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[8 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
Change Your World With Social Business

Nawal interviewed Dr. Andrea Grove, Director of the California Institute for Social Business. Andrea Grove is a professor at California State University, Channel Islands. Nawal Rajeh is her (proud) former student.
Can you tell us about the beginnings of the Institute and, briefly, what defines a social business?
Our Institute officially started in the Fall of 2010. Our Vice President for Advancement at the time, Julia Wilson, used to work for Grameen America. She spoke with the President of the University about it and since our mission is really to educate global …

Connection Point »

[7 Feb 2013 | 3 Comments | ]
In Jerusalem, Even the Dentist Lets You Know Who’s in Charge

Nora Lester Murad
Jerusalem, Palestine
A lot of people hate going to the dentist because it hurts. I hate going to the dentist in Jerusalem because it hurts, but not in my mouth. It hurts my sense of belonging.
We go to an Israeli dental clinic.
Many Palestinians in Jerusalem go to Israeli dental clinics. Why shouldn’t they? Palestinians who have residency in Jerusalem are entitled to Israeli health insurance. It’s one of the few benefits they got when Israel illegally annexed Jerusalem.
Nearly all the approximately 300,000 Palestinians living in East Jerusalem are “residents.” …

Inside Peace X Peace »

[7 Feb 2013 | No Comment | ]
A Tribute to Two Remarkable Leaders

Kimberly Weichel
Peace X Peace CEO
“I have been inspired by the leadership, commitment, dedication, and passion of these two accomplished women, and I appreciate all  they have done to open doors for women everywhere.”
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Peace X Peace pays tribute to the remarkable legacies of  former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, who both stepped down last week. It’s an opportunity to take stock not only of their many accomplishments during these past four years, but also of the lasting impact of their exceptional …

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[6 Feb 2013 | One Comment | ]
Reconciliation and Reality: A Fragile Hope Survives

Sabina Pstrocki-Šehović
Bosnia and Herzegovina
“Without being critical, it is common for many to simply accept the dominating media discourse, even though it is getting us far from truth and away from constructive dialogue.”
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I recently took part in a program called Ambassadors of Reconciliation, which gathered participants from three countries of our region Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Kosovo. For some people, I must say, reconciliation among these three countries still sounds impossible. Some admit that they don’t want it, and victims naturally still hope for retaliation, whereas for others it seems …