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[3 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
Peaceful Protest in Ankara: Third Day Report

Hüseyin Camalan
Ankara, Turkey

Dear friends around the world,
I’m writing to report to you the events regarding the protests in Ankara on the third day of the protests (June 2) and the following night.
On the second day of protests, after some fighting, protesters were able to gain the Kızılay Square, but were unable to push through to the National Assembly Building or the Prime Minister’s Office, both of which are very close, because of the intense aggression by the police. (They aimed pepper gas canisters directly on our bodies.) There was also …

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[30 May 2013 | 10 Comments | ]
Egypt and the Candle

Yasmine Mahmoud Fakhry
Alexandria, Egypt
“While there may be conspiracies by governments, there are no boundaries for love and friendship to grow among people.”
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I didn’t know when my Italian friend Elisa gave me a candle as a symbol of friendship that this candle would be more than just a souvenir. For years, I have stored the candle to remind me of the good old days I spent in Italy during the cultural exchange.  I bet Elisa herself never thought when she gave me that candle it would light up the corners of my …

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[30 May 2013 | One Comment | ]
Checkpoint Snapshot: Who Speaks for Palestinian Children?

Christian Peacemaker Teams
Al-Khalil (Hebron), Palestine
Because of the dire economic situation in the Old City in Hebron every day children go to the Ibrahimi Mosque soup-kitchen to get food. Walking out through the mosque checkpoint shortly after noon on Sunday 26 May, I was surprised by the number of people standing at the other end of the checkpoint.
Upon passing out through the checkpoint I realized that the turnstile to enter the mosque area was closed and nobody was being allowed through. A dozen young boys held plastic tubs of soup they …

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[30 May 2013 | One Comment | ]
Listen to All Syrian Voices

Susan Dirgham
Australia 
Elaine Tucci is asking us to empathise with the people of Syria, to see them as we might see our neighbours. This is something we all should be doing, without a doubt. However, we must hear the stories of as many of the 23 million Syrians as we can, not just stories which present one side of this war as presented in her article, and especially not that side which supports a further militarisation of the conflict.
I have recently returned from Lebanon and Syria. I was part of a …