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GLN's Andy Thayer to Speak at Emergency Anti-War Forum

7 PM, Wednesday, August 9
DePaul University's downtown campus
25 E. Jackson Blvd., Room 241

After over 1000 deaths in Lebanon alone, most of them civilians, directly addressing the Palestine/Israel conflict is a must for all peace activists. Thousands more have been injured, and fully a quarter of the Lebanese population has been displaced. At the start of the bombardment, Israeli Army Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz said that his country would "turn back the clock in Lebanon by 20 years." He's kept his word.

Unreported in most Western media is the greatly heightened suffering in Gaza and the West Bank, which had virtually all revenue shut off when Israel refused to turn over taxes it collects on behalf of the Palestine Authority to the newly-elected, Hamas-led government. After Israeli bombing, most of Gaza, one of the poorest and most densely populated places on earth, has been without electricity for about a month.

Rather than joining in calls for an immediate ceasefire, let alone withdrawal, the United States has sped up arms shipments to Israel, which already boasts one of the most powerful militaries in the world.

Joining Andy on the panel will be Dr. Ghada Talhami, professor in the Department of Politics at Lake Forest College; Dr. Raja Halwani, Professor of Philosophy at The School of the Art Institute and a Lebanese-American; and Saman Sepehri, an Iranian American and member of the International Socialist Organization.

The forum, entitled "Two Fronts, One War Israeli Violence in Lebanon & Palestine," is sponsored by the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, of which GLN is a member. For info go to www.CCAWR.org or email CCAWR@aol.com


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