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[30 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Jerusalem Swan Song

Roxanne Krystalli
Greece/United States/Israel
Editor’s note: We were struck by the beauty and reverence in this piece on Jerusalem, a city that so often seems only to be the site of conflict and strife. Enjoy!
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If I were writing this in an hour, I would be sitting on the floor. This is a floor both Elijah and I have scrubbed to no avail. The old Arab tiles that form its jigsaw pattern are too beautiful to be replaced and too historic to ever be fully clean. In an hour, our landlady is …

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[29 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
The House is Not a Safe Space for Women

Ellen Marshall
United States
Editor’s Note: Today we turn our attention to the U.S. Congress because so much of what is happening there affects women and women’s health around the world.
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This blog was originally posted on Akimbo, the blog of the International Women’s Health Coalition.
Leaving no stone unturned, women’s health opponents are working again to eliminate funding for international family planning and reproductive health programs, as well as funding to UNFPA, the global agency that supports a breadth of reproductive health services for women in extreme poverty in more than 140 countries.  …

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[22 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
Chasing Children and Memories: One Single Mom’s Story

Ihotu Jennifer Ali
United States

“My mom suffered, struggling with depression, fatigue, lack of savings and health insurance, and I’m sure at times she was certainly isolated. But that’s not her story in its fullness. It is one, but not all, of the pieces I will gather and reassemble when my children and grandchildren ask me to tell stories of my childhood.”
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A colleague of mine once mentioned in passing her curiosity about what it would be like to be a single mother. Newly a first time mom herself, she said she thought …

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[21 May 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
Victory Day in Yaroslavl, or How a Country Commemorates War

Meghan Johnson
Russia/United States
“The war still casts an enormous shadow on the country.  How could it not?  As many as 20 million lives were lost.  Twenty million people.  That was 14% of the population of the U.S.S.R. at the time, and the majority of the deaths were civilian.”
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It’s no secret that I’m a little bit obsessed with Russia. Ever since my parents brought home a CD from a random Russian folk band they heard at a local Irish bar when I was eight, I’ve been hooked. I love the sounds of the …