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Rabbi David Saperstein Tapped as First Non-Christian to Serve as U.S. Ambassador for Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 07/28/2014 - 1:48pm | Type: Blog

President Obama on Monday said he plans to tap Rabbi David Saperstein as the next ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the first non-Christian to hold the job, which was created in 1998. ...

Keystone XL: Ambiguity is the Enemy of Progress
Originally Posted: 02/06/2014 - 10:40am | Type: Blog

Having experienced the crisp June evenings of Minnesota as well as the asthma-inducing smog of Hong Kong, I know both the beauty of fresh air and green spaces and the dullness of pollution and gray skies. The ...

State Department's Final Review of Keystone XL: Negligible Impact?
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 10:54am | Type: Blog

Looking at the immediate media coverage following the release of the review, many say it paves the way for the pipeline’s approval, because it finds no significant immediate impact on climate change. Pipeline ...

Court: Law Designating ‘Israel’ as Birthplace Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 9:31am | Type: Blog

A federal appeals court has ruled unconstitutional a 2002 law that allows Americans born in Jerusalem to designate Israel as their birth country on their passports. A federal appe ...

Activists: 15 Years Later, Religious Freedom Law Falls Short
Originally Posted: 06/21/2013 - 2:14pm | Type: Blog

Fifteen years after Congress passed a law to better protect global religious freedom, the legislation is failing to fulfill its mission, activists told lawmakers on Thursday. Fift ...

Does Religious Freedom Report Need More ‘Teeth?'
Originally Posted: 05/22/2013 - 8:40am | Type: Blog

Watchdogs say the State Department missed a key opportunity to put teeth into its annual assessment of global religious freedom, which was released by Secretary of State John Kerry Monday. ...

Obama May Delay Controversial Keystone XL Decision Until 2014
Originally Posted: 05/13/2013 - 1:38pm | Type: Blog

Obama postpones Keystone XL pipeline decision until all the facts are in. Climate defenders should celebrate the news that Obama is continuing to delay signing a permit that would ...

15 Countries Cited for Religious Freedom Violations
Originally Posted: 04/30/2013 - 4:05pm | Type: Blog

For its annual report of violators, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom counts 15 nations where abuse of religious liberty is “systemic, egregious, and ongoing.” ...

EPA Gives Rebuttal to State Department's Keystone Analysis
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 4:10pm | Type: Blog

The EPA yesterday called into question the State Department’s findings on Keystone XL and echoed the concerns of environmental activists everywhere: the Keystone Pipeline would be greatly exacerbate climate ch ...

Imprisoned Iranian-American Pastor Gets Push from State Dept.
Originally Posted: 03/27/2013 - 7:40am | Type: Blog

Secretary of State John Kerry is calling for the release of an Iranian-American minister from a Tehran prison, a welcome step for advocates who had accused the State Department of being “AWOL” on the case. ...

State Department Highlights Global Religious Restrictions in New Report
Originally Posted: 07/30/2012 - 4:09pm | Type: Blog

Religious minorities continue to suffer loss of their rights across the globe, the State Department reported on Monday, with a rise in blasphemy laws and restrictions on faith practices. ...

Female Slavery in Our Own Back Yards
Originally Posted: 12/06/2011 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Human trafficking is the manipulation of people, mostly poor women and children, through abuse, torture, rape, and violence, to be used as profit for others. In other words, it's slavery. It is here in th ...

How many slaves work for you?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 7:55pm | Type: Blog

Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the torrent of mail that flows into my in-box each day. Earlier this week, I received an email that stood out from the t ...

Libya's Revolution: A Model for the Region?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Recent analyses of the Arab Spring have questioned the efficacy of nonviolent resistance compared to armed struggle in ousting authoritarian regimes. Recent analyses of the Arab ...

Afghan Exchange Students Flee to Canada
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly blog about issues in Afghanistan to educate our readers about the latest news and developments rel ...

The Other Side of the Border
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, we knew that advancing progressive immigration policy would be challenging. Even before the 112th Congress convened in January, ...

WikiLeaks: Historian's Dream, Diplomat's Nightmare
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

This past Sunday and Monday the news media published their first summaries of the documents they received from WikiLeaks which contained more than 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables. ...

Feed Her a Line: Bridging the Gender Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

On a short trip to Jordan in 2001, I remember my amazement when tent-dwelling Bedouins taught me about text messaging. On a short trip to Jordan in 2001, I remember my amazement w ...

A Peace Movement Victory Against Drones
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[</em><em><strong>Editor's Note</strong></em><em>: </em><em>Every once in a while there is a landmark court case for the cause of freedom and just ...

No Sense in Washington About Sudan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The countdown is on to next year's independence referendum in <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/04/15/sudanese-churches-four-key-concerns-ahead-of-troubled-elections-and-four-ways-we-can-help/&qu ...

Clear Benchmarks for Sudan
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Darfur-Protest-2006/10213948_CNDRU#704006756_mb46L"></a>As many of us know with New Year's resolutions, the on ...

U.S. Military Aid and the Paramilitaries Behind the Philippine Election Massacre
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | 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 ...

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 ...

The Financial Barriers to Legal Immigration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The <em><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-immig24-2009sep24,0,1871688.story">Los Angeles Times</a></em> reported last week that the United States Citizenship an ...

Honduras: The Time Is Now
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

On September 21st, President Manuel Zelaya <a href="http://americasmexico.blogspot.com/2009/09/zelayas-return-to-tegucigalpa-brings.html" target="_blank">returned</a> clandestin ...

Colombia's Churches Cry Out for Accompaniment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"If [state officials and the paramilitary groups] knew what we were telling you, we would be riddled with bullets as soon as we walked out that door."</p> ...

Zelaya Returns: But How Will Honduras Move Forward?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Earlier this morning Radio Globo -- a pro-resistance radio source -- broke the news that Manuel "Mel" Zelaya, the deposed president of Honduras, has arrived in Tegucigalpa and was calling his suppo ...

Honduran Coup Government Showing Sensitivity to U.S. Pressure -- More is Needed
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

While the United States remains focused on health-care reform and back-to-school activities, the impact of the Honduras coup in June continues, much out of the popular media. Whil ...

Protests and International Pressure Against Honduras Coup Continue
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/gallery/8763865_cViGV/1/580083956_tL8nB"></a>As the situation regarding the military ouster of Honduras' President Manuel Zelaya co ...