War

Duane Shank 05-09-2011

Quote of the day.
"We're an Army that's in uncharted territory here. We have never fought for this long with an all-volunteer force that's 1% of the population." - Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Army vice chief of staff, on a new study concluding that U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan are experiencing some of the greatest psychological stress and lowest morale in five years of fighting.
(USA Today)

1. Faith-based disaster relief.
"When it comes to disaster relief, the link between church and state has never been stronger than during the most recent storms in the South, say federal officials and the leaders of faith-based disaster relief work."
(New York Times)

2. Muslim-Christian violence in Egypt.
"Muslim-Christian sectarian violence intensified in Egypt this weekend, spurring an emergency meeting of the Cabinet and public exhortations from Coptic Christians for international protection."
(CNN Belief Blog)

3. Obama security team divided on raid.
"President Obama faced sharply divided counsel and, to his mind, barely better-than-even odds of success when he ordered the commando raid last week that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, the president said in an interview broadcast Sunday."
(Washington Post)

4. Taliban considering options.
"The U.S. killing of the Al Qaeda leader may give the Afghan militants incentive to negotiate. But the aftermath of his death could just as easily embolden them in their war against the West."
(Los Angeles Times)

5. Afghanistan-attack on Kandahar.
"Security forces said to be close to quelling Taliban assault that has left at least 22 people dead in Kandahar city."
(Al Jazeera)

6. Border crossing by cellphone.
"Guides still accompany the bulk of the migrants crossing the border, activists and Border Patrol agents say. Those guides are in regular radio contact with confederates, who warn of trouble ahead. But the Border Patrol has been noticing cases of migrants crossing alone but in cell contact with guides."
(New York Times)

7. Syria escalates crackdown.
"A military crackdown on Syria’s seven-week uprising escalated Sunday, with reinforcements sent to two cities, more forces deployed in a southern town and nearly all communications severed to besieged locales."
(New York Times)

8. Libya-supplies low in Misurata.
"Food and fuel supplies are running low in the besieged western Libyan city of Misurata, where government shelling and rocket strikes on the port have slowed humanitarian deliveries."
(Los Angeles Times)

9. Mississippi flood to crest Monday.
"Forecasters say the Mississippi River could crest late Monday at Memphis -- hours sooner than previously predicted -- but the mayor says the city’s ready for it."
(Chicago Sun-Times/AP)

10. Japan closes nuclear reactors.
"A Japanese utility agreed Monday to shutter three nuclear reactors at a coastal power plant while it builds a seawall and improves other tsunami defenses there."
(Associated Press)

Margaret Benefiel 05-06-2011
Julia Ward Howe, best known for writing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" in 1862, began working to heal the wounds of the Civil War once the war had ended.
Jim Wallis 05-06-2011
There is no more room or time for excuses.
Hannah Lythe 05-05-2011
[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest n
Timothy King 05-04-2011
If I had been in a baseball stadium on Sunday night, I would have been chanting "USA!
Jim Wallis 05-04-2011
[Editors' note: This post was written in response to a question posed by The Washington Post's On Faith blog editors: Is it moral to celebrate a person's death, even i
David Cortright 05-03-2011
The killing of Osama bin Laden brings partial closure to the long war against al Qaeda.
Rose Marie Berger 05-03-2011
The mix of relief and grief displayed by crowds in the streets outside the White House and the Capitol building was a human response to the news that U.S.
Lindsay Branham 05-03-2011

The news of Osama bin Laden's death rippled across social networking sites Sunday night. As I scrolled through my news feed, I witnessed my internet community express their delight and celebration over the death of America's "enemy," and I was surprised to see such blatant euphoria.

Charles A. Kimball 05-02-2011
For more than a decade, Osama bin Laden has been Exhibit A in the contemporary manifestations of the lethal mix of religion a
Jim Wallis 05-02-2011
This morning most Americans are feeling a sense of relief at the news that Osama bin Laden is dead.
Hannah Lythe 04-28-2011
[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest n
Kent Annan 04-25-2011

I just watched a 60 Minutes expose on Greg Mortenson, co-author of Three Cups of Tea and co-founder of the nonprofit the Central Asia Institute. Watching this news story that accused Mortenson of fabricating key stories in his book, lacking organizational/financial transparency and effectiveness, and receiving "excessive" personal benefits from his organization felt like a punch in the gut, even if it's of the too familiar heroes-come-crashing-down variety.

It must have felt like a punch to many. None of us like to give our hard-earned pennies or dollars or peace prize money to someone who betrays our confidence.

I felt it in my gut, too, because Mortenson and I have a lot in common. We've both published two memoirs about our experiences and work for education in the developing world -- he in Afghanistan, and me in Haiti. We both travel to speak about our work -- albeit he on a much grander, best-selling-er scale than me. Once I stood for half an hour in a book line to talk with him for two minutes and he seemed touchingly humble and friendly.

Jim Wallis 04-21-2011
On Easter weekend, I will break my fast. I will have spent almost four weeks drinking only liquids. But, as is often true of fasts, what has been gained is far greater than anything given up.
Rose Marie Berger 04-19-2011

The Afghan Youth for Peace held a candle-lighting prayer vigil to remember all of their family who have died as a result of aggression from the U.S. war, the Taliban, local war lords, and terrorist groups.

"Are their no other options for the people?" they ask.

Andrew Simpson 04-19-2011

One year after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, life has not returned to normal in the Gulf.

Almost three weeks ago I stopped eating and started fasting, calling people of faith and conscience to do the same.
Hannah Lythe 04-14-2011
[Editors' note: As part of Sojourners' campaign to end the war in Afghanistan, we will run a weekly Afghanistan news digest to educate our readers about the latest new

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