All posts tagged: Visions

U.S. and Israel Struggle With Clashing Visions on Ending Gaza War

U.S. and Israel Struggle With Clashing Visions on Ending Gaza War

[ad_1] Nearing the end of a whirlwind Middle East trip this week, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken finished meetings with the Israeli president and relatives of American hostages held by Hamas, left his beachside hotel in Tel Aviv and shook hands with protesters gathered outside. He looked them in the eye and said there was a new hostages-for-cease-fire deal on the table that Hamas should take. “Bringing your loved ones home is at the heart of everything we’re trying to do, and we will not rest until everyone — man, woman, soldier, civilian, young, old — is back home,” he said. That public show of empathy with frustrated protesters is something that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has avoided since the war began in October. And, lately, he has focused his recent public comments on an imminent ground offensive — an invasion of the city of Rafah in southern Gaza “with or without” a cease-fire deal, as the Israeli leader put it on Tuesday. Though it was not the first time Mr. Netanyahu has promised …

How World Vision’s brief affirmation a decade ago changed LBGTQ Christians’ journeys

How World Vision’s brief affirmation a decade ago changed LBGTQ Christians’ journeys

[ad_1] (RNS) — Ten years ago this week, the ecumenical Christian humanitarian aid organization World Vision momentarily offered a glimpse of hope to LGBTQ+ Christians when it announced a change in hiring policy. Then-CEO Richard Stearns had decided that being married to a person of the same sex would no longer be a barrier to employment with World Vision, which has a staff of more than 35,000 in more than 100 offices around the world. The change was meant to bridge divides and allow Christians of all theological stances to focus on a unified mission of serving the poor. The initial announcement sparked a wave of hope among many LGBTQ+ Christians. It seemed to signal a shift toward inclusivity in the broader church community, but especially the evangelical sector, where few churches are LGBTQ-affirming. For a fleeting moment, it seemed as though the tide was turning, promising a future where one’s faith and identity could coexist without conflict.  In March 2014, I had worked in evangelical Christian churches for nearly a decade, while privately battling …

How an Iranian woman, married at 13, came to Christ through dreams and visions

How an Iranian woman, married at 13, came to Christ through dreams and visions

[ad_1] Women in Iran.Photo: Sebastia Giralt/Flickr/Creative Commons In an interview with CBN, the US director of Transform Iran, Lana Silk, spoke of the impact dreams and visions are having in leading Iranians and other Middle Easterners into a relationship with Christ, Faithwire, reports. It’s a serious decision for Muslims to become Christian in Iran as it can lead to banishment by their family. They can also potentially face arrest, because it is actually illegal for a Muslim to convert to Christianity in that country. As a result, many often need God’s direct intervention to help them make the decision and one of those ways is through dreams. “The Iranians are open to dreams; they are dreamers. They enjoy talking about their dreams, and they’re aware of their dreams, and God uses that to speak to them,” Silk said in the interview. She cited an example of one Muslim woman who was involved in an abusive relationship after being married at the age of 13. The woman started having visions of Jesus standing in her doorway …

Clashing visions of Israel’s future – POLITICO

Clashing visions of Israel’s future – POLITICO

[ad_1] Palestinians would have a different take, of course. They argue the Palestinian Authority was never allowed by Israel to grow into an independent state, and has additionally has squeezed by encroaching settlements. But what about the future? According to Bennett, there are two principles that should guide Israeli policy moving forward: “One is Israel’s security, and the second is [that] we don’t want to govern the Palestinians,” he explained. “The two-state solution doesn’t satisfy the first, and if we’ve learned anything, it’s that we can’t trust the Palestinians. We’re not in the business of national suicide.” Bennett had announced his retirement from politics in 2022, but he’s now clearly poised to reenter the arena. “When I finished in government, my wife and I planned I would stay out of politics for about a decade … But Israel is in another huge crisis and that’s a different situation, and I will always come to Israel’s aid … I’ll do whatever is necessary to get us out of this hole,” he said. And according to a …

