Book review: The End of Power is a stimulating romp through the last 20 years in search of a universal explanation for the unraveling of a well-ordered postwar world.
Peace & Justice
The Justice and Peace Commission of South Africa is using the Internet to ask people around the world to pray for matters concerning human rights at least once a week. The commission's website, www.prayingthehumanrightsnews.net, created on Aug. 23, 2013, allows anyone concerned with social and political justice topics -- such as poverty, war and climate -- to submit written prayers. Once an organization or activist submits a prayer, it can be prayed by the faithful around the world.
Looking at the madness unfolding in the Gaza Strip and the Nineveh plain, it is hardly comforting to know that four years ago, University of Cambridge professor Nicholas Boyle predicted that some great crisis in 2014 would determine the course of the rest of the century.
Last week, Hamas fired rockets at the Tel Aviv airport in Israel, and one of them hit and destroyed a home. All the family was out; no one was hurt. But a woman who lived there was quoted on "NBC Nightly News," saying about the Arabs, "I wish they'd all die."
Social Justice: Will and Chris Haughey are in the business of doing good with Tegu, a toy company that produces and sells magnetic wooden blocks.
As the world marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, scholars and authors are examining an overlooked facet of the war: its religious framework.
Five people, including the granddaughter of Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day, are being held on bonds ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 after a protest at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base near Syracuse, N.Y., home of part of the U.S. drone program.
Seven people, among them Martha Hennessy, Day's granddaughter, and Elizabeth McAlister, a longtime peace activist and widow of Philip Berrigan, were arrested after crossing onto base property Wednesday.
NCR Today: As another week of violence comes to a close, Fouad Twal, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, has been advancing the cause of peace in the Holy Land.
Listen to the news any day, any hour. You will find commentators, usually Republicans, who think that President Barack Obama needs to show more "muscle" in his conduct of foreign policy or act "more strongly" wherever -- you name the place -- or "regain America's leadership role in the world." Many critics wish he had kept at least some U.S. troops in Iraq, engaged to some degree in the civil war in Syria, and had "taken decisive action" (whatever that means) against Russia for annexing Crimea and supporting the Ukrainian separatists.
A peace activist who received a one-year jail sentence stemming from an anti-drone protest has been freed from jail pending an appeal.
Mary Anne Grady Flores was released Friday on $5,000 bail from the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse, N.Y., after appearing before County Court Judge Thomas J. Miller, who granted a stay of execution of her sentence pending appeal of an order of protection granted to Col. Earl Evans by the DeWitt Town Court.