Peace

Environment

Columnists

Path is Clear: Transform the Single Apartheid State | Jeff Halper

Trump’s imperial declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel met with apathy on the ...

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The Quality of Mercy | Kathy Kelly

This world in arms “is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists and the hopes of its children.”

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Forever Young: Staughton Lynd | Andy Piascik

This past Wednesday was Staughton Lynd’s 88th birthday. To mark the occasion, here is a ...

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The Fight to Stop a New Base in Okinawa | Joseph Gerson

Here please find the statement made by Suzuyo Takazato think about ways that you can support Okinawans' inspiring nonviolent struggle against U.S. and Japanese militarism.

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Notable Peace News

RBS, British Airways, Porsche, Caterpillar and the private spies | TBIJ

In the UK, Caterpillar hired a second corporate intelligence firm, Inkerman, to monitor protesters, according to another set of leaked documents.

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ICAN’s Nobel Peace Prize 2017 acceptance speech | Reuters

... It is our firm conviction that ICAN, more than anyone else, has in the past year given the efforts to achieve a world without nuclear weapons a new direction and new vigour...

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In Syria, ‘Reconciliation’ Is Bleak | The Nation

This letter from Moadamiya is part of a project that draws on citizen journalists to depict daily life in war zones where international reporters cannot travel due to threats from the warring parties.

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Disarmament

Special Report: in Modernizing Nuclear Arsenal, U.S. Stokes New Arms Race | US News

By the time Obama left office in January 2017, the risk of Armageddon hadn’t receded.

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This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Mexico’s Senate approved the prohibition of nuclear weapons | Vallarta News

With 80 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstentions, the plenary session approved the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons making Mexico the fourth country to join that mechanism.

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Inside a Minuteman missile silo. (photo: wikimedia commons)

Decoding Donald | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Before he does something rash and irreversible with those codes, it is imperative to decode Donald, taking the necessary steps to remove this power from him.

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CBO Study Presents Options For A More Affordable Nuclear Modernization Plan | Federation of American Scientists

A new report by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office pojects that the current plan to sustain and modernize US nuclear forces will cost $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years – or $41.4 billion per year.

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Middle East

Photo taken by Mariam Barghouti on Instagram and re-used with permission. Original caption reads: Watching Trumps speech. Face explains it: a little bit of mental cursing and a little bit of this is nothing new mixed with lament and meh.

Palestinians Aren’t Surprised by US Jerusalem Move As World Already ‘Ignores Their Existence’ | Global Voices

Watching Trumps speech. Face explains it: a little bit of mental cursing and a little bit of this is nothing new mixed with lament and meh.

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Palestinian women shout slogans during a protest in Gaza City on December 6, 2017.

Trump’s Jerusalem Plan Is a Deadly Provocation | The Atlantic

The decision to recognize the city as Israel's capital increases the odds of violence because it deepens Palestinian despair.

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A Syrian woman walks past damaged buildings in Douma, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

War drives record $22.5 bln aid appeal in 2018 | Reuters, KUNA, ET

Needs are rising substantially in Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya, Somalia and Sudan

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Unfounded charges of anti-Semitism at SF State protect no one | SF Examiner

The ongoing war in Israel/Palestine and surrounding states has now come to American campuses. False charges of anti-Semitism are just another tactic in the war, and they restrict the academic freedom of students and faculty....

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Human Rights

Peace in the Arts

Latin America

Africa

Events

Innovations in Alternative Energy and Power Generation in Cuba Sat. Dec. 16 10:30 a.m.

Join us at the New Haven Free Public Library for a discussion about Cuba's energy future with Professor Luis Vazquez Seisdedos Sat. Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

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Innovations in Alternative Energy and Power Generation in Cuba Sat. Dec. 16 10:30 a.m.

Join us at the New Haven Free Public Library for a discussion about Cuba's energy future with Professor Luis Vazquez Seisdedos Sat. Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

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Historian Timothy Snyder to Lecture Tonight in New Haven

The 2017 Mark Shafer Lecture will be delivered by Timothy Snyder, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the United Church Parish House, Great Hall, 323 Temple St. Admission is free.

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Historian Timothy Snyder to Lecture Nov. 28, New Haven

The 2017 Mark Shafer Lecture will be delivered by Timothy Snyder, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the United Church Parish House, Great Hall, 323 Temple St. Admission is free.

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Economy

Deana Lucion, who lives in McDowell County, West Virginia. Life expectancy for men in McDowell County is 64 years old – the same as for men in Namibia. Photograph: Jeff Swensen

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty … in America, the world’s richest nation | The Guardian

At the heart of Philip Alston’s special mission will be one question: Can Americans enjoy fundamental human rights if they’re unable to meet basic living standards?

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China takes economic hit as environment nears ‘point of no return’ | CNN Money

Beijing wants to swap its polluted air for blue skies. Doing so will be costly.

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How lawyers and big banks help one of Asia’s largest paper companies expand despite poor environmental record and social conflicts.

Paradise Papers Leak Reveals Offshore’s Role In Forest Destruction | ICIJ

How lawyers and big banks help one of Asia’s largest paper companies expand despite poor environmental record and social conflicts.

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ICIJ’s ‘Paradise Papers’ Exposes Trump-Russia Links and Piggy Banks of the 1 Percent | ICIJ

A new leak of confidential records reveals the financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the political spectrum.

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Asia

Pakistan protest against US drone strikes

In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas, Collective Punishment Is the Law of the Land | The Nation

Civilians here, who live under an outdated colonial regime, have been terrorized by US drone strikes and extremist Islamists for many years.

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The Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety produced this map showing the detection of Ruthenium 106 in France and Europe after an apparent accident at a Russian nuclear facility IRSN

Russia admits nuclear leak near site of 1957 disaster | The Times & The Sunday Times

After denying a nuclear leak for several months, Russia has admitted that “extremely high” concentrations of radioactive pollution were detected in the southern Urals in late September.

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Nguyen Van Hoa at his trial in Ha Tinh, Vietnam. He was convicted of spreading anti-state propaganda for producing videos and writing about protests over an environmental disaster. Credit Cong Tuong/Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Blogger Gets 7 Years in Jail for Reporting on Toxic Spill | The New York Times

“The sentencing of Nguyen Van Hoa shows how profoundly the government’s paranoid desire to maintain political control trumps notions of justice and human rights,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division.

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Participants listen to a speech during the 2016 Korea Culture Designer Awards at Seoul Station, central Seoul, in December, 2016. / Courtesy of World Culture Open

Artists, activists to promote peace in Cheongju | Korea Times

An international event will bring 500 cultural activists to Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, Friday.

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