NCR Today: Coverage of the SOA watch and anniversary of El Salvador killings continues; Francis confirms trip to U.S.; Ferguson prepares for grand jury decision
Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham law professor who authored a well-received book on the subject of money in politics, and who gave Andrew Cuomo a run for his money in the New York State 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary, spoke at length about political corruption at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. Thursday.
A lot of people like the phrase "preferential option for the poor" because it sounds, well, so optional. We'd prefer if you put in some time at a food bank or picketed your local Representative to raise the minimum wage, but, heck, we know you've got a plateful of things to do around the house so if you don't get around to it don't fret.Those poor people aren't going anywhere.
Complementarity is a word and concept long rejected by those who care about the equality of women and men in our world.
I've blogged here before about the Coalition on Human Needs. They analyze census data and legislation to give those of us working on the ground the tools we need to make the case for better housing and health care, reduction of hunger and malnutrition, the geography of poverty, energy assistance, disability issues and more.
Vietnamese Buddhist monk has introduced meditation techniques to tens of thousands worldwide.
Peter Farrelly seems more concerned with giving people time to forget about anxiety, self-obsession, self-loathing, or any of those other pesky self-defeating thought processes we carry.
NCR Today: 25th anniversary of Jesuit massacre; Catholic church losing ground in Latin America; Germany sees rising anti-Semitism; Patti Smith performing at Vatican Christmas concert
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley says Pope Francis recognizes the need to address the situation in Kansas City, Mo.
We hear it everywhere today, implicitly or explicitly: Religion is inherently violent, and it causes wars. It is religion (in this case, Islam) that is leading the Islamic State militant group to champion and use violence -- even promote beheadings -- to achieve its ends. When we hear news about the Middle East, it is largely the story of sectarian struggles between Sunni Muslims and Shiite Muslims, or Israeli Jews vs. Palestinian Muslims, or a story about Christians being persecuted. Religion comes across as the culprit.