Moutons No More wants to welcome you to the second annual Café Hitchens. Café Hitchens, much like Heinz ketchup, only comes out when it’s ready. But, when it does, it’s very tasty.
The topic to be covered this time around will be:
The Syrian Refugee Crisis, how its covered in the media, and what approach should be taken to settle millions of displaced people from a very different culture and why has Europe and North American seen a spike in the popularity of right wing groups?
Depending on the media you choose to read will obviously impact your understanding and ideological view of the crisis. For example, if you are an avid CBC listener you will believe it is only cute babies and young and old women suffering in this crisis and we need to bring as many to safety as possible. If you read the more right wing news you may see the crisis as an epidemic of young military aged men sneaking into Europe and North America to conduct a holy war and we need to build a wall and keep them out. Anyone who actually follows the story knows the situation is much deeper then both of these views so we want to dive in and discuss for ourselves.
One thing that can surely be said is that this crisis has caused the rise of many right wing parties throughout Europe and even in the United States. We have seen the rise in popularity of Donald Trump after saying he would stop Muslim immigration into the United States. We have also seen right wing governments and groups gain popularity in Poland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom and France. (Countries that are directly dealing with the crisis) We want to discuss the reasons for the increase in popularity of these groups. Is it racism? Islamophobia? Frustration? are left wing governments ignoring their tax payers? or are there cultural differences that are just too large to bridge?
Please remember the rules we are here to discuss topics and ridicule ideas, not people. We will be doing the classic raise your hand schoolyard discussion. Everyone will have 2 minutes and 2 minutes ONLY to make their points without interruption. If you so as interrupt more then 3 times you will be given a 20 minute no talking ban! In order to make this work, I have limited the discussion to a 15 attendee maximum so please RSVP soon before its too late!
The illustration of Christopher Hitchens is used with permission from its amazing artist, Yuliya Kashapova.