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New Rules for Middle East Engagement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on the recent crisis in Gaza. I spent much of the weekend communicating with Muslim and Jewish leaders on ...

My Four Weeks in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. Blessings of shalom for 2009! I have just come back from a four week visit to Zimbabwe. As ...

Jews, Muslims Need a New Playbook in Responding to the Gaza Conflict
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.cair.com/">Council of Islamic Relations </a>calls the Israeli attack on Gaza a "disproportionate and counterproductive ... The ...

An Atheist's Praise of Evangelism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Matthew Parris is a self-confessed atheist, but he writes with extraordinary candor and insight about the role of faith in social transformation in a recent <a title="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/t ...

Being Mindful of Our Blessings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

During this time of Advent, a season of cheer and joy, there are people who do not have much in economic standings or bank balances to be cheerful or grateful for. During this tim ...

Palestinian Christians Still Waiting for Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When I lived in Jerusalem during the fall of 2000, after the failure of Camp David and as the second intifada erupted, I found myself angry with everything around me - the crushing might of Israel' ...

Policy and Organizing: A Year in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

It was quite a busy year for the policy team at Sojourners, and we can already hear the challenges and opportunities of 2009 calling for our attention. It was quite a busy year fo ...

Israeli Intelligence Official's Daughter Jailed for Refusing Military Service
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081212-omer-goldman.jpg"></a>My name is Omer Goldman. I am 19 years old. I am one of the <a href="http://www.sojo.n ...

Holy Land Holidays
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Thanks to the folks at <a href="http://www.simpleliving.org">Alternatives for Simple Living</a>, I've been refocusing how I celebrate the Christmas holidays. ...

An Israeli Conscript's Mother Speaks Out
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's hard to believe that people all around the world are learning about my 19-year-old son Yuval. I know that I'm proud of him. I just never expected the world to be proud of him. As I writ ...

India's Challenge after Mumbai 26/11: Don't Repeat America's Mistakes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit the same mistakes as the United States in its war on terror. After the Mumbai terrorist attacks, India must not commit th ...

Burma's Untold Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Soldiers entering villages and killing people on sight. Landmines blowing pregnant women to smithereens. There's no way this is really going on. The world would never tolerate this. ...

A Brief Explanation of Canadian Politics: Prorogue, Eh?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Here in Canada if you're the party with the most seats in the House, you get to be in charge, and your leader gets to be the Prime Minister. Here in Canada if you're the ...

Support Israeli Conscientious Objectors -- Free the Shministim
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I've been thinking a lot about courage. See that fresh-faced, bold young woman on the right? Her name is Raz Bar-David Varon. She's an 18-year-old Israeli who just graduated from 12th grade. ...

India's 9/11
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Many in India and across the world saw last week's hostage situation as <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/weekinreview/30giridharadas.html?_r=1&amp;scp=1&amp;sq=india%209/11&a ...

'Elders' Refused Entry to Zimbabwe as Cholera Claims Lives
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Either they don't know or they don't care."</p> <p>-Gracia Machel, referring to the government attitude on the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Z ...

World AIDS Day: Mourning, Celebration, and Rededication
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:52am | Type: Blog

Yesterday our nation and world commemorated the 20th global observance of World AIDS Day. Yesterday our nation and world commemorated the 20th global observance of World AIDS Day. ...

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 ...

A Chance to Change Our Failed War on Drugs in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Add this <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/23/AR2008112302041.html">op-ed from yesterday's <em>Washington Post</em></a> to the list of ...

Deadly Delays as Zimbabwe's Talks Drag On
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and off, the delays have turned deadly -- literally. As the power sharing talks between political parties drag on and ...

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 ...

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. ...

Listening and Learning in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In October I spent a week in Amman, Jordan, listening to Arab Christians from Palestine, Iraq, Lebanon, and Egypt. In October I spent a week in Amman, Jordan, listening to Arab Ch ...

Sacred Pilgrimages to the School of the Americas and El Salvador
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Last spring, I made a pilgrimage to rural El Salvador to learn about the violence that had occurred there during the U.S-supported <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvadoran_Civil_War&qu ...

Signs that SOA/WHINSEC is Losing its Grip on Latin America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This weekend, an estimated 30,000 people will meet in protest at the gates of Fort Benning, Georgia, to close the School of the Americas. This weekend, an estimated 30,000 people ...

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 ...

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 ...

A Pastor's Brother Killed in the Colombian Army's Grotesque Fraud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>If no one speaks out, the violence is going to continue. Someone has to give voice to what is hidden. If no one speaks out, the violence is going to c ...

The World Responds to Obama's Victory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | 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 ...

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> ...

Time to Open up a Two-Way Street
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Dear President-elect Obama,</p> Dear President-elect Obama, I am sending you some wonderful memos, letters, and reflections on what your election means , and what peo ...

Obama's Harmony of Intellect and Intuition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Mr. President, Barack,</p> <p>Every room I have ever been in with you was a much easier room for your presence.</p> Mr. President, Barack, Every room I have ...

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.) ...

My Personal 'Faith Priorities' for this Election
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

In 2004, several conservative Catholic bishops and a few megachurch pastors like Rick Warren issued their list of "non-negotiables," which were intended to be a voter guide for their followers. ...

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 ...

Sept. 11 Families Join Nonviolence Efforts in Iraq
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>Please, spread the message: There is not only violence in Iraq, there is something more -- people are building peace and seeking real change. Please, ...

A 'Call and Response' to End Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.callandresponse.com"></a></p> Last week two films were released that present propagandized visions of the Unite ...

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 ...

Power Struggles Continue in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

"When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers." - African proverb</p> "When two elephants fight it is the grass that suffers." - African proverb ...

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 ...

Micah's Challenge to the Future President
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, the United Nations met to discuss our progress toward cutting global poverty in half by 2015. Tonight, the U.S. Yesterday, the United Nations met to discuss our progres ...

Common Ground With the Muslim World
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

What do Madeleine Albright, Richard Armitage, Ingrid Mattson of the Islamic Society of North America, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, a Muslim imam, a Catholic bishop, a retired Li ...

A 'Micah Challenge' to U.S. Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

This week, with the news of the U.S. financial crisis dominating the headlines, the United Nations General Assembly opened its annual meeting. This week, with the news of the U.S. ...

Loving Our Neighbors When Times are Hard
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Times are hard. I work at a homeless shelter for single men wit ...

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 ...

A Colombian Peacemaker's 'Option for Civil Resistance'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We are deeply concerned. We are deeply concerned. Attempts are being made to link Héctor Mondragón to the FARC guerilla movement in Colombia's paper of record, ...

Reaching Out Across Differences
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

I have paid keen interest to this current presidential race. I have paid keen interest to this current presidential race. Being from another country, the whole process is quite fa ...

Charlie Wilson's Warning
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Coinciding with the visit of a dear friend who's spent the past few years working in Afghanistan for both development NGOs and (non-U.S.) government agencies, the DVD of Charlie Wilson's War ...

Cakes, Crumbs, and Surprises in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

The "cake" vs. "crumbs" power-sharing struggle continues in Zimbabwe. The "cake" vs. "crumbs" power-sharing struggle continues in Zimbabwe. ...