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Voting With Their Feet
Originally Posted: 04/07/2014 - 2:47pm | Type: Blog

On March 28 at about 4 p.m., the Afghan Peace Volunteers heard a loud explosion nearby. For the rest of the evening and night, they anxiously waited for the sound of rocket fire and firing to stop. It was repo ...

Wounded Souls
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Gregg Brekke Christians have a presumption against war—as well as an obligation to help heal those who suffer its consequences. ...

VIDEO: The War Within
Originally Posted: 03/12/2014 - 1:21pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors For some veterans, PTSD rages on as "the war within." In " Wounded Souls &qu ...

Salt and Terror in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Funds have been available for tanks, guns, bullets, helicopters, missiles, weaponized drones, drone surveillance, Joint Special Operations task forces, bases, airstrips, prisons, and truck-delivered supplies f ...

For Whom the Bell Tolls
Originally Posted: 01/21/2014 - 11:13am | Type: Blog

Week after bloody week, the chart of killings lengthens. And in Afghanistan, while war rages, a million children are estimated to suffer from acute malnourishment as the country faces a worsening hunger crisis ...

In Kabul, Locked in Winter
Originally Posted: 01/06/2014 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

Squeezed together in abject poverty in a refugee camp, women of various Afghan clans begin to feel like family. The fire in the Chaman e Babrak camp in Kabul, Afghanistan, began i ...

Afghan Street Children Beg for Change
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 12:12pm | Type: Blog

Kabul, Afghanistan, is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home. Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war. ...

Lessons from Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 12/17/2013 - 10:55am | Type: Magazine Article

Lisa Schirch The long war has made clear the fantasty of firepower "solutions" to complex political problems. ...

15 National Organizations Urge Support Of Merkley Afghanistan Amendment To NDAA
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:25pm | Type: Press

November 20, 2013 Sojo in the News Center For International Policy ...

AUDIO: Kathy Kelly's Defiant Peace Activism
Originally Posted: 08/28/2013 - 10:48am | Type: Magazine Article

Dawn Araujo The Editors As Ramzi Kysia writes in " The Song Remains " ( Sojourners , August 2013), after decade ...

Afghanistan's Children of War
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 10:37am | Type: Blog

The United Nations issued a report on Wednesday stating that the number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013, with women and children faring the wors ...

Bradley Manning Acquitted of 'Aiding the Enemy'
Originally Posted: 07/31/2013 - 12:11pm | Type: Blog

If Manning had been found guilty of aiding the enemy, he could have been sentenced to life in prison. The sentencing phase of the trial will begin Wednesday. A military judge rule ...

Barack Obama and the Drone Wars: The Logic of Violence
Originally Posted: 06/13/2013 - 8:30am | Type: Blog

Reducing the number of deaths caused by our use of violence is a worthy goal, and Obama does seem genuinely engaged in drawing the number down. So for the sake of argument, I will take him at his word. But (yo ...

Stale Words in Fresh Tragedies
Originally Posted: 04/25/2013 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

Something happened last week and I still can’t shake the funk of it off me. It happened in Boston and Texas; I saw it in Chicago as well, and the week before in Afghanistan. Last Sunday I tried to be a dutiful ...

Friends Without Borders
Originally Posted: 04/10/2013 - 9:18am | Type: Magazine Article

Shane Claiborne Can getting to know people on the "other side" help tear down the walls between us? It already has. ...

An Unhindered Hope
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 9:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Mary Kate MacIsaac Making Friends Among the Taliban: A Peacemaker's Journey in Afghanistan. Herald Press ...

DRONE WATCH: The Debate Begins
Originally Posted: 03/11/2013 - 12:42pm | Type: Blog

Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster sparks public debate. Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster last week against the administration’s drone policy brought a long-simmering debate to ...

Two Children Killed in Afghanistan by NATO Forces
Originally Posted: 03/04/2013 - 8:52am | Type: Blog

THIS JUST IN — horrific news from our friends in Kabul. Over the weekend two kids, age 7 and 8, were killed by NATO forces while herding cattle in the Uruzgan Province in Afghanistan. ...

John McCain's Theology of War Is Wrong
Originally Posted: 02/04/2013 - 12:44pm | Type: Press

February 1, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

The Obama Synthesis
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

A foreign policy of fewer troops on the ground, but more drones in the air. Ross Douthat posits that President Obama’s nominations of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defen ...

Afflictions of the Soul
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

Addressing "moral injury" among veterans. Counter-insurgency wars, such as those in Iraq and Afghanistan, frequently place soldiers in morally ambiguous situations. What ...

In Kabul, Widows and Orphans Move Up
Originally Posted: 01/07/2013 - 2:37pm | Type: Blog

Yet the community in Kabul seems agreed — we heard it mentioned at some point during each visit — that their greatest need and greatest hope is to somehow give their children an education. ...

I Found Peace in Kabul
Originally Posted: 12/17/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Even in the most troubled places on earth, there always seems to be a little group of people who refuse to accept the world as it is and insist on building the world they dream of, a little group of people who ...

In Afghanistan, A Call for Peace
Originally Posted: 12/13/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

We call upon the United Nations to negotiate an immediate cease-fire to the war in Afghanistan, and to start talks aimed at ending the war and beginning the long road to healing and recovery. ...

DRONE WATCH: The Year of the Drone
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 11:50am | Type: Blog

Air Force reports 447 drone strikes in Afghanistan this year. Most drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen are eventually reported. Not so in Afghanistan. Since they are part of an on ...

