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Can Egypt?s Zabaleen Trash Collectors Save Cairo from Environmental Disaster?
Cairo is an amazing place. I lived and went to school in this city of over 9 million in the early 1990s. On top of the recent governmental conflict and unrest, it’s a city that has for a long time been devastated by pollution and environmental problems. The smog alone is a constant irritant to the senses.
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Mandela?s Vision for Ecumenical Economic Engagement
Here’s a key section from a speech given by Nelson Mandela in 1998 at the World Council of Churches:
At the end of a century that has taught that peace is the greatest weapon in development, we cannot afford to spare any effort to bring about a peaceful resolution of such conflicts.
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How John Locke Influenced Catholic Social Teaching
Joe Hargrave argues that John Locke and Pope Leo XIII have more in common than you might imagine:
It isn?t often that John Locke is mentioned in discussions of Catholic social teaching, unless it is to set him up as an example of all that the Church supposedly rejects. After all, Locke is considered one of the founders of a liberal and individualist political tradition that was rejected by the papacy in the 19th and 20th centuries. However, a closer examination of both Locke?s Two Treatises of Civil Government (FT & ST) and the papal encyclical that set modern Catholic social teaching in motion, Pope Leo XIII?s Rerum Novarum (RN), reveals that Locke was not a pure ?individualist? as many have assumed, nor was Rerum Novarum a categorical rejection of all things ?individual.? Rather, both Locke and Leo XIII craft their basic political arguments ? especially with respect to the right to private property ? based on the same assumptions about natural law, natural right, and Christian obligation.
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Moving Money From One Place To Another Is Not Economic Stimulus
The Obama Administration seems to think that moving money from one place to another constitutes economic stimulus. A Washington Times editorial points this out. First, the administration is pushing food stamps, or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), as a way to get the economy moving.
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Turkish leaders want to convert the Hagia Sophia back into a mosque
Jacob Resneck, Religion News Service
?If it is to reopen as a house of worship, then it should open as a Christian church,? the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew ? the Archbishop of Constantinople ? told Turkish newspaper Milliyet in February, saying that the Hagia Sophia had served as a Christian church for hundreds of years before Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.
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