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- 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
- BlogMon, 10 Apr 2017From Rwanda to Syria: Is History Repeating Itself?
The Rwandan genocide is being repeated right now in Syria. April 3rd, 2017’s alleged chemical attack in Syria killed 86 people, including 26 children. Horrific pictures and videos of children slowly dying in their parent’s arms while foam leaks out of their mouths are all over social media. What makes the Syrian conflict... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 6 Apr 2017New UPIC Seeds Planted in Pakistan
During the last week of March, Intersections led a group of more than 30 delegates from 12 countries to Pakistan as part of our ongoing US-Pakistan Interreligious Consortium (UPIC) program. It was remarkable to see how this effort has grown over the five years since a small group of us journeyed to Oman to begin this work. Most of our... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 13 Mar 2017Policy, Empathy and the Global Refugee Crisis
Since the beginning of the Arab Spring in 2010, no one would imagine the extent of the profound impact that this revolutionary wave of immigration would have. Individuals who had hoped for democracy and freedom were forced to leave behind their families and try to survive in strange lands with hostile inhabitants. As international... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogTue, 28 Feb 2017Fighting Female Genital Mutilation
In 2012, the United Nations (UN) designated February 6th as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The day is observed to raise awareness of the issue and to encourage concrete action against the practice. For readers who’ve never heard of this inhumane and harmful practice—FGM involves... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogWed, 22 Feb 2017Three Days in Damascus
Sometimes you have an experience that changes your life. You don’t expect it. You don’t ask for and you certainly don’t plan for it, but it happens. And that is exactly what happened to me in 2009. As part of their Iraqi Voices Amplification Project, Intersections International invited me to join seven other artists as... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 13 Feb 2017Islamophobia: An Attack on American Democracy
In the wake of President Trump's executive order banning the entry of Muslims from seven different Muslim majority countries, the country has witnessed some of its largest protests in recent history. There have been incredible displays of support for individuals and families affected by this hastily implemented policy. The scenes of... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogThu, 19 Jan 20171000 Days and Still Missing: When Will our...
January 8th, 2017 marked 1,000 days since 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped from school by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Some of them have since been released while others managed to escape—but 195 girls still remain in captivity. The ill-fate of the Chibok schoolgirls has come to symbolize the horror of Boko Haram’s rise and bloody... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking
- BlogMon, 9 Jan 2017Stateless Rohingya: The Power to Protect or Deny...
What sets us humans apart from other living organisms is humanity, compassion and intelligence. Although one look at the news and we realize the world we live in today seems to lack the very aspects that make us unique. Earlier this week, I came across a video showing Burmese police officers lining up villagers in rows, beating and... more...Filters: Global Peacemaking