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'Once Again' in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Here we are again, and again, and again. It is not a new message or a new concern. People have been suffering, starving, raped, beaten and killed year in and year out. Here we ar ...

Colombian Pastor Still Missing, Family Threatened
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes I first heard of Idia and her missing husband, Pastor William Reyes Thanks for the update, ...

Through Lenten Darkness, Rays of God's Grace in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The sad news from Zimbabwe continues The sad news from Zimbabwe continues (activist, Africa, Churches, farm invasions, global issues, God's Politics, Grace, Hope, Hum ...

Palestinian and Israeli Former Fighters Unite for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ishmael and Isaac, brothers of the same father and different mothers, together buried their father Abraham. Esau and Jacob, twin brother and rivals, reconciled. Ishmael and Isaac, ...

Earth to G-20 Part 2: The Hidden Treasure of the IMF
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/03/11/earth-to-g-20-the-developing-world-is-too-big-to-fail/">continued from part one</a>] <em>Recently, Neil Watkins took some time to answer a ...

Earth to G-20: 'The Developing World is too Big to Fail'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<em>Recently, Neil Watkins took some time to answer a few questions from </em>Sojourners <em>assistant editor Elizabeth Palmberg about the upcoming G-20 meeting, the global economic crisis, a ...

New Violence Takes Aim at Northern Ireland's Hard-Won Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Saturday night, two young soldiers preparing to go to Afghanistan were murdered in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Four other people, including two men delivering pizzas, were injured. ...

Zimbabwe Prime Minister's Wife Killed in Car Crash
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">A dark cloud has descended on Zimbabwe. A dark cloud has descended on Zimbabwe. On Friday, March 6 th , Susan, the wife of Zimbab ...

Zimbabwe's Bi-Polarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The power struggle continues in Zimbabwean politics between progressive forces and the 'old guard.' The progressive forces want to get on with rebuilding the entire infrastructure of the country, e ...

Calling for Interfaith Action in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

While at Yale last weekend, I had the opportunity to eat breakfast with a bright group of young students. One of the topics we touched on was interfaith dialogue. While at Yale l ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

A First Person Fight for the Millenium Development Goals
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>I am the tenth of 17 children from a polygamous East African family. I hail from the village ...

Hope for Darfur?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The United States has recognized that genocide is taking place in Darfur, Sudan. That recognition is now five years old. The United States has recognized that genocide is taking ...

India's Women Stand Up to Religious Bullies
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

At the end of January in Mangalore, India, a group of right-wing extremists, the Sri Rama Sena, entered a bar and assaulted the women there. At the end of January in Mangalore, In ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

'They Told Me to Forget My Name. I Was Now Number 21'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Today is the sixth day of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/11/alhamdulillah-all-praise-to-god-philip-is-free/">freedom after my four-day imprisonment</a>. ...

Australia's Wildfires: It Is Well?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been described as the worst disaster in Victoria's history. Saturday was the hottest day ever recorded in the Melbourne region, following years of drought and weeks of heat wave conditions. ...

A New Conversation in the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I became haunted by the notion that Christians, Muslims, and Jews are going to blow up the world unless we learn to get along. A year ago I became haunted by the notion ...

Philip Rizk Describes Ordeal to NY Times
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

We continue to give thanks to God for the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/02/11/alhamdulillah-all-praise-to-god-philip-is-free/">release of God's Politics contributor Philip Rizk</a& ...

What Change Can Tsvangirai Bring to Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison. Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released ...

The Leap from Paper to Reality in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. The opposition agreed to be part of a transitional unit ...

Alhamdulillah! (All Praise to God!) Philip is Free!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

No more details as of yet, just this update on the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62997328834">Facebook page</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>Wednesday February 1 ...

Philip Rizk Disappearance Gets Major Coverage, But He Remains Missing
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/philip-rizk/"></a>We at Sojourners continue to be deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Philip Rizk, who was arrested and detained b ...

Movement for Release of Philip Rizk Grows
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

My dear friend Philip Rizk was kidnapped on Friday night by Egyptian secret police. My dear friend Philip Rizk was kidnapped on Friday night by Egyptian secret police. The events ...

Free Philip Rizk! God's Politics Blogger Arrested by Egyptian Secret Police
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=62997328834"></a>Friday evening I was in Washington D.C. and received an urgent message from Egypt. The major player in helping us ...

Obama Continues Bombing Pakistan (A 'Just Peace' President? Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

He said he would do it.</p> He said he would do it. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama said he would go into Pakistan if necessary to capture and/or kill al ...

