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Pope Francis' drug war riffs keep offending Mexico

First he warns of the impending 'Mexicanization' of Argentina. Then he says 'the devil is punishing Mexico.' ¿Qué pasa, Francisco?... Read more»1

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Jig it up: St. Patrick's Day playlist

Whether it's the lilting strains of a classic folk song or the pounding of three-chord punk rock — or the omnipresent U2 — the music of the small island of Ireland has influenced artists throughout the world. So raise a glass of Guinness, tap your toe or even get up and dance a bit as we celebrate St. Patrick's Day with song.... Read more»1

Analysis

Pope Francis's response to clergy sex abuse tripped up by Vatican loophole

Pope Francis doesn't actually have the power to fix the crisis. Bishops do. ... Read more»

San Carlos Apache Tribe claims small victory in dispute over sacred land

The San Carlos Apache Tribe has been protesting at the Oak Flat campground for nearly two weeks in an attempt to protect land they deem sacred. Tribal leaders say they’re working with U.S. forest officials to continue their protest of Resolution Copper’s future mine in eastern Arizona. ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Race and Beyond: When words are used as weapons

Lately, I’ve become aware of an increase in the amount of kvetching that surrounds me. Whether online, in private conversation, or in public discourse, people seem eager to express their discontent with one thing or another. Rarely do I hear folks expressing an equal measure of praise or satisfaction for the bounty of people, places, or things that they encounter in their daily lives.... Read more»

Letter from Pope Francis thrills Nogales student volunteers

Teenaged members of a binational humanitarian initiative in Nogales recently got recognition from the biggest name in Catholicism: Pope Francis. The students sent letters and a video to the pope in October, describing their experiences on the border and the plight of the people they see on their regular visits to a shelter for migrants.... Read more»

Protests mount over Resolution Copper mine on Apache ancestral land

Protesters across Arizona are working to bring attention to a federal land exchange they say endangers an area sacred to the San Carlos Apache tribe. Some marched nearly 50 miles to decry the Resolution Copper Mine near Superior.... Read more»

Analysis

After a series of defeats, the Islamic State resorts to shock tactics

The killing of hostage Maaz al-Kassasbeh by the Islamic State was different from others that came before it, but the motivation was the same. There is a reason that al-Kasaesbeh was killed in such a theatrical and sadistic manner. ... Read more»

Six months later, undocumented woman still waits in sanctuary

Rosa Robles Loreto has waited for six months for immigration officials to offer a stay of deportation order, living in sanctuary in a Tucson church. She has been anchored to a small room on the grounds of Southside Presbyterian Church, spending her days and nights there because the church is a safe harbor.... Read more»

San Carlos Apache tribe begins 40-mile march to protest copper mine

Dozens of people sang, danced and prayed outside the San Carlos Apache tribe’s office on Thursday morning before heading out on a 44-mile journey they hope will protect their ancestral lands at Oak Flat campground. The protesters organized the march to express their anger over a federal land exchange that gave a copper mining company permission to mine land sacred to the Apache people.... Read more»1

How the pope’s nod to El Salvador's Oscar Romero energizes the Catholic left

It is hard to imagine a more dramatic tale of martyrdom.... Read more»

Brother of slain Mesa man works to spread word about Sikhs

Balbir Singh Sodhi, a Sikh man in the religion’s traditional turban, was one of the first victims of the hate crimes against immigrants that followed the 9/11 attacks. His brother, Rana Sodhi, has made it his “life mission” to educate people about his faith and values.... Read more»

1929-1968

'I've Been to the Mountaintop' - Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, the nation remembers Martin Luther King Jr., who has been gone longer than the 39 years he lived, but his impact remains. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life, April 3, 1968: "I've Been to the Mountaintop."... Read more»

Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK: 'I have a dream'

Video: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."... Read more»

Gilbert sign code comes under Supreme Court scrutiny

U.S. Supreme Court justices grilled Gilbert’s attorney Monday on the town’s sign ordinance, with one justice suggesting the town was “being unreasonable” with its limits on temporary signs.... Read more»

Analysis

How to stop Islamic extremism in Europe

Some experts worry increased security and surveillance in Europe could lead to a backlash, and a more radicalized public.... Read more»

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