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Meeting on January 27th

TOPIC: THE SITUATION IN AFGHANISTAN

LOCATION: KIMMEL 803

TIME: 8:30 - 9:30 PM

We are pleased to host the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal as a distinguished guest for our first weekly meeting of the spring semester! Please visit the following page to learn more about the Ambassador: http://www.afghanistan-un.org/permanent-representative/.

Meeting on December 2nd

TOPIC: SHOULD WESTERN GROUND FORCES BE DEPLOYED TO COMBAT ISIS?

LOCATION: KIMMEL 803

TIME: 8:30 - 9:30 PM

The question of deployment of ground troops against ISIL has been a pertinent one on the international agenda. Western countries have organized a global coalition with over 60 countries, conducting airstrikes against the terrorist organization. The recent escalation of violent attacks against civilians in Western countries have increased the intensity of global outcry for more drastic and radical measures to be taken in order to defeat ISIL. As such, the topic of this meeting will discuss whether deployment of ground troops is a viable option given the disastrous history of Western - especially American - military intervention in the Middle East over the past decade.

Meeting on November 11th

TOPIC: GENDER PARITY VS. GENDER EQUALITY

LOCATION: KIMMEL 803

TIME: 8:30 - 9:30 PM

Is the appointment of an equal number of men and women in the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's cabinet really a show of gender equality? Deliberate diversity like a pre-election promise to have 50:50 quota begs the question of symbolism over substance and what this move really achieves. 

Meeting on November 4th

TOPIC: SHOULD THE DENIAL OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL'S RIGHT FOR EXISTENCE BE CRIMINALIZED?

LOCATION: KIMMEL 803

TIME: 8:30 - 9:30 PM

The French Supreme Court just declared it a criminal act to advocate for a political opinion that argues against Israel's right to exist as a state, defining it as hate speech and anti-Semitism, and several US senators and public figures are trying to push for the same measures in the US; the most notorious of these cases being the one where Dianne Feinstein was pushing all UC colleges to impose harsh measures - including expulsion - on students who advocated for opinions against Israel's statehood. So, what better time is there to talk about whether arguing against Israel's right as a State is the same as anti-Semitism, and whether that is enough to criminalize someone for it, and most importantly, whether Israel does have a right to exist or not. 

Meeting on October 7th

TOPIC: SHOULD DONALD TRUMP BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES?

LOCATION: KIMMEL 803

TIME: 8:30 - 9:30 PM

Donald Trump would not make a good US president. Most of the cases for Donald Trump revolve around the fact that he would restore the American economy because he is a billionaire and so obviously he is good with money. But contrary to this, his company has gone bankrupt four times in 18 years. He claims it was a strategic bankruptcy and that everyone does it but only five percent of the biggest fortune 500 companies have filed for bankruptcy.