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Reconciling freedom of artistic expression with religion in Tunisia


06 Oct 2014
In Tunisia, tensions continue to flair between secular and more conservative forces in society. Civil society activist Aymen Allani navigates the tenuous relationship between artistic expression and religion, calling for responsibility and dialogue in the current climate of political and societal fragility in the country. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 6 October 2014)

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A greeting of peace from Tripoli


06 Oct 2014
Even in neighborhoods polarized along sectarian cleavages, courageous individuals demonstrate their commitment to peace and nonviolence. In Tripoli, Lebanon, peace activist and journalist Vanessa Bassil highlights a recent event for International Peace Day featuring performers, artists, and musicians celebrating the “flame of peace” alight in Lebanon. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 6 October 2014)

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Virtual exchanges connect continents to fight Islamophobia and anti-Western sentiment


06 Oct 2014
Intercultural dialogue and understanding encourages tolerance and respect between societies across religious, cultural, and ideological boundaries. The virtual exchange organization Soliya connects individuals from the West and the Muslim world to help dispel notions of Islamophobia rooted in misunderstanding and stereotypes. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 6 October 2014)

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Peace is the Core of Life


29 Sep 2014
As Yemen continues to confront violent conflict during its tumultuous transition, the importance of prioritizing peace is ever more apparent. This beautiful and artistic 1-minute video starring Yemeni celebrities reminds us to celebrate peace, even in our daily lives. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 30 September 2014)

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Crossing Lines: Syria & Lebanon


29 Sep 2014
Tensions in Lebanon are high in the wake of the Syrian crisis and subsequent influx of Syrian refugees into Lebanon. Perception, however, can influence how we view one another. This innovative 1-minute video from Lebanon demonstrates the power of confronting our prejudice and interacting with one another. (Source: Common Ground News Service (CGNews), 30 September 2014)

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