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Interfaith Interaction at Parliament of the World's Religions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia where I attended the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions. I recently returned from 8 days in Melbourne Australia w ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

Obama in Oslo: Nonviolence is the Strongest Weapon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I was saddened by our president's acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize. He missed a chance to witness to courage and leadership. True, Mr. I was saddened by our presid ...

High Drama and Delicate Negotiations in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a day of high drama where Africa walked out, suspended talks, and then later in the day returned after the Danish facilitators took on some of their concerns. Yester ...

Obama's Nobel Speech: Reflection and Response
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

President Obama laid out a moral defense of the use of force in his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/remarks-president-acceptance-nobel-peace-prize">acceptance speech in Oslo ...

Climate Justice Clips: More of Tutu's Message to Copenhagen, 'Join the Winning Side'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sometimes the EPYC team leave workshops in really rough government schools feeling inspired. Other times we leave feeling like we have been wrestling with the cycles of poverty and violence that rest ...

Halliburton and the 'Resource Curse'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Part I of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

Copenhagen: Three Global Factions and a Volatile Mix of Hope and Despair
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

In search of a global ethic and political will, in freezing weather and the most dispiriting cavernous building under cold grey Copenhagen skies, this search by 34,000 people with 3500 press observ ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech and Just Peace Theory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

If all we notice in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html">President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture</a> is a justification of war, we will miss ...

A Modern Underground Railroad for North Korean Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As I set foot in China, many emotions invaded my thoughts. I guess you could say I was somewhat nervous. My last visit to China involved being detained for a day on suspicion of helping North Korean r ...

Can You Hear Them Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell ph ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

New Tools for Peace in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When all you have is a hammer everything seems like a nail. No famous line more aptly applies to the president's current dilemma of seeking the best solution for Afghanistan. ...

From Bethlehem: A Human Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to Octob ...

As the Climate Change Clock Ticks Toward Copenhagen, Global Activists Take to the Streets
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Climate change has become a major worldwide grassroots movement -- one that doesn't acknowledge geographic or sociological borders. Climate change has become a major worldwid ...

Cautious Optimism on Obama's New Sudan Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Activists greeted the Obama administration's <a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-urgency-implementation" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-ur ...

Speculating on Obama's Peace Prize Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I can't read the guy's mind, of course, but after the initial, natural response of "Yeah, I got it goin' on," I'm thinking this is what President Obama must've <em>real ...

Words Matter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

Video: Fake Newspaper Prints Real News on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Monday, millions of people received a "special edition" of The New York Post that told the truth: <a href="http://nypost-se.com/todays-paper/">"We're Screwed< ...

Peace Day and Our Fearless Obligation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jesus taught fearlessness.</p> Jesus taught fearlessness. Thus, to follow Jesus means to live a faith that takes us beyond our anxieties, beyond our deepest fears and tr ...

Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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) ...

Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 - 4:39pm | 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 ...

Ethnic Cleansing of Burma's Karen Refugees Continues
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On May 24th, 2009, Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA) junta-backed troops attacked numerous villages in Paan District, Burma, causing the flight of at least 3,000 internally displaced persons (I ...

To My Brothers, Sisters in Iran
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Listen to it Loud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Who Should Pay for Our Pollution?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Congress is hard at work on historic energy and climate change legislation. The House of Representatives plans to vote on a bill in the next few weeks, with the Senate to follow in early fall.</p> ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | 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 ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | 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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

A 'Just Peace' President?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If this Gaza War teaches us anything, if the tragic history of wars in the Middle East teaches us anything, it is that when people are determined to obtain weapons and fight, war goes on and solves ...

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 ...