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Reading Rumi Together  Dr. Amir Akrami, a Professor in Tehran, Iran, and Rumi scholar above left, 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.

A Maronite-Mennonite Dialogue in Lebanon:

The Personal is Political 


Dr. Rouba El-Helou and 

Dr. Eugene Sensenig

talk about how they base

their teaching, research,

social activism and

marriage on shared

Christian values.  They

both live in Byblos,

Lebanon, and teach

political science at Notre

Dame University north

of Beirut.  

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).

Christian-Muslim Relations in Syria

and the Effect of Sanctions

Click below: The Rev. Dr. Andrew W. H. Ashdown discusses his new book "Christian-Muslim Relations in Syria" and describes the effect that 10 years of war and inhumane U.S. sanctions are having on the people of Syria.  Dr. Ashdown is an Anglican priest who has lectured at Winchester University and now works for an international charity.  He has travelled extensively in Syria during the war which has taken some half a million lives, driven half of the population from their homes, and left millions more hungry. Harsh sanctions, imposed by the West but barely covered in our Western media, are further punishing the people of Syria by preventing the delivery of urgently needed medical supplies.  

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

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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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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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