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[4 Apr 2012 | No Comment | ]
<em>Kim’s Corner</em>: Finding Harmony in Music and Peacebuilding

-By Kim Weichel
CEO
I just returned from an inspiring trip to the United Arab Emirates and Qatar. We participated in the Women as Global Leaders Conference at Zayed University with women from throughout the region who spoke passionately about advancing the role of women in leadership. We met Emirati students, business and professional women, professors, and media personalities. After the conference we met with women in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Doha (home of the Education City), including a number of Qatari college students at Qatar University.
What struck me at the conference …

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[3 Apr 2012 | 8 Comments | ]
Alaha Ahrar: Poetry from the Place Where God Exists

- by Mary Liepold
  Editor in Chief
After graduating from secondary school, working for several international organizations, and earning a reputation as a poet and media personality in her native Afghanistan, Alaha Ahrar won a scholarship to Virginia’s Mary Washington University in 2008. People in Afghanistan who are opposed to the education of women sent emails to the program to stop her from coming to the US  to study. Alaha gathered her courage and came nonetheless. She started classes and made the adjustment to a new culture while fearing for the safety …

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[3 Apr 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Poets I Didn’t Study in School

- by Mary Liepold
Editor in Chief

William Shakespeare, the poet of all poets for those of us raised on English literature, knew that peace is a verb. Regal Lear, out on the heath, acknowledged sadly that “the thunder would not peace at my bidding.”
The Bard didn’t miss much. Still, a lot has happened since he breathed his last in 1616. I’m always eager to know what other poets have to say on the work of peace. One of the many blessings that came with this month’s topic was learning about the …

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[2 Apr 2012 | 4 Comments | ]
Peace Poetry: Affiliated to Humanity

-by Mary Liepold
Editor in Chief

As my dear friend the artist Huong would say, I’m a lucky ducky. I get to write about poetry for peace. Yippee! Only . . . where to begin?
So many cultures, so many poets, such a huge, abiding longing for peace down through the ages! I’ll have to focus mostly on the moderns, those I know best. But since I referred in my editor’s note to the ancient Greeks, who we regard as the fountainhead of Western culture, I must also pay homage to my own …