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A South African Role Model of Reconciliation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Since the historic election of Nov. 4, I have been part of discussions with college students and faith-based institutions that have experienced racial tension and intolerance on their campuses. ...

A Second Bretton Woods?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>Twenty heads of state descended upon Washington this past weekend to discuss the global financia ...

Back to Square One in Zimbabwe and the 'Obama Effect' in South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Sunday, Nov. Sunday, Nov. 9, regional leaders (SADC) held an emergency meeting aimed at resolving the political crisis in Zimbabwe 'once and for all.' The meeting could ...

The World Responds to Obama's Victory
Originally Posted: 05/23/2013 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

Leaving O'Hare airport on the afternoon of election day, I was somewhere near Greenland on a flight to Europe when the captain announced the results. Leaving O'Hare airp ...

President Obama: Honor Your Call to the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

While my friend, Christine, sent me iPhone photos of the thousands of ecstatic Chicagoans she partied with last night in Grant Park, I pondered what I would write to you this morning. ...

As the World Watches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Good morning! After an extensive media coverage of the U.S. elections, it was great to wake up to history! Good morning! After an extensive media coverage of the U.S. elections, i ...

Through the Laughter and the Tears
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge Uwem Akpan, a Jesuit from Nigeria, tells stories about Africa through its children, creating rich and complex characters th ...

You Touch a Woman, You Touch a Rock
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote style="margin-right: 0px;" dir="ltr"><p align="left"><strong>"Wathinta abafazi, wathinta imbhokodo." (You touch a woman, you touch a rock.) ...

An International Challenge for Christians to Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

If you're a Christian who has given up on politics this year and decided not to vote, do that which is honorable. Go to Joppa and find a ship bound for Tarshish. If you' ...

Mugabe's Unilateralism Obstructs Power-Sharing in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Last week, Robert Mugabe unilaterally appointed his own ministers to all key positions. Last week, Robert Mugabe unilaterally appointed his own ministers to all key positions. In ...

VP Debate's Blind Spots on Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In last week's debate, Gwen Ifill, Sen. Biden, and Gov. In last week's debate, Gwen Ifill, Sen. Biden, and Gov. Palin all got it part wrong on Darfur: they implied that ...

A Historic Week for South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The political events in South Africa over the last week have been historical The political events in South Africa over the last week have been historical Thank you so much ...

Seeking a More Just Economy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>I have had the opportunity to consider and write about the economic disparities and realities in ...

Sudan's Lost Boys Pursue Olympic and American Dreams (interview with Dominic Maurice)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Virginia Mitchell and Charlton Breen of the Michigan Darfur Coalition (MDC) recently sat down for an interview with Dominic Maurice. Maurice is a former "Lost Boy" refugee from Sudan who has ...

Power-Sharing in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

It is Tuesday, August 12, and the leaders of the political parties are still locked in talks of power sharing -- it was expected that a deal would be struck on Sunday, but to no avail, so the talks ...

South Africa's Complex Challenges
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Being at home in the land of my birth, South Africa, over the last five weeks has been awesome. Being at home in the land of my birth, South Africa, over the last five weeks has b ...

Slicing the Cake of Power in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The latest development on talks between the opposition party -- the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) -- and ZANU-PF President Robert Mugabe is that they have produced a 50-page document as a wa ...

An Olive Branch Grows in Africa
Originally Posted: 05/13/2011 - 2:10pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tim Shenk A Kenyan peacemaker talks about the power of listening in the midst of violence. Widespread violen ...

The IMF Files: They Want to Believe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Andrew Berg, an International Monetary Fund African department policy adviser, is a nice man. Andrew Berg, an International Monetary Fund African department policy adviser, is a n ...

Seeking Wisdom in Zimbabwe's Peace Talks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"><p><em>I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; <br /> I possess knowledge and discretion. <br /> To ...

Good News for Democracy in Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The breeze was blowing off of Lake Tanganyika, and I was enjoying the evening with a friend at the Hotel Club Du Lac. The breeze was blowing off of Lake Tanganyika, and I was enjo ...

Making Sense of Zimbabwe's Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p><em>Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

denominations of money -- for example, Z$1 billion, 5 billion, 400 million, etc. It's mind-boggling! US ... banana is Z$1 billion, bread is 5 billion, and one sweet (candy) is Z$400 million, and prices rise every ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

denominations of money -- for example, Z$1 billion, 5 billion, 400 million, etc. It's mind-boggling! US ... banana is Z$1 billion, bread is 5 billion, and one sweet (candy) is Z$400 million, and prices rise every ...

Back to Square One for Zimbabwe's Ubiquitous Billionaires
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

denominations of money -- for example, Z$1 billion, 5 billion, 400 million, etc. It's mind-boggling! US ... banana is Z$1 billion, bread is 5 billion, and one sweet (candy) is Z$400 million, and prices rise every ...

