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Christmas 2020 | Mazin Qumsiyeh

Christmas Eve was always special. Despite the difficulties, we tried to enjoy the night of ...

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Mutual Aid in 2020 | Andy Piascik

Mutual aid has been around a long time. For many people who practice mutual aid, it is not known by that name.

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Anniversary of the Genocide Convention: 9 December 1948 | Rene Wadlow

An Unused but not Forgotten Standard of World Law

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2.5 Stories of Brothers Embracing: VaYisklakh | Arik Ascherman

I dream of a world that becomes the Temple because it the place where brothers and sisters embrace.

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Notable Peace News

Opinion: Yes, a U.S. president can start a nuclear war at any time | Stanley Heller via The News-Times of Danbury

If you’re terrified by the fact that a madman or mistake could end in nuclear holocaust, you’re not alone.

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Why Martin Luther King Didn’t Run for President | Rolling Stone

King’s vision of nonviolent protest in Washington — massive and confrontational — may yet be necessary to save American democracy.

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Martin Luther King Jr. on America’s ‘obnoxious peace’ | Fellowship of Reconciliation

Without that difficult work true healing and real peace can never occur. Dr. King — and all of us — deserve at least that much.

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You can’t fight fascism by expanding the police state | Fast Company

Expanding the U.S. government’s already bloated surveillance state will only bring more terror and harm to the same communities that Trump targeted with his racist policies and rhetoric

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Events

The World Says No to War on Yemen | Facebook Event Jan. 23, 3 p.m. EST

Join Socialist Resurgence CT on January 23, for a panel discussion as part of a global day of awareness about the crisis in Yemen.

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REVERSE THE TREND — Save our People. Save our Planet. Thursday, Jan. 21, 6-9 p.m.

Join us for an in-depth conversation with young artists and activists sharing their thoughts on how they're using their art to overcome nuclear and environmental injustices.

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Moving Connecticut’s Economy from War to Peace | YouTube

Find the unedited recording of yesterday's acclaimed, excellent conference, "Moving Connecticut’s Economy from War to Peace," here

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Justice For Congo – East Africa Joins the Call – UN Mapping Report Jan. 9, 2021

Jan. 9, 11 a.m. ET Sponsored by Friends of the Congo. Justice For Congo – ...

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Disarmament

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Becomes International Law | UN Dispatch

The treaty seeks to do to nuclear weapons what previous international treaties have done to chemical and biological weapons — ban their use on humanitarian grounds.

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Opinion: Yes, a U.S. president can start a nuclear war at any time | Stanley Heller via The News-Times of Danbury

If you’re terrified by the fact that a madman or mistake could end in nuclear holocaust, you’re not alone.

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Jerry Brown, William J. Perry, and David Holloway: Our advice to President-elect Biden: Break the dangerous pattern of nuclear competition with Russia | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Dialogue is not a reward or an exercise of naivete; it is an imperative for survival. When things are bad—as they are now—is precisely the time to talk.

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North Korea’s Kim Talks Of New Weapons, But Leaves Door Open For Biden | NPR

In a report Kim referred to the U.S. as North Korea's principal enemy, and vowed to develop a raft of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter the threat from Washington.

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Middle East

Joe Biden should end the US pretence over Israel’s ‘secret’ nuclear weapons | The Guardian

The cover-up has to stop – and with it, the huge sums in aid for a country with oppressive policies towards Palestinians

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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People Nov. 29 | United Nations

In 1977, the General Assembly called for the annual observance of 29 November as the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

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No Ceasefire Until Cause of War is Discussed: Taliban Spokesman | TOLOnews

He said that the Taliban wants the establishment of an Islamic system in which the values of people of the country are reflected.

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Biden-Harris ticket a blow to Palestinian hopes | The Electronic Intifada

Palestine solidarity activists feared this moment. So, too, did a wide range of progressives.

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Human Rights

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Economy

Moving Connecticut’s Economy from War to Peace | YouTube

Find the unedited recording of yesterday's acclaimed, excellent conference, "Moving Connecticut’s Economy from War to Peace," here

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US lawmakers move to end anonymous shell companies in national defense spending bill | ICIJ

A major anti-money laundering reform is expected to arrive in annual omnibus legislation with bipartisan support.

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First US taxpayer sentenced to prison for crimes revealed by Panama Papers | ICIJ

“It can’t be that most of us pay our taxes, and 17% can willy-nilly disrespect the law,” said Judge Richard M. Berman.

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US calls for ‘significant’ jail time for Panama Papers tax crooks | ICIJ

“Every tax fraud is theft from the pockets of every taxpaying citizen of this nation,” prosecutors said.

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Africa

Justice For Congo – East Africa Joins the Call – UN Mapping Report Jan. 9, 2021

Jan. 9, 11 a.m. ET Sponsored by Friends of the Congo. Justice For Congo – ...

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How I’ll govern Ghana if elected President: Brigitte Dzogbenuku | Premium Times

Brigitte Dzogbenuku’s Progressives Peoples Party recorded one per cent of the vote when she ran for vice-president in 2016

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‘War and Peace’ in Western Sahara: Restoring Cross-Border Trade with Africa | MoroccoWorldNews

On Nov. 13, the Moroccan army evacuated the Guerguerat crossing, located in the buffer zone on the Moroccan-Mauritanian border ...

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Asia

North Korea’s Kim Talks Of New Weapons, But Leaves Door Open For Biden | NPR

In a report Kim referred to the U.S. as North Korea's principal enemy, and vowed to develop a raft of new nuclear and conventional weapons to counter the threat from Washington.

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America’s War on Syrian Civilians | The New Yorker

.... It’s time to look honestly at the devastation that accompanies “targeted” air strikes.

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Leaked Documents Show How China’s Army of Paid Internet Trolls Helped Censor the Coronavirus | ProPublica

In the early hours of Feb. 7, China’s powerful internet censors experienced an unfamiliar and deeply unsettling sensation. They felt they were losing control.

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The DF-26 medium-range ballistic missile as seen after the military parade held in Beijing to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII.

Nuclear notebook: Chinese nuclear forces, 2020 | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

China continues the nuclear weapons modernization program that it initiated in the 1980s and increased in the 1990s and 2000s

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