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Yonathan Shapira joins Bassam Aramin to share stories on brotherhood -- in spite of intractable violence.
Bri shares this update from Williamsburg eatery, bar, and art venue Monkey Town:
"We're talking with people in Popayan, Colombia, Tokyo, Japan, and Nelson, and British Columbia. On top of that, we're seeing the live broadcast on 4 giant screens.
In this gripping short documentary, we meet a former Israeli soldier and a former member of the resistance in the Occupied Palestinian Territories who have renounced violence to try and find a peaceful solution to conflict through a group called Combatants for Peace. In a meeting of the organization, we see how former enemies who have lost loved ones are able to see past their tragic pasts by focusing on their common humanity.
Paul S., downtown Vancouver Pangea Day host, has more to share with us:
Join the Bereaved Families Forum in this global discussion of healing after terrible violence in our comment threads. What does it take to heal? To forgive?
- "I believe that people have difficulty reconciling NOT because they don't want peace, but because they cant live with the daily suffering. They don't know what to do with the anger."- "There's no way to peace. Peace is the way. You do peace first without any condition."
Lee, in Houston, Texas, shares this heartwarming update: "Our entire group stood up and burst out laughing, and when we sat down eyes welled. Feelings of gratitude overwhelm. Thanks to all for making this day for all of us."
Emerson Kids at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church
The most important story in the Middle East is not being told on the nightly news. The true heroes of this conflict use something more powerful than bullets and bombs. This is the story of people who lost everything except the courage to face their enemies.
...stories that inspire across civilizations.
Organizers in Shanghai write, "So after weeks of plotting, scheming and ceaseless fretting, our Friends of Pangea Day event in Shanghai has gone off without a hitch. For those unfamiliar with the situation, a brief explanation: the Chinese government has launched a serious crackdown on cultural events in the lead-up to the Beijing Olympics. Case in point: two weeks ago, exactly one week before the event was scheduled to begin, the government announced that it was cancelling China's largest music festival this year. The 'official' reason? Local police would not be able to provide adequate security for the event. The real reason? Government anxiety surrounding current pro-Tibet sentiments worldwide.As such, putting on a film event in China -- especially as the content was not known beforehand -- is tricky business. No venues would touch it (we finally got an artists' warehouse in an industrial zone in south Shanghai), trying to figure out how to get a secure internet connection caused many sleepless nights (The Panopticon's Great Firewall is the bane of our existence), we had to keep our events out of Chinese media (we told all Chinese journalists it was a private event to cover ourselves and make sure there were no repercussions after), and we had plans b, c, d, e and f in place for the 4-hour broadcast. We tried rerouting our connection through the US, were considering a Hong Kong option as well; had dealt with StarWorld Asia (a Pangea Day broadcaster in Asia) but with little luck; had techies in Vancouver helping us out; had Slipbox hook-ups in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal -- basically, everything we could think of. Last minute (two hours before the global broadcast started), we got an illegal satellite connection to the Philippines, with a link to StarWorld. Praise be.So yeah, it's been a ride. We have learned more about computers than we could have ever imagined learning in a three-day period, but the result was worth it. We held an 8-hour marathon showcasing local filmmakers -- there is no forum for Chinese filmmakers to show their work here, due to government regulation, as such we felt this was especially important -- prior to the 4-hour broadcast we're all seeing now. In total, we've got a 12-hour marathon. We've had roughly 1000 people come through our dingy little warehouse space, and we're loving being able to participate in the global phenomenon.So cheers from Shanghai -- despite all the barriers, we're seeing Pangea Day, along with all of you, in China.Signed, Two very exhausted, but very relieved, organizers."
A wish come true! Pangea Day founder and organizer Jehane Noujaim speaks out on the efforts that made it all happen:
"By sharing stories we've started the process of turning strangers into friends."
Malian singer Rokia Traore blends the traditions of her Bamana heritage with a modern singer-songwriter's approach to music-making. Her smooth vocals mix with the soulful sounds of traditional instruments to create intoxicating music.
People around the world are gathering in Laughter Clubs -- to share one of the most profound human universals.
Join the discussion on joy and laughter in our comments. What makes you laugh?
Just over an hour left to go and more updates from Chris M. in Seattle:
"It's time for the pattern of pluralism to prevail over the pattern of fear."
Rwandan singer-songwriter Jean-Paul Samputu is a cultural ambassador -- bringing traditional African singing, dancing and drumming, and a message of peace, hope and reconciliation, to the world.
What makes you angry? Join the discussion on our comments pages, and visit 6 Billion Others on PangeaDay.org.
In South Africa, a long-brutalized dog comes between a white landowner and his young black farmhand.
A simple life was transformed by violence when Ishmael Beah was recruited, at age 13, to fight as a child soldier.
"We have a repsonbility to expose ourselves to our world, to see our common humanity, tolearn about other people -- not only in times of war, but in times of peace."
What are your fears? Join the discussion on our comment pages.
Boys in a Brazilian school deal with the daily trials of childhood -- and emerge better friends.
Artist and computer scientist Jonathan Harris makes online art that captures the world's expression – to show off a world that resonates with shared emotions, concerns, problems, triumphs, and troubles.
"Whether you're a billionaire or a refugee, a prisoner or a president, you have feelings," Harris says. And his website "harvests" feelings from the Web. A sample of how people are feeling right now: "I feel like a hack... I feel I could be doing more... I just want to feel alive for the first time in my life... I feel so much of my Dad in me that there isn't room for me."