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Amahoro: An Emerging Conversation in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and the exchange or exploration of ideas. Conversations can offer creative spaces for questions to be asked and t ...

Iran: Twitter, Truth, and Revolution
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I have been doing my best to keep up with the ongoing events in Iran. I don't know enough to truly understand the nuances of the election or the political science behind it all, but like many oth ...

Direct from Iran, an Unvarnished Assessment of Protests' Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/06/16/iran-elections-hope-excitement-concern/">The protests rocking Iran</a> are of great significance for the politics and society of a Middle East reg ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

Eco-Justice: Getting There from Here
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As I look at where we need to get, pronto -- 350 parts per million or less carbon in the atmosphere, sustainable use of planetary resources, and a world economy consistent with those things -- and ...

Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman. ...

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have never met you but I have to thank you. You are half a world a way but I'm watching you on TV, reading blogs, looking at pictures and following your Twitter updates. I ...

Two Myths About North Korea, Iran, and Disarmament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Anyone watching the news over the past couple of months will have noticed a flurry of action from two of the nations in former President Bush's infamous "Axis of Evil." North Korea tested a long ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

Iran Elections: Hope, Excitement, Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Elections -- indeed the democratic process itself -- shape countries, culture, and the future, no matter what their outcome.</p> Elections -- indeed the democratic process i ...

Listen to it Loud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Listen to it loud!" That was the advice that came with a disc of the new film, <em>I Bring What I Love,</em> about Youssou N'Dour, a Senegalese singer who has worked for social jus ...

Listening to the Women of Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Few biblical figures stand out for their bravery as Esther does. Faced with a looming order for the systematic extermination of her people, she risked her life and broke the silence. ...

A Woman's Right to Fish
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime. <em>If you teach his wife how to fish, you feed the whole family for a lifetime</em>. ...

Arab Christians Getting Overdue Recognition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I was glad to see Daoud <a href="../2009/06/05/obama-reaches-out-to-palestinian-christians/">Kuttab's recent post on Obama and Arab Christians</a>. I wa ...

Praise and Criticism for Obama's Cairo Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic speech to the Muslim world. In mainstream U.S. The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic spee ...

Peru: People and Rainforests in Peril
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Dozens Dozens Dear SOJOURNERS,We call upon Christians around the world to express their solidarity in light of the recent acts of deplorable violence in the Peruvian A ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community. Every so often, I ...

Combatants for Peace: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Another amazing grassroots effort in the Middle East is <a href="http://www.combatantsforpeace.org/">Combatants for Peace</a>, a group of former Palestinian fighters and Israeli ...

Water of Life: Wee Man Doesn't Take it for Granted (And Neither Should You)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

One of the everyday things Vasco has enjoyed most since arriving in Chicago from Malawi five weeks ago is being able to go into the kitchen and pour a cool glass of crystal clear water, from the si ...

Remembering Stories: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When President Obama was giving his speech in Cairo, I was just across the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan, and caught a glimpse on a corner store TV, the translation making it hard to hear his words. ...

Yearning for Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Since the signing of the agreement that led to a government of "national unity," there was an expectation that this could be the start of a new era in Zimbabwe. Since t ...

Taking the 'Micro' out of Microfinance
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury out of reach. For too many households around the world, living paycheck-to-paycheck is a luxury o ...

My Mama in Congo
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mountains of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. We were in Masisi, a small town in the endless rolling green mounta ...

The Poor Can Lead the Charge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

If Hernando de Soto was overestimating <a title="http://ild.org.pe/en/mystery/english" href="http://ild.org.pe/en/mystery/english" target="_blank">how much wealth the world& ...

A Big Problem for Land Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the reason you like best. Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the r ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught, part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka Doctors who are working in the war zone in northern Sri Lanka (Asia, attack, civilians, conflict, death, Fami ...

Love Your Neighbor, Love the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The industrialized world's collective failure to both regulate pollution and curb gross overconsumption has put millions and billions of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people at increase ...

Witness to Sri Lanka's Onslaught
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I know of two priests who have decided to stay with their people in the so-called No-Fire Zone in northern Sri Lanka, where tens of thousands of Tamil civilians are trapped in a living hell. ...

Zimbabwe's 'Burial Societies'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In African culture death is accepted as an inevitable aspect of life and a promotion to the spiritual level where one becomes an ancestor whose duty is to protect and intercede for one's living fam ...

Fox 'News' on 'Obama's Apology Tour'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, under the headline 'Obama's Apology Tour', FoxNews.com, in typical sneering style, published <a title="http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/05/10/world-stage-obama/" href ...

M2EP Video: Voices from Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Day two of the Mobilization to End Poverty included a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby senators and representatives on issues related to poverty and social justice. Day two of the Mo ...

The First 100 Days
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Wednesday marked the 100th day of President Obama's administration and the final day of Sojourners' <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home&amp;so ...

Holding Government Accountable on Poverty -- in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The South African elections have eclipsed all news in our region. These went fairly smoothly with isolated incidents. The South African elections have eclipsed all news in our reg ...

M2EP Live: Assembling AIDS kits
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Okay, I'm going to try to NOT make this a commercial for World Vision, but their international work against the spread of AIDS just ROCKS! Okay, I'm going to try to NOT ...

Voices of Global Climate Change, Part II: Leo Atakpu
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Nigerian activist Leo Atakpu is a busy guy -- he advocates for debt cancellation, opposes water privatization, and speaks out against climate change. Nigerian activist Leo Atakpu ...

Voices of Global Climate Change, Part I: Fe' Kaho Tevi
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Often, when we hear about global warming, what we get on the news is statistics that are hard to take in. Often, when we hear about global warming, what we get on the news is stat ...

Wheels of Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Someone once said that once the wheels of change are in motion, they can't be stopped; it's as if once the sun starts to rise, there is no going back into the night. Som ...

Four Points Toward Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>I've written <a href="http://www.brianmclaren.net/cgi-bin/mt3/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=2&amp;search=gaza"&g ...

Making a Difference in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In an <a title="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958504474112427.html" href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123958504474112427.html">op-ed piece</a> in Monday's <em&g ...

G-20 Recap: Global Economics Cannot Be a Values-Free Zone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The group of 20 leading and emerging nations met at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands last week in a meeting which Gordon Brown heralded as the dawning of a new world order. ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

A Vision for the Foreign Aid Budget
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. I would like to address the foreign affairs portion of the president's budget. World Visi ...

A Higher Authority for Sudan's President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Sudanese President al-Bashir's recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article6018508.ece" href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article601 ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

Tutu Confronts ANC, Zimbabwe Launches Recovery Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It has been another week of high drama in South Africa and more mixed news from Zimbabwe. In South Africa three key issues have dominated public debate. It has been another week o ...

'Greek Moments' in South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

During my studies in theology, my colleagues and I jokingly referred to particularly difficult concepts or issues that we had a hard time understanding as "a Greek moment," or say "this is Gree ...

Obama and the G-20
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the largest economies and the European Union, will meet in London. Next week, leaders of the G-20, the 19 countries with the ...

Three Priorities for Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I have a confession to make. In the ninth year of the 21st century, and on my own 46th birthday, I may be the last activist left in America that has never penned a blog. I have a ...

Rising Up to Heal a Sick Global System
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

It would have been the last thing they expected. They thought this was their chance to discredit him on a point of law they thought was safe ground. It would have been the last t ...

'Shooting and Crying': Israeli Soldiers Tell Their Gaza War Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>In <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=sojomail.display&amp;issue=090320">last week's SojoMail</a>, the quote of the week was from an Israeli squad leader desc ...