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Peace & Justice
SHAKING HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: THE INTERSECTION OF TERRORISM AND THEOLOGY
By William J. Abraham
Published by Highland Loch Press, hardback $39.95
I have been both saddened and mystified by the reaction from some quarters in Washington after the United States joined five other nations to make a deal with Iran that would begin to curtail its ability to make nuclear weapons. It's a six-month deal, hopefully a step toward a long-range agreement.
"You can raise [the issue of free speech], but we don't have to listen to it," Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, according to a court transcript.
Two Yale divinity students and a Catholic Worker were arrested at Hancock Field Air Base in Syracuse, N.Y., on Monday while attempting to deliver what they described as a "citizens' Order of Protection."
The three activists said they were issuing the order, typically used in circumstances of domestic abuse, on behalf of Afghan civilians terrorized by drones remotely launched from the military air base.
Peace Corps volunteers' experiences reveal the world to them and open their eyes to the global church.
The life of Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at the age of 95, was virtually unparalleled in examples of forgiveness and humility. I feel blessed to have had two personal encounters with this spiritual giant. The first came ten years back, when, in Washington having lunch with the late NCR columnist Jesuit Fr. Robert Drinan, Mandela unexpectedly appeared. It was shortly after Drinan and I had arrived and we were still standing near the door waiting to be seated. Drinan turned around and with that large Drinan grin, approached the former South African president.
Judge Robert L. Jokl Jr. said he wanted to find five anti-drone activists guilty, but the prosecutor failed to prove the activists had criminal intent.
Commentary: I never expect to be affirmed for what I do. So it was shocking to receive affirmation for my efforts from the pope.
John Dennis Apel protested outside a California Air Force base every month for 17 years. After a series of arrests, the Supreme Court is set to decide if anti-military protests are free speech.