Middle East

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By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach Forty years ago, in April 1975, the Vietnam War came to an end. But that same month, a civil war was beginning in another part of the world. The war in Lebanon would eventually take the lives of an estimated 150,000 people and devastate the country’s infrastructure, before coming to an…

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Gaza

Six months since donors pledged $3.5 billion towards Gaza’s recovery, many people are worse off, according to a report issued earlier this week by 46 aid agencies, including Mennonite Central Committee. An estimated 100,000 people are still homeless and many are living in makeshift camps or schools. The report’s main recommendations are: End the cycle…

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Ron Byler of MCC U.S. and Ervin Stutzman of Mennonite Church USA joined other Christian leaders in a full-page ad in Roll Call yesterday, expressing support for the framework agreement with Iran. As Christian leaders in the United States, we welcome and support the Framework Agreement, announced by seven nations on April 2, to dramatically…

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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