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posted by David Kuo

While we spill pixels about John Edwards, how many write about this?

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McCain’s “The One”

posted by David Kuo

John McCain’s band of white advisers had best take a stroll down the lane of African-American oratorical history before they launch their next anti-Obama missive. [This is not to suggest that there is anything racial about McCain’s ad. I’m sure […]

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Meet Barack Dobson

posted by David Kuo

How different are they? Really? James Dobson and Barack Obama? On the face of it there is little, save their shared humanity, that seems to unite the two men. From their skin color to their positions on abortion, gay marriage, […]

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Baaaa or Maaaaaa?

posted by David Kuo

Being a dad, I am strong in the animal sounds category. Pigs oink and cows mooo and rhinos snort and snuff (astute readers of Moo, Baa, La la la will get that reference) sheep baaa and goats maaaa. Jesus warns […]

Meeting Grace, missing Jesus?

posted by David Kuo

On my first day at the unnamed hospital in Uganda, I met another little girl named Grace. I caught her out of the corner of my eye as I entered the children’s ward and was talking to another little boy. […]

Uganda, through Carlos’ eyes (and music)

posted by David Kuo

One of the great joys of the first four days of the trip was hanging out with the other bloggers who were there to visit Uganda. They were, to a person, extraordinary. Here are two of them – Carlos and […]

Back to Uganda – getting LOST?

posted by David Kuo

I’m sitting in a London hotel room having had a nice Lodon sleep after a nice London dinner. I am out of my skin excited about going home and seeing my family – I literally can’t wait. But there is […]

Uganda videos, pt. 1

posted by David Kuo

I’m going to be uploading some rough video shots to give a sense of the places… this short one ends with that little girl sitting alone on the blanket… Online Videos by Veoh.com

What can we do?

posted by David Kuo

Before I head back to the hospital this afternoon and before I begin the journey home tomorrow, some thoughts on what can be done here… initial thoughts I suppose: – Sponsor a child through Compassion International. The longer I am […]

Benny Hinn in Uganda

posted by David Kuo

I saw this poster on the wall of the cancer clinic today: Yes, this cancer clinic: And yes, this IS the same Benny Hinn who sent out a request for his followers to pay for his new Gulfstream jet. Benny […]

Don’t read this post

posted by David Kuo

I’m not sure anyone should read this post. This is FAR from a happy post. It starts inside the gates of a Ugandan hospital. It starts getting out of the car and looking around convinced I must be in the […]

Crying for my poverty?

posted by David Kuo

This is one of the images I can’t get out of my head: It was being pulled through the filthy streets of a slum by a bald headed girl in a pale yellow dress wearing worn red flip flops. [I […]

Meet Susan

posted by David Kuo

Today’s journey took us outside Kampala’s squalor and desolation and into creation. Uganda is a land of rolling hills carpeted by rich soil that births vibrant green life. I just didn’t know that yesterday. Today though, in Kisoga, I learned […]

Poverty meditation

posted by David Kuo

I couldn’t escape the horror – that was the horror. That was my 2am realization. As I stood inside that 6′ x 6′ hell hole and as I walked through the slum the horror was that I couldn’t get away […]

Snapshots

posted by David Kuo

Tonight I am numb. I came to Uganda prepared to see suffering, to celebrate hope, and to provide – in the smallest ways through this blog – an insight for others into that mysterious thing called poverty. What I wanted […]

And Uganda…

posted by David Kuo

I am preparing for a little journey to Africa. I will be visiting Uganda starting next week and I’ll be blogging from there every day. I’ll be going with a number of other bloggers to visit the work done by […]

Sad about Edwards

posted by David Kuo

I am watching John Edwards suspend his campaign and I am sad. I’m sad that his relentless voice for the poor and against the two Americas in which we live is leaving this race. I’m sad because we live in […]

Peppermint Stick Prime Minister

posted by David Kuo

In the early summer of 1989, on a humid night, as China erupted on the other side of the world, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, I sat with several hundred other people, eating peppermint stick ice cream, listening […]

“Santas or Scrooges”?

posted by David Kuo

When it comes to charitable giving are we more like: or: Well, apparently a bit of both: The truth is that Americans are generous when it comes to private aid, domestic or overseas. But the U.S. government is comparatively stingy […]

Random Friday question

posted by David Kuo

From the Seattle Post intelligencer: “In the 50 years since the first African countries won independence, the world has spent $568 billion on Africa. Yet Africans are poorer now than a quarter century ago.” Why?

