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[18 Jun 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
The Spiritual Values of Humanity

Khawaja Abdullah Ahrar
Editor’s note: This month, we’re celebrating men we love, and so we bring you this poem, by a well-known Afghan poet and writer. (One of our favorite contributors, Alaha Ahrar, is his daughter!)
If you call a human an animal:
He will be very upset, disturbed and distressed
If unwittingly a human turns to ignorance
He will become wilder than wolves and leopards
The values of humanity such as
wisdom, education, grace and generosity
differentiate humans from all animals
The human has been created from an adorned spirit;
Therefore, humans are superior to all other beings
God …

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Inside Peace X Peace »

[15 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Peace Links: Find Resources, Build Peace

Here are a few things that have caught our eyes on the blogs this week:

First up: A blog in praise of one our favorite resources – The Peace and Conflict Development Network. Now they’re looking for members!

Interesting findings in this poll on the best and worst G20 countries for women. Canada is #1, India comes in last. Find out where the U.S., Saudi Arabia, and other countries rank.

Check out this cool interview with a Tunisian woman working to empower her countrywomen and men.

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Connection Point »

[14 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Arab Americans: Networking, Volunteering, Empowering

“In short, if I were to describe the typical Arab American woman participating in NAAP, she would be highly engaged in the community, up to date with global developments, concerned with making a difference, and participating alongside men as an equal partner.”
Connection Point Manager Yasmina Mrabet interviewed Nadia Harb, a Lebanese American member of the Network of Arab-American Professionals (NAAP) about her work empowering communities across the United States through social, cultural, professional and service initiatives. Her responses are below.
Can you tell me a little about your personal background, and …

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Voices from the Frontlines »

[13 Jun 2012 | No Comment | ]
Young Nigerians Illustrate Life Beyond War

Libby and Len Traubman
United States/Nigeria
“Person-by-person, nothing replaces face-to-face relationships — neither armies nor treaties, not intellectual analyses, diagnoses, theories, or peace education.”
First Relationships 
“How can we have peace if we don’t build relationships?”  The plea and key to life beyond war emanates from African Ikenna Ezeibe in the new 2012 film DIALOGUE IN NIGERIA: Muslims & Christians Creating Their Future.  Ezeibe was among the 200 adversaries – courageous young women and men who united successfully in Jos, central Nigeria, the center of recent brutal violence that echoed worldwide.
Refusing to be enemies, …

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