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By Charles Kwuleum I recently received a call from a friend who is an international development worker in one of the countries in the Sahel region of Africa. He told me about a group of young children who for a while were identified only as numbers in U.N.-run camps because their parents or guardians had…

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By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach Middle East watchers are closely following the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program involving the U.S. and five other nations. The goal is to reach a framework agreement by the end of March, with a final agreement by the end of June. Facing pressure to oppose the talks, many in Congress are…

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J Ron Byler, executive director of Mennonite Central Committee U.S., joined other faith leaders this week in urging the U.S. government to address root causes of the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. The letter states: This week marks two significant anniversaries that should cause us to reflect on events that have contributed to the current…

Read more Address root causes of violence in Syria and Iraq: Faith leaders to President Obama

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The U.S. Senate has finally acknowledged that climate change is real. On January 21, as part of the debate on the Keystone XL pipeline, the Senate passed an amendment by a vote of 98 to 1 stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” Two other…

Read more In the Grip of Denial

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Last week I was privileged to visit the U.S.-Mexico border as part of the Advisory Council of the Peace & Justice Support Network of Mennonite Church USA. We were in Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico. We heard from migrants who had been recently deported from the U.S. and also met with church members and…

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