War & Peace

The United States remains the world’s top spender on defense, but it has reduced its commitment to peace-building initiatives. (iStock/guvendemir)
Kevin Clarke February 08, 2019
A new report says that military budgets continue to spiral upward, but global spending on peace initiatives is already low and is further endangered by domestic politics.
Pope Francis, right, and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar Ahmed el-Tayeb pose for a photo at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Gerard O’Connell February 04, 2019

“There is no alternative: We either build the future together or there will not be a future,” Pope Francis said frankly in an important keynote address to participants at the high-level inter-religious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 4.

A makeshift camp for internally displaced people near Sanaa, Yemen, on Jan. 28. The United Nations says one child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen. (CNS photo/Khaled Abdullah, Reuters)
Gerard O’Connell February 03, 2019
A Saudi Arabia-led coalition, of which the U.A.E. is a member, has so far not respected international accords to help end a crisis in which 10 million people risk starvation.
A soldier inside a Roman Catholic cathedral in Jolo, the capital of Sulu province in the southern Philippines, after two bombs exploded on Jan. 27. (WESMINCOM Armed Forces of the Philippines Via AP)
The Associated Press January 27, 2019

JOLO, Philippines (AP) — Two bombs minutes apart tore through a Roman Catholic cathedral on a southern Philippine island where Muslim militants are active, killing at least 20 people and wounding 111 others during a Sunday Mass, officials said.

Emma Winters January 25, 2019
Members of the Oyneg Shabes wanted to write their own history, a Jewish history, in stark contrast to Nazi Germany’s propaganda.
Protestors march to support a U.N. anti-corruption commission in Guatemala City on Jan. 6. Photo by Jackie McVicar.
Jackie McVicar January 18, 2019
“What they are doing not only puts Guatemala at risk but the entire region. Bit by bit, for more than a year, they have been trying to divide us. The elections are at risk. We are six months away.”