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Ralph Nader for Those Under 30 | Stanley Heller

Ralph Nader: The man is a living legend. Come and meet him at the award ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the SSS building, 1 Prospect St. in New Haven. You’ll even be able to buy his new book “Breaking Through Power” and get him to autograph it.

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Listen to your Syrian neighbors | David Good

"... May our elegies for the children of Syria move us to reclaim our prophetic voice. May they move us to listen to our Syrian neighbors and so be inspired to speak out against all forms of militarism, nationalism, xenophobia and hate...."

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Commenting on Phyllis Bennis’ Awful Article on Syria

by Stanley Heller I was enraged after seeing Phyllis Bennis’ article on Common Dreams.  Here ...

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Yemenis Endure World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis While Subject to Sea Blockade and Bombing | Kathy Kelly

"While Yemeni children are starving in large part because of Saudi bombings, US weapons makers, including General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, are making a killing on the sales.” ~ Medea Benjamin, Dec. 2016

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Palestinians Told Me, Support Us by Practicing BDS | Dan Fischer

The idea is simple, modeled after the boycotts that helped end South Africa's apartheid and America's formal segregation. Around the world, communities, campuses, and families boycott Israeli products and divest from Israeli war profiteers.

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Strategist Steve Bannon arrives for a joint press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and US President Donald Trump in the East Room of the White House April 12, 2017 in Washington, DC. NATO is the "bulwark of international peace and security" but its European members "must pay what they owe," US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday alongside the political head of the military alliance. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

As the ‘alt-right’ breaks from Trump, so goes its moment in the sun | Waging Nonviolence

NATO is the "bulwark of international peace and security" but its European members "must pay what they owe," U.S. President Donald Trump said alongside the political head of the military alliance.

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FBI Agrees to Give Records to Anti-War Reporters | Courthouse News

Once they learned that Antiwar.com was under surveillance, journalists Eric Garris and Dennis Raimondo submitted their own FOIA requests for records on themselves and the site, the bulk of which the FBI refused to release. So they sued for the remaining records.

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Pentagon Spent More Than Any Other Department on Propaganda | RSN

It seems the Pentagon needs all it can to sugarcoat the U.S. and its aggressive foreign policy.

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Disarmament

Frank von Hippel

United Nations — Scientists Against Nukes (Frank von Hippel)

In March 2017, a group of the world's foremost scientists gathered at the United Nations headquarters in support of a global ban on nuclear weapons. Here are their informal statements to the public.

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160831-N-SS202-003 ATLANTIC OCEAN (August 31, 2016) An unarmed Trident II D5 missile launches from the Ohio-class fleet ballistic-missile submarine USS Maryland (SSBN 738) off the coast of Florida. The test launch was part of the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs demonstration and shakedown operation certification process. The successful launch certified the readiness of an SSBN crew and the operational performance of the submarine's strategic weapons system before returning to operational availability (U.S. Navy Photo John Kowalski/Released)

More precise U.S. nukes could raise tensions with Russia | Science | AAAS

Russian President Vladimir Putin complained to journalists last year about a risky expansion of nuclear weapons systems across the board. “Your people,” he said, referring to the United States and its allies, “do not feel a sense of the impending danger—this is what worries me.”

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US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, speaks outside the United Nations General Assembly on March 27, 2017 in New York (AFP)

United Nations: Countries to kick off talks on global nuclear weapons ban | Pulse

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said at the UN last week "Quite a high number of countries are actually interested in saying we have to break the deadlock that has been on this issue for so many years."

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Image: Courtesy the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Lessons from the Nuclear Freeze | Boston Review

"If Reagan had previously shown a cavalier willingness to launch a nuclear war, he now spoke of avoiding war and emphasized peace."

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Middle East

? The Pentagon’s damage-assessment image of Syria’s Shayrat airfield following the US missile strike on April 7, 2017. (Photo courtesy of US Department of Defense / DigitalGlobe)

The Chemical-Weapons Attack In Syria: Is There a Place for Skepticism? | The Nation

? The American media has excluded dissenting expert opinions in its rush to embrace Trump’s war on Syria.

