Communication Gap Via Radio Dialogue
March 17, 2003
Download MP3 Files:
1. Iraqi student Intro & Poetry (5.38 MB)
2. Iraqi Student Reflections 1 (6.24 MB)
3. Iraqi Student Reflections 2 (4.92 MB)
4. Iraqi Student Issues 1 (4.07 MB)
5. Iraqi Student Issues 2 (6.26 MB)
6. Iraqi Student Issues 3 (4.69 MB)
7. Iraqi Students Songs & Goodbye (3.82 MB)
Download ZIP Files:
1. Student Dialogue 1 (18.9 MB)
2. Student Dialogue 2 (13.9 MB)
SANTA BARBARA, CA In a conversation lasting nearly
two hours, students at UC Santa Barbara, CA and students in Baghdad
reached out to promote communication between civilians of the
two countries, exchanging questions and concerns about the international
crisis in Iraq. It was a spirited and sometimes demanding dialogue
as students expressed their desires to hear one another at this
critical time when international channels are shutting down.
After a brief period of introductions and information
about their daily lives, the participants quickly engaged more
difficult issues such as weapons of mass destruction, the liberation
of Iraqis and the human costs of war. The conversation ended on
a positive note, with students sharing personal mottos, poetry
and jokes. Not surprisingly, after hearing such passionate individual
voices from each side, students were reluctant to bring the exchange
to a close and had a hard time hanging up.
The recorded dialogue will be available at www.wagingpeace.org
on Monday, March 17th and will be broadcast on KCSB-FM 91.9 from
8:00-10:00 AM, PST on Monday, March 17th and Wednesday, March
19th. For rebroadcasts on non-commercial radio stations, contact
Keith Rozendal at email@example.com or (805) 893-2426.
JOSH HOFFMAN, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoffman, 24, a grad student in Middle Eastern History, is active
in campus groups dedicated to raising awareness about the United
States' role in Middle Eastern affairs. "One critical aspect
of this dialogue is that they put a human face on Iraqis. Contrary
to the Bush administration rhetoric, a military invasion of Iraq
won't just get Saddam but will kill thousands of people, just
like the ones we spoke with today."
MICHELLE ZIMNEY, email@example.com
Zimney, 34, a volunteer at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, is
a graduate student at UC Santa Barbara studying Islam and political
movements in the Middle East. Zimney said today: "I was struck
by how clearly and forcefully our counterparts communicated their
frustrations and fears about the imminent war. For us, it was
refreshing to hear the humanity of Iraqi voices. For them, it
was a matter of life and death, not sure if they'd live to have
another chance to communicate with us."
SENITA SLIPAC, firstname.lastname@example.org
Slipac, 21, is a Global Studies senior at UC Santa Barbara and
is currently an intern at the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. Slipac
pointed out today: "There are great things happening in the
United States to resist this unjustifiable war. There are educated,
concerned and active people in the U.S. who are praying for the
Iraqis and that this war can be averted."
LERON KATTAN, email@example.com
Kattan is a 23-year-old student at UC Santa Barbara majoring in
English. "I am dedicated to working to abolish war. I see
these types of discussions as the solution to international differences
that can bring about a world without war."
LIZETTE GOMEZ, firstname.lastname@example.org
Gomez, 19, is a second year student at UC Santa Barbara pursuing
a career in law, hoping to work for a Muslim non-profit organization
focusing on educating Muslims about their rights. As president
of the Muslim Student Association, Gomez actively participates
in groups like H.O.L.A. (Honor y Orgullo en Latino America) and
SAFME (Student Action Forum on the Middle East). About the dialogue
she said, "I heard the terror in the voices of the Iraqi
students. How can the American people not hear it in mine?"
LEAH C. WELLS, email@example.com
Wells, 26, serves as the Peace Education Coordinator for the Nuclear
Age Peace Foundation. Recently returned from her third trip to
Iraq, Leah remarked about today's dialogue: "Our governments
are not talking, so it is up to the students to bridge the cross-cultural
gap through dialogue and goodwill."
SHAWN TALLANT, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tallant, 22, an activist, writer and peace educator, seeks to
harmonize U.S. and international interests through cultural exchanges
and strengthening personal relationships globally. He said, "Hearing
the voices and opinions of individuals helps me sympathize with
their situation. If more Americans had friends in Iraq, we would
realize the consequences of sanctions and war. Nobody wants to
kill civilians, especially if they're like our friends and family.
Behind the casualties are faces and real stories."
NICO PITNEY, email@example.com
Pitney, 21, a fourth-year philosophy major at UC Santa Barbara,
is an active member of the Student Coalition for Peace and the
Student Action Forum on the Middle East (SAFME). "I can't
imagine the shame that I'll feel if the bombs begin dropping in
Iraq," he said. "I wonder whether the students whose
voices I heard and laughed with will be silenced in my name."
All participants may be reached at (805) 965-3443.