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More Than 12,000 Christians "Starving" in the Village of Rableh: Humanitarian Law is Invoked
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 11:11am | Type: Blog

Mussalaha, the popular faith-led peace movement in Syria, smuggles humanitarian aid to blockaded Rableh. Agencia Fides, the Vatican news outlet for Catholic missioners, is the onl ...

Jews Ask Pope to Push for Aid Worker’s Release in Cuba
Originally Posted: 03/14/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

Pope Benedict XVI will use his upcoming trip to Cuba to press for the release of Alan Gross, a Jewish man who has languished in a Cuban jail for more than two years, according to Gross' supporters. ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

BREAKING NEWS: Report Says Abuse is Part of "Institutional Culture" of U.S. Border Patrol
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meager belongings and money stolen. Beatings. Dehydration. Medical treatment denied. Families separated. Meage ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

Dear World: Please Wake Up!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Some sources have stated that more than 12 million people are being impacted by the worst drought and famine in the region of the Horn of Africa in 60 years. 12 million people. So ...

Friday Links Round Up: Wealth Gap. Tattoos. The Horn of Africa.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week: Moving photos of the memorials in Norway. The racial wealth gap continues to grow wider. Would you eat it? ...

Immigration Theology from a Dreamer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"I will call them my people, who were not my people. And her beloved, who was not beloved." (Romans 9:25 referencing Hosea 2:23) http://creativecommons.org/license ...

Environmental Activist Anna Clark: 'Christians Must Conserve Resources'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Anna has a heart for equipping churches to make small and big changes for the sake of creation care and stewardship of the earth's resources. How can Christians do this, you ask? Read our conversation to ...

Toothbrushes, Towels, and Tackling Root Causes in Gaza
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://mccpalestine.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/toothbrushes-towels-and-tackling-root-causes-in-gaza/" target="_blank"></a>We met 10-year-old Noor Al-Abid in Nove ...

Rebuilding Haiti With a Passion for Business
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/17/rebuilding-haiti-with-a-passion-for-business/" target="_self"></a>Evelien de Gier moved to Haiti 28 years ago from the Netherla ...

What is the Circle of Protection?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the leaders of more than 50 Christian denominations and organizations drew a line in the sand of the budget debate, and asked our political leaders to do the same. Ye ...

Can We Stand to Lose 70,000 Children?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

When I was younger, I played by the rules. Everything had to be fair. The quantity of animal crackers in my possession had to be equal, not greater or less than my brother's. ...

The Real March Madness
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/03/30/the-real-march-madness/" target="_self"></a>At the end of Roland Joff&eacute;'s exquisite film, <a href="http: ...

Give to Uncle Sam What is Uncle Sam's: Tax Season War Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.warresisters.org/sites/default/files/FY2012piechart-color.pdf" target="_blank"></a>Imagine what would happen if a massive popular movement of ordina ...

Smart Bomb Hype and the Christian Conscience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As the U.S. As the U.S. government continues to try to sell the new war in Libya as a "humanitarian intervention," Christians should beware of the smart bomb hype that h ...

The Hypocrisy of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The U.S. just started another war. We're good at starting wars. We're not good at ending them, but we start them really well. They say this is for "humanitarian" reasons. Aren't they ...

Flood of Refugees from Libya Pose New Opportunities for Welcoming the Stranger
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As the world is watching Libya, I am keeping close watch and prayers over the sea. As the world is watching Libya, I am keeping close watch and prayers over the sea. A recent he ...

For True Civility in Arizona, The Walls Must Come Down
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spurred numerous 'calls for civility' in the heated political tension of Arizona and beyond. The shooting in Tucson, Arizona has spur ...

Looking For Light Along the Border
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100208-nomoredeaths.jpg"></a>For many Americans, the Sonora Desert conjures up images of a summer vacation replete with tequila shots and su ...

U.S. Militarization of the Border Provides False Security
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

You can't miss the barrage of headlines detailing the drug cartel war in Mexico. You can't miss the barrage of headlines detailing the drug cartel war in Mexico. " ...

Stay Informed and in Prayer for the People of Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

As voting continues in South Sudan's week-long <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sudan/" target="_blank">independence referendum</a>, which started yesterday, here are a fe ...

'Come and See': A Reflection from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

"Tell them to come and see who we are." Almost every Afghan we met said that. <em>Tell them to come and see</em>. "Tell them to come and see who we are. ...

