The Common Good

God's Politics Blog

Prayerland U.S.A.

Recently, The New York Times Magazine published Zev Chafets's essay on the Am
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Modern Slavery, Modern Abolitionists

Two hundred years after slavery was declared illegal in Great Britain, and 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States, an estimated 27 million people remain enslaved around
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Nonviolent Palestinian Activists Arrested as Israel Cracks Down on Wall Protests

Earlier this year, I was shown around Jayyous by Mohammad Othman, Youth Coordinator of the Stop the Wall campaign, a nonviolent grassroots movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
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Words Matter

President Barack Obama delivered his
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Honduras: The Time Is Now

On September 21st, President Manuel Zelaya returned clandestinely to Honduras and
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Our National Loss of Civility

"You lie!" yelled Representative Joe Wilson during President Obama's recent address before a joint session of Congress.
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Global Warming's Six Americas

Climate Week is upon us, and as world leaders gather at the UN and the G-20 to nibble away at the problem of international cooperation to address the issue, popular American responses seem to veer
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Meat: The Other Greenhouse Gas

I had a phase in college when I thought that perhaps I would become a vegetarian.
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How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary Pray the Devil Bac
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Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days

During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews are called on to reexamine our own actions -- our "missings of the mark." The emphasis is on OUR sins -- not those of individuals alone, but of the community -- and the sins of ourselves, not of other people, even our en
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