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[28 Jan 2009 | One Comment | ]

One of the first news stories to catch my eye this week summarized a report from Susan Solomon, a Senior Scientist representing the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and its international partners, warning that the grim consequences of global warming will be with us for 1,000 years even if we reverse course now. One reaction to news like this might be: “We’re doomed, so what’s the use?”
Clearly, the Obama Administration is not taking this position. The federal requirements that were announced the same day, affecting new cars as of …

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[21 Jan 2009 | 9 Comments | ]

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee
There we were, 50 or more of us—mostly men on their way to Abuja, Accra, Cairo, Johannesburg, or Nairobi, and me—crowded around the 8-inch television screen over a bar at the Addis Ababa airport. On any other day it would have been a football game (or “soccer,” as our US readers call it) that gathered such a crowd. But yesterday was no ordinary day. It is, in fact, A New Day.
Inauguration Day 2009 found me wrapping up from meetings in the UAE and making the journey …

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[20 Jan 2009 | No Comment | ]

Dr. V. Mohini Giri: Change Is Coming Soon for India’s Widows
- by Mary Liston Liepold
“As the darkness enveloped the village, Savitri wore a frightened look…. In the morning, before leaving, her husband had said that at midnight she must sacrifice her two-year-old son or else there would be calamity. The Tantrik [Hindu holy book] said so. She huddled her little Ravi to her breast and prayed to God….”
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“In many parts of South India today a woman is relegated to live outside the house during her natural monthly periods. In the …

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[14 Jan 2009 | 7 Comments | ]

Commentary by Molly Mayfield Barbee
As a peace activist, I spend most of my time focused on the intense present moment: What are today’s issues? Have we accomplished what we needed to on a tight deadline? What needs doing now? Give us justice NOW!
But this week, near the start of this fresh, new year, I’ve been thinking about the future. With the US presidential inauguration just around the corner, and 2009 resolutions still at the front of our minds, it seems only appropriate to spend a little time thinking about the …

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