Khartoum Continues to Undermine Peace Efforts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the past week, the blood-stained regime ruling Sudan has once again engaged in "<a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/node/910" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/node/910">o ...

Diplomatic Progress, Continuing Violence in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

I will begin with some positive news of growing international pressure on the Zimbabwean government. I will begin with some positive news of growing international pressure on the ...

Making Their Mark: Interview with Jena Nardella of Blood:Water Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<a title="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Making%20Their%20Mark&amp;blog_id=37" href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?tag=Making%20Their%20Mark&a ...

There is No Divide between Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The genocidal situation in Darfur continues to worsen, with more killings and increased attacks on peacekeepers.&#160; All the efforts to date by the U.N., the U.S., and other governments have fail ...

Thabo Mbeki Must Intervene in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the back and forth concerning the role South Africa must play in the crisis of human rights abuses under the reign of Robert Mugabe and his cronies, it is my belief that we must see some form of ...

Drive-by Diplomacy Doesn't Cut It in Darfur
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

We know that the government of Sudan responds to civil war by targeting innocent civilians-a <a title="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/12/a-genocide-of-convenience-by-e.html" href=&quo ...

Things Fall Apart: Prayer Requests for South Africa and Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr"><p><em>Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;<br /> Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,<br /> The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywher ...

A Call for African Solidarity Against Xenophobic Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As a South African, it is a downright shame that brothers and sisters from other countries in Africa <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05/zimbabweans-face-new-violence.html& ...

Zimbabweans Face New Violence - in South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

This week has been marred by xenophobic violence in <st1:placename>Alexandra</st1:placename> <st1:placename>Township</st1:placename>, Johannesburg, South <st1:place>Africa</st1 ...

Failing "Elections 101" in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

This weekend Zimbabwe's opposition party announced that it would take part in the next round of presidential "elections." Violence, harassment, and intimidation of unarmed citizens continue as p ...

'Pray the Devil Back to Hell'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>The following is an interview with Abigail Disney, producer of the documentary <A href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the Devil Back to Hell</A>, which rec ...

Democracy Deferred in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The Zimbabwean tragedy continues. Presidential results were released after a record five-week delay! The Zimbabwean tragedy continues. Presidential results were relea ...

Praying for a Real Liberation Army
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>A lot has happened this past week, starting with the international day of prayer for Zimbabwe on Sunday, April 27. A lot has happened this past week, starting with th ...

A Vision for Freedom in Zimbabwe (interview with Dr. David Kaulemu)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P><I>Catholic and Protestant church groups in Zimbabwe have <A title=http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/ASAZ-7DYFUR?OpenDocument href="http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SI ...

The Power of Conscience
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

This morning's newspaper headlines are about the comment on Zimbabwe made by Jendayi Frazer, U.S. assistant secretary for African Affairs. This morning's newspaper headl ...

A Call from Zimbabwe's Churches
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

There is a popular saying that the most dangerous animal is one that has been fatally wounded. There is a popular saying that the most dangerous animal is one that has been fatall ...

An Ominous Drama in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>It is difficult to make sense of the current ominous political drama surrounding the result of the presidential elections in Zimbabwe. It is difficult to make sense o ...

Zimbabwe: A Nation Waits
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The patience of the people of Zimbabwe is absolutely incredible. The patience of the people of Zimbabwe is absolutely incredible. They've been living a nightmare ...

Christians Push Peace in Kenya
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Alexis Vaughan As Kenya continues to transition from a one-party nat ...

Zimbabwe's Elections and beyond: Stay Tuned
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Will Zimbabwe's parliamentary and presidential elections, coming up Saturday, be a complete sham, like their predecessors? Will Zimbabwe's parliamentary and ...

Good News/Bad News for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

<P>First, the very good news: a <A title=http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL2315081120080223?pageNumber=1&amp;virtualBrandChannel=0 href="http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSL ...

An Effective Approach to AIDS in Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>I work in one of the largest slums in Africa - Kibera - located in Nairobi, Kenya. Some years ago, I started St. I work in one of the largest slums in Africa - Kibera ...

Well Done, President Bush
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P dir=ltr>In recent weeks, we've been watching Senator Obama and Senator Clinton try to disagree honestly without being too nasty in the process. In recent weeks, ...

A Cry for Kenya
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>My heart cries out for the people of Kenya. The unfolding crisis conjures up haunting and horrific images of Rwanda. My heart cries out for the people of Kenya. The u ...

World AIDS Day: A Challenge to 'Speak Life'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>On Dec. 1, the world commemorates World AIDS Day, a day in which we pause and remember the 25 million lives lost to the deadly epidemic. The day also challenges us to redouble our efforts to ...