Mennonite U.N. worker abducted in Congo

Mar 14, 2017 by and

Prayers for Michael J. Sharp, a Mennonite worker with the United Nations kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of Congo, continued into a second week with a March 23 vigil planned in his parents’ community of...

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U.N. Witness: Half an apology

Mar 13, 2017 by

On Dec. 1, the staff of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office awaited the commencement of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the people of Haiti. After more than six years of advocacy...

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Washington Witness: Israel’s status quo

Jan 30, 2017 by

After months of speculation about a United Nations Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements, everyone assumed it was no longer in the works when the Security Council seemed to wrap up its work before...

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Military force won’t diminish threat from ISIS

Nov 17, 2015 by

French military strikes in Syria are an understandable reaction to the killings in Paris, but they will not diminish the threat from ISIS and could make it worse. The United States and its partners have been...

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Helping enemies talk

Jun 22, 2015 by

The United Nations was established 70 years ago to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war.” Although the U.N. has not banished war, it has provided a platform where 193 nations can engage in...

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Learning from farmers

Nov 24, 2014 by

When I applied for a Mennonite Voluntary Service position with the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations office in New York, I had no idea the agricultural roots I got from my Canadian Mennonite farmer...

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Haiti doesn’t need another occupation

Oct 27, 2014 by and

The name Haiti conjures images of earthquake damage, people struggling to survive or memories of a service trip to help build houses or bring medical care. Most do not associate it with military...

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