The Solidarity of Motherhood
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Today I listened to a persecuted woman, mother to mother. Idia, the wife of disappeared pastor William Reyes, held m ...

Jimmy Carter Interview: 'We Can Have Peace in the Holy Land'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Former President Jimmy Carter just published a new book about the ongoing violent unrest in the Middle East titled, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1439140634?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=soj ...

Zimbabwe: Talks Drag on While Humanitarian Crisis Deepens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Monday, January 26th, regional leaders met once again to discuss a way forward for Zimbabwe. The outcome of the meeting held no surprises. On Monday, January 26th, regional lea ...

A Controversial Approach to Healing Northern Ireland's Violent Past
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest development in the long-running peace process. It's a significant week in Northern Ireland, with the latest ...

Beyond Gaza: An Abrahamic Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Beyond anguish, what can we say about the massive death and destruction in Gaza and the traumatic fear of falling rockets in Israel? Beyond anguish, what can we say about the mass ...

Gaza: A War Without Winners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I began a fast for peace when Israeli troops entered the Gaza Strip. Last week, I ended the fast, as fighting has stopped and most if not all the troops have left Gaza.</p> ...

Obama: 'Talk is Cheap'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

For millions in the U.S.A. For millions in the U.S.A. and hundreds of millions throughout the world, the much anticipated inauguration of the 44th President of the United States o ...

Slumdog Millionaire's India: My Sobering Reality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The movie <a href="http://www.foxsearchlight.com/slumdogmillionaire/" target="_blank"><em>Slumdog Millionair</em>e</a> and the Booker Prize-winning novel <em>& ...

20th January, 2009
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On 20<sup>th</sup> January, 2009, I turned on my radio to listen to the news and heard these words from the leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe: "Today is probably one of the dark ...

International Inauguration Congratulations
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

What an amazing and inspiring event. Our TV networks had the event 'live' so we could share this moment with the citizens of the USA! What an amazing and inspiring event ...

Arriving in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As of Thursday, the Red Cross reported 900 Palestinians from Gaza killed, half of them civilians, over 3,400 severely wounded, and 28,000 displaced from their homes. The special medical supplies which ...

Israeli-Occupied Territory on Capitol Hill
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A year ago I heard a Palestinian diplomat describe Capitol Hill as "Israeli-occupied territory" in a speech given at Georgetown University. A year ago I heard a Palestin ...

In Zimbabwe, a Picture is Worth One Hundred Billion Words
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A friend sent me these pictures, and they capture the reality of mind-boggling inflation in Zimbabwe!</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p> ...

Giving Your Shirt for Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In the February issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0902&amp;article=mother-liberia" href="../../../ ...

Gaza: 'Enough of Blood and Tears. Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Why do we value blood and tears so cheap? Is it because we all own them? When we grieve the various losses that life brings to us, the tears seem to flow from some inexhaustible source. ...

Taking Aid to Gaza and Israel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I write this, I am en-route to Egypt on a commercial aircraft with 1/4 ton of priceless kits containing basic medical equipment but no drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals. ...

Gaza: Where are the Peacemakers?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been over a week now. Over 600 Palestinians and ten Israelis have been killed (seven of them soldiers), and 3,085 Palestinians have been injured. It has been over a week no ...

Crossing the Line Between Legitimate Criticism and Anti-Semitism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attacks in Gaza. It is appropriate and necessary to criticize Israel's excessive military attack ...

It's Time for a Sustained Focus on a Lasting Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I can't help commenting on the tragic situation in Gaza after a week like this. There have been many calls for a ceasefire which, of course, I support as necessary and important. ...

Whose Truth Do You Trust in the Gaza Conflict?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In addition to the obvious and outrageous tragedy of those killed by the Israeli bombing of Gaza (<a href="http://uk.reuters.com/article/middleeastCrisis/idUKL7411349">640</a> killed so f ...

Selective Memory in the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A well-repeated Arab saying dealing with conflicts states: <em>al bad'azlam</em>, "the initiator [of a conflict] is the wrong one." So if you are trying to figure out who is wrong in ...

One Hundred Eyes for One Eye
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

One hundred tons of bombs are Israel's way of saying to the captive citizens of Gaza, Merry Christmas, Happy Eid (feast), and Happy New Year. One hundred tons of bombs are Is ...

New Rules for Middle East Engagement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on the recent crisis in Gaza. I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on ...

My Four Weeks in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. As ...