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Afghanistan swears in new leader amid dispute, violence | Reuters

Afghanistan inaugurated its first new president in a decade on Monday, swearing in technocrat Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government just as the withdrawal of most foreign troops presents a crucial test.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai slams U.S. government policy in Afghanistan | The Washington Post

Karzai, who will be replaced by President-elect Ashraf Ghani on Monday, accused the American government of spending the past 13 years focused on “its own interests” instead of what was best for the Afghan people.

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Mysterious ‘peace pole’ stumps Westport officials | News 12 Connecticut

Officials in Westport are all for peace, but they're stumped by who left a "peace pole" firmly planted in the dirt next to a sign for the Town Hall on Myrtle Avenue.

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Columnists

Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance | Medea Benjamin

Use the United Nations to reinforce the peace process. Scrap the missile defense shield. No Western troops in the Baltic states. And dismantle the NATO war machine. Read more from Medea Benjamin here.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Still Out of Control | Stanley Heller

Over the last century sea level has risen less than a foot, but because of just that rise the surge from Hurricane Sandy flooded a good chunk of lower Manhattan. Climate rallies will take place in NYC on Sept. 21 and in Bridgeport, Conn., on Sept. 13. Please go.

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One Year After Egypt’s Rab’a Massacre, US Still Funding Repression | Medea Benjamin

The systematic and intentional killing of unarmed protesters is a crime against humanity and those responsible should be investigated and held accountable.

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Act For Gaza | Mazin Qumsiyeh

Palestinian Civil society organizations and public figures are calling on the world to demand the opening of the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

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Disarmament

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Show the world you have the courage to ban nuclear weapons | ICAN

September 26, 2014 is Nuclear Abolition Day.

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U.S. Ramping Up Major Renewal in Nuclear Arms | NYTimes.com

A nationwide wave of atomic revitalization includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers.

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Why NATO should eliminate its tactical nukes, despite Russian belligerence | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Leaders attending the upcoming NATO summit at Cardiff, Wales, will face, once again, the question of what to do about the U.S. nuclear weapons stationed at NATO bases throughout Europe.

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Thousands surrounded a nuclear weapons complex in the United Kingdom to call for disarmament earlier this month. (Wool not Weapons)

Thousands surround British nuclear weapons factory in seven-mile-long ‘peace scarf’ | Waging Nonviolence

Earlier this month, thousands of people staged a massive protest in the United Kingdom in which they surrounded a nuclear weapons factory complex in Berkshire with a “peace scarf” to advocate for nuclear disarmament.

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Middle East

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel, addresses the general debate of the sixty-fourth session of the General Assembly. 24/Sep/2009. United Nations, New York

Israel’s Bloated War Machine | The Nation

Prime Minister Netanyahu promotes and sometimes manufactures an endless series of national security crises. The military and settlers win; everyone else loses.

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How Israel Silences Dissent | Mairav Zonszein, NYTimes.com

The vilification of the few Israelis who don’t subscribe to right-wing doctrine is not new. But now they have multiplied, escalated and spread.

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At least 18,000 homes were destroyed in the attacks on Gaza in the summer of 2014.

Briefing: What’s in the UN’s new Gaza agreement? | IRIN

The UN, the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal that seeks to increase access. What are the terms?

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Why Barack Obama’s declaration of perpetual war against ISIS is illegal | Stop the War Coalition

Besides being illegal, Obama's war promises to exacerbate the volatile situation in the region, resulting in more hostility and risking blowback against the United States.

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Human Rights

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Events

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Register today to hear Dr. Ira Helfand’s webinar, Nuclear Weapons Abolition 101, 8 p.m. EST Sept. 30

Register today to hear Dr. Ira Helfand's webinar, Nuclear Weapons Abolition 101, on Tuesday, Sept. 30

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Presentation by Vijay Prashad on saying ‘No’ to the new U.S. war in the Middle East 8 p.m. Oct. 7, CCSU New Britain

No to the New U.S. War in the Middle East! US Military Intervention into Iraq, Syria, and Libya: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7

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Climate Stewardship Summit Oct. 12-13 West Hartford

Registration is now open for the Climate Stewardship Summit Oct. 12-13, in West Hartford, Conn.

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Invitation to Change Everything: Sept. 20-21, NYC

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

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Economy

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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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The big problem with the ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan | The Washington Post

Today's big Associated Press story about the United States apparently creating a "Cuban Twitter" to help foment dissent in the country has caused a big stir.

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Asia

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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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Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg | Conn M. Hallinan

A major cause of current tensions in the East and South China seas are two documents that most Americans have either forgotten about or don’t know exist.

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Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents march on a downtown street. (AP photo Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong Government Arrests Hundreds Of Democracy Protesters, Warns ‘Violence Is Imminent’ | ThinkProgress

Police in Hong Kong early Wednesday morning arrested more than 500 protesters after the city’s annual protest to encourage more democracy in the territory.

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In this photo released by South Korean Unification Ministry, Lee Duk-haeng, right, the head of South Korea's working-level delegation, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart, Park Yong Il, during their meeting at Tongilgak in the North Korean side of Panmunjom on Feb. 5. On Wednesday, the two sides are scheduled to hold their highest-level talks in years. (photo: South Korean Unification Ministry)

North Korea’s Peace Commission Is Very Bad At Its Job | ThinkProgress

One might assume that the statements issued by the "Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea" would be full of diplomatic language, urging an end to the war that officially is still ongoing between North and South Korea. But given the Committee’s place as a communications arm of the North Korean government, that’s not the case.

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