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[26 Aug 2009 | 5 Comments | ]
“Why Do They Fight Their War on Women's Bodies?”

Guest commentary by Veronique Mistiaen
When a gorilla is killed in the mountains of the Democratic Republic of Congo, there is an outcry, and people mobilize great resources to protect the animals. Yet more than 500,000 women have been raped in the same region, and there is silence.
“We ask: ‘Why the silence of the developed countries?’”
This is a question DRC journalist Chouchou Namegabe asked at a hearing on sexual violence in the DRC before the US Senate’s Committee on Foreign Relations in May.
“The women ask WHY? Why such atrocities? Why do they …

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[25 Aug 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Enter into the generous spirit of Ramadan, whether you're Muslim or not.

Level: National/International—Peace Principle: Community
This week’s featured story came in from Virginia, USA:
It comes upon all Muslims annually and yet each year it feels new to me – Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Ramadan is considered the most blessed of months in the Islamic calendar. During these 30 days, Muslims around the world unite around the shared tasking of abstaining from food, drink, and medicine from sunrise to sunset. More than that, it’s a period for reflection, for personal growth, and for the giving of alms (zakat).
Ramadan allows me to …

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[19 Aug 2009 | No Comment | ]
A New News Angle, and a Jihad for Just Peace

This past week I have been out of the U.S. and my English television option has been Al-Jazeera English. It brings me detailed, in-depth world news from all cultures, and that feels refreshing and professional.

On Al-Jazeera English I watched U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) sit with Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate and pro-democracy leader of Burma who has spent 14 years of the past 20 under house arrest. She embodies Feminine Principles in their most powerful form. . .Yesterday on Al-Jazeera English I learned about Afghan women’s preparation to vote in the Presidential elections tomorrow – and about women running for regional councils despite grave threats. . . And now a station break for a “woman in politics” story that came to me first not through mass media or network television but through my Peace X Peace Circle. . .

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[18 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]
Connect with a neighbor or co-worker and find three things you have in common.

Level: Community — Peace Principle: Cooperation
This week’s featured story came in from Silver Spring, MD, USA:
Have you ever seen the t-shirt that says “I’m unique ….. like everybody else”? It’s true, and it’s endlessly amazing.

At a Common Tables dinner party I hosted a few weeks ago I asked people to take turns around the table saying something about themselves that they thought was unique. I had placed a few letter tiles by each plate. I told my 11 guests that if anyone could say “Me too” to their statement …

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