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Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo: Carolin Smith)

Conversation? | Mazin Qumsiyeh

We need to pause and think when our discussions are no longer about science and the environment but about a dictator military man who came to power via an illegal coup....

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Bogus Anti-Semitism Charges Roil Britain | Stanley Heller

Not only should the Shah and Livingstone Labour Party suspensions be thrown out, Corbyn should put the whole period under a spotlight.

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Saudi Arabia's Prince Turki al-Faisal and Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's former national security adviser, share a platform at the Washington Institute, May 5, 2016. (Washington Institute screenshot)

Ten Ways Israel Is Just Like Saudi Arabia | Medea Benjamin

This article comes in the wake of a meeting between Prince Turki bin Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief and one-time ambassador to Washington, and retired Israeli Major General Yaakov Amidror, former national security advisor to Prime Minister Netanyahu in Washington DC at an event hosted by the policy wing of the Israel lobby AIPAC.

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“The revolution is for all Syrians”

Solidarity with Aleppo and popular democratic resistance in Syria | Joseph Daher

The regime wants to empty the liberated territories of their population and prevent the existence of any popular democratic alternative, which are its greatest threat and not the Islamic fundamentalist forces that are its best enemies.

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Notable Peace News

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U.S. lifts arms ban on old foe Vietnam as regional tensions simmer | Reuters, et al

"In one fell swoop, President Obama has jettisoned much of what remained of US leverage to improve human rights in Vietnam – and basically gotten nothing for it." Human Rights Watch Deputy Director, Asia Director Phil Robertson

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Peace group head urges Obama to get specific during Hiroshima visit | Baptist News Global

Obama needs to do more than repeat his pledge ... “to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons” and talk about what he plans to do about it in his final months as president.

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The memorial to the Soviet soldiers killed in the Battle of Berlin in April - May 1945, in Tiergarten, Germany © Igor Zarembo / Sputnik

Victory in Europe Day marked by reminders of WW2 tragedies & modern perils | RT News

Hollande, who drove to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe, where he laid another wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and held a minute of silence, called on people to remember “what happened in history and what can happen again.”

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Fishermen Sue Japan for Hiding Records of Fallout From US Nuclear Tests | ABC News

The lawsuit against their own government seeks compensation for failing to disclose records of their exposure to radiation from a series of hydrogen bomb tests called “Operation Castle,” conducted by the U.S. in the Pacific Ocean and starting on March 1, 1954.

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Disarmament

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A Call for Russia and the U.S. to Cooperate in Protecting Against Nuclear Terrorism | William J. Perry, Jerry Brown via Huffington Post

We believe that the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe is greater today than it was during the Cold War.

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Russia Is Building the Largest ICBM Ever (and America Should Be Worried) | The National Interest Blog

Russia will deploy its new RS-28 Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missiles to units in Siberia and the southern Urals when the enormous new weapon becomes operational in 2018.

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In Japan and America, more and more people think Hiroshima bombing was wrong | The Washington Post

Even the way the bombings are taught in America schools has shifted.

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A Russian intercontinental ballistic missile that can carry four miniaturized nuclear warheads was paraded through Red Square in Moscow last May.

Race for Latest Class of Nuclear Arms Threatens to Revive Cold War | New York Times

It is, in large measure, an old dynamic playing out in new form as an economically declining Russia, a rising China and an uncertain United States resume their one-upmanship.

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Middle East

Yasmin Yablanko and Khaled Farrag speaking at Brown University last month. (Facebook / AFSC)

Meet Israel’s military refusers | Waging Nonviolence

Conscientious objectors from the Israeli military, or “refusers,” are a small but growing group within an increasingly right-wing and militarized societ

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The situation in Gaza requires immediate action | Al Jazeera

It's time for the United Nations to consider the morality of its Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism.

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Yehuda Shaul

Blood Soiled Hands and the Dreams of Our Fathers (On Israel Independence Day) | Jewschool

Control over another people is not and cannot be a moral mission.

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A street scene in Jerusalem’s old city. Photograph: Alamy

Hope fades for a two-state solution. Is there another path to Middle East peace? | The Guardian

The possible demise of the two-state solution has led to growing interest in a one-state solution.

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Human Rights

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Events

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Breaking through Power | Citizens Revolutionary Week — Watch online!

Leaders of civic groups explain how with modest budgets, and determined, focused purpose, they successfully changed our country for the better online today through Thursday. Wednesday's focus: peace and social justice.

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Toward a Revival of the Anti-War Movement, The Left Forum, May 20-22, New York City

From the streets and the offices, from campuses, factories, and stores, disgust with traditional society, politics, rules, and conventions is growing. The left starts there to build a program for change.

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Ellen Thomas and Carol Urner

WILPF leaders address abolishing nuclear weapons | 5:30 p.m. April 29 New Haven

Two leaders of one of the most long lived, respected and important international peace organizations, will be speaking at 5:30 p.m. in New Haven Friday April 29

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Artists Against War demonstration May 13, Trafalgar Square

Artists Against War demonstration Friday, May 13 at 3 PM in UTC+01 Trafalgar Square

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Economy

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ICIJ releases database revealing thousands of secret offshore companies | Center for Public Integrity

The data, part of the Panama Papers investigation, is the largest ever release of information about offshore companies and the people behind them.

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Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an ‘Indisputable’ Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP | Common Dreams

Sitting next to Chancellor Angela Merkel during a summit in Germany, U.S. president continued to ignore opponents as he defended controversial agreement with European nations

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Demand for World Bank loans nears crisis levels | The Guardian

Lending forecast at £25bn for 2016 as developing countries struggle to cope with weakening global economy

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William Hartung, What a Waste, the U.S. Military | TomDispatch

From spending $150 million on private villas for a handful of personnel in Afghanistan to blowing $2.7 billion on an air surveillance balloon that doesn’t work, the latest revelations of waste at the Pentagon are just the most recent howlers in a long line of similar stories stretching back at least five decades.

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Asia

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U.S. lifts arms ban on old foe Vietnam as regional tensions simmer | Reuters, et al

"In one fell swoop, President Obama has jettisoned much of what remained of US leverage to improve human rights in Vietnam – and basically gotten nothing for it." Human Rights Watch Deputy Director, Asia Director Phil Robertson

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Fishermen Sue Japan for Hiding Records of Fallout From US Nuclear Tests | ABC News

The lawsuit against their own government seeks compensation for failing to disclose records of their exposure to radiation from a series of hydrogen bomb tests called “Operation Castle,” conducted by the U.S. in the Pacific Ocean and starting on March 1, 1954.

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Baiting The Bear: NATO and Russia | Conn M. Hallinan

Russian ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko said that the continued deployment of armed forces on its borders makes it impossible to have a “meaningful dialogue.” We are baiting the bear, not a sport that ever ends well.

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Google to fund development of Asia’s renewable energy market | The Economic Times, Recode.net

Google has pledged that all the energy its gargantuan data centers consume will come from renewable sources.

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