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The attack was on a religious seminary in Chenegai, in Bajaur Agency. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

The day 69 children died | The Express Tribune

This is how the drone program works: They blew up the school to kill the headmaster.

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Waiting to vote in #Tunisia's first free presidential elections, at a polling station in Bab Jdid #TnPrez (@yasmineryan)

Tunisia votes in historic presidential elections | Deutsche Welle

Tunisians are voting for their first directly-elected president in a landmark poll, widely seen as a key step in the transition to democracy. Dictator Ben Ali was ousted in a popular uprising nearly four years ago.

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Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking | Dennis Kucinich, Truthdig

"Three Members of Congress Just Reignited the Cold War While No One Was Looking" -- Late Thursday night, the House of Representatives unanimously passed a far-reaching Russia sanctions bill. According to the congressional record, it took only three congressmen and one second.

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Truth and Peace Are Inseparable | Dennis Kucinich

One surprising response in the Senate report is that the torture, called ‘enhanced interrogation techniques,’ was “ineffective,” as if torture would have been OK if the torturers at the CIA had gained ‘useful’ information!

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Columnists

Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars | Medea Benjamin

The issue facing this nation is not who replaces Hagel, but what policy decisions we want to Pentagon to implement.

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Amy Goodman: Keystone, Climate Change and the Cold | Amy Goodman via Truthdig

It was a dramatic scene in the Senate this week. As Sen. Elizabeth Warren, presiding, announced the defeat of the Keystone XL pipeline, a Crow Creek Sioux man from South Dakota sang out in the Senate gallery. A massive people’s climate movement against extracting some of the dirtiest oil on the planet had prevailed ... at least for now.

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John Kerry conducted a theatre of the absurd in Amman | Mazin Qumsiyeh via Middle East Eye

US Secretary John Kerry met in Amman with King Abdullah, PM Netanyahu, and PA leader Mahmoud Abbas for the umpteenth episode of the ongoing theatre saga dubbed the "peace process."

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RE/MAX Cashes in on Israel’s Illegal Settlements | Medea Benjamin

Among the 90 countries with RE/MAX franchises is in Israel. Since its entry into the Israeli market in 1995, RE/MAX has become the largest network of real estate agencies in Israel, boasting 100 branches and over 900 real estate agents in this small country roughly the size of New Jersey.

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Disarmament

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‘Not practical’: US shrugs off calls to immediately eliminate all nukes | RT USA

At a major international conference aimed at ending dependence on some 16,300 nuclear weapons, the US representative rejected the motion, declaring the United States prefers to take a gradual approach.

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UN urges Israel to renounce nuclear arms, join non-proliferation treaty | Various sources

The UN has passed a resolution calling on Israel not to develop, produce or possess nuclear arms and criticizing Israel for not being part of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

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Hamid Karzai -- later hand-picked by US to be Afghanistan's president -- with Special Forces and CIA paramilitary in late 2001.

How Did the Gates of Hell Open in Vietnam? | Jonathan Schell, via Antiwar.com

I was there to report for the New Yorker on the “air war” but there was no “war” of that description. There was only the unilateral bombardment of the land and people by the fantastic array of aircraft assembled by the United States in Vietnam.

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A mushroom cloud rises with ships below during Operation Crossroads nuclear weapons test on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands in this 1946 handout provided by the U.S. Library of Congress. The United States said on April 25, 2014, it was examining lawsuits filed by the Marshall Islands against it and eight other nuclear-armed countries that accuse them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

Why we must rid the world of nuclear weapons | Eric Schlosser, The Guardian

History is littered with nuclear near-misses. Letting Iran have the bomb would threaten both world peace and the Iranian people

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Middle East

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What is it that israel doesn’t want human rights organizations to see in Gaza? | Stop the War Coalition

If Israel is so sure it is adhering to international law, why not let Amnesty International and other human rights' observers enter Gaza?

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Jacob George with Ali and Abdulhai: Kabul, 2011. Three years later, on Sept. 19, 2014, Jacob George committed suicide.

Not Again | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

President Obama has authorized “a more expansive mission for the military in Afghanistan in 2015 than originally planned.”

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Israeli Cabinet approves Jewish nationality bill | Al Jazeera America

Bill, which opponents decry as racist, defines Israel as Jewish nation-state and delists Arabic as official language

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Farewell Kabul – Viewfinder | Al Jazeera

By the end of 2014, only 9,800 US troops will remain in Afghanistan, which is causing widespread concerns about the country's stability.

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Human Rights

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Events

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2014: A Year of Unprecedented Emergencies (Webcast) | Eventbrite

On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a panel of MSF experts and aid workers look back at the past year and give first-hand accounts of MSF’s response to many crises

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Annual Peace on Earth Vigil, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 9, New Haven

Annual Peace on Earth Vigil  Friday Dec. 19 3:30-4:30 Corner Elm and Orange New Haven ...

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Yale Law School Students to Host ‘Die-In’ 12:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2014 – at 127 Wall St. New Haven

Why:Because #BlackLivesMatter Because Mike Brown Jr., Tamir Rice, Tanisha Anderson, Akai Gurley, Ezell Ford, Omar Abrego, and Eric Garner Because We Deserve Better

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International Anti-War Cartoon Exhibit Dec. 4 to Jan. 17 New Haven

The International Anti-War Cartoon Exhibit takes place Dec. 4-Jan. 17 with an opening reception at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4 with opening remarks by New Haven Mayor, Toni Harp.

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Economy

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Sanders Says ‘No’ to Spending Bill | U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders

The Senate on Friday passed a bill authorizing $577 billion for defense programs. ... This bill comes nowhere close to reflecting the needs and priorities of America’s working families,” said Sanders.

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FOCUS | Why President Obama Should Veto This Budget and Shut Down the Government | Reader Supported News

The omnibus spending bill that Congress is about to pass is just about the most corrupt and dangerous piece of legislation to come out of Washington in a long time.

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An Economic Agenda for America: 12 Steps Forward | Bernie Sanders, via Truthdig

We need a major investment to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure: roads, bridges, water systems, waste water plants, airports, railroads and schools.

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The coming financial crisis: a harbinger of world renewal? | Share The World’s Resources

As the International Monetary Fund makes plain in its latest World Economic Outlook report, the risk of a worldwide recession is of particular concern.

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Asia

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Dennis Kucinich: No to War, Hot or Cold, With Russia | Truthdig

The Western press begins its narrative on the Crimea situation with the annexation, but completely ignores the provocations by the West and other causal factors which resulted in the annexation.

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Fishing for Peace in Korea | FPIF

Various environmental challenges have only sharpened the conflict. But with a new imperative to address these environmental problems, the NLL can offer the two Koreas an opportunity to chart a new relationship for the 21st century.

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China: Sharpening Swords for War? | The National Interest Blog

From a realist’s geopolitical perspective, the United States needs to keep eyes on global hot spots with concentrations of power that could adversely affect American national interests.

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"No More Futenma!" Protesters at the "No Base Okinawa" demonstration in Ginowan, Japan. (Photo: Chris Davis / Flickr)

An Appeal From Okinawa to the US Congress | japanfocus.org

The US government bears a distinct legal responsibility, even though the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Okinawa prefectural government’s land reclamation permit approval process are both primarily responsibilities of the government of Japan.

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