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DRONE WATCH: Pakistan Protests Drone Strikes
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 4:35pm | Type: Blog

Pakistan's Foreign Office formally protests US drone strikes. The Pakistan Foreign Office has formally protested this week’s drone strikes. DAWN, a leading Pakistani ...

2,000 U.S. Deaths in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/23/2012 - 4:36pm | Type: Blog

Province or Helmand Province in Taliban-dominated southern Afghanistan. Their average age was 26 ...

DRONE WATCH: Investigate Drone Attacks
Originally Posted: 08/22/2012 - 4:24pm | Type: Blog

UN official calls for international investigation of drone attacks. As international concern about U.S. targeted killings with drones rises, Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on ...

Activist: Fidel Bafilemba
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:43pm | Type: Blog

When others see destruction, poverty, and war, Fidel envisions the future of his people. It is a future of a Congo lush with natural resources and beauty that benefits, rather than destroys, communities. ...

In Defense of the Southern Poverty Law Center
Originally Posted: 08/20/2012 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

To my friends in the evangelical community, what happened at the headquarters of the Family Research Council was a despicable act of violence that deserves to be condemned without reservation, but please don’t ...

Muslims Brace For Tense Holiday
Originally Posted: 08/17/2012 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

Following attacks on seven U.S. mosques in the last two weeks, including three attacks last weekend, many Muslim Americans are approaching the end of Ramadan on Aug. 19 under a cloud of fear as Muslim groups t ...

Conservationist: Dominique Bikaba
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Eastern Congo is home to some of the world’s most stunning scenery—and some of its most brutal and unimaginable violence. The relationship between these two symbols of the region is a close one. ...

Artist: Petna Ndaliko
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

For Petna Ndaliko, you combat violence through art. In spite of attempts by the Congolese government and militia groups to silence them, Petna created a stage for local youth to express themselves. ...

Human Rights Lawyer: Denise Siwatula
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Denise has seen the destruction of her home through natural disaster and the pain of thousands of Congolese women who are raped every year. Still, she is faithful with the calling that she has been given—worki ...

Community Builder and Footballer: Amani Matabaro
Originally Posted: 09/05/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Congo is still suffering from the overspill of the Rwandan genocide, the aftermath of which took the lives of both of Amani’s parents. Rebel groups roam the Kivu provinces of eastern Congo and seek to unravel ...

DRONE WATCH: The Drone Revolution’s Next Phase
Originally Posted: 08/16/2012 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

What will the next generation of drones look like? As drones continue to proliferate, the technology is behind them is speeding ahead. Wired takes a look at the ne ...

Shooting at the Family Research Council Offices
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 7:00pm | Type: Blog

Multiple outlets are reporting that the young man specifically intended to attack FRC staff because of their conservative advocacy. Another senseless act of violence today was t ...

DRONE WATCH: When are Drone Killings Illegal?
Originally Posted: 08/15/2012 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

How does international law apply to drone killing? Efforts to bring the rule of law to killing are not always easy or clear-cut.  Although as an advocate of non-violence, I can co ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones that Capture?
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

Are drones that capture rather than kill the next step? One of the primary criticisms of using drones to kill high-level al Qaeda or Taliban leaders is that they are extra-judicia ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones Over North Dakota
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Drone surveillance growing in the U.S., with North Dakota the focus. While most of our attention is focused on the use of armed drones attacking suspected militants in Pakistan, Y ...

DRONE WATCH: Secret Drone War in Africa
Originally Posted: 08/13/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

America's secret drone war in Africa. David Axe, in Wired , examines America’s secret drone war in Africa . “More secret bases. More and better unmanned warplanes. ...

DRONE WATCH: Bats From Hell
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 3:01pm | Type: Blog

Video of the next generation of drones. While Predator and Reaper drones are currently in use, the next generation is already underway. The Northrop Grumman corporation and the U. ...

DRONE WATCH: Victims of Drones
Originally Posted: 08/10/2012 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Stories of drone victims seeking justice for relatives who have been killed or injured.   In the news today are two stories of drone victims seeking justice for relatives who h ...

DRONE WATCH: Are Drones “Humane”?
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

Is it possible to create weapons that are humane? German author and journalist, Dirk Kurbjuweit, in an essay in DER SPIEGEL, reports that the German military is considering ...

Sikhs and Sacred Ground
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: SojoMail

August 9, 2012   GUEST COMMENTARY by Eboo Patel Sikhs an ...

DRONE WATCH: Brennan Defends Drones in Yemen
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Counter-terrorism advisor defends US drone strikes in Yemen. In a speech yesterday in Washington, administration counter-terrorism advisor John Brennan defended the campaign of dr ...

Evangelicals for Peace: A Summit on Christian Moral Responsibility
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 12:12pm | Type: Event

Jim Wallis & Lisa Sharon Harper September 14, 2012 - 8:00am - 5:00pm ...

Where is the U.S. Response in Syria?
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

In an op-ed for The New York Times, Nick Kristof asks how the United States should be tackling the conflict in Syria. In an op-ed for The New York Times , Nick Kristof ...

Why I Prayed With the Sikh Community Last Night
Originally Posted: 08/09/2012 - 10:51am | Type: Blog

As a follower of Jesus, I am called to stand with the victimized, the oppressed, and hurting. It is what I’m here to do and the very essence of who I am as one “in Christ,” to quote the Apostle Paul. ...

