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[13 Dec 2010 | No Comment | ]
Because Saying Sorry Was Not Enough

Veronique Mistiaen
England
“Here is one human being who was so touched by a woman’s plight on the other side of the world that he has been willing to put his life on hold and push his body to the extremes. I find this incredibly beautiful and inspiring.”
Yesterday, Chris Jackson completed his 12th and last marathon of the year – including one in the Congo. The 26-year-old lobbyist with a London financial firm felt compelled to run, he told me, because “saying sorry was not enough”. He had met …

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[8 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
We Invite You All to Be Involved as Peacemakers

Michel Ngoy Mulunda
Congo – DRC
When this article was originally posted in November 2008 the women and men of DRC were experiencing “very serious concerns, particularly with violence and the fragility of the peace agreements in the eastern area of this country.” It is now nearly two years later and the situation remains much the same. Perhaps Michel was right in saying, “attitude of the rest of the international community, the grand powerful countries and the sister NGOs, is not fully engaged to terminate this routine of war in the eastern …

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[25 May 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
We’re Not Keeping It in the Family Anymore

Pillar of Peace: Conflict Transformation
Commentary by Alicia Simoni, Community Manager and Staff Writer
In response to an article I recently wrote—Making Sense of Violence (While Getting a Pedicure)—a thoughtful reader reminded me of the unfortunate reality that violence against women and  “the dedication to keeping family events ‘in the family’ runs through our history.”
I absolutely agree. There is nothing new about violence against women. If it hasn’t existed forever—perhaps men were more willing to acknowledge women as equals when women were priests and the powers that govern the universe were depicted …

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[25 Feb 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Sex, Violence, Good Sex, and Peace

- Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold
Peace X Peace Editor in Chief
The first time I made love and really loved it, I remember lying in the afterglow wondering how anyone could feel like this and then get up and cheat somebody, or shout at their children, or vote for a politician who sent boys to kill and die. I just couldn’t reconcile this experience that most human adults have shared with the kind of unloving behavior I saw and heard about every day.
Make love, not war!, we shouted in the 1960s. …