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Sending COVID Aid to Iran

U.S. sanctions have made it difficult for the people of Iran to receive the COVID preventative supplies and vaccines that they urgently need.  Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane and long-time peace activist Doug Hostetter  discuss  their work delivering vaccines to Iran.  Click below.

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Iran and the U.S. make beautiful music and poetry together in this unique combination of the poems of Rumi read by Americans and the music of Handel played by musicians in Iran. Click right then click again bottom right to expand.  6 minutes. Presented at the Second International Conference on Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Tehran on November 23, 2020.

Common Humanity Director Mel Lehman spoke during one of his visits

inside the historic Umayyad Mosque in Old Damascus (click above).

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Middle East Peace Blog

Understanding and Responding to Anger in the Middle East

The anger we're seeing on the streets of the Middle East didn't just happen overnight; there are decades of grievances, including harsh economic sanctions which the U.S. imposed on Iraq from 1996 to 2003 which kept this child from receiving the food and medicine he needed in Baghdad in 1998.  More.

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End the Sanctions, Lift the Embargo

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I Feel: Healing By Painting Refugee Art Together

A visit to a unique museum in Germany where German artists complete paintings begun by refugees.  The program called "I Feel" helps refugees to overcome their anxieties and reshape their present and future by working with local artists to complete a painting together.  Can you tell which is which?  Click above.


Healing the Wounds of War in Laos


Titus Peachey and Linda Gehman Peachey describe their peacemaking work in Laos in the aftermath of the Vietnam War and recount the little-known story of U.S. military strikes on the Laotian people. 


Reading Rumi Together  Dr. Amir Akrami, a Professor in Tehran, Iran, and Rumi scholar and his long-time friend, Ed Martin, who led Mennonite peacemaking efforts for many years with Iran, discuss the poetry of the beloved Persian poet Rumi.  Click below.


Click here other previous programs including "A Mennonite-Maronite Dialogue in Lebanon," "The Many Faces of Love in Palestinian Poetry," as well as programs on Iran, Vietnam, and Iraqi and Syrian art.

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Common Humanity Director Mel Lehman discusses this Iraqi art and how he "discovered" it. Click here

Travel with us to Syria and learn how Common Humanity took 893 Christmas and New Year's cards from Americans to Damascus and Aleppo and brought back cards in return in 2018.

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