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Last Ditch Effort to Free Leonard Peltier – Today!

In front of the White House, shown on Democracy Now! by Stanley Heller This is ...

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Beating ISIS in Mosul Won’t Heal Deep Iraq Divisions

*** Fighting ISIS is a coalition stretching from U.S. soldiers to Kurdish militias *** Iraq government ...

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A Tragedy Unfolds in Yemen, Aided by U.S.-Funded Saudi Weapons | Medea Benjamin

The only way to end the humanitarian crisis is to end the conflict.

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How Many Tons of Greenhouse Gas Would be Released in Making Trump’s Wall? | Stanley Heller

While climate activist Bill McKibben warns us that we shouldn’t launch a single new pipeline or dig a new fossil fuel mine, Trump wants to build a wall on the Mexico border that would create 4,500,000 tons of CO2.

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Notable Peace News

An Iraqi soldier patrols by gutted al-Salam hospital in Mosul, after the city was reclaimed from IS with help from US-coalition airstrikes. January 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Why Did the US Drop 26,171 Bombs on the World Last Year? | The Nation

Our endless wars have destroyed nations and warped our own political culture.

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Obama Urged to Take U.S. Nukes Off High Alert Before Trump Takes Office | Democracy Now!

Since Donald Trump is a policy chameleon one has to worry that a man of this temperament, of this character, might be more willing to use nuclear weapons than any previous president.

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A Christmas prayer for peace | Father John Dear

In Fr. John Dear's Christmas prayer for peace he asks God to "help us be better practitioners of peace, contemplatives of peace, teachers of peace, apostles of peace, prophets of peace."

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Open Letter – Appeal to Break the Sieges in Syria

We the undersigned believe the key to eventual peace is to stop the sieges of over 1 million Syrians.

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Disarmament

Nuclear Negotiations Are Not a Real Estate Deal | PeaceAction

With Russia and the U.S. holding about 95% of the world’s nuclear stockpile and set to spend $1 trillion over the next 30 years, the two countries need serious proposals and dialogue with the aim to reduce the pricey stockpiles that tend to make the world less safe.

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Obama Urged to Take U.S. Nukes Off High Alert Before Trump Takes Office | Democracy Now!

Since Donald Trump is a policy chameleon one has to worry that a man of this temperament, of this character, might be more willing to use nuclear weapons than any previous president.

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The Problem of Defining Autonomous Weapons | Future of Life Institute

Researchers and the international community are only beginning to tackle the ethical issues that arise from autonomous weapons systems. Clearly defining the weapons systems and the role humans will continue to play is one small part of a very big problem.

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Raise the Alarm on $1T Nuclear Arms Upgrade | PSR

The proposed upgrade is well beyond what the Obama administration identified as appropriate in the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review Report, and, according to former Defense Secretary Bill Perry, it will be destabilizing: “We now are at a precipice of a new nuclear arms race.”

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Middle East

ISIS is only the #2 Danger for Iraqis in Mosul and Baghdad

In February of 2016 the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued a blunt warning to its ...

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Beating ISIS in Mosul Won’t Heal Deep Iraq Divisions

*** Fighting ISIS is a coalition stretching from U.S. soldiers to Kurdish militias *** Iraq government ...

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The Obama Administration’s Final Warning on the Middle East Peace Process | The New Yorker

The vain and bullying persona that Donald Trump projects online and in three dimensions is consistent: he is convinced that all that is required to restore the globe to a state of order and prosperity is his own good self.

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Forum: Drop food, not bombs | New Haven Register

Even at this late date we can help save Syria from brutal dictatorship and foreign domination. Airdropping food and supplies can break the sieges. The technology is there. The legal basis is established. What is missing is political will to act.

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Events

Huge Marches Set This Weekend to Defend Against Haters and Fools

Hundreds of thousands are expected to march this Saturday, January 21 in Washington DC and ...

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ICAN Austria is looking for motivated volunteers

2017 lies just around the corner, and so do the negotiations to ban nuclear weapons -- we have a lot to do and ICAN needs YOUR help! :)

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Strength in Synergy: An Intersectional Summit to End Gun Violence Saturday Dec. 10 Washington, D.C. | Martha Durkee-Neumann

A grassroots, millennial-led, effort is underway to discuss strategies available to counter the tide of gun violence all day Saturday, Dec. 10 in Washington, D.C.

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Celebrate 20 years of DemocracyNow! 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Riverside Church NYC

Join Amy Goodman & Juan González with Harry Belafonte, Noam Chomsky, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, and special musical guests Patti Smith and Tom Morello for a historic evening celebrating 20 years of Democracy Now!

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Economy

Fragility in Europe is on the rise, and we’re not doing enough to respond | World Economic Forum

European security has entered a period of intense fragility. Three broad factors are now at play. Taken together, they make it all the more difficult to implement coherent responses.

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Meet the Guy Corralling Billionaires to Fight Inequality | Fran Korten YES! Magazine

Author Chuck Collins discusses growing up in the 1 percent, his unusual approach to fighting economic inequality, and what progressives need to do during a Trump administration.

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The global divestment movement has topped $5 trillion | ThinkProgress

Divestment campaigns are picking up, even as Trump prepares to take office.

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Venezuelan citizens line up to buy food at a store in Caracas on Nov. 30. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

How ‘food apartheid’ is punishing some Venezuelans | The Washington Post

The country’s inflation rate has rendered Venezuela’s longtime class distinctions increasingly meaningless, as families who were once solidly middle class now spend hours each day searching for food.

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Asia

India on track to beat its Paris targets years ahead of schedule, according to government report | ThinkProgress

That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early.

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South Korea’s Historic “One Million People Protest” to Oust Washington’s Puppet President Park Geun-hye | Centre for Research on Globalization

As the United States ushers in a new right wing president into office, South Korea is about to give theirs the boot.

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Taking guard. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)

No Signs of Peace in South Asia: Reflections on recent terror attacks in Kashmir | Indrajit Sharma

How effective will it be to isolate Pakistan regionally when SAARC itself has yet to live up to its expectations from the people of the region?

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters, Friday Sept. 9, 2016. North Korea said it conducted a "higher level" nuclear test explosion on Friday that will allow it to finally build an array of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear weapons. Ban has condemned the test and urged the Security Council, "to unite and take urgent actions." (Rick Bajornas/United Nations)

UN chief: Reducing Korea tensions key issue | AP Interview

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula is one of the most serious issues facing the world because the impact North Korea's use of nuclear weapons would have.

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