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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 ...

A Prayer of Confession, Repentance, and Action for Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Hear our cry, O Lord. Attend unto our earnest prayer. From cracks in the earth, O Lord, do we cry unto you.</p> Hear our cry, O Lord. Attend unto our earnest prayer. Fro ...

On the Ground in Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Thank you so much for your concern, prayers, and gifts for people in Haiti. Here is a three-minute video from Haiti Partners co-director John Engle, who is in Port-au-Prince right now. ...

Evaluating President Obama's Response to the Haiti Earthquake
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

This morning President Barack Obama promised the people of Haiti that they would not be "forsaken" or "forgotten." Yesterday he told Americans, "We have to be here for them in their ho ...

More Haitian History and Perspective on Pat Robertson and the 'Pact with the Devil'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Like many of you, my first reaction when hearing <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/14/the-televangelist-and-the-archbishop-contrasting-christian-responses-to-haitis-tragedy/">Pat Robertson& ...

The Devil's Reparations for Haiti's Debt?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

So Pat Robertson, to whom the media are still inexplicably willing to pay attention, is saying that Haiti is being punished for an alleged pact with the devil?</p> So Pat Ro ...

Haiti: Praying, Waiting, and Worshiping in the Rubble
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to let you know that we are all safe here at Bolosse. We were hit hard though. This is Cindy and Phyllis writing to ...

Haiti: God's Love is Greater
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

By now you have heard that there was a major earthquake in Haiti yesterday, which brought much of Port-au-Prince to the ground and also devastated other areas where our ministries work. ...

Haiti and Anti-Evangelist Pat Robertson's 'Gospel' of Disgrace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Sam Harris, Richard Dawkin, and Christopher Hitchens have nothing on the greatest evangelist of atheism today, Pat Robertson. Sam Harris, Richard Dawkin, and Christopher Hitchens ...

The Televangelist and the Archbishop: Contrasting Christian Responses to Haiti's Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Upon learning of the ruinous earthquake that leveled most of Haiti, my wife and I felt sadness and horror, as well as concern for the affected, their families, and friends. Upon l ...

Haiti: God Is Suffering With Those Who Are Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

There are times when events make everything else pale in comparison. There are times when events make everything else pale in comparison. I'm in Los Angeles today on my book ...

Ayiti...ke'w an Dey: My Lament for Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Ayiti...ke'w an Dey...</p> <p>"Haiti believe in God," reads a friend's Google mail status.</p> Ayiti...ke'w an Dey... "Haiti be ...

Sojourners Readers Respond to Haiti Earthquake
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://bit.ly/6jPmaR">Sojourners readers are posting recommended ways of responding to the Haiti earthquake on our Facebook page. Please click here to post your suggestions th ...

Woza 2010 Woza! Reasons for Optimism in Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Woza 2010 Woza! Woza 2010 Woza! Meaning 'come 2010 come!' There is an air of excitement not only in South Africa but across the continent as the World Cup Football Tourn ...

TIAA-Cref Divests from Sudan Oil Interests
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

While the situation in Sudan remains dire (and could worsen as the country faces volatile elections this spring), Christians can celebrate a recent story of hope: the first major U.S. ...

An Indigenous Ecuadorian Christian Activist Takes on Big Oil
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

<em>Earlier this year, Luis Yanza, who is featured in the documentary </em><a href="http://www.crudethemovie.com/">Crude</a><em>, sat down with Sojourners assistant edit ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598834757_gbP3y"></a>For much of the world, the heart of Bethlehem is found down a narr ...

U.S. Military Aid and the Paramilitaries Behind the Philippine Election Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

For many of us in the U.S., the sometimes vicious attack ads of last year's presidential election are more than just a recent memory. For many of us in the U.S., the sometime ...

Climate Justice Clips: The Real Conspiracy at Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"This is analogous to the indulgences that the Catholic Church sold in the middle ages. The bishops collected lots of money and the sinners got redemption. Both parties liked that arrangement des ...

Advent Echoes: Checkpoints and Childbirth on a West Bank Winter Night
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>Although Hani Abu Haikal is a Muslim, he probably can identify with the sense of panic Joseph and Mary must have felt as they searc ...

Vulture Funds Feed on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>Liberia is the most recent country to fall into the talons of a "vulture fund. ...

Why Poverty Persists in a World of Wealth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The forthcoming documentary <em><a href="http://www.theendofpoverty.com">The End of Poverty?</a></em> opens with the question "Why does poverty persist in a world of grow ...

Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 7
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This year alone, <a href="https://suwa.org.au/epyc">EPYC</a> has run nonviolent climate justice workshops with more than 8,000 young people (most with little or no contact with C ...

The U.S. Shouldn't Bless Honduras's Flawed Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with National Party leader Porfirio Lobo declared the winner.</p> Elections took place Sunday, Nov. 29 in Honduras with Nati ...

