Decades of bloody conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives was declared over when the Philippine government on Thursday signed a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Hundreds have been killed in the Philippines allegedly by members of the security forces since 2001, including the brother of retired Archbishop Fernando Capalla.
What would a commitment to nonviolence look like here in the United States? I've been considering how much we spend weapons and operations, and I'll have more blogs on that topic during this Lent, but the other side of the coin, which we never look at, is whether war is an effective strategy.
IN THE COMPANY OF THE POOR: CONVERSATIONS WITH DR. PAUL FARMER AND FR. GUSTAVO GUTIÉRREZ
Edited by Michael Griffin and Jennie Weiss Block
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"If you look at history, change comes from the bottom up, not from the top down," Spanish Benedictine Sr. Teresa Forcades said.
Under international pressure and after two days of interrogation, Sri Lanka released Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and human rights worker Ruki Fernando.
The arrests Sunday of human rights defenders Oblate Fr. Praveen Mahesan and Ruki Fernando in Sri Lanka was called "arbitrary" by Amnesty International and other groups.
In March 2011, The New York Times ran a feature on the Pentagon's biggest boondoggles. It is based on a 2009 Government Accountability Office review of defense acquisition programs that found that two-thirds of them suffered cost overruns and delays and that generally they don't meet today's military needs.
Today’s letter, written on March 4, comes from Lasallian Br. Bill Firman, executive director of Solidarity with South Sudan. Furman writes from Juba, South Sudan’s largest city, where BBC Africa reports violence has broken out among the military in the last week.
A champion for the disadvantaged and for fair government practices, Benedictine Sr. Mary John Mananzan adds helping abused overseas workers to her work for social justice in the Philippines.