All posts in "World Peace"

#PeacefulMondays: The people-powered light of a nuclear-free world

By Maya Mathias / December 11, 2017

The room erupted in thunderous applause. It wasn’t because a celebrity, pop icon or politician had played to the crowd. Or because something witty had just been uttered. The applause burst forth from acknowledging that we, the human race, had had enough. It was applause from everyday people, to begin the march toward a world […]


#PeacefulMondays: Bridging the gap with those who serve

By Maya Mathias / December 4, 2017

On Monday May 25 2015, I attended my first Memorial Day observance ceremony, and met my first war veteran. He spoke of his encounter with the enemy, deep inside a tunnel in the Pacific. I offered him some words of comfort and encouragement, and his eyes moistened with gratitude. It planted a I-want-to-help seed in […]


#PeacefulMondays: A musical buffet of love

By Maya Mathias / November 20, 2017

(Image from I love award shows. Glitz and glamor notwithstanding, the artistry on display is a source of inspiration. Music award shows are especially dear to me. I live and breathe music – its rhythm, rhyme and reason. As I posted on Facebook earlier today, “…music is the soundtrack to our lives, the melodic […]


#PeacefulMondays: Fighting for our peace

By Maya Mathias / November 13, 2017

Tribalism has its place. It bonds us to people we identify with, are nurtured by, and would potentially die for. But what happens when a tribe’s defenders are disconnected from or disenfranchised by other members of the tribe? Read More


#PeacefulMondays: Make debates whole again

By Maya Mathias / October 30, 2017

(Demonstrators clashed at a free speech rally in Berkeley, Calif., in August. Credit Josh Edelson/Associated Press ) I’ve often wondered what America’s Founding Fathers would say about the current state of debate in the public sphere, and whether it mirrors their free-speech intentions as enshrined in the First Amendment. Does free speech mean unfettered speech, […]


#PeacefulMondays: The “slow” wheels of justice

By Maya Mathias / October 24, 2017

Here in the USA, citizens have mixed feelings about investigations into whether and how Russia interfered with the 2016 Presidential elections. For now, there’s no concrete evidence that the interference changed the vote count in any obvious or measurable way, so it has to some extent become background noise as we go about our daily […]


#PeacefulMondays: Regular folk

By Maya Mathias / September 25, 2017

How was your week and, if you live in a temperate climate, your transition into the Fall? Though I was nursing a stomach bug for most of the week, I made time to ingest some of what unfolded at and around the United Nations General Assembly. As I shared with you last week, The UN […]


#PeacefulMondays: The Super Bowl of Diplomacy

By Maya Mathias / September 18, 2017

Are you still thinking about Hurricane Irma, the hurricanes that threaten to follow in her wake, or friends and loved ones who were affected by her wrath? A couple of days ago, I was on the phone with a close friend and learned she has family in Florida. One had a home in the Florida […]


Manifesto for the Star In Your Soul

By Maya Mathias / August 23, 2017

I’m thrilled to launch my “Star In Your Soul” manifesto. Is it just me, or have the last couple of years been filled with one (okay, more like 10) too many globally-renowned icons passing? It’s sad enough when luminaries like Nelson Mandela and Maya Angelou leave us after a full and ripe life. But when […]

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