UNA official to speak at The Canticle - Mar. 18th Print
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Friday, 08 March 2013 14:53

PUBLIC MEETING TO FEATURE OPEN FORUM

Iran, Syria and the UN: How can we ignore the humanitarian crisis?

Yashar Vasef, executive director of the Iowa United Nations Association (UNA), will address the links between understanding the role of the United Nations (UN), the relationship between the U.S. and Iran and how the current humanitarian crisis in Syria fits into the picture of Middle East tensions.

Vasef, a native of Iran, who along with family fled the country in the midst of the Iran-Iraq War of the 1980’s, will speak at a free, public forum at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of. Francis, 841-13th Ave. No., Clinton, on Monday, March 18, beginning at 6:30 pm.  The meeting is co-sponsored by the Clinton Branch, American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking.  The Clinton Franciscans have served on the Iowa UNA Board for nearly 20 years.

Incorporating his personal history and his experience working for UNA, Vasef will analyze the current situation, examining how the U.S. is utilizing the UN against Iran and vice versa and presenting an overview of the role the UN plays in the process of alleviating tensions between the two nations.

For more information on the public forum, visit www.ClintonFranciscans.com or call Sisters of St. Francis, 563-242-7611.

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