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Yemenis Endure World’s Largest Humanitarian Crisis While Subject to Sea Blockade and Bombing | Kathy Kelly

"While Yemeni children are starving in large part because of Saudi bombings, US weapons makers, including General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, are making a killing on the sales.” ~ Medea Benjamin, Dec. 2016

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Red Cloud, Crazy Horse and U.S. Foreign Policy | Conn Hallinan

The world is not envious of that shining “city on a hill,” indeed, with Trump in the White House “aghast” would probably be a better sentiment than envy.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo: Carolin Smith)

Basil of Al-Walaja: RIP | Mazin Qumsiyeh

On 6 March 2017, Basil Al-Araj was murdered by the Israeli army. He was 31 years old. Others will speak of his martyrdom, I will speak of his life and what he told me. Basil would have wanted it told this way.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo: Carolin Smith)

Netanyahu and Trump | Mazin Qumsiyeh

Trump and Netanyahu are equally rhetorically divisive and inciting -- Trump stating that Palestinians are taught to hate, and Netanyahu claiming that, like the Chinese who come from China, Jews come from Judea and are therefore not colonized are equally absurd.

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Notable Peace News

A Famine is Never Just a Famine — It’s Political Violence By Starvation | UN Dispatch

Raising money to combat famine comes with its own set of challenges, especially as international attention and resources are focused elsewhere -- not helped by plans by the Trump administration to slash voluntary contributions to the UN and cut funding for its own international aid and diplomacy agencies.

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Syria war: ‘Worst man-made disaster since World War II’ | Al Jazeera

On sixth war anniversary, Syria headed towards 'perverted version' of what has been happening in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Report: Israel has established ‘apartheid regime’ | Washington Post, Yahoo News

Report breaks new ground on the UN's examination of the situation in occupied Palestine by using the word 'apartheid'.

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Trump’s Yemen Policy Serves Saudi Royals Better Than Americans | The Atlantic

The president is escalating another costly war of choice in a country where blowback for the many innocents killed is more likely than lasting security gains.

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Disarmament

A portion of President Donald Trump's first proposed budget, focusing on the Department of Energy, and released by the Office of Management and Budget, is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Jon Elswick/AP

Trump budget: an extra billion dollars for nuclear weapons | Center for Public Integrity

His draft 2018 budget would drastically curtail State Department spending and foreign aid and end financing for the U.S. Institute of Peace, but boost the budget for nuclear weapons production by 11 percent

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Is an AI Arms Race Inevitable? | Future of Life Institute

AI Arms Race Principle: An arms race in lethal autonomous weapons should be avoided.

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Take Nukes Off a Short Fuse | Scientific American

For the sake of the planet, the U.S. nuclear arsenal should not be on high alert

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President George H. W. Bush and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev signing the START Treaty at the Kremlin in Moscow, 31 July 1991 (wikimedia)

New START Was and Is a Good Deal for America, and the World | GROUNDSWELL

“The fact that President Trump was unaware of New START is troubling...."

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Middle East

Palestinian Committee Statement on the Arrest of Omar Barghouti for ‘tax evasion’

BNC Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Campaign to Silence Omar Barghouti & Repress the BDS Movement: "Omar is currently enduring a fourth day of interrogation." -- evidently why we haven't heard from him.

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Zionism, The Nakba And Feminism | The Huffington Post

In Israel, as well as in the U.S., the Nakba is often disregarded or denied altogether. Instead, the focus is on the creation of Israel as a haven for Jews, completely ignoring the mass dispossession of the Palestinian people.

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The hilltop lookout post that was hit by the US strikes can be seen in the top right of the photo, with the checkpoint on the left. In the foreground is a makeshift memorial for the people who died. Photo via Sadiqullah Sadaqat

Anatomy of a US airstrike: Are Afghan strongmen calling the shots? | TBIJ

"There is no coordinated US-Afghan strategy for how to bring this war to a successful conclusion.”

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Hundreds gather for women’s peace conference in eastern Afghanistan | ReliefWeb

In a regional conference on women’s participation in peace and sustainable development, women activists, government officials and diplomats stressed that women must play a unique and robust role in building peace in Afghanistan.

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Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2017 | Pace e Bene

Plan a march and other nonviolent actions such as vigils, rallies and more, here!

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Meet PEP’s Syria Columnist

Our Swiss-Syrian columnist Dr. Joseph Daher is on a tour of Canada and the northeast U.S. He arrives in CT Wednesday Feb. 15 to speak at Central CT State University at 5:30 p.m. He speaks in NYC Thursday and Friday.

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‘Nuclear Threats in a Chaotic World’ with Wm Perry 7 p.m. Feb. 23 Santa Monica

Perry says “I believe that the likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe is greater today than it was during the Cold War.”

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2017 AAAS Annual Meeting Feb. 16. Pro-science rally planned.

The topic is Serving Society Through Science Policy, and the event is billed as “the largest and most widely recognized global science gathering....”

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Economy

A portion of President Donald Trump's first proposed budget, focusing on the Department of Energy, and released by the Office of Management and Budget, is photographed in Washington, Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Jon Elswick/AP

Trump budget: an extra billion dollars for nuclear weapons | Center for Public Integrity

His draft 2018 budget would drastically curtail State Department spending and foreign aid and end financing for the U.S. Institute of Peace, but boost the budget for nuclear weapons production by 11 percent

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Fragility in Europe is on the rise, and we’re not doing enough to respond | World Economic Forum

European security has entered a period of intense fragility. Three broad factors are now at play. Taken together, they make it all the more difficult to implement coherent responses.

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Meet the Guy Corralling Billionaires to Fight Inequality | Fran Korten YES! Magazine

Author Chuck Collins discusses growing up in the 1 percent, his unusual approach to fighting economic inequality, and what progressives need to do during a Trump administration.

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The global divestment movement has topped $5 trillion | ThinkProgress

Divestment campaigns are picking up, even as Trump prepares to take office.

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Asia

Anti U.S base leader Hiroji Yamashiro being removed by police after staging a sit-in protest protest against the construction of helipads in front of the gate of U.S. military's Northern Training Area in the village of Higashi, Okinawa Prefecture, on August 19, 2016. Japanese government resume construction of total six helipads in a fragile ten million year old Yanbaru forest that is home to endemic endangered species such as the Okinawan rail and Okinawan wood pecker. (Photo by Richard Atrero de Guzman/NURPhoto) (Photo by Richard Atrero de Guzman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Japan detains movement leader to silence struggle against U.S. military bases | Waging Nonviolence

“It’s clear that the purpose of detaining him is to stop the anti-base protests … He took a central role in opposing the military base. His detention is a warning to others, just as construction enters a key phase,” retired judge Isamu Nakasone said.

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Nuclearization of Indian Ocean threat to regional peace | TheNation.pk

The nuclearization and militarization of Indian Ocean poses a grave threat to the regional peace and security, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Saturday.

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India on track to beat its Paris targets years ahead of schedule, according to government report | ThinkProgress

That would put the country on a path to meeting its Paris commitments several years early.

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South Korea’s Historic “One Million People Protest” to Oust Washington’s Puppet President Park Geun-hye | Centre for Research on Globalization

As the United States ushers in a new right wing president into office, South Korea is about to give theirs the boot.

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