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President Trump Proclaims: Pray for Permanent Peace at 11 a.m. this Memorial Day! | George Gantz

The evidence suggests that the U.S. is NOT living up to the aspirations for permanent peace. This is something to pray for at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day.

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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Why Were the Saudi Streets So Quiet? | By Medea Benjamin

Thanks to U.S. weapons makers and arms deals signed with successive U.S. presidents, the Saudi rulers have more firepower than they could ever need to put down any form of dissent. No wonder the streets of Riyadh were so quiet.

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Forum: Hunger strikes, hunger deaths | Stanley Heller in the New Haven Register

The hunger strike of Local 33 at Yale makes me think about a much larger hunger strike going inside the prisons of Israel.

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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

10 Reasons Trump Should Not Strengthen U.S.-Saudi Ties | Medea Benjamin

If the Trump administration truly wants to find a way out of the wars in the Middle East and make the United States safer from terrorists, it would do well to stop arming, aiding and abetting the ruthless Saudi regime.

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Notable Peace News

Syrian women protesting against the oppressive practices of extremist armed groups in Idlib City. (WNV/Shadi Zidani)

Syrians roll back extremism in Idlib without military intervention | Waging Nonviolence

While many international organizations and donors refuse to work in places under the control of Islamic armed factions ... one of the most important tactics to fight extremism is to support civil organizations and initiatives.

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation criticizes ICBM test | LATimes

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation criticized the timing of the launch, citing heightened tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

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The Industry of Inequality: Why the World Is Obsessed With Private Security | Guardian.uk

New Guardian research shows private security workers outnumber public police officers for the majority of the world – in a business that now dwarfs what is spent trying to end global poverty

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Zaina Erhaim. (Photo: Hayyan Alyousouf)

IWPR’s Syria Coordinator Wins Landmark Freedom of Speech Prize | IWPR

Writer and mentor has been instrumental in helping Syrians tell their stories.

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Disarmament

SANE Act Would Save Taxpayers $100 Billion in Wasteful Nuclear Weapons Spending | Peace Action’s Groundswell

The Smarter Approach to Nuclear Expenditures (SANE) Act will reduce the risk of nuclear war and make Americans safer.

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Women’s March and Rally to Ban the Bomb June 17, NYC | womenbanthebomb.org

womenbanthebomb.org: Nuclear weapons are about to be banned and we need your voice!

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Nuclear Age Peace Foundation criticizes ICBM test | LATimes

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation criticized the timing of the launch, citing heightened tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

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Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons: A Pacific Islands Priority

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) has published a new report entitled "Prohibiting Nuclear Weapons: A Pacific Islands Priority."

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Middle East

The legacy of the six-day war: Why Israel needs a Palestinian state | The Economist

More than ever, land for peace also means land for democracy... Only when Palestine is born will Israel complete the victory of 1967.

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? The Pentagon’s damage-assessment image of Syria’s Shayrat airfield following the US missile strike on April 7, 2017. (Photo courtesy of US Department of Defense / DigitalGlobe)

The Chemical-Weapons Attack In Syria: Is There a Place for Skepticism? | The Nation

? The American media has excluded dissenting expert opinions in its rush to embrace Trump’s war on Syria.

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We stand with Omar Barghouti against the silencing of dissent | Jewish Voice for Peace

You can sign this petition from Promoting Enduring Peace urging the Israeli government to drop the gag order Omar Barghouti’s case, dismiss the charges, and restore his permission to travel abroad and receive the Gandhi Peace Award April 23 in New Haven.

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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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Human Rights

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Events

Women’s March and Rally to Ban the Bomb June 17, NYC | womenbanthebomb.org

womenbanthebomb.org: Nuclear weapons are about to be banned and we need your voice!

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Dedication of White Oak Tree and Plaque For Theresa Carr | par-newhaven.org

On Saturday, May 20, at 2 p.m. in Jocelyn Square Park (Humphrey, East, Walnut and Wallace streets), the friends of Theresa Carr and the City of New Haven will plant a white oak tree and erect a plaque in memory of the long-time New Haven

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Reducing the Risk of Nuclear War — Conference at MIT Saturday May 6

The growing hostility between the US and Russia -- and with North Korea and Iran -- adds new urgency to this conference, as do plans to spend a trillion dollars replacing US nuclear weapons by new ones that will be more suited for launching a first-strike.

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Webinar to discuss local resolutions against the increasing military budget | World Beyond War and others

Peace activists are mobilizing cities around the US to passing resolutions against the giant and ...

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Economy

President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida, April 2017 (Lan Hongguang/Xinhua/Eyevine/Redux)

Can China Replace the West? | The New York Review of Books

Review of Easternization: Asia’s Rise and America’s Decline from Obama to Trump and Beyond ~ by Gideon Rachman

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VIDEO: Twelve Months of Investigations, Impact and Outrage | ICIJ

ICIJ’s staff have flown tens of thousands of miles to train reporters, to address parliamentary inquiries and to continue exposing the shadowy industry of offshore finance.

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The public favors cutting defense spending, not adding billions more, new survey finds | Center for Public Integrity

Public opinion is again at odds with Washington about how to spend tax revenues, as most support reductions in federal military and homeland security spending

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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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Asia

Srinagar in 2010. Photo by Flickr user Kashmir Global. CC BY 2.0.

The Kashmiri People Versus the Indian State | Global Voices

The Public Safety Act (PSA) allows incarceration without trial for two years and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) is a constitutional provision that gives Indian troops overarching powers and legal immunity for their actions in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Could Korean tensions slip out of control? | FOR’s Blog

Leadership is crucial. As with the 1975 Helsinki Conference, Track II leadership may be an important factor in highlighting shared stability concerns and a strengthening of the rules of the game.

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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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