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Ali Quapu Palace, in Isfahan, Iran. Credit: Daryl Byler.

Ron Byler, MCC U.S. executive director, and more than 50 other Christian leaders sent a letter to Congress yesterday urging them to support the negotiated agreement with Iran. The letter states: We live by God’s call to “seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14). After decades of hostility, the international community has crafted a nuclear…

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Last week the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada announced their findings to the public.  The Commission had been gathering statements and information for the past few years about the brutal residential school system that First Nations peoples in Canada were subjected to for much of the 20th century.  The TRC is hardly a solution…

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By Joshua Russell A recent article in the Washington Post showed a map of “the most racist parts” of the United States. This map was determined by data from Google, who had tracked the frequency of searches for a particular racial slur in media markets across the country. Markets that had a higher search rate…

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We cannot underestimate the astronomical growth of the world’s population. It is only necessary and inevitable to ask questions around securing the future of food production, its distribution, and its consumption in order to ascertain sustainability of the universe. The Food and Agriculture Organization’s report last year indicates that about 805 million people in the…

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In a quiet farming hamlet in the northern part of Haiti, farmers were forcibly removed from fertile land to make way for a new industrial park in 2012. They were poorly compensated for their land, making it nearly impossible to continue their agricultural livelihoods. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development…

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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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