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A Haitian Church Engages Long-Term Needs in Port-au-Prince
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Law student Sebastien Doussous currently manages the database on a needs-assessment survey administered, just days following the Jan. 12 earthquake, by members of his church, L'...glise Communaut ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle, Part 2
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/02/08/fashion-as-a-social-justice-vehicl ...

Fashion as a Social Justice Vehicle
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> On his blog , international missiologist Andrew ...

The Soul of Davos: Oxymoron?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>In past years, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, focused primarily on ...

The Global Grassroots Struggle Against Corporate and Government Corruption
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1002&amp;article=tell-the-truth-and-shame-the-devil], anti-corruption"><em>As described in the February ...

Break the Chains of Haiti's Debt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Over the last few weeks, we have seen an incredible international response to the tragic earthquake in Haiti. U.S. citizens are generously giving; the U.S. Over the last few weeks ...

Haiti: Hell and Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Smoke and flames rose from the sidewalk. A white man took pictures. Slowing down, my breath left me. The fire was a corpse. Leg bones sticking out of the flames.</p> Smoke ...

A Two Step Program for Reforming Wall Street's Gambling Addicts
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> Notwithstanding President Obama's denunciation ...

Greed is God: Exporting the Values of America's Prosperity Heresy
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/finding-our-way-in-the-new-economy/"></a></p> <p>America, dominating the global economy, imports more goods than it exports. What is ...

African Solidarity with Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. In a sermon on the situation in Haiti, Dr. Michael Van Heerden, president of St. Augustine college ...

The Flight to Egypt and the Continuing Challenges of Refugees
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>E<a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>piphany has passed as well as Coptic Christmas earlier in January ...

Evaluating President Obama's Response to the Haiti Earthquake
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | 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 ...

Haiti: God Is Suffering With Those Who Are Suffering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | 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 ...

'Human Wrongs' and the Next Generation of Christian Activists at Urbana
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.wayneyuan.com/2010/01/urbana-09-photos.html"></a>Last week I had the privilege of attending the <a href="http://www.urbana09.org/home.main.cfm"&g ...

'Irreconcilable Islam' and Irascible Christianity, Part 2
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/01/05/gingrich-labels-irreconcilable-wing-of-islam-but-ignores-irascible-christianity/">[continued from part 1]</a> If duplicity were the only moral fai ...

Gingrich Labels 'Irreconcilable Wing of Islam' but Ignores Irascible Christianity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

"'Tell me what distinguishes the murderer at Fort Hood, the people we arrested in Denver and Detroit and New York, and the five people who were just picked up in Pakistan?'" Former House Sp ...

Stepping Back from Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Copenhagen's Train Wreck: Neither Ambitious, Fair, nor Binding
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

In cold, sleeplessness and utter frustration, Copenhagen's delegates witnessed a depressing conclusion of the glacial-speed negotiations on climate change. In cold, sleepless ...

Climate Justice Clips: Reversing the Magnificat in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.350.org/">350</a> might be the most important number in the world at the moment. 350 might be the most important number in the world ...

High Drama and Delicate Negotiations in Copenhagen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a day of high drama where Africa walked out, suspended talks, and then later in the day returned after the Danish facilitators took on some of their concerns. Yester ...

Halliburton and the 'Resource Curse'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Part I of an interview with David Ugolor, head of the <a href="http://www.aneej.org/">African Network for Environment and Economic Justice</a>.</p> Par ...

Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Speech and Just Peace Theory
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

If all we notice in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html">President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize Lecture</a> is a justification of war, we will miss ...

Seeing Christ in Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Today, Dec. 10, is Human Rights Day, an annual observance commemorating the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Today, Dec. 10, is Human Rights Day, ...

Vulture Funds Feed on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 - 7:18am | 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 ...

We Needed a New Approach in Afghanistan -- and This Isn't It
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/12/02/we-needed-a-new-approach-in-afghanistan-and-this-isn't-it/"></a>The decision by President Obama to send additional troops to Afghani ...

