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Rampant human trafficking in Malaysia became an international controversy when Malaysia was upgraded from blacklist to tier 2 watch list in the “Trafficking in Persons Report” (TIP) only so Malaysia could be included in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is an international trade agreement between 12 Pacific Rim countries. “The TIP report is sacred, and it represents the US efforts in human rights,” said Representative David Cicilline during the hearing, “Demanding Accountability...

 

Columban staff and interns met with Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, Tuesday afternoon to discuss the spirituality of peace, the power of non-violence, and ways to get involved in conflict transformation. Through Marie’s inspiring words and vast knowledge, we were able to witness the work of pacifist minds around the world. During our discussion, Marie asked an important question: Why do we prefer non-violence as a method of resolving conflicts rather than the use of...

 

“If we want security, let us give security.” Bishop Seitz quoted Pope Francis as he was testifying on the hearing titled, “Ongoing Migration from Central America: An Examination of FY2015 Apprehensions.” The hearing was hosted by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The focus was the Central American children and families who cross the southern border. Through the testimony of the witnesses, I learned about the current situation for children making...

 

On October 13, 2015, I had the good fortune to attend a panel on “Islam, Culture and Sexism: What Needs to Change?” held by U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). I left with a hope that one day equality between men and women would be appreciated across all religions and traditions. During the panel, I learned that blurring religious and cultural lines can negatively affect everyone. Take Islam for example. The traditional understanding of men as providers and protectors may lead men to act aggressively...

 

In September thousands of people celebrated the Festival of Families in Philadelphia with Pope Francis. “We are celebrating the Feast of the Family. Families have a citizenship which is divine. The identity card that they have is given to them by God. So that within the heart of the family, truth, goodness and beauty can truly grow,” said the pope in his speech at the Festival.  While the pope emphasized the sacredness of family unity, however, many migrant families are still separated and locked up in family detention centers. Family is one of the foundations of...

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