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At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict, according to latest United Nations figures.

ALL the International Powers Want to Crush the Syrian Uprising | Joseph Daher

We need to support these pockets of hope and the popular (armed and civilian) resistance still existing in Syria and composed of various democratic and progressive groups and movements opposing all sides of the counter-revolution, the Assad regime and Islamic fundamentalist groups. ~ Joseph Daher

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President Obama, Go to Gitmo! | Alli McCracken

Wouldn’t it be grand if President Barack Obama visited Caimanera to make an announcement that the prison would be closed and the lovely Cuban seaport would finally be returned to its rightful owners?

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Advice to Palestinians | Mazin Qumsiyeh

I posed the question to readers a while ago as we moved from 2015 to 2016: "What would YOU advise Palestinian to do? I am genuinely curious as to how many of my readers have constructive advice based on what they know of geo-strategic structures, capabilities, etc."

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United Nations: Air drop food to Syrian towns under siege | Stanley Heller

Air drop food and medicine. End the Inhuman Sieges.

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Notable Peace News

A man carries a child from a building following a reported barrel bomb attack by Syrian government forces on Aleppo. Some 50,000 people have fled the recent upsurge in fighting there. Photograph: Karam Al-Masri/AFP/Getty

Report on Syria conflict finds 11.5% of population killed or injured | The Guardian

Guardian Exclusive: Syrian Centre for Policy Research says 470,000 deaths is twice UN’s figure with ‘human development ruined’ after 45% of population is displaced

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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Says It’s Time To Cut Off Support For Saudi Arabia’s War In Yemen | TheStruggle.org

Senate Democrat Says It’s Time To Cut Off Support For Saudi Arabia’s War In Yemen ...

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The Super Bowl Promotes War | David Swanson, Let’s Try Democracy

I know, I know. It sounds a bit far fetched. But this article by David Swanson makes a LOT of good points, beginning with the fact that the U.S. military has dumped millions of our dollars into paying the NFL to publicly display love for soldiers and weaponry. Check it out!

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As a big conference on aid for Syrian refugees gets under way in London, peace talks in Geneva stall | economist

The suspension of the talks may be intended to put pressure on Moscow to play a more constructive role

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Disarmament

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Chart shows U.S. defense spending dwarfs the rest of the world | The Washington Post

The International Institute for Strategic Studies has released its Military Balance 2016 report, which seeks to examine closely the changing nature of military power.

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Ban Ki-moon delivers powerful speech to packed Central Hall Westminster | United Nations Association

"... We need States that are party to the Arms Trade Treaty to set an example in fulfilling one of the Treaty’s main purposes: controlling arms flows to actors that may use them in ways that breach international humanitarian law." ~ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

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The Frightening Prospect of a Nuclear War Is About to Become a Lot More Likely | historynewsnetwork.org

A fight now underway over newly-designed U.S. nuclear weapons highlights how far the Obama administration has strayed from its commitment to build a nuclear-free world.

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Middle East

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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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Understanding Syria’s Revolution: A Response to Mairead Maguire’s Article on Syria | By Joseph Daher

The revolutionaries in Syria are fighting, like the other activists in the countries of the region, for freedom and dignity and also against the authoritarian regimes and the Islamic groups and jihadists who are opposed to their objectives.

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Angaza Laughinghouse, Local 150, speaking at the 2015 UE Convention on the resolution "Justice and Peace for the Peoples of Palestine and Israel."

UE Win at NLRB: Harassing Political Charge by Israeli Law Firm Dismissed | UE

On Jan. 12, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 6 dismissed an unfair labor practice charge brought by an Israeli law firm against UE over the union’s support of protests against Israeli policies.

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Skype interview with Michael Karadjis in Sydney Australia | The Struggle.org

On Starvation and Fake Pictures and Staged Rescues

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Human Rights

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Events

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2016 Summit on Saudi Arabia | CODEPINK

At the Summit on Saudi Arabia, you will be able to connect with scholars, human rights advocates and other activists to discuss these issues and more.

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British disarmament campaign targets new Trident nuclear weapons

The majority of people of the world want to see positive steps taken towards global nuclear disarmament – but talks and negotiations have been stalled for years.

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‘Don’t Switch From One Dirty Fuel to Another’ climate activists to demand at public hearing Monday, Feb. 1

On Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, there will be a public hearing in Bridgeport, CT on the proposal by the PSEG company to close a coal plant BUT build a methane plant in or near the same location and give the city $7 million in sweeteners.

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Be a part of the Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba! | Pastors for Peace

The Caravan will educate about the important role U.S. citizens can play in lifting the U.S. blockade of Cuba and the travel ban. The Caravan will visit congressional offices and invite Caravan event organizers and supporters to join in the meetings.

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Economy

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The 1% Economy: The World’s Richest 62 People Now Have as Much as Poorest 3.6 Billion | Democracy Now!

A new report from Oxfam on global inequality finds the world’s richest 62 billionaires now own as much wealth as half the world.

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Groups decrying ‘dark money’ use shadowy money themselves | Center for Public Integrity

Groups that complain about “dark money” in politics may need to look into the darkness ...

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Huge Omnibus Appropriations Package: An Unwieldy Mess | Council for a Livable World

A Washington D.C. group focused on national security issues criticized the $1.067 trillion appropriations bill filed late last evening as “'n unwieldy mess'

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Engelhardt, Roads to Nowhere, Ghost Soldiers, and a $43 Million Gas Station in Afghanistan | TomDispatch

In the post-9/11 years, “reconstruction” and “war” have been euphemisms for what, in other countries, we would recognize as a massive system of corruption.

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Asia

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Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, Chief Minister Of Jammu And Kashmir, Dies At 79 | various

His promise of a "healing touch" during his first tenure as Chief Minister was rooted in his belief that there was no militaristic solution to the insurgency and alienation.

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North Korea hydrogen bomb test: UN condemns act as ‘a clear threat to international peace and security’ | Independent

The hermit kingdom’s claim to have tested a hydrogen bomb for the first time has met with incredulity. But the announcement is an ominous reminder of the country’s threat to world peace

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Propose Peace Treaty as North Korea Plans Party Congress | Cato @ Liberty

There’s no guarantee that increased sanctions would cause North Korea to capitulate to U.S. demands.

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South Korea-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang Dec. 16, 2015.

North Korea slams Canada’s reaction to pastor’s life sentence as slander | Reuters

North Korea's highest court said North Korean-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim had attempted to overthrow the government and undermine its social system with "religious activities" for the past 18 years. Lim's church has said he visited the North more than 100 times since 1997 and helped set up an orphanage and nursing home.

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