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[4 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Iowa and Algeria Share a Hero

Mary Liepold
USA
From our good friend David Crumm at Read the Spirit comes a story in the spirit of President Obama’s June 4 address to the Muslim world. Historian John W. Kiser (center) wrote a book about a Muslim hero, Emir Abd el-Kader. High school students in Elkader, Iowa, read the book and wrote essays about its subject. Here are excerpts from two of the best.
From Rebecca Roberts (pictured at right):
“Elkader is an odd name for a little town. It is especially odd for one in the middle of nowhere in …

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[3 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
China Needs Your Love

Yi Wang
China
To me as one of the new generation born in the 80s, the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 were an incident veiled and hidden in history. I finally satisfied my curiosity about the movement during my study-abroad period in France. Through the publications that I read and the videotapes recorded online that I watched, I became fully aware of what exactly happened back in 1989.  Now I consider the student protesters as the ONE generation who truly possessed a sense of social responsibility for our nation.
Although the demonstration ended …

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[3 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
No Cell-By Date for Erica

Michael Henderson
England
A year ago my brother-in-law, Paul, was given at most two years to live. He was diagnosed with leukaemia.
Now he has just been told officially by his doctor that he is in remission and, if all continues smoothly as expected, he will be cured.
Why the difference? It has all to do with stem cells, which up until then, I must admit, had been for me just something remote which some people somewhere else were arguing over.
When he was diagnosed it was clear that the only hope lay in getting …

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[3 Jun 2009 | No Comment | ]
Apologize, Explain, and Grow Peace

Yesterday morning at the US Institute of Peace I heard author Michael Henderson, diplomat Joseph Montville, and peace scholar Margaret Smith discuss No Enemy to Conquer: Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World. It’s Henderson’s third book with Forgiveness in the title, and probably the 10th of his 10 where the concept figures. Michael has made a career of reporting on the kind of personal transformation that gives rise to and sometimes rises from reconciliation.

“Alpha males tell each other, ‘Never apologize, never explain,’ ” Momtville noted.

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