Saturday, July 24, 2010

[Blackwater] Mon. 5/17: Jeremy Scahill at Caltech in Pasadena at 7:30PM


 The Caltech Y Social Activism Speaker Series presents

JEREMY SCAHILL
Independent Journalist & Author of the International Best-Seller:
"Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army"

7:30 PM, Monday, May 17, 2010
Ramo Auditorium, (Bldg 77)
,

Caltech

1200 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91125-0001

Free, no tickets required.

** Reception after the event with the speaker **

On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad's Nisour Square leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled "Baghdad's Bloody Sunday," was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the "War on Terror." In his gripping bestseller, award winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.
 

BIO: Jeremy Scahill is the author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army," named by AlterNet as the best progressive book of the year. He is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine, where he reports on Iraq war contractors, and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute.

Scahill has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award, which he won twice. While a correspondent for Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Traveling around the hurricane zone in the wake of Katrina, Jeremy Scahill exposed the presence of Blackwater forces in New Orleans and his reporting sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation.

He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS's The NewsHour, Bill Moyers Journal and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs nationwide. Scahill also served as an election correspondent for HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher.
 

This event is made possible by the generous support from the Moore Hufstedler Fund, Student Affairs, the Graduate Student Council, the Alumni Association, and the Caltech Y. For more information about this event or the SASS series, please contact the Caltech Y at 626.395.6163 or email caltechy@caltech.edu.

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