Syria’s faces of war

March 24, 2014
Rifaat's daughter sleeps in the corner of their apartment. The family's full names are not being used for security reasons. (Doug Hostetter/MCC)

Rifaat’s daughter sleeps in the corner of their apartment. The family’s full names are not being used for security reasons. (Doug Hostetter/MCC)

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach updates on the Syrian crisis in the latest Mennonite World Review.

“On a recent visit to Lebanon, many Syrians expressed their strong desire for peace and a longing to return home. Citing a history of living together as various ethnic and religious groups, they said Syrians could work things out with one another. Some noted there have been some local cease-fires in areas where government and opposition forces know one another. Peacebuilding trainers also said they are getting more requests than they can accommodate.”

Read more here.

Building bridges in Iran

March 16, 2014

In the latest Third Way Cafe, Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach looks at some initial steps toward building bridges between Iran and others in the international community.

Read her article here and urge your Members of Congress to support a diplomatic resolution with Iran.

A bridge in Isfahan, Iran.  (MCC Photo/Cheryl Zehr Walker)

A bridge in Isfahan, Iran. (MCC Photo/Cheryl Zehr Walker)

MCC U.S., more than 60 other organizations oppose new Iran sanctions

January 14, 2014

iran_bannerToday MCC U.S. joined 61 other organizations in a letter to Senators, warning them that passage of new sanctions against Iran would “critically endanger the possibility of a diplomatic resolution to the nuclear standoff with Iran.” Read the full letter.

Seeking good in the Negev

October 11, 2013

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about the devastating impacts of the Prawer Plan on Bedouin communities if the proposal becomes law in the latest Third Way Cafe.

If fully implemented, the plan could destroy as many as 35 Bedouin villages and displace up to 70,000 people from their homes. Although Bedouins comprise 30 percent of the population in the Negev, the Prawer Plan would reduce Bedouin ownership of land from 5 percent to 1 percent. Meanwhile, plans are being put in place for 10 new Israeli agricultural settlements on the land that will be cleared.

Read more about this plan here and urge the U.S. to promote just policies in Palestine and Israel!

Olive branches and the use of force

October 1, 2013

Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach evaluates Iran-U.S. relations, including congressional resistance to current diplomatic efforts.

Continued congressional resistance to diplomatic progress with Iran misses the many areas in which the United States and Iran could find useful common ground. The most urgent of these is a political solution to the devastating civil war in Syria—a solution that will require that all parties who are involved in the conflict have a seat at the table.

Click here to read the article.

MCC U.S. urges Congress to oppose military action

September 10, 2013

Yesterday MCC U.S. joined leaders of 40 national Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations, calling on Congress to oppose the proposed authorization for the use of military force in Syria.

The letter declares: “military strikes are not the answer. Rather than bringing an end to the violence that has already cost more than 100,000 lives, U.S. military strikes threaten to widen the vicious civil war in Syria and undermine prospects to de-escalate the violence and eventually reach a just negotiated settlement, in which all actors are held accountable for crimes committed.” Read the full letter.

Call Congress to let them know your views today!

Oppose U.S. military action against Syria

August 29, 2013

Urge your Members of Congress to oppose U.S. military action against Syria.

The U.S. government appears to be preparing for a military attack against Syria, in response to last week’s alleged chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus.

U.S. missile strikes could well lead the U.S. into an ever-deepening military conflict and will certainly cause even more suffering for the people of Syria who have already suffered so much. The MCC representative for Syria and Lebanon reports on her numerous conversations with Syrians in the last few days: “Without fail they are all saying the same thing. ‘We are all very worried. We hope the U.S. won’t do anything…’” Read the full action alert.

Read MCC’s call to end the violence, sent to the U.S. government yesterday.


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