A Center for Free Thought

Main photo: “The Death of Socrates” by Jacques-Louis David, public domain

We are a community of persons, based in the Kansas City Metro Area, who are lovers of truth, reason, and people.

The solution has to start with the real story” Raoul Peck

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Program for Sunday, April 14, 2024

A Gaza Strip hospital (Democracy Now 2024-04-09)[1]

“A Sea of Misery”: Gaza

(Democracy Now 04/09/2024[2])

“A Sea of Misery”: Gaza Is Unlike Anything I’ve Ever Seen, and other segments, Democracy Now 04/09/2024[3].

Award-winning journalist Arwa Damon, just returned from a humanitarian trip to Gaza in her capacity as the founder of INARA[6], describes the overwhelming need for aid under Israel’s siege of the territory[3]. Damon is former CNN Senior International Correspondent with over a decade of experience in war zones.

“Empty Words”: Kenneth Roth on Biden’s Criticism of Israel While U.S. Keeps Weapons Flowing[4], and 30 Years Later, Rwanda Genocide Shows Consequences of U.S. Refusal to Prevent Mass Killing[5] segments will follow.

Kenneth Roth, visiting professor at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, served for nearly 30 years as the executive director of Human Rights Watch[7]. Though “the United States would have been the ideal target,” Nicaragua has asked the U.N.’s top court for emergency measures ordering the German government to halt its support to Israel. Roth details Nicaragua’s case against Germany, as well as the U.S. government’s stance toward Israel.

[1] Image attribution: Gaza hospital scene, Democracy Now 04/09/2024[2], fair use assertion.

[2] Democracy Now 04/09/2024 show, https://www.democracynow.org/shows/2024/4/9.

[3] “A Sea of Misery”: Gaza Is Unlike Anything I’ve Ever Seen, Says NGO Head/Ex-CNN Journalist Arwa Damon, Democracy Now 04/09/2024 with transcript: https://www.democracynow.org/2024/4/9/arwa_damon_gaza#transcript.

[4] “Empty Words”: Kenneth Roth on Biden’s Criticism of Israel While U.S. Keeps Weapons Flowing, Democracy Now 04/09/2024 with transcript: https://www.democracynow.org/2024/4/9/ken_roth_gaza_genocide_icj#transcript.

[5] 30 Years Later, Rwanda Genocide Shows Consequences of U.S. Refusal to Prevent Mass Killing, Democracy Now 04/09/2024 with transcript: https://www.democracynow.org/2024/4/9/rwanda_genocide_30th_anniversary_commemorations#transcript.

[6] Award-winning journalist Arwa Damon is founder of INARA, the International Network for Aid Relief and Assistance, a nonprofit currently providing medical and mental healthcare to children. https://inara.org/arwa/.

Arwa Damon is a former CNN Senior International Correspondent currently working on independent documentaries and other forms of storytelling through her company Scrappy Goat Media. Arwa has over a decade of experience in war zones across the MENA region and has often focused her work on humanitarian stories. Arwa has received extensive recognition for her work including TV and News Emmys, Peabodys, the Investigative Reporters and Editors award, and the International Women’s Media Foundation “Courage in Journalism” award. The concept behind INARA is a by-product of her first hand experience on the ground.

[7] Kenneth Roth is the Charles and Marie Robertson Visiting Professor at the Princeton School for Public and International Affairs. Until August 2022, he served for nearly three decades as the executive director of Human Rights Watch, one of the world’s leading international human rights organizations, which operates in some 100 countries. Before that, Roth was a federal prosecutor in New York and for the Iran-Contra investigation in Washington. Human Rights Watch: https://www.hrw.org/about/people/kenneth-roth.

Future Programs

There are two ways to join our meeting (2:00 to 4:00 PM)

1. In Person: 312 Haag Hall, UMKC:

5211 Charlotte St. Parking. (Click enlarge)
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Our Sunday CoR meetings are now held in Haag Hall, 312, on the UMKC Campus. Free parking is plentiful on Sundays. It is strongly advised (because of the extreme convenience provided) that the parking building be used. Drive to level 4 of the parking building at the corner of 52nd and Rockhill Road. (The entrances are a little south-west on Charlotte street.) After parking, walk across the aerial skywalk to Haag and Royall Halls. The skywalk dead-ends in a hallway on the 3rd floor. After the reaching the hallway, turn to your right. Walk a few steps, turn to your right. Enter Haag 312.

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/b3XtZV2LaBh8diM97

Google and Apple Maps give accurate parking garage directions for “5211 Charlotte St., Kansas City, MO.” Spiral up the garage to level 4 on the west side, and use the east side to descend to the street level. (If on the way you wind up on Holmes, drive east on 53rd to Charlotte, as 52nd is one-way westbound, but to exit to Holmes use 52nd. Most will exit directly to Rockhill, and must use 53rd.)


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