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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 ...

The Fiscal Cliff: Mommas Said Knock You Out
Originally Posted: 11/09/2012 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

Under sequestration, the U.S. foreign aid that has made such a tremendous difference in Ethiopia and in the lives of countless millions of desperately poor Africans (and others) is in grave jeopardy. ...

Ethiopia: How Foreign Aid Has Helped a Generation
Originally Posted: 10/23/2012 - 6:41pm | Type: Blog

LALIBELA, Ethiopia -- You know the images you have in your mind of Ethiopia from 27 years ago? The ones from the nightly news reports on TV about the famine in the Horn of Africa as the death toll mounted and ...

What Americans Think About U.S. Foreign Aid Might Surprise You
Originally Posted: 10/24/2012 - 8:23am | Type: Blog

It might come as a surprise to learn that less than one percent of the U.S. budget is spent on foreign assistance. It might even be shocking to discover that, despite this relatively small amount, these funds ...

Achieving an AIDS-free Generation by Healing the International Village
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 9:49am | Type: Blog

The International AIDS Conference left me more convinced that if we start seeing this virus through the same lens as God, the acronym HIV takes on another meaning of Healing the International Village. ...

Laura Bush: Foreign Aid in U.S. "Moral Interest"
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 5:23pm | Type: Blog

Former First Lady Laura Bush defends foreign aid. Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke with ABC News, expressing the importance of foreign aid and programs like the President' ...

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates
Originally Posted: 06/07/2012 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Religious leaders do believe that massive deficits are moral issues, and that we must not saddle future generations with crippling debt. But we believe that how we resolve deficits also is a moral issue. And o ...

Homeless Veteran to President Obama: "Why Are We Sending Money to Pakistan?"
Originally Posted: 01/31/2012 - 1:02pm | Type: Blog

During the first-ever all-virtual interview conducted by Americans via Google+'s "hangout" group video chat feature, a young, homeless veteran in Boston asked President Obama why the United Stat ...

Bono and Jeff Sachs on Foreign Aid: Ending Dependency
Originally Posted: 01/17/2012 - 2:27pm | Type: Blog

On a recent trip to the African nation of Ghana, Bono of U2 and economist Jeffrey Sachs spoke to the UK Guardian about their hopes for the future of foreign aid. "We're not arguing for a culture of d ...

GOP Primaries and Old Country Buffet
Originally Posted: 01/12/2012 - 5:06pm | Type: Blog

If the GOP primaries were like Old Country Buffet, I’d be happy. Think about it. There wouldn’t be so much money involved and we could pick only the stuff we liked and ignore the rest. ...

The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

The compassionate conservative space is vital to the health of the nation and the future of the poor, and therefore preserving it is essential. I would never have been mistaken a ...

On Redundancies: Social Justice and Personal Salvation
Originally Posted: 12/08/2011 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Social justice is redundant. Justice, properly understood in a biblical sense, always has social implications. Personal salvation is redundant in the same way. Salvation, properly understood in a biblical se ...

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

The Afternoon News: Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 THE HUFFINGTON POST: AIDS: From Judgment To Hope (OPINION) World AIDS Day on December 1 was marked with an inspiring flood of artic ...

America is a Great Idea
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 10:49am | Type: Blog

The right to life, the right to liberty, and the right to pursue happiness each demand the will and resources make an AIDS-free generation a reality by 2015. I stood in a small r ...

World AIDS Day 2012: Mountains are Moving
Originally Posted: 12/02/2011 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

With continued investment we are just a few years away from preventing nearly ALL children from being born with the virus. In our day to day lives it is safe to assume that most o ...

Gang of Eight: GOP Candidates Debate o' the Week
Originally Posted: 11/23/2011 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

Another week, another Republican Presidential Debate. This time, eight of the GOP candidates for the nomination spent their evening putting forward their beliefs on the issues of foreign policy and national s ...

"Lord, when did we see you hungry?": The 2012 Hunger Report
Originally Posted: 11/22/2011 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

Bread for the World has many recommendations in the 2012 Hunger Report, but I’d like to highlight just one for now: “Farm policies should lean more towards the production of healthy foods.” ...

Raise Your Voice: Crucial Votes on Foreign Aid in Senate Begin Wednesday
Originally Posted: 11/15/2011 - 7:49pm | Type: Blog

This week, the Senate will vote on H.R. 2354, an appropriation bill that will determine the amount of funds we allocate for poverty-related development assistance. Look: bi-partis ...

The Afternoon News: Monday Nov. 14, 2011
Originally Posted: 11/14/2011 - 3:59pm | Type: Blog

U.S. Bishops Should Focus On Economy, On Deficit Reduction... THE WASHINGTON POST (ON FAITH):  U.S. Bishops Should Focus On Economy As the American Catholic bishops gather f ...

