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James Wall served as a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois, from 1999 through 2017. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over the years, including politics, cinema, media, American culture, and the political struggles in the Middle East. He has made more than 20 trips to that region as a journalist, during which he covered such events as Anwar Sadat's 1977 trip to Jerusalem, and the 2006 Palestinian legislative election. He has interviewed, and written about, journalists, religious leaders, political leaders and private citizens in the region.
Jim served for two years on active duty in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF (inactive) reserve. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
SHARE Sunday, August 11, 2019 Love, Not Hate, Must Follow the Amens
It is now August, 2019, and this nation has just lived through two more mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. We have once again had our mourning and our anger. Once again, we insist, this is not who we are. We are wrong. Once again, the hate and fear that divides us clings to hate not love. We put an end to prayers and in the spirit of a revenge-seeking John Wayne, we choose hate and denial.
SHARE Monday, July 8, 2019 2020 Choice: "In Your Face" or "Weasel Words"
Trump is currently in power and he uses that power to satisfy Zionists. The absurdity of his current economic plan, designed to buy off the Palestinians' quest for freedom, was a non-starter. That is the best we are going to see from his "in your face" diplomacy. The other option for Palestine will be the Democratic "weasel word" nominee.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 2, 2019 Samia Khoury and Trump's Deal of the Century
I first met Samia Khoury when I attended a board meeting of the Palestinian Sabeel organization. We have remained in touch through our blogs and through personal notes. Through these exchanges with Samia, she has kept me informed on the politics and cultural life of Palestine.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 17, 2019 Israel Creates A New Political Normal
Benjamin Netanyahu has served as Israel's prime minister for 13 years and 64 days as of May 16, 2019. He has just been reelected to a new term, which means that two months from now, July 17, he will become the longest serving Prime Minister in Israel's history.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, January 14, 2019 "There is No Crisis at the Border"
The crisis in our nation is the one created by those members of Congress who lack the moral courage to resist the President of the United States, a man so emotionally stunted he does not care what damage he causes by demanding he get his way.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 26, 2018 "One Bright Shining Moment"
Somewhere in this land of ours, there are leaders like George McGovern. They are out there, men and women with a strong moral compass who envision politics as a calling. Watch for, and work for such leaders. This is no time to despair. The miasma can be lifted.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 3, 2018 A Sequel: The Best Film Ever Made About Politics
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance demands that viewers remember it as a work of political art. The Shinbone editor was wrong in Ford's 1964 film, and he would be wrong today when he asserts, "When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Thanksgiving Good News from Palestine
In spite of having to live under an Israeli military occupation run by an authoritarian politician named Netanyahu, there is positive news for the civilized world to include when joining our American rite of giving thanks this season.
(5 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 31, 2018 "Hate Is on the Ballot Next Week"
If you are an American voter and your ballot is not cast by closing time on Tuesday, November 6, you will have missed participating in the most momentous political event of modern times. And never fail to vote and get others to vote. A non-vote in this election is a vote for hate.
SHARE Tuesday, October 23, 2018 Israel's Uri Avnery Dies Too Soon at 94
Uri Avnery died at age 94 on August 20, 2018, two weeks after a stroke sent him to a Tel Aviv hospital. He died too soon. Israel, Palestine, and the world, still need his passionate voice and stern guidance. We also need his Jewish presence at events. Uri Avnery wrote his final column for publication on August 4, 2018.
SHARE Thursday, September 13, 2018 Trump and the Repackaged Oslo Accord
We live in a world saturated by the manifestation of evil. Genesis tells the origin story. The story starts with Adam succumbing to the temptation of desire for the forbidden. The Creator surely knew the decision to allow freedom of will would produce evil. Every succeeding generation has had to live with the consequences of that decision.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Ahed Tamimi Completes High School in Prison
In her quiet, polished manner, Ahed also gave Israel what it dreaded, a heavy blow to its already-staggered public image of what is now a self-named Jewish state. She has become a symbol of both Israel's 70-year Occupation, and Palestine's future, by quietly serving her eight-month sentence for slapping an Israel soldier.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 22, 2018 When Trump and Bibi Depart, "Pray For the Fish"
Netanyahu is the Donald Trump of the Mediterranean. Both men are driven by a desperate need for political and economic power for its own sake, coupled with an equally strong need to be loved. Donald wants the love for himself and his family. Bibi seeks love for himself and his tribe.
SHARE Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Judge Kavanaugh Was Certified by Leonard Leo
The choice of Kavanaugh was not made by Trump. It was made by Leonard Leo, a vice president of the conservative Federalist Society, and one of the most important inside players in the conservative legal movement and the man to see for those who aspire to sit on the nation's highest courts.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 21, 2018 Living Through a Nightmare "With a Little Help from My Friends"
Things are far worse, now that Donald Trump and Bibi Netanyahu have seized biblical literalism and turned it into a weapon of war for Satan. These two monsters have transformed God and Country into frightful forces for evil. Pause with me to meditate on that fact. In time we may wake up. Or not.
SHARE Thursday, May 24, 2018 This Bishop Is Not Finished With Us Yet
Presiding Episcopal Bishop Michael Curry, preacher and activist, is not done with us yet. Journalist E.J. Dionne, Jr. is not done with us either. Nor is presidential historian Jon Meacham. They each know the need for morality in politics. They "get it."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 17, 2018 A Child Dies In The Killing Fields of Gaza
In this nightmare of Orwellian reality in which we live, Israel's occupying military force continues its death-dealing ways and calls it a side. Bibi Netanyahu, grinning ear to ear, ordering Israeli soldiers to secure themselves behind safe mounds on the Gaza "border," and fire into Palestinian crowds, who were protesting their imprisonment.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, May 11, 2018 "Surely Goodness and Mercy Shall Follow Me"
In Paddington, the original film, young Paddington settles permanently into the welcoming Brown home. Infused with the goodness embedded in him by his Creator, then sustained, initially, by the Creator's helpmate, Aunt Lucy, Paddington's goodness encounters evil in the form of someone who wants to exploit him.
SHARE Sunday, April 29, 2018 Fox News and the Division of America
Trump is a President who divides -- a President who shows not the slightest indication that he wants to unite this nation. He knows from polling that he has a "base," a segment of the American public loyal to his worldview based on fear of outsiders, liberal government and dislike for non-whites.