Questioning the Power
Saturday, 13th January 2018, Mercure-Hotel MOA, Stephanstr. 41, 10559 Berlin, Germany
Conference languages are: German, English, Spanish and Turkish (simultaneous interpretations)
A free childcare is provided by the socialist children organisation »Rote Peperoni« during the whole conference day.
Admission at 9.30 am
10.20 a.m.: Musical Conference opening performed by Ingoma Trommelgruppe Berlin (drums)
10.30 a.m.: Opening of the »Tendenzen« group art exhibition
Opening of the conference by the presenters Gina Pietsch and Dr. Seltsam
Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria
Poet, environmentalist and laureate of the Right Livelihood Award
Foodstuff, natural resources and cheap labour– how exploitation and environmental pollution pay off for international capital
Jörg Kronauer, Germany
Journalist and social scientist
German imperialism from 1871 up to 2017, old and new contradictions between imperial main powers. And why fighting against the causes of flight means: To fight imperialism
Concert to commemorate the Uruguayan singer-songwriter Daniel Viglietti
Clotilde Ohouochi, Côte d'Ivoire
Former social affairs minister
The imperialist interference in Africa based on the example of Côte d'Ivoire, particularly on French imperialism
Presentation of new edition of Lenin's book »State and Revolution«
Enrique Ubieta, Cuba
Journalist and philosopher
Cuban missions in Africa – now and then. Changed framework conditions for a development independent of imperialist politics
Manifestation »Solidarity with Venezuela!«
Presentation of stage play »Rosa – In spite of all that«
Mumia Abu-Jamal, USA
Political prisoner, journalist and civil rights activist
Black resistance in the new century
Ding Xiaoqin, People's Republic of China
Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics
The different ways of commitment in Africa – People's Republic of China vs. imperial main powers
Ibrahim Mahama, Ghana
Susann Witt-Stahl in an interview mit the artist and documenta 14 participant
Achille Mbembe, Cameroon
Political theorist and philosopher
The situation in Africa and worldwide: Are humans actually equal? The Africanisation of the world
Adel Amer, Israel
Interview with the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Israel
Presentation of the German-Palestinian Spoken Word artist and author
The haves – the have-nots.
Social issues and the misery of refugees: Does the Left withdraw from international solidarity?
The neo-colonial wars of the Western bloc threaten all those, who rebel against the prevailing world order. Military campaigns left millions of dead behind since 1990 and made tens of millions of people to refugees. The intensified immigration to Western Europe and North America in the past years are an immediate consequence of imperialistic state terror. The immigrants join communities, where fierce competition among workers and the breakdown of solidarity have become the strongest weapons within the class struggle from top. They enter countries with ruling systems, where a militarised foreign policy and authoritarian forms of government are two sides of the same coin. Demands of racist and neo-fascist organisations taking up the inscreasing discontent among the weaker members of society in a demagogic way grow in popularity - similar to the first half of the 20th century. Donald Trump won the presidential elections with a potpourri of chauvinist and neo-fascist slogans. In the Federal Republic of Germany a political reserve for the dominant class establishes: the AFD party, the so-called alternative for Germany (AfD), which is open to fascism. During the Bundestag campaign mainstream media flattered this party and their extremely right wing topics.
The following persons will take part in the panel discussion:
Panel discussion between the (migrant) youth of the Democratic Workers' Association (DIDF-Jugend), trade union activists and members of German Socialist Workers Youth (SDAJ)
Elections do not change anything, do they? Four months after the parliamentary elections of the German Bundestag we want to discuss on how the new German government worsens the living conditions of the youth. And what can we do against the permanent attacks on democratic rights, working, living and learning conditions? What about staff shortage in health care, or the shortage of teachers at our schools? And in principle how to organise the political struggle against and primarily against the ruling class – no matter of what party colours the government consists.
»Tendenzen« art group Berlin:
Africa at the crossroads – Development or migration
For the fifth consecutive time »Tendenzen« art group and junge Welt have organised an art exhibition. This time with works on Africa’s societal developments in the past and presence as well as prospects for a self-determined future of all inhabitants of their Continent.
After singing »The International« follows music with Cuban band Proyecto Son Batey in the »Lounge« with fresh Mojitos, made by the Cuba Sí comrades
All persons are strictly prohibited to carry the following objects into the venue: Bottles of all kind, pepper spray, all types of weapons and other potentially dangerous objects (e.g. projectiles etc.) as well as drugs following BTMG (German Narcotics Act) There will be security checks at the entrance. No storage available.
Subject to modifications.