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Friday, February 21 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Congo for the Taking… (Part 2) ‘Independence’ to The Congo Wars

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This session examines the history of Congo as a case study of Imperialism… from ‘Independence’ to the ongoing Congo Wars (5 million deaths). Topics include - Lumumba’s assassination, Hammarksjold’s death, Katangan succession,Cuban/CIA/Mercenary Intervention, Mobutu’s rise and The Rwandan Genocide which led to the Congo Wars. It focuses on the roles of foreign actors, including Canada, and their motives. Were they truly motivated by the enlightened Idealism they professed or by the dark Realism described by Joseph Conrad, “It was just robbery with violence, aggravated murder on a great scale”? This session quotes from "Heart of Darkness" to illustrate the continuity of Realism in Imperial policy from Leopold to the present and challenges many of our most cherished historical myths. For a free paperback of Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” and other references click https://docs.google.com/document/d/1t002GqSLqS8W06POxG-Fky16GfBnMlQCgQFIhqDULn0/edit

Speakers
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Greg Hunter

Teacher, EPSB
Greg Hunter taught Science in Alberta for 30 years. His talks promote a more scientific approach to understanding and teaching History; that is one with a regard for Evidence and Reason and a vigilance against Dogma and Bias. “What I particularly enjoyed was that this session not... Read More →


Friday February 21, 2020 10:45am - 12:00pm
GWH 161
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