Welfare Nation Alert: Disability Fund To Run Out Of Cash In Two Years
CAIR Calls for Evacuation of U.S. Citizens Trapped in Yemen
Muslim civil rights group says American Muslims, others seek help in leaving combat zone
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 3/31/15) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on Secretary of State John Kerry "to take immediate action to facilitate the evacuation of U.S. citizens and permanent residents trapped in Yemen."
In a letter to Secretary Kerry, CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper wrote in part:
"We have already received reports of U.S. citizens seeking escape from Yemen because of the increasingly deadly situation.SEE: Why isn't America evacuating its citizens in Yemen? (PRI)
Yemen Evacuation Shows Chinese Navy's Growing Role (NY Times)
India Sends 5 Ships, 4 Planes to Evacuate Indians Stranded in Yemen
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR Communications Manager Amina Rubin, 202-341-4171, email@example.com
This final reflection in our series on Pope Francis' Lenten theme, From Indifference to Compassion, brings us to Holy Week and the Easter Triduum, the highpoint of our year as Christians.
But for those who are seriously ill, who may be weighed down with pain, and who are perhaps homebound, will this be a special week at all? And what about caregivers, who have so much to do, and who may not even have time to think about attending Holy Week services?
This sacred time need not be complicated. The heart of the Easter Triduum is the Cross of Christ and the Love with which he gave his life upon it, for each and every one of us! We can access the graces of Holy Week simply by meditating on the Cross as the proof of God's love.
Find a few minutes for quiet prayer. Take out your rosary, or pause before the crucifix in your home. Let these words of two Popes penetrate deep into your heart...
"You are the crucified Christ amongst us. It is one thing to look at a Crucifix, it is another to look at a sick man, woman or child who is crucified within their disease: you are Christ's living flesh."
These words were spoken by Pope Francis to a group of sick people in Naples, Italy, on March 21. They communicate incredible reverence for the dignity of each and every sick person:
YOU ARE THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST AMONG US!
Your life and your sufferings have tremendous meaning. Don't ever doubt that. You are a special presence of Christ for everyone you know. Thank you for allowing us to accompany you on your own very personal way of the Cross.
For caregivers, you are Simon of Cyrene and Veronica to the sick for whom you care with so much compassion. Thank you for your example in accompanying the sick, and in doing so, for attesting to the dignity of the human person, especially in his weakness and vulnerability.
"Man is worth so much to God that he himself became man in order to suffer with man in an utterly real way - in flesh and blood - as is revealed to us in ... Jesus' Passion."
Commenting on this insight of Pope Benedict XVI another author wrote, "The price Christ paid to redeem us was inestimable: his own life, and the shedding of his own blood, down to the last drop. We are worth all the blood of Christ."
You are worth all the blood of Christ, just as you are, in all your weakness and pain.
YOU ARE THE CRUCIFIED CHRIST AMONG US.
YOU ARE WORTH ALL THE BLOOD OF CHRIST.
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The Great Game in Afghanistan (Twenty-First-Century Update)
And the U.S. Is Losing Out
By Dilip Hiro
Call it an irony, if you will, but as the Obama administration struggles to slow down or halt its scheduled withdrawal from Afghanistan, newly elected Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is performing a withdrawal operation of his own. He seems to be in the process of trying to sideline the country’s major patron of the last 13 years -- and as happened in Iraq after the American invasion and occupation there, Chinese resource companies are again picking up the pieces.
