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News updates from Middle Eastern (mostly) sources

July 24, 2006 rally in Springfield

Emergency forum about the war in the Middle East
Panel Discussion to be followed by Q&A
July 26, 200 at Lyman Hall, First Churches, Northampton, MA

OVer 100 people participated in this critical, and at times contentious, forum on the Middle East on a sweltering night in Northampton, MA.

Hear this program, with audio MP3 downloads of each speaker. Radio stations may replay with notice and attribution to Traprock as producer, to program participants and to sponsoring groups. We apologize for the uneven sound qualtiy of the audio - the program was given in a church. While it was a fine venue for hearing it live, recording it was a challenge. Professor Sayres Rudy's talk below had the best sound quality (given the tone of his voice). This is an important set of recordings, both for the content, provided by experts on the Middle East, and as an historical record of the beginnings of discussion and debate within the grassroots peace movement on this war in the Middle East.

Audio Programs:

All audio MP3 at 64 kbps mono; © 2006 Charles Jenks

Introduction by Mike Sances: 3:35 minutes; 1.7 MB

Sayres Rudy, Amherst College: 23:15 minutes; 10.7 MB
Carolyn Oppenheim, freelance journalist: 18:20 minutes; 8.4 MB
Mary Wilson, UMass/Amherst: 20:29 minutes; 9.4 MB

Question/Comments and Answers: 41:50 minutes; 19.2 MB

Video of some audience comments: (Video uses Quicktime format - download free Quicktime player for windows or mac )

You may need to wait for video downloads (ranging from 3 to 12 MB).

James Fiorentino video
Sunny Miller video
Charles Peterson video
unidentified participant video

August 2: Rally on Middle East Ceast Fire on Amherst Common. Contact Hassan Awaisi,

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© 2006 Charles Jenks

Mike Sances, moderator, Palestine Action Coalition and the UMass Antiwar Coalition

Panelists: (see bio information in pre-event press release below)

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Sayres Rudy (Amherst College)

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Carolyn Oppenheim (Freelance journalist)

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Mary Wilson (UMass, Amherst)

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The panel was followed by an energetic and diverse question/comment and answer period.

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© 2006 Charles Jenks

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© 2006 Charles Jenks

James Fiorentino (L) video- International Socialist Organization

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See video of comments by Sunny Miller, Executive Director of Traprock Peace Center (right)
video (Video uses Quicktime format - download free Quicktime player for windows or mac )

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Charles Peterson (L) video - International Socialist Organization; unidentified (R) participant video

(Video uses Quicktime format - download free Quicktime player for windows or mac )

Coming August 2: Rally on Middle East Ceast Fire on Amherst Common. Contact Hassan Awaisi,


Pre-Event Press Release

WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS On Wednesday, July 26, 2006 Carolyn Oppenheim, Vijay Prashad, Sayres Rudy, and Mary Wilson will be speaking at the First Churches in Northampton. Organized by the Western Mass Palestine Action Coalition, the Northampton Committee to Stop the War, American Friends Service Committee and the UMass Anti-War Coalition, the event is free, accessible, and open to all.

The current crisis in the Middle East has led to the death of over 300 people in Lebanon and 34 people in Israel. And as the world's attention is focused on Lebanon and Israel, more than 100 people have been killed and more than 400 injured by Israeli forces in Gaza. The Israeli government continues destroying infrastructure in Lebanon and Gaza while Hezbullah is firing rockets into Israel. "As Israel prepares for a full-scale land offensive in Lebanon, the US administration continues to block initiatives for an immediate ceasefire, including those at the UN security council, the G8 summit in St Petersburg and the European foreign ministers' meeting in Brussels," says Mike Sances, a member of the Palestine Action Coalition and the UMass Anti-war Coalition. "It's about time we start realizing the role that our own government is playing in this whole crisis."

About the speakers:

Carolyn Oppenheim, a former reporter for both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times, has been a peace activist and freelance journalist for some 30 years. She advises and writes about Israeli/Palestinian peace movements and other conflict resolution initiatives. She founded the U.S.-based Friends of Open House, to publicize the work of a unique Jewish/Arab peace center in Ramle, Israel and has served on the boards of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Jewish Peace Fellowship.

Sayres Rudy teaches political scienceat Amherst College. A specialist on Islamism and Middle East politics, he has researched in Lebanon, the Occupied Territories, Algeria, Sudan, Jordan, and elsewhere, and lectured critically on US Foreign Policy, the Middle East, international relations, human rights, and the ethics and morality of war, occupation, and terrorism for a decade. He also served as the Director of Political and Economic Programs at the Middle East Institute (Washington, DC).

Mary C. Wilson is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of "King Abdullah, Britain, and the Making of Jordan" (Cambridge University Press, 1987 and 1993, translated into Arabic Cadmus Press, 2000) and co-editor, with Albert Hourani and Philip Khoury of "The Middle East" (Taurus Press 1993 and 2004, translated into Arabic Dar sl-Tlas, 1996). Presently she is writing a general history of Syria for Cambridge University Press. She spent academic year 2005-2006 at the American University of Beirut as a Visiting Professor.

Mike Sances, moderator, is an activist with the Palestine Action Coalition and the UMass Antiwar Coalition


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