Biden and Netanyahu visions clash for ending Israel-Hamas war

Biden and Netanyahu visions clash for ending Israel-Hamas war

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finally spoke Friday after a glaring, nearly four-week gap in direct communication during which fundamental differences have come into focus over a possible pathway to Palestinian statehood once the fighting in Gaza ends. Biden and his top aides have all but smothered Netanyahu with robust support, even in the face of global condemnation over the mounting civilian death toll and humanitarian suffering in Gaza as the Israelis have carried out military operations in the aftermath of the Oct. 7 attack on Israel. But the leaders’ relationship has increasingly shown signs of strain as Netanyahu has repeatedly rebuffed Biden’s calls for Palestinian sovereignty, gumming up what the U.S. president believes is the key to unlocking a durable peace in the Middle East — the oft-cited, elusive two-state solution. Neither side shows signs of budging. Friday’s phone call came one day after Netanyahu said that he has told U.S. officials in plain terms that he will not support a Palestinian state as part of …

As China looms large, two opposing visions face off in Taiwan’s election : NPR

As China looms large, two opposing visions face off in Taiwan’s election : NPR

[ad_1] Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Su Chao Hui is seeking another term in office. An Rong Xu for NPR hide caption toggle caption An Rong Xu for NPR Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator Su Chao Hui is seeking another term in office. An Rong Xu for NPR TAIPEI, Taiwan — The caravan of trucks departs around 9:30 a.m. on a sleepy Sunday morning. The lead vehicle is full of partisans standing on the truck bed. One man riffs constantly into a loudspeaker, announcing to the people of the 5th District of New Taipei City that their elected legislator Su Chiao-hui is here. More of her campaign team — including her two daughters — stand on the back of the second truck waving bright pink flags. Su stands aside a city councilor on the third truck, wearing a pink vest – her campaign’s color – and a headset microphone. She exhorts the crowd for their votes and occasionally breaks into song. Su gets out street canvassing, greeting pedestrians and reminding them to vote on Jan. …

The Two Visions of AI Technology

The Two Visions of AI Technology

[ad_1] A month ago, one of the most dramatic power struggles in Silicon Valley’s corporate history took place in the offices of OpenAI. The board of the tech company suddenly ousted CEO Sam Altman for not being consistently “candid” in his communication. Days later, Altman was back at the helm of OpenAI and the board that canned him got the favor returned. In the following weeks, speculation has swirled over the real reasons Altman and his board butted heads so significantly. Altman, although he’s pushing ahead with AI technologies like ChatGPT and DALL-E, also appeared before members of congress earlier this year and recommended AI be regulated. However, he’s much more on the side of “acceleration,” rolling out AI aggressively and continuing to test the limits of its capacities. It’s fair to ask then: what are the two competing visions of AI? Does it need to be unapologetically funded by ambitious investors and incorporated into every sphere of society? Or does it need to be approached with the utmost caution and be heavily regulated and …

The Spiky, Unsentimental Visions of Diana Athill

The Spiky, Unsentimental Visions of Diana Athill

[ad_1] One of American fiction’s core preoccupations, these days, seems to be the question of what causes unhappiness. Many of our major writers are earnest anatomists of discontent and its social, psychological, and existential causes. This kind of fiction can be very powerful. Reading about loneliness when you’re lonely can provide both diagnosis and solace; encountering a character trapped by student debt or patriarchal expectation can inspire a sense of camaraderie in a reader facing similar frustrations. But more often than not, contemporary novelists handle their subject matter with immersive seriousness and sincerity—and sincerity, after a while, gets tiring. Misery may love company, but sometimes a miserable person wants cheering up too. If you’re looking to make a little light of sadness, as I have been, the work of Diana Athill might be the perfect place to turn. The legendary writer and editor is one of a loose cadre of 20th-century English and Irish women authors gaining resurgent attention for their brilliantly drawn characters and sharply witty prose; others in this camp include Penelope Fitzgerald, …

Mojo Vision’s Series A hits .5M, following pivot to micro-LED displays

Mojo Vision’s Series A hits $43.5M, following pivot to micro-LED displays

[ad_1] Back in April, Mojo Vision announced a new $22.4 million Series A. Six months later, the round has nearly doubled to $43.5 million, courtesy of New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Khosla Ventures, who co-led the round. It’s been nine months since the startup announced a big pivot the week of CES. Mojo Vision shifted its wildly ambitious plans to produce augmented reality contact lenses, instead opting to focus on the nearer term goal of producing micro-LED panels. In June, the company announced that it had produced a red micro-LED display — a piece of the puzzle in bringing green and blue into the full color fold. The red display sports a 14K PPI resolution. The micro-OLED displays created for Apple’s Vision Pro are roughly at 3,400 PPI — that’s still extremely dense, mind you. The iPhone 15 Pro Max’s display comes in at 460 PPI — dense for a phone screen, but mixed reality is an entirely different conversation. The technology is built atop work the company was doing to develop displays for its …