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Letter From Abyei: Neither North Nor South

foreignaffairs.com — "We have been made promises time and time again" said Deng Arop, the chief administrator of Sudan's contested Abyei region, referring to the many unimplemented international agreements on the status of this area straddling what may soon be the border between North and South Sudan. "What options do the people of Abyei have left?"

Special Report: The wonks who sold Washington on South Sudan

reuters.com — WASHINGTON In the mid-1980s, a small band of policy wonks began convening for lunch in the back corner of a dimly lit Italian bistro in the U.S. capital. After ordering beers, they would get down to business: how to win independence for southern Sudan, a war-torn place most American politicians had never heard of.

Orlando, and the honest truth

catholicvote.org — It's been a few days since the massacre at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida. During that time, all the usual things, plus one unusual thing, has happened. Americans have responded with an outpouring of support and help for the victims and their families. News networks have gone on a 24/7 orgy of talking-headism, each of...

Planned Parenthood: We Still Charge for Whole Dead Babies

catholicvote.org — Planned Parenthood announced this week that it will stop accepting payment for human body parts. The announcement comes after the release of several videos that show Planned Parenthood executives selling specific body parts, such as a heart or a liver, usually for around $50 per body part.

Vatican’s firing of gay priest puts “Who am I to Judge” to the test

catholicvote.org — Today, on the eve of the Synod on the Family, a Polish priest who works-or rather, worked-in the Vatican decided to announce that he's gay and has a partner. In an interview with "Corriere della Sera, " Msgr.

All the Christians, Stand Up

catholicvote.org — A shooter says, All the Christians stand up. Would you stand? Would I? I've lived long enough to learn a few things about myself. One of them is that when I am under physical attack, I tend to freeze. I do really well if the situation requires moral courage.

Look at what we learn from Planned Parenthood when they’re under oath

catholicvote.org — It took testifying under oath to get Cecile Richards (CEO of Planned Parenthood) to tell the truth about what Planned Parenthood does. - She confessed that abortion does not account for "3 percent of their business" as previously regurgitated, but in fact a full 86 percent of their non-tax funded revenue.

Refusal to Print Pro-Life Flyer is Rude, but Legal

catholicvote.org — Ok. So Office Depot refused to print a flier outlining some public facts about Planned Parenthood, in particular its funding. The flier also contained a prayer for the conversion of Planned Parenthood, along with a call for prayer and fasting. That's not exactly bomb-throwing stuff.

Jailing Elected Officials Threatens Democracy, Risks Judicial Dictatorship

catholicvote.org — Kim Davis, Democrat, went to jail rather than violate her Christian values. For this, she is getting hammered by those who think they own the Democratic Party and can decide who gets to be a "real" Democrat. Donald Trump, Republican, supports sending her to jail.

It is a Great Gift to Carry the Cross of Someone You Love

ncregister.com — Mama slipped through my hands. It was as if her bones were strands of boiled spaghetti, as if she was liquid rather than solid. I fought the fall all the way down. She landed in a sprawl against the oxygen machine, her head wedged between it and the portable potty.
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