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Radio and theatre help bring peace in South Sudan

This article by Georgi Gotev originally appeared on Euractiv on 2/19/2018. Radio programmes and participatory theatre are playing a strong role in reducing rumours and inflammatory speech that divide communities in South Sudan. EURACTIV spoke to a person instrumental in the project, who received a prestigious award last week. Daniel Lokolong, the media coordinator of Search for Common Ground, came to Brussels from South Sudan to receive the Austrian Intercultural Achievement Award (IAA) for the project Communicating for Peace in South Sudan: A Social and Behaviour Change…

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DC Event: Israeli Settlements and Annexation in the Trump-Netanyahu Era

Veteran Israeli journalist Akiva Eldar of Al-Monitor spoke at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC on February 20, in discussion with APN’s Debra Shushan. The focus of the event was recent steps towards annexation of the West Bank and the state of the settlement enterprise in the Trump-Netanyahu era. Akiva argued that while Ariel Sharon’s plan in 1977 to settle one million Jewish Israelis in the West Bank over a 10-year period failed, the settlement enterprise and annexationist agenda have moved forward through other means. Pressed by Shushan to…

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Imagine this was your family

This is the reality of Palestinian life in East Jerusalem today. 76% of all Palestinians in East Jerusalem live below the poverty line, including 83% of Palestinian children. Only 41% of Palestinian children are enrolled in official municipal schools, with 33% dropping out before 12th grade. And over a third of residents are not connected to Jerusalem’s water infrastructure.* Beyond those grim statistics lies the additional threat of home eviction – the fate that befell Mohammad Shamasneh and his family. After 45 years, through no fault of their own, the…

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Beyond Diversity: Fellowship aims to transform conflict through social innovationSEE Change Magazine

As seen in SEE Change Magazine on February 15, 2018 Two leading international organizations, Seeds of Peace and Social Entrepreneurship Forum, partner to unite social innovators in pursuit of conflict resolution How do we move beyond superficial diversity to leverage our differences and build thriving, equitable communities across lines of conflict? This is the challenge posed in this year’s GATHER Fellowship, the only program of its kind at the intersection of social innovation and conflict transformation. Read the rest of the article at SEE Change Magazine ›› Source: https://www.seedsofpeace.org/beyond-diversity-fellowship-aims-transform-conflict-social-innovationsee-change-magazine/

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Fiscal Year 2019 Defense Spending Briefing Book

      The Fiscal Year 2019 Budget in Context Introduction President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget requests $617.1 billion for the Defense Department’s annual “base” discretionary budget, which is more than $90 billion higher than FY 18 enacted levels. This amount does not include certain other security spending, including funding for nuclear weapons-related work in the Department of Energy. Nor does it include an additional request of $69.0 billion for the Pentagon’s portion of the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account – also referred to as “war funding.” Including all of these…

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Mapping Youth Involvement in Colombia’s Peace Process

In collaboration with USAID’s Program of Alliances for Reconciliation, our most recent report, Peacebuilding in Colombia: A Youth Perspective, maps the current landscape of youth leaders and youth-led organizations in post-conflict Colombia. It also examines their potential in playing a key role to drive positive social change. Too often, in post-conflict environments, youth perspectives are ignored or undervalued. To promote youth inclusion in Colombia, we employed our innovative Youth Mapping Methodology, which allowed us to better understand how they use their influence within their communities. Overall, we collected…

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Ash Wednesday Reflection: How Am I Willing to Change?

by Brayton Shanley February 14, 2018 Joel 2:12-18, 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2, Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18 “Even now, says the Lord, return to me with fasting and weeping, and mourning.” Joel 2:13 Lent is a time for fasting, and Ash Wednesday is one of the most spiritually propitious days to fast as we prepare to undertake the 40 days of Lent. Our God through the prophet Joel proclaims, “Even now, return to me by the way of fasting,” a God-inspired fast that turns the searchlight within. A fast that helps us to…

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