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[15 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Coming to America, Part I

Zina Bhaia
Iraq
By permission from www.thenewsgazette.com
So many lights!
I knew that America would be big, but as I looked out my Royal Jordanian Airline window at the sprawling nightscape of Chicago and the towering cityscape of its downtown, I thought, “Oh, my God, it is huge. And Lake Michigan, why do they call it a lake? It is like an ocean.” I had flown into Baghdad at night many times, and Baghdad was but a speck of light compared to this glaring city below me.
“What am I getting myself into?” I thought. …

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[13 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Virtual Communications Make a Real Difference

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee
There was a time when we at Peace X Peace had to explain how virtual social media and networking could make a difference in the real world. Do you remember that? It wasn’t so long ago. . .
Well, the world has changed. Facebook now has a VP assigned to public policy and national governments are utilizing social media tools. International relations are no longer restricted to communications between governments. It’s now about people to people, and people to government, and government to people as well. It’s …

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[12 May 2009 | No Comment | ]
Our New Constitution Needs Women’s Input

Regina Dumba
Zimbabwe
For the next 18 months Zimbabwe will undertake a constitutional review. The Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe, the umbrella for our women’s organizations, should mobilize all women to participate in this crucial process. The process is as important as the content.
The current constitution discriminates against women. Section 23 does not protect women in private spheres like the home and the office, where we suffer most. The registrar general’s office still requires women to seek consent from their children’s fathers if they want to get passports for them. Widow inheritance is …

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[10 May 2009 | One Comment | ]
Honor your mother: post a tribute to your mother or mothering figure on our virtual party page.

Level: Family—Peace Principle: Witness
This week’s featured story came in from Washington, DC, USA::
My mother helped shape the woman I am today. My mother is my role model, my friend, my confidant and my kick in the butt. (Cause sometimes that’s what I really need.)
There have been many times throughout my life that I have resisted the wisdom my mother tried to impart on me. I had to blunder through life on my own pot-hole ridden path. But looking back I realize that no matter how …

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