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Through a Glass, Darkly: History, Lies and ISIS
Venue Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South Bank
Dates 31 Aug 2017

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Through a Glass, Darkly: History, Lies and ISIS – how we fail to tell the story of the Middle East

Our failure to understand the history of the Middle East and its violence can be blamed on our refusal to grasp the fact that these lands do not belong to us, says Robert Fisk. Our dangerous misreporting of a people who never asked for ‘democracy’ from the West — they asked for ‘dignity’ and ‘justice’ during the Arab revolutions of 2011 — has led politicians into a fraudulent policy based on fear, and hatred of ‘terror’. When a million Muslims arrived in Europe two years ago, we regarded their arrival as a catastrophe. But it would have been a disaster if they had headed for the lands of the ‘Islamic State’. Their refusal to do so was the greatest disaster to befall ISIS — far more important than its military defeat.

Please join us for this very special evening with award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster Robert Fisk.

Robert has been a Middle East correspondent for 41 years, based in Beirut, first for The Times of London and, since 1989, for The Independent. He has reported from most of the region’s wars over the past four decades, including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (1979), the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), the Lebanese civil war, the Algerian civil war, and – today – the Syrian war. He has also written eyewitness accounts of the US occupation of Afghanistan, the Anglo-American invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent occupation, numerous Israeli invasions of Lebanon, and – of course – the Arab revolutions in 2011.

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