November-December 2003

Cover Story

Two former CIA analysts talk about the lies behind the Iraq war and the heavy weight of conscience.
Web Exclusive! Full transcript of interviews with former CIA analysts.


Corporate dominance of world affairs seems almost god-like.
The Renovare movement fosters spiritual development as the heart of social justice.
The Food Project grows vegetables, relationship, and justice in the suburb and the city.
For two decades, Witness for Peace has been sending delegations of change to places of fear.
Israel's wall of separation.


Don't these people ever learn?
Is justice delayed better than none at all?
Being 'real Christians' in the post apartheid era.
Will the world do the right thing by Africa?


Technology does not uproot the themes of trust and betrayal in our human drama.
Without guns, one cannot shoot things, where would that leave us?
The beneficiaries of wartime tax cuts and contract deals are nothing less than war profiteers.
"Do you believe in hell?" a friend asked.

Culture Watch

Former Massachusetts Gov.
When Richard Danielpour composed An American Requiem in September 2000, he had no idea it would be presented to a nation experiencing a battlefront on its own soil.
Flannery O'Connor was a master short-story writer, dark humorist, and astute cultural observer.
Richard Shindell sings a good story.
Today rock dozes comfortably in the belly of the beast.
Even if Christendom is only a vague European memory, the United States suffers from a sort of Constantinian hangover. The Emperor Constantine just won't go away.
Singing Septuaginarians
On the first weekend of every September, before cold winds off the Great Lakes turn the air chilly, the Plymouth Fall Festival takes place along Main Street in my hometown of Plymouth, Michigan.
Miles and miles of two-lane blacktop crisscross the rural South, forming a web of connections among myriad small towns with declining populations and evaporating economic base


Thousands and thousands of Third World refugees are languishing behind bars in the land of the free. They're not criminals.
Church organizations in Malawi supported by Norwegian and Danish Church Aid have been told to "vigorously" advocate gender and human rights issues. 
If we dug a huge grave miles wide, miles deep
President Bush completed a five-day, five-nation tour of Africa this summer, promising those he met that they are not alone in their fight against AIDS.
As a committed evangelical Christian and Middle East scholar, I would like to thank you for printing these two fine articles: "Short Fuse to Apocalypse?" and "How Christian is Zionism?"
Your article on Zionism and Christian views ("How Christian is Zionism?" by Leslie Allen and Glen Stassen, July-August 2003) contains a gross misrepresentation when it declare
Nicknamed the "Blue Nuns" for the blue habits they used to wear, the Catholic sisters of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have renovated their motherhouse and campus...
The sex trade is often seen as an industry that plagues remote developing countries, but a Washington, D.C. conference in July broke that stereotype
As a United Methodist clergy/campus minister, I found Jim Wallis' essay on George W.
Rabbi Tarfon said, "The day is short. The work is long. We are not enjoined to complete the task.
Employment Opportunities
The Conference of Evangelical Churches of Guatemala vigorously protested a ruling by the Guatemalan Constitutional Court
Many Americans will applaud Jim Wallis' rejection of President Bush's use of religion to support his foreign policy in the war against terrorism ("Dangerous Religion").
The presence of CIA employees - even former ones - in our offices is not a frequent occurrence, as far as we know.
Since his ascension to the international stage, much has been made of George W. Bush's religious beliefs.
The land is God's gift to everyone," affirmed leaders from Latin American and U.S. churches in a statement supporting Brazil's Landless Workers Movement.
Duane Shank ("Road Map or Dead End?" July-August 2003) notes that the road map for peace calls on Palestinians to immediately end violence, but...
Tired of the clear-cut lumber you get at Home Depot and Lowe's? The Canadian Eco-Lumber Co-op lets you feel good about your wood.