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Be the Change: Person X Person is insightful personal commentary by Peace X Peace Founder Patricia Smith Melton on women, world problems, and problem solutions.

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[13 Feb 2012 | 5 Comments | ]
A Decade Later: <em>We have the means so why don’t we have peace?</em>

Patricia Smith
Peace X Peace Founder
“Where is common financial sense in terms of the dollars — not counting human loved ones — required to build peace as compared with the hundred-fold dollars spent on destruction through war?”
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In 2002 when I founded Peace X Peace, we were the first social network connecting women around the world. The term “online social network” didn’t even exist. Cascading connection was a gleam in the eyes of six women gathered at my home in January 2002 to answer the question “What is peace, and how can …

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[19 Dec 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Who’s a terrorist, Newt?

By Patricia Smith
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
“I am almost daily stunned by the gap between what is in our media and, thus, in some of our attitudes, and the truth.”
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Newt Gingrich is a phenomenon that baffles and stuns me.  I was willing to let it slide and trust the American people to see and reject his hypocrisy, financial and ethical wrongdoing, megalomania, and opportunistic deception.  Last week, however, he overstepped my patience when he referred to Palestinians as an “invented people” …

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[7 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]
Your Inner Warrior: The friend at your side

By Patricia Smith
This is the first of two commentaries by Patricia adapted from her address at the 2011 Peacemakers Luncheon in Dallas on International Peace Day, September 21. Click here to view a video clip made after her speech.
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Author’s  note: I refer to the Inner Warrior as a “she.” If that doesn’t work for you, toss it around until you find the gender preference of your Inner Warrior.  She, he, it will tell you if you listen.
Is your Inner Warrior a leather-clad Xena slaying warlords or a Buffy staking …

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[17 Oct 2011 | No Comment | ]
Tent Cities in Israel: A Report from Tel Aviv

By Patricia Smith
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
“The explosion of emotions from the public shook the government… I believe nothing will be the same from now on. In this sense, the protest is and will be successful.”

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An Interview with Nira Lamay Rachlevsky
Nira Lamay Rachlevsky lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and young son.  She is a lawyer in the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body, for three committees — Science and Technology, Rights of Children, and Immigration and Absorption.  She …