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From the Valley to the Summit: Coca and Cauca — May 20, 2014
by James Patton We take a hard left turn just shy of an hour away from the airport in Cali and the driver applies the brakes, drifting to a stop. We are in a bulletproof SUV. Contrary to stereotypes, however, it does not have the UN or a foreign government logo on the side, not even that of an... (Read more)
By Jennifer Crumpton A small, lifeless boy lies in a pool of blood on the floor of a bland, crumbling concrete room. Gut-wrenching, helpless wails of mourning rise up from those standing around him. “God curse you, Bashar!” cries one low, scratchy voice, perhaps his father’s. After th... (Read more)
Are Colombians Ready for Peace? — November 22, 2013
By James Patton On the one hand, there is the young man who was taught by his father to care for the livestock and the family ranch. After sitting by the side of the bed while his father bled to death, following an assault by guerrillas claiming an egalitarian economic cause, he joined the par... (Read more)
Back from the Brink — October 24, 2013
by Jennifer Crumpton SEAL raids in Somalia, the Westgate Mall siege in Nairobi, church burnings in Egypt. From the Benghazi attacks to the murder of Sikhs in a Wisconsin temple, what modern issue affects the global family of humanity more than the rise of violent extremism and the roots and ou... (Read more)
Honoring Their Sacrifice — September 11, 2013
Welcome to the inaugural launch of the ICRD blog site on this, the 12th anniversary of 9-11. In remembering those who paid the ultimate price on that fateful day, it becomes appropriate to take stock of how far we have come in developing a coherent response to the religious extremism that gave ri... (Read more)