Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly – November 20, 2015

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A New Medellin – Between civil war in its streets and massive drug traffic, the city of Medellin, in Colombia, used to be known as a headquarters for murder and cocaine.  But no more.  With stunning new buildings, a metro with gondolas, libraries and community centers, good politics, a compassionate church and an electric utility that gives back its profits, Medellin is coming back.  There’s still a long way to go, but the city has come a long way too, as Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.

Ta-Nehisi Coates – The author of the best-seller and National Book Award finalist (the Award winners will be announced tonight) for “Between the World and Me,” began his book tour in Baltimore where he spoke about fear — African-Americans’ fear for their bodies, for their children and other loved ones, every day.  “The threat of violence,” he said, “is always there.”  Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly was present at Coates’s talks at Union Baptist Church in Baltimore and at Howard University in Washington, where he said, “There’s deep-seated fear of bodily harm that never leaves.”

Religious Responses to the Paris Attacks – In the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, a discussion about the role of mainstream Muslims in helping to combat ISIS; a growing backlash against Muslims in the US and Europe; and calls for the US to stop accepting Syrian refugees. Host Bob Abernethy and Managing Editor Kim Lawton talk with Manal Omar, acting vice president, Center for Middle East and Africa at the U.S. Institute of Peace and Rabbi Jack Moline, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance.



Donna Williams

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