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[6 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]
Reconciliation and Reality: A Fragile Hope Survives

Sabina Pstrocki-Šehović
Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Without being critical, it is common for many to simply accept the dominating media discourse, even though it is getting us far from truth and away from constructive dialogue.”
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I recently took part in a program called Ambassadors of Reconciliation, which gathered participants from three countries of our region Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. For some people, I must say, reconciliation among these three countries still sounds impossible. Some admit that they don’t want it, and victims naturally still hope for retaliation, whereas for others it seems …

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[29 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
Mother, Forgive Us if We Are the Next Martyrs

Anonymous*
Hama, Syria
“What shall I tell my mother, as she is still suffering and this news will increase all the pain of the last 30 years? Many days had passed, and we were sad and grieving yet still peacefully protesting.”
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Every mother, daughter, wife, father, and child has tragic experiences in Abi Al Fedaa, namely: the city of Hama. The most difficult pain is when you are trying to overcome 30 years of pain from the past and then one is faced with even greater pain in the present time. It all …

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[29 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
An Unlikely Match

PeacePlayers Team
Washington, D.C.
“PeacePlayers gave me the chance to play basketball, which is rare in the Arab community, and it made me more ambitious for the future.” – Manal, East Jerusalem
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It was an unlikely match. In April of 2010, Romy, a bubbly Jewish girl from the Israeli town of Herzliya, arrived at her first basketball tournament run by PeacePlayers International (PPI), a non-profit that uses basketball to bring children together in areas of conflict. Amidst the tournament action on the court and the playing around in the stands, Romy made two …

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[28 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]
Women in Black Against War

Cynthia Cockburn
London, United Kingdom
“Women in Black is a network, with no formal constitution or structure. Each vigil is autonomous. Although there are charismatic personalities, no-one ‘holds office’. Any woman or women who hold a feminist critique of militarism, war, and violence may start a vigil.”
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Women in Black against War is an international network of several hundred small local groups in many countries. Its main purpose is to bring women together for the purpose of organizing and campaigning actively as feminists against militarism, war, and violence more generally – particularly violence …

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