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Daniel Berrigan, Jesuit priest and poet, throughout his life offered a prophetic witness for peace—a witness both in word and deed. In 1968 he was arrested with his brother Philip and seven others for destroying draft files in Catonsville, Maryland. In 1980 they were again arrested for hammering on weapons components at a plant in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. The following remarks were extracted from press conferences during a trip to Europe in 1979. At the time, Berrigan was vice chairperson of the Fellowship of Reconciliation's National Council.

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Cathy Breen

It is hard to put my feelings into words.  I am travelling as a peace witness in Iraqi Kurdistan.  Just the other day we visited a sheikh whom I had met in Fallujah in 2012.  He and his family were forced to flee to Kurdistan about two years ago.  Fallujah, as you probably know, is being held by ISIS.  None of the residents are allowed to leave.  People are literally dying of starvation. 

We met in the rented apartment of another sheikh who also fled Fallujah with his family.  Although he himself is sick with...

Cathy Breen

Erbil, Kurdistan—Wherever I look, tall, unfinished concrete buildings, accompanied by construction cranes, loom over the city. It is somewhat eerie because I see no movement inside or around any of the buildings, none whatsoever. 

I arrived in Erbil five days ago. Since then, meetings, family visits, efforts to relearn the exchange rate and opportunities to become familiar with new surroundings...

Rene Wadlow

During the Second World War, in the United States there was a government-sponsored publicity campaign to save automobile gas with the slogan “Is this trip necessary?” The aim was to show that if one really asked the question, many trips were not really necessary. We can ask the same question about wars today. In Yemen, is the Saudi-led war really necessary?

A new round of conflict-resolution meetings has started on April 20th in Kuwait facilitated by the United Nations and led by Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania who had earlier been the UN...

Anthony Grimes

I write to you from New York City, to which I traveled 2,000 miles to join five other FOR global leaders at the first-ever United Nations Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS).

Register now for our UNGASS Debrief Call next Wed., April 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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