12 May 2008

The Cost of Iraq

From Writers and Readers Festivals, 6:00 pm on 12 May 2008

According to the Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, the war in Iraq will become the world's first three trillion dollar war. He joins cartoonist Garry Trudeau, novelist and journalist James Meek and theatre director Nigel Jamieson, to discuss the true costs of Iraq with John Campbell. A long-time critic of the war, Stiglitz has very recently published The Three Trillion Dollar War. Trudeau, in his celebrated comic Doonesbury, has taken up the task of not only berating the Bush administration, but acknowledging the costs paid by American men and women in uniform. Meek covered the war in Afghanistan, has written indictments of Guantanamo Bay and more recently published We Are Now Beginning Our Descent, a novel that deals with the aftermath of 9/11. Jamieson has brought the plight of David Hicks and other Guantanamo detainees to life in the theatre work Honour Bound. Chair: John Campbell - Panellists: Joseph Stiglitz, Garry Trudeau, James Meek, Nigel Jamieson.