Should Pussy Riot Boycott the Festival of Dangerous Ideas?

FODIA Head-to-head published in The Guardian on 29 August 2014.

On 11 August an anonymous group published an open letter to two ex-members of Pussy Riot. The group called on Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova to withdraw from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas taking place this weekend at the Sydney Opera House, due to the links between the St James Ethics Centre, co-organisers of the event, and the government’s cruel and illegal policy of mandatory detention, Operation Sovereign Borders. I support this initiative.  The St James Ethics Centre’s board includes retired Major General Andrew James Molan, the paid special envoy of Operation Sovereign Borders and former chief of operations of the allied forces in Iraq. Until 19 July this year, the Board of the St James Ethics Centre Foundation, the Centre’s fundraising wing, also included Douglas Sneddon, director of the board of Transfield Services and chair of the Transfield Services human resources committee.On 11 August an anonymous group published an open letter to two ex-members of Pussy Riot. The group called on Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova to withdraw from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas taking place this weekend at the Sydney Opera House, due to the links between the St James Ethics Centre, co-organisers of the event, and the government’s cruel and illegal policy of mandatory detention, Operation Sovereign Borders. I support this initiative.  The St James Ethics Centre’s board includes retired Major General Andrew James Molan, the paid special envoy of Operation Sovereign Borders and former chief of operations of the allied forces in Iraq. Until 19 July this year, the Board of the St James Ethics Centre Foundation, the Centre’s fundraising wing, also included Douglas Sneddon, director of the board of Transfield Services and chair of the Transfield Services human resources committee.On 11 August an anonymous group published an open letter to two ex-members of Pussy Riot. The group called on Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova to withdraw from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas taking place this weekend at the Sydney Opera House, due to the links between the St James Ethics Centre, co-organisers of the event, and the government’s cruel and illegal policy of mandatory detention, Operation Sovereign Borders. I support this initiative.  The St James Ethics Centre’s board includes retired Major General Andrew James Molan, the paid special envoy of Operation Sovereign Borders and former chief of operations of the allied forces in Iraq. Until 19 July this year, the Board of the St James Ethics Centre Foundation, the Centre’s fundraising wing, also included Douglas Sneddon, director of the board of Transfield Services and chair of the Transfield Services human resources committee.On 11 August an anonymous group published an open letter to two ex-members of Pussy Riot. The group called on Masha Alyokhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova to withdraw from the Festival of Dangerous Ideas taking place this weekend at the Sydney Opera House, due to the links between the St James Ethics Centre, co-organisers of the event, and the government’s cruel and illegal policy of mandatory detention, Operation Sovereign Borders. I support this initiative.

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