Peace and Justice

The Nairobi Mall Attack: Let’s Give Our Boys Something Better to Be a Part Of
by Simon Okelo
When the Westgate Mall was attacked by a terrorist group that aggressively recruits young men, one Kenyan asked—how can we respond to the pain and vulnerability of our boys before groups like Al-Shabab can reach them?
How the People Pushed Back on Syria—and Won (for Now)
by Sarah van Gelder
In Iraq, Afghanistan, and many other cases, the people protested and got war anyway. Why—at least, so far—has the story played out differently with Syria?
Syria: Six Alternatives to Military Strikes
by Sarah van Gelder
Many of the legal and diplomatic processes that led to peace in other times of conflict haven't even been tried yet in Syria.
11 Reasons Why We Should Not Attack Syria
by Sarah van Gelder
Remember the last time we were told military strikes were needed because a Middle Eastern despot had used weapons of mass destruction?
Why MLK's Dream Took on Poverty and War Along with Racism
by Drew Dellinger, Walter Dellinger
As some beat the drums for war with Syria on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it's important to remember the full scope of King's dream.
Why an Iraqi Single Mom Is Suing George W. Bush for War Crimes
by Corey Hill
An Iraqi single mom and a tech lawyer believe they can prove the Iraq War was a “crime of aggression” under U.S. law.
Restless Nation: The Real Meaning of Iran's Elections
by Stephen Zunes
Will the people of Iran get the reforms they asked for in electing the moderate Hassan Rouhani? The answer depends partly on them, and partly on the United States.
World-Healing Wisdom: Karen Armstrong’s Vision for a Compassionate Future
by Nadia Colburn
Armstrong believes that we can find the wisdom we need by looking to the origins of today’s world religions.
Meet the Refreshing Evangelical Who’s Leading a Revival—of “the Common Good”
by Sarah van Gelder
Pastor Jim Wallis has been arrested for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, builds bridges between polarized politicians, and pushes Christians to worry less about gay marriage and more about justice. And even better—there’s a whole new generation following his lead.
A Roadmap to a World Without Drone Proliferation?
by Ken Butigan
It’s not too late to forge a drone-free future. International treaties have already helped ban landmines and nuclear weapons testing—and could mitigate drone warfare’s worst atrocities.
How a Radical Group of American Nuns Shook Up the Vatican to Better the World
by Valerie Schloredt
“Band of Sisters” shows why a humble group of women fell under Vatican investigation for seeing the causes—not just the symptoms—of injustice.
Nerds, Jocks & Conscientious Objectors: The Hidden World of Israel’s High School War Resisters
by Sarah Lazare
High school's tough enough without having to face prison time for refusing to serve an occupation you know is wrong.
Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence?
by Frances Moore Lappe
Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.
Pope Francis: Good News for the Global South?
by Jim Wallis
The first pope chosen from outside Europe in a millennium lives in a small apartment, takes the bus, and calls out wealth inequality where he sees it. Can his vision change the Church?
Only the People of the United States Can End Israel’s Occupation
by Stephen Zunes
Many progressives breathed a sigh of relief when last month’s Israeli elections set the stage for a centrist coalition and not a far-right one. Yet peace will remain out of reach until the American people pressure the Obama Administration to end Israeli impunity.