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Talking to Edward Snowden Is the Next Best Thing to Sex, Says John Perry Barlow | Truthdig Radio

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The poet and activist John Perry Barlow says his friend Edward Snowden’s mind “is like cool, clear spring water.”

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War & Peace: The only real reason for conflict — money | WhoWhatWhy

Vladimir Putin, drumming up Russian nationalism, is stepping up a new battle over Europe. But this time thee U.S. and Russia aren’t fighting about ideology.

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No Debate: Antiwar Voices Absent from Corporate TV News Ahead of U.S. Attacks on Iraq & Syria | Democracy Now!

There was almost no debate about whether the U.S. should go to war in Iraq and Syria. FAIR found that of more than 200 guests who appeared on network shows to discuss the topic, just six voiced opposition to military action.

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Chart: The top buyers and sellers in the global arms race | The Washington Post

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants India to become not only a defense manufacturer but also a major weapons exporter, much like China has become since 2006.

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Columnists

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now

Amy Goodman: Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold | Amy Goodman via Truthdig

It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people’s climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed ... at least for now.

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John Kerry conducted a theatre of the absurd in Amman | Mazin Qumsiyeh via Middle East Eye

US Secretary John Kerry met in Amman with King Abdullah, PM Netanyahu, and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas for the umpteenth episode of the ongoing theatre saga dubbed the "peace process."

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RE/MAX Cashes in on Israel’s Illegal Settlements | Medea Benjamin

Among the 90 countries with RE/MAX franchises is in Israel. Since its entry into the Israeli market in 1995, RE/MAX has become the largest network of real estate agencies in Israel, boasting 100 branches and over 900 real estate agents in this small country roughly the size of New Jersey.

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Report on Une histoire populaire de la resistance Palestinienne | Mazin Qumsiyeh

It was inspiring to talk with so many active people who are looking for ways to help and build a better future for humanity and also for fellow living things on this small planet.

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Disarmament

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World’s biggest arms company Lockheed Martin set to grab chunk of privatised NHS | Stop the War Coalition

DOCTORS have expressed dismay at reports that an international arms firm is considering a bid for a £1bn NHS contract to run GP support services in England.

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Pentagon Studies Reveal Major Nuclear Problems | NYTimes.com

Two separate Pentagon studies concluded that there are “systemic problems across the nuclear enterprise."

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Obama’s Plans Violate His Commitment to a Nuclear Weapons-Free World | Center for Arms Control & Non-Proliferation

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Phil Coyle agrees: Obama's trillion dollar plan to rebuild the U.S. nuclear arsenal is a violation of his commitment to a nuclear weapons-free world.

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7 things you need to know about the resolution on Women and Disarmament from UNGA First Committee | Control Arms Blog

Of 63 resolutions adopted, it was easily the most hotly debated with multiple meetings scheduled nearly every week to negotiate the text of the resolution.

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Middle East

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Farewell Kabul – Viewfinder | Al Jazeera

By the end of 2014, only 9,800 US troops will remain in Afghanistan, which is causing widespread concerns about the country's stability.

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The Arbaki can secure Afghanistan better than the US | Al Jazeera English

Security above all remains the top priority - followed by food, employment, fuel and the price of basic necessities. Without security, none of the other needs can be met.

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Mission accomplished! The never-ending story of how to mess up Afghanistan | Stop the War Coalition

The disastrous history of “blowback”, not just on devastated Afghanistan, but on New York City and Washington, is painfully well known and not yet over. Not by half.

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The Istanbul Process in urgent need of more devotion | www.sipri.org

Inaugurated in 2011, the Process is unique as it is the only multilateral vehicle led by Afghanistan, thus permitting the country a greater say in its own affairs.

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Human Rights

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Events

Previous Parliament member of the Freedom and Justice political party, Egypt, Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery

Future of Freedom in Egypt with Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery 5-7 p.m. Nov. 22, New Haven

Dr. Abdul Mawgoud Dardery will be discussing the future of freedom in Egypt 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Omni New Haven Hotel

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Rabbi Arik Ascherman

“A Rabbinic View of Human Rights in Israel” with Rabbi Arik Ascherman 2 p.m. Nov. 23, Middletown

"A Rabbinic View of Human Rights in Israel" with Rabbi Arik Ascherman 2 p.m. Nov. 23, Middletown

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Medea Benjamin on Human Rights, 10 a.m. Nov. 21, Bridgeport

CODEPINK co-founder and 2014 Gandhi Peace Award recipient Medea Benjamin will be discussing the recent Human Rights Watch report on democracy and human rights in Egypt.

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Anti-War Vigil 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 21, New Haven

This Friday is the third of the month. Let's give passersby something to cheer, honk, about.

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Economy

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The most important thing you‘ve never heard of | openDemocracy

When global corporations gain rights through free trade deals, citizens lose out–in large part through a negative boomerang effect of job losses and wage stagnation that cheaper goods just don’t compensate for.

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Watch John Oliver Brilliantly Destroy the Myth of Economic Mobility in America | mic.com

In just 15 minutes, John Oliver perfectly summed up the utter absurdity of America's attitude toward income inequality.

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Nixing the Pentagon Slush Fund Why do we have two military budgets? | Ryan Alexander, TaxPayer.net

There are legitimate reasons to have a contingency budget to deal with unforeseen crises. Historically, that kind of spending has fallen into the relatively small $2-3 billion range.

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$570B on nukes over the next decade? Tell Obama ‘Please, No.’ | PSR

The government is projected to spend $570 billion on nukes over the next decade. Maintaining an arsenal of over 5,000 nuclear weapons just makes no sense.

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Asia

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Fishing for Peace in Korea | FPIF

Various environmental challenges have only sharpened the conflict. But with a new imperative to address these environmental problems, the NLL can offer the two Koreas an opportunity to chart a new relationship for the 21st century.

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China: Sharpening Swords for War? | The National Interest Blog

From a realist’s geopolitical perspective, the United States needs to keep eyes on global hot spots with concentrations of power that could adversely affect American national interests.

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"No More Futenma!" Protesters at the "No Base Okinawa" demonstration in Ginowan, Japan. (Photo: Chris Davis / Flickr)

An Appeal From Okinawa to the US Congress | japanfocus.org

The US government bears a distinct legal responsibility, even though the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Okinawa prefectural government’s land reclamation permit approval process are both primarily responsibilities of the government of Japan.

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Russia’s Evolving Arctic Strategy: Drivers, Challenges and New Opportunities | SIPRI

Despite the considerable attention given to the development of the Arctic by the Russian leadership, progress in achieving Russia's goals in the Arctic has been slow.

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