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Peace activist to speak about UN sanctions against Iraq

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jim Douglass, an activist for peace and nonviolence who has won national and international peace awards, will address the topic "UN Sanctions Against Iraq: Should They Be Lifted?" at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 10. The program begins at noon at Fellowship Hall in the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. Dec. 10 has been designated by the United Nations as Human Rights Day.

Douglass will argue that the economic sanctions are not punishing Saddam Hussein as intended, but rather are leading to inhumane living conditions for the impoverished Iraqi citizens.

Douglass, along with his wife, Shelley, was selected to receive the 1997 Pacem in Terris Award from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Davenport. Previous recipients of that award have included Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Douglasses have also received the Martin Luther King Award from the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Paul Beason Peace Award from the Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Pope Paul VI Teacher of Peace Award from Pax Chirsti USA.

Reservations are $6.50 for ICFRC members and $8 for non-members and guests and must be received in the ICFRC office, 120 International Center, by Monday, Dec. 8. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by telephone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Thursday, Dec. 11, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the Associate Provost and Dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.