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[1 Apr 2013 | No Comment | ]
Unarmed Civilian Peacekeeping and Conflict Intervention

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Tiffany Easthom, Country Director at Nonviolent Peaceforce, about strategies and challenges in peacekeeping work. Her answers are below.
Can you share with us a little about your personal background, and what encouraged or inspired you to work in peacekeeping?
I was a “social justice” kid – I always had some cause or another that I was engaged in from a very young age, so arriving into an adult career doing this kind of work has been a natural path.  My undergraduate degree is in Justice and …

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[28 Mar 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
Alyssa Marie: A Rapper Who Can Rip a Mic

Connection Point Director Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Lebanese-American Alyssa Marie about her work and perspective as a female rapper in the world of hip hop. Her answers are below.

What inspired you to join the world of hip hop?

I’ve been drawn to the freedom of writing since I was a kid, whether it be poetry, stories, or song lyrics. Coincidentally, I loved music equally as much but didn’t have the voice to be a singer (though I often sing on record anyways.) These two things kind of just merged together over the years …

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[27 Mar 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Arab American Woman Works to Make Peace

Karin Kemp
United States
“What [the attacks] confirmed to me was that as a member of any immigrant community, you can not live on the periphery of society. People cannot speak on your behalf or defend you if they do not know you,” she said.
In 2012, when insurgents were unleashing a string of attacks across Iraq, who would have dared take on the task of bringing warring religious factions together in face-to-face talks?
That would be Alma Abdul-Hadi Jadallah, an immigrant to the U.S. from the Middle East and founder of Kommon Denominator, a …

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