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School of the Americas Graduate Led Honduras Coup
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Sunday morning, a military coup took place in Honduras led by commander Gen. Romeo Vasquez, ousting democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. Sunday morning, a military coup ...

Lazarus and the Iranians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I spent this week at a clergy conference in Liverpool, England, where the theme was the Justice of God: "Just by God, Just with God, Just for God." One of my presentations focused on Jesus' sto ...

Sick of Drug Companies' Corporate Influence?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. finally sick and tired of a corporate-dominated trade agenda that is making people around the world sick? w5fpwem56m w5h2kbxnzs Is the U.S. final ...

40 Ways to Celebrate Interdependence Day on July 4
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

It's wild how easily we get sidetracked from Holy days by holidays, and how quickly we can smother our central identity in Christ with other identities such as our national identity. ...

Justice for Victims of Colombia's Military
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

On June 8, Pastor Reinel Martinez Medina testified before the Colombian Congress on the execution of his brother at the hands of Colombian Public Security Forces: "I dare to speak out about my brot ...

A Father to the Fatherless
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Father's Day has always been a bittersweet holiday for me. For most of my life, my father was absent, having abandoned our family when I was in elementary school. Father ...

Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman. ...

Jim Wallis and Jon Stewart Get It Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Jim Wallis is one of the most talented interviewees I've ever known. He knows how to get substance, not just spin, into a sound byte, and he has an amazing ability to think on his feet. ...

Iran: We are Born to be Free
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://eugenecho.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/where-is-my-vote.jpg"></a></p> <p>Are you tracking with the developments in Iran? I'd love to hear your tho ...

Iran Elections: Hope, Excitement, Concern
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Elections -- indeed the democratic process itself -- shape countries, culture, and the future, no matter what their outcome.</p> Elections -- indeed the democratic process i ...

A Phoenix Rising From GM's Ashes
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Imagine America's 'Rust Belt' transformed into a green belt of clean energy manufacturing. Imagine the factories of Detroit making wind turbines and solar panels to power America. ...

Diplomacy: Revisiting the Huntington Thesis
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo, Egypt. Much has been said about President Obama's speech to the Muslim world from Cairo ...

When Hate Speech Justifies Killing
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire those consequences can be. Words have consequences. In the past few weeks, we have seen just how dire ...

Immigration Reform: The time has come
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The time has come for comprehensive immigration reform. After several failed attempts in past years, the president has promised it and the White House is showing a clear commitment to it. ...

Listening to the Women of Darfur
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Few biblical figures stand out for their bravery as Esther does. Faced with a looming order for the systematic extermination of her people, she risked her life and broke the silence. ...

Praise and Criticism for Obama's Cairo Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic speech to the Muslim world. In mainstream U.S. The world stood at attention as President Obama gave a historic spee ...

Peru: People and Rainforests in Peril
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Dozens Dozens Dear SOJOURNERS,We call upon Christians around the world to express their solidarity in light of the recent acts of deplorable violence in the Peruvian A ...

Obama in Cairo: A New Beginning
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Every so often, I will begin the week with a post about something that I believe deserves further reflection and comment from the God's Politics community. Every so often, I ...

Combatants for Peace: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Another amazing grassroots effort in the Middle East is <a href="http://www.combatantsforpeace.org/">Combatants for Peace</a>, a group of former Palestinian fighters and Israeli ...

Remembering Stories: A Grassroots View from the Middle East, Part 1
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>When President Obama was giving his speech in Cairo, I was just across the Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan, and caught a glimpse on a corner store TV, the translation making it hard to hear his words. ...

Obama Reaches Out to Palestinian Christians
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>It is undeniable that the Palestinian people - Muslim and Christians - have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than 60 years they have endured the pain of dislocation. ...

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

Since the signing of the agreement that led to a government of "national unity," there was an expectation that this could be the start of a new era in Zimbabwe. Since t ...

IMF Needs a Reality Check, Not a Blank Check
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier last month, President Obama requested $108 billion in new money for the International Monetary Fund to show the world that we stood up for our commitments to fighting the global recession. ...

Obama in Cairo: A Just Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Truth. Respect. Security.</p> Truth. Respect. Security. These three elements of just peace theory found their way into President Obama's speech delivered in Cairo ...

Reconciliation and Homecoming
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. Homecoming is on my mind in this day and this hour. My family and I will leave the twin cities, our Bethel University, our Sanc ...

The Myth of Holy War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I, like <a href="../2009/05/22/was-iraq-a-holy-war/">Aaron Taylor</a> before me, noticed the <a href="http://men.style.com/gq/features/landing?id=content_9217"><em>G ...

Money "Creation": Let there be money?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>If the financial crisis shows anything, it's that what's happening on Wall Street matters to Main Street, and that we should never take "it's too complicated for you to understand ...

Saving Kansas City, One (Green) Step at a Time
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Troost Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri, has been dividing rich and poor, black and white, jobless and employed in this city since the days of Jim Crow when it was a legal line of segregation. ...

The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/acabar-blog-photo.jpg"></a>One morning earlier this year, Edelina "Eden" Jolloso-Jerus, working at her family store in San Juan-Ror ...

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 Good News About Yesterday's Duel
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

I'm in Germany at the biannual <em>Kirchentag </em>festival of faith of the German churches, so I missed the news and analysis of President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney&# ...

The Consensus Problem
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The folks at NPR's Planet Money podcast have already sort of repented for verbally badgering Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor and high government official who happens to be female, in <a title ...

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 ...

Justice for Vieques
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

For more than sixty years For more than sixty years How could you begin to How could you begin to compensate people who have suffered from being target practice, not to ...

Are Christians Bad for an Empire's Economy? Should They Be?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Mike recently brought to my attention a <a href="http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/texts/pliny.html" target="_blank">letter written by Pliny the Younger to the Emperor Trajan< ...

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 ...

Wheels of Change in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Someone once said that once the wheels of change are in motion, they can't be stopped; it's as if once the sun starts to rise, there is no going back into the night. Som ...

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> ...

Torture: What Part of 'Do Not Repay Evil for Evil' Don't You Understand?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush administration torture memos. There is much to be disturbed about in the recent revelation of the Bush adm ...

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 ...

The Eco-Footprint of War: Lemeyo's Story
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Lemeyo Abon, an indigenous elder from the Marshall Islands, is a survivor of fallout from the <a href="http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX51.html">largest nuclear bomb</ ...

Food Safety and Small Farm Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

HR 875 The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 has gotten considerable attention lately and that is a very good thing, people should be concerned about food safety and more specifically how their ...

G-20 Recap: Global Economics Cannot Be a Values-Free Zone
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The group of 20 leading and emerging nations met at the Excel Centre in London's Docklands last week in a meeting which Gordon Brown heralded as the dawning of a new world order. ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

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 ...

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 ...

Tutu Confronts ANC, Zimbabwe Launches Recovery Program
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It has been another week of high drama in South Africa and more mixed news from Zimbabwe. In South Africa three key issues have dominated public debate. It has been another week o ...

$296 Billion, 22 Months
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

$296 billion is a lot of money. Twenty-two months is a long time. But that's not the cost of the most recent bailout and 22 months isn't a prediction of how long our economic crisis will last. ...

Counting the Cost of Good and Bad Debt
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

While watching President Obama's press conference Tuesday evening, I was struck by a few things that are often forgotten in the criticism of his proposed budget.</p> W ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...