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[8 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 102. Beijing + 15, MDG – 5: What Have We Gained?

By Mary Liepold, Editor in Chief
Here I go again, taking on another vast, global topic, from one generalist’s limited perspective, in an informal essay just a few pages long. The better to invite YOUR diverse perspectives, my dears! I’m opening the conversation, noting what strikes me on a too-quick survey of available information, omitting volumes, and anticipating full, formal reports that will be coming out later this year. Read, react, add, correct, and talk back, please.
I do have my nerve―but then so do the United Nations and its member states. …

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[5 Feb 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 101. Not in the Name of Islam: Muslims in the West Reject Violence, Claim Common Ground

- by Mary Liston Liepold
“Where are the moderate Muslims? Why don’t we hear from them?”
It’s a question we hear frequently from people in our own neighborhoods, even though Peace X Peace has been showcasing Muslim peacebuilders, among many others, since its founding in 2002. Two kinds of developments make the question especially timely now: a recent rash of real and attempted “terrorist” attacks, and a cluster of decisions by European groups and governments that seem designed to suppress Muslim identity.
In an April 2009 survey of 1,000 US adults conducted by …

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[29 Dec 2009 | 4 Comments | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 100. What One Woman Can Do: A Peacewalker Follows Her Dreams

- by Mary Liston Liepold
Audri Scott Williams describes herself as a mother, a grandmother, a peacewalker, and a lover; also as a vision-keeper, a motivator, a human rights activist, an author, and a producer. The vision she keeps has led her around the world since the year 2000. She followed it on the Trail of Dreams Ancestral Journey, a walk from Pennsylvania to Georgia in 2000 and then in Ghana, West Africa in 2002; to six continents between 2005 and 2009 on the Trail of Dreams World Peace Walk; and now …

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[25 Nov 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
<em>PeaceTimes</em> Edition 99: WOMEN, POWER AND PEACE Honorees Do Honor to Us All

- by Mary Liston Liepold
“I have never known peace,” says the founder of Voice of Women, Afghanistan’s Suraya Pakzad. “All my life there has been war. And do you know how important food becomes when you’re really hungry? That’s how important peace is to me.”
On November 11 of this year, Peace X Peace inaugurated its Women, Power and Peace Awards with a gala event at Washington, DC’s elegant, 100-year-old Carnegie Institution. The four honorees exemplify the Peace X Peace ideal of person to person connections that multiply peaceful change. We …