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Women and men express their viewpoints and share their perspectives in a weekly column. These columns form the groundwork for a discourse across cultural and religious boundaries.

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[4 Mar 2013 | One Comment | ]
My Role in the Syrian Revolution

Dr. Rufaida Al Habash
Hama, Syria
“I am looking for a job, for a house, for freedom in my home, Syria.”
Married at the age of 18, I moved from Damascus to Hama in 1976. Religious freedom was in the city of Hama on its height, which encouraged me to start my work in my house, and actually began educating girls and interpreting Quran for them. Because of the bloody massacre and incidents of deadly violence that occurred in Hama in 1982, all religious activities stopped in mosques, all the lessons, and I …

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[26 Feb 2013 | Comments Off | ]
God and the Girl

Dima Saleh
Ramallah, Palestine
“When she awoke from her dreams in the morning she struggled with her fear of punishment by God, for breaking the rules and imagining him.”
She has known him since first grade. On the first day of school, she asked two of her classmates if she could play with them. To her surprise they asked her, “Are you Muslim or Christian?”
The question was as difficult for her as comprehending political jargon would be to a non- politician. She wondered to herself, “Muslim or Christian? Christian or Muslim? What do …

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[25 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Beyond Words: A Migrant Worker Takes a Stand

Roula Seghaier, Peace X Peace guest contributor, interviewed Rahel Zegeye, one of many migrant domestic workers in Lebanon. Zegeye, who left home country Ethiopia 13 years ago to financially support her family, transformed into a local leading figure in the fight against discrimination. For seven years, Zegeye used her nights to write a movie script, and her Sundays to direct it. Zegeye used her amateur skills and the help of her friends to finally film “Beirut” and show it to the public last year. She later worked on a play …

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[19 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]
Think Twice – For the Sake of Our Children

Shelley Hermon
-an interview by Mary Liepold
Shelley Hermon is the director and producer of Within the Eye of the Storm, a 2012 documentary about the remarkable friendship between Palestinian Bassam Aramin and Israeli Rami Elhanan, each of whom lost a daughter to the conflict. Peace X Peace published Shelley’s account of the film’s making in October and is hosting a series of screenings in the Washington, DC area from Feb. 21 – Feb. 26.
Shelley, for this interview I’d like to focus on you as a person. Who are you? How would …