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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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[11 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Will an Arab Spring Bloom in Palestine?

By Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
This report is the first of a series to bring you the voices of Palestinians and Israelis during this time of dynamic confrontation. Hope and despair have taken turns in the Middle East through the Oslo Accords of 1993, two intifadas, the building of the separation wall, a blockade, the killing of more than 1300 Gazans in January 2009, and a financial upturn in Ramallah in the West Bank.
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[14 Jun 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Of Bullies and Angels

By Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women

For the past weeks I, like most of us, have been watching what is happening in our world and looking for patterns.  What are the large energies colliding against each other?  Does history pivot more on the psychology of a powerful few or on the actions of many?  How do the microcosm and macrocosm of human life parallel each other?

The following suddenly came forth as a surprise — a personal perspective …

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[5 Apr 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Zakia Habibi Wants to Know: “What Are You Waiting For?”

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
On August 3, 2008, Zakia Habibi’s husband, Abdullah Taraki, was assassinated in their home in Kabul. He was the Public Properties Director in the Ministry of Finance responsible for management of government properties.
With her own safety threatened, Zakia fled with her three children to Islamabad, Pakistan. From there, she struggled to obtain political asylum in Canada.  Since November 2010, she has been in Vancouver.  The Canadian government provides her a small stipend plus a year of intensive …

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[10 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
The View from Bali

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Reporting in from where the gods look ferocious but protect, cleanse, and renew people.
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“Bali Hai will call you.” How strong is this icon in the Western mind — this place like Oz where troubles “melt like lemon drops” and are left far behind you?  Of course, it is not like that.  No place on the planet may still be like that, or maybe ever was like that, for humans — but here one can step out …