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WHILE WE WERE SLEEPING...
the world thrummed along – with humanity creating technologies, building civilizations, obliterating them, killing each other, helping each other. But as Third Siders, we're sure you’re more interested in the last category of activity in which humanity partakes.
While we were sleeping it was Third Siders all over the world who were active, reaching across enemy lines and building relationships; teaching fourth graders how to create world peace through a game; rapping for justice; serving as clarion calls in our dangerously corrupt societies, all the while, unbeknownst to themselves, creating Third Side literature that we could voraciously consume.
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“MOSQUES DO THE OPPOSITE OF TERRORISM: THEY DIFFUSE PEACE AND DIALOGUE”…
…said Mohmmed ben Mohammed, a member of the Union of the Islamic Communities in Italy, in the aftermath of the bloody attack on the Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray Church near Rouen, about 77 miles away from Paris. Many from the Muslim community in the Rouen region, in France, reached out in solidarity to the victims and the family of those affected. It is in times of crisis that we can distinguish our friends from our foes. It is also in times of crisis that the Third Side principles become so very crucial, that the creative people and communities automatically and unthinkingly adopt them. READ THE REST >>
The purpose of Protest – A key tool for the Witness and Equalizer: The example of Colin Kaepernick
It was a bright sunny late August day in Santa Clara California. The stadium was packed with San Francisco 49er fans. The pre-season game was about to begin like any other National Football League (NFL) event – with the singing of the National Anthem. The announcer’s melodramatic voice emerged through the loud speaker, “Would you all please rise and remove your caps for the singing of our National Anthem.” Reverberations rippled through the stadium. All rose. But one. READ THE REST >>
Hope was lost when talks to resolve the long standing conflict between Israel and Palestine failed in April 2014. This was the first time since President Obama’s tenure commenced, that the conflict was attempted to be directly discussed by the leadership of Israel and Palestine, in an effort to resolve their disputes and bring about peace in their nations. The long standing nature of the conflict has resulted in deeply rooted emotional hostilities as well as extreme political and societal distrust on both sides. The most logical outcome, under the circumstances, was the failure of the talks – which was what eventually happened. The demise of the talks meant political stagnation, the resumption of attacks by Palestinians, daily incursions of the Israeli army into Palestinian territories, Palestinians contending with multiple checkpoints, and Israeli families bracing themselves to sacrifice their male family members. READ THE REST >>