The last panel will address a more current issue. While previous panels focused on how past crimes are being addressed through artistic, legal or social means, we will now turn to the ongoing crimes against humanity being committed in Syria and Iraq, a topic that has become even more close to Europe with the arrival of refugees from this region.
Together with exiled writer Rosa Yassin Hassan and human rights activist and lawyer Anwar al-Bounni, we want to discuss what can be gained by “addressing” or “exposing” a war that is still ongoing and what potential approaches could be pursued.
The Berlin-based Iraqi writer Najem Wali will then read some of his work (Baghdad Marlboro) in which he addresses not only the crimes under the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, but also the reactions of the Western military powers to the Kuwait invasion in 1991 and the illegal invasion of Iraq in 2003 by the US-led military coalition.
Martin Glasenapp, formerly Middle East advisor at the NGO Medico International will discuss what the conflict in the Middle East means for Germany. The aim is to discuss possible (foreign policy or even military) responses from Germany and the international community to crimes such as those happening in Syria or Iraq.
Rosa Yassin Hassan: Negative, 2008
Rosa Yassin Hassan: Guardians of the Air, 2009
Najem Wali: Bagdad Marlboro, Munich 2014
Najem Wali: Bagdad – Erinnerungen an eine Weltstadt, Munich 2015
Samar Yazbek: Schrei nach Freiheit. Bericht aus dem Inneren der syrischen Revolution. Zurich 2012
Samar Yazbek: Die gestohlene Revolution. Reise in mein zerstörtes Syrien, Munich 2015
Karen J. Greenberg, Joshua L. Dratel: The Torture Papers: The Road to Abu Ghraib, Cambridge 2005
Philip Gourevitch, Errol Morris: Standard Operating Procedure: A War Story, New York 2008
Navid Kermani: Einbruch der Wirklichkeit: Auf dem Flüchtlingstreck durch Europa, Berlin 2016
Navid Kermani: Ausnahmezustand: Reisen in eine beunruhigte Welt, Berlin 2013
Tariq Ali: Bush in Babylon: The Recolonisation of Iraq, London 2004
Charles Glass: Syria Burning: A Short History of a Catastrophe, London 2016
Interview with Scott Horton on the blog antiwar.com, 2007
SilveredWater, Director: Ossama Mohammed/Wiam Simav Bedirxan, France/Syria2014
Queens of Syria, Director: Yasmin Fedda, 2014