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#1127 We all have a right to peace; someone must begin

By Cathryn Wellner / September 21, 2014

Today is the International Day of Peace (often called World Peace Day). Around the world vigils, prayers and parties are bringing people together to imagine a world in harmony. As I write, it is already peace day in Australia. It will move around the world with the sun, carrying with it the dreams of people […]

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

By Cathryn Wellner / September 14, 2014

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 per cent of peace agreements in the last two decades have contained a reference to […]

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#1115 They killed his daughters, but he refused to hate

By Cathryn Wellner / September 9, 2014

Born and raised in Jabalaia Refugee Camp in the Gaza Strip, Izzeldin Abuelaish was determined to become a doctor. His parents had lost their land to Israelis in 1948. Life in the camps was rough. After absorbing everything he could in refugee camp schools, Abuelaish was awarded scholarships for medical studies in Cairo and London. […]

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#1108 Jews and Arabs plant love in place of hatred

By Cathryn Wellner / September 2, 2014

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 […]

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#1077 Jews and Arabs are refusing to be enemies

By Cathryn Wellner / August 2, 2014

How would the Arab-Israeli conflict change if Jews and Arabs just refused to be enemies? A Facebook page is trying to find out. That peace is elusive is no surprise, given the history of the region and the militancy on both sides. And no one is naive enough to expect a Facebook page and some […]

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#1073 Low-caste women farm their way to respect and independence

By Cathryn Wellner / July 29, 2014

When two Dalit sisters were raped, strangled and hung from a tree, they became statistics in the ongoing war on women in India. Dalit women are at the bottom of the social barrel, oppressed because of their caste and gender. Subjected to the triple horrors of discrimination, poverty and sexual predation, they are generally ignored […]

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#1069 Conservative South Carolina town stands up to homophobia

By Cathryn Wellner / July 25, 2014

For 20 years Crystal Moore served on the police force of tiny Latta, South Carolina, gradually working her way up through the ranks. Then in 2012 she made history. Police Chief Bobby Powers had announced he was retiring on March 1st and recommended Moore be appointed in his place. Mayor Nancy Brigman agreed, and Moore […]

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#999 She made a huge mistake and has the courage to apologize

By Cathryn Wellner / April 11, 2014

If you had been the architect of sweeping reforms to a nation’s entire educational system and then realized you were oh, so wrong, would you have the guts to admit it? That is what Dr. Diane Ravitch is doing. Ravitch master-minded No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the Bush-era program that has plunged American education into […]

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