DRONE WATCH: Two Strikes in Yemen Kill 10
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 3:04pm | Type: Blog

Drone attacks kill ten militants in Yemen. According to the Associated Press, over the past two days, in two separate strikes, U.S. drones killed 10 al-Qaida militants in ...

DRONE WATCH: Questioning Drones
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:09pm | Type: Blog

The ethical discussion we need to have. The Deseret News (Salt Lake City) published a thoughtful editorial this week raising some of the questions that need to be asked ab ...

DRONE WATCH: Activists Turned Away from Drone Convention
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:10pm | Type: Blog

Two peace activists denied credentials to drone convention in Las Vegas. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is holding a convention this week in Las Vegas, ...

Syria: Medical Supplies Critically Low
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:03pm | Type: Blog

Escalating violence in Syria shutting down pharmaceutical plants. From The Los Angeles Times : Escalating violence in Syria has shut down pharmaceutical plants, piling ...

The Uncomfortable Questions Around Terrorism and Race
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:07pm | Type: Blog

An article in The Atlantic takes on race and terrorism. Conor Friedersdorf writes for The Atlantic : Since 9/11, many Americans have conflated terrorism with Musli ...

Sikh Calls for Peace Echo Amish Shooting Response
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

At its heart, both the Sikh and Amish message is that of the indomitable human spirit, guided and inspired by faiths that practices peace, particularly when it is met with quite the opposite. ...

Sikhs and Sacred Ground
Originally Posted: 08/07/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Amidst terror and confusion, Sikhs offered food and water to the growing crowd of police and news reporters outside the gurudwara as part of langar — the Sikh practice of feeding all visitors to the house of w ...

Drone Strike Kills 5 in Yemen
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

The first known U.S. drone strike in Yemen in more than a month took place Saturday. The Long War Journal , citing AFP, reports that the first known U.S. drone strike in Yemen ...

Freedom from Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Commemorating the 67th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. Sixty-seven years ago today, at 8:15 on the morning of August 6, 1945, it was a sunny morning in Hiroshima, Japan, a c ...

Wisconsin Shooting, A Culture of Violence, and Why Prayer is Not Enough
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 11:57am | Type: Blog

This is the moment, once again, where we commit ourselves to the calling of peace. We do it because God’s deepest desire for us is to have life and have it abundantly. We do it because Jesus knows the physical ...

Prayers for Peace Offered to Victims of Wisconsin Shooting
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

As Christians, we are called to be a voice for peace and nonviolence — to stand against a culture of violence that has allowed for two such hateful acts in three weeks. We at Sojourners extend our deepest symp ...

On Africa Visit, Clinton Focuses On Tackling AIDS
Originally Posted: 08/06/2012 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlights efforts targeting AIDS. From The Washington Post : If this small nation, with a per capita income of less than $3 a day ...

DRONE WATCH: An Emerging Drone Culture
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 9:30am | Type: Blog

A culture of drones is emerging without needed debate. Eugene Robinson in The Washington Post t akes a look at an emerging “ drone culture .” “There has been far too lit ...

DRONE WATCH: Mapping Drone Strikes.
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

Interactive map of drone strikes in Pakistan. Using data from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Guardian has created an interactive map of drone strikes in Pakista ...

DRONE WATCH: A Day Job Waiting for a Kill Shot
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

The lives of drone pilots. Imagine a job where you sit in front of a computer monitor, toggling a joystick that controls a drone, watching a family 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Update for July
Originally Posted: 08/01/2012 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism's update for July. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has released its update for July of drone strikes and other US military a ...

'To Protect Peace'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Faith leaders and others protest a planned military base on a South Korean island. IF YOU HAVE eve ...

War Crimes and Misdemeanors
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Rice Hey Pres. Obama: The Nobel Peace Prize committee is calling. They want their medal back. HEY PRESIDE ...

What It’s Like to Go to War
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

Bill Moyers interviews a decorated Vietnam veteran on his experience and the current war in Afghanistan. On the PBS Moyers & Company , Bill Moyers recently interviewed Kar ...

When 'Extremism' is Normalized
Originally Posted: 07/31/2012 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

An interesting article from Glenn Greenwald examines how previously radical legislation has become accepted as normal in the U.S. An interesting article from Glenn Greenwald e ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Attack Kills Seven.
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:06pm | Type: Blog

Latest drone attack in Pakistan kills seven on Sunday. A U.S.  drone attack  on Sunday killed at least seven suspected militants in Pakistan. The Pakistani newspaper DAWN re ...

DRONE WATCH: This Week in Drones
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 4:23pm | Type: Blog

The week's news in drones. In drone news this week: The British Ministry of Defense acknowledged that Royal Air Force pilots flew U.S. Predator drones in Libya last year. ...

Kansas City Activists: City Shouldn’t Finance Nukes
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Kansas City, Mo., is in a unique position — it's the only city in the country where, this November, local voters will have a say over U.S. nuclear weapons policy. Kansas City ...

Monsignor William Lynn Sentenced to 3-6 Years for Catholic Sex Abuse Cover-Up
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 4:29pm | Type: Blog

Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic official convicted for covering up the sexual abuse of children, was sentenced to 3-6 years in prison on Tuesday. Monsignor Will ...

Was Jesus a Pacifist?
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 2:46pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: The following is a question from Christian Piatt's book Banned Questions About Jesus. It is on sale on Amazon Kindle for $2.99 through July 25. Edito ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

This week President Barack Obama called the shooting in Colorado “evil.” And he is right. But perhaps it is also time that we declare that violence is evil, everywhere—period. It’s obvious that killing folks ...