July 9, 2012
Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about the need for a strong Arms Trade Treaty in the latest Third Way Cafe.
The United States is by far the largest seller of conventional weapons to other countries. Although the U.S. regulates the import and export of conventional weapons, many countries do not. And there is no global standard for trade of conventional weapons between countries.
As the largest exporter of conventional arms, the U.S. government plays a significant role in these negotiations. Already some in the U.S. Congress have spoken out against the treaty, fearing it will restrict the rights of U.S. citizens to own weapons.
Read the entire article here.
June 28, 2012
Kristen and Wawa Chege, MCC Advocacy Coordinators in Haiti, blog about the need for accountability among United Nations peacekeeping troops in Haiti, and how we can aid this process.
The current case of UN peacekeeping soldiers, charged with the sexual assault of a young Haitian, raises issues of accountability and effectiveness in the United Nations Stabilizing Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Each year, the mandate of the MINUSTAH mission is renewed in mid-October…. Join in efforts for better accountability among the peace-keeping troops, and call on your ambassador to the U.N. to insist on better investigations of human rights abuses by MINUSTAH.
Read the full article: “Haiti: United Nations Peace-keepers Held Accountable for Abuses“.
June 13, 2012
One of the statues at Monserratt, Bogotá. Melissa Engle/MCC
A recent report by International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Coordinación Colombia Europa Estados Unidos (CCEEU), titled “Colombia: The war measured in litres of blood – ‘False-positives’, crimes against humanity: the impunity of the most responsible“, details the “false positives” phenomenon in Colombia. That is, the extra-judicial killing of more than 3,000 civilians by the official Colombian military,which then falsely reported these victims as guerrillas killed in combat.
What should perhaps be most disconcerting, however, is that the high body count has been encouraged in order to justify continued military aid from the United States, which has provided the Colombia military with nearly $6 billion since 2000 to wage its war on drug trafficking. Moreover, classified documents show that the U.S. has been aware of such “false positives” phenomenon since well before 2000. Despite this knowledge, U.S. has increased military aid under Plan Colombia.
Huffington Post writer Dan Kovalik observes,
While the U.S. justifies its crimes in Colombia on its alleged desire to eradicate drugs, there are two irrefutable truths about this: (1) since the U.S. began its “war on drugs” in Colombia, there has been no decrease in cocaine exported from that country to the U.S.; and (2) the entire Western financial system has itself become addicted to the drug trade, is being propped up by it with billions of dollars of capital and Western governments are doing nothing to police this. Therefore, while innocents die in countries like Colombia, Mexico and Honduras by the thousands in our so-called “war on drugs,” the Western banks are allowed to profit from drugs.
I can think of no greater injustice.
Read the Huffington Post article here.
December 23, 2011
Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach writes about the end of the Iraq war and rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran in the latest Third Way Cafe.
One would think that policymakers would have no interest in getting into another conflict in the region. But since early November, U.S.-Iran relations, which have long been frosty, have gotten even more tense.
Read the full article here.
July 28, 2011
Do not fear, for I am with you. –Isaiah 41:10a
“Fear not: Seek peace”, the new MCC U.S. campaign provides educational materials, worship and advocacy resources focused on domestic violence, gun violence and U.S. militarism.
Waiting in exile God’s people were reassured, “Do not fear, for I am with you.” These words still resonate powerfully today. We live in a world of fear—fear of death, fear of personal assault, fear of terrorism and losing what we have.
Some level of fear is healthy. It keeps us from doing unwise things and grows out of concern for our own safety and the protection of those we love. But it must not become an idol and keep us from experiencing the abundant life God desires for us.
The Bible offers us an alternative way of understanding security, promising that God is present with us. Because of this we need not live in fear and can put our trust in God, rather than in human rulers or weapons.
Join us as we explore ways to seek peace in our homes, communities and world.
September 16, 2010
The MCC Washington Office is inviting submissions for our 12th annual high school essay contest. This year’s grand prize is $500 with three regional winners each receiving $100. Students can choose to write on immigration, Israel-Palestine or U.S. military spending, and all essays must be submitted by December 17, 2010.
The contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist youth of high school age, and to all youth who attend Mennonite high schools.
Contest Guidelines and Topics
July 18, 2008
Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach has a new article on the Third Way Cafe website on the Global Security Priorities Resolution in the House.
“Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) and Dan Lungren (R-Calif.) have introduced a resolution that seeks to turn weapons that could bring great harm into programs that nurture healthy lives…” Read more.