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[27 Jan 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Proudly Presenting <em>Connection Point</em>/نقطة تواصل

by Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief

“We are under siege by Muslim terrorists,” says Peter King, a Republican Congressman from NY who just became chair of the US House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee. King’s plan to hold Congressional hearings in late February on the “radicalization of Islam” is alarming American Muslims and many others.
The same day this story appeared in The Washington Post and Politico, 35 people were killed and 180 wounded in a bomb attack in Moscow. Muslim Chechens are being blamed, though so far without evidence. And in …

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[17 Aug 2010 | 4 Comments | ]
This Pitiless Water: Worst Floods in Pakistan’s History

Rubina Feroze Bhatti
Pakistan
“Heavy flood swept away dozens of mud houses, schools and Basic Health Units. Heavy rains have washed away shops and many people are stranded with no access to food, clean drinking water, and other supplies.”
The worst floods in Pakistan’s history have affected 12 million people, as reported by the government’s Disaster Management Agency. My organization, Taangh Wasaib Organization, has started relief work in flood-affected areas in District Sargodha and neighboring districts. We are in fear of more devastation because of continuous heavy monsoon. This flood …

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[10 Aug 2010 | No Comment | ]
<em>In Women’s Hands</em>: Women, Memory, and Truth

- Vanessa Ortiz
USA/Bosnia and Herzogovina

This essay, posted on August 9, 2010, is the last in a series of reports by Peace X Peace Community Member Vanessa Ortiz on her journey to Bosnia to capture the stories of strong, resilient women who form the backbone of a movement for truth, justice, and resistance. The original postings can be found on Vanessa’s blog, In Women’s Hands.
For centuries, women have been a driving force for social justice and political change, but their stories have often gone undocumented and remain untold. In Women’s Hands aims …

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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 …