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PEP Talk – Climate Catastrophe Avoided! | George Gantz

When all the news seems bad, it times to remember -- we’ve had some successes, too.

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The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story | Ralph Nader

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery.

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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Urgent Warning: Time to Hit the Reset Button on U.S.-Korean Policy | Medea Benjamin

There’s an urgent need to hit the reset button on US-Korean policy before one of the players hits a much more catastrophic button that could lead us into a nuclear nightmare.

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Will Labor Stand for More Limits to Boycott Rights? | Stanley Heller

... If this anti-boycott law concerning Israel passes, one day it will be used as a precedent for a law to ban calling for a boycott of some dear little billionaire whose workers have the gall to walk out for decent pay and working conditions.

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Notable Peace News

Codepink calls for more diplomacy between US/North Korea

Code Pink is asking everyone to "Tell President Trump to give Tillerson the opportunity to show us he’s a diplomat" and to send him to North Korea. Click for info on signing the MoveOn.org petition.

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‘Fire and Fury’ Is Not a Strategy, We Need Diplomacy with North Korea | Peace Action’s Groundswell

‘Fire and fury,’ which Pres. Trump threatened, isn’t a strategy.

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‘Direct challenge’: North Korea hits back at $1 billion UN sanctions | Sydney Morning Herald

North Korea has reacted angrily to international sanctions that will cut $1 billion from its exports, describing the new United Nations Security Council bans as "a rampant violation of our sovereignty."

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Florida town petitions to replace Confederate monument with beloved manatee © 10News / YouTube

Florida town petitions to replace Confederate monument with beloved manatee | RT America

In April this year, New Orleans began the planned removal of several Confederate monuments in the city, including the statues honoring Lee, Davis, and General P.G.T. Beauregard, who was born in the city.

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Disarmament

$1 Trillion for a U.S. Nuclear Buildup | The New York Times

"[The] assertion that 'since setting off the nuclear age, America has been the major, if imperfect, force behind the restraints that exist' ignores the sorry history of the United States’ provocative expansion of its nuclear arms and its rejection of numerous offers ... to ratchet down the hostilities." ~ Alice Slater, World Beyond War

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Back to Los Alamos | John Dear, Pace e Bene

This weekend marks the 72nd anniversary of the U.S. atomic terrorist attack on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, where we vaporized two hundred thousand sisters and brothers, injured many more, and launched the nuclear age.

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U.S., UK and France Denounce Nuclear Ban Treaty | Counterpunch

Despite the resistance of the U.S., UK and France, the nuclear ban treaty marks the beginning of the end of the nuclear age.

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Activists prepare to enter Büchel Air Base in Büchel, Germany to challenge U.S. nuclear weapons deployment. From left, Bonnie Urfer, Steve Baggarly, Susan Crane, John LaForge and Gerd Buentzly. (photo by Ralph Hutchison)

Activists cut fences, occupy nuclear weapons bunker in protest of U.S. nukes in Germany | The Nuclear Resister

Büchel is Everywhere, Nuclear Weapons Free Now! continues until August 9, 2017 and will close with a commemoration of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan.

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Middle East

The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story | Ralph Nader

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery.

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Trump’s plan for Mideast peace fades | AL Monitor

By now it is obvious that the "ultimate deal" between Israelis and Palestinians, which President Donald Trump promised in his first days in office, was little more than an optical illusion.

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The group arrives at Sarura on May 19, having walked a mile or two from Al Tuwani, just outside of Firing Zone 918. Ashley Bohrer, in the black leather jacket has co-led the last two CJNV delegations. (WNV/Gili Getz)

Coalition paves way for Palestinian homecoming after 20-year displacement | Waging Nonviolence

Unjust scrutiny and attack are already part of Palestinians’ daily life, and the coalition behind Sumud is encouraging internationals — and Jews in particular — to join them in their struggle on the ground.

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Irish president meets leader of anti-Israel boycott movement | The Times of Israel

Israel protests after Michael Higgins shakes hands with 2017 Gandhi Peace Award recipient Omar Barghouti at trade union conference and praises organizers for inviting him.

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Human Rights

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Events

Oppose fascism at Best Video Monday, Aug. 28 | Promoting Enduring Peace

Videos related to the fight against fascism will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday Aug. 28 at Best Video and Cultural Center in Hamden.

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‘Chasing Ice’ Climate Film to Be Shown 6:30 p.m. July 27 | PEPeace

To reveal the impact of climate change, James Balog founded the Extreme Ice Survey (EIS), the most wide-ranging, ground-based, photographic study of glaciers ever conducted.

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Join protest Monday July 17, 5-6 p.m. at the Old State House in Hartford against U.S. policy toward Cuba

On the 17th of each month the Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba holds a one-hour informational picket and leaflet distribution at various locations in the region.

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Premiere of Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ July 28, 2017, New Haven

We will be joined by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication Director Anthony Leiserowitz and Kalee Kreider, UN Foundation senior climate advisor and Al Gore’s former communications director, for a brief Q&A after the film.

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Economy

The waterfront district in Copenhagen. (Wikimedia / Srvora)

Why are the Danes so happy? Because their economy makes sense | Waging Nonviolence

The Danes did not end the push-back from the economic elite. Class struggle remains a reality in Denmark, as it does everywhere but their story of struggle offers valuable lessons for the rest of us. Especially those of us who want to be happy.

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Northern Cyprus has remained largely untouched by tourism / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Cyprus reunification: Would landmark peace deal ruin island’s natural beauty? | The Independent

As talks heat up in Switzerland, Darren Loucaides ponders the future impact of tourism on the untouched north of the island

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President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, April 2017 (Lan Hongguang/Xinhua/Eyevine/Redux)

Can China Replace the West? | The New York Review of Books

Review of Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond ~ by Gideon Rachman

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VIDEO: Twelve Months of Investigations, Impact and Outrage | ICIJ

ICIJ’s staff have flown tens of thousands of miles to train reporters, to address parliamentary inquiries and to continue exposing the shadowy industry of offshore finance.

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Asia

Media captionThe US B-1 bombers were joined by South Korean and Japanese planes

Tensions mount after latest North Korean missile test | The Independent, BBC

US vows to take 'all necessary steps' to combat threat as it carries out military drills with South Korea

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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Urgent Warning: Time to Hit the Reset Button on U.S.-Korean Policy | Medea Benjamin

There’s an urgent need to hit the reset button on US-Korean policy before one of the players hits a much more catastrophic button that could lead us into a nuclear nightmare.

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The melting of the glaciers overlooking Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan threatens the water supply of some 68 million people. The SDC is working towards peaceful transboundary water management in this region. The Blue Peace initiative was launched in Central Asia in June 2017.

Cross-border water management as an instrument for stability | eda.admin.ch

The melting of the glaciers overlooking Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan threatens the water supply of some 68 million people.

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Nikhil Dey (photo: Facebook)

Where is the space for the honest activist? | The Statesman

At a time when there is increasing need for sincere and honest social activists ... many of them are being denied the democratic space necessary for taking their issues forward.

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