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Breaking bread in Kabul

December 11, 2015 - Here in Kabul, over breakfast with Afghan Peace Volunteers, or APVs, we easily recalled key elements of the conflict resolution and peer mediation “train the trainers” workshops that Ellis Brooks, with Voices for Creative Nonviolence-UK

Islam and fear during the holidays

During this holiday season, I pause as a Muslim, as I do every year, to rehearse the reasons why I should not feel alienated in my own land, the place of my birth.

The Genocide Convention: An Unused but not Forgotten Standard of World Law

9 December is the anniversary of the 1948 Convention on Genocide, signed at the UN General Assembly held in 1948 in Paris.

Survivor of U.S. bombing of Afghanistan hospital: "I want my story to be heard"

I feel very angry, but I don’t want anything from the U.S. military,” said Khalid Ahmad (in photo), a 20-year-old pharmacist who survived the U.S. bombing of the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz on the 3rd of October, “God will hold them accountable.”

November 25: Silent Violence Against Women

How many victims of silence there are, and at what cost! Silence has its laws and its demands… Silence demands that its enemies disappear suddenly and without a trace.  Silence prefers that no voice of complaint or protest or indignation disturb its calm. And when such a voice is heard, silence strikes with all its might to restore the status quo ante – the state of silence.

War and Love Letters from Dr Adele Kubein to the Afghan Peace Volunteers

Dr Adele Kubein works at Oregon State University in Corvallis, USA and in the letters below over the past three years, she becomes vulnerable with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul, expressing her love with tears.

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On the anniversary of the killing of Tamir Rice

22 November, 2015 - On the one year anniversary of the police shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice, the Reverend Osagyefo Sekou sent courage and support to his family and the many who side with justice converging on Cleveland, rallying in their home towns and demanding justice from Mizzou to Minneapolis.