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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, ...

Ten Reasons Why This Election Should Be About Issues and Not Personalities
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

The presidential tickets in this election on both sides of the aisle have lots of "personality;" some of the candidates have even been referred to as "rock stars." John McCain's campa ...

Jesus Convinces Some Evangelicals to Reject Torture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Based on some responses to <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/09/torturing-the-least-of-these-b.html">my last post</a>, and <a href="http://blog.faithinpubliclif ...

Torturing the Least of These
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Christians are people who follow a tortured and murdered God. This fact speaks clearly to what our values should be. One of those values should be a rejection of torture, violence in the name of " ...

Anti-Christian Violence in India
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

Last week Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, and world governments (including our own) publicly spoke out on an issue that has barely broken through the international news. Last wee ...

Who's Winning in Colombia's Conflict?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

What have you heard about the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/13/AR2008051300800.html">paramilitary leaders extradited to the U.S</a>. ...

Is This Really America?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Wednesday's <em>New York Times</em> gives a shocking description of the death of Hiu Liu Ng, also known as Jason Ng. Cause of death? Wednesday's New York T ...

Sudan's Lost Boys Pursue Olympic and American Dreams (interview with Dominic Maurice)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Virginia Mitchell and Charlton Breen of the Michigan Darfur Coalition (MDC) recently sat down for an interview with Dominic Maurice. Maurice is a former "Lost Boy" refugee from Sudan who has ...

Will an Apology for Slavery Lead to Real Repentance?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

On July 29, 2008, history was made in the United States House of Representatives &ndash; well, kinda. On July 29, 2008, history was made in the United States House of Represen ...

Slicing the Cake of Power in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The latest development on talks between the opposition party -- the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) -- and ZANU-PF President Robert Mugabe is that they have produced a 50-page document as a wa ...

The Olympics, Human Rights, and Holy Mischief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>"God Is Love," inscribed on the tracksuit of the athlete who would become the second-fastest man alive, is what first caught the attention of Australian Olympic official Ray Weinberg in the ...

Seeking Wisdom in Zimbabwe's Peace Talks
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr" style="margin-right: 0px"><p><em>I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; <br /> I possess knowledge and discretion. <br /> To ...

The Christians of North Korea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>My great-grandfather was one of the first Christians in a village near Pyongyang. God's grace was poured over his entire family, but they experienced intense persecution because of their faith. ...

Making Sense of Zimbabwe's Violence
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<blockquote dir="ltr" style="MARGIN-RIGHT: 0px"><p><em>Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your ...

The Great Experiment and the Great Commandment
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/summer-sundays"></a></p> Tomorrow is Bastille Day. We Americans don't take much notice of th ...

Bless the Hands that Prepare Our Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

During this BBQ season we have to carefully consider what products are apart of our seasonal celebrations. During this BBQ season we have to carefully consider what products are a ...

Good News from Colombia: Rescue of FARC Hostages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Its been months since I&acute;ve written anything about the current events in Colombia. But I can't let "the hug the country has been waiting for" slip by without comment.</p> ...

Use Your Freedom to Defend Others' (Unveiling India's Apartheid, Part 4)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

Slavery in the United States did not end in a night or even a year or decade. Slavery in the United States did not end in a night or even a year or decade. Even now, long past sla ...

Dalit Converts to Christianity Face Persecution and Violence (Unveiling India's Apartheid, Part 3)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As you were singing carols, placing the last presents under the tree, and worshiping at a Christmas Eve service this past year, Indian Christians halfway across the world were being victimized by t ...

Seeds of Liberation (Unveiling India's Apartheid, Part 2)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

As our motorcade approached the Dalit village of Nayagarh, we could see the bright and brilliant image of 500 Dalit women gathered to welcome us, their saris forming a kaleidoscope of color. ...

Unveiling India's Apartheid (Part 1)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the shadow of India's economic miracle lies a people often deemed untouchable, largely impoverished, and seemingly invisible. In the shadow of India's economic miracl ...

'Milosevic On Trial' (interview by Becky Garrison)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Following is an interview with Michael Christoffersen, director of <I>Milosevic On Trial,</I> a documentary I watched at the <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05 ...

A Quiet Revolt in Burma
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Don't forget <A href="http://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/pray-for-burmamyanmar/" target=_blank><STRONG>the situation in Burma</STRONG></A>.<BR><B ...

Child Exploitation in a High-Tech World
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>In the Dominican Republic, an estimated 10 percent of children are sexually exploited. In the Dominican Republic, an estimated 10 percent of children are sexually exp ...

Carrying The Torch
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>In January, I was nominated to be one of the Torchbearers for the Olympic Torch Relay when it came to San Francisco. The theme for the relay in San Francisco was sustainability and caring for our Moth ...

The Dangers of Heavy Metal
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 8:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Alexis Vaughan Rose Marie Berger In March, advocates from Peruvian human rights and env ...

