- By providing Condoleeza Rice a forum, the U of Minnesota is endorsing her support and approval of unilateral pre-emptive war, and the global degradation of human rights.
- She belongs in a prison, not on a university campus!
- Part 1: The Truth about Condi Rice
- Part 2: Condoleezza Rice Film Screening and Public Forum – April 10th
Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.
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Part 1: The Truth about Condi Rice
Coleen Rowley, in Pink Tank by Code Pink
Thanks to Evergreene Digest reader David Harris for this contribution.
April 8, 2014 | The University of Minnesota’s promotion of Condi Rice (and paying her $150,000 via one of the University’s top donors, the Carlson Foundation) turns “free speech” on its head, especially since University officials refuse to give even 5 minutes of “equal time” to those who would tell the truth about Condi’s past criminal conduct. Officials refuse to ask Rice to discuss the hard questions about her involvement in war crimes and also refuse to let students meet with Rice (although a handpicked group of students apparently does get to meet with her). Dean Eric Schwartz of the Humphrey Institute who’s responsible for inviting Rice even refused to meet with students about his decision. What free speech?!
The powerful effort to rewrite (this sordid) history has raised the question of how to effectively get out information about Rice’s past commission of torture and other war crimes, because university officials and students seem mostly unaware of her past conduct, consequently falling for a ridiculous repackaging of Rice as a civil rights and feminist hero. (Even the various human rights groups and anti-torture organizations based in the Twin Cities such as Center for Victims of Torture and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, not to mention the University’s own Human Rights Center, have fallen silent such is the hypocrisy and pressure to now lionize the woman who personally ordered the CIA to commence waterboarding!)
Coleen Rowley is one of three whistleblowers chosen as persons of the year by TIME magazine. She currently works with the Veterans for Peace chapter in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Part 2: Condoleezza Rice Film Screening and Public Forum – April 10th
Nancy Mancias, Code Pink
April 08, 2014 | A screening of the award-winning film: American Faust: from Condi to Neo-Condi--discussion to follow-- will be held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, in Nicholson Hall, room 155, on Thursday April 10th at 7pm. We will begin by showing the film (trailer here) and end with a public discussion led by author Antonia Felix, one of Rice's main biographers featured in the film.
On April 17th, the University of Minnesota will be honoring Dr. Rice with a prominent public forum. If this were instead an opportunity to seek some accountability for her conduct as Secretary of State and National Security Advisor, the anti-war community would be the first to say "let her speak." But the lecture Rice will be giving will not be about accountability; she talking about civil rights.
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