In Washington, the House approved a bill that would grant visas to about 500 Iraqi and Afghan translators who fear for their lives because they have helped the U.S. But there are nearly 4 million Iraqis who have fled their homes -- half still in Iraq, half in neighboring countries. The question of how to best help the Iraqi refugees has developed into the world's largest refugee crisis.
by Vali Nasr (W.W. Norton & Company, 2006)
It is clear today that America cannot take comfort in an imagined future for the Middle East, and cannot force the realization of that future. Such an approach guided the path to … More
In response to multiple attacks on foreigners, the UN, the Red Cross, Oxfam, and Care International have pulled their staffs out of Iraq. Yet other humanitarian aid workers remain, risking their lives to help the needy. Their work is difficult, not only because of the violence, but because many Iraqis are suspicious of them, wondering whether aid workers are really occupiers.
Carol Zaleski is a professor of religion at Smith College and her husband, Philip Zaleski, is a religion writer and editor. Together they are writing a book about prayer in all cultures, and both have much to say on the role of prayer during wartime.