A letter to a friend I met somewhere near the Holy land

You asked for news. Well, I’ve got news. My flight got delayed for 30 minutes because of the storm in Jordan, I arrived in Vienna 15 minutes before the 2nd flight to Paris, I used my headphones to listen to the music of Mission Impossible in order to feel that if Tom Cruise can do … Continue reading A letter to a friend I met somewhere near the Holy land

Connecting Peace and Education- Wadi Ben-Hirki

by Eunice Amoka, Nigeria “Kids need people willing to fight for them” Her arms move wildly, the arch of her body, the brightness in her eyes, excitement radiates from her entire being. As a member of her audience, you cannot but be swept up in her deep passion for the subject she speaks about; thoroughly … Continue reading Connecting Peace and Education- Wadi Ben-Hirki

Unlikely Encounters

by Moe Azraq, Jordan On a beautiful spring evening in Haifa, I was sitting outside and reading a book at a cafe called Elika while waiting for my friend Daphy to come pick me up to go to a Seder (Passover dinner) at her aunt’s house in Nahariya, when a group of “48 Palestinian” men … Continue reading Unlikely Encounters

Yemen Prays for Khashoggi, But Who Prays for Yemen?

By Yazeed, Yemen For years, and perhaps decades, none of the horrific stories of kidnapping, torturing or assassinating journalists has caught the world's attention like the current story of the disappearance and possible assassination of a well-known Saudi journalist in Turkey last week. Jamal Khashoggi, who is a prominent Saudi journalist and a critic of … Continue reading Yemen Prays for Khashoggi, But Who Prays for Yemen?

“We Neighbors, We Are Friends”

By Adina Arbel I had just arrived to Amman, Jordan, and my boss sent me off on a mission. Catch a taxi to the hotel she had stayed in and pick up 10,000 USD in cash from the hotel safe that she had forgotten. It was 2007, I was 20 years old, and I just … Continue reading “We Neighbors, We Are Friends”

Riding the Donkey Backwards by Asil Ibrahim-Khalil, Palestine

It was a hot, sunny July day in Phoenix, Arizona. It was amazing seeing the long green cacti on my way to visit ASU, Arizona State University, with a group of eight Birzeit University students. I remember wearing light blue jeans, a beige top, a scarf and, of course, my light sneakers. We were excited … Continue reading Riding the Donkey Backwards by Asil Ibrahim-Khalil, Palestine

Stopping the Cycle

Since I was very young, I have always had so many questions. I always wondered, “Why there are hungry people in this world even though we have enough food to feed everyone? Why do people die from curable diseases just because they can’t pay for medical care? Why is there war even when most people … Continue reading Stopping the Cycle