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Young adults & allies: The Future Is NOW!

This August 15 to 17 in Berkeley, California, young adults and their elders will gather for an intergenerational summit on social, economic, and racial justice. Will you be there?

In Rejection to the Massacres Happening Now in Iraq

I left Iraq in 2010 and studied academic English in Damascus for a year then started my bachelor’s degree in Montana. I was born and raised in Baghdad. I mainly came to the United States for studying and to experience traveling.

A voice from inside Mosul

This interview with an Iraqi human rights defender (“QC”) from Mosul was conducted on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 by a member of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative. ICSSI is dedicated to bringing together Iraqi and international civil societies through concrete actions to build together another Iraq, with peace and human rights for all.

A Pilgrimage to Abolish the Death Penalty from Livingston to Austin

Dallas, TexasMoved to pilgrimage in prayer for the abolishment of the death penalty, Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Board Member Rev. Jeff Hood will conduct “A Pilgrimage to Abolish the Death Penalty from Livingston to Austin” from Friday, June 13, 2014 to Thursday, June 19, 2014.

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The Syrian Election and ISIS in Iraq

Earlier this month, I traveled with seven other westerners to Syria where we joined with 30-plus activists, journalists, and politicians from Asia, Africa, and South America to observe the Syria presidential election. Bashar Assad won 88% of the vote.

Vincent Harding, Rest in Peace

When I received the news that one of my dearest mentors, “Uncle” Dr. Vincent G. Harding had passed away, I had just finished some research he invited me to do for him as he was preparing to dedicate time to a memoir he’d long planned to write. Dr. Harding had asked me to collect some of the essays he wrote in the 1960s.

Honor the Warrior, Not the War: A Veteran's Memorial Day Reflection

Dear Friend,

After visiting the Vietnam War Memorial in DC for the first time, I wrote a poem for one of my buddies memorialized there.

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Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls

From 1962 to 1964 I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nigeria. I taught at a secondary school in a part of northeastern Nigeria, along the Cameroon border, that is currently under siege by an extremist group called Boko Haram, which translates in the Hausa language somewhat loosely as “Western education is a sin” in an ill-defined attempt to impose their value system on the state.

The Ukrainian Muddle: Lies, Manipulation, and Silence

Poor Katrina van den Heuvel and husband Stephen Cohen, she the editor of The Nation and he a scholar of Russian history and the author of a definitive biography of Nikolai Bukharin, who was executed during Stalin’s mad blood purges, and more recently,