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Focusing World Cup Fever on South Africa's Fringe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I have committed my work, social action, and development endeavors to a social consciousness and awareness that propels a high standard of morality, ethics, and codes of conduct. ...

Untold Story: BP-sized Oil Spills Happen All the Time in Nigeria
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/bp/">The BP Oil Spill</a> is the worst oil spill in U.S. history, much worse than Exxon Valdez. The BP Oil Spill is the ...

Nonviolence and the Gaza Freedom Movement
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Three days have passed since the Israeli navy attacked an<a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/06/01/the-freedom-flotilla-tragedy"> international Gaza Freedom Movement "Freedom Flotilla,&qu ...

Time to Declare a Mission Trip Moratorium
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Like many Christ-followers in the United States, I have participated in my fair share of mission trips to the Caribbean and Central and South America over the past few decades. Li ...

The "Freedom Flotilla" Tragedy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

On May 31, I awoke to news reports that the Israeli Navy had boarded and fired on 10 small ships in international waters approaching the coast of Gaza and bearing humanitarian supplies for Palestin ...

'Chay La Lou': The Things Haitian Women Carry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

She is my mother. She is my aunt. She is my next door neighbor. I recognize her familiar gait; the quick-paced step. Most importantly, I recognize the invisible burden she carries. ...

Tragic Stats and Beacons of Hope in Zimbabwe
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

During my recent visit to Zimbabwe, a headline caught my eye: "Worst Exam Results Ever!" The pass rate was 27% for national examinations held at the end of primary school (after seven years of scho ...

The Lazarus Effect: The Miracle of AIDS Treatment in Zambia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

save someone who is dying from AIDS? The Lazarus Effect will be airing on HBO Monday, May 24 ...

Video: Vulture Funds' Absurd Assaults on the Global Poor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

Christian Zionism: Theology that Legitimates Oppression
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598997294_wdMxF"></a>I recently returned from a speaking engagement at the Bethlehem Bi ...

The Gulf Oil Spill as Seen from Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I'm in Kenya with a group of about<a href="http://www.amahoro-africa.org/" target="_blank"> 150 emerging leaders </a>from across East and South Africa. ...

Palestine's True Leaders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a>For many years, Palestinians have engaged in nonviolent actions a ...

Dialogue at the Demonstration: Risking Conversation with the Face of Occupation
Originally Posted: 12/24/2011 - 7:14am | Type: Blog

<p>Bethlehem, West Bank. Evangelicals have never been keen on political protests. Especially the sort that includes rifles and grenades -- in the hands of your opponents.</p> ...

Anti-Immigrant Law Passes in Arizona, 'We Will Not Comply'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

lived in Southern California for the last 24 years, exactly to which anarchy are you referring? Yes, ...

Khartoum's Continued Insults to Sudan's Many Injuries
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 ...

30 Years of Zimbabwean Independence: Promises of Hope and 'Acts of Madness'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Thirty years ago on April 18<sup>th</sup>, Zimbabwe celebrated independence and started a new chapter in its political history, full of promise and hope. Thirty years ...

Who Speaks for American Jews?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

It's the age-old question. Who can claim to speak for American Jews on Israel?</p> <p>World Jewish Congress president Ron Lauder seems to think he's found the answer. It's him.< ...

Sudanese Churches' Four Key Concerns on Troubled Elections--and Four Ways We Can Help
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Sudan's impending presidential and parliamentary elections have degenerated into a chaotic mixture of fraud accusations, boycotts, political assassinations, intimidation, abuses of power by the rul ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

Africa's 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

I was watching the news coverage on the meeting of world leaders in Washington hosted by President Obama on reducing nuclear weapons and ensuring that these do not get into the hands of terrorists ...

Can Petraeus Push the U.S. Toward Peace in the Middle East?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | 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 - 8:34am | 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) ...

Enough Jawboning: A Bold but Hopeful Proposal for Middle East Peace
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599053392_7PtdJ"></a>There is a biblical story in which Samson used the jawbone of an a ...

Presidents' Plans and Precedents for Peace in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#599051510_WL6dK"></a>Several sources have recommended <a href="http://mediamatt ...

Ahead of Sudan Vote, Concern over Interference by Lord's Resistance Army
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com"></a>The murderous regime in Khartoum is showing its true colors again. While they parade and pretend to be preparing for fair election ...

Murder and Militant Songs Betray Mandela's Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

As millions of Christians celebrated Easter this past weekend, their celebrations were interrupted by events in South Africa and Zimbabwe that reinforced the relevance of the message of Easter for ...

(Some) Palestinians Allowed to Travel to Jerusalem for Easter
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

The Israeli Embassy has confirmed this afternoon with Sojourners that <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/30/a-palm-sunday-procession-to-jerusalem-ends-in-arrests-including-the-donkey/">trave ...

