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Arab and Jewish rescuers helping Syrian Refugees arriving in Lesvos

Every day, thousands of refugees from Syria arrive by boat on the shores of the Greek island of Lesvos, hoping to find a new start in Europe.  (Full Story)

Open Letter. A Call to McGill University and the Université de Montréal
On September 7, 2011, the Second Global Conference on World's Religions after 9/11 will take place in Montreal. It is organized with the active cooperation of McGill University and the Université de Montréal. The Dalai Lama will open the conference and many personalities have confirmed that they will attend. (Full Story)
Jack Layton's letter to Canadians: My friends, love is better than anger
My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. (Full Story)
UK. P.M David Cameron's Speech to Pope Benedict XVI - Full Text
''People do not have to share a religious faith or agree with religion on everything to see the benefit of asking the searching questions that you, your Holiness, have posed to us about our society and how we treat ourselves and each other. '' - UK Prime Minister David Cameron (Full Story)
Julian Assange: Whistleblower
Internet activist Julian Assange serves as spokesperson for WikiLeaks, a controversial, volunteer-driven website that publishes and comments on leaked documents alleging government and corporate misconduct. (Full Story)
Al Qaeda has close ties to core leadership in Pakistan - US Congress Report
The Al Qaeda network today also comprises semi-autonomous or self radicalized actors, who often have only peripheral or ephemeral ties to either the core cadre in Pakistan or affiliated groups elsewhere, says a new Report prepared by the Congressional Research Service for members of US Congress and made public by Open CRS, a project of the Center for Democracy & Technology.

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War and Peace in Oslo. President Barack Obama's Speech - Full Text
So part of our challenge is reconciling these two seemingly inreconcilable truths -- that war is sometimes necessary, and war at some level is an expression of human folly. Concretely, we must direct our effort to the task that President Kennedy called for long ago. "Let us focus," he said, "on a more practical, more attainable peace, based not on a sudden revolution in human nature but on a gradual evolution in human institutions." A gradual evolution of human institutions. (Full Story)
Obama School Speech. The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough - Full Text

The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough. It's about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best. (Full Story)

Ted Kennedy 1932 - 2009. Statement from the Kennedy Family
Edward M. Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port. We’ve lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever. (Full Story)
Are Honor Killings Simply Domestic Violence?
by Phyllis Chesler

On February 12, 2009, Muzzammil Hassan informed police that he had beheaded his wife. Hassan had emigrated to the United States 30 years ago and, after a successful banking career, had founded Bridges TV, a Muslim-interest network which aims, according to its website, "to foster a greater understanding among many cultures and diverse populations." (Full Story)

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