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[17 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Imagine: A Media Frenzy about Peace!

How well do we understand peace, the condition that enables us to conduct our daily lives and pursue our goals? How can we achieve peace on social and global scale if we cannot measure and track it?
With the Global Peace Index team, I work towards expanding our collective understanding, research and pursuit of peace. Without peace, we will not be able to address the global challenges we face today. Indeed, peace is the prerequisite for survival of society as we know it in the 21st century because without peace we …

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[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Two Years Old and Already at Work

Nadra Mahdi
She does not know what is the thing she carries on her shoulders. She is just 2 years old. Every day she walks with her mother for long distances carrying two bottles on her shoulders.
Fatma, her sister, now is 7 years old. She now knows that she has carried bottles of water from the age of 2 until she dies. She is from the AlAngasana tribe. They live in the AlAngasana Mountains in Baw, in Blue Nile State in Sudan.
The culture of these mountains puts all the efforts of …

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[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Zina Bhaia
By permission from
I graduated from Baghdad University in 2002 with an English-language degree and was hired to translate English movies into Arabic, supposedly for Iraqi TV audiences, but really for Saddam’s son Oday, a crazy man I fortunately never met. After the American invasion, I worked for a French organization distributing artificial legs to Iraqis maimed in the war. My spine was curved badly from having had polio as an infant, and, for the first time in my life, walking with crutches actually helped me get that job. …

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[11 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]

Stephannie Fox-Dixon
Stand up for
what you believe in.
Stand up for
others–be true.
When others oppress,
repress, and digress,
believe in yourself–
see through.
No matter our faith,
our creed or our race,
we all need each other–
our sisters and brothers.
Let’s help one another
to see and discover
a path with a
life-size world-view.
Editor’s Note: Stephannie is one of the two high school students from Elkader, Iowa, who wrote winning essays about Abd el-Kader, the 19th century Muslim humanitarian for whom their town is named. Click on Read All Stories for more background.