New World SummitLeiden
29 December 2012
De Waag, Leiden, The Netherlands

The second summit took place on December 29, 2012, and focused on the political, economic, ideological, and juridical interests that are invested in upholding the notion of the “terrorist” by hosting as the keynote speaker Professor Jose Maria Sison, co-founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People’s Army (NPA). Both organizations are included on “terrorist” lists as a result of their ongoing armed struggle with what they describe as a “semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system,” under “US imperialist control,” and having the “comprador bourgeoisie, landlords and bureaucrat capitalists” as ruling classes.

Several experts representing the different layers of the system that revolves around this notion of “terrorism,” separating certain organizations and individuals from society, will be asked to respond to Sison. In turn, a lawyer, a public prosecutor, a judge, a politician, and a political theorist will respond to Sison, before engaging in a discussion with the audience that will focus on

  1. the political aims of the CPP and NPA;
  2. the concept of terrorism as an instrument to exclude these organizations from the political sphere;
  3. and the possibilities of exploring a concept of a “limitless” democracy.
-Videos

Willem van Bennekom

Former Judge and Lawyer

Jose Maria Sison

The National Liberation Movement in the Philippines and the ''Terrorist Listings'' by Foreign Powers

Alexander van Dam

Public Prosecutor

Jan Fermon

Lawyer of Jose Maria Sison

Beatrice de Graaf

Professor at the Centre for Terrorism and Counterrorism

Dirk Poot

Leader of the Dutch Pirate Party

Jonas Staal

-Keynote speakers

Jose Maria Sison

-Respondents

Willem van Bennekom

Alexander van Dam

Jan Fermon

Beatrice de Graaf

Dirk Poot

-Chairs

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

-Introduction

Jonas Staal