Politics

#1120 One-woman dynamo fights for women in conflict zones

Shannon Galpin

Amnesty International calls Afghanistan “one of the worst places to be a woman”. The statistics are appalling. Among them: 87% of women in Afghanistan experience domestic violence The average Afghan woman won’t live to see her 50th birthday Only 16…

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#1108 Jews and Arabs plant love in place of hatred

Collage made by Arab and Israeli youth

Part of the collage of their days, created by Arab and israeli youth; photo clip from top video below

Only someone who’s been hiding under a rock is unaware of the tragedy unfolding between Israel and Hamas. Whatever our judgments of both sides, those of us not living in the region have the luxury of safety while we express our opinions. For young people in the path of conflict, the cause of peace is no abstraction. It is a necessity.

In 2013 the Peres Center for Peace collaborated with Google and the ORT Education Network to bring Arab and Israeli youth together via Googe+ Hangouts. The video collage they created of their daily life does not need translation to make its point: teenagers’ lives across their two cultures is more alike than different.

Even better than the video itself was what preceded it. Youth from Arab and Israeli high schools got to know each other through a series of Google+ Hangouts. They used Google Maps to plan a tour together, of archaeological sites sacred to both.

As Wasim Jaas of Ort Hilmi Shafie School says in the video below:

There are Arabs who hate Jews without even meeting or getting to know them, and now they found out that we have a lot in common. To be honest, I felt the same. After participating in the project I learned that we can cast off the hatred and plant love in its place.

Hanging onto hatred is always harder when we get to know the ordinary, beautiful, flawed people behind the label of “enemy”. As these young people become tomorrow’s leaders, they will carry the seeds of peace planted by this project.

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#978 Chris Hedges, warrior of hope

Chris Hedges

For any who fear hope is a wimp, that it is the white flag of surrender raised above the messy fray of real life, let me present Chris Hedges, warrior of hope. Born in 1956, Chris Hedges is a journalist…

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#961 Winds of hope blow through Tunisia

Tunisian flag

The debate was heated. Two secular politicians were assassinated. And many worry that certain provisions are open to differing interpretations, but Tunisia’s new constitution is garnering praise from around the globe. Among the rights guaranteed by the new document: Gender…

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