“…the opposite of my life…”

posted by David Kuo

Scott Harrison was a nightclub promoter in New York – successful, attractive, intelligent, and by his own account amazing self-absorbed. He sold $350 bottles of vodka and dated women who bought $5,000 handbags. Then, one day on a beach in […]

Rachel Weisz and poverty

posted by David Kuo

I stumbled across an interesting article on noted actressRachel Weisz. Of note: Once she won the part [in The Constant Gardner] , she was off to Nairobi, Kenya, and its Kibera slum, the largest slum in sub-Saharan Africa, with more […]

Before the next Big Mac

posted by David Kuo

My friend Greg just sent this to me… it is a video about how we treat the animals we eat. It won’t make you feel good.

Big, breaking news

posted by David Kuo

Huge news. Here’s a story bigger than the impact Huckabee/Romney have had in the past month. It is the story of someone living out their faith. It is the story of “the Eggman”: Thanksgiving nearly two decades ago. He looked […]

Needed: food

posted by David Kuo

Today’s NYT reports that food banks are low on food: Food banks around the country are reporting critical shortages that have forced them to ration supplies, distribute staples usually reserved for disaster relief and in some instances close. “It’s one […]

Dogs or Darfur, pt. 2

posted by David Kuo

Thanks for the great discussion about my last post on Darfur and Michael Vick. I want to start with a great and honest comment from one reader: …humans are not “of greater worth” than animals. Humans *are* animals, and we […]

Dogs or Darfur?

posted by David Kuo

Federal prosecutors have gotten disgraced NFL star Michael Vick to set aside $928,000 for the care and placement of the 54 pit bulls rescued from his horrendous dogfighting operation. That is quite a lot of money by every standard – […]

McDonald’s failing Darfur?

posted by David Kuo

A group trying to help end the genocide in Darfur has just released a report on efforts by Beijing Olympics sponsors to influence China to use its close relationship with the Sudanese government to end the brutality in Darfur. Here […]

Anne Rice on New Orleans, still right

posted by David Kuo

I came across this piece that famed novelist Anne Rice wrote as New Orleans sank. It is as true today as it was two years ago. But to my country I want to say this: During this crisis you failed […]

Our world, like it or not

posted by David Kuo

From my friend Jen’s blog about her time in Haiti… She has managed to put words to something too awful for words… This was one of those days that just makes you wonder what the heck you can even do […]

Something good that works

posted by David Kuo

Here’s a concept, something positive and a bit original to help people and there isn’t any controversy. What a deal! State government and the Arkansas Interfaith Conference will work together in a pilot program to help Arkansans obtain their share […]

Is capitalism ending poverty?

posted by David Kuo

Stephen Moore, opines in today’s WSJ about a new United Nations report, “State of the Future”. Of it he says: A new United Nations report called “State of the Future” concludes: “People around the world are becoming healthier, wealthier, better […]

“You are making a killing in genocide”

posted by David Kuo

A powerful new ad from Save DarfurThe offenders? Click below…

Jena

posted by David Kuo

If you are like me and don’t understand what happened in Jena, here is a helpful timeline.

Converted by Clinton

posted by David Kuo

Bill Clinton’s new book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World is out to much fanfare. I haven’t read it yet and frankly wasn’t planning on reading it. But then a friend send me a note saying, “So […]

Pain, con’t

posted by David Kuo

More thoughts on that article on the lack of pain relief for the poor from Thinker: When I was a nurse, there seemed to be an unofficial kind of medicine for poor people – who might become addicted and for […]

Dying without relief

posted by David Kuo

Horrifying story: The World Health Organization estimates that 4.8 million people a year with moderate to severe cancer pain receive no appropriate treatment. Nor do another 1.4 million with late-stage AIDS. For other causes of lingering pain — burns, car […]

Social Gospel, part deux?

posted by David Kuo

Over at SoMA, Paul O’Donnell revisits Social Gospel creator Walter Rauschenbusch on the 100th anniversary of his famed book, Christianity and the Social Crisis. The book has been re-issued with new essays by Jim Wallis, Stephen Carter, and others. Rauschenbusch’s […]

Christians

posted by David Kuo

Whenever there is a disaster it is Christian relief and development organizations that are among the first on the ground. This is a fact too often lost in “sexier” conversations about politics or theology. But in Peru and in Southeast […]

Jesus people

posted by David Kuo

It is easy to look back of 21 centuries of Christendom and figure its rise was inevitable. The fashionable arguments of suppressed gospels, altered Gospels, corruption, conspiracy, and the like are well known to most moderns. But what is easy […]

The (Need a name) Awards – nominee

posted by David Kuo

Several months ago I posted a story about a man in Hawaii who was giving away houses and suggested he be nominated for an award for his kindness. I haven’t paid nearly enough attention to finding such stories. I came […]

Bush’s “compassion contradiction”

posted by David Kuo

In today’s Philly Inquirer, noted UPenn professor, sociologist, author, and former Bush faith-based head, John DiIulio writes a tenderly devastating piece about Bush’s “compassion contradiction” that still offers Bush a chance to do the right thing. DiIulio notes that it […]

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