Even though the physical voting process at the Iraqi electoral sites seemed fair, the IHEC's implementation of its internal registration rules, led to a flawed outcome disfavouring the Kurds, says Peggy Gish.
The escalating conflict in Gaza frays all well-intended political and faith-based efforts at peacemaking in the Middle East, says Wilson Tan. But Christian peacemaking is still a viable and necessary option.
The Iraqi parliament has voted to accept a deal on the future withdrawal of US troops from the country after negotiations with the White House, the State Department and a variety of interests and voices within the country.
President-elect Obama is being deluged with well-meaning advice, says Middle East expert Michael Marten. Maybe we expect too much, but taking a realistic look at how he might handle various conflicts in the region remains important.
US National Council of Churches' General Secretary Michael Kinnamon has welcomed a call by World Council of Churches chief the Rev Dr Samuel Kobia "to quell the violence" against the hard-pressed Christian minority in Iraq.
Christian and other peacemakers staged a 10-hour vigil outside Canada House in London's Trafalgar Square yesterday, to call on on the Canadian government to halt the deportation of US soldiers who have fled the war in Iraq.
Catholic bishops in the UK have spoken out over the “systematic and deliberately relentless” persecution of Christians in Iraq during an emotional Mass at Westminster Cathedral filled with families mourning lost loved ones.
The president of the Uniting Church in Australia has said his country should spend as much on reconstructing Iraq as its did on its military operations there - given the desperate need for healing and hope in the war-torn country.