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Nepal Tibetan New Year

From Afar…

by Michael Shipler on April 26, 2015

Right after I moved to Kathmandu in February 2006, I was told about the inevitable Big One. This majestic and troubled country sat on one of the most dangerous fault lines in the world, and Kathmandu was built on the dried bed of an ancient lake. The ground […]


A teacher inside and outside the classroom

by Cindy Chungong on April 24, 2015

We have a saying here: ‘The solutions to your problems are at your door: but sometimes you need to let others in to help you find them.’ This means that we cannot resolve our issues and build peace on our own. We must work with others. – Mamoudou Mamoudou Ouedraogo is a 34-year old PDevII […]


Sustainable Peace

by Nabila Khouri on April 22, 2015

Food, water, shelter, clothing. Every human being of the 7 billion that live on Earth today must satisfy basic needs to survive.  In grade school, we learn that we all depend on limited natural resources.  In the lush Great Lakes region of Africa and the dry landscapes of the […]

Gaspard, Frida, Jafari

“A Mediator Doesn’t Get Tired”

by Gabrielle Solanet and Jean-Paul Nicondindiriye on April 9, 2015

Over the last ten years, more than 500,000 ethnic-Hutu refugees came back to their homes in southern Burundi, from neighboring Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo. Disputes between residents and returnees who are claiming their land back after a decade-long absence are one of the main causes of conflict in […]

Shiva Tharu

Hope, Courage, Entrepreneurship: Shiva’s Story

by Ayush Joshi on April 2, 2015

Shiva Tharu, 36, is one of many Nepalese women who personally experienced the dire consequences of conflict. Her eyes moisten when she talks about her husband, who disappeared during fighting.  “The army came to our house and took my husband to the nearby camp. After three days I […]


My Brother and I

by Search for Common Ground on April 1, 2015

Siblings don’t always see eye to eye. They disagree, argue, and want to prove each other wrong. Often, when all is said and done, they work out an agreement and make peace. But for brothers Oussama and Souhaib Hakiri, who were raised under the same roof, finding common […]

A man drops his voters card in a ballot

Seven Reasons Congress Should Be Watching Saturday’s Elections in Nigeria

by Mike Jobbins on March 26, 2015

This article first appeared in The Hill on March 26th, 2015. You were horrified by the news of the 300 kidnapped girls taken from their school by Boko Haram. You’ve heard violent attacks in Nigeria before. You know Nigeria is located in Africa somewhere. But with everything going […]