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Postre: Slavery Today (Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich, US; ex-Iran) (John Eipper, USA, 07/16/10 4:24 am)
Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich responds to JE's comments to her post of 14 July:
I thank JE for confirming that there is slavery present in the US and elsewhere, and that his own college is active in the movement to eliminate such. However, how accurate is JE's statement when he claims that the difference between the US and Sudan for example, is the fact that the US/Adrian College is taking corrective steps?
Do these steps include either providing or looking the other way as Sudan is provided with arms? "Due to the continuing legacies of its Cold War policies toward Africa, the US bears some responsibility for the cycles of violence and economic problems plaguing the continent. Throughout the Cold War (1950-1989), the US delivered over $1.5 billion worth of weaponry to Africa. Many of the top US arms clients--Liberia, Somalia, the Sudan, and Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo or DRC)--have turned out to be the top basket cases of the 1990s in terms of violence, instability, and economic collapse."
In June 2010, a ship with over 250 tons of explosives and at least a dozen Leopard tanks was cleared to leave for Sudan from Cyprus.
Britain has sent more than 180 tons of weapons to Sudan in a three year period
--not to forget the major arms exporter to the region, China. The US has not sanctioned any of these countries for these arms sales.
Is anyone in Sudan doing anything about slavery, etc., since JE seems to imply they are not? I think it would be better to ask the people on the ground in Sudan. I am confident that Sudanese have not heard of Adrian College's commendable efforts--in all likelihood, we have not heard of the efforts made in Sudan to combat slavery, trafficking, etc.
JE comments: We're just one small college, but the "Not for Sale" movement (headquartered in Half Moon Bay, California) is doing all it can. The anti-Apartheid campaign on college campuses in the 1980s was considered quixotic as well, but it played no small role in bringing down that oppressive system.