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[2 Jul 2009 | No Comment | ]
Women in Iran Are Mad as Hell

Patrica T. Morris
I have watched with great interest as the women of Iran assert themselves in their country’s post-election demonstrations. The mainstream media here in the U.S. focus on how President Obama, former President Bush, Facebook, and Twitter have sparked the conflict, and not the many years that Iranian women have spent chipping away at the attitudes, laws, and  religious restrictions that limit their rights.
The real story is that the Iranian women’s movement has been quietly, and sometimes not so quietly, building momentum for years and was prepared for a …

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[29 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
There are so many ways to give!

Pamela Hawley
I remember peering down a cul-de-sac filled with begging children, unwashed, hungry, disabled. I was 12 and on a family vacation to Mexico. But I just could not accept this view of life.
That scene has driven me ever since. I started volunteering—since then, I’ve volunteered all over the world. I realized a need to get money and volunteers to the best, most qualified organizations. So in 2002 I launched UniversalGiving (, which helps people give and volunteer with the top-performing projects and volunteer opportunities across the world. The website …

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[25 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Four Decades of Living Beyond War

Len Traubman
Two events happened in 1969 that affected me deeply: My daughter was born, and I saw the first photo of Earth from space, captured by the crew of Apollo 8. Both expanded my view of life.
In the 1970s, like a lot of searching couples at that time, my wife Libby and I did inner work, looking at what the teachings of our faith traditions meant in everyday life and how people went from being self-centered, to caring for others, to caring for the well-being of Earth herself.
In the 1980s, …

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[23 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
We Are Human Beings, not Human Doings, Havings, or Knowings

Alfredo Sfeir-Younis
I was born in Chile in a low-middle-income Lebanese family. A generation before, my grandparents were illiterate: farmers, miners, laundrywomen. My father broke the poverty trap and became a dentist in 1938. He wound up becoming a very famous plastic surgeon and serving as the ambassador from Chile to Lebanon under Eduardo Frei M.
I studied in Jesuit schools and almost went to the seminary, but I wanted to teach poor children, not rich ones. The Jesuits had many vocations; they could spare one. I worked in the shantytowns and …