D.C. speakers: Walt and Siegman on the conflict, Madar on Bradley Manning

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I’m headed to D.C., where I’m part of a special conference tomorrow on expanding the debate over the conflict, organized by the Middle East Policy Council. We’re in Rayburn House Office Building, Room 339, from 9:30 to noon, and I believe the discussion will be livestreamed at the link. The lineup includes two power hitters, Henry Siegman and Steve Walt, as well as myself and Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine. I will speak about conditions I have witnessed in the occupation and in American politics that have foreclosed the possibility of partition, then bring it back to my belief that this problem won’t reach a just resolution until American Jews walk away from Zionism.

Meanwhile, tonight in D.C., Chase Madar will be speaking about The Passion of Bradley Manning, his story of the American war hero who knew that what he was seeing was wrong and was willing to put himself on the line to stop it. The book has just been reissued with a new last chapter all about Manning’s court-martial, which is likely to begin later this spring.

Madar will be talking about his book tonight at Busboys and Poets in Washington. The 5th and K location, from 6-8.

And he’ll be doing an event next week in Brooklyn that I’m going to try to make. Details below:  
April 30, 2013
St. Joseph’s College

The New Inquiry, Verso Books and Brooklyn Voices present The Passion of Bradley Manning

Sarah Leonard and Chase Madar will examine why a nation’s whistleblowers are less popular than its war criminals

On Tuesday, April 30th The New Inquiry, Verso and Brooklyn Voices present a discussion between The Passion of Bradley Manning: The Story Behind the Wikileaks Whistleblower author Chase Madar and Sarah Leonard, New InquiryEditor and Associate Editor at Dissent….

Over the past three years, Wikileaks has released thousands of classified documents about the Iraq War, the Afghan War and American statecraft in general, the basis for thousands of important stories in major media across the world. The source? A 25-year-old US Army Intelligence Private First Class from Crescent, Oklahoma by the name of Bradley Manning. After three years of pretrial detention, his court martial will begin June 3rd of this year. He faces 22 charges including espionage and Aiding the Enemy, carrying a possible life term.
The case of Bradley Manning is both a coda and a key to the long debacle of America’s militarized response to the 9/11 attacks. What are the consequences of charging–and perhaps convicting–Pfc. Manning with the capital offense of “Aiding the Enemy”? Why aren’t the New York Times and other Establishment media vigorously defending the source of so many of their important stories? What power does information have to change policy and halt wars? What power doesn’t it have? And why are whistleblowers usually less popular than war criminals? 

This event is free and open to all. 

CHASE MADAR is a civil rights attorney in New York who writes for The London Review of Books, Le Monde diplomatique, TomDispatch, CounterPunch, The Nation, The American Conservative (where he is a contributing editor), and theNational Interest. 
SARAH LEONARD is an editor at The New Inquiry. She is also an editor atDissent magazine, and a co-editor of Occupy!: Scenes from Occupied America(Verso, 2011).
THE NEW INQUIRY is a space for discussion that aspires to enrich cultural and public life by putting all available resources—both digital and material—toward the promotion and exploration of ideas. The New Inquiry is a 501(c)3 non-profit and is not affiliated with any political party, government agency, university, municipality, religious organization, cadre, or other cult. TNI was co-founded by Mary Borkowski, Jennifer Bernstein, and Rachel Rosenfelt….
6.30pm – 8.00pm
St. Joseph’s College
245 Clinton Avenue (btw. DeKalb & Willoughby), Tuohy Hall
Brooklyn, NY

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