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Resolved: Make 2014 a Year for Nonviolence

The year 2014 is the fiftieth anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. King was puzzled why he was awarded this prestigious prize when the work to combat racial injustice was incomplete. He concluded that it was the movement’s commitment to nonviolence that was being honored.

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Call for Immediate Aid to Syrians Dying of Starvation Due to Siege


Doctors, Faith and Human Rights Leaders Gather at UN to Announce International Solidarity Hunger Strike for Syria, Demand Lifting of Military “Starvation Siege”

South Sudan: An urgent need for reconcilers

In three earlier blog articles published between October 2010 and February 2012 — “Preparing for South Sudan’s crucial referendum,” “Prayers for Sudan,” and “South Sudan: The challenge of ethnic reconciliation” — I had tried to analyze the long 1954 to 2005 war within Sudan between the North and the South, which ended w

The New Year: A Centenary Observance

It is 2014, the centenary of the beginning of World War I, and the world is in for four years of hundredth-anniversary observances. In 2016, we’ll hear all about the Battle of Verdun, the longest battle of the war (and one of the longest in the history of warfare, from February through December 1916!).

Missing Razen Zaitouneh

Renowned Human Rights Lawyer and non-violent activist Razan Zaitouneh from Syria reported missing December 9, 2013 from a Damascus suburb. Taken in the cover of darkness by masked gunmen shortly after she and her team had completed a video plea for the release of two Spanish journalist.

From Egypt to Afghanistan: Who Is My Enemy?

From Egypt to Afghanistan: Who is my enemy?

From Sherif in Egypt

My dear enemy, I kill you with love…

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Afghan street children beg for change

Kabul, Afghanistan is “home” to hundreds of thousands of children who have no home.  Many of them live in squalid refugee camps with families that have been displaced by violence and war.  Bereft of any income in a city already burdened by high rates of unemployment, families struggle to survive without adequate shelter, clothing, food or fuel.