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News :: International
George Galloway's Boston Speech
17 Sep 2005
George Galloway started his national tour at Boston's historic Faneuil Hall on September 13, 2005. Listen to and download his speech.
Annie Zirin, convener of the Northampton Branch of the International Socialist Organization, introduced George Galloway and the four speaker who preceded him.

Speaking first was Eriko Nagai, a student with Northeastern Univeristy Campus Antiwar Network chapter. She was followed by Boston City Councilor Chuck Turner, Brown University Professor of English Literature William Keach, and Prof. Naseer Aruri of the National Council of Arab Americans.

Here are a few quotes from his speech:

“We who live in the United States or Britain, only have to answer one question, do we stand with the occupier, or with those who are resisting colonial occupation.”

“The swamp of hatred that our policies have created in the Muslim world nourish the mutation of hatred that believes killing innocent people in New York or London is somehow a blow against those responsible in our countries for those policies. All we have done be invading and occupying Iraq is increase the number of people who hate us and the intensity with which they hate us.”

“The US and Britain’s unquestioning support for the State of Israel is the flaw that lies at the heart of the West’s attitude toward the Muslim world.”

Hear and download George Galloway's speech (non-commercial use only). Radio airplay is encouraged.

Download higher bandwidth version mp3 for radio and broadband:

mp3 - 48 kbps mono - 13 mg (37:36 minutes)

Download lower bandwidth version for dialup connections

mp3 - 16 kbps mono - 4.4 mb (37.36 minutes)

All U.S. events are sponsored by: The New Press, The Center for Economic Research and Social Change, International Socialist Review, and the National Council of Arab Americans.

Traprock Peace Center co-sponsored the Boston event. Also participating were speakers from the International Socialist Organization and the Campus Antiwar Network.

Traprock and the national sponsors wish to thank Jeff Manzelli. He recorded and edited the audio as our web editor was unavailable. His websites are and

We were in a pinch to find an audiographer for that night, and coming to our aid was Stan Robinson, the radio host with the WZBC News Team, the radio station at Boston College. We also had help from two people affiliated with the North Bridge Chapter of The Alliance for Democracy.

See for links to sponsoring and participating organizations.
See the National Tour Blog at
and learn more about George Galloway and the tour; find links for listening to his Sept. 14 debate with Christopher Hitchens and order tickets at

For those of you who wish to download the mp3 directly (and miss all the great photos and links) here is the mp3 file:
See also:

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Re: George Galloway's Boston Speech
17 Sep 2005
I was underwhelmed by this event. Fanueil Hall should have been full - and I think its safe to say that every single person there was an antiwar activist. Galloway's speech was trite and predictable. Plus, the f*ing Trotskyists in the back clapped and hollered every three sentences! The only thing more annoying was their comically juvenille hissing after every reference to anything non-Iraqi. But I suppose we should be used to this by now.

Just venting.
Re: George Galloway's Boston Speech
17 Sep 2005
we of the alledged united states are the occupied. we no longer have the right to a fair trial,or legal representation, if you can not afford an attorney you will not have one.police brutality has become the normal daily existance. no reasonable search, no warrents needed, corporations are protected from lawsuits by law, no freedom of speach, religion, or anything once covered by the constitution. heil bush.
Re: George Galloway's Boston Speech
20 Sep 2005
Too bad Hitchens wasn't there. He gave Galloway a thorough thrashing in NYC.
Re: George Galloway's Boston Speech
22 Sep 2005
what in the bizarro universe debate?
Re: bummer is clearly bummed
23 Sep 2005
Galloway was so inspiring at Fanueil Hall! I saw the debate with hitchens and 'bummer' must be from another planet to think that hitchens won that debate.