The magazine Jaarboek Kritiek organised on Friday the 27th of January a debate with the German activist Detlef Hartmann. More than thirty people were present.
17 november, 8pm - IIRE Conference Center
* Lessons from Argentina by Claudio Katz, economist, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
* The crisis in Europe and the struggle for the abolition of the debt by Eric Toussaint, President of the CADTM (Committee for the Abolition of the Third World Debt)
* Presentation of the Brochure "Europa en de Crisis. Het verhaal van een aangekondigde ramp" by Ander Europa and the IIRE
On Monday, 24 October, IIRE hosted a closed roundtable discussion for 25 local LGBT activists with Mariela Castro Espín, director of Cuba’s national centre for sexual education (Cenesex) and daughter of the late revolutionary feminist Vilma Espín Guillois, and Camilo García, International Relations Officer of Cenesex and member of the Cuban Communist Party. The intimate encounter provided a moment of reflection and learning, exchange of experiences and a space to discuss current strategies of LGBT emancipation in both Cuba and The Netherlands.
"To answer questions about values, human nature and material needs it is necessary to formulate a vision on what it means to be human, and on the development of human society. Instead of leading to constrictions on human freedom such a vision can give direction to human life and to new possibilities to change our lives. This was the theme of the lecture: 'The meaning and relevance of a socialist humanism' by the German historian and publicist Christoph Jünke.
Anybody who is politically active and discussed with others about the possibility of a different society will have heard arguments like 'what you want is all very nice but it will never work, that is just not the way people are'. Ecological activists are confronted with the question what human needs need to be fulfilled to ensure a good life.
Reflections from the United States on 'Illegality' and 'Incorrigibility'
IIRE, Amsterdam, 15th June 2010, 19.30 (see details below)
The most resounding expression of the unprecedented mobilizations of migrants throughout the United States in 2006 was a proclamation of collective defiance: ¡Aquí Estamos, y No Nos Vamos! [Here we are, and we're not leaving!].
As the global financial crisis continues to fester, local and national governments tend to place the bulk of the burden on public spending. More cuts and lay-offs, reductions in salaries and the disappearance of community-based projects place the most vulnerable sectors of society at higher risk. Parallel to this leaning, liberal, multiparty democracy seems to be failing its citizens. Now more than ever, it is time for activists to take matters into their own hands and reclaim what traditionally has belonged to the commons.
12 en 13 februari organiseert Grenzeloos een discussiebijeenkomst over links en de klimaatbeweging na Kopenhagen. Zaterdag 13 februari zal onder andere Marijke Colle, de nieuwe co-directeur van de het IIRE, een discussie inleiden over de opbouw van een ecosocialistische beweging. Kijk op de pagina van Grenzeloos voor het volledige programma.