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Seattle Area Holds Peace Day Event With UN Speaker

Posted by Ryan Hall
09.23.16

By Bert Sacks, Gerri Haynes and Rev. Sharon Moe 

seattlewa-un-speaker-cnv-2016-1On Sept. 21, organizers held an event sponsored by the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility in Seattle, WA for a talk by Hans von Sponeck, former UN Assistant Secretary General

The former United Nations Assistant Secretary General Hans von Sponeck spoke at the First United Methodist Church in Seattle on “Western Unilateralism, US Exceptionalism, De-Westernization and the Global Order.”  (Mr. von Sponeck served in Iraq for 18 months as the UN Humanitarian Coordinator during the economic sanctions period.  He resigned his position — after 32 years with the UN — in order to protest what the sanctions regime was doing to the Iraqi people.)  His book is titled “A Different Kind of War” — making the point that great violence can be done by economic means, not only military ones.  He spoke of the violence of global poverty as a consequence of economic inequality in the world.

A video of his talk was recorded by Mike McCormick and is available to watch below.   He emphasized the point that it was the United States which had a significant part in creating the UN, but spoke of the unfairness of the UN’s economic agencies towards the poorer nations. His hour-long talk was followed by 30 minutes of enthusiastic questions and answers from the audience.

Photo Credit: Mike McCormick and Laura Skelton

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