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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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[22 Jul 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Of politics and poetry in the mourning hours

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
It is the middle of the night, my heart is bursting with rediscovery of self after struggles over nearly two years that have left me weary. And instead of yelling to the skies about human failings or duplicities or savageries or excuses, the thought comes that politics is the highest calling.
Even as I say this, I look at a painting I have of Joan of Arc, seeing her as I have not seen her these …

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[14 Jul 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Ferocious Forgiveness: the advanced course

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Is forgiveness still a useful concept? Is it relevant in a world where corporations and governments and greedy people, and even nice people, do so much deliberate and inadvertent harm that we could spend every minute of every day just in forgiving? Is more forgiveness needed or more outrage? Does premature forgiveness give consent to continue violating us?
With such a daily onslaught of direct and indirect harm, it’s easy to give in to numbness. I …

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[1 Jul 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Inside Gaza: Sobhi Bahloul’s truth

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Sobhi Bahloul is a middle-aged Gazan. He does not look like a terrorist, nor does he speak like one. There is a gentleness in his face and, if you look closely, you will see a weariness around his eyes.
He speaks softly in a proper but tentative English and will obtain his PhD in English and Hebrew later this year from Tel Aviv university. Sobhi has the nerve and determination of a man building a …

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[24 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Interviewing “the only optimist in the Middle East”

- by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Dr. Gershon Baskin says he may be the only optimist in the Middle East right now. We talked in the courtyard of the American Colony, a luxury hotel on the seam of East and West Jerusalem. Originally occupied by a pasha with a harem, in 1896 it became a utopian Christian colony of Americans and Swedes.
Now it is where people like Tony Blair stay, well-known people doing serious things. John le Carré wrote a book …