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President Obama Voting in a US Election
By Ronald Glossop | January 19, 2017 - 5:54pm EST
Discussions of Obama's legacy are often too narrow.  They focus on specific policies that were adopted or not adopted.  They don't pay enough attention to what Obama himself said at his January 10 valedictory speech in Chicago.  When the audience began shouting "No, no, no, no, no" as he mentioned the coming change in the White House, Obama responded with a statement that displays his wisdom and his understanding of the [...] Read More
Venezuela, Human Rights, Mercosur, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uraguay
By Jennifer Keck | January 15, 2017 - 5:46pm EST
Mercosur didn’t waste any time. The South American trade group warned that it would suspend Venezuela’s membership if it didn’t improve human rights and immigration conditions by December 1st. On December 2nd, Mercosur did in fact suspend Venezuela, according to the AP Press. The move came after the country failed to meet the standards it agreed to comply with upon joining in 2012. However, despite the unanimous decision [...] Read More
Enslaved Sex Worker Helps DHS Take Down Her Captors (photo from www.dhs.gov)
By Chuck Woolery | January 11, 2017 - 12:05pm EST
January 11, 2017 is a special day.  Not because of the numeric coincidence of 1-11-17.  But because of the large number of human beings who remain victims of human trafficking, one of the most degrading, harmful and illegal injustices known on earth, and we have to be reminded of it.  In 2007, the U.S. Senate designated January 11 as the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day --  making it the 10th year the world has [...] Read More
UN Photo of Syrian Refugees at a camp in Jordan
By Rene Wadlow | December 17, 2016 - 12:00am EST
If I were another on the road, I wouldn't have looked back. I'd have said what one traveler says to another: Hello stranger, wake up your guitar!  Let's postpone our tomorrow to lengthen our road and widen our space, so that we may be rescued from our story together.             -- Mahmoud Darwish, Palestinian poet.    By creating special observance days, the United Nations tries to promote international awareness and [...] Read More
Floor of US House of Representatives
By Chuck Woolery | November 30, 2016 - 8:47pm EST
Don’t just vote….Petition for Justice.   “Don’t boo!  Vote!” President Obama retorted after a crowd reacted to promises of the GOP Presidential Nominee leading up to the 2016 election.  Although voting is an important first step for citizens, it is not the only step we can take to have an impact on our politics and our lives.  It matters greatly what we do as citizens between elections.  Educating our elected officials, [...] Read More
Fr Ben and friends at the celebration of his Sustainability Hero award at Xavier University
By Father Ben Urmston | November 13, 2016 - 6:20pm EST
In the Commonweal magazine article “Protect Thy Neighbor” (June 21, 2016) authors Mark J. Allman and Tobias Winright echo the Catholic Catechism when they say: “If and when the day ever comes when war is abolished—and like all Catholics, we pray for the arrival of that day.” Catholics are urged by the Catechism (#2307) not only to pray for the day when war is abolished, but work to end it.  “Because of the evils and [...] Read More
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