A Palm Sunday Procession to Jerusalem Ends in Arrests -- Including the Donkey
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethlehem and Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 2010. Protesters crossed the main gate in the separation wall between Bethle ...

'God Will Not Hear You': Death Threat to a Colombian Pastor
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

"God will not hear you," the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1004&amp;article=a-paramilitary-death-threat&amp;1004_webextra=Extended%20 ...

Finding Watchtowers and Blind Spots in Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598749580_J3NyL"></a>From the window of my hotel room in Bethlehem, I could see the &qu ...

Circling Jericho in Zimbabwe?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:34am | Type: Blog

There seems to be a consistent political pattern emerging in Zimbabwe: first, there will be a violation of the unity agreement by ZANU (PF), followed by challenge by opposition parties with threat ...

Jesus-Focused Conversations in Occupied Bethlehem
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598797936_nbwfz"></a>I arrived in Bethlehem last Sunday evening to speak at a conferenc ...

Jon Stewart: 'How Oscar Romero Got Disappeared by Right-Wingers...for the Second Time'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:40pm | Type: Blog

Christian can learn from his example. On March 24, 1980 -- precisely thirty years ago next Wednesday -- ...

Social Justice Christians: 'A Dangerous Option in Zimbabwe'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

I loved the title in <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=sojomail.home"><em>SojoMail</em></a><em> </em>last week which said <a href="http://www.s ...

Inspired by Haitians Rebuilding Haiti
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>First of all, I have several pictures below I'd love to share with you from my recent trip to Haiti. It's surreal to me that a week ago, I was in Haiti -- hosted by the good folks at <a ...

A Hold-Out and a Hunger Strike on Aid for Uganda
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

for 24 years. For many of us, that is longer than we have been alive. This war has been perpetrated ...

Maybe It's Not Supposed to Feel Right
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

just want to get married, have 2.4 kids, a doggie, a nice home with a manageable mortgage with a nice ...

Hard Questions in Haiti: How to Aid Recovery without Dependency
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Sarah Ward, Enterprise Development Technical Advisor with <a href="http://www.theirc.org/" target="_blank">IRC (International Rescue Committee),</a> meets with principa ...

Rebuilding Hope by Hiring Haitians
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It was just over a month ago that the earthquake devastated Haiti, an impoverished place ill equipped to deal with the disaster. Since then emergency crews, including hundreds of doctors, nurses, and ...

Reading Ezekiel with Nick Kristof
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

In Sunday's <em>New York Times</em>, Nicholas Kristof, one of my favorite columnists, has a striking piece on the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html&quo ...

Evangelicals, Global Relief, and 'the Sin of Sodom'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:33am | Type: Blog

There's a remarkable article in Saturday's <em>New York Times</em> by Nicholas Kristof: <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html" target="_blank ...

An Interview with Edwidge Danticat
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 10:19am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger Editor’s Note: Edwidge Danticat, author of six books including Editor’s Note: Edw ...

Haiti: Rebuilding in the Midst of New Earthquake Scares
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I'm just posting this after a huge earthquake scare. Our house shook again like crazy about at about 1:26 a.m. Tuesday, screams came from our neighborhood, sirens went off in Port au Prince ...

Palestinian Christians, Israeli Allies, and Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598662228_VWVrR"></a> <a href="http://ncronline.org/news/justice/palestinian-ch ...

A Profound Choice for Israel and the World's Jews
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeiler.com/International/Palestine-and-Israel/9000011_7mJL3#598931103_ji8fs"></a>I've just returned to the U.S. following an exhilarating week ...

African Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

fervently the Ethiopians Evangelical Christians prayed, a true 24-7 practice. What I'd really love ... learned from them how fervently the Ethiopians Evangelical Christians prayed, a true 24-7 practice. ... fervently the Ethiopians Evangelical Christians prayed, a true 24-7 practice. What I'd really love ...

J Street: Pro-Peace = Pro-Israel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

hermeneutics. Matt 24, for example, from my position has to do with Israel and the Gentiles. Post-tribbers say ... the honeycomb which, without the salt, is "sweet to your taste." (Prov 24) McLaren puts forth ... spirits." I can tell when a person throws salt on the honeycomb, referenced in Proverbs 24. McLaren ...

Refugees: North Korea's Seeds of Hope
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. North Korea is the most isolated and closed-off country in the world. Basic freedoms -- such as the freedom o ...

Video: Saved from the Rubble in Haiti
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

Here is an interesting interview with Gerald and Wenson, who helped to rescue Christa Brelsford after a house in Darbonne collapsed on her during the earthquake. Here is an intere ...

Haiti: One Month Later, by the Numbers
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

One month later rain pours into the streets of Port-au-Prince. One month later rain pours into the streets of Port-au-Prince. Some call it "fresh misery." I think, h ...