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- BlogWed, 20 Sep 2017A Path of an Immigrant
I was born In Uzbekistan, a beautiful country with endless opportunities for the few and poverty for many. I was among the few. My father, a successful upholsterer, has ensured a comfortable life for our family in a two story house with two swimming pools and a beautiful garden. I would only spectate the economically struggling... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 11 Sep 2017Acid attacks in rise
Since Trump’s 2016 election victory we have witnessed a drastic increase in the number of hate crimes committed on American soil. According to one study undertaken in nine areas across the US, there is an overall increase of 23.3% in hate crimes from the previous year. This same phenomenon can also be observed in the UK post-Brexit... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 28 Aug 2017How to handle politics in Jewish-Muslim...
Jewish-Muslim dialogues are needed now more than ever. Many conversations do take place, at scholarly level as well as at community level. These are all high level political steps that can be distinguished from college based interfaith groups or civil society meetups. Those are Muslims and Jewish “masses” standing in... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 8 Aug 2017The UN’s Worst Kept Secret
Women and children’s vulnerability increases dramatically in a conflict environment. This might be due to the breadwinner (most commonly the husband or father) deceased during the conflict or joined the battle itself. However, this vulnerability is frequently associated with women and children’s subjection to sexual and... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 25 Jul 2017Humans First: Germany’s Refugee Intake is a...
An article by Human Rights Watch reported that Germany has been receiving a staggering 890,000 asylum seekers and migrants in 2015 alone, drawing attention from critics, scholars and media persons alike. Some argue that this is an attempt in part for Germany to cleanse or make up for its dark past by performing humanitarian acts.... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 17 Jul 2017Anti-Muslim Assaults Reflect Ongoing Fear Since...
In 2015, Anti-Muslim assaults reached 9/11-era levels, increasing by 67 percent. Although this reflects the overall surge of 6% in hate crimes across the US, 257 attacks were directed toward Muslims alone. Jews were most targeted based on their religion, and blacks were the biggest target of racial violence. Should the... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 26 Jun 2017The Power of One; The Power of Many
Moments have a way of touching our hearts and leaving memories that turn into images. These images resurface in the most unexpected moments and take us back to the memories of the days gone by. We look at them and feel them as we do when standing in front of a beautiful painting; their features alive and filled with color. To say that... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 12 Jun 2017Pink-washing, Pride Parades and Imperialism
One of the many ways white supremacy and global US hegemony operates is through the institutionalization of a consistent narrative that purports America and “the allies” as civilizational predecessors and role models to “the others.” When a lie is told consistently over and over again, it becomes truth, or at... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 22 May 2017Palestinian Prisoners: Hunger Strike Solidarity
On April 27th, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, nearly 1,500 Palestinian political prisoners declared a hunger strike in Israeli prisons, demanding fair treatment and humane living conditions. Hunger strikes are often the most peaceful form of resistance available. Pain is inflicted solely on those who willingly participate and on their... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 24 Apr 2017Challenging Stereotypes in Pakistan
I just returned from a week-long visit to Pakistan. It was my third trip there in recent years as part of a peacemaking group seeking to build mutual understanding and relationships between the U.S. and Pakistan. This effort is sponsored by Intersections, a mission of the Collegiate Churches of NYC (four congregations, the most famous of... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking