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Jul 13, 2011, 7:31am Yasaman Sherbaf
Last week, my colleague Leila Zand (director of civilian diplomacy at the Fellowship of Reconciliation) led a presentation and discussion on the power of social media in the current political climate — especially in the Middle East during the...
Jul 12, 2011, 10:15am Mas'ood Cajee
Amitabh Pal is managing editor of The Progressive magazine and author of the new book “Islam” Means Peace: Understanding the Muslim Principle of Nonviolence Today (Praeger, 2011). My review of Pal’s book will appear in print in the...
Mar 31, 2011, 3:39pm FOR
With bombs falling in Libya and wars continuing in Iraq and Afghanistan, members of the U.S. Congress are now attacking those in our country simply for their religious beliefs.We encourage you to sign a petition to President Obama, sponsored by...
Mar 23, 2011, 1:00pm FOR
As a member of the United National Antiwar Committee, FOR has put forward the following statement regarding Libya:At great risk to their lives, activists organizing to oppose oppressive, dictatorial regimes in the Middle East and North Africa...
Jan 28, 2011, 10:26pm Leila Zand
In the past several days, I have been following Egypt’s unfolding events. I have seen photos and videos of people shouting for democracy; many of those images are familiar to us as we saw many similar images from Tunisia last month or Iran...
Jan 17, 2011, 5:37pm Mark Johnson
Today, we celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life. Instead of simply observing this holiday, let us heed his words and practice his teachings, living into the values and example he provided.In this moment of national soul-...
Nov 3, 2010, 10:04pm Mark Johnson
This is not the official version of American history, but that it very nearly sums it up can scarcely be doubted by anyone with the courage to look into the faces one encounters all over this land: who listens to the voices, hearing incessantly the...
Sep 23, 2010, 5:23pm Ethan Vesely-Flad
Next Tuesday, September 28, Medea Benjamin will be arraigned in court in Virginia, accused of trespassing in the home of Erik Prince, the founder and C.E.O. of the notorious private security contractor Blackwater (now Xe). Five days later, Benjamin...
Sep 22, 2010, 3:05pm Ethan Vesely-Flad
Scott Kennedy is the recipient of the 2010 Pfeffer Peace Prize, an honor for international human rights, justice, and peace work which has been awarded by the Fellowship of Reconciliation since 1989. Kennedy co-founded the Resource Center for...
Sep 9, 2010, 5:14pm Richard Deats
On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh drove a truck loaded with explosives into the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 persons and injuring 680 more. McVeigh, a former soldier, was a supporter of right-wing militias. He was furious at the...