Colombia's "People of the Land" Call Out for Justice ... And Some of Us Are Listening
Originally Posted: 11/11/2011 - 11:30am | Type: Blog

Colombia's campesinos ("people of the land") — peasants, farmers and artisanal miners, the indigenous — are calling out for an end to the exploitation and environmental destruction of their life ...

Post G20, Let's Not Forget the "Other" 99 Percent in the Developing World
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 3:45pm | Type: Blog

Nearly 8 million children under the age of five die every year due to preventable malnutrition and disease.These children constitute the real and too often forgotten 99 percent. ...

One Reason the U.S. Must Continue Funding Foreign Aid
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:58am | Type: Blog

Because Bill Gates says so. Because Bill Gates says so. Bill Gates traveled to Washington, D.C. this past week to tell members of congress not to cut foreign aid funding f ...

Cutting Foreign Aid: Not The America I Love
Originally Posted: 10/27/2011 - 9:24am | Type: Blog

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post . I watched the Republican debates from my hotel ...

News: Quick Links Round-up and Redux
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

THE WASHINGTON POST/RELIGION NEWS SERVICE: D.C. Pastor To Lead Democrats' Faith Outreach THE WASHINGTON POST/RELIGION NEWS SERVICE: D.C. Pastor To Lead Democrats' Fait ...

Adam Phillips answers, "What is an Evangelical?"
Originally Posted: 11/04/2011 - 10:33pm | Type: Blog

This video is the latest installment in an ongoing series at God's Politics blog where we've asked leading clergy, writers, scholars, artists, activists and others who self-identify as "evangeli ...

Why is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes. When ...

Restoring Haiti's Economy Through Local Business
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

In the largest conference room in Haiti, deals were made, contact information swapped, and the air buzzed with excitement at a business fair hosted by Partners Worldwide and a dozen sponsors target ...

Afghanistan Weekly Digest: Taliban Prisoners. National Security Shakeup. Military Spending.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editors' note</strong></em><em>: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate ou ...

Why I am Joining the Fast: Global Hunger is Getting Worse
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

After my teenage granddaughter returned recently from a service experience in Uganda, sponsored by American Jewish World Service, she remarked that she would never again say she's "starving" on ...

Back in Business in Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/22/back-in-business-in-haiti/" target="_self"></a>More than a year after an earthquake stalled the country's economy, some bu ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...

Should Egyptians Trust Their Military?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:35am | Type: Blog

Throughout the coverage of the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/egypt/" target="_blank">uprising in Egypt</a>, we've been repeatedly told that Egyptians trust their milita ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

Evangelicals, Global Relief, and 'the Sin of Sodom'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

There's a remarkable article in Saturday's <em>New York Times</em> by Nicholas Kristof: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html" target="_blank ...

If the Tea Party movement were consistent, it would tackle defense spending.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

On the one hand, as a new <a href="http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/02/meet-the-tea-partiers-male-rich-and-college-educated.php" target="_blank">CNN poll</a> shows, 11 pe ...

Devils in the Details: Robertson's Revision of Haitian History
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Whether or not Robertson had malicious intentions when he declared that Haiti's tragic history was the result of a "pact with the devil" made by early leaders of the revolt against their French ...

Nigerian Anti-Corruption Activists Demand: Let the Sun Shine in
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Part 2 of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

Clean Energy and Security Act: If Everyone's Unhappy, It Must Be a Good Compromise
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip I rode my bike to work today. Despite the summer heat, it is not a bad trip "As far as ...

The Poor Can Lead the Charge
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

If Hernando de Soto was overestimating <a title="http://ild.org.pe/en/mystery/english" href="http://ild.org.pe/en/mystery/english" target="_blank">how much wealth the world& ...

The Hole in Our Gospel: Interview with World Vision's Richard Stearns
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.urbanfaith.com/images/HoleinGospelCover121x178.jpg"></a> <p>As the pastor of a church with a deep desire to love others as Christ would, I've recently been ...

A Spiritual Struggle
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Sunday evening the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization">Mobilization to End Poverty</a> will begin. Sunday evening the Mobilization to End Poverty ...

What President Obama's Budget Means for Poor People
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

If a budget is a moral document, what should be said about the president's proposed budget for 2010? I focus here on what this budget proposal says about justice for poorer Americans.</p> ...

A Crucial Time in the Fight Against Global Poverty and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The realities of global poverty are very stark. The realities of global poverty are very stark. About a billion people around the world - one in six - are now considered chronical ...