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Where is God’s glory? Thoughts on public housing, Kariyut and Holot | Rabbi Arik Ascherman

Moving from degradation to praise can be a process. In some ways our successes point out our weaknesses, and how much further we still have to go.

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President Obama Can Help Save Saudi Youth Facing Beheading | Medea Benjamin

Given the uproar following Sheikh al-Nimr’s execution, saving the lives of these young men could ease tensions and show the Saudis that the U.S. government will no longer close its eyes to their grotesque human rights record.

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Cambridge City Council Divests From Nuclear Weapons Production | Joseph Gerson

Even as the US is on track to spend a trillion dollars -- a thousand billion -- for a new generation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems, there is encouraging news from the disarmament movement.

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A Tale of Two Grandmothers | Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

Mary Anne Grady Flores was wearing a scarf on the day she went to prison—but not for protection from the snow. "I’m wearing a blue scarf today, and the kids from Afghanistan were the ones that sent this bolt of cloth," she told us, so "that someday we could live with the vision of the future of blue skies, of peace."

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Notable Peace News

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VIDEO: Air Strikes on Aleppo Hospital Indiscriminate or Targeted? | The Real News

Patrick Cockburn and Joseph Daher discuss the escalation of bombing in Syria that has killed 200 people in six days and undermined the peace talks in Geneva

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Imagining ‘a World Without Nuclear Weapons’ | NYTimes Letter

Foreign policy experts offer “a prudent deterrent strategy.”

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US ‘concerned’ about Israel destroying Palestinian homes | Ynetnews/Reuters

"These actions are indicative of a damaging trend of demolitions, displacement and land confiscation," spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told a State Department briefing.

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Why the Arabs don’t want us in Syria | Robert F. Kennedy Jr. via Politico

They don’t hate ‘our freedoms.’ They hate that we’ve betrayed our ideals in their own countries — for oil.

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Disarmament

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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Cambridge Divests $1 Billion From Nukes Following Grassroots Campaign | Future of Life Institute

Cambridge, Mass., is divesting the city's $1 billion pension fund out of companies that create nuclear weapons. Congratulations to everyone involved in making that happen! Here's how they did it...

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Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani (C) with senior army officials and scientists of Pakistan Army?s Strategic Force CommandReuters

Which countries have atomic weapons and how many do they have? | IBTimes

At the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington, DC, world leaders have assembled to confront a diverse array of nuclear threats.

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Middle East

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FCNL Applauds Congressional Letter Backing ‘Leahy Law’ Application in Israel and Egypt | FCNL

View PDF Version Here The Friends Committee on National Legislation welcomes the congressional letter to ...

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Inas Nofal 15, is the only female runner in the Gaza Strip. She training for the Bethlehem marathon on April 1. (Hazem Balousha/The Washington Post)

She’s a young runner in Gaza, and she refuses to give up the race | The Washington Post

Nofal, the youngest of four sisters, initially started running in a closed stadium but ventured out to run in the streets last December.

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Playwright, actor Katie O’Kelly writes about her time in Palestine | TheJournal.ie

‘Having lived in Dublin all my life, I’m not used to being stopped at checkpoints, harassed and searched’

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Jewish Peace Groups Reveal Role in Spoof New York Times That Criticized Paper’s Stance on Israel | Democracy Now!

A Palestinian village has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Israel is throwing open its doors to refugees. Those were some of the headlines that appeared in a fake version of The New York Times distributed across New York City on Tuesday.

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Human Rights

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Events

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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May Day New Haven celebrates its 30th year, from noon-5 p.m., Sunday May 1, New Haven Green

Come celebrate May Day, International Workers’ Day, Sunday May 1 from noon until 5 p.m. on the New Haven Green. Raindate: Sunday May 8.

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An atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the United States at Enewetak Atoll, Marshall Islands, on 1 November 1952. Photo: US Government

Reducing the Dangers of Nuclear War, MIT, Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 9 a.m. | Radius

Responding to the continuing risk of nuclear war or accident, this conference is intended to focus on reducing the risks of a nuclear event.

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Economy

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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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Video: The Panama Papers | ICIJ

Giant leak of offshore financial records exposes crime, corruption

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Asia

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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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Live Blog: Is the Emerging China-Russia Axis Shifting the World’s Balance of Power? | Truthdig

VIDEO: A Brookings Institution panel explores whether the closer alignment is changing international politics “to the disadvantage,” as Brookings puts it, of U.S., Europe and the rest of Asia.

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China Redoubles Its War On Coal | ThinkProgress

The Chinese have shut inefficient coal power plants, closed countless mines, slashed imports, and adopted a slew of policies to scale back coal use by some of their biggest industrial coal consumers — cement, steel, iron, and power generation.

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