The Africa Faith & Justice Network, TASSC International and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Justice & Peace Office Demand Good Governance and Human Rights on U.S.-Africa Policy Agenda

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WASHINGTON, D.C. August 6, 2014) – The Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN) and TASSC (Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition) International call on the United States government to make Good Governance and Human Rights in Africa a priority in the U.S.-Africa policy agenda.
WASHINGTON, D.C. August 6, 2014) – The Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN) and TASSC (Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition) International call on the United States government to make Good Governance and Human Rights in Africa a priority in the U.S.-Africa policy agenda)

The first U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit hosted by President Obama in Washington, DC on August 4-6, to enhance U.S.-Africa relations, widen U.S. trade, heighten development and security ties and highlight America’s commitment to Africa’s democratic development and its people is of historical significance. The Summit provides a unique opportunity for the United States to put the democratic principles, a value the United States holds so dear, on the continental scale.

The Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN), dedicated to advocating for, and promoting responsible and just U.S. relations with Africa, calls for the enforcement of presidential term limits in Africa, multi-party systems, and strengthening civil society groups and citizen participation in politics. As of this Summit, five African Heads of States have collectively been in power for 163 years and still maneuvering to stay in power. We call on African leaders to respect the rule of law, their countries’ constitutional provisions for presidential term limits, and to provide space for citizens’ participation in the political process. These are essential to good governance and the promotion of peace in Africa. Continue reading The Africa Faith & Justice Network, TASSC International and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Justice & Peace Office Demand Good Governance and Human Rights on U.S.-Africa Policy Agenda

Pope Francis ‘unblocks’ Cause of Archbishop Romero

Independent Catholic News

Archbishop Romero
Archbishop Romero

Archbishop Romero
On the flight back from South Korea yesterday, Pope Francis discussed a number of issues with journalists accompanying his visit – among them the subject of the Cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero. The BBC report that the pontiff said: “For me Romero is a man of God…There are no doctrinal problems and it is very important that [the beatification] is done quickly.”

The BBC added that Pope Francis said the Cause of Archbishop Romero which had been “blocked out of prudence” by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith but has now been “unblocked.”

Huffington Post note that Pope Francis suggested that he wants to expand the church’s concept of martyrdom to include a broader field of candidates. They quote Pope Francis saying: “What I would like is that they clarify when there’s a martyrdom for hatred of the faith – for confessing the faith – as well as for doing the work for the other that Jesus commands.”

For more information on Archbishop Romero see: http://www.romerotrust.org.uk/

 

‘Not for Shale’: UK Protesters Launch Widespread Actions Against Fracking’

Common Dreams

Targeting both industry and government, series of direct actions kicks off week-long anti-fracking camp in Blackpool, England

By Lauren McCauley, staff writer

 

Holding a banner that reads "Not for Shale," hundreds of anti-fracking protesters marched in Lancashire, England on Sunday. (Photo: No Dash for Gas)
Holding a banner that reads “Not for Shale,” hundreds of anti-fracking protesters marched in Lancashire, England on Sunday. (Photo: No Dash for Gas)

Targeting everything from government offices and university research facilities to gas company headquarters and fracking sites, hundreds of concerned citizens across the United Kingdom on Monday unleashed a series of direct actions calling attention to the government-backed push to “frack the future” of the UK.

The coordinated demonstrations kicked off a six-day “[ http://www.nodashforgas.org.uk/press-releases/media-advisory-anti-fracking-action-blackpool-starts-thursday-details-revealed/ ]Reclaim the Power” camp in Blackpool, England at which over 1000 people including a coalition of climate, social and economic activists are expected to join. During the event, participants will take part in protests as well hold workshops to “connect the dots” between various government and industry efforts to expand shale gas drilling in the UK and “challenge the undemocratic, unjust and unsustainable system” to implement more sustainable energy solutions instead. Continue reading ‘Not for Shale’: UK Protesters Launch Widespread Actions Against Fracking’