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The risky business of mining

By Charissa Zehr Democracy, transparency and good governance become catchphrases during political campaigns and election cycles. In Haiti, these issues contribute to the deepening debate around mining. As the legitimacy of Haiti’s government continues to be questioned, some of Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations have expressed concerns that a proposed mining law could be passed…

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Residents of the Mubimbi IDP camp near Minova, DR Congo, are pictured with a pile of eggplant and a pile of cabbages that were harvested from their community garden.
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Food assistance: Intra-household vulnerability in eastern Congo

In this article, Vanessa Hershberger and Annie Loewen share insights on the existing dynamics in host-IDP households in relation to humanitarian responses in the distribution of food assistance, with eastern Congo as a case study. Households are more commonly places where competing claims, unequal power, diverse interests and access to resources are frequently negotiated and…

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A celebration that falls short

Last week, President Santos of Colombia visited Washington for high-level meetings with the Obama Administration. Most notably he was in town to “celebrate” the wonders of Plan Colombia that the U.S. heavily funded for 15 years with bi-partisan support. But many organizations that have worked in Colombia with local partners for years, before and during the…

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Support criminal justice reform

Action: Urge your senators to support S. 2123, the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act. Background: The United States currently incarcerates 2.4 million people, more than any other country in the world. Decades of harsh sentences, particularly mandatory minimums, have caused the prison population to swell. The Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act will bring several much-needed reforms, including…

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Bring Pastor Max home

Actions: Sign a petition to urge Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to bring Max Villatoro home to his family. Make a call this week to Secretary Johnson’s office at (202) 282-8203. Background: Six months ago, it was with heavy hearts that we received word that Pastor Max Villatoro, a beloved father, husband, pastor,…

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