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'Darkness Cannot Put Out Darkness': Friends Murdered in Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100809-heather-afghanistan1.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.iam-afghanistan.org/">Ten more lives were lost in Afghanistan last w ...

Missouri's Health-Care Dilemma
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/08/04/tuesday.primaries/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn">by a 3-to-1 margin</a>, Missouri voters passed <a href="http://ballo ...

Stark Inequality, Bad Economic Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As is pretty universally agreed by economists and (these days) ignored by many politicians -- who seem determined to run on a Herbert Hoover platform -- in the short term, the government must and ...

The 'Sacrifice Trap' of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The last month has seen six Australian soldiers killed in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/afghanistan/">Afghanistan</a>, bringing Australia's total to 17. ...

A Step Towards Breaking the "Resource Curse"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Here's a piece of good news you may have missed when President Obama signed <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/financial-regulation/">financial regulatory reform</a> into law last Wed ...

Wikileaking Afghanistan: Disaster Is Not a Good Thing, But Knowing About It Is
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100728-wikileaks.jpg"></a>It's out: An enormous trove of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/27/wikileaks-truth-tellers-and-a- ...

Glenn Beck Co-opting the Steps of the Lincoln Memorial
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I am grieved and angry that Glenn Beck is going to be on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28 (the anniversary of the historic civil rights March on Washington on August 28, 1963) -- and ...

History is on the Side of the Immigrant
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"What part of illegal don't you understand?"</p> "What part of illegal don't you understand?" This question -- usually launched by immigrat ...

The Careful (and Necessary) Work of Journalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

This week, <em>The Washington Post </em>ran a three-part series on the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/19/top-secret-america/">top secret counterterrorism organizations</a& ...

"CO2 is Green": More Big Oil Propaganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> Big oil and big coal are worried about the upcoming climate change legislation. They're especially worried about what it will do to their b ...

Help for the Unemployed, Now 60 Percent Off!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We're in a recession with <a href="http://www.epi.org/publications/entry/job_seekers_still_face_intolerable_odds">four or five job seekers to every open job</a>, according to the lat ...

Why National Flags Don't Belong in Church
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When I first heard the announcement to rise for "the presentation of the colors," I didn't understand what that was. When I first heard the announcement to rise for ...

Top Secret America
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>The </em><em>Washington Post</em> today blanketed the front page with this lede:</p> The Washington Post today blanketed the front page w ...

Friday Links Round-Up
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">Missing God. Modern day slavery. A crawfisher turned crooner. Here's a little round-up of links from the web you may have missed this week:</p> ...

After World Cup, Violence Persists in South Africa
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100714-fifa-worldcup.jpg"></a>The World Cup eclipsed our lives in South Africa as we witnessed four weeks of unbelievable soccer and celebrat ...

Video: President's Address on Comprehensive Immigration Reform
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/07/02/video-presidents-address-on-comprehensive-immigration-reform/"></a>President Obama spoke at American University yesterday and called for ...

It's Time to End This War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

After his unanimous approval by the Senate Armed Services Committee as the new Afghan war commander, General David Petraeus was pictured in <em>The Washington Post</em> with a broad smile and thu ...

Calling People to Faith
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Several months ago, I was invited to speak at </em><a href="http://www.lifest.com/"><em>Lifest</em></a><em>, a Christian festival in Wisconsin with more ...

Voices from the Gulf: Besieged by Depression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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Robert Byrd, Truth, and Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Truth is a two-edged sword that cuts both ways. We may wield it against an enemy with great satisfaction. However, the truth also cuts us, and does so with a fare-thee-well. Tru ...

The World Cup and Human Trafficking
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup, there was much rejoicing and reflection on how far the country had come. When South Africa was selected to host the World Cup ...

Durham Stands in Solidarity with Arizona Immigrants
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last week the City Council of Durham, NC voted to suspend city-funded travel to Arizona in response to the passage of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/sb-1070/">SB 1070.</a> According to ...

Wanted: A Strong Dose of Bipartisan Civility
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"How good and pleasant it is when the people of God live together in unity" (Psalm 133:1). Yes, and how ugly it is when we don't. "How good and pleasant it is ...

Beyond Camelot: Britain's Un-American Austerity Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Our British cousins have come up with an economic policy that could not be more different from what we Americans have been doing for decades. I rather like it.</p> Our Briti ...

McChrystal vs. Obama: Battle of the 'Hard Hearts'?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Yesterday U.S. top Afghanistan warrior General Stan McChrystal was very publicly called to the carpet in the Oval Office. Sources say his job is on the line. Yesterday U.S. top Af ...