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We stand with Omar Barghouti against the silencing of dissent | Jewish Voice for Peace

You can sign this petition from Promoting Enduring Peace urging the Israeli government to drop the gag order Omar Barghouti’s case, dismiss the charges, and restore his permission to travel abroad and receive the Gandhi Peace Award April 23 in New Haven.

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Palestinian Committee Statement on the Arrest of Omar Barghouti for ‘tax evasion’

BNC Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti & Repress the BDS Movement: "Omar is currently enduring a fourth day of interrogation." -- evidently why we haven't heard from him.

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Zionism, The Nakba And Feminism | The Huffington Post

In Israel, as well as in the U.S., the Nakba is often disregarded or denied altogether. Instead, the focus is on the creation of Israel as a haven for Jews, completely ignoring the mass dispossession of the Palestinian people.

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March for Science NHV April 22, 2017, New Haven

Website: www.sciencemarchnhv.org Want to volunteer by telling a story, doing a science demo, or marshalling ...

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Barghouti to Accept Peace Award in Person with Ralph Nader April 23, New Haven

An Israeli judge has agreed to temporarily suspend the travel ban on Omar Barghouti. As a result, he will come to the United States to accept the Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring Peace in person. The co-winner of the award is consumer and peace activist Ralph Nader.

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Ralph Nader for Those Under 30 | Stanley Heller

Ralph Nader: The man is a living legend. Come and meet him at the award ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the SSS building, 1 Prospect St. in New Haven. You’ll even be able to buy his new book “Breaking Through Power” and get him to autograph it.

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4/21: Science & Security Summit | Federation of American Scientists

Where do scientists and engineers belong in the current political landscape? What are the roles of scientists and engineers in global security and safety? How can scientists and engineers keep us safe?

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Economy

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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The public favors cutting defense spending, not adding billions more, new survey finds | Center for Public Integrity

Public opinion is again at odds with Washington about how to spend tax revenues, as most support reductions in federal military and homeland security spending

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A portion of President Donald Trump's first proposed budget, focusing on the Department of Energy, and released by the Office of Management and Budget, is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Jon Elswick/AP

Trump budget: an extra billion dollars for nuclear weapons | Center for Public Integrity

His draft 2018 budget would drastically curtail State Department spending and foreign aid and end financing for the U.S. Institute of Peace, but boost the budget for nuclear weapons production by 11 percent

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Fragility in Europe is on the rise, and we’re not doing enough to respond | World Economic Forum

European security has entered a period of intense fragility. Three broad factors are now at play. Taken together, they make it all the more difficult to implement coherent responses.

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Asia

Anti U.S base leader Hiroji Yamashiro being removed by police after staging a sit-in protest protest against the construction of helipads in front of the gate of U.S. military's Northern Training Area in the village of Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, on August 19, 2016. Japanese government resume construction of total six helipads in a fragile ten million year old Yanbaru forest that is home to endemic endangered species such as the Okinawan rail and Okinawan wood pecker. (Photo by Richard Atrero de Guzman/NURPhoto) (Photo by Richard Atrero de Guzman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Japan detains movement leader to silence struggle against U.S. military bases | Waging Nonviolence

“It’s clear that the purpose of detaining him is to stop the anti-base protests … He took a central role in opposing the military base. His detention is a warning to others, just as construction enters a key phase,” retired judge Isamu Nakasone said.

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Nuclearization of Indian Ocean threat to regional peace | TheNation.pk

The nuclearization and militarization of Indian Ocean poses a grave threat to the regional peace and security, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday.

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India on track to beat its Paris targets years ahead of schedule, according to government report | ThinkProgress

That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early.

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South Korea’s Historic “One Million People Protest” to Oust Washington’s Puppet President Park Geun-hye | Centre for Research on Globalization

As the United States ushers in a new right wing president into office, South Korea is about to give theirs the boot.

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