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[16 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

- by Mary Liston Liepold
In May we celebrated mothers all month long. (Our Mom X Mom virtual event on Facebook was such a success that we’re still celebrating.) In June we’re focusing on fathers and other men of good will, our honored partners in the pursuit of peace. At different times this month, I sat down with four peacebuilders I admire: in alphabetical order only, Michael Henderson, HawaH Kasat, Len Traubman, and Alfredo Sfeir-Younis. If you’ve visited our website lately you may have met them already, in Voices from the …

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[17 May 2009 | No Comment | ]

- by Mary Liston Liepold
My daughter came from Korea at the age of 20 months with two conflicting agendas, bonding and separation. For most of the next year she alternated between wanting to be cuddled and carried like an infant―generally when I had my hands full with a load of groceries and her two older brothers―and wanting to assert her absolute independence―generally, it seemed, in the middle of Connecticut Avenue at rush hour. Her temper tantrums were epic, heroic, and when one wound down she was as refreshed as if …

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[20 Apr 2009 | No Comment | ]

- by Mary Liston Liepold
Time was—just a short time ago—when passion for the environment was the province of professional environmentalists and a few student activists and outdoor enthusiasts. Most middle class citizens thought of it as something governments and international organizations dealt with, beyond the scope of their own decisions. People in barrios, shantytowns, and inner cities saw the environment, like almost everything else, as belonging to “the man.” Why shouldn’t I litter, when I know these streets aren’t mine? At the opposite end of the economic scale, captains of …

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[18 Mar 2009 | No Comment | ]

- by Mary Liston Liepold
Earlier this week, on March 18, the BBC, ABC, and the Japan Broadcasting Company (NHK) jointly released a survey conducted in late February showing that Iraqis are more optimistic and less afraid than they were at this time last year.
Of the 2,228 Iraqis over age 18 included in the survey, 85% described the security situation as very good or quite good—up 23% from a year ago; and 59% said they feel safe in their neighborhoods. That’s up 22% from last year.
The Iraqis surveyed expressed increased confidence …