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PEP Talk – Think Locally, Act Locally! | George Gantz

If you need a break from all the bad news we keep hearing about on the global stage, then check out some good local news in the new PEP Talk from Promoting Enduring Peace – Think Locally, Act Locally!

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Shana Tova-For A Sweet Year as Full of Human Rights as the Pomegranate is Full of Seeds | Arik Ascherman

I started to write these words flying back from Washington DC to join my family for Rosh HaShana and am hurriedly completing them before the holiday begins.

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Destructive Stock Buybacks—That You Pay For | Ralph Nader

Essentially burning trillions of dollars for the hyper enrichment of a handful of radical corporate state supremacists wasn’t what classical capitalism was supposed to be about.

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Notable Peace News

Syrian regime dropped sarin on rebel-held town in April, UN confirms | The Guardian

The Assad government said its strikes in Khan Sheikhun hit a weapons depot belonging to rebel forces, a claim dismissed by the UN investigators.

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Leaders of Top Robotics and AI Companies Call for Ban on Killer Robots | Future of Life Institute

Founders of AI/robotics companies, including Elon Musk from Tesla, SpaceX, and OpenAI, call for autonomous weapons ban, as UN delays negotiations.

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Australia issues unprecedented call for information about possible war crimes | Guardian, Wage Peace

Australia's military watchdog has issued an unprecedented public call for information about possible war crimes by Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

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Pranksters take advantage of FCC file-upload comment system | TheHill

Pranksters have posted a variety of fake messages on the Federal Communication Commission commenting system that have been made to look as if they are rebellious statements coming from within the organization.

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Disarmament

Approximately 50 B61 nuclear bombs inside an igloo at what might be Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Seventy-five igloos at Nellis store “one of the largest stockpile in the free world,” according to the U.S. Air Force, one of four central storage sites in the United States. Photo: Federation of American Scientists

NUKE WAR, Part II: Today’s global nuclear weapons states and their arsenals | Compton Herald

Global nuclear weapons ... are at their highest level ever. This, in spite of treaties and agreements that aim to reduce the potential for such cataclysm.

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Protest at the UN building in Geneva, encouraging nations to sign the CTBT.

Can the world come to its senses on nuclear weapons? | Greenpeace International

In July, a historic milestone was reached at the United Nations in New York when ...

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Low Enriched Uranium Bank Launches in Kazakhstan | NT

Because the same enrichment technology that produces fuel for a nuclear reactor can also produce the material for a nuclear bomb, the risk of proliferation of nuclear weapons would grow significantly if every country interested in nuclear power also pursued its own enrichment capabilities.

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The Story of a Man Who Survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki | Radio Lab

In early August of 1945, Tsutomu Yamaguchi had a run of the worst luck imaginable. A double blast of radiation left his future, and the future of his descendants, in doubt.

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Middle East

Roger Waters of the rock band Pink Floyd spray paints "No Thought Control" on a wall.

Congress Shouldn’t Silence Human Rights Advocates | Roger Waters via The New York Times

By endorsing a McCarthyite bill that threatens to silence the growing support for the B.D.S. movement, the government would be taking away Americans’ First Amendment rights to protect Israel from nonviolent pressure to end its 50-year-old occupation of Palestinian territory and other human rights abuses.

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Europe Must Not Buy What Israel Is Selling to Combat Terror | Jeff Halper

Israel has managed to turn 50 years of Palestinian resistance to occupation into a cottage industry, and is now selling the concept of a police state to the world

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The 16 Year War in Afghanistan – Headlines Tell the Story | Ralph Nader

Since 2001 the US has been at War in Afghanistan – the longest war in US history. Headlines concisely tell the story of this cruel boomeranging quagmire of human violence and misery.

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Trump’s plan for Mideast peace fades | AL Monitor

By now it is obvious that the "ultimate deal" between Israelis and Palestinians, which President Donald Trump promised in his first days in office, was little more than an optical illusion.

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Events

5th Annual Climate and Creation Stewardship Summit to focus on water, Oct. 28. Hamden, CT

As an interreligious group, IREJN takes care to undergird their event with the theological basis for climate justice and environmental concern. They do their best to represent multiple faiths throughout the day.

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The Desperate Science and Politics of Climate; Chubb Lecture by Bill McKibben Oct. 10, New Haven

Bill McKibben to deliver Chubb Lecture at Yale University, Woolsey Hall in New Haven Oct. 10.

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A Celebration of the Life of Mary Johnson 2-5 p.m. Oct. 1

Mary Johnson’s family was an important part of her life, but an equally significant part was her ongoing labor, peace, civil rights and social justice activism and the relationships forged in the course of that work.

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Campaign Nonviolence Week of Peace Actions 2017 | Pace e Bene

Let Campaign Nonviolence know that you will be planning a nonviolent action during CNV Action Week and they will add your information to their website soon.

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Economy

The waterfront district in Copenhagen. (Wikimedia / Srvora)

Why are the Danes so happy? Because their economy makes sense | Waging Nonviolence

The Danes did not end the push-back from the economic elite. Class struggle remains a reality in Denmark, as it does everywhere but their story of struggle offers valuable lessons for the rest of us. Especially those of us who want to be happy.

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Northern Cyprus has remained largely untouched by tourism / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Cyprus reunification: Would landmark peace deal ruin island’s natural beauty? | The Independent

As talks heat up in Switzerland, Darren Loucaides ponders the future impact of tourism on the untouched north of the island

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President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, April 2017 (Lan Hongguang/Xinhua/Eyevine/Redux)

Can China Replace the West? | The New York Review of Books

Review of Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond ~ by Gideon Rachman

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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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Asia

Rohingya refugees walk through rice fields after crossing over to the Bangladesh side of the Myanmar border on Friday. Bernat Armangue/Associated Press

A Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s Shame | Nicholas Kristof, The New York Times

The civilized world is calling for Daw Suu to be stripped of her Nobel Peace Prize and for the prize money to go to help feed the widows and orphans being created on her watch.

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On North Korea, Administration Contradicts Itself | Peace Action

".... This is an impulsive president with the diplomatic prowess of a toddler elevating the risk of a war that could cost millions of lives." ~ Jon Rainwater, Peace Action

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Why the U.S. Resistance Should Support Protests in Okinawa | HuffPost

Americans should support the protectors of the pristine blue waters and the impacted communities of Okinawa.

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Media captionThe US B-1 bombers were joined by South Korean and Japanese planes

Tensions mount after latest North Korean missile test | The Independent, BBC

US vows to take 'all necessary steps' to combat threat as it carries out military drills with South Korea

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