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United Nations Association Greater Seattle Chapter

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

May 29th, 2012 by unaseattle

Tuesday 29 May is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers. Today we honour the memory of the UN peacekeepers who have lost their lives in the cause of peace, and pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication and courage.

For more information on UN Peacekeeping operations, visit:

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Thursday Discussion Series

May 29th, 2012 by unaseattle

We recently launched our Thursday Discussion Series.  This program invites incredible, knowledgeable speakers to share their background in an intimate setting.

We have kicked off with a couple wonderful sessions:

March 2nd: “Trafficking Women”

The inaugural discussion in the series complemented UNA-USA’s commemoration of International Women’s Day with a documentary film highlighting the catastrophe and drama of the abduction of young girls for the global sex trade, as well as a short talk led by UNA Seattle chapter president Trevor M Tate

Full length article by Trevor Tate on Human Trafficking (abbreviated version).

April 19: “A War in Waiting with the Islamic Republic of Iran”

Session led by Dick Blakney UNA Seattle board member and organizer for Network Promoting Peace with Iran (NPPI), and Richard Silverstein blogger for Seattle site Tikun Olam (Make the World Better) http://www.richardsilverstein.com.

For those who would like to see more, the website is below for Envisioning a Deal With Iran, by William H. Luers and Thomas R. Pickering. (Note: Bill Luers, a career diplomat, served as ambassador to Czechoslovakia and Venezuela and president of UNA-USA for ten years, while Tom Pickering was undersecretary of state and ambassador to the U.N. and several countries.)  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/opinion/envisioning-a-deal-with-iran.html

For additional reading on Iran:

  • A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran, Trita Parsi, 2012
  • The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy, John J Measheimer and Stephen M Walt, 2008
  • Bitter Friends, Iran, The U.S. and the Twisted Path to Confrontation, Barbara Slavin, 2007
  • All the Shah’s Men – An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, Stephen Kinzer, 2008
  • The Iran Agenda – The Real Story of U.S. Policy and the Middle East Crisis, Reese Erlich, 2007
  • Targeting Iran, David Barsamian, 2007
  • National Iranian American Council – www.niacouncil.org
  • Network Promoting Peace with Iran – www.nppi.us
  • Just Foreign Policy – www.justforeignpolicy.org
  • James Morris – america-hijacked.com
  • InsideIRAN – www.insideIRAN.org
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation – fcnl.org
  • Fellowship of Reconciliation – www.forusa.org
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    Prof. Richard Falk to speak on “The Economic, Legal and Moral Costs of War: A Forum on Israel-Palestine and the United States” on June 8th

    May 18th, 2012 by unaseattle

    Professor Richard Falk, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, will speak on “The Economic, Legal and Moral Costs of War: A Forum on Israel-Palestine and the United States”on Friday, June 8, at University Temple United Methodist Church, 1415 NE 43rd St., Seattle, at 7:00 p.m.  His one-hour talk will be followed by a question-and-answer session. As the UN’s Special Rapporteur, Falk has first-hand knowledge of the human rights situation facing nearly 4 million Palestinians in the Occupied Territories of East Jerusalem, Gaza, and the West Bank.

    Falk is the Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University in Princeton, N.J., where he taught for more than 40 years. He is also Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Falk is the author or co-author of more than 20 books on international law. The United Nations Human Rights Council appointed him Special Rapporteur for the Palestinian Occupied Territories in 2008. Falk is also a member of the editorial boards of The Nation and The Progressive magazines. He was an early opponent of the Vietnam War and the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. He has long been associated with efforts to align United States foreign policy with the human rights movement and international humanitarian law.

    The talk is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, the National Lawyers Guild, the World Affairs Council and the Seattle Mideast Awareness Campaign, among others.

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    Global Citizens Gathering

    May 11th, 2012 by unaseattle

    Our kick-off Global Citizens Gathering was held on April 5th at the iLEAP center in Wallingford.  The event set us off to a wonderful start.  Discussion surrounded the topic of what it means to be a Global Citizen and how it relates to citizens living in Seattle.

    Please check out the article in the latest newsletter about the event.

    We are very excited for this initiative, and your collaboration and energy! Please stay tuned for upcoming events.  We hope you and your friends can join us!

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