military operations – such as interventions, bombings, ground troop deployments, and occupations – it increasingly involves an array of unconventional means – such as extreme financial regulations, media censorship, provocations by non-state actors, and perhaps most perniciously, sanctions. This combination of tactics, what some analysts have called a “hybrid war,” has increasingly targeted governments, especially those deemed threats to U.S. hegemony and finance capital.
This conference explores the waging of hybrid wars in dialogue with the historians, journalists, cultural producers, and antiwar activists who are actively documenting and confronting them. The goal of this one-day event will be to better understand how sanctions are holding peoples’ futures hostage around the world. Featuring some of the sharpest, bravest, and boldest voices in North America, this event will also elevate alternative visions of internationalist solidarity that are animating political and social movements against hybrid wars today.
Speakers: Ben Becker • Medea Benjamin • Jordan T. Camp • George Ciccariello-Maher • Rev. Claudia de la Cruz • Manolo de los Santos • Noura Erakat • Jodie Evans • Christina Heatherton • Gerald Horne • Manu Karuka • Samuel Reinaldo Moncada Acosta • Anya Parampil • Vijay Prashad • Jeremy Scahill • Margaret Stevens
Taína Asili is a New York-based Puerto Rican singer, filmmaker and activist carrying on the tradition of her ancestors, fusing past and present struggles into one soulful and defiant voice. Her music combines powerful vocals carrying themes of hope and liberation with an energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae and rock.
Bomba Yo ignites the ancestral rhythms of Bomba, an African derived music and dance tradition developed in Puerto Rico. The synergy of call and response singing, drumming and dance provide the foundation for a dynamic interplay between the solo drummer and dancer.
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