European and North American Bishops call for end to violence in Gaza

Independent Catholic News
Stop the violence!  Stop the killing!  Start to build peace!
Over and over again we heard these cries during the ninth visit of the Coordination of Episcopal Conferences to the Mother Church of Jerusalem in this divided and suffering land.  The violence in Gaza was on everyone’s minds and lips. We heard directly about the human tragedy from the parish priest of Gaza, Father Manawel Musallam. Continue reading European and North American Bishops call for end to violence in Gaza

Israel, Palestine and the Hypocrisies of Power – an interview with Noam Chomsky

New Internationalist – August 20, 2007
In the course of an interview given to the Lambeth and Wandsworth (London) branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign in July 2007, the celebrated American intellectual and activist Noam Chomsky provided a devastating insight into what lies behind the continuing conflict – and could lead to the death of the Palestinian nation itself, if the ‘rejectionists’ are allowed to prevail against overwhelming public opinion, East and West. Continue reading Israel, Palestine and the Hypocrisies of Power – an interview with Noam Chomsky

DR Congo doctor is ‘top African’

BBC

Denis Mukwege hopes his award will highlight Congolese women's plight
Denis Mukwege hopes his award will highlight Congolese women's plight

A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo who treats women raped by combatants in the war-torn country has been named “African of the Year”.

Denis Mukwege, 53, who runs a clinic in Bukavu, has said all sides have “declared women their common enemy”.

He says his award from the Nigerian Daily Trust paper of $20,000 (£13,700) will be used to fund a centre to help rape victims rejoin society. His clinic receives an average of 10 new patients every day. Continue reading DR Congo doctor is ‘top African’

Kenya: State of emergency as hunger looms

Daily Nation
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One in every three Kenyans is in danger of starvation due to crop failure and the Government plans to declare the food shortage a national emergency.

The 10 million Kenyans who are suffering food shortages include 1.5 million children under the school feeding programme, 2.5 million people suffering from various diseases including HIV and Aids and orphans, and further 2.5 million poor people in towns. Continue reading Kenya: State of emergency as hunger looms

NUMBER OF HOMELESS FAMILIES CLIMBING DUE TO RECESSION:

Recovery Package Should Include New Housing Vouchers and Other Measures to Prevent Homelessness
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – Sent by Sr. Linda Bessom, SND
by Barbara Sard
Executive Summary
New data indicate that the number of homeless families with children has climbed in recent months and continues to mount.  Although the recovery package that Congress will consider in coming weeks is expected to include measures to restore several million jobs, an unusually large number of people are still likely to fall into severe poverty and to be at risk of homelessness, due to the depth of the recession.  As a result, it is important that the package include funding for effective homelessness prevention strategies.  Such measures could be included for a cost equal to just one-half of one percent of the cost of the overall package. Continue reading NUMBER OF HOMELESS FAMILIES CLIMBING DUE TO RECESSION:

DR Congo rebels ‘oust Gen Nkunda’

BBC

There has been no comment on the move yet from Gen Laurent Nkunda
There has been no comment on the move yet from Gen Laurent Nkunda

Senior commanders in the main rebel movement in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo say they have ousted their leader, General Laurent Nkunda.

CNDP officers told the BBC they had removed Gen Nkunda because of what they described as “bad governance”.

There has been no comment yet from Gen Nkunda and no independent confirmation.

The CNDP launched a major offensive in August, which displaced more than a quarter of a million people and raised fears of a wider regional war. Continue reading DR Congo rebels ‘oust Gen Nkunda’