The U.S. Shouldn't Bless Honduras's Flawed Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Build, Don't Destroy in Afghanistan: An Open Letter to President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/afghan_8years?source=act_0911_afghan_bc"></a>Your voice is being heard. Already, thousands of you have <a href="http://go.sojo.net/c ...

The Struggle of Our Environmental Neighbors
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

With a Political Deal on the Horizon, Hondurans Seek a Real Plan for the Future
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | 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 ...

Afghanistan: A Whole New Approach
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We've all been watching carefully as the Obama administration tries to decide how to move forward on U.S. policy in Afghanistan. We've all been watching carefully as the ...

As the Climate Change Clock Ticks Toward Copenhagen, Global Activists Take to the Streets
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Climate change has become a major worldwide grassroots movement -- one that doesn't acknowledge geographic or sociological borders. Climate change has become a major worldwid ...

Stories from Global Victims of Climate Change -- And an Interfaith Call to Action
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

What if the soul of the world had an alarm clock and it began ringing What if the soul of the world had an alarm clock and it began ringing Taking the bait! And The LIES ...

Dear President Obama (An Open Letter on Afghanistan)
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I am a loyal supporter of your presidency. I worked hard in the campaign and have never been as proud of my country as I was when we elected you.</p> I am a loyal supporter ...

One Day's Wages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | 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 ...

Speculating on Obama's Peace Prize Perspective
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I can't read the guy's mind, of course, but after the initial, natural response of "Yeah, I got it goin' on," I'm thinking this is what President Obama must've <em>real ...

Is Obama's Peace Prize Premature?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory proceeds from the premise that peace is a day by day effort. It is a process that requires vision, skill, and courage. Just peace theory proceeds from the premi ...

The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (ear ...

Obama, the UN, and the Bomb: Six Takeaway Points
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In the nuclear security business, it's a good day when nothing goes wrong. It's a great day when something goes right. In the nuclear security business, it's a good ...

Applying Just Peace Theory to Obama's UN Speech
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Just peace theory is the middle way between pacifism and just war theory. It recognizes the moral force of nonviolence and the goal of a world that solves its disputes through nonviolent means. ...

Modern Slavery, Modern Abolitionists
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Two hundred years after slavery was declared illegal in Great Britain, and 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation in the United States, an estimated 27 million people remain enslaved around ...

Israel, Gaza, and the Goldstone Report: A Call for Self-Examination During the High Holy Days
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3/1/#599051510_WL6dK"></a>During these days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Jews ar ...

Video: Fake Newspaper Prints Real News on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>On Monday, millions of people received a "special edition" of The New York Post that told the truth: <a href="http://nypost-se.com/todays-paper/">"We're Screwed< ...

G-20: The Global South Is Too Big To Fail
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As pundits and politicians wield fighting words over the domestic health-care crisis, another group is getting ready to combat a different crisis -- one which, unless it's resolved quickly, will ca ...

Partnerships to End Poverty, Led by the Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The Poverty Initiative, based at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, has a mission "to raise up generations of religious and community leaders dedicated to building a social movement to en ...

Judgment Day: Does Matthew 25 Apply to the Health-Care Debate?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday, I heard a Christian leader say that the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 25 is not a reason for Christians to support universal health care guaranteed by their government. ...

Health-Care Debate Requires the Wisdom of Solomon
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Thomas Friedman, learning from an experience on safari in Botswana, gets it right in his <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/23/opinion/23friedman.html?_r=1&amp;th&amp;emc=th" target=& ...

Speaking Truth in Love
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do ...

Just Say No to Khartoum Appeasement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

In a <a title="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2009/08/06/the_phony_optimism_on_darfur/" href="http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/artic ...

Israel Kicks Refugees Out of Their Tents
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://ryanrodrickbeiler.smugmug.com/gallery/9000011_7mJL3/1/#598715803_CuAwi-A-LB"></a>In most cases in Occupied Palestine at this point, Palestinian refugees live in U ...