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“U.S. Cost of Violence Surpasses 15% of GDP”

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“U.S. Cost of Violence Surpasses 15% of GDP”

On the eve of the International Day of Peace (Sept. 21), the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has released a report detailing how much of the U.S. economy is related to either preventing or dealing with the consequences of violence. The report conservatively estimates that in 2010, 15% of GDP or US$15,000 per taxpayer [...]

OneVoice Balloons for Arab Peace Initiative

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OneVoice Balloons for Arab Peace Initiative

From a village near Jenin that borders on the 1967 line, OneVoice Palestine youth activists and locals released into Israel hundreds of helium balloons carrying the text of the Arab Peace Initiative on Saturday, April 28, drawing attention toward this historic opportunity. OneVoice is an international grassroots movement that aims to amplify the voice of [...]

Syria Accepts Kofi Annan’s Peace Plan

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Syria Accepts Kofi Annan’s Peace Plan

After a long dilly-dallying during the past few days, it’s said that the Syrian rulers have accepted the peace formula offered by the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (pictured above). The Syrian government led by President Bashar al-Assad has finally agreed to withdraw its troops and weapons from the embattled cities by April 10. [ Also [...]

Bush Institute Launches Freedom Collection

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Bush Institute Launches Freedom Collection

The George W. Bush Institute this week unveiled the Freedom Collection, a first-of-its-kind living repository documenting the continued struggle for human freedom and liberty around the world. President and Mrs. Laura Bush spoke to an audience of dissidents, freedom advocates and representatives from local community organizations. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia [...]

“Troy Davis Execution a Failure of Justice System”

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“Troy Davis Execution a Failure of Justice System”

Following the announcement that the state of Georgia has executed Troy Anthony Davis, Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA (AIUSA), released the following statement: “The U.S. justice system was shaken to its core as Georgia executed a person who may well be innocent. Killing a man under this enormous cloud of doubt is [...]

Israel-Palestine Hearing Mission of Peace

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Israel-Palestine Hearing Mission of Peace

The Starkey Hearing Foundation and its Israeli partners concluded Thursday its Israel-Palestine Hearing Mission of Peace in the West Bank region, fitting more than 1,000 Palestinian children and adults with hearing devices. The Starkey Hearing Foundation hopes the three-day effort will promote greater communication and understanding among the local communities through improved hearing. It brought [...]

Muhammad Yunus Banks to Play in U.S. Theaters

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Muhammad Yunus Banks to Play in U.S. Theaters

On March 31, theaters across America will host a special media event, introducing American audiences to the potential for microfinance in the United States, and the magic of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus’s Grameen Bank. Gayle Ferraro’s film “To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America” will play in theaters nationwide and will be [...]