Missionaries: What's Wrong with Them?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Mention the word <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/missionaries/">"missionary"</a> to an assortment of people around the world, and you are sure to see quite a range of reaction ...

Voices from the Gulf: Pray We Will Not Lose Heart
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p class="wackmsg_new_sender"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/voices-from-the-gulf/"></a></p> Editor's note: This w ...

Confusing our Kids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I catch up on my news in the airport. Yesterday I watched this obscure story about a second grader in Rhode Island who wore a baseball cap to school with soldiers carrying guns on the front. ...

Voices from the Gulf: Deep Sorrow in New Orleans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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The Gulf Spill Brings Christians to Lament
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

In early June, a week-long gathering at the <a href="http://divinity.duke.edu/reconciliation/index.html">Center for Reconciliation</a> at Duke Divinity School brought together a diverse g ...

A Pledge to the Next Generation
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

We are witnessing a massive despoiling of God's creation that will impact ecosystems for generations. Our response must think that far ahead as well -- to our children and our children's children. ...

Voices from the Gulf: Our Way of Life, Forever Altered
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

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My Initial Response to President Obama's Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was glad the president emphasized the need to break our addiction to oil in his speech last night, and I thought he did a good job of demonstrating commitment to the people of the Gulf region. ...

Immigration, Children, and the Way of Jesus
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/15/immigration-children-and-the-way-of-jesus/"></a>Last month, <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/05/20/a-second-graders-challenge-t ...

10,000 Haitian Farmers March Against Monsanto
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

More than 10,000 farmers marched in Haiti last Friday, opposing a $4 million donation of hybrid seeds from the Monsanto Corporation that are being shipped with the support of the Haitian government ...

Nonviolence takes hold in "Mexico's Gaza"
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/09/nonviolence-ta (ironically called the Unit (ironically called the Unit for the Social Well-being of the Triqui Region), a ...

BP: Is It Time to Ban Companies Again?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It appears that BP has decided it needs tips from the Spin Master to protect its thoroughly corroded reputation in the U.S. No, they haven't hired Republican strategist Frank Luntz. ...

Untold Story: BP-sized Oil Spills Happen All the Time in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp/">The BP Oil Spill</a> is the worst oil spill in U.S. history, much worse than Exxon Valdez. The BP Oil Spill is the ...

Labor is Part of the Immigration Equation
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Immigration-Reform-March-for/11589736_fEmWi#830413851_fem9v"></a>If migration policy was "freed" or emanc ...

How Christian is Tea Party Libertarianism?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenomenon, not a religious one. The insurgent Tea Party and its Libertarian philosophy is a political phenom ...

What Rand Paul and I Have in Common
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm not a college student anymore, but Dr. Rand Paul just gave me some homework.</p> I'm not a college student anymore, but Dr. Rand Paul just gave me some homewor ...

Drugs, Guns, and Immigration: An Unholy Trinity of Failed Policy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126890838">reports out of Juarez, Mexico,</a> are depressing, doubly so for me. The repor ...

Child Care Cuts Force Parents Back on Welfare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

With middle-class families mostly worrying about how they are surviving this Great Recession, and with the political leaders who want their votes aiming spins at them, there hasn't been much attent ...

Scope of Oil Spill and BP's Bungling Demand Greater Government Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last Friday, the <a href="http://www.equityandinclusion.org/">Equity and Inclusion Campaign</a> and <a href="http://www.oxfamamerica.org/">Oxfam America</a> hosted a ...

Finance Reform a Historic Accomplishment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed a financial regulatory reform bill by a 59-39 vote, including four Republicans. Last evening, the U.S. Senate passed a financial regulatory re ...

Glenn Beck Attacks Churches on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I thought Glenn Beck must have moved on to other things, but the other night, he went back to his attack on social justice churches. This time the issue was climate change.</p> ...

Responding to a Shocking Image of the Gulf Oil Spill's Scope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

NASA released a new image yesterday that shows a large column of oil heading from the Deepwater Horizon rig site in the Gulf of Mexico out into the open ocean, a startling and heartbreaking indicat ...

Video: Vulture Funds' Absurd Assaults on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to dance? Probably not. Do secondary debt markets, hedge funds, and offshore banking make you want to da ...

New Research on Why Nonviolence Works
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was in a "webinar" (live online presentation thingy) recently with <a href="http://echenoweth.faculty.wesleyan.edu/" target="_blank">Erica Chenoweth</a> from Wesley ...

The Myth of Out-of-Control Border Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/May-Day-Immigration-Rally-2010/12041094_aXpkQ#855525806_h5Bmr"></a>My beloved city, Phoenix, is making a fantastic ...