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[16 May 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
In Egypt, the Complicated Politics of Circumcision

Nadine Ibrahim
Egypt

“To refuse the surgery is not to prevent it happening elsewhere––to its full extent––where razors are blunt, and anesthetic a luxury. The psychologically destructive aspect of the procedure is never brought up.”
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The two young girls––one six, one ten––flocked to my side, holding my hand, telling me enthusiastically that they are cousins. “I can tell! You look alike; you are both very pretty,” I told them, and they glanced at each other surprised before running back to their mothers. A few days prior, the mother of the youngest girl had come to …

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[15 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
In Korea, a Small Show of Courage

David Meth
United States/South Korea
“…she left an indelible memory and influenced my writing. I don’t know if she had the same effect on anyone else in the class, but to look at Korea in 2012, it seems that she and women like her must have had a very strong impact on change.”
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Although this story goes back 42 years, it demonstrates how powerful a small act remains for the people who witness it, and how change may come in spite of what one person sees as a failure. I was teaching English …

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[14 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
What happens in Colombia where two or three… or fifteen are gathered

Julie Myers
Colombia
“…there was no doubt that we were in the presence of something greater than ourselves.”
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Just weeks after the celebration of International Women’s Day, on 22 March, the Popular Women’s Organization (OFP) asked us to visit the house of a friend and OFP colleague named Iluminada.  Her neighbor, a man who identifies himself as a paramilitary, attacked and threatened her in her home.  In a demonstration of solidarity, eleven women from the OFP showed up to her house that morning, plus four Christian Peacemaker Team members (CPTers).
As we formed a …

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[3 May 2012 | 3 Comments | ]
Evoking Humility (And Cooking Burmese Chicken Curry)

Rebecca Sable
United States

Editor’s Note: You might ask yourself – what is a recipe doing on Peace X Peace?  We are excited about the new blog Eating Our Way through Conflict because it explores how food can create connections and understanding.  We hope you’ll enjoy this piece on humility and check out the blog itself!
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Humility is a word we say often, but do we always put it into action? As we all need our egos fed, we can find ourselves stepping on others to raise ourselves. I often wonder why it …