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[9 May 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Hips, Heart, and Soul: Shakira Shakes It for the Kids

-By Mary Liepold
Editor-In-Chief
When the scandal around President Obama’s Secret Service took over the headlines last month, it all but obscured the reason he went to Colombia: the 2012 Summit of the Americas. Pan-American relations were rocky even before the scandal broke, unfortunately. US policies on Latin America have hardly changed since the previous administration. Colombia is a safer place than it was a few years ago, but rural women and children are still squeezed between the government and its armed opponents. And according to UN statistics, Colombia is still a …

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[8 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Growing Pains, Halting Progress, and Hope

The Years 2001 through 2010 were named by the United Nations as the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World. Sadly, the decade ended with more wars raging than when it began. 2001 was the year of the September 11 events. It was also the year of Security Council Resolution 1325 (On Women, Peace and Security), which recognizes our right to shape the solutions to conflict as well as our right to safety.
That same dual focus characterizes the earlier international agreements on …

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[7 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
Women and Children First?

- by Mary Liston Liepold
Editor in Chief
Back when men were the undisputed rulers of the universe, they often compared women and people of different races to children, and compared all three as animals to justify their treatment of such “lesser” beings. When we were compliant and their dispositions were kindly, they compared us to beasts of burden and other domesticated animals. When we were not compliant, they described us as wild animals, even as malevolent spirits or the agents of those spirits. Some kind of other-ing is essential to the …

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[5 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Generation Peace</em>:Pop Music for Peace: It’s the Great Uniter

-by Abby Smith
Administration and Community Manager

Welcome Spring! As spring flowers begin to bloom and the sun easily warms your skin it’s difficult to not get excited about the next few months of glorious sunshine and warmth. As the spring and summer approach, many twenty-somethings like myself are gearing up for concert season. As a music junkie this time of year is my favorite, because it’s filled with concerts and music festivals where great music flows and an audience can come together as one voice to sing the lyrics to their …