Book Review: The Spirit of Peace by Mary Gray

This review orginally appeared on the Independent Catholic News http://www.indcatholicnews.com/news.php?viewStory=27470 Book: ‘The Spirit of Peace’ by Mary Grey Rebecca Tinsley ‘THE SPIRIT OF PEACE: Pentecost and Affliction in the Middle East’ by Mary Grey Sacristy Press, 2015-05-17 In 1922 Christians made up 51% of the population of Jerusalem. Now, only 2% of Palestinians are Christian. In “The Spirit of Peace” the theologian Mary Grey explores the decimation of this ancient community, linking it with the recent sectarian cleansing of Christians from Syria, Iraq and Egypt. “They discovered they were invisible,” she concludes, “unacknowledged, dismissed, denounced or forgotten by fellow Christians throughout the world, especially in the United States.” Yet, Grey also puts their suffering in the…

Sheep and Goats in the Places that Don’t Matter

SHEEP AND GOATS IN THE PLACES THAT DON’T MATTER Central Africa’s problems are symptomatic of a wider malaise in the undeveloped world It may sound harsh, but some countries don’t matter inpurely geopolitical terms. However, one of the world’s more obscure places, Chad, is emerging as an unlikely player in the war on terror. Click the link below for the full article. interLib201503

Sudan: nodding through a dictator’s re-election

Next week sees elections in Sudan. But there’s one thing wrong—we already know the outcome. The human cost: a child growing up in one of the biggest camps for internally displaced persons in north Darfur. Flickr / United Nations Photo. Some rights reserved. Sudan’s presidential and parliamentary elections take place as opposition figures rot in jail and the government’s campaign of ‘ethnic cleansing’ makes it dangerous, if not impossible, for millions to vote. Newspapers are routinely confiscated and peaceful protest is crushed with unhesitating brutality. Respectable international election-monitoring organisations are unlikely to be present, because few conditions for a credible election exist. Nevertheless, after the 13-15 April poll, the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) will…

Africa Views – Four years later – was the ICC right to indict Sudan’s Bashir?

By Olivia Warham,  Waging Peace Four years ago today, President Bashir of Sudan gained the dubious distinction of being the first head of state indicted by the International Criminal Court. When the indictment was announced it was greeted with spontaneous celebrations in Darfuri refugee camps, and by the Darfuri diaspora worldwide. Finally, the survivors of Bashir’s systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing hoped justice was at hand.  Until that moment, no manner of peace agreement could be sufficient without the delivery of justice. Yet, four years on, Bashir continues to ethnically cleanse Sudan’s non-Arab population with impunity. He has also extinguished any hope of an Arab Spring, brutally crushing internal dissent, and harassing brave civil society leaders within the Arab population. Despite being…

Why is the Arab League silent about Darfur?

BY MAGDY EL-BAGHDADY PUBLISHED 16 NOVEMBER 2012 11:37 Newstatesman.com   This week, the Arab League met for its annual ministerial summit and issued a condemnation of Israel for bombing a weapons factory in Sudan. Israel has not admitted destroying the Yarmouk facility on 23 October, because it never confirms or denies such military operations. However, it is accepted by the international community that Israel is the perpetrator. It is also widely believed both inside Sudan and beyond that Yarmouk was making weapons both for and on behalf of Iran, and smuggling them to Hamas in Gaza. Arab and Muslim countries have responded swiftly and with a united voice, expressing outrage at Israel’s actions. Yet, for almost…

A Letter to President Obama

Download a letter to President Obama to encourage him to take action on Darfur. PresidentObama

It is Time to Point the Finger of Blame

Written by Rebecca Tinsley with Olivia Warham of Waging Peace. Appeared originally in the Sudan Trubune Less than a year after South Sudan gained independence, some are already preparing to write its obituary. Before the January 2011 referendum, many of us predicted things would go badly unless the international community, in its role as midwife to the new nation, ensured that outstanding elements of the 2005 peace deal were resolved. These elements were not minor matters: the location of the border, how much South Sudan would pay to tranship oil across Sudan, and who was a citizen. However, everyone was in a hurry to complete the secession process and the split went ahead with the…