"I'm what the world considers to be a phenomenally successful man. And I've failed much more than I've succeeded.
And each time I fail, I get my people together, and I say, "Where are we going?" And it starts to get better." - Calvin Trager

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The Rev. Mike Kinman
Executive Director
Episcopalians for Global Reconciliation
Age: 38

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why not do some cool stuff

  • Watch the Make Poverty History videos
  • Watch Sara McLachlan's "World on Fire" video
  • Take a seat at Oxfam America's Hunger Banquet
  • Look at the "Eight Ways to Change The World" photo exhibition
  • See how rich you are on the Global Rich List
  • Make a promise to do something cool -- and get people to do it with you
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    People who show us What One Person Can Do
  • Liza Koerner (Teaching soccer and doing mission work in Costa Rica)
  • Erica Trapps (Raising money so Tanzanian children can go to school -- check out her photo gallery)

    What's happening in Sudan might
    surprise (and shock) you

  • Episcopal Diocese of Lui
  • South Sudanese Friends International
  • The Sudan Tribune
  • SudanReeves -- research, analysis and advocacy
  • Save Darfur
  • Darfur: a genocide we can stop

    For your daily fix on the irreverent...
  • Jesus of the Week
  • The Onion

    Interesting People Who Are Great To Read
  • Beth Maynard's excellent U2 sermons blog
  • Global Voices Online
  • Neha Viswanathan - poetry, commentary, humor, reflections

    Some interesting organizations and programs
  • Borgen Project - poverty reduction through political accountability
  • CARE
  • Center of Concern
  • DATA: Debt, AIDS and Trade in Africa (Bono's site)
  • El Circulo de Mujeres/Circle of Women
  • Engineering Ministries International
  • Episcopal Peace Fellowship
  • Episcopal Relief and Development
  • FreshMinistries
  • Global Campaign Against Poverty
  • Global Ministries
  • Global Work Ethic Fund -- Promoting philanthropy and fundraising in developing and transition countries.
  • Karen Emergency Relief Fund
  • Magdalene House
  • The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence
  • Natural Capitalism
  • NetMarkAid - Humanitarian Entrepreneurs
  • North American Association for the Diaconate
  • Peace Child International
  • People Building Peace
  • Project Honduras
  • Results - Creating political will to end hunger
  • St. Paul's Institute
  • Stop Global AIDS
  • TakingITGlobal -- connecting youth for action in local and global communities
  • Tanzania Educational AIDS Mission
  • TEAR (Transformation, Empowerment, Advocacy, Relief) - An Australian Christian anti-poverty movement
  • Working For Change
  • Xigi.net -- an open-source tool to aid discovery in the capital markets that fund good.

    Some Episcopal churches and dioceses doing cool things
  • Companions of Swaziland - Diocese of Iowa's Companion Relationship
  • International Development Missions -- St. Paul's Church, Sparks, NV
  • The Malaria Villages Project - St. Paul's Church, West Whiteland, PA

    Must-read books and websites about them
  • What Can One Person Do: faith to heal a broken world -- Sabina Alkire & Edmund Newell
  • The End of Poverty -- Jeffrey Sachs

    Learn more about things you really should know more about
  • UN Millenium Development Goals
  • The Millennium Campaign
  • AIDS Matters - a resource for global AIDS professionals
  • Christian Aid's in-depth report: "Millennium Lottery: Who lives and who dies in an age of third world debt?"
  • Foreign Policy In Focus
  • Poverty Mapping
  • Solutions for a water-short world
  • Transparency International: The global coalition against corruption
  • UNICEF's State of The World's Children report 2005

    General cool and/or goofy stuff
  • Alicebot chat robot
  • Bono Quotes -- but what's really wild is that it's from a page on Boycottliberalism.com!
  • Buffy Slanguage
  • Big Bunny

    Useful web tools
  • Gcast - make your own podcast
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  • Friday, September 15, 2006

    U.N. says Southern Sudan peace agreement in trouble

    Below is an interesting and troubling article from Reuters. Of particular note is the Khartoum's government not living up to monitoring agreements in one oil-rich region ... as well as the paucity of respurces to meet the need of the southern Sudanese and the increasing number of returning refugees.Also note Kofi Annan continuing to affirm the need of peace in Darfur to establish lasting peace in the south.

