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[1 Mar 2011 | One Comment | ]
White Group Forms Human Chains in Freedom Square

Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT)
Iraq
The “White Group” is a non-violent group of citizens sympathetic to reform that has positioned itself between protesters and security forces in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan. The White Group has organized several human chains to prevent confrontation with the military and talked with the violent protesters to de-escalate situations.  CPTers are standing in solidarity with the White Group.
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Filled with approximately 15,000 people, Freedom Square in Sulaymaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan was a shining example of a nonviolent revolution.  At 10:00 a.m. on Friday February 25, the square was already …

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[8 Dec 2010 | One Comment | ]
Jazzing Up the Peace Movement

Joan Wile
USA
“It’s hard to say what sort of impact, if any, we peace grannies have had on the anti-war movement, but I like to think that my songs add a little needed zest and entertainment to the deadly serious nature of our efforts.”
When I was about 18 and a student at the University of Chicago, I decided to become a jazz singer.  I stumbled around for a couple of years trying to figure out how to accomplish this goal… did a few freebies here and there and, luckily, …

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[3 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
Iraqi Women Refuse to be Negotiation Chips

Manal Omar
Iraq
Manal Omar was in Baghdad from 2003 to 2005 setting up programs for Women for Women International. She is currently the Director of Iraq Programs at the United States Institute of Peace. Below is an excerpt from her recently published memoir.
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My six months on the ground had demonstrated what I had known by instinct. Iraqi women were powerful. Through my relationship with Reema Khalaf, the chairperson of the Independent Nahrain Women’s Association, I met regularly with the heads of various organizations. These women were predominately engineers, doctors, …

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[1 Sep 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Salma Jabou: changing Iraq by educating Iraqi war widows

by Patricia Smith Melton
Founder, Peace X Peace
Editor, Sixty Years, Sixty Voices: Israeli and Palestinian Women
Salma Jabou describes herself, first, as an Iraqi woman, and then as an engineer, founder of an educational center for war widows in Baghdad, Advisor to the President of Iraq on women’s issues, wife of the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iraq, and mother of a grown son and daughter. She has been a leader of the Iraqi women’s movement for 30 years, starting when it was a secret network during the Hussein regime.
When …