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HAT Forum, Sat. May 14, 11am, OISE : "Terrorism"

HAT FORUM:  Sat. May 14, 11am-1pm.
LOCATION:  OISE, 252 Bloor St West. Room 11-204
TOPIC:  What are the root causes of terrorism and what can be done to defeat it?
FACILITATOR:  Caitriona Hughes

There is a lot of contention regarding the definition of terrorism. Is one's viewpoint on the actions of various terrorist groups simply a case of moral relativity?
  • How has the media contributed to our understanding of terrorism? Do you think that it is fairly portrayed and investigated within the media?
  • Should terrorism be judged in terms of it's consequences or is terrorism's moral status determined solely by what it is in itself?
  • Discuss some of the motivating factors for terrorism for example oppression, lack of human rights, the need for social change and varying political or religious ideologies.
  • In instances of oppression and marginalization; what alternative methods are at the people's disposal when affecting social change? 
  • Do the political ideologies of terrorism act in the interests of the people they are claiming to liberate? 
  • Is terrorism ever justified? Consider for example Northern Ireland, Cuba or Palestine.
  • Is there a difference between targeting civilians or non-combatants at random and targeting specifically members of the armed forces or political leaders?
  • Consider the consequences of not using terrorism in recent history.

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.