Entries by Mike Ward

Remembering Sheikh Bukhari

We first met Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari at his home in Jerusalem's Old City. Amidst a beautiful library of Islamic manuscripts and museum of Uzbek culture, he spoke gently, courageously and persistently of nonviolence and unity. We remember Sheikh Bukhari as a visionary and effective peacemaker. May his legacy be magnified. http://www.jpost.com/Israel/Article.aspx?id=177302  

Peacemaker Sakena Yacoobi and His Holiness the Dalai Lama

It is always slightly magical seeing a Tanenbaum Peacemaker on stage. This goes without saying, I suppose, about seeing His Holiness the Dalai Lama. So, the combination of Peacemaker Sakena Yacoobi and the Dalai Lama at St. John the Divine was downright exhilarating. It may seem ironic to some that the stand-out aspect of the conversation […]

Friar Ivo Sings from Bosnia to China

Friar Ivo Markovic's Pontanima Choir sang in China last week at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. I wasn't surprised. Nor did I blink when I saw Friar Ivo's monastery  featured in a Common Ground News Service article, at about this same time, for work done right at home in Sarajevo. I'm feeling nostalgic today, thinking back […]

Ivo Markovic on the Power of Osnat & Najeeba’s Story

Last month, we published a short piece on the work of Osnat Aram-Daphna and Najeeba Sirhan, two school principals in the Galilee, in the Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue. Among the great feedback celebrating this remarkable pair, my favorite was the following from Tanenbaum Peacemaker Friar Ivo Markovic. Friar Ivo always hits the nail on the […]

Controversy Over the Role of Religion in US Foreign Policy

Listserves and blogs are abuzz today with good and bad things to say about a new report from The ChicagoCouncil on Global Affairs: Engaging Religious Communities Abroad: A New Imperative for U.S. Foreign Policy. Yes, we’ve mentioned it too, and I’ve commented elsewhere on the controversy of it.    Before we let it go, for now, […]

A to Z: Interview with Marc Gopin

Read this interview of Marc Gopin, peacemaker and professor at George Mason University. This is seriously solid and important reading, especially given current perceptions of impasse in Israel and Palestine. In the Jerusalem Post or at MarcGopin.com

Next stop: Selection Committee

24 individuals from 17 countries have been nominated for our Peacemakers in Action and Women’s Peace Initiative awards. During the last 9 weeks, staff  have reviewed, researched, collated, charted, researched again and ranked according to our five criteria. As of Friday, it will be up to our expert selection committee… It’s been a great run. […]

A to Z: Interview with Marc Gopin

Read this incredible interview of Marc Gopin, peacemaker and professor at George Mason University. This is seriously solid and important reading, especially given current perceptions of impasse in Israel and Palestine. In the Jerusalem Post or at MarcGopin.com

Nominations in! On to research…

Over the past two months people from around the globe have shared with us the stories of their colleagues, friends and neighbors who are changing the world. We have received 20 nominations for the next Peacemaker in Action and Women’s Peace Initiative award winners! Their work is remarkable: in Cameroon, Palestine, Honduras, India and the […]

New Prize Recognizes Tanenbaum Peacemakers

The Fondation Chirac’s first Conflict Prevention Prize was awarded on November 6th to Imam Muhammad Ashafa and to Pastor James Wuye for their efforts in Nigeria. Just up today: you can watch videos, see pictures and download their speeches! Click here. Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye received Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers in Action award in 2000. According […]