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8 Countries on UN Human Rights Council Restrict Religious Freedom
Originally Posted: 12/31/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

LONDON — Eight of the 47 countries that hold seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council imprisoned people in 2013 under laws that restrict religious freedom, according to a new report from Human Rights W ...

Inspired By Malala: What Your Story Can Do
Originally Posted: 07/24/2013 - 10:11am | Type: Blog

Malala reminded us that the world is full of vitriol and violence, hate and ignorance — that this is true for people of all faiths, all backgrounds, all political parties. That there is no corner untouched by ...

U.S. Emissions Proposal Could Energize UN Climate Negotiations
Originally Posted: 05/08/2013 - 3:15pm | Type: Blog

The U.S. climate change envoy proposed allowing countries to create their emissions reduction plans rather than working toward one goal. The U.S. climate change envoy proposed all ...

Let’s Get Wonky: Why the U.N. is Stuck on Climate
Originally Posted: 12/03/2012 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Delegates from around the world are meeting in Doha, Qatar this month to discuss United Nations’ climate policy. In the past, these meetings were a source of hope for the environmental movement, as governments ...

Palestinian Christians Rally for U.N. Status Upgrade
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 11:53am | Type: Blog

The time has come to do right for the Palestinians. It is time to unite in support for justice through peaceful means. Palestinians deserve freedom and dignity, and any step that brings this just and moral cau ...

No Man (or Nation) is an Island
Originally Posted: 10/03/2012 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

NEW YORK — Manhattan was a traffic nightmare as the United Nations General Assembly was in session and security precautions ramped up. Iran's president gave his usual insulting address. Israel's prim ...

Transcript: Remarks by the President to the U.N. General Assembly
Originally Posted: 09/25/2012 - 1:06pm | Type: Blog

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT TO THE U.N. GENERAL ASSEMBLY on September 25th, 2012. Editor's Note: The following is a transcript of President Barack Obama's remarks to th ...

A Peacemakers Litany
Originally Posted: 11/06/2011 - 3:43pm | Type: Blog

Gracious Lord, Gracious Lord, We dream of a world free of poverty and oppression, we yearn for a world free of vengeance and violence, and a nation -- America -- that ...

Just Back from Kabul
Originally Posted: 11/03/2011 - 10:46am | Type: Blog

During interviews with more than a dozen Afghan women leaders, researchers, international aid workers and former Afghan government officials, we learned of persistent dangers and threats to the country's ...

It's Finally Over -- and It Was Wrong
Originally Posted: 11/01/2011 - 10:00am | Type: Blog

My son Jack was born just days before the war in Iraq began. So, for these last eight and a half years, it's been very easy for me to remember how long this horrible conflict has been going on. ...

WARNING: No Compassion. Proceed with Caution.
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 11:46am | Type: Blog

In an interview earlier this week with MSNBC's Martin Bashir, economist Jeffrey Sachs laid out some of the issues tackled in his latest book, The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue an ...

In Case You Missed It: #OccupyWallStreet's Official Statement
Originally Posted: 10/06/2011 - 3:55am | Type: Blog

On Sept. 30, the NYC General Assembly of #OccupyWallStreet -- organizers of the ongoing demonstrations in New York City's financial district against economic injustice that has spread to other cities acro ...

WAR NO MORE
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:16am | Type: Blog

This Friday, October 7, 2011, marks 10 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in the name of the "War on Terror." Sadly, this summer President Obama announced he'll continue our milit ...

The F Word
Originally Posted: 10/05/2011 - 7:32am | Type: Blog

What's more obscene? Thirty-thousand children dead in Somalia in three months? Or the world standing by and letting it happen? What's more obscene? Thirty-thousa ...

God and Class Warfare
Originally Posted: 09/27/2011 - 9:30pm | Type: Blog

The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." The hot phrase in Washington, D.C., this week is "class warfare." Paul Ryan, John Boehner ...

Austin's Autumn Reading List: What's on Yours?
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. For some reason, I associate autumn with good novels. This makes very little sense, I realize, as it's just as ...

Study: 3 in 5 of Iraq's 1.5M Widows Lost Husbands Since 2003 U.S. Invasion
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

A study released this week by a global humanitarian aid organization concluded that three out of every five widows in Iraq lost their husbands in the years of violence that followed the 2003 invasion ...

Rick Perry, Superman and Immigration
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rick Perry was recently asked by a nine-year-old "If you were a super hero, what kind of super hero would you be?" His answer to the child's benign question was simultaneously predictable and ...

International Peace Day: Hold Your Fire (and Your Tongue!)
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Peace is a return to oneness. In both the Hebrew and the Greek concepts of peace, the idea goes far beyond the absence of war or violent conflict. Peace is a return to onen ...

Commemorating 9/11 by Desegregating Theological Education
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont School of Theology where I am on the faculty. I just returned from a very moving convocation at the Claremont Sch ...