Click here to read more of this dispatch.http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175975/tomgram%3A_dilip_hiro%2C_afghanistan%27s_china_card/#more
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It would be profoundly in the interest of citizens throughout the region if Sunnis and Shias weren’t intent on killing each other. And although it would not solve the entire problem, if we were able to get Iran to operate in a responsible fashion—not funding terrorist organizations, not trying to stir up sectarian discontent in other countries, and not developing a nuclear weapon—you could see an equilibrium developing between Sunni, or predominantly Sunni, Gulf states and Iran in which there’s competition, perhaps suspicion, but not an active or proxy warfare.Of course, that was at best an overly optimistic take on prospects at the time. The interview came before IS forces swept from their Syrian bases into Iraq and eventually to the outskirts of Baghdad and Erbil, prompting Tehran to rush military aid and advisers in support of the Baghdad government. It also happened well before the Houthis, in alliance with Yemen’s powerful (and extremely wealthy) ex-president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, ousted the U.S.- and Saudi-backed government of interim President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, eventually marching to the very gates of Aden. This Houthi offensive prompted the military intervention of the Saudi-led and U.S.-backed coalition forces, which according to Riyadh’s account, will eventually include at least 10 other Sunni-led nations.http://www.lobelog.com/obama-in-the-middle-east-condominium-or-equilibrium/
WPR Articles March 23, 2015 - March 27, 2015
The U.S. Department of the Interior is due to decide this week if Royal Dutch Shell can restart drilling for oil off the coast of Alaska after it was forced to shut down operations in 2012. In an interview, Robert Huebert, an associate professor at the University of Calgary, discussed Arctic drilling amid the slump in global oil prices.
The EU intends its recently launched European Agenda on Migration to be a comprehensive new policy approach to trafficking, labor migration and asylum issues. But the potential inclusion of overseas asylum centers, proposed by Italy, has many concerned about the human rights and legal ramifications.
Last year, Laos announced it would go ahead with the second of two massive dams on the Lower Mekong River over the objections of its neighbors. Despite these contentious decisions, however, the widespread fear that up to 11 ecologically devastating dams are inevitable is looking less and less certain.
Venezuela is one country where U.S. foreign policy under President Barack Obama had struck the right tone—until a few weeks ago. The Obama administration has issued an executive order targeting top Venezuelan officials for sanctions, playing directly into President Nicolas Maduro’s hands.
A preliminary agreement between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia on sharing the Nile is about a lot more than water. It may signal a seismic shift in the politics of northeastern Africa and could lead to a new axis of cooperation to manage, it not resolve, conflicts in one of the world’s most turbulent regions.
Barack Obama’s influence on the future of U.S. foreign policy is shrinking as he nears the end of his presidency. But he might use his leverage over U.N. diplomacy to push through deals on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Iran’s nuclear program. If he does, the U.N. could struggle to deliver.
On April 15, Faure Gnassingbe will be seeking a third term as Togo’s president. Though permitted by Togo’s constitution, his candidacy is contested by the opposition, concerned by what it calls the “confiscation of power” by a man whose family has ruled the country for over 40 years.
As in other parts of the world, most prison systems in sub-Saharan Africa are abusive. This article looks at examples from Uganda, Sierra Leone, Namibia and South Africa in order to better understand the challenges facing the continent’s prison systems and the possible paths to reform.
With the deadline for a framework agreement on Iran’s nuclear program fast approaching, critical players have been expressing opposition to a deal they perceive as too lenient. In this context, the role played by Russia and China in the negotiations could prove critical for the success of any deal.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos appears to be in the final stretch toward reaching a peace agreement with the FARC. The main concern now is that Santos’ immediate predecessor, former President Alvaro Uribe, has been relentless in his opposition to an eventual accord.
Will there be a draft of a final agreement to end the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program by the self-imposed deadline at the end of this month? Moreover, is such an agreement a good idea? How one answers these questions depends on one’s perception and tolerance of risk.
A professor from New York University was recently barred from entering the United Arab Emirates, where the school has a new campus, after he criticized the country’s labor practices. In an interview, Stephen Wilkins of Plymouth University discussed the challenges facing Western satellite campuses.
In the wake of recent violence in the Central African Republic, the United Nations announced today that it is sending an additional 1,000 peacekeepers to the war-torn country. In an interview, the Brookings Institution's Amadou Sy discussed the political and security situation in CAR.
Differences between the U.S. and Israel over a deal on Iran’s nuclear program reflect how recent changes in the Middle East have created a fundamental divergence of U.S. and Israeli strategic interests. Far from being transient, the resulting disconnect is destined to be enduring.
Since the creation of the all-volunteer force in 1973, finding enough recruits has been a constant challenge for the U.S. military. While the problem has been unfolding for several years, the military now faces an impending crisis as the services find it harder and harder to fill their ranks.