From the Editorsby
As the banner on our cover proclaims, spring 1986 is our fifteenth anniversary. In early April, we celebrated with a banquet attended by some 200 hundred readers and friends in Washington. On that occasion, MERIP also honored four individuals whose work has helped inform our own efforts. They were: the French writer and thinker Maxime Rodinson; Richard Butler, who heads the Church World Service, relief agency of the National Council of Churches, and who has consistently raised the Palestine question in church circles; Suad Al Sabah, who has worked to advance human rights and women’s rights in Kuwait and the Arab world; and Eqbal Ahmad, who has long been an articulate advocate of Middle East issues in the United States.