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Dangerous Seas: China and The U.S. | Conn Hallinan

The U.S. can resist that inevitability, but only by relying on its overwhelming military power and constructing an alliance system reminiscent of the Cold War. That should give pause to all concerned.

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A New Low in Excuses for Putin | Stanley Heller

We, the Left, the anti-war movement, should not be part of geopolitical games between brutal world powers. We should stand in support of democratic and popular struggles and make the demand: #DropFoodNotBombs

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Congress must take action to block weapon sales to Saudi Arabia | Medea Benjamin

In approving the sale of these weapons to Saudi Arabia, the Obama Administration has abdicated responsibility for ensuring that the United States is not complicit in war crimes.

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Photo: Médecins Sans Frontières’ Kunduz Trauma Center in Afghanistan, following U.S. airstrikes. STR/AFP/Getty Images.

Don’t Move! | Kathy Kelly

"We must temper selfish and unreasonable fears for our own safety with the knowledge that others also want safe and stable lives. We must build community by lessening inequality...." Kathy Kelly

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Notable Peace News

People and children in Ghouta massacre, victims of chemical attack.

UN Security Council: Ensure Justice for Syria Atrocities | Human Rights Watch

Impose Sanctions on Government, Refer Situation to ICC

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President Juan Manuel Santos (centre) delivers the peace agreement with the Farc to Congress. Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

How to make peace? Colombia’s historic deal has lessons for Syria | The Guardian

Wars are easier to start than stop. So how did Colombia do it – and what can the world learn from that breakthrough?

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The Virtual Surgeons of Syria | The Atlantic

A team of doctors across the world is helping the only two medical professionals left in one besieged town in Syria—via cell phone.

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It’s Time to End the U.S.-Saudi Arabia Special Relationship | Vijay Prashad via Stop the War Coalition

It is cemented in US policy that the Saudi regime must be protected from all its enemies

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Disarmament

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UN chief calls for renewed focus on mass destruction weapons | The AP

Advances have made it easier for terrorist groups to gain access to the materials needed for making such weapons and called on the international community to renew its commitment to curbing WMDs, Ban said.

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How to start a nuclear war | New Jersey Herald

"The problem is not just that we could have a crazy president. It's that we have a crazy nuclear policy." ~ Joe Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund

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Open Ended Working Group to Conclude in Geneva | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

At the August session, delegates are expected to approve a report to the United Nations General Assembly that calls for the start of multilateral negotiations to prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons.

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Doves fly over Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park during the ceremony to mark the 68th anniversary of the bombing, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

71 Years Later, Still Living with a Nuclear Threat | FCNL

The bombing of Hiroshima and of Nagasaki on August 9 killed 200,000 people, mostly civilians. The threat of nuclear war is still alive today.

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Middle East

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Video: Far from the public eye, Palestinian villages are being dried out | 972 Mag

Qarawat Bani Hassan, a Palestinian village in the West Bank water shortage since Israel’s national water company decided to reduce its supply.

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Syria: Another Pipeline War | Robert F. Kennedy Jr. via Ecowatch

"America's unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria—obscure to the American people yet well known to Syrians—sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic Jihadism ...."

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As Israel Prospers, Obama Set to Give Billions More in Aid While Netanyahu Demands Even More | theintercept.com

"Just imagine what would happen if this policy of transferring even more billions of American taxpayer money to Israel were widely debated instead of ignored as Bipartisan Consensus." Glen Greenwald

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The 28 Pages —  Do They Show Saudi Government 9/11 Involvement? | Stanley Heller

What we shouldn’t be satisfied with is bland assurance that a report was held back for 13 years for no real reason and that our wise authorities have things well in hand.

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Human Rights

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Join FCNL’s executive secretary Diane Randall at a reception Sunday, Oct. 2, in Hartford | peacenews.org

There will be a reception with Diane Randall, Executive Secretary of the Friends Committee on National Legislation from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence St., Hartford.

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‘Cowspiracy’, Final Movie in Summer Film Series, 7 p.m. Wed. Aug. 17. Hamden | peacenews.org

Are cows major players in global warming? That's the charge in this film being shown at 7 p.m. Wed. Aug. 17 at Books & Co., 1235 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT

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Report back from U.S. Peace Council peace and fact-finding delegation to Syria Aug 27, New Haven | peacenews.org

At 2 p.m. on Aug. 27 in New Haven Find out what a U.S. Peace Council-organized peace and fact-finding delegation to Syria at the end of July discovered. The delegation met with representatives of a variety of organizations.

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Yes, There Is an Antiwar Movement – World Beyond War … | worldbeyondwar.org

No War 2016 will be a conference, workshops, and nonviolent action in Washington, D.C., September 23-26, livestreamed to events in other countries, and overlapping with other peace events in places all over the earth.

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Economy

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In Colombia, peace means sustainable development | The Economic Times

In Colombia peace means sustainable development. Huge economic benefits will derive from the decision of solving the armed conflict and attaining peace in Colombia.

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Pope Francis during a 2013 visit to Brazil. (Tânia Rêgo / ABr - Agência Brasil / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Pope Francis: Capitalism is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’ | Common Dreams

"Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person," the pope told reporters.

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Secret Offshore Deals Deprive Africa of Billions in Natural Resource Dollars | ICIJ

A cross-border bribery scandal described in a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is one of dozens of cases in Africa in which companies created or administered by Mossack Fonseca have played a role in oil, gas and mining deals that have spawned public allegations of tax dodging, corruption, environmental destruction or other misconduct.

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Disrupting Power and Defending Connecticut’s Black Lives | Dan Fischer via CounterPunch

According to the Economic Policy Institute, Connecticut has the country’s largest income gap between the richest 1% and the bottom 99%. In 2012, the 1% made 51 times more than the 99%.

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Asia

china-nukes

Dangerous Seas: China and The U.S. | Conn Hallinan

The U.S. can resist that inevitability, but only by relying on its overwhelming military power and constructing an alliance system reminiscent of the Cold War. That should give pause to all concerned.

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Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel speak at a press conference in Berlin, Germany, August 29, 2016. © 2016 Human Rights Watch

Turkmenistan is Not Free After All | Human Rights Watch

Turkmenistan has the world’s fourth largest gas reserves and often boasts of these free energy supplies to at least some of its citizens. Free gas, perhaps (although there are reports that economic problems may soon curb this). But that’s where Turkmenistan’s freedoms dry up.

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President Juan Manuel Santos (centre) delivers the peace agreement with the Farc to Congress. Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock

How to make peace? Colombia’s historic deal has lessons for Syria | The Guardian

Wars are easier to start than stop. So how did Colombia do it – and what can the world learn from that breakthrough?

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Irom Sharmila is escorted by police officers into a courtroom in Imphal. Photograph: Reuters

Indian activist ends 16-year hunger strike with a lick of honey | The Guardian

Irom Sharmila says she broke fast over security law in Manipur state because she plans to run for political office

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