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Stand for Freedom in Iran: 'Enough is Enough!'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>The following is a message delivered at the "Stand for Freedom in Iran" rally that took place yesterday at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, across from the United Nations.</em></p> ...

Applying Just Peace Theory to Obama's UN Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory is the middle way between pacifism and just war theory. It recognizes the moral force of nonviolence and the goal of a world that solves its disputes through nonviolent means. ...

Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama delivered his <a title="blocked::http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/24prexy.text.html?pagewanted=print" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/politics/2 ...

Honduras: The Time Is Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On September 21st, President Manuel Zelaya <a href="http://americasmexico.blogspot.com/2009/09/zelayas-return-to-tegucigalpa-brings.html" target="_blank">returned</a> clandestin ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3/1/#599051510_WL6dK"></a>During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews ar ...

A Prophetic Call in the Midst of Political Corruption (Colombia's Churches Cry Out, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

[<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/22/colombias-churches-cry-out-for-accompaniment/">continued from part 1</a>]</p> [ continued from part 1 ] ...

Flickers of Hope for Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Most of the news coming from Zimbabwe is so discouraging and heartbreaking that it is becoming harder to sustain hope.</p> Most of the news coming from Zimbabwe is so discou ...

G-20: The Global South Is Too Big To Fail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As pundits and politicians wield fighting words over the domestic health-care crisis, another group is getting ready to combat a different crisis -- one which, unless it's resolved quickly, will ca ...

Zelaya in Brazilian Embassy: Honduran Forces May Seek His Arrest After Breaking Up Protests
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>We've just received this update regarding ousted president <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/21/zalaya-returns-to-honduras-but-will-violence-follow/">Manuel Zelaya's ret ...

Colombia's Churches Cry Out for Accompaniment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"If [state officials and the paramilitary groups] knew what we were telling you, we would be riddled with bullets as soon as we walked out that door."</p> ...

'Indecent' Clothing and Abusive Control
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Over the past couple of months, I've followed the unfolding story of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/07/world/africa/07sudan.html" target="_blank">Lubna Hussein</a> ...

Zelaya Returns: But How Will Honduras Move Forward?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this morning Radio Globo -- a pro-resistance radio source -- broke the news that Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, the deposed president of Honduras, has arrived in Tegucigalpa and was calling his suppo ...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular <a href="http:// ...

Feeding the Hungry: Remembering Norman Borlaug
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

My church started a community garden this summer. Our tomatoes, beans, and greens now grace the shelves of our food bank. My church started a community garden this summer. Our tom ...

Labor Day Weekend Ironies: What Do Child Labor and S'mores Have in Common?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last Monday, our family, like millions of other Americans, sat in holiday weekend traffic to get back home after an extra day away. Last Monday, our family, like millions of other ...

'We Are Defined as a Nation by How We Treat Those Who Have Chosen to Hurt Us'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The decision by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to release on compassionate grounds the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi has been ferociously and strongly condemned i ...

Want to End Poverty? Focus on Women and Girls
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Promoting gender equality is crucial to combating global poverty, a point Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make in their new book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307267148?ie=UTF8&amp ...

Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to support the program on national healing in Zimbabwe. Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ...

A Jewish-American Advocate Against the Injustice of Occupation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Just the basic facts about Anna Baltzer make her a provocative presence. She's a 30-year-old Jewish-American woman who is arguing passionately for justice for Palestinians.</p> ...

Two Cheers for Danforth on Health Care and Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Two great ideas from former Sen. John Danforth, an Episcopal priest and Republican from Missouri who served in the U.S. Senate for nearly two decades, are under fire. Two great id ...

Zuma's Visit to Zimbabwe: Seeking 'Batho Pele'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is a Sotho expression, <em>batho pele</em> -- meaning "putting people first" -- that one wishes could inform politics in Zimbabwe. There is a Sotho exp ...

Genocide, Not War, Is the Problem in Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The outgoing commander of the U.N./African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur has garnered much press by saying, on his way out of the door, that "I would not say there is a war going on in Darfur. ...

Honduran Coup Government Showing Sensitivity to U.S. Pressure -- More is Needed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

While the United States remains focused on health-care reform and back-to-school activities, the impact of the Honduras coup in June continues, much out of the popular media. Whil ...

