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Out of the Coronavirus Crisis Can Come Efficient Historic Changes for Justice | Ralph Nader

Many of us have heard that the Chinese character for “crisis” is also the character for “opportunity.”

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Making the Pandemic Worse | Kathy Kelly via Progressive.org

By punishing vulnerable people, Trump's policy of "maximum pressure" is undermining efforts to fight COVID-19.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo: Carolin Smith)

Curfews and (existential) questions | Mazin Qumsiyeh

Our health and the health of the planet are at stake. This is yet another stark reminder.

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A phone call from Mexico | Melinda Tuhus

Immigration is as much a fundamental a part of what makes us U.S. Americans as was the enslavement of Africans and genocide against the indigenous first peoples.

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Notable Peace News

Twitter Removes posts by Brazil’s Bolsonaro in crackdown on information that ‘may increase risk’ of Covid-19 spread | infowars.com

Bolsonaro has become the first ever head of state to have his tweets censored by the platform.

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Escalating Sanctions on Iran and Venezuela During Pandemic a ‘Crime Against Humanity’ | Accuracy.Org

U.S. Adds Iran Sanctions, Indicts Venezuela President as Countries Fight Coronavirus.

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FOR’s coronavirus prayer petition | Fellowship of Reconciliation

In this unique moment, FOR offers up the best alternative we know to encourage hope and solidarity…prayer.

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Streets with few people and closed shops mark daily life at the time of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Milan, Italy, March 11, 2020.  © 2020 Carlo Cozzoli/Sipa via AP Images

Postcard from Milan: Life in Italy’s Lockdown | Human Rights Watch

I’ll be staying at home as much as possible, keeping my distance when I go grocery shopping, washing my hands a lot. And hanging out on Skype with friends who live around the corner.

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Events

Promoting Enduring Peace Annual Meeting on Zoom 1 p.m. Saturday March 28

The Promoting Enduring Peace Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place online only via Zoom video conference beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday March 28. Stay tunes to this post for connection details

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Mass Poor People’s Assembly & Moral March on Washington June 2020 | Poor People’s Campaign

A National Call for Moral Revival .... Click for more information.

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Building Pathways to a People’s Economy Free Virtual Conference | PeoplesHub

Hear how communities across the country can use policy as a tool for advancing solidarity economies

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Perspectives on the Environmental Movement on the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day Feb. 19 | peacenews.org

Speaker: Frances Beinecke, YC ’71, F&ES ’74, President Emerita of the Natural Resources Defense Council

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Disarmament

Letting the Pentagon Loose With Your Tax Dollars | TomDispatch

... When you also include war and security costs buried in the budgets of other agencies, the actual proposed new Pentagon budget comes in at more than $1.2 trillion ....

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Nuclear Chess: Strategies and Outcomes | Voice of America

Hear Hans Kristensen on "Encounter," where he discusses the status and future of nuclear arms treaties and the implications of deploying new low-yield nuclear warheads.

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Do Young People Care About Nuclear Weapons? | Inkstick

They do. They just have to be activated.

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Visualizations and Verification | armscontrolwonk.com

James Palmer of the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment joins the ACW trio to talk about the importance of 3D modelling and data visualization

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Middle East

Putin and Erdogan in 2017

Syria’s Suffering Will Only Be Extended by Further Foreign Intervention | stopwar.org.uk

Chris Nineham: The desperate nine year war in Syria has been inflamed and prolonged by foreign interventions on all sides

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Bernie Sanders shown in a screenshot from The Hill website

Sanders won’t attend AIPAC conference, accuses it of providing platform for ‘bigotry’ | TheHill

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) blasted the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on Sunday in a ...

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Trump’s ‘peace plan’ is a farce with deadly consequences | Jewish Voice for Peace

"This is in no way a peace plan – it’s an apartheid plan. It’s a distraction ploy by two warmongerers who are prioritizing their personal election campaigns over any semblance of statecraft ...." ~ Rabbi Alissa Wise

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‘Artists on the Frontlines’: The Controversy Over a Pro-Palestinian Mural in Santa Fe | Palestine Chronicle

The mural by Navajo artist Remy is part of an increasingly visible counter-narrative to the Zionists’ efforts to ensure that theirs is the only legitimate story.

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Human Rights

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Latin America

Economy

Letting the Pentagon Loose With Your Tax Dollars | TomDispatch

... When you also include war and security costs buried in the budgets of other agencies, the actual proposed new Pentagon budget comes in at more than $1.2 trillion ....

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War damage: the South Kordofan town of Talodi has been the scene of recent fighting. (Photo: Salma Elwardany/IRIN)

Top DNC Committee Is Packed With Fossil Fuel and Bank Lobbyists | Truthout

Despite the pivotal role the DNC is likely to play in selecting who runs against President Trump, there is little public knowledge of who runs the party and who the superdelegates are.

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Building Pathways to a People’s Economy Free Virtual Conference | PeoplesHub

Hear how communities across the country can use policy as a tool for advancing solidarity economies

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Trump administration still angling toward Yucca Mountain, Energy exec says | Beyond Nuclear

From pro-Yucca dump, to anti-Yucca dump, to pro-Yucca dump -- what a difference six days can make, in Trumpland!

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Africa

Luanda Leaks | ICIJ

How Africa's richest woman exploited family ties, shell companies and inside deals to build an empire Isabel dos Santos made a fortune at the expense of the Angolan people.

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Prospects for revolution in Africa’s 55 countries | Waging Nonviolence

An overview of the current political situation in 55 African countries shows that many movements are making gains in the struggle against authoritarianism.

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Egyptian Peacekeepers at Work in North Darfur, Sudan.

Dispatches from a world in turmoil | Nature

Writing from Syria, Bolivia, Sudan, Iran, Chile, Egypt, Ecuador, Lebanon, Venezuela, Hong Kong and Catalonia, correspondents tell of altered priorities, day-to-day challenges and hope in the dark times.

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Is DR Congo on the brink? | Al Jazeera

More than 80 people have been killed in recent weeks in continuing attacks by rebel groups in the northeast.

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Asia

Review of Joseph Daher’s ‘Syria After the Uprising’ | Dan Fischer and Javier Sethness

From the March-April 2020 issue of News & Letters Editor’s note: This is the print ...

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Syria’s Detainees Left Even More Vulnerable to Coronavirus | HRW

“If you took pictures of the detainees now, you would see people who looked like those that are in the Caesar photographs, only they would be alive … The ones who died are the lucky ones.” ~ former detainee

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Nurse Wu Lingling farewells husband Zhao Kun before leaving for Wuhan in what has been described as a “suicide mission.” (Xinhua/ZUMA/Australscope/Ding Ting)

Love in the time of coronavirus | Campaign Nonviolence

Now more than ever nonviolent energy is urgently required to respond to the world of hurt that the COVID-19 tsunami is leaving in its wake. ~ Ken Butigan

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Meme circulating on the Chinese social media platform, WeChat. Author unknown. The image is a portrait of Soviet dissident writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and one of his quotes translated into Chinese: “We know they are lying, they also know they are lying, they know we know they are lying, we also know they know we know they are lying, yet they continue to lie.”

Is the coronavirus epidemic China’s ‘Chernobyl moment’? | Global Voices

What could possibly link the Chinese city of Wuhan to Chernobyl, the site of one ...

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