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Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

Using My Liberty for Aung San Suu Kyi
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/protest1.jpg"></a>I spent my Monday lunch hour, and maybe longer due to D.C. traffic, standing with some 30 protesters across the street from ...

Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra ...

Jesus did NOT Kill Mohammed
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"Jesus Killed Mohammed" was written in Arabic in large red letters on the side of a U.S. Army Special Forces vehicle, armed to kill and rolling through a town in Iraq. It sounds like a bad M ...

Holding Government Accountable on Poverty -- in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The South African elections have eclipsed all news in our region. These went fairly smoothly with isolated incidents. The South African elections have eclipsed all news in our reg ...

Might Will Never Make Right In Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of warriors and military servicemen. I consider myself a peacemaker and a patriot. I come from a long line of ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

Afghanistan's Anti-Woman Law
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely restricts the rights of women. Last month Afghanistan's Parliament passed a new law that severely rest ...

Economic Democracy: An Alternative to Pure Capitalism or Socialism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Here's a video lecture by Professor of Christian Ethnics Ga ...

What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry? Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something. When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to so ...

Zimbabwe Prime Minister's Wife Killed in Car Crash
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<span style="color: #000000;">A dark cloud has descended on Zimbabwe. A dark cloud has descended on Zimbabwe. On Friday, March 6 th , Susan, the wife of Zimbab ...

A More Excellent Way
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>It is often pointed out that some of the places most lacking in hope are not the industrial wastelands or the bleak landscapes shorn of beauty, but the places where there is too much ...

Zimbabwe's Bi-Polarity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The power struggle continues in Zimbabwean politics between progressive forces and the 'old guard.' The progressive forces want to get on with rebuilding the entire infrastructure of the country, e ...

Guarded Optimism in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It's been just over two weeks into the new transitional government in Zimbabwe. There is guarded optimism and most people have adopted a 'wait and see' approach. It ...

What Change Can Tsvangirai Bring to Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released from prison. Feb. 11, 1990, marked the wondrous day that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was released ...

The Leap from Paper to Reality in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. A brief recap on some of the latest developments in Zimbabwe. The opposition agreed to be part of a transitional unit ...

Zimbabwe: Talks Drag on While Humanitarian Crisis Deepens
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Monday, January 26th, regional leaders met once again to discuss a way forward for Zimbabwe. The outcome of the meeting held no surprises. On Monday, January 26th, regional lea ...

A 'Just Peace' President?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If this Gaza War teaches us anything, if the tragic history of wars in the Middle East teaches us anything, it is that when people are determined to obtain weapons and fight, war goes on and solves ...

20th January, 2009
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On 20<sup>th</sup> January, 2009, I turned on my radio to listen to the news and heard these words from the leader of the main opposition party in Zimbabwe: "Today is probably one of the dark ...

My Obama Inauguration Benediction: A Singular Moment in Time
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

You would think attempting to summarize my feelings on having been asked to deliver the Benediction at the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama-would be simple. In fact, it's quite a challenge; gi ...

My Day on the Hugo Chavez Show
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Tonight, PBS's Frontline will air "<a title="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/" href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/hugochavez/">The Hug ...

Ethnic Cleansing in Orissa: India's Persecuted Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In India, the world's largest democracy, <a href="http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Sunday_Specials/The_Audacity_of_Hope/articleshow/3690305.cms">millions applauded the recent U.S. ...

Just Peacemaking and Counterinsurgency
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).</p> Biblical wisdom teaches: "Do not be overcome by evil but ...

Don't Take the Bush-Obama Handshake for Granted
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

The campaign was filled with backstabbers, liars, and cheats. Entire books were created out of thin air to defame opponents. The campaign was filled with backstabbers, liars, and ...

Obama's Victory and Middle East Democracy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

A curious thing has happened as Americans were choosing their first black president. Democracy suddenly ceased to be a bad word for many genuine democrats in the Middle East.</p> ...

My Prayer for Election Day
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. On the eve of this historic election, let us pause for a moment of thanks. We should thank God for the m ...

An Iraq Veteran's Ambivalent Vote
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

I have given a lot of thought in the last several months about the vote coming up. I have given a lot of thought in the last several months about the vote coming up. Shane an ...

The Idolatry of Security (Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> <p>[<a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/?p=2457">Continued from part 1&l ...

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 ...

Zimbabwe's Leaders Sign Compromise Agreement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote style="margin-right: 0px" dir="ltr"><p align="left">The agreement we sign today is a product of painful compromise. The agr ...

The Great Experiment and the Great Commandment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Tomorrow is Bastille Day. We Americans don't take much notice of th ...

Bring Them Home Now
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Our private contractors have sacrificed enough in Iraq. As the Iraq war moves to­ward its fifth ...

Free and Fair?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Meg E. Cox When it comes to defending the vote, democracy is in the details. e It was a Twilight Zone momen ...

Touch-Screen Democracy?
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Jonathan Mendez There were no hanging chads to scrutinize on “undervo ...

Congo's Cautious Hope
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:37pm | Type: Magazine Article

Tim Shenk Churches play a positive role in the first democratic elections in more than 40 years. On outdoor be ...

The Digital Pipeline
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Who will control the stories we tell-and who gets to see them? Film in America—whether H ...

Wal-Mart Goes to School
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Chuck Collins Felice Yeskel The Walton empire gets political. ...

Uncrossing The Wires
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:25am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum If democracy is to be more than a slogan, everyone must have access to the Internet. Ther ...

Democracy in Action (what, again?)
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Ed Spivey Jr. Keeping an 'eye on Washington' in this crucial election year. As Americans prepare for ...

Agents of Power
Originally Posted: 04/06/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Can democracy survive without an adversarial press? Agents of Power ...

If I Were A Rich Man...
Originally Posted: 05/11/2011 - 11:16am | Type: Magazine Article

David Cay Johnston The elite few benefit from the Bush tax agenda. The rest of us get stuck with the bill. ...

Democracy in the Balance
Originally Posted: 05/06/2011 - 2:38pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Moyers How do we nurture the healing side of religion over the killing side? How do we protect the soul of democracy against bad theo ...

Radio Rules
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Julie Polter Taking back the airwaves for free speech and local issues. When I was growing up in rural Ohio, I ...

Hostile Takeover
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:32pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill Moyers Big Money's assault on democracy is even worse than you think. Politics today has become an a ...

Waging Peace in Nagaland
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Magazine Article

Marian Abrecht Aaron McCarroll Gallegos In a remote part of India, the world’s largest ...

Democracy Derailed
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:43pm | Type: Magazine Article

Brett Grainger The joys and limits of freedom. Boy, oh boy. The apologies are coming in fast and ...

The Heart to Struggle
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Vincent Harding Democracy's history is one of perseverance. Vincent Harding is professor of religion a ...

The Poisoned Root of Democracy
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gwen Patton How money determines policy. (Campaign Finance Reform, Democracy, Cover Story) Campaign F ...

Democracy's Lifeblood
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Frances Moore Lappe Paul Martin Du Bois Practicing the Art of Active Citizenship ...

A Patriotic Fight
Originally Posted: 04/05/2011 - 10:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Pete MacDowell What it takes to restore a functioning democracy. Pete MacDowell is the director of the Demo ...