Wider View Archive

The risky business of mining

February 2, 2016 Charissa Zehr

Democracy, transparency and good governance become catchphrases during political campaigns and election cycles. In Haiti, these issues contribute to the deepening debate around mining. As the legitimacy of Haiti’s government continues to be questioned, some of Mennonite Central Committee’s partner organizations have expressed concerns that a proposed mining law could be passed by presidential decree […]

Canada and the Arms Trade Treaty

January 22, 2016 Thirdway

By Jennifer Wiebe, Director of the Ottawa Office, MCC Canada During the marathon (by Canadian standards!) election campaign, the Liberal Party claimed its vision for “a more compassionate Canada”—a “sunnier” Canada that would re-engage multilateral institutions, re-invest in public diplomacy, and reverse the decline in foreign aid. Three months after their win, the Liberals have […]

Race and mass incarceration

January 19, 2016 Joshua Russell

Race and mass incarceration By Joshua Russell There are a plethora of injustices that need to be reformed in the U.S. criminal justice system. From harsh mandatory minimums to the many restrictions that are placed on people after their return from prison, reforms are desperately needed at every level. But it would be foolish and […]

Complexities in Nigeria’s democracy and development

December 30, 2015 Thirdway

By Cora Siebert, advocacy research intern for MCC Canada’s Ottawa Office. Nigeria’s presidential election in March 2015 was heralded in the media as a monumental turning point in the country’s political history. Local and international media alike deemed the election to be free and fair, resulting in Goodluck Jonathon willingly and peacefully transferring power to […]

Peace on earth, goodwill to all

December 24, 2015 Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach

By Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach Each year at Christmas we sing songs and read Scripture texts about the “little town” of Bethlehem. It is easy to get caught up in a sentimental version of Christmas, with a cozy manger scene and everyone gathered around, gazing tranquilly at the new baby. The reality was probably a lot […]

Should the church take sides or stay neutral with the #BlackLivesMatter movement?

December 17, 2015 Drew G. I. Hart

Originally posted Nov 25, 2015 by Drew G. I. Hart on his blog Taking Jesus Seriously at ChristianCentury.org The struggle has come near, so what should we do? When is it the right time to take sides, standing with those that live with the daily threat of violence, suffering, and death? Who decides? In the midst […]

Piecing a patchwork towards peace

December 11, 2015 Charissa Zehr

By Charissa Zehr The quilts were hung with care and pride at the front of the open-air pavilion where the graduation ceremony was to take place. The vivid colors and detailed piecework narrated the story of a community that was ripped apart and has worked their way back towards wholeness, piece by piece. On one […]

Hopes and concerns: Canada’s involvement in Haiti

December 1, 2015 Thirdway

By Rebekah Sears, MCC Ottawa Office policy analyst I love watching our Canadian political processes unfold: elections, tracking the promises, critiquing the results, the whole game of politics. In a time of transition – a change in Prime Minister and also a change in the governing party – there are endless things to watch and […]

Paris climate talks could be a turning point

November 27, 2015 Tammy Alexander

Tammy Alexander, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office During the next two weeks, we could see an important turning point in global efforts to address the causes and effects of climate change. From November 30 through December 11, delegates from 195 countries will meet outside Paris, France, and, for the first time in more than […]

Responding to the Syria crisis

November 12, 2015 Thirdway

By Katherine Crosby As civil war in Syria continues, the accompanying humanitarian crisis continues to grow. More than half of Syria’s population has either left the country to seek safety or remains displaced within Syrian borders. Those who attempt the journey abroad face transportation controlled by a $26 billion smuggling industry, spending large sums of […]