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If you were cringing this Thanksgiving at the homicidal youth gang that calls itself ISIS, you might consider the narratives of three young people in the Middle East who are trying to make a positive difference.The threat there became obvious to the world last month when terrorists bombed a Russian airliner after it took off from Sharm el-Sheikh. My journalist friend has been trying to warn people about the Sinai mess since 2011 .My two other unsung heroes are Syrian civil-society activists, brought to Washington by the Middle East Institute. These three haven't lost hope that the Arab world will eventually become modern, despite its present torments. In May 2011, when the Syrian conflict was beginning, she co-founded a group called "Emissa," which is the ancient Greek name of her city. After she was imprisoned twice, she was forced to leave Syria, and her group is now based in Turkey. Shar is the Kurdish word for city; one of the group's missions has been to unite Kurds and Arabs despite the ethnic hatreds driving the war.
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