The mood at the monthlong talks being held in New York is somber. Few expect breakthroughs, and without a breakthrough, serious disarmament is in doubt.
Peace & Justice
Last week, the Melkite archbishop of Aleppo, Syria, Jean-Clement Jeanbart, came to the U.S. to raise awareness about the plight of Christians in his country. I had the opportunity to spend 45 minutes with him and to go into some depth about the civil war tearing apart the country.
Commentary: In the era of Pope Francis, the whole event has the taste of rotten eggs that should have been thrown out long ago.
In a 1967 speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. offered an analysis of urban riots that is worth reading today.
At the Intersection: People in communities across the U.S. are being beaten and left for dead by systems that fail them every day. Whose community is it?
The Obama administration's policy of detaining immigrant women and children seeking asylum in the U.S. could soon end.
"You know the stuff about the 1 percent vs. the 99 percent? Well, when you get here ... It's particularly vicious."
With extreme poverty having been cut in half over the last generation -- and the Millennium Development Goals target of poverty halving having been achieved five years ahead of the 2015 deadline -- veterans of the global war on poverty believe it is possible that extreme poverty can be wiped out in the next 15 years.
It will be a tall order because an estimated 1 billion people still live in extreme poverty, defined as living on less than $1.25 a day.
Catholic workers in the contested region of Abyei say the world has lost interest in the unresolved border feud between Sudan and South Sudan, so they are launching new efforts to make peace between the two ethnic groups that claim the isolated region.
Book review: The affecting new memoir Just Mercy is rooted in understanding that "being broken is what makes us human."