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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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In Trump’s World Where Money Talks, Saudi Arabia Gets a Free Pass | Medea Benjamin

While Trump was on the campaign trail, his business ties in Saudi Arabia were blooming with the opening of eight different enterprises.

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10 Reasons Why Elliott Abrams Would Make a Dreadful Deputy Secretary of State | Medea Benjamin

Donald Trump will soon announce his pick for deputy Secretary of State. The leading contender appears to be Elliott Abrams, despite Abrams having been an outspoken advocate of the #NeverTrump crowd and calling Trump unfit for the office.

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Joyce Rawitscher and her husband George Rawitscher

Joyce Rawitscher, Words of Remembrance

"In this horribly divided world in which we live, it is not too late to teach our children and have our children teach us how wonderfully interrelated all creation is." And there it is, once again, just to reassure us, Joyce’s beautiful smile.

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Notable Peace News

Overview of the special session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on the situation in Syria in Geneva on August 22, 2011 © 2011 Reuters

Syria: Make Human Rights Priority of Geneva Talks | Human Rights Watch

Ending Unlawful Attacks; Access to Aid; Detainee Rights; Justice; Security Sector Reform

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Former Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP | TheHill

"I've been looking at two-state, one-state and I like the one both parties like," Trump larked at a "news conference" as Benjamin Netanyahu guffawed from the adjacent podium.

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A handout picture released on 8 March 2016 by Sepah News, the online news site and public relations arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard, shows a ballistic missile being launched during a test in an undisclosed location.

Trump and Netanyahu Aligning on Iran is a Bad Sign | Groundswell

Should Trump fulfill his campaign promise "to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran," the best means of ensuring Iran cannot obtain nuclear weapons would be gone ...

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Demonstrators hold up signs during a BDS protest in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. Wikimedia Commons/Takver (CC-BY-SA)

Ask your senators to oppose anti-BDS legislation

Please find letters to Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy opposing the anti-BDS legislation that was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Richard Blumenthal and 13 others.

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Disarmament

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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Mikhail Gorbachev: ‘It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War’ | Time.com

"... No problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority." ~ Mikhail Gorbachev

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What is the Relationship of Nuclear Energy Plants and Nuclear Weapons? | Akio Matsumura

Dr. Scott Jones, an International Advisory Council (IAC) member of the Nuclear Emergency Action Alliance (NEAA), writes about the relationship of nuclear energy plants and nuclear weapons.

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Conference on Disarmament 2017 session gets underway in Geneva. UN Photo

UN chief Guterres pledges commitment to achieving world free of nuclear weapons

“I am committed to achieving a world free of nuclear weapons,” the Secretary-General declared in a video message to the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament, which opened the first segment of its three-part 2017 session yesterday.

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Middle East

Former Obama officials say Netanyahu turned down secret peace deal: AP | TheHill

"I've been looking at two-state, one-state and I like the one both parties like," Trump larked at a "news conference" as Benjamin Netanyahu guffawed from the adjacent podium.

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Demonstrators hold up signs during a BDS protest in Melbourne, Australia, in 2010. Wikimedia Commons/Takver (CC-BY-SA)

Ask your senators to oppose anti-BDS legislation

Please find letters to Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy opposing the anti-BDS legislation that was introduced in the Senate by Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Richard Blumenthal and 13 others.

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REPORT: Pro-Israel Effort Is Failing — Can Harsh Targeting of BDS ‘Instigators’ Save It? | Forward.com

In a new report circulating privately in Jewish policy circles this month, two leading pro-Israel groups charge that Jewish communal efforts against the BDS movement have largely failed.

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Afghan war-related child deaths soar to 923 | The Standard, UN

The violence caused more than 11,400 civilian casualties, including around 3,500 deaths last year, according to the annual report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.

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Human Rights

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Events

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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Film Festival: Disturbing the Peace – MACC at the JCC | Mizel Arts And Culture Center, Denver

This powerful film follows a group of former Israeli soldiers from elite units and Palestinians who fought against them – including many who served years in prison for terrorist activities.

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Economy

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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Venezuelan citizens line up to buy food at a store in Caracas on Nov. 30. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

How ‘food apartheid’ is punishing some Venezuelans | The Washington Post

The country’s inflation rate has rendered Venezuela’s longtime class distinctions increasingly meaningless, as families who were once solidly middle class now spend hours each day searching for food.

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Asia

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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Taking guard. (Reuters/Danish Ismail)

No Signs of Peace in South Asia: Reflections on recent terror attacks in Kashmir | Indrajit Sharma

How effective will it be to isolate Pakistan regionally when SAARC itself has yet to live up to its expectations from the people of the region?

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