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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 ...

Mary Magdalene, the Massacre in Our Town, and Defiant Alleluias
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 9:59am | Type: Blog

To sing praise to God amid destruction and violence is to simply put evil in it’s place. It’s to draw a line and say here and no further. For the devil surely hates the sound of alleluia. ...

Is Gun Control a Religious Issue?
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 6:06pm | Type: Blog

Of all the controversies that have followed in the bloody wake of the July 20 shooting rampage in Aurora, Colo., few have provided such a clarifying insight into the moral tensions and contradictions in Americ ...

Aurora Worshippers Seek Solace, Guidance After Movie Theater Shooting
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 3:21pm | Type: Blog

Worshippers in Aurora, Colo., rocked by the July 20 mass shooting flocked to church Sunday, seeking solace within their faith communities. AURORA, Colo.—Worshippers in this city ...

Love Casts Out Fear
Originally Posted: 07/23/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

Both times, I had to remind my students that sometimes churches get it wrong. All people are created in the image of God. Everyone is a child of God. God’s love brings understanding, reconciliation, and peace ...

What Makes a White, Middle-Class Man Kill?
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

We have all kinds of theories about inner city violence, gang murders and the like, but what about these “lone wolf” killers, many of whom have no prior record of criminal behavior at all? ...

A Public Service Announcement from a Coloradoan
Originally Posted: 07/21/2012 - 6:32am | Type: Blog

The staff at Sojourners contacted me and invited me to write something in response to what just happened. So, I'm not writing a blog. I'm providing a Public Service Announcement. ...

Colombian Indigenous Elders Try Alleged Guerrillas
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

Indigenous leaders in Colombia's conflict-scarred southwest say they will put on trial before tribal elders four alleged leftist rebels they accuse of attacks on civilians. M ...

Lord Have Mercy: A Prayer for Colorado
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Loving God, Darkness has covered our nation and thick darkness has descended upon our people. Tragedy has clouded out the light. Shots rang out in Aurora, Colorado. Some people were wounded by gas and bullets. ...

Colorado Massacre Casualty Cheated Death in Toronto Mall Shooting Last Month
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 1:11pm | Type: Blog

Among the 12 moviegoers killed in the massacre in Aurora, Colo., early this morning was Jessica Ghawi, a aspiring young sportscaster from Texas who had narrowly missed being injured in another act of random violence — the shooting spree in a Toronto ...

Billy Graham's Team Prays with Colorado Shooting Victims, Families
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

According to Cathy Lynn Grossman in USAToday: Five chaplains from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team, already in Colorado and New Mexico ministering to victims of the ravaging wildfires, redeployed to Aur ...

Obama, Romney on Colorado Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 12:06pm | Type: Blog

Both President Obama and Mitt Romney cancelled campaign events Friday in the wake of the unfolding tragedy in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater early today, killing at least ...

Even in the Midst of Violence and Tragedy, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 07/20/2012 - 11:37am | Type: Blog

As a mother, I want to raise brave kids who hear that message and know it to their toes. Everything is going to be all right. Love wins, as they say. I want them to be people who know that there is a bigger pi ...

Afghanistan After America
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

Will civil war hit Afghanistan when the U.S. leaves? Dexter Filkins, a former New York Times reporter who covered the war in Afghanistan, has a long and sobering but well ...

DRONE WATCH: Families Sue US for Drone Deaths
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 2:15pm | Type: Blog

The families of 3 American citizens killed by drone strikes are suing administration officials. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union ...

BREAKING: Russia and China Veto UN Resolution on Syria
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

UN resolution on Syrian sanctions vetoed. Reported by the Washington Post : Russia and China on Thursday vetoed a U.S.-backed U.N. Security Council resolution threatening ...

Syria: "Spinning Out of Control"
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 4:45pm | Type: Blog

Following the deaths of senior officials in a bombing this morning, the violence is escalating in Syria. As more details of this morning’s bombing in Damascus are known, the casua ...

DRONE WATCH: Is There a Moral Case for Drones?
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

Point-counterpoint on whether there is a moral case for drones. Many discussions about the use of drones center on whether using drones is “moral,” that is, does it satisfy just w ...

DRONE WATCH: U.S. Pakistan Talk Drones
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

U.S. Pakistan talks on drones will resume this month. Talks between the U.S. and Pakistan on drone attacks will resume this month, including a visit by the head of Pakistan’s inte ...

Colombian Indigenous Peacemakers Put the "Active" in "Activist"
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Indigenous activists in Cauca, Colombia advocate to stop the spiral of violence in their area. In an Indigenous region of Colombia's Cauca province, activists armed with cere ...

Where Does the Syrian Conflict End?
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:20am | Type: Blog

Dr. Josef Olmert asks if, as the Syrian conflict rages in the streets of Damascus, the end is near?   Dr. Josef Olmert  asks if, as the Syrian conflict rages in the streets ...

Class and War
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the most vulnerable by war. Chris Hedges has a fascinating piece for Salon on the betrayal of the mos ...

The Triumph of Hypothetical Evil Over Real Evil
Originally Posted: 07/16/2012 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

National Conservative Christian radio host Kerby Anderson’s is attempting to rally his followers to thwart the Senate from ratifying the Arms Trade Treaty. There’s a famous maxim ...

Five Things You Should Know About Religious Violence in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2012 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Ongoing violence in Nigeria has exacerbated tensions between the country's Muslims and Christians. Nigeria has equal numbers of Christians and Muslims, and 92 percent of the country's population says ...

DRONE WATCH: The Drone Caucus
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 12:23pm | Type: Blog

Caucus in Congress advocates for drones. Members of Congress with common interests often create a caucus to advocate for that interest. Some have become permanent institutions – t ...

DRONE WATCH: Sea Drones
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 12:22pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. is sending "tiny underwater drones" to the Persian Gulf. Over the past several weeks, the U.S. has been expanding its military presence in the Persian Gulf ...

Reports: More Than 200 Dead in Syrian Attacks
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 8:39am | Type: Blog

According to Reuters, opposition forces in Syria are reporting that 220—mostly civilians—were killed by Syrian forces in the bloodiest day so far. According to Reuters , oppo ...

DRONE WATCH: Protecting Privacy From Drones
Originally Posted: 07/12/2012 - 4:07pm | Type: Blog

Concerns are growing over the use of drones for domestic surveillance. Unpiloted drone aircraft are already being used for some purposes in the United States, and plans are being ...

DRONE WATCH: Medals for Drone Pilots?
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

The Pentagon is considering awarding medals to drone pilots. The Washington Post reports: “ The Pentagon is considering awarding a Distinguished Warfare Medal to dro ...

Olympic Security: Londoners Lose Battle to Keep Missile Systems Off Their Roof
Originally Posted: 07/11/2012 - 10:41am | Type: Blog

With the Olympics just a few weeks away, Time reports on the fight that has broken out over security for the Games. With the Olympics just a few weeks away, Time reports o ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Attacks Not Okayed By Pakistan
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US says her government has not approved continuing drone strikes. The Pakistani newspaper DAWN reports that in an interview with CNN, Pakistan’s A ...

State Department: Release Pastor Nadarkhani
Originally Posted: 07/10/2012 - 10:34am | Type: Blog

The State Deparment yesterday released a statement on the imprisonment of Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who has been imprisoned for over 1000 days on charges of apostasy. ...

How Should U.S. Respond to Syrian Crisis?
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

From the Atlantic: "When it comes to Syria, this administration has a very elastic sense of time." The Atlantic 's national correspondent, Jeffrey Goldberg ...