There is No Divide between Us
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

The genocidal situation in Darfur continues to worsen, with more killings and increased attacks on peacekeepers.&#160; All the efforts to date by the U.N., the U.S., and other governments have fail ...

Thabo Mbeki Must Intervene in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

In the back and forth concerning the role South Africa must play in the crisis of human rights abuses under the reign of Robert Mugabe and his cronies, it is my belief that we must see some form of ...

Taking Names: Witness Against Torture Gets Personal
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>What does it mean to be a Christian in these times? The works of mercy knock on our door. The hungry, the naked, the sick, and the prisoner demand our compassion -- but more, they demand our action.&l ...

'New Year Baby' Documents Khmer Rouge Survivors
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Christmas Day a few years ago in Dallas, Texas, Socheata Poeuv's parents called a family meeting to tell her that her sisters weren't really her sisters, and her brother was not her full ...

Chiquita Paid for Left- and Right-Wing Terror, and Victims of Both Demand Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/11/blood-bananas-by-ryan-rodrick.html">I posted last November</a> about legal proceedings against Chiquita for protection money paid t ...

The Sound of Social Justice in Australia: 'From Little Things Big Things Grow'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

If you thought socially conscious music in the mainstream was a thing of the past, turn your ears to what Australia is listening to. If you thought socially conscious music in the ...

'Pray the Devil Back to Hell'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>The following is an interview with Abigail Disney, producer of the documentary <A href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the Devil Back to Hell</A>, which rec ...

This Mother's Day, Forget the French Toast
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>"Arise, then, women of this day!" goes the Mother's Day proclamation. But this is not your wake-up call to french toast and flowers. "Arise, then, ...

Never Again
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Today is the commemoration of <A title=http://myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Modern_Holidays/Yom_Hashoah.htm href="http://myjewishlearning.com/holidays/Modern_Holidays/Yom_Hashoah.htm& ...

Stealth Communications
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>A couple of days before Christmas 1993, I was sitting in my parent's living room watching a football game when I got a call from my uncle in Baghdad. After a very quick hello, he jumped ...

Enemies of the State
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>The Philippines Armed Forces have been implicated in most of the recent human rights abuses that have occurred in that country (almost 800 unlawful executions since 2001). ...

Where is Jonas Burgos?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>Imagine you're eating at a shopping mall food court when you suddenly hear shouting and see a group of uniformed men (neither police nor army) drag a young man from his lunch a few table ...

The Worst of the Worst?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><P><A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/at-least-you-know-where-he-sta.html">Friday morning I </A>posted about Bush legalizing waterboarding. That evenin ...

At Least You Know Where He Stands--on Torture
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P><A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/02/a-mormon-on-a-weather-vane-by.html">Uncertainty about the consistency</A> of conservative convictions was part of what kil ...

A Faithful Response to Human Rights Abuses
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Yesterday I had the chance to attend a compelling panel hosted by the <A href="http://www.americanprogressaction.org/">Center for American Progress Action Fund</A> and <A href ...

Mortgage Blues
Originally Posted: 03/03/2011 - 4:36pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Schechter Predatory credit hurts homeowners - and the world economy. Today, 2 million families face fore ...

Jesus and the Stuff He Said - In Context
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<em>The eighth and final entry in a series of posts by <strong>Bob Massey</strong>, a Los Angeles screenwriter who traveled to India with a team from <a href="http://www.ecclesiaholly ...

Video: SOA Protest Perspectives
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p> Video production by Kaitlin Hasseler, Sojourners media assistant, Anna Almendrala, Sojourners Marketing/Circulation assistant and Matt Hildreth, Sojourners web assistant.</p> ...

Testimonies of Terror
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>While volunteering in a legal clinic in my sophomore year of college, interviewing people applying for political asylum in the U.S., I heard a lot of people describe how they had had to leave ...

An SOA Protest Pilgrimage
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>In the spirit of tradition and solidarity, the <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2006/11/sojourners-interns-we-train-ir.html">Sojourners interns once again</A ...

Darfur: We Know What Works
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:28pm | Type: Blog

<P>Here's the good news about Darfur: we know it is doable to force the regime in Khartoum to back away from its genocidal divide-and-conquer strategies. We know this because the U.S. ...

Another Evangelical Bridge-Builder
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p><P>At its board meeting last month, the National Association of Evangelicals formally named Leith Anderson as its president. Anderson is senior pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minneso ...

Mukasey and Waterboarding: Don't Knock It 'Till You Try It?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Overheard at the lunch table:</p> <p>If <a href="http://blog.faithinpubliclife.org/2007/11/mukasey_what_is_this_waterboar.html">Mukasey can't tell</a> whether wa ...

Mukasey and Waterboarding: Don't Knock It 'Till You Try It?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>Overheard at the lunch table:</p> <p>If <a href="http://blog.faithinpubliclife.org/2007/11/mukasey_what_is_this_waterboar.html">Mukasey can't tell</a> whether wa ...