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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…

Read more A celebration that falls short

A view of the arches under Khaju Bridge, Isfahan, Iran. (MCC Photo/Cheryl Zehr Walker)

There has been a lot of focus in the media on the agreement reached July 14 between Iran, the United States and five other nations. This one-page handout addresses some of the frequently asked questions about the agreement, including why Mennonite Central Committee supports it. Frequently asked questions | Christian leaders express support for Iran…

Read more Frequently asked questions about the Iran agreement

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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…

Read more “We are tired!”

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In her most recent article, Tammy Alexander shares difficult stories of how the U.S. government is treating thousands of women, children & men that have fled violence in their communities and crossed the border to seek refuge & potentially asylum.  According to the [Human Right’s Watch] report’s author, Clara Long, “In its frenzy to stem…

Read more You don’t have rights here…

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Ebola has good reason to be considered a global health crisis, but it points to a larger weakness of health systems in developing countries and their lack of preparedness for outbreaks like Ebola, and others. In many African countries, health worker shortages and scarce funding for building and maintaining health care facilities are constant challenges…

Read more Building strong health systems must be a priority

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Marching for action on climate change Several dozen Mennonites joined the estimated 400,000 people who walked in the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Two days later, world leaders met to discuss what actions they will take to address climate change. There is renewed energy for working toward a new…

Read more E-Memo: October 6, 2014