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A Just Peace President: How We Can End the War on Terror
Originally Posted: 06/04/2013 - 6:39pm | Type: Blog

In his remarks at the National Defense University two weeks ago, President Obama stopped just one sentence short of declaring an end to the so-called “war on terror.” This is and always was a misnomer. It is a ...

Gun Control Fight Shifts to State Capitals
Originally Posted: 06/03/2013 - 1:25pm | Type: Blog

Mayors Against Illegal Guns is buidling grassroots organizations across the country. Mayors Against Illegal Guns is buidling grassroots organizations across the country. After set ...

DRONE WATCH: Tribal Societies Under Siege
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 3:36pm | Type: Blog

The effect of drone strikes on traditional tribal societies. Akbar Ahmed, Islamic Studies chair at American University, writes in the New York Times this morning about the eff ...

Syrian Civil War Forces Sunni and Shiite Muslims to Pick Sides
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 9:33am | Type: Blog

On Wednesday, the United Nations Human Rights Council pushed through a resolution to investigate the abuses of the Syrian regime, over the objections of the regime’s ally Russia, who insisted the West was maki ...

Guns Kill More People Than Motor Vehicles in 12 States, D.C.
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 3:49pm | Type: Blog

A new study from the Violence Policy Center found you are more likely to die from gun violence than be killed in a traffic accident in 12 states and the District of Columbia. A ne ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Attack Kills Peace Talks
Originally Posted: 05/30/2013 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Pakistani Taliban withdraw offer of peace talks after drone attack kills key leader. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban confirmed that Waliur Rehman, the group’s second-in-comm ...

DRONE WATCH: Strike in Pakistan Kills 7
Originally Posted: 05/29/2013 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

Drone strike in Pakistan kills seven, including Taliban leader. In the news this morning are reports of a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan that killed seven people, including the unc ...

Advice From an Afghan Mother and Activist: 'Resist These Dark Times'
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Unable to accept unjust suffering than she’d been half her life before, Fahima Vorgetts decided to make it her task to help alleviate the abysmal conditions faced by ordinary Afghans living at or below the pov ...

DRONE WATCH: Pakistan Responds to Drone Speech
Originally Posted: 05/28/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Pakistan disappointed that drone strikes will continue. News reports over the weekend had Pakistani reactions to President Obama’s Thursday speech on drones. DAWN reported ...

DRONE WATCH: Force Alone Cannot Make Us Safe
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:33pm | Type: Blog

President Obama delivers a policy speech on the drone program. Saying that drone killings were “effective” and “legal,” President Barack Obama defended the program in a policy spe ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine (Downloadable PDF)
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 11:52am | Type: Product

Minds: Loving Like Christ By Jim Wallis Global Engagement: The Man in Row 26 By Lynne ...

DRONE WATCH: Administration Acknowledges American Deaths
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 4:56pm | Type: Blog

Administration acknowledges four American citizens killed by drone strikes. The Obama administration formally acknowledged this afternoon that four American citizens have been kil ...

June 2013 Sojourners Magazine
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 11:48am | Type: Product

Minds: Loving Like Christ By Jim Wallis Global Engagement: The Man in Row 26 By Lynne ...

DRONE WATCH: Number of Drone Strikes Declines
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

The number of drone strikes being carried out is dropping. President Barack Obama will deliver a major speech on drone policy tomorrow. And for a number of reasons—including a sm ...

DRONE WATCH: Serious Moral Questions
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Blog

U.S. Catholic Bishops raise "serious moral questions" about drone killings. In a letter sent to the White House and the leadership of key Congressional committees, Bish ...

Al-Khatib and Al Jazeera: Listening to Victims in Syria
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 4:19pm | Type: Blog

If I can’t trust my government to sort out the good guys from the bad guys for me, how can I ever figure out what, if anything, my government should be doing in my name? What the ...

The Violence of Peacemaking
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

Jesus, as the ultimate peacemaker, shows us that the life and work of peacemaking isn't some fairy tale euphoria, but the gritty, subversive and sacrificial life of faithfulness to a God and kingdom that ...

Church Whistle-Blowers Join Forces on Abuse
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 10:36am | Type: Blog

Priests and nuns have quietly banded together to support victims and speak out against protection of sexual predators in the Roman Catholic Church. A group of priests and nuns, ...

DRONE WATCH: From CIA to Military
Originally Posted: 05/21/2013 - 10:56am | Type: Blog

The Obama administration has apparently decided to begin moving control of at least some drone operations to the military One of the ongoing discussions of the U.S. drone progra ...

DRONE WATCH: Yemen Drone Strikes
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 11:35am | Type: Blog

Two drone strikes in Yemen kill at least six. After nearly a month’s lull, two drone strikes were carried out in Yemen over the weekend, killing at least six suspected militants ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Pilot Burnout
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

Drone pilot burnout leads to concerns over how they are selected. A high rate of burnout among drone pilots is leading to concerns in the U.S. Air Force over how they are select ...

DRONE WATCH: Authorizing Drone Strikes
Originally Posted: 05/17/2013 - 11:01am | Type: Blog

Congress asserts oversisght role in drone strikes. Congress is beginning to assert its oversight role in declaring war by examining drone attacks. Yet, in Congressional testimon ...

Americans Debate Concept of Evil in Relation to Terrorism, Shootings
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 2:35pm | Type: Press

May 9, 2013 Sojo in the News Jerome Socolovsky ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Launched From Aircraft Carrier
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. Navy launched a drone from an aircraft carrier for the first time. The U.S. Navy took a new step in drone warfare this morning. For the first time, a drone was launched ...

