The Effects of U.S. Sanctions on Iraq, Iran and North Korea: a panel discussion, free and open to the public, will be held Thursday, Nov, 29, 7 p.m. at Macalester-Plymouth United Church (in the Social Hall), 1658 Lincoln Avenue, St. Paul.
While often thought of as a civilized alternative to war with military weapons, sanctions actually have profound effects on the ability of people to meet their human needs, and they often create an environment of defenselessness that is a prelude to war. With the U.S. policy of imposing sanctions on countries, it is of vital importance for U.S. citizens to understand their effects. Three panelists, with knowledge of sanctions and their effects, will speak, followed by a question and answer session.
Christine Hong is an assistant professor at University of California-Santa Cruz, where she specializes in transnational Asian American, Korean diaspora, and critical Pacific Rim studies. She received her PhD in English from University of California-Berkeley.
Hong is active in several Korean organizations, is a Korea Policy Institute fellow, a coordinating committee member of the National Campaign to End the Korean War, a steering committee member of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, and a member of the Working Group on Peace and Demilitarization in the Asia Pacific.
When he speaks, Omid Mohseni will have recently returned from one of many visits to Iran to visit friends and family. Omid is a Senior Water Resources Engineer who began his professional training in the field of Civil Engineering at the University of Science and Technology of Iran. He went on to study Civil Engineering at the University of Minnesota and received a doctorate in Water Resource Engineering.
Aside from practicing his profession, Omid shares his knowledge by teaching Civil Engineering at the U of MN. He is the recipient of several honors and awards including the 2011 Center for Transportation Studies Partnership Award and the Environmental Leadership Award from the Freshwater Society in 2009.
Marie Braun traveled to Iraq, during what is called the Sanctions Period, before the second U.S. war on that country. What she experienced led to her founding of the Twin Cities Campaign to End the Sanctions on Iraq, on her return. She has been a relentless peace and justice advocate, working with Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), as well as other peace and justice organizations.
Marie’s dedication has been recognized with many awards, including the 2012 Fellowship of Reconciliation Award, which she shares with her husband, John Braun, her partner in activism. The lasting effects on Iraq of the years of war, sanctions and occupation continue to be among her major focuses.
The presentation is sponsored by the Middle East Committee of Women Against Military Madness (WAMM), Macalester Plymouth Peacemakers, Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace and Korean Quarterly. http://worldwidewamm.org