Don't Give Up on Global Friendship
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:59am | Type: Magazine Article

Lindsay McLaughlin We should honor slain diplomats by keeping the flame of diplomacy alive. WHEN AMBASSADOR C ...

DRONE WATCH: UK Doubles Number of Drones.
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 11:55am | Type: Blog

The UK is sending five additional drones to Afghanistan. The U.K. has had five Reaper drones, which it has used for combat and surveillance missions against insurgents in Afghanis ...

Farzana, ‘2 Million Friends’ and a Ceasefire in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 09/04/2012 - 2:31pm | Type: Blog

“Stop fighting,” suggests Farzana, a brave 22-year-old Afghan stage actress. Significantly, her statement is in sharp contrast to what seems to be the democratic world’s unquestioned modus operandi of today, e ...

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

2,000 US troops have died in Afghanistan. After nearly 11 years of war, the New York Times reports that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan went over 2,000 this week.  In an analys ...

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 ...

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 ...

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: It’s Not Just The U.S.
Originally Posted: 07/02/2012 - 1:55pm | Type: Blog

The U.K. has been using Reaper drones in Afghanistan for the past four years. More than four years ago, the U.K. Ministry of Defence bought 6 Reaper drones from the U.S.  The ...

US, Pakistan Fail to Agree on Afghanistan Supply Routes
Originally Posted: 06/11/2012 - 3:33pm | Type: Blog

American negotiators working with Pakistan to reopen critical supply routes into Afghanistan have been called back to the United States Carlo Munoz reports for The Hill: ...

DRONE WATCH: Death From Above
Originally Posted: 06/04/2012 - 7:46am | Type: Blog

With White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan’s recent public acknowledgment of their use and revelations of President Obama’s direct involvement in deciding which targets are struck, the world medi ...

We Are Unstoppable! Another World Is Possible!
Originally Posted: 05/31/2012 - 12:46pm | Type: Blog

Christopher Sofolo reflects on the NATO demonstrations in Chicago earlier this month: "Amidst a swirl of percussion the crowd was chanting: 'We are unstoppable! Another world is possible!'" ...

War at What Cost? A Veteran Perspective
Originally Posted: 05/23/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

This unfathomable amount of money was approved by the House of Representatives in the National Defense Authorization Act. These funds will serve to bring suffering and pain to innocent people, further militari ...

Out of Order
Originally Posted: 05/18/2012 - 11:09am | Type: Blog

Antiwar amendment blocked in House. The House of Representatives has been debating the defense authorization bill for the past two days, including more than 140 amendments. But th ...

Troop Withdrawal: Easier Said Than Done
Originally Posted: 05/16/2012 - 11:15am | Type: Blog

Withdrawing from Afghanistan by the end of this year. In his successful run for president of France, one of Francois Hollande’s campaign promises was to withdraw all French troops ...

Coming Home: The New Afghan Mission
Originally Posted: 05/14/2012 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

Gen. John Allen, the U.S./NATO commander in Afghanistan, is reorienting the military mission in Afghanistan. As U.S. troops leave, Afghan troops must take the lead. Gen. John All ...

Support For War In Afghanistan At All Time Low
Originally Posted: 05/09/2012 - 11:17am | Type: Blog

Only 27 percent of Americans saying they back the effort of the war in Afghanistan. From  The Associated Press '  Anne Gearan : "Support for the war in Af ...

'Mistaken' Deaths
Originally Posted: 05/07/2012 - 5:00pm | Type: Blog

The American military claimed responsibility and expressed regret for an airstrike that mistakenly killed six members of a family in southwestern Afghanistan, Afghan and American military officials confirmed M ...

National Day of Prayer Marked with Prayer... and Protest
Originally Posted: 05/03/2012 - 10:31am | Type: Blog

President Obama issued his annual proclamation on Monday, making special mention of prayers for the military as befitted his surprise visit to Afghanistan.   As reported by  C ...

Joe Scarborough on President Obama's Afghanistan Speech: "The Neocons Won"
Originally Posted: 05/02/2012 - 12:48pm | Type: Blog

From  Joe Scarborough's  Politico  blog last night: The takeaway of President Obama's speech tonight is simple. The neocons won, the troops lost and the endless war grinds on in a land that humbled the Soviet Union, the British Empir ...

VIDEO: Obama's Surprise Visit to Afghanistan Tuesday
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 8:19pm | Type: Blog

Watch videos of President Obama's surprise visit to Afghanistan today and read the transcript of his address to the American people tonight inside the blog. Below are several ...

Update: Obama in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:04pm | Type: Blog

Presidents Obama and Karzai have signed in Kabul a strategic partnership agreement between the two countries. The Associated Press reports: “The partnership spells out the U.S. relationship with Afghanistan beyond 2014, covering security, e ...

Breaking: President Obama in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 05/01/2012 - 5:22pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama landed in Afghanistan this afternoon on an unannounced trip. He will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and sign a strategic partnership agreement pledging U.S. support for Afghanis ...

The Lesson of History
Originally Posted: 04/18/2012 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

The analogy with Tet is not exact, but the lesson from history is worth heeding. An indigenous insurgency, with safe haven in another country, fighting an occupation force and a government it has installed, wi ...

Afghanistan Massacre Shows War Has Failed
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

After weeks of tumultuous upheaval, the slaying allegedly by a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant is just the most recent incident undermining U.S. objectives to win hearts and minds. Frankly, that mission has long been ...

Violence Makes Losers of Us All
Originally Posted: 03/13/2012 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

If you were walking down the street and a stranger approached you and punched you in the face what would you want to do in that moment? Sure, this is an odd hypothetical situation, but really, answer the quest ...