Broken Hearts and Deep Concern for Honduras
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

They were a very diverse group -- students, a lawyer, Sisters of Mercy and Notre Dame, a union organizer, a teacher, survivors of the brutal 1980s in Honduras. They were a very di ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

New Martyrs in El Salvador
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jamie Moffett, co-founder of <a href="http://www.thesimpleway.org/">The Simple Way</a> and director of <a href="http://www.theordinaryradicals.com"><em>The Ordinary ...

Clinton's Africa Trip and Tutu's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

August is women's month in South Africa, with Woman's Day celebrated on August 9. August is women's month in South Africa, with Woman's Day celebrated on Aug ...

Eat That
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I went to the grocery store at midnight the other night.</p> <p>Is it just me or are the lights at the grocery story brighter at midnight?</p> I went to the groc ...

Liberty in North Korea
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

It's been more than a week since journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee returned to American soil, and the entire world is waiting on baited breath to hear their stories. It ...

In the Culture War, Justice Loses
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christian minority in the town of Gojra. A few days ago, radical Muslims in Pakistan began terrorizing the Christ ...

Christian Hospitality in Phnom Penh
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/excavator.jpg"></a>A handful of Christians living in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, are making use of the age-old nonviolent practice of hospitality t ...

Put Down the Bottle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm not a complete locavore purist, at least not yet. I do eat things shipped from the other side of the world, such as ginger, or (fair trade) chocolate. But <em>water</em>? ...

Weaving Networks from Iowa to Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

There is an African proverb from Ethiopia that says, "When spider webs unite they can tie up a lion." What a graphic illustration of power that emerges as an outcome of networking, partnership, and ...

Just Say No to Khartoum Appeasement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/08/06/the_phony_optimism_on_darfur/" href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/artic ...

The Struggle Continues in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I have been home in South Africa for two months as of August 6. I am grateful that my family and I are home in the land of our beginnings. I have been home in South Africa for tw ...

Bishops vs. The Bomb: Act II
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When the United States and the Soviet Union stared into the abyss of nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War, filmmaker Stanley Kubrick began reading obscure journals like the <em>Bulletin of the At ...

The Dark Side of Development
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Development is a word full of hope. It brings to mind water pumps and rice banks, bridges and education, smiling children and sky-scraping financial institutions. Yet there is a dark side to developme ...

Celebrating Mandela's Birthday and Serving Zimbabwe's Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On July 18<sup>th</sup> many people from different parts of the world celebrated Nelson Mandela's 91<sup>st</sup> birthday! On July 18 th many peop ...

Obama, Africa, and Truth-Telling
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Now that the Cold War that was anything but cold in Africa is over; now that the CIA, as far as we know, no longer pays for the overthrow and murder of democratically elected leaders as it did with ...

Obama in Ghana: The Capacity of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this past weekend was described as his first visit to sub-Saharan Africa. The visit by U.S. President Barack Obama to Ghana this ...

Voices of the Poor Lost in Honduras' Power Struggle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV#P-3-15"></a>Two weeks ago Sunday I awoke to my cell phone ringing at 6:45 a.m. In my sleepy delirium I answered it ...

A Mother of the Disappeared Rejoices at Another's Release
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs. Here is a moving expression of faith-based solidarity from Mrs. Edita Burgos to Melissa Roxas , and I was very t ...

Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The number of executions worldwide nearly doubled last year compared with 2007, according to a <a title="http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT50/003/2009/en/0b789cb1-baa8-4c1b-bc35-58b6063098 ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Pope Benedict Gets It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis has provided <a href="../2009/07/09/pope-benedict-on-the-global-economy/">a helpful summary </a>of the Pope's encyclical <a href="http://www.zenit.org/article-2638 ...

Pray with Your Feet for the People of Iran
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8788399_xBsNK/1/581814211_gaBk4"></a>I attended a candle light vigil in D.C. last Thursday for those who've died in Iran� ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

Democracy is the Real Victim in Honduras' Coup
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV/1/#580088483_H6nJA-A-LB"></a>On the morning of June 28, Honduran President Manuel "Mel" Zelaya was awoke ...

School of the Americas Graduate Led Honduras Coup
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Sunday morning, a military coup took place in Honduras led by commander Gen. Romeo Vasquez, ousting democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. Sunday morning, a military coup ...