War as (wrong) metaphor:

Evolving Middle East citizens who define, live the new power

Monday, 05 October 2009


"Either war is finished or we are."

            Herman Wouk

             in War and Remembrance

"All great truths begin as blasphemies."

            George Bernard Shaw

War as (wrong) metaphor

     "War has become a popular but unfortunate metaphor and euphemism for society's failures," says Dr. Hugh Mann, Missouri physician.
     "The 'wars' on drugs, illiteracy, and poverty have all been lost, and the war on terrorism seems endless," adds the American heartland doc.
     Iraq and Afghanistan wars on war itself illuminate:

        1.  these predictable failures.
        2.  history's call to dispense with the malevolent metaphor.

     Crystal-clearly, war has become obsolete among our one, totally interconnected humankind.
     Walls and borders as "solutions" also lack power to propel us toward sustainable cooperation now and forever.
     New, powerful metaphors and means of life beyond war are already being modeled by many, small, creative citizen initiatives.


Listening Power

"The person with the will and skill to listen has the power to transform the relationship."

Neglecting, dominating, humiliating, hurting, and destroying other, equal human beings are old-fashioned, obsolete -- cave-age behaviors that lead to failures.

Empathy Power

Tears are not a sign of weakness, reveals new Israeli research in evolutionary biology.

Empathy and tears -- "highly evolved behavior" -- humanize each other to build and strengthen relationships.

Big boys should cry  

By ISRAEL21c Staff

Published by ISRAEL21c -- September 29, 2009


Relationship Power Acts of Goodwill


Story Power


Picture Power Change Illustrated



     Below are three 2009 award-winning  stories in English, Arabic and Hebrew.
     By and about evolved people -- themselves new metaphors, vivid pictures, modern "forces" for living beyond war.


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    Search for Common Ground has announced winners of the 2009 Eliav-Sartawi Awards for Middle East Journalism.
     The papers reside together at http://www.commongroundnews.org/series.php?edId=2528&lan=en&sid=0 .
     They are published in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
1.  Yizhar Be'er - Israel
        2.  Aziz Abu Sarah - Palestine
        3.  Mona Eltahawy - United States

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Human tragedy as a catalyst for change
by Yizhar Be'er
09 April 2009

 In this article written for CGNews' series on responsible journalism, Yizhar Be'er discusses the ways television personalizes and humanizes the "other" during times of conflict.

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A Palestinian remembers the Holocaust
by Aziz Abu Sarah
07 May 2009

Some part of me feared that if I sympathized with the enemy, my right to struggle for justice might be taken away, writes Aziz Abu Sarah about acknowledging Jewish pain over the Holocaust.

Now I know this is nonsense: you are stronger when you let humanity overcome enmity.

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The loneliest man in the world
by Mona Eltahawy
02 March 2009

Egyptian-American journalist Mona Eltahawy says that Dr. Izzeldine Abuelaish "seems to be the only person left in this small slice of the Middle East with its supersized servings of 'us' and 'them' who refuses to hate."