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Solidarity with the LGBTIQ community in Egypt | Joseph Daher

The Sisi’s regime is without any doubt the most counter-revolutionary actor in Egypt. Down with al-Sisi’s authoritarian regime and all oppressors. Solidarity with the LGBTQI and against all forms of oppression.

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Together, we have done much, and we have much to do | Rabbi Arik Ascherman

Please find below my Sukkot thoughts on the meaning of the Sukkah, rain in the Sukkah, and a prayer meditation that can be included when we begin to pray for rain tomorrow.

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Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico Could Become a Model for Green-Energy Conversion | Melinda Tuhus

Is the Trump administration just going to focus on a replacement and overlay of fossil fuel infrastructure, or is there an opportunity here for innovation and sustainability?

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From a Concert in Las Vegas to a Funeral in Yemen, We Must Stop Mass Murder | Medea Benjamin

Just as we beg Congress to stem the domestic flood of guns that aids the murder of citizens here, so we must demand that Congress act to stop the US support for mass murder in Yemen.

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Notable Peace News

Beyond the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ of Catalonia’s Independence Referendum | Global Voices

It is difficult to predict what might happen, but it is clear that Spain and Catalonia are facing one of the most complex and decisive processes of their recent democratic history.

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A Hero Turned Villain: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Annihilation of Myanmar’s Rohingya | The Nation Magazine

They potentially face the final two stages of genocide—mass annihilation and erasure from the country’s history.

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FOCUS: My Plea to Trump and Putin | Mikhail Gorbachev via The Washington Post

We face a dual challenge of preventing the collapse of the system of nuclear agreements and reversing the downward spiral in U.S.-Russian relations. It is time to take the first step.

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Indian Muslims hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims Photograph: Tsering Topgyal/AP

The Nobel peace prize is a who’s who of hawks, hypocrites and war criminals | The Guardian

There’s been quite a kerfuffle about the prestigious peace prize recently, what with that whole Aung San Suu Kyi being complicit in a genocide thing.

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Disarmament

Waste from decades of nuclear-weapons production is buried at the Hanford Site in Washington state. (Karen Kasmauski/NGC)

How the United States plans to trap its biggest stash of nuclear-weapons waste in glass | Nature

Assuming that the latest timetable holds, the plant for high-level waste will open for business in the early 2030s, and operations will continue for decades. In the meantime, dangerous waste will remain underground, out of sight but not out of mind.

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FOCUS: My Plea to Trump and Putin | Mikhail Gorbachev via The Washington Post

We face a dual challenge of preventing the collapse of the system of nuclear agreements and reversing the downward spiral in U.S.-Russian relations. It is time to take the first step.

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ICAN Awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for Role in Nuclear Weapons Treaty | ICAN

The treaty, adopted on 7 July with the backing of 122 nations, offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating.

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Sister Carol Gilbert, center, and Sister Ardeth Platte, withi the late Sister Jackie Hudson, left, at the N-8 missile silo in Weld County. Submitted photo

Anti-war nuns carry message of nuclear disarmament to Colorado Springs | Colorado Springs Gazette

"We trust, we believe, we know that we are well on the way to a nuclear-free world and future," said Sister Ardeth Platte, a Dominican nun.

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Middle East

Engelhardt, Nixon’s Children | TomDispatch

As American air power in places like Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan is ramped up yet again, as the latest mini-surge of troops arrives in Afghanistan, as Niger enters the war, it’s time to put generals Petraeus, Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly in context. It’s time to call them what they truly are: Nixon’s children.

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Activist raises Yemen’s flag over Mount Everest calling for ‘peace’ | Al Arabiya

From the South base camp in Nepal of Mount Everest – the highest mountain in ...

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US soldiers from Grim Company of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment walk down the street near an Afghan police checkpoint, 2014. (Reuters / Lucas Jackson)

Ann Jones, When Will They Ever Learn? | TomDispatch

Sixteen years in, the Pentagon hasn’t learned any lessons.

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Forum: When the power goes out | Shelly Altman, New Haven Register

It is critical for all American Jews to ask themselves if they are really willing to continue to support a state that creates such unlivable conditions for millions of people under its control.

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Human Rights

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Events

Divest from the War Machine Summit Oct. 21-22 D.C. | CODEPINK

CODEPINK invites you to learn with us as we kick off a Divest from the War Machine campaign Oct. 21-Oct. 22, 2017, in Washington D.C.

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Two meetings about Palestine upcoming

“When the book is written on the end of Apartheid in South Africa, a most important chapter will be on the role of women in that struggle.” ~ Govan Mbeke

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The Desperate Science and Politics of Climate; Chubb Lecture by Bill McKibben Oct. 10, New Haven

Bill McKibben to deliver Chubb Lecture at Yale University, Woolsey Hall in New Haven Oct. 10.

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Creating an Alternative US-Cuba Relationship with Marcel Lueiro Reyes Oct. 16, 8 p.m. New Haven

Please join New Haven Free Public Library for this timely community conversation as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

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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

Rohingya at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh

Former Secretary General Kofi Annan urges UN to push for Rohingya return to Myanmar | DW

Kofi Annan has urged the UN Security Council to push Myanmar to accept the return of half-a-million Muslim Rohingas sheltering in Banglade

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A Hero Turned Villain: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Annihilation of Myanmar’s Rohingya | The Nation Magazine

They potentially face the final two stages of genocide—mass annihilation and erasure from the country’s history.

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Jimmy Carter Offers to Meet With Kim Jung Un to Avoid New Korean War | Korea JoongAng Daily via RSN

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has expressed a desire to visit Pyongyang as a messenger between the United States and North Korea.

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Families celebrate Park Geun-hye's impeachment, March 2017 (courtesy of Alexis Dudden)

Revolution by Candlelight: How South Koreans Toppled a Government | Alexis Dudden, Dissent Magazine

The chance not to have this war exists, and learning from the Candlelight movement is the surest course for this alternative future.

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