Akbar Ganji, born January 31, 1960, is an acclaimed and widely celebrated Iranian journalist and writer. Often referred to as not only as the country’s preeminent political dissident, but also as the Iranian Vaclav Havel.
The world has cracked a little with the loss of one of its greatest fathers. The human family feels this loss, but instead of despair, we can see celebration and tender memory of Madiba’s achievement and life. Remembering Mandela gives us hope and proves that humans can recognize goodness in its prime form. He was a leader that put his country and people first, his governance was integrative and unselfish. Good deeds that Mandela leaves behind will continue reverberating through ages transmitting the message that individuals are capable of changing the world.
As part of the public awareness campaign on “Love and forgiveness in government,” we would like to invite you for a movie screening and discussion around forgiveness and reconciliation.
Differences between people, or groups of people, can be the fuel of conflict. These differences are manifold and inherent to the human condition and can be over almost anything; wealth, power, land, ideology, religion, and ethnicity are just a few of the difference that may spark into conflict. Yet, these differences do not ignite into open, violent conflict without the emotions of fear, hatred, anger, or jealousy. Once violence starts it is often difficult to stop.