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[2 Aug 2011 | No Comment | ]
<em>Generation Peace</em>: An Invitation to Global Education

Welcome August, the hottest month of the year! Despite growing up in Texas where the heat is in the triple digits about now, August was always my favorite month. August is when the stores begin to fill with back-to-school gear and most kids beg their parents for one more week of summer. Not me! I loved back-to-school everything, from shopping for that crisp, clean notebook paper to packing up my backpack a week before school started. For me the excitement and eagerness to head back began around mid-July, and …

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[30 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
<em>Taking Action</em>: Want to Reform Foreign Aid? Listen to the Women

By Kimberly Weichel, CEO
Did you know that the US spends less than 1% of its budget and less than 1/5 of 1% of its GDP on foreign aid―less than any other developed country? This year, as budget-cutting fever rages on Capitol Hill, that small share is likely to become even smaller.
Does our foreign aid policy need to be rethought and reformed? Yes! Peace X Peace believes the wisest way to do that is by listening to women.
Here’s what one Afghan beneficiary of US aid told the Women Thrive researchers who …

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[30 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
I Love My Country, and…….

- by Mary Liston Liepold
I’m a 60s person. I never burned a flag, but I washed one once, as a protest against yet another bout of flag-draped carnage. I consider myself a world citizen first and an American second.
Still, I remember the hand-over-heart, heart-swelling feeling of 4th of July parades in my mid-century Midwest childhood. Even as an adult I’ve experienced surges of patriotic pride, and I remember the occasions clearly: the naturalization ceremonies that made our two adopted children US citizens, jury duty instructions from Judge (now Attorney General) …

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[30 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Peace Times Edition 113: Peace and Patriotism

“A true patriot loves his or her country and stands ready to serve, support, sacrifice, and protect it. Sometimes that may mean protection from one’s own government in the form of dissent against un-American values and unjust policies.”
~Samina Sundas
If you’ve been reading PeaceTimes for a while, you know we treasure Johan Galtung’s definition of peace as nonviolence plus creativity. Having recently spent a seminar day with him and read another of his books, Editor in Chief Mary Liepold would expand that to nonviolence plus creativity plus empathy. You’ll see all three …