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 ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

Dear World: Please Wake Up!
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Some sources have stated that more than 12 million people are being impacted by the worst drought and famine in the region of the Horn of Africa in 60 years. 12 million people. So ...

'God is Watching' the Budget Debate in Congress
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

"God is Watching," reads the headline for a full page ad Sojourners ran in this morning's Politico. "God is Watching," reads the headline for a full pag ...

Are We Closer to Peace After Bin Laden's Death?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100503-whitehouserally1.jpg"></a>The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled ...

Friday Links Round Up: Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 9:18pm | Type: Blog

Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes. Here's a little round up of links from around the Web you may have missed this week. Weddings. T-Shirts. Taxes. Here's a little round up of li ...

The Power of the People of Egypt
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

After 18 days of ever-growing protests, Egyptian Vice-President Omar Suleiman went on state television with a terse <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12433045" target="_bla ...

Immigrant Rights as Human Rights
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;">The issues surrounding immigration are politically complex and emotionally charged, especially at a time when many Americans are experiencing severe economic distre ...

DREAMS Should Not Be Illegal
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

The House acted last night with boldness and leadership to pass the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/dream-act/" target="_blank">DREAM Act</a>. Th ...

When is an Incentive a Bribe? Israel, Settlements, and Fighter Jets
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 6:15am | Type: Blog

Imagine a parent with two recalcitrant teenagers.</p> Imagine a parent with two recalcitrant teenagers. Parent: "We've got one spare car that we'd like ...

Proclaim Jubilee: Why I March for Economic Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

It's been ten years since the <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/jubilee/" target="_blank">prophetic call to Jubilee</a> was made in 2000. It&# ...

The DRC: The Worst Place on Earth to be a Woman
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, with fertile soil and rich minerals. The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a beautiful, lush country, wi ...

The 'Sacrifice Trap' of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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. ...

Scary Hope: The Nuclear Cinema of Summer 2010
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Back in the late '90s, when Y2K fears were running rampant, apocalyptic fantasies like <em>Armageddon </em>and <em>End of Days</em> burned up the box office. ...

A New Movement to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The famed Chautauqua Institution devoted this entire week to the theme of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nuclear-disarmament/">nuclear disarmament</a>. It is a sign of the times. ...

Vandalism: A Dead-End Tactic at Toronto's G20
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

During Saturday's <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/nonviolence/">nonviolent protest</a> of about 5,000 activists outside the conference center in downtown Toronto, where leaders of ...

Suffer the Little Children
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Fictional character Miss Jean Brodie from Muriel Spark's novel, <em>The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,</em> famously quipped, "Give me a girl at an impressionable age, and she is mine for lif ...

Drone Attacks Increase Under Obama Administration
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Last night I googled the words "drone attacks Obama" to verify if President Obama has indeed increased unmanned <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=s ...

Bill McKibben's Brave New Eaarth (No, That's Not a Typo)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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Video: Vulture Funds' Absurd Assaults on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | 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 ...

Khartoum's Continued Insults to Sudan's Many Injuries
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

Activists are calling Sudan's recent elections "rigged" and demanding that the results not be mislabeled legitimate. Activists are calling Sudan's recent elect ...

Tribal Tensions in Southern Sudan and Election Approaches
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: As Sudan prepares for this April's election, the Khartoum regime's leader, President al-Bashir, has threatened to cut off the fingers of foreign election observers who & ...

Can Petraeus Push the U.S. Toward Peace in the Middle East?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite some attempts to force it back. The taboo was finally broken and the genie is out of the bottle, despite s ...

A Darfuri Perspective on Sudan's Dubious Elections
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

As a Darfuri, I recognize the fact that this presidential and parliamentary election in Sudan is an important milestone for the implementation of the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) ...

What Our New Nuclear Policy Really Means
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

The new U.S. The new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is a significant step toward reducing nuclear dangers, advancing global nonproliferation norms, and facilitating further red ...

America's Health Care: Paying More for Poorer Outcomes
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/Protests-and-Rallies/Health-Care/10104725_XrdU4#694013928_MMBJm"></a>Soon, they tell us, Congress will or will not pass a health-care bi ...

Universal Health Care Can Reduce Abortion
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

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World Vision Staff Killed in Pakistan: The Cost of Courageous Compassion
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:33am | Type: Blog

When was the last time you felt gripped by crushing fear? Like the kind that might take over as you listen to friends and co-workers being killed? When was the last time you felt ...

Israeli Peacemakers' Challenge to Americans
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598862440_oYtxc"></a>We have spoken with many Palestinians in the West Bank and in East ...

Blurred Lines Between Military and Humanitarian Efforts in Afghanistan Raise More Questions than Answers
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Reported in a recent <a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7003724.ece">Times article</a>, leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs), specul ...