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[25 Jun 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
After the Revolution: Division, Depression, & Fear of Civil War

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While many people found their identity with the Revolution – and they quickly labeled themselves as Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists (Islamists), or liberals, many others, like myself, feel they have lost their identity and every sense of who they are and what they believe in.”
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Many people spend all their lives searching for their identities – trying to understand who they are and what their purpose in life is. I thought I was luckier than many of those people when a few years ago I finally realized my mission …

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[24 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
June 30: A Day History Will Remember

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
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“The question remains: Will June 30th be a milestone in Egyptian history or just another bloodbath?”
Huge numbers of people are expected to demonstrate in cities across Egypt this weekend to demand the resignation of Mohamed Morsi. All eyes are on the ‘Tamarod Campaign,’ which has been very active in gathering signatures from across Egypt to withdraw confidence from President Morsy and pledging to make June 30th ”a watershed in the history of the Egyptian revolution.” Politicians, activists, and intellectuals from across the country are demanding the people of Egypt …

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[20 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
Nuns on the Bus: On the Border in Arizona

Sister JoAnn Persch, RSM
Pascua Yaqui Reservation in Tuscon, Arizona
“There are close to 70 Native American nations along the border. Their voices should be heard in the debate. We need comprehensive immigration reform.”
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The gathering at the reservation near Tucson, Ariz., was held in a new auditorium, and the crowd was so large that there was standing room only. The meeting was a chaired by a staff member of Congressman Raul M. Grijalva. He welcomed the group and then invited the tribal council to greet the Nuns on the Bus and offer a prayer.
Sister Simone (Campbell) …

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[18 Jun 2013 | 4 Comments | ]
A Gentle Heart Has Been Stopped

Aquila Ismail
Karachi, Pakistan 
Perween Rahman, renowned social worker, urban planner, and architect, was murdered on March 13, 2013 at 7:15 p.m while on her way back from work.
The butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough…Tagore
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“Apu! You’re here! Great!” That’s how my little sister Perween would greet me every time I arrived at her door from Abu Dhabi at 3:00 in the morning, followed by hugs and kisses. The fragrance of her embrace would right every little grievance that I had with the world. She had a habit of doing this smile with …