Archbishop Deng, George Clooney, and You
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Murderous regime in Khartoum, meet "<a href="http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2039887,00.html" target="_blank">Google Earth on lots of steroids</a>": It&# ...

Friday Links Round Up: Hackers. Slow Motion. Snow.
Originally Posted: 09/01/2011 - 11:00am | Type: Blog

Hackers. Slow Motion. Snow. Here’s a little round up of links from around the web you may have missed this week. Hackers. Slow Motion. Snow. Here’s a little round up of links from ...

5 Books on Making Nonviolence Work in a Scary World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In the November issue of <em>Sojourners</em>, Rose Marie Berger <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1011&amp;article=celebrate-the-peace-para ...

Mythbusters: Beyond the Shadow of Race-Baiting and Partial Truths
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><strong><em>Editor's Note: </em></strong><em>Myths and misinformation abound when it comes to the topic of immigration reform. ...

Charges Against Border Humanitarians Reversed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In southern Arizona, a glimmer of hope for immigration activists is like a drop of water on a hot summer day -- you are quenched for a brief moment, but the moment is gone once you realize how thir ...

Get Hateful Ads Off the Bus
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

When I saw news reports about <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38633928/ns/us_news">bus ads protesting</a> the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/05/who-wins-when-the-u-s-r ...

Living By Faith in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As reflection on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/09/the-dangers-of-just-peacemaking/">killing of ten aid workers</a> from the International Assistance Mission (IAM) in Afghanist ...

Arizona Reveals a Struggle Beyond the Courtroom and the Ballot
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

In light of recent events in Arizona, I propose we lead in our communities where national and global leaders lag behind on issues of human rights and love of neighbor. In ligh ...

Nonviolence and the Gaza Freedom Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Three days have passed since the Israeli navy attacked an<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/01/the-freedom-flotilla-tragedy"> international Gaza Freedom Movement "Freedom Flotilla,&qu ...

The "Freedom Flotilla" Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On May 31, I awoke to news reports that the Israeli Navy had boarded and fired on 10 small ships in international waters approaching the coast of Gaza and bearing humanitarian supplies for Palestin ...

Obama Sends 1,200 Troops to the Border to Guard Against Republican Criticism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

This past Tuesday, President Obama announced that he intends to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. This past Tuesday, President Obama announced that he in ...

Evangelicals on the Border: Relationship Instead of Partisanship
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

"When we met the young lady in Nogales, the daddy in me wanted to take her to a safe place. "When we met the young lady in Nogales, the daddy in me wanted to take her to ...

Evangelicals on the Border: Steps Forward and Back for Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

From the borderlands perspective, it has been a week of momentous steps both forward and back for immigrants. From the borderlands perspective, it has been a week of momentous ste ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

Evangelical Border Perspective: If Seeing is Believing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

I recently guided a national group of evangelical leaders to the Arizona-Mexico border. The visit was momentous and timely for many reasons. I recently guided a national group of ...

A Real Hero
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-of-immigration/"></a></p> For the last four years I have been living and working in sout ...

World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...

War is Still Not the Answer -- Even with Better Rules
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

The U.S. The U.S. offensive against Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004 involved heavy use of airstrikes and artillery bombardments which destroyed some 60 mosques, as many as 10,000 building ...

Blurred Lines Between Military and Humanitarian Efforts in Afghanistan Raise More Questions than Answers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Reported in a recent <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7003724.ece">Times article</a>, leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs), specul ...

Five Observations from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>We arrived in Bethlehem with our wonderful group of pilgrims. Folk ...

Seeking Justice for Haiti's Oppressed, Orphans, and Widows
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow." Isaiah 1:17</p> "Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead fo ...

What Would Jesus Do in Palestine?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598941252_ZXPyp"></a>It was 3 a.m. when they came barreling into town -- Israeli jeeps ...

African Solidarity with Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. Augustine college ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

Haiti: God Is Suffering With Those Who Are Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

There are times when events make everything else pale in comparison. There are times when events make everything else pale in comparison. I'm in Los Angeles today on my book ...

Ayiti...ke'w an Dey: My Lament for Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Ayiti...ke'w an Dey...</p> <p>"Haiti believe in God," reads a friend's Google mail status.</p> Ayiti...ke'w an Dey... "Haiti be ...

Copenhagen's Train Wreck: Neither Ambitious, Fair, nor Binding
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In cold, sleeplessness and utter frustration, Copenhagen's delegates witnessed a depressing conclusion of the glacial-speed negotiations on climate change. In cold, sleepless ...