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“Mo-doggies” cartoonist Lars Vilks visiting North America

Lars Vilks speaking tour in North America

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The following information is from the International Free Press Society (IFPS) Website:

The IFPS has named Swedish artist Lars Vilks as our International Press Freedom Day Artist and is bringing him to North America for a series of speaking engagements.

Please see http://www.ifpscanadaevents.com/ for more event information.

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The International Free Press Society (IFPS) will do its utmost to defend anyone that is persecuted and tormented for exercising his or her right of free speech and has made September 30th (anniversary of the Danish cartoon affair), International Free Press Day.

Last year, we honoured Kurt Westergaard and brought him to North America to tell his story. This year IFPS is proud to honour Lars Vilks as our International Free Press Day Artist.

We have planned several speaking engagements and media appearances in the U.S. and Canada for Mr. Vilks and will use this opportunity to make people aware of this threat to our most fundamental freedom – Freedom of Speech.

We invite all those concerned about the state of our liberties to come stand with us and Mr. Vilks in defense of our freedom.

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Lars Vilks, of Sweden, is an academically trained art theorist having earned a PhD in art history from Lund University in 1987. In 1988 he moved to Norway and worked at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts until 1993. From 1997 to 2003, he was a professor in art theory at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts. A self-taught artist and mostly an outsider in the Swedish art scene, he creates various types of art ranging from sculptures and paintings to drawings. When his work is discussed by media and art world insiders, it is seen as deliberately provocative.

He has described himself as an equal opportunity critic of religion having criticized all religions in one way or another in his work but in 2007, he crossed the rubicon when he produced a series of drawings depicting the prophet Mohammad as a roundabout dog.

Since that time, he has received death threats, protests have occurred during his speaking engagements, his home was the site of an arson attempt and authorities discovered an international plot to murder him. The revelation of Philadelphia’s own Jihad-Jane’s assassination plot against Vilks in October 2009 leaves no doubt that his life is threatened. And for what? For having drawn a picture!

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First Annual Free Thinking Film Festival in Ottawa

Free Thinking Film Festival – Ottawa

The Festival opens on November 12th with the Canadian premiere of “Kalifornistan,” which follows the deranged leader of a terror cell called ‘Glorious Jihad of Kalifornistan’ as he plots to destroy Los Angeles with his ‘mighty plutonium superbomb’ – while being distracted by a beautiful dancer. The film was produced by Jason Apuzzo and Govindini Murty – who also stars in the film and who is from Ottawa.

The opening night Gala will also be a fundraiser for the Military Family Resource Centre – which serves the military population of the National Capital Region, which consists of approximately 6,100 military members and their families.

On November 13th, French reporter Philippe Karsenty, internationally known media analyst and founder of Media-Ratings, a media watchdog which monitors the media in France will lecture at the Archives. Karsenty exposed the false allegations that Israeli soldiers killed a 12-year old Palestinian, Mohammed al-Dura during a gun battle in Gaza in 2000.

The Festival will end with the showing of “The Stoning of Soraya M,” an independent film, set in an Iranian village in the late 1980s, tells the story of a woman falsely accused of adultery, then put to death according to religious laws enacted after the country’s Islamic revolution. Writer-Director Cyrus Nowrasteh will be in attendance to answer questions.

In between the 3 Gala events, the Festival will show 19 films like “The Cartel,” a film about the power of unions in public schools; “Mugabe and the White African,” a film about the injustice of the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe; “Generation Zero,” a film about the cultural roots of the global financial meltdown; “Atomic Jihad,” a film about Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s coming war for Islamic revival; “Mr. Conservative,” a surprising look at the life of Barry Goldwater; “Do As I Say,” a film about liberal hypocrisy; “For Neda,” a look at the brave woman Neda Agha-Soltan who was murdered by Iranian militia during protests against Iran’s fraudulent election; “Conflict: The Power of Propaganda,” a Canadian film which looks at media bias against Israel; and “Outside the Great Wall,” a look at 12 prominent Chinese intellectuals and artist fighting for democracy in China.

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