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Quaker Action Fall 2013

Quaker Action Fall 2013

In Somalia, Zacaria Said Ali Abdirahman, 15, learns about electrical installation.

 

There is no “them”

The U.S. can be a force for the common good—if we invest in peaceful ends to conflict and adopt restorative alternatives to healing a broken world.

In the fall issue of Quaker Action, learn about policies from Somalia to the West Bank that currently perpetuate instability—and approaches that make all of us safer.

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In Somalia, U.S. counterterrorism laws are counterproductive

Young men and women coming of age now in Somalia have never known a time without civil war. Take a look at how some are ending the cycle of violence—and what the U.S. can do to support, instead of hinder, their efforts.

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Billions in military aid failed to bring peace to Israel-Palestine

Since World War II, the U.S. has given more military aid to Israel than to any other country. Talking with Israelis who are willing to speak out about the deepening militarization of Israeli culture and with Palestinians who can testify to the destructive effects of current military aid, we hear strong voices illustrating why further military aid is counterproductive to finding a durable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Pie chart showing U.S. aid to Israel
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A closer look: U.S. aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority

This infographic breaks down the U.S.’s so-called “non-military” aid to the region—and shows that much of this aid is, in fact, funding militarized programs.

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Quakers roll out new vision for U.S. foreign policy

Examples of positive alternatives to war and violence abound in AFSC’s work, but showing policymakers the effectiveness of a “common good” approach to foreign policy is a challenge. A new collaboration between AFSC and FCNL hopes to change that.