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Linda Mason

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Need Our Help

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Imagine the population of your town swelling with war refugees by 25 percent in one year - or even doubling or tripling in size. Imagine the competition for work, housing, and social and medical services.

On a recent trip to Lebanon, I found that this is the current reality...

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Building a New Libya From the Ground Up

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2012 | 2:48 PM

There is a feeling of intensity and anticipation in the air in Benghazi, a city in the northeast corner of Libya. There is enormous pride that last year's revolution started here; they were the first to stand up to Gaddafi. But people realize that there is much more work to...

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Healing Kids in NYC -- And Around the World

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2011 | 1:25 AM

It is difficult to imagine anything good resulting from the senseless and devastating September 11th terrorist attacks. But in the days and weeks after 9/11, I witnessed something positive and incredible: people coming together to heal the emotional wounds of kids in New York City, and taking that healing to...

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Mother's Day in Haiti: 'Hope Creates Life!'

(2) Comments | Posted May 8, 2011 | 12:08 PM

In the days leading up to this year's Mother's Day, I visited Haiti -- my third trip with the humanitarian agency Mercy Corps since the devastating January 2010 earthquake. I've spent much of my time in Haiti with mothers, and I've found that they share many of the...

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Can Cell Phones Rescue Haiti?

(2) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 10:15 AM

When I visited Haiti in November, I saw one of the most effective weapons in the fight against poverty -- an intervention that may well be the key to Haiti's long-term recovery. It wasn't a doctor combating cholera, a new shelter for the homeless, or food being distributed to hungry...

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Unleashing the Haitian Enterprising Spirit

(0) Comments | Posted March 2, 2010 | 5:10 PM

On my recent trip to Haiti, I was filled first with despair and then hope. Despair for the overwhelming human and physical destruction. Hope because of the quiet strength, resilience, and determination of the Haitian people.

I spent my time in the sprawling tent camps in Port-au-Prince. It's estimated that...

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Book Club Activists Unite!

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2009 | 10:50 AM

Many Americans know about the inspiring book clubs of female media celebrities like Arianna Huffington and Oprah Winfrey. Most have not heard about unsung book club heroes like Rufi Natarajan.

Rufi is a mid-50s, Pakistani-American businesswoman who lives in Houston, TX. Her book club of smart, engaging women recently...

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Secretary Clinton Visits the Most Dangerous Place To Be a Woman

(2) Comments | Posted August 7, 2009 | 6:11 PM

While her husband's trip to North Korea to release two American women journalists has recently dominated headlines, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes on a mission that has the potential to save countless women's lives. As part of her seven nation tour of Africa, Mrs. Clinton travels on Tuesday to...

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