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[13 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]
We Invite You All to Be Involved as Peacemakers

Michel Ngoy Mulunda
Congo – DRC
“We friendly invite you all to be involved in the DRC situation as peacemakers through your prayers, actions, and assistance. It is too much to see so many people be killed for nothing.”
Since we won independence from Belgium in 1960, the DRC, a nation of nearly 66 million that covers an area as large as Western Europe, has expressed a clear and achievable plan for human rights in political manifestos that address intolerance, discrimination, and the fight against impunity. But we still have very serious concerns, …

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[12 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

Comment by Mary Liston Liepold
In the news this week: man-made disasters and women joining forces to make the world new. Though violence rages in many places, today’s reports focus on eastern Congo, where already unbearable conditions have become unimaginable. The international community is understandably concerned that the DRC’s neighbors will be drawn in if the conflict continues. The conventional thinking calls for still more troops—though the Congo already has the world’s largest UN peacekeeping force.
And from the sidelines comes the voice of Barnard political scientist Séverine Autesserre (quoted, to …

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[5 Nov 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee
It’s finally here—the day after the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, 2008. The world has been watching the buildup to this election day, and now we can finally say that Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States.
This longest, and most expensive, presidential campaign ever had stakeholders all over the globe. Newsweek and the BBC called it the World’s Election. Al Jazeera developed one of their signature photo montages with a dramatic soundtrack to provide its viewers with regular updates. …

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