In the weeks leading to the general election Stop the War is organising debates on the war in Afghanistan.
People are increasingly unconvinced by the reasons given by the government and opposition parties for continued British involvement in Afghanistan. A recent BBC poll shows 63 percent of the public in favour of withdrawal of British troops.
Despite this, the three major parties all support the occupation of Afghanistan.
The debate in Bristol features Stephen Williams (MP for Bristol West) and Jane Shallice (Stop The War Coalition – Author of 'Afghanistan: Why We Should Get Out') . It’s on Thursday 25 March, 7.30pm, Friends Meeting House, 126 Hampton Road, Redland, Bristol BS6 6JE.
The London debate is on Wednesday 14 April, 7pm, and the participants include Mehdi Hasan from the New Statesman, Professor Christopher Coker from the London School of Economics, Martin Cakebread from the National Defence Association, and Lindsey German Convenor of Stop the War. It’s at The Old Cinema lecture theatre, Westminster University, 309 Regent Street, W1B 2UW.
On Saturday 10 April there is a one-day conference on “What Now For Iraq?” with speakers from Amnesty International, Stop the War Coalition and the Brussels Tribunal. The sessions include Iraqis' Human Rights today, and Iraq's Environment and its implications on public health. The conference is from 10.30am to 4.30pm at Conway Hall, Holborn, London WC1R 4RL. Organised by Women Solidarity for an Independent and Unified Iraq.