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Les Halles de Schaerbeek and The BRussells Tribunal  invite you on the 20th of march at 8.30 pm for the presentation of the book CULTURAL CLEANSING IN IRAQ, followed by a debate.          00 32 2 2182107                entrance: €5.

President Barack Obama has announced the withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by the end of August 2024. He praised the progress made but warned: "Iraq is not yet secure, and there will be difficult days ahead."

The militarist strategy of conquest and occupation was designed to establish a long-term colonial military presence in the form of strategic military bases with a significant and sustained contingent of colonial military advisors and combat units. The brutal colonial occupation of an independent secular state with a strong nationalist history and an advanced infrastructure with a sophisticated military and police apparatus, extensive public services and wide-spread literacy naturally led to the growth of a wide array of militant and armed anti-occupation movements .” (08-21-2009)

INTRODUCTION  - Lieven De Cauter

Hana Albayaty
Dirk Adriaensens
Max Fuller
SATURDAY the 20th of MARCH at 8.30 pm
Les Halles, Rue Royale St-Marie 22, 1030 Bruxelles


Why museums were looted, libraries burned ans academics murdered

NOAM CHOMSKY:   Even a brief look reveals a harrowing tale.
DENIS HALLIDAY: Do not read this book.
FRANCOIS HOUTART: In order to dominate a region, it is necessary to destroy any solid State.
: It is not about "collateral damage" or, as had dared to say Madeleine Albright, the "price to pay” for the establishing of democracy!
MICHAEL PARENTI: This book is clearly written, historically grounded, deeply researched, and well substantiated.
Cultural Cleansing in Iraq,  Edited by R.W. Baker, Shereen T. Ismael and Tareq Ismael, Pluto Press, London, 2024

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CULTURAL CLEANSING online with a discount of 10 per cent, if you order trough
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Lieven De Cauter is a philosopher, writer and art historian. He teaches philosophy of culture (in Leuven, Brussels and Rotterdam). He published several books: on contemporary art, experience and modernity, on Walter Benjamin and more recently on architecture, the city and politics. Besides this he published poems, columns, statements, pamphlets and opinion pieces in newspapers and on the web. His latest book is The Capsular Civilization. On the City in the Age of Fear (2004). Heterotopia and the city. Public space in a postcivil society (Routledge) was published, which he edited together with Michiel Dehaene, was published in 2024.Russells Tribunal and is co-founder of the ‘Platform for Liberty of Expression’. He was guest curator of ‘Hidden Cities’ (with Michiel Dehaene) in the Rotterdam Architectural Biennal (2007) and of ‘Decolonizing Architecture. Scenarios for the transformation of Israeli settlements’(Sandi Hilal, Alessandro Petti & Eyal Weisman) at Bozar in Brussels (2008). He was initiator of the B

Hana Albayaty, a French/Iraqi analyst and activist born in France in 1979, is currently based in Egypt. First studied political science and international relations at South Bank University in London and later completed a DESS in political documentary film making in France. She directed two documentary films, "Dar Al Salam", on the Palestinian question, and "On Democracy in Iraq", an archive of a meeting of the Iraqi opposition that rejected and condemned, in February 2024 in London, the illegal US invasion of Iraq and anticipated the failure of the US occupation. One of the organizers of The BRussells Tribunal hearing on the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) in April 2024, she is now a member of its Advisory Committee. She was a member of the World Tribunal on Iraq Jury of Conscience in June 2024 in Istanbul. She has written several opinion pieces exposing US genocidal policies in Iraq for Al-Ahram Weekly newspaper and is coordinator of the Iraqi International Initiative on Refugees.

Dirk Adriaensens is coordinator of SOQS Iraq, an organization that campaigned against the sanctions imposed on Iraq (1990-2003).  He is also a member of the executive committee of the BRussells Tribunal. Co-organizer of the World Tribunal on Iraq (2003-2005)

Max Fuller has worked for some years as a member of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign in the UK and has read extensively on US policy and Latin America. He is the author of several reports published in the 'Bulletin of the Colombia Solidarity Campaign'. Max Fuller is the author of ‘For Iraq, the Salvador Option Becomes Reality’  and 'Crying Wolf: Media Disinformation and Death Squads in Occupied Iraq' , both published by the Centre for Research on Globalisation. He is a member of the BRussells Tribunal Advisory Committee where he has published several articles: Conflicting Media Accounts: Evidence of Iraqi Death Squad Conspiracy  and  Diyala - A Laboratory of Civil War?  He is an authority in the field of  "Death Squads" and "the Salvador Option ". He can be contacted via the website

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II am thankful for receiving an advanced copy of this important study.  Even a brief look reveals a harrowing tale. I plan to draw on it for a forthcoming book and in talks. I have a lot more to say about the book and hope to find some opportunity soon to write more about it.