January 4, 2009 |
In a sun-drenched valley of central Kenya, a few dozen villagers gather each Saturday to sit under the trees and conduct the painstaking work of reconciliation that their government leaders seem happy to avoid. These traumatized victims of Kenya's post-election clashes meet to talk, pray, sing and -- they hope -- heal.
December 6, 2013
I met Nelson Mandela not long after he stepped down as president of South Africa. He was visiting the Gates Foundation in Seattle, and I was part of a group of journalists lucky enough to get the chance to interview him for an hour. Now, with the news of his death at 95, Mandela is being lauded as the greatest, most charismatic leader of our times and I might be expected to say how amazing it was to be in the man's presence. But on that day in Seattle, he seemed no more extraordinary than many other people I have met. He had a graceful dignity about him and a humility learned over a lifetime, but he was not physically imposing or remarkably eloquent.
September 18, 2007
Re "Reconciliation needed -- in D.C.," Opinion, Sept. 12 Ronald Brownstein's article asking how can we expect political reconciliation between the Sunnis and the Shiites in Iraq if we don't have it between Democrats and Republicans in Washington overlooks a key point: Reconciliation does not mean agreeing with each other, it means talking with each other toward a common goal. We have peaceful, albeit sometimes acrimonious, talking in our capital; we have violence and wanton murder in Iraq.
May 12, 1985
Reagan's visit to a German cemetery was planned as a recognition of the reconciliation that has taken place between our two countries. We have changed from enemies to allies. The visit has not reopened old wounds as much as it has revealed that many old wounds have never healed. Apparently some of our people harbor such hatred that they cannot share in a spirit of reconciliation, even after 40 years. GEORGE L. CLARK SR. Manhattan Beach
February 27, 2007
Re "Iraq's delay on reconciliation frustrates U.S.," Feb. 24 Our troops should not be allowed to remain in Iraq while our Iraqi allies refuse to implement President Bush's reform plan. Originally, U.S. officials and our Iraqi allies aggressively barred former Baathist Party members from government service, but now Bush's reform calls for easing the rules and for reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites. However, the vast majority of Shiites and Kurds oppose Bush's plan. Shiites have only deepened their hold on the civil service and security forces.
June 27, 1995 |
If you think it's easy to say you're sorry, ask the Lutherans. Ever since the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America publicly apologized for founder Martin Luther's 16th-Century writing against the Jews, life has been uncomfortable. Since the formal statement, issued in April, 1994, loyal Lutherans have been humiliated. Recent converts to the church have felt betrayed. Some Jews have been slow to trust the apology, and some Lutherans have been angry and unsympathetic.
March 21, 2009 |
Somalia's new government, backed by the United Nations, appealed for financial and political support from around the world to bolster the fragile peace process in the country. At a Security Council meeting, the Somali foreign minister and the U.N. envoy to Somalia called for funding for African Union peacekeepers and fledgling domestic security forces in the violence-torn nation and cooperation with the new authorities. Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed was elected president in January under a U.N.-brokered reconciliation process.