NTSB Recommends Lowering Blood Alcohol Threshold for Drivers
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

The National Transportation Safety Board voted to recommend lowering the blood-alcohol content to legally drive from .08 to .05. The National Transportation Safety Board voted to ...

DRONE WATCH: New Pakistan PM Questions Drone Attacks
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 11:14am | Type: Blog

The newly elected prime minister of Pakistan considers drone attacks a challenge to sovereignty. Nawaz Sharif, the newly elected prime minister of Pakistan told reporters yester ...

Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s Burial Angers Va. Muslims
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 2:02pm | Type: Blog

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was buried in a local cemetery. Tsarnaev, 26, died following an April 19 getaway ...

Gun Control Advocates Target Senators
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 11:43am | Type: Blog

Gun control advocates are targeting key senators with advertisements and protests to change their minds on background checks. Gun control advocates are escalating their campaign t ...

'Bring Our War Dollars Home'
Originally Posted: 05/24/2013 - 1:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Candice Quinn Local governments push for Pentagon spending cuts. YEAR AFTER YEAR, more than 50 percent of the ...

A Mother’s Day for Peace in our Cities
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 3:24pm | Type: Blog

This Mother's Day, remember Howe’s words: “Disarm! Disarm! The sword [or gun] of murder is not the balance of justice." Ask yourself, "What can I do to sow seeds of peace in an atmosphere of vio ...

DRONE WATCH: NPR Interviews Former Drone Pilot
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

NPR interview with a former Air Force drone pilot. NPR ran a story today with an interview of a former Air Force drone pilot. He describes some of his experiences, including a d ...

DRONE WATCH: Drone Strikes in Pakistan Ruled Illegal
Originally Posted: 05/10/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

A Pakistani court has ruled that U.S. drone strikes in that country are illegal. A Pakistani court has ruled that U.S. drone strikes in that country are illegal. The case was fi ...

Gun Crime Decreases, Americans Think It's Up
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Two studies of government data show US Gun crime has decreased from its peak in the middle of 1990s Two studies of government data show US gun crime has decreased from its peak in ...

DRONE WATCH: China Developing Drones
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

China is rapidly developing a fleet of drones. China is rapidly developing a fleet of drones, some of which are already patrolling its borders. The number of drones and their ca ...

DRONE WATCH: Anger in Yemen
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Drone strikes in Yemen are leading to public anger. As the number of drone strikes against targets in Yemen has grown, the anger of the local people is also growing. The AP repo ...

DRONE WATCH: The Thistle and the Drone
Originally Posted: 05/07/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

Review of Akbar Ahmed's "The Thistle and the Drone." Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, reviews a new book in Al Jazeera  ...

Pentagon Refutes Reports of Anti-Christian Policies
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 1:21pm | Type: Blog

Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies aimed at discriminating against Christians and disciplining or even ...

DRONE WATCH: An Alternative to Guantánamo?
Originally Posted: 05/03/2013 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

Is the Obama administration using drone strikes as an alternative to taking prisoners? A hunger strike by detainees has Guantánamo back in the news. But has the Obama administr ...

President Obama Sides With His Guantanamo Bay Protesters
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Tuesday, President Obama repeated his belief that Guantanamo Bay needs to be closed. President Obama broke his silence to comment on the current hunger strike of over 90 men at Gu ...

Sojourners’ Jim Wallis Ponders Immigration, Guns at Washington National Cathedral
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 9:39am | Type: Press

April 30, 2013 Sojo in the News Jeff Walton ...

Seeking a path to common good
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 1:32pm | Type: Press

April 28, 2013 Sojo in the News San Antonio Express-News ...

If Someone Hits You, Hit Them Back
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 8:12am | Type: Blog

The “if someone hits you, hit them back” mentality is destroying black men at an alarming rate. Dads, teach your boys to talk it over, look the other way, or keep walking when things begin to escalate. ...

DRONE WATCH: Protesting Drones
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 4:43pm | Type: Blog

U.S. and U.K. protests against drone killings. This weekend saw protests on both sides of the Atlantic against drone killings. In the U.S., more than 250 people marched o ...

Fr. Michael Lapsley’s 'Redeeming the Past: My Journey from Freedom Fighter to Healer'
Originally Posted: 04/29/2013 - 8:46am | Type: Blog

To know former anti-apartheid warrior Father Michael Lapsley today is to rejoice in how, as taught by St. Paul, “suffering is for the salvation and hope of others.” Most American ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones on the Border
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Immigration reform legislation proposes 24/7 border surveillance by drones.   The U.S.-Mexico border is currently patrolled by 10 Predator surveillance drones. The immigration ...

DRONE WATCH: Drones Controlled From U.K.
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

British military now controlling drones over Afghanistan from the U.K. The British military has been flying drones in Afghanistan for several years, firing 350 weapons, includin ...

DRONE WATCH: Israel Shoots Down Drone
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

Israel shoots down drone off of its northern coast. An Israeli jet shot down a drone off its northern coast on Thursday. While some Israeli officials said they believed it was a ...

Furious with Senate, Activists Go After the Roots of Gun Culture
Originally Posted: 04/26/2013 - 1:40pm | Type: Blog

The Senate’s vote against background checks shows that public opinion is not the driving — or defining — force behind America’s gun culture. In fact, to find that force, you don’t have to look any farther than ...

Black Pastors: Gun Violence Isn’t Just a Problem for White Suburbs
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

Black clergy have launched a new coalition to fight gun violence, saying they are undeterred by the recent failure of legislation on Capitol Hill and all too aware of the problem of gun violence. ...

Newtown's Teddy Bears: How Many is Too Many?
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

Just what is the best response to a horrendous act of public violence? There's no right answer, Kawakami says. “One strategy might be to do something in your own community that honors the victims and also ...