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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Virginia Bates, a poet and artist who opposed the Vietnam War and was a founder of the Howard County Peace Action Community, died of complications from the flu Dec. 9 at Bridgepoint of Los Altos, an assisted-living facility in California. The former Woodbine resident was 88. Virginia Neumann was born in Baltimore. She was the daughter of William Neumann, a plumber, and Elinor Neumann, a homemaker. She was a 1942 graduate of Western High School and earned a degree in literature from Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
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December 14, 2013
A recent article about the Arab-Israeli peace process could not be further from the truth when it talked about the "continued commitment of both [Israeli and Palestinian] leaders" ("Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian talks 'closer than we have been in years,'" Dec.7). In fact, the talks are a farce because Israel doesn't want a peace settlement with the Palestinians - today or ever. All Israel wants is to continue stealing more Palestinian land until there is nothing left. Unfortunately, the U.S. doesn't have the backbone to stand up to Israel and its powerful lobby, so nothing will change.
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December 13, 2013
It's ironic that Republicans, who seem to spend all of their time finding things to criticize President Barack Obama for rather than doing anything positive to help our country, are now up in arms regarding his handshake with Cuban President Raul Castro ("Handshake shakes up foes, friends of Cuba," Dec. 11). Without going into the pros and cons of whether it was appropriate or not, consider the milieu in which this diplomatic incident took place. It was at a ceremony eulogizing the extraordinary life of the man whose singular accomplishment was to rise above the intense animosity and vitriol in South Africa during the apartheid era, and who by embracing his implacable foes, brought peace and a spirit of reconciliation to his country, thereby avoiding what could have been a massive, bloody civil war. Nelson Mandela's life was a remarkably vivid demonstration of the benefits of finding the road to peace and cooperation as opposed to continuing confrontation.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
Those sappy carols have it all wrong. "Let it Snow" and "White Christmas" and all the rest lead us to think snow makes this time of year more magical. But in reality, nothing messes up holiday plans in Baltimore like a good snowfall. Churches and schools postponed holiday concerts and plays after this week's double helping of snow. Luncheons and galas were rescheduled. Even the Mayor's Christmas Parade in Hampden was canceled Sunday for the first time in its 41-year history.
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By Joseline Peña-Melnyk | November 14, 2013
Women political leaders from the east and west came together in Washington D.C. this summer to advance women's roles in building sustainable peace as part of the women's leadership conference, "Women at the Tables of Power. " This exchange between U.S. state legislators and women parliamentarians was a golden opportunity to listen to women whose backgrounds are unlike my own, and to learn about the special challenges they face. I stood shoulder to shoulder with women leaders from Egypt, Morocco, Afghanistan and Pakistan whose work and courage I admire.
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By Joel Brinkley | October 5, 2013
Only a few months have passed since President Obama last boasted that al-Qaida is on "the path to defeat. " But then, just a few days ago, his State Department issued what it called a "worldwide caution" on "the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. " State warned that al-Qaida is now threatening Americans in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia, Africa and Central Asia -- practically the entire world.
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By Feisal Abdul Rauf | October 1, 2013
Suddenly, after decades of impasse, it seems possible - just possible - that the stars are aligning for a comprehensive peace agreement in the Middle East. Three major developments are happening right now. Iran's new president, Hasan Rowhani, has made a peace overture after more than three decades of conflict with the United States. President Barack Obama's phone call to Mr. Rowhani was a breakthrough in diplomatic relations with Iran that have been frozen since 1979. The United States and Russia have brokered an agreement to rid Syria of chemical weapons.
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September 25, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry's meeting with Iran's foreign minister ("Kerry to meet Iran's foreign minister at UN in first face-to-face talks since 1979," Sept. 23) represents a good first step for direct negotiations between the U.S. and Iran, a country that does not threaten U.S. national interests. Hopefully, President Barack Obama will also meet with the new Iranian president, Hasan Rowhani, who has been reaching out to the West since entering office. It is past time for the U.S. to stop allowing Israel and its powerful lobby to dictate our foreign policy, which has caused us so much harm and expense.
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September 16, 2013
United Nations inspectors aren't saying who launched the chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 people in Syria in August, but it would be difficult for anyone - including President Bashar Assad's apologists in Moscow - to maintain the argument that it was anyone but the Assad regime. The report found that Sarin gas was used on a large scale and was delivered by surface-to-surface missiles, some of which were marked with what appear to be Cyrillic characters. That suggests a level of armament and technical ability far beyond what any rebel group in Syria is capable of. Meanwhile, another U.N. panel monitoring human rights violations in Syria said it is investigating 14 incidents of possible chemical weapons use in the country.
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September 12, 2013
I appreciate the attention The Sun has devoted to President Barack Obama's plan to attack Syria - articles, letters and commentaries. There is little debate, though, as the vast majority of the people oppose this counter-productive strategy. I despise the tyranny of Bashar Assad's government, but he should be isolated and eventually brought to justice. He will not suffer from a U.S. attack, but Syrian people are sure to experience death and destruction. As the peace movement protests President Obama's potentially reckless plunge into the abyss, some elected officials are ignoring the voices of the people.
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