    I was listening to President Bush's press conference today and he spoke about Darfur ... called what is going on there a genocide and laid the blame squarely on the shoulders of the United Nations for lack of intervention. His exact words were:

    "I'm frustrated with the United Nations in regards to Darfur. I have said, and this government has said, there's genocide taking place in Sudan. And it breaks our collective hearts to know that. I'm troubled by reports I hear about escalating violence. I can understand the desperation people feel for women being pulled out of these refugees centers and raped. And now is the time for the U.N. to act." (Source: CNN.com)

    (To this, I mused that his administration seemed to have no problems intervening in other places using high-sounding phrases like "Operation Iraqi Freedom" but where people are not only being oppressed but butchered by the tens of thousands, we wring our hands as if powerless.). The president is going to be heading to the U.N. to speak to the General Assembly. Since he seems unwilling (or unable because we are spread so thin militarily) to send U.S. troops into Darfur on a mercy mission to stop the slaughter, let us pray that the President does indeed use his bully pulpit to urge a strong U.N. response that doesn't buy into the stalling tactics of the Khartoum government.

    We lose what little moral authority we might have left as a country if we supposedly champion freedom of some and ignore the slaughter of others based on strategic interest and natural resources.

    Anyway, enough commentary ... to the article!


    UN says southern Sudan peace agreement in trouble
    By Evelyn Leopold

    UNITED NATIONS, Sept 13 (Reuters) - A peace pact that ended a
    21-year civil war in southern Sudan appears to be crumbling, with
    important pledges ignored or circumvented, according to a report by
    U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan late on Tuesday.

    The January 2005 agreement, if implemented, could signal a major
    change in Sudan, including power and wealth sharing and integrating
    security forces.

    But some of the basic tenets, including election planning and
    dividing oil revenues have not been met, as set out in the
    Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between the Khartoum government
    and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement, the report to the
    U.N. Security Council said.

    "While they are observing their security commitments reasonably
    well, the implementation of several other major provisions of this
    agreement has fallen behind schedule," Annan wrote. "It is clear that
    implementing the CPA is a daunting challenge."

    The United Nations has some 10,000 peacekeepers in the south to
    monitor the agreement and help train police, human rights workers and
    provide other services.

    It has set up a radio station where there was none but the
    Khartoum government has ignored an agreement with the world body and
    refused to allow broadcasts in the north.

    Moreover, the U.N. Mission in Sudan, known as UNMIS, has not been
    permitted to monitor the oil-rich Abyei region. Sudan customs has also
    delayed the release "of a wide range of items, including food rations"
    and held some major communications equipment since February, the
    report said.

    In the impoverished south where paved roads are rare, some 370 km
    (230 miles) of roads have been repaired, contributing to the return of
    over 10,000 refugees, food aid to 3 million people and polio
    immunization of 4.8 million children, the report said.

    But donors have not lived up to their pledges, committing $430
    million of the $2.6 billion needed for reconstruction. Annan also said
    that multi-donor trust funds, administered by the World Bank, "have
    proved ill-suited to meet immediate post-conflict requirements."

    Still, Annan said that a durable peace in the south would not take
    hold until the crisis in the western region of Darfur had been
    resolved. In recent months fighting has increased between rebels and
    government-backed militia, with the Sudanese military sending in
    troops and bombing villages.

    Sudan has refused to allow the United Nations to take over
    peacekeeping duties in Darfur, now handled by under-financed and
    under-equipped African Union forces.
    Mike at 9/15/2006 12:15:00 PM

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