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  • Virunga Screening with Director Orlando von Einsiedel and Joanna Natasegara Q&A

    The LA World Affairs Council screened the remarkable Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga on Thursday, Jan. 22nd. Council President Terry McCarthy asks Director Orlando von Einsiedel "Explicit threats were made to the rangers . . . were you scared about becoming involved [in the dispute between oil company SOCO and the national park], using covert footage?"

    To learn more about our Foreign Film Series, visit www.lawac.org
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  • Terry McCarthy, Council President, speaking on #CharlieHebdo

    As you know, the Los Angeles World Affairs Council is a non-partisan organization and we do not take sides on the many conflicts that plague this world. In laying out the policies of this Council, our bylaws state in Section 3, subsection 2, Paragraph 1 – and I quote:

    “This Council shall encourage free and fair discussion of any problem or issue pertinent to its purposes.”

    I submit to you that the two men who ran into the editorial offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine with AK 47 rifles and opened fire on Wednesday morning were not engaging in free and fair discussion.

    As a former journalist and current President of this Council, I am deeply troubled by such an assault on our fundamental rights of freedom of expression. Those who would try to silence with violence the voices of people whose views they oppose show a complete lack of understanding of what constitutes civilized society. Indeed they do not belong in civilized society. I trust the French police and penitentiary systems will see to that in short order.

    From time to time various parties have put pressure on this Council not to feature a certain speaker, or to limit what a certain speaker might say. My answer has been, and always will be – NOT ON MY WATCH. I often disagree with what I hear from our speakers. But the freedom to say what you want overrides any individual point of view. It is such a fundamental right that we in the United States take it for granted most of the time, until someone tries to take it away. We must never give it up – not to religious extremists in France, nor to cyber hackers in North Korea, nor to autocratic governments in China, Russia or any other country that does not enjoy the rights of our very first constitutional amendment.

    For that reason I join the many French people tonight who have taken to the streets proclaiming “Je suis Charlie” – I am Charlie. I won’t make any jokes this evening – I will leave that to the many cartoonists from around the world, who, as many of you have seen, have used their pens in the past two days to demonstrate with their humor and satire that our freedom cannot and will not be silenced by the sound of bullets.

    -Terry McCarthy, President of Los Angeles World Affairs Council
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  • Carly Fiorina, Former CEO of Hewlett Packard

    Carly Fiorina addresses the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, talking about her own political plans, her observations about other presidential hopefuls in the Republican and Democratic parties, and how she thinks her experience in the corporate world could translate into government.
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  • Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation

    Leslie Moonves, President and CEO of CBS Corporation, addressing the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on American and Global Entertainment.

    Event date: November 19, 2014.

    For more info: visit www.lawac.org
    1076 Views
  • Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud LAWAC

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  • Reza Aslan addressing the Los Angeles World Affairs Council

    Reza Aslan, the author and religious studies expert, addressing the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on February 5th, 2014.

    For a transcript of the remarks, please visit: http://www.lawac.org/Default.aspx?tabid=103&eventid=30183
    18049 Views
  • Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America: Education for All

    Founder of Teach for America and Teach for All, Wendy Kopp, addressing the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on Education for All

    To learn more about the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, visit: www.lawac.org
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    1710 Views
  • Cai Wu, Minister of Culture for People's Republic of China: China at a Cultural Crossroad

    Chinese Minister of Culture Cai Wu addressing the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on July 2, 2014.

    To learn more about the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, visit: www.lawac.org
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    963 Views
  • Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA 39th District) on ISIS, Iran, Russia and America’s Foreign Policy

    Congressman Ed Royce speaking to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council at the Sofitel Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on September 23, 2014.

    To learn more about the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, visit: www.lawac.org
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    1464 Views
  • Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker: US - Latin American Business Growth

    Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker addressing the Los Angeles World Affairs Council on January 9, 2014 on US - Latin American Business Growth

    To learn more about the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, visit: www.lawac.org
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