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[26 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
Women Leaders: Ask Questions, Don't Be Afraid to Fail

Moza Saeed Al Otaiba
UAE
Moza Al Otaiba is an entrepreneur and social activist – the co-founder of M2 Artistic Productions; CEO and Founding Partner of Almenara Middle East, Social and Economic Studies; and CEO/Founder of the Al Otaiba Inmaa Group. She is one of the very few Arab Muslim women who have entered the world of entertainment media on the business side. CEO Kim Weichel and Board President Gail Montplaisir interviewed her together on June 23.
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First, what is the UAE doing to foster women’s leadership and participation?
In 2005 the Emirates appointed …

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[19 Jun 2013 | 5 Comments | ]
My Father Is an Afghan Man

Alaha Ahrar
Afghanistan 
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‘I always try to inform as many people as I can about the generosity, courage, and magnificence of Afghan men.”
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Many Americans celebrate Fathers Day this week.  As I think of such an amazing day, I start remembering all the kindness, love, and support that my father has given to all of his children during the very tough situation in Afghanistan to this day.
I always try to inform as many people as I can about the generosity, courage, and magnificence of Afghan men.  Most people all over …

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[15 Apr 2013 | One Comment | ]
Life, Conception, and Choice: what I believe

Patricia Smith Melton
Peace X Peace Founder 
“The end of legal abortion does not end abortions, it brings a return of prejudice, physical danger, hardship, and psychological scarring from being treated as unworthy and being denied legal safe medical care.”
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Of course there’s life at conception. There’s life before conception. The body is alive, a woman’s body is alive. Plants are alive. Toes are alive. Microbes are alive. We live in a world that is alive. I could even, and often have over the past decades, made the case that rocks are alive. …

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[12 Apr 2013 | 2 Comments | ]
Every Friday in Jerusalem

Every Friday in Jerusalem
By Nora Lester Murad
 
On Fridays,
I feel rested
you feel anxious
I make pancakes
you cut onions
I fold laundry
You tie kafiyehs
I read email
You read danger
I buy fish
You buy time
I contemplate you
you contemplate them
Then,
tear gas stings
shots ring
I cringe
you bleed
I write
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Nora Lester Murad, PhD, writes fiction and commentary from Jerusalem, Palestine. Her blog, “The View from My Window in Palestine” addresses issues of international development and life under military occupation She is a life-long social justice activist and a founder of Dalia Association, Palestine’s first community foundation. She tweets from @NoraInPalestine.
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