Perseverance with Vision in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p><em>By persevering the egg walks on legs.<br /> (Ethiopian Proverb)</em></p> By persevering the egg walks on legs. (Ethiop ...

A Modern Underground Railroad for North Korean Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>As I set foot in China, many emotions invaded my thoughts. I guess you could say I was somewhat nervous. My last visit to China involved being detained for a day on suspicion of helping North Korean r ...

Can You Hear Them Now?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When I went to hear a staged reading of Lynn Nottage's play "Ruined," about the price of the ongoing war in Congo, last week, I had a stronger than usual motive to be sure to turn off my cell ph ...

Obama's Bow and R-E-S-P-E-C-T
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The gospel according to Aretha Franklin says: "R-E-S-P-E-C-T find out what it means to me."</p> <p>Biblical wisdom teaches: "Give everyone what you owe him. If you owe tax ...

M2EP Filmmaker Challenge Winner Goes to Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<span><span></span></span></p> Editor's Note: In anticipation of The Mobilization to End Poverty, World Vision and Sojourners spo ...

Uwem Akpan's Double Calling as Priest and Writer
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

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How to Stop the Next Food Crisis (It's Easier than You Think)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Here's what the news stories aren't telling you about the bill Senator Dodd brought out yesterday: it could spell life or death for <a title="http://stopgamblingonhunger.com/" href=" ...

Zimbabwe's Cycle of Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The outcome of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/11/03/regional-leaders-take-more-confrontational-approach-to-zimbabwes-crisis/">regional intervention in Zimbabwe</a> has been a thirty d ...

The Struggle of Our Environmental Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Marvin Gaye once sang, "Oh, mercy mercy me/Oh, things ain't what they used to be/No, no/Where did all the blue sky go?/Poison is the wind that blows/From the north, east, south, and sea/Oh, mercy m ...

Ending AIDS' Stigma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. President Obama and his administration were busy this past Friday. The president signed into legislation The Rya ...

Regional Leaders Take More Confrontational Approach to Zimbabwe's Crisis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Over a week has passed after the partial withdrawal of the opposition party (MDC) from the unity government. Over a week has passed after the partial withdrawal of the opposition ...

With a Political Deal on the Horizon, Hondurans Seek a Real Plan for the Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Friday morning, Hillary Clinton praised what she called "an historic agreement" between de facto President Roberto Micheletti and deposed President Manuel Zelaya. Frida ...

An Altar Call from Bill and Melinda Gates
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, my wife Joy and I were front and center when Bill and Melinda Gates launched their new Living Proof campaign in Washington, D.C. Last week, my wife Joy and I were front ...

Video: Jon Stewart Interviews Jewish American and Palestinian Nonviolence Advocates
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Jon Stewart courageously hosted an American Jewish woman (<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/09/09/a-jewish-american-advocate-against-the-injustice-of-occupation/">Anna Balzer</a> ...

From Bethlehem: A Human Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When it comes to Israel/Palestine, the human story often gets lost in the confusion of ideology and politics. Let me just highlight the story of one woman, a wife and mother named Isme. Prior to Octob ...

Cautious Optimism on Obama's New Sudan Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Activists greeted the Obama administration's <a title="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-urgency-implementation" href="http://www.enoughproject.org/publications/fierce-ur ...

One Day's Wages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.onedayswages.org/"></a>We are excited to announce the launch of One Day's Wages -- an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme globa ...

Danger and Opportunity in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The Chinese symbol for crisis can mean either danger or opportunity. The Chinese symbol for crisis can mean either danger or opportunity. This weekend's announcement by the o ...

Nobel, Obama, Bono, and 'Rebranding America'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666574154_jUtaF"></a>Like many folks a couple weeks ago, I was stunned that Obama ha ...

Advocating for Sudan from the Inside
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

We are accustomed to standing outside the White House, protesting the policies of war and torture. We are accustomed to standing outside the White House, protesting the policies o ...

A Nobel Prayer
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. I got the first call at 6:30 a.m. from a reporter: "What's your reaction to Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize?" "What?" ...

Surprises in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, such as availability of basic foodstuffs instead of empty shelves in supermarkets. My brief visit to Zimbabwe had a few surprises, ...

Columbus in Reverse: 'Travel as a Political Act'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

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Bombing the Moon? Really?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

There's a joke that re-surfaces in Indian country every so often. There's a joke that re-surfaces in Indian country every so often. It goes like this: When NASA was prep ...

David vs. Oil-iath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, pasty-looking guy makes outrageous statements related to capitalism. I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, ...

U2's Music and Mission--and My Kid's First Rock Concert
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Events/U2-Concert-at-FedEx-Field-2009/9812626_6qWPB#666442735_FC6on"></a>Oh no, my eleven-year-old went to his first rock concert this w ...