The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

Poverty: Looking at Why Instead of Who

For many Americans, our current housing crisis, banking meltdown, and global recession are increasing the risk of falling into poverty.
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Want to End Poverty? Focus on Women and Girls

Promoting gender equality is crucial to combating global poverty, a point Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn make in their new book,
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Hope is a Verb

I was too young to remember President John F. Kennedy. My mother worked on his campaign and hauled her baby (me) along with her to pass out literature.
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Truth and Reconciliation in Zimbabwe?

Last week the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) pledged to support the program on national healing in Zimbabwe.
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A Jewish-American Advocate Against the Injustice of Occupation

Just the basic facts about Anna Baltzer make her a provocative presence. She's a 30-year-old Jewish-American woman who is arguing passionately for justice for Palestinians.
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Why the U.S. Ranks 37 Among World Health Systems, Plus Four Alternative Models

The United States is the richest nation on earth. It has some of the best-trained physicians and best medical facilities on earth. It is a leader in medical innovation and medical education.
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A Stupid Made-for-TV Controversy

Cable news and the blogosphere heated up with a new controversy in the lead-up to a noon-time address that President Obama gave as a
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Three Reasons Latina/os Should Not Boycott the U.S. Census

I am a Latina sociologist and an activist-in-training who has spent substantial time with scholars and activists studying U.S. Latina/o communities from both professional and personal viewpoints.
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A Plea for a New Generation of Republican Leadership

I believe our nation works best with robust and civic dialogue and civil debate.
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