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Sowing peace in Jericho

Palestinian territories | A once-militant Palestinian now fights disillusionment among his people, one kindergartner at a time
by Sophia Lee
Posted 5/04/18, 09:49 am

As Tass Saada charged with his Simonov rifle into the Battle of Karameh, he had one mission in mind: obliterate as many Jews as he could. From the battlefield of spurting blood and shredded limbs, the 17-year-old Palestinian and trained sniper spotted the ancient city of Jericho lying beyond the Jordan River. One day, he swore, he would win back his people’s homeland.

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Compassion on call

Disaster relief | Networking churches for disaster relief
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 3/01/18, 04:03 pm

Daniel Geraci is the founder and executive director of the Austin Disaster Relief Network of 175-plus churches. ADRN, which celebrates its ninth birthday in March, deploys volunteers after floods, hurricanes, and other disasters. Here are edited excerpts of an interview that took place in the Olasky living room and includes questions posed by the 10 members of the World Journalism Institute’s ninth mid-career course.

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Opioids in the boroughs

Drug Abuse | Learning about drug recovery on Staten Island and drug dealing among Baltimore police
by Emily Belz
Posted 1/30/18, 06:41 pm

A New York moment:

I’ve been working on a story about the opioid epidemic, traveling around the city to see what responses are working and what aren’t after a year or two of sustained public attention. One striking pattern is how few Christian residential programs exist in the city, despite the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who struggle with opioid addiction. (Some 43,000 are on maintenance drugs like methadone or Suboxone.)

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