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Iranians shocked by ‘Israel loves Iran’ Facebook initiativeIranians respond to Israeli Facebook initiative: Israel, we love you too

  Iranians shocked by ‘Israel loves Iran’ Facebook initiative New York Times, Washington Post report on the initiative started by two Israelis who sent a Facebook message to Iranians last Thursday saying, ‘We will never bomb your country. We love you.’   A week ago, fear and hatred seemed to dominate the Middle East. Then, a simple online call for peace turned those sentiments upside down – at least briefly. The trigger was the Facebook message two Israelis sent to Iranians last Thursday: “We will never bomb your...
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Does Obama need the Catholic vote?

  A very interesting voter analysis has been done by Mark Gray of CARA (Centerfor Applied Research in the Apostolate) at Georgetown University. He can be reached at 202-687-0885 or...
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D and P takes huge hit

  It’s taken awhile but Catholics and their leaders are beginning to protest against draconian cuts made by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. The organization, created in the 1960s by Canada’s Catholic bishops, has been a long-time partner in development in development with CIDA – but much less so now. As I reported on March 19, CIDA, which had provided Development and Peace with $44.6 million in the years 2006-11, has slashed that amount by two-thirds, to a total of $14.5 million over the next...
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Understanding Harper’s Evangelical Mission

  Any Canadian listening to the news these days might well conclude that the Republican extremists or some associated evangelical group has occupied Ottawa. And they’d be righter than Job, I believe. Almost daily, more evidence surfaces that Canada’s government is guided by tribalists averse to scientific reason in favour of Biblical fundamentalism — or what some call “evangelical religious skepticism.” First came Canada’s pull-out of the Kyoto agreement without any rational or achievable national plan to battle carbon pollution. Next came the hysterical and...
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