Can we beat our addiction to war?

Jan 17, 2020 by

The U.S. military strike that killed Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s military force, has raised questions in the minds of many Americans about what we believe about military action and warfare. From my...

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Understanding and responding to Middle East anger

Jan 15, 2020 by

A defining moment for me in understanding the Middle East was the four nights of bombing I endured as a humanitarian worker in Baghdad in 1998. I’ll never forget that terrifying experience: lying on the...

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Trumping up a war

May 27, 2019 by

It looks like the Trump administration might trigger war on Iran. Venezuela and North Korea are also possibilities. We are on the precipice of a war that could be used to shore up President Trump’s poll...

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MCC aids Iraqis who’ve slipped through safety net

May 15, 2017 by and

As more than 350,000 Iraqis have fled violence in and around the city of Mosul, Mennonite Central Committee is providing food and household supplies to those who slip through the safety net of other...

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In Iraq’s war zone, aid workers trust God

Jun 6, 2016 by and

From her home in Franklin County, Pa., 18-year-old Rosa prepared last month to depart for the city of Sinjar in northern Iraq and remain there indefinitely. Sinjar is still considered a war zone. Kurds and...

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MCC uses $34.6 million to respond to Syria, Iraq crisis

Mar 10, 2016 by and

AKRON, Pa. — Since the Syrian war began five years ago in March, Mennonite Central Committee has spent about $34.6 million to relieve the suffering of Syrians, Iraqis and people in neighboring countries who...

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With grants, MCC assists displaced in Iraq, Syria

Sep 14, 2015 by and

It’s been a year since Qasim left his home in Sinjar, Iraq. He was fleeing an advance by the Islamic State — the same advance that left tens of thousands of other Yazidis stranded in the mountains, trapped...

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Mideast peace work grows

Jun 15, 2015 by and

A grant from the Canadian government will allow Mennonite Central Committee to enhance its peacebuilding work in Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. The grant is worth $500,000, or $402,150 in U.S. funds. In Iraq, MCC...

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Who defines the common good?

Feb 26, 2015 by

Who determines what is in the “common good” and “national interest”? These terms are themselves so flexible as to be rendered nearly useless. Depending on the definer and their...

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Movie review: American Sniper

Jan 30, 2015 by

I’ve now watched two lousy Academy Award-nominated films in a row. But American Sniper is infinitely worse than Foxcatcher. Foxcatcher at least has its heart in the right place. It is trying in its...

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A #BringBackOurGirls confession

Sep 19, 2014 by

I am going to trust you with the truth. I wish we could sit down, you and I, with two cups of coffee and a brownie split between us. I want to look hard, unflinchingly into your eyes, breathe deeply, and...

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CPT aids refugees seeking safety in Iraqi Kurdistan

Sep 1, 2014 by and

Christian Peacemaker Teams reports the brutal violence of militant Islamic State forces in Iraq has not changed CPT’s goals of partnering to transform violence and oppression, but it has affected how they go...

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Jim Foley, IS and what I learned from being kidnapped

Aug 29, 2014 by

We sat on mats in a traditional sitting room in a remote village of northwestern Iraq. One of our captors guarded the door with his assault rifle at the other end of the room. We prayed, we sang silently and...

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Iraqi genocide: Our violence got us here

Aug 11, 2014 by

My spirit has been grieved in a way I haven’t experienced before as the situation in Iraq and Syria has turned for the worse as of late, and is now straight up out of control. The ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq...

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A house divided

Jul 7, 2014 by

The Iraq war’s false promises keep adding up. President Obama’s 2011 assertion that “we’re leaving behind a sovereign, stable and self-reliant Iraq” is proving as much a desert mirage as Saddam...

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MCC reaches out to Iraqis displaced by armed conflict

Jun 25, 2014 by

As armed conflict forces Iraqis from their homes, Mennonite Central Committee is providing vital items for daily life and is planning with partner organizations for an ongoing response. MCC also is calling on...

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