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Peace Behind Barbed Wire

As media ownership converges and technology “unites” us, the concept of national identity grows ever easier to exploit — and therefore, I fear, increasingly, and dangerously, simplistic. This is the war on terror. This is the war on crime. They march on, despite the magnitude of their failures. They march on . . . because America is tough. America is exceptional. If our news and mass-entertainment outlets v ...

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Finding Reconciliation in the Greatest Rivalry in College Basketball

“You may not know what this means because you don’t live in North Carolina” my friend began. “But, for us, if just for a moment, hell froze over.” He was talking about the greatest rivalry in college basketball: Duke versus North Carolina. They played last night at Duke University. It was the 239th game of their rivalry. The teams are similar in their successful histories. Even their different shades of the ...

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John McCain, Mitt Romney, and America’s Insane Foreign Policy

John McCain recently held a press conference where he speculated on a third Mitt Romney presidential campaign. He said that Romney would be a “viable” candidate, especially when it comes to foreign policy. Just to show how good Romney’s foreign policy would be, he attacked Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Welcome to the presidential campaign. McCain stated about the debates between Romney and Obama during the ...

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Martin Luther King Day Interview With Dr. Rosalie Riegle

It is Martin Luther King Day, and today at The Raven Foundation we honor his memory by recognizing those who, like Dr. King, were willing to put themselves at risk for their commitment to peace and justice. Last week, I reviewed the inspiring oral history Crossing The Line by Rosalie Riegle, and this past weekend I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Riegle and hearing more stories of courageous peacemaker ...

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4 Things You Need to Know about Terrorism and Religion

After my article on the terrorism in Paris last week, readers offered some thoughtful critiques of my position. Their comments zero in on the difficulty inherent in sorting out responsibility for violence without blaming victims or excusing perpetrators. My effort, however flawed, in analyzing this instance of violence had one goal in mind: to discredit our methods for justifying violence.  What seems to ha ...

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How Muhammad Responded to Insults: The Qur’an, Hell, and Charlie Hebdo

How do we make sense of the senseless and tragic violence committed by militants at the headquarters of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, especially when that violence is committed in the name of Allah? Suzanne Ross, my colleague at the Raven Foundation, calls the violence at Charlie Hebdo a sacred tragedy. Now, we generally associate “the sacred” with religions, but Suzanne clarifies that you don’t hav ...

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Discover Nonviolent Peaceforce: An Answer to Our Prayers for Peace

How does God answer our prayers for peace? Looking around at the violence at home and abroad, we could be forgiven for feeling that our prayers have fallen on deaf ears. But God hears our prayers and answers with a call of His own, a call that is being answered by courageous peacemakers in the most dangerous and violent places on earth. One such peacemaker is Mel Duncan and the organization he founded, Nonv ...

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Top 5 Ways to Be More Peaceful in 2015

At 35, I discovered years ago that New Year’s resolutions are a practice in failure. By January 15, I haven’t lost any weight, I keep swearing, I’ve stopped flossing my teeth, and I haven’t learned any new recipes…but I can still make a pretty mean batch of Top Ramen. Here’s another resolution I’m going to fail – be more peaceful. That’ll last until about 12:15 am on January 1st. But if you’re like me, you ...

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Think Big or Die: Why Global Disarmament Must Be On The Table

A proposal for worldwide disarmament in which every nation in the world demilitarizes by eliminating all defense spending is considered a non-starter. Deemed impractical, impossible, and downright dangerous, global disarmament is dismissed out of hand by the very people responsible for creating peace and security in our world. Diplomats, politicians and military professionals insist that we must invest in d ...

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The Shooting Death of Michael Brown: A Necessary Evil or Just Plain Murder?

I want to discuss something fundamental, disturbing and largely invisible about human society that the ongoing events in Ferguson, MO are bringing into view. As you know, a young black man, Michael Brown, was shot dead by a uniformed police officer this past August and a Grand Jury decided not to indict him for murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter. They decided that Brown’s death was a ...

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