Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

From the Editors

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A YEARAGO we began "Drone Watch" on the God's Politics blog, reporting on various drone-related issues. It was a topic few were following at the time. This spring, drones finally broke into public awareness, with significant stories in the mainstream media. As we were going to press, President Obama delivered a major speech on counter terror- ism, calling drone killings "effective" and "legal" while acknowledging the need for broader oversight.

In this issue, as the public debate con- tinues, Steve Holt looks at the theological problems of drone warfare, David Swanson explains how Jerry Falwell's Liberty University became a leader in training pilots for US. drone wars, and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill puts drones in the context of a U.S. policy that is increasingly based on covert wars around the world.

Violence and instability continue to plague the Middle East. A Christian member of the Egyptian upper house of Parliament talks about pressure on Egypt's Christian minority and the challenge of preventing the Arab Spring from descend- ing into violence. …

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