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[20 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]
Goni, Rita, and Ines: Three Voices of Change

Afifa Ltifi, Connection Point Intern
Tunisia
“In a world scattered and torn with conflict and war, the voices of Goni, Rita and Ines illuminated my vision and gave me a fresh spring breath of motivation and optimism.”
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The 5th United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) Global Forum, held Feb. 26-28 in Vienna, Austria, focused on responsible leadership in diversity and dialogue. With a motto of Many Cultures, One Humanity, a total of 150 participants representing 92 countries attended the UNAOC event — half of them women.
While attending the UNAOC Global Forum, I had the opportunity to …

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[18 Mar 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Mothering in the “Ramallah Bubble”

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
“Should I protect my children from the horrors of occupation if I can? Or should I show them the truth even if it hurts?”
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Palestinians know what “Ramallah Bubble” refers to, even if they’ve not heard the term. The city of Ramallah is palpably different from the rest of Palestine. It’s the lifestyle, the mindset, the money, and, above all else, the irking feeling that it might suddenly burst.
Inside Ramallah, Israeli incursions are relatively infrequent and movement is unencumbered. Palestinian police stand on nearly every corner in the …

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[5 Mar 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Women, Culture, and Identity in Qatar – Part 2

Michele La Morte-Shbat interviewed Sherifa Hammam, a 22-year-old Qatari woman and law student attending Swansea University (in Wales) about life in Qatar, a tiny Arab Gulf country (the size of Connecticut), with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.  Qatar is rich in natural gas and Western-friendly, with campuses affiliated with six prominent American universities (including Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Weill Cornell, and Northwestern, among others) that cater to young Qataris and others in the Gulf region. 
This interview centers primarily on the effects of Western culture on this …

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[5 Mar 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Women, Culture, and Identity in Qatar – Part 1

Michele La Morte-Shbat interviewed Sherifa Hammam, a 22-year-old Qatari woman and law student attending Swansea University (in Wales) about life in Qatar, a tiny Arab Gulf country (the size of Connecticut), with one of the highest per capita incomes in the world.  Qatar is rich in natural gas and Western-friendly, with campuses affiliated with six prominent American universities (including Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Weill Cornell, and Northwestern, among others) that cater to young Qataris and others in the Gulf region.

This interview centers primarily on the effects of Western culture on this …