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Press Release: NETWORK Statement on Safety for Religious Minorities in Iraq

FOR RELEASE: August 18, 2014
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK today released the following new statement on the crisis in Iraq:

We know that "War is not the Answer." However, there are times when intervention is necessary to protect human lives. Today, we cannot sit by and watch atrocities happen to Christians, Ysidis and other religious minorities in Iraq.

Press Release: NETWORK Calls for Peace and Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

FOR RELEASE: August 8, 2014
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK today released the following statement on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq:

Blog: In Iraq, Ancient Christian Communities Are Being Destroyed

Jul 08, 2014 | By Carolyn Burstein, NETWORK Communications Fellow

Christians in Iraq are one of the oldest surviving continuous Christian communities in the world. The vast majority are Aramaic-speaking Assyrians, Armenians, Arabs, Kurds and Turcoman. These are the lands in which Jesus’s apostles and their disciples made some of the first Christian converts. In an interview in Christian Today (July 2, 2014), Iraq’s leading bishop, Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael I. Sako of Baghdad lamented, “We are losing our community.

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Blog: 2003 or 1991? - Our Role in Iraq

Jun 18, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

I am befuddled each time I read a commentary tracking our war in Iraq to 2003. I vividly remember January 1991 when the U.S. led a massive offensive against Iraq. The intense destruction of facilities such as airports – and hospitals, schools and water purification plants – was enhanced by the U.S./U.N. sanctions prohibiting trade with Iraq. This resulted in the Iraqi people being denied the means to rebuild hospitals and water treatment facilities, obtain necessary medications, and so many other life-saving items.

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Blog: Action from the Supreme Court on Guns

Jun 16, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

One of the ways criminals get guns is to have someone else, who is able to legally own a gun, purchase for them. This is called “straw purchasing.” In a 5-4 decision, the court just concluded that this is NOT LEGAL: “one legal gun owner may not acquire a firearm on behalf of another.” The case is known as: Abramski v. United States.

This is one success in the attempt to reduce the number of guns used for criminal purposes. It is one step toward creating stricter controls on gun ownership.

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Press Release: NETWORK Calls for Diplomacy and Political Action in Resolving Crisis in Iraq

FOR RELEASE: June 13, 2014

CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

Washington DC: NETWORK, a National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, today issued the following statement in response to current violence in Iraq:

Blog: National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

May 20, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

The National Defense Authorization Act prioritizes the direction that will be taken by the Pentagon as it puts forward programs and weapons systems, continuing some that are in existence and authorizing the development of new ones.

At this time, when the war in Iraq has ended and the war in Afghanistan is to end by the end of this calendar year, NETWORK feels strongly that it is a time to pull back on some existing practices. Three areas are of particular concern to NETWORK:

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Support Accountability and Transparency in Funding Our Troops

May 19, 2014 | By Marge Clark, BVM

Right now, both the House and Senate are focused on the Defense spending bill for FY 2015. Part of this bill includes a slush fund for the Pentagon, called the Overseas Contingency Operation (OCO) fund, which allows purchases to fill immediate needs in war zones. This is a separate source of funding outside of the normal budget process, which is unique to the Pentagon budget.

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Press Advisory: NETWORK Presents Congressional Briefing on Pope Francis in Preparation for President Obama’s Visit

PRESS ADVISORY
FOR RELEASE: March 21, 2014                                              
CONTACT: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224, sniedringhaus@networklobby.org

2014: NETWORK's Year of Living Out Joy of the Gospel

In 2014, NETWORK invites you to live out Pope Francis' Evangelii Gaudium - Joy of the Gospel. Read more

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