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American and Soviet troops symbolically shake hands across the Elbe River on April 25, 1945, in the final days of World War II in Europe.

The West Snubs Russia over V-E Day | Consortiumnews

Last year’s U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine – followed by violence and tensions – has soured plans for the May 9 commemoration in Moscow of World War II’s V-E Day, the Allied defeat of Nazi Germany, a war which cost the Russian people nearly 27 million dead, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern describes.

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Thirty-seven students and six alumni participate in sit-in to put pressure on the college to return to negotiations of fossil fuel divestment. Photo credit: Anjali Cadambi / Swarthmore Mountain Justice

Fossil fuel divestment escalation winds down on high notes | Waging Nonviolence

As the sit-ins draw to a close, the divestment movement at large is just hitting its stride.

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Sale of U.S. Arms Fuels the Wars of Arab States | NYTimes.com

As the Middle East descends into proxy wars, sectarian conflicts and battles against terrorist networks, countries in the region that have stockpiled American military hardware are now actually using it and wanting more.

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The BBC and the arms trade: the scandle no one is talking about | Stop the War Coalition

Sir Roger Carr, the chairman of Europe’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems, has recently added “Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust” to his CV.

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Columnists

Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Hillary the Hawk | Charles Davis, Medea Benjamin

Announcing her latest campaign for the presidency, Hillary Clinton declared she was entering the race to be the champion for “everyday Americans.”

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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Cuba’s Coming Out Party at the Summit of the Americas | Medea Benjamin

Is the U.S. government really accepting Cuba as a sovereign nation that has chosen a different path? Or is it simply trying to overthrow the Cuban government by different means?

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Excerpt from the Human Rights Newsletter from Mazin Qumsiyeh

Today in Palestine and many parts of the world is traditionally mothers' day on the first day of Spring. The colorful carpets of flowers in the fields are the gift of Palestine to the mothers. My own mother is emblematic of Palestinian mothers.

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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Iraq, Libya…Iran? US Activists Mark War Anniversaries with Spring Rising | Medea Benjamin

March 19 marks two gloomy anniversaries: the 12th anniversary of US invasion of Iraq and the 5th anniversary of the NATO intervention in Libya.

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Disarmament

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Launches Campaign to Stop Killer Robots After Winning Ban on Landmines | Democracy Now!

"Imagine a drone that has been programmed so that once it takes off by itself, flies around, and decides that this whole room is a target. Who is accountable? Is it Lockheed Martin, who built it? You certainly can’t bring the drone to trial."

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New START Needs a New Start | Nukes of Hazard

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the signing of New START agreement, Scoville Fellow Greg Terryn makes the case for why continued cooperative efforts to reduce Russian and American stockpiles of nuclear weapons is a worthy goal indeed.

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Can British activists win nuclear disarmament this election? | WNV

Parliament is due to make a decision in 2016 about whether to renew the Trident nuclear weapons system and the Labour leadership shares the Conservatives’ enthusiasm for renewing it.

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The BBC and the arms trade: the scandle no one is talking about | Stop the War Coalition

Sir Roger Carr, the chairman of Europe’s biggest arms company, BAE Systems, has recently added “Vice-Chair of the BBC Trust” to his CV.

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Middle East

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Fossil Fuel Divestment at Swarthmore College (with images, tweets) | peacesociology

The president of Wesleyan University agreed to publicly endorse divestment from the prison-industrial complex.

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Afghan Honour Guard Conduct Training Exercise. Honour guard of the Afghan National Police (ANP) are pictured during a routine training exercise at the ANP training facility in Kabul, Afghanistan. Photo ID 462625. 05/02/2011. Kabul, Afghanistan. (UN Photo -- Eric Kanalstein. www.unmultimedia.org/photo)

Zubeida Mustafa: Mind-Boggling Conundrums in the Middle East | Global Voices – Truthdig

Now is the time to set the record straight before a new conflict erupts in the Afghanistan-Pakistan (AfPak) area and ill-conceived explanations are offered to confuse public perceptions.

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The Struggle for Palestine: What’s Winnable, What’s Not | Truthdig

What in the end matters, moreover, is not merely public opinion but public opinion mobilized and expressed in the realm of formal politics.

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Iran Deal: A Game-Changer for the Middle East | FPIF, Guardian

Negotiators in Switzerland just won a huge victory for diplomacy over war. Now we've got to protect it.

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Events

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Graffiti on the Israeli-Palestine separation barrier — 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30, New Britain

Dror Maayan will show his works and talk about his experience of photographing the graffiti on the separation barrier, followed by artist-audience dialogue.

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Peace and Planet Mobilization this weekend | NAPF, others

Promoting Enduring Peace and Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and a number of other organizations are inviting activists to New York City this weekend, for the Peace and Planet Mobilization.

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Tune in Live April 17 ::: Changing the Conversation on Development Finance | World Bank Live

By year’s end, the world’s leaders are likely to adopt a new set of global development goals and reach a critical agreement on tackling climate change. Achieving both will require a paradigm shift in how development is financed.

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Promoting Enduring Peace Annual Meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday April 14, New Haven Free Public Library

Promoting Enduring Peace welcomes voting members, members, and those who would like to learn more about PEP and possibly become a member.

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Economy

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If Inequality Worries Republicans, Why Do They Keep Making It Worse? | Truthdig

You can tell things have gotten very bad when the issue of economic inequality—a serious national problem mostly ignored for more than three decades—is suddenly in political vogue.

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Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? | YES! Magazine

Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy

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The Flood Wall Street 10 fought the law and won | Waging Nonviolence

The “Flood Wall Street 10,” as they’re known, were arrested at the tail end of a momentous (three-day) weekend for the climate movement.

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The Swiss Leaks: Private Bank Secrets Revealed | CBS News, ICIJ

A team of journalists from 45 countries has unearthed secret bank accounts maintained for criminals, traffickers, tax dodgers, politicians and celebrities.

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Asia

Rajendra Singh believes conservation is vital to combat future “water wars” and climate change. (photo: Deccan Chronicle)

‘Water Man of India’ makes rivers flow again | Climate News Network

Revival of traditional rainwater harvesting has transformed the driest state in India, and could be used to combat the effects of climate change across the world.

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"DMZ Wishes for Peace." (Photo: TeachAgPSU/flickr/cc)

The Women are Coming, and They Mean Peace: Historic March Across Korean DMZ Announced | Common Dreams

'We have seen how women’s participation in peace negotiations makes peace attainable.'

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Yemen rebels attack presidential compound, weakening U.S.-backed leader | WaPo, NYTimes, DemocracyNow!

Shiite insurgents stormed Yemen’s presidential palace and besieged the leader’s residence Tuesday in a show of force that threatened to topple a government that has been a key American ally in the fight against al-Qaeda.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presenting Chinese President Xi Jinping the Bhagavad Gita

Uphold The Sanctity Of The Constitution Of India And Conserve Identity Of Bhagvad Gita | CounterCurrents.org

Grounds against bestowing to Bhagvad Gita, the State authorized eminence of National Book are numerous.

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