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Bill Moyers Essay: What We Can Learn From Lawrence of Arabia | BillMoyers.com

“T.E. Lawrence has in some ways become the patron saint of the US Army advisory effort in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

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No Peace In Gaza, As Long As Netanyahu Can Prevent It | The National Memo

If Secretary of State John Kerry has failed to bring about a ceasefire to end the bloodbath in Gaza, then so has everybody else.

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A bad peace is better than a good war | Haaretz

We should create a graduated mechanism that will accompany the opening of the ground and maritime crossings with coordinated activity that will also include a significant reduction of Hamas’ military capability.

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IDF’s Gaza assault is to control Palestinian gas, avert Israeli energy crisis | Nafeez Ahmed, theguardian.com

Israel's defence minister has confirmed that military plans to 'uproot Hamas' are about dominating Gaza's gas reserves

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Columnists

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now

Amy Goodman with Henry Siegman: A Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace | Truthdig

“No country and no people would live the way Gazans have been made to live ... our media rarely ever points out that these are people who have a right to live a decent, normal life, too. And they, too, must think, ‘What can we do to put an end to this?’”

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Good and bad news: A Luta Continua (The struggle continues): Notes from occupied Bethlehem | Mazin Qumsiyeh

The BDS movement is growing and is making a difference (notice for example the rapid decline in Soda Stream stock price) and the Zionist fizzle after the threats to the Presbyterian church. Click for more from Mazin Qumsiyeh.

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Presbyterian divest | Mazin Qumsiyeh

We must approach other churches and we must engage in massive rebellion against the repression. Freedom is not freely given and it takes effort. Time to act is now.

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On July 4, Be a Patriot: Stop Another US Military Intervention in Iraq | Medea Benjamin

This July 4, the fireworks won’t just be in celebration of Independence Day. There will undoubtedly be fireworks in cities throughout the Middle East, as the region, engulfed in violence, further explodes. The US military and US taxdollars are already deeply entangled in Middle Easterners’ lives (and deaths), and President Obama is under pressure to get further involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria. But what advice would our nation’s founders give the 44th president this July 4?

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Disarmament

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Obama curbs nuclear security goals as bomb-building budget grows | Center for Public Integrity

Since the start of his presidency, Barack Obama has been clear that one of his major goals was to secure nuclear weapons and materials, and as recently as March, at the Nuclear Security Summit in Holland, the president declared that “it is important for us not to relax but rather accelerate our efforts over the next two years.”

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Iran Completes Major Provision of Nuclear Deal | Antiwar.com

The IAEA has announced that Iran has eliminated the last of its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium, completing a major provision of the deal.

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Nuke Missile Duty: ‘It Weighs on Your Mind’ | NYTimes.com

Across the northern tier of the U.S., pairs of missileers sit at consoles inside bomb-proof capsules 60 feet underground and linked to groups of Minuteman 3 missiles, a nuclear-armed weapon whose first generation President John F. Kennedy dubbed an "Ace in the Hole."

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Basel City President: Can the OSCE reduce the reliance on nuclear weapons and war? | Basel Peace Office

The Basel OSCE Forum, which brought leading thinkers and policy makers from 24 countries to Basel from July 3-5 to discuss current armed conflicts and other security threats.

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Middle East

Not In Our Name: Jewish Activists Arrested in Sit-in at Friends of Israel Defense Forces NYC Office | Democracy Now!

Protests in response to Israel’s assault on Gaza have drawn hundreds—and in some cases thousands—around the world.

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Water Apartheid in Palestine — satire | thestruggle.org via YouTube

Published on Mar 27, 2014 The Gandhi Peace Award has been given out by Promoting ...

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Palestinian girls mourn before the 14 July funeral of their uncle, Adham Abed el-Al, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza a day earlier. (Mohammed Asad / APA images)

Israeli academics condemn Gaza slaughter | The Electronic Intifada

As Israel’s relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip claimed more Palestinian lives, Haim Bresheeth, a film scholar at SOAS, University of London, helped initiate an open letter to Israeli academics urging them to condemn the slaughter.

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The brutal reality of how Palestinians can get justice and end Israel’s occupation | Stop the War Coalition

Not before the balance of power is changed on the ground, by Palestine and its supporters making the price of occupation too high for Israel to bear, will there be justice for Palestinians.

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Human Rights

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Events

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Austria to host 3rd International Conference on the Humanitarian Consequences of Nuclear Weapons | Irish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament

The conference will take place in Vienna on Dec. 8-9, 2014. The Vienna meeting will seek to build on the momentum already established by the conferences held in Oslo in March 2013 and in Nayarit, Mexico, in February 2014.

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At the Seattle event, "From Hiroshima to Hope," participants float Japanese lanterns to express their aspirations for peace.

Hiroshima Never Again: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Events Calendar

August 6 and 9 mark the somber anniversaries of the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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People’s Climate March Sept. 21, NYC

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, we’ll take a stand to bend the course of history Sept. 21 in New York City.

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NYC Climate Convergence: People, Planet, Peace Over Profit Sept. 19-21 | PopularResistance.org

Our objective is to build and strengthen an environmental movement that addresses the root causes of the climate crises; a social-economic system that values profits above people, planet and peace.

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Economy

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Watch John Oliver Brilliantly Destroy the Myth of Economic Mobility in America | mic.com

In just 15 minutes, John Oliver perfectly summed up the utter absurdity of America's attitude toward income inequality.

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Nixing the Pentagon Slush Fund Why do we have two military budgets? | Ryan Alexander, TaxPayer.net

There are legitimate reasons to have a contingency budget to deal with unforeseen crises. Historically, that kind of spending has fallen into the relatively small $2-3 billion range.

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$570B on nukes over the next decade? Tell Obama ‘Please, No.’ | PSR

The government is projected to spend $570 billion on nukes over the next decade. Maintaining an arsenal of over 5,000 nuclear weapons just makes no sense.

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The big problem with the ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan | The Washington Post

Today's big Associated Press story about the United States apparently creating a "Cuban Twitter" to help foment dissent in the country has caused a big stir.

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Asia

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Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg | Conn M. Hallinan

A major cause of current tensions in the East and South China seas are two documents that most Americans have either forgotten about or don’t know exist.

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Hong Kong Government Arrests Hundreds Of Democracy Protesters, Warns ‘Violence Is Imminent’ | ThinkProgress

Police in Hong Kong early Wednesday morning arrested more than 500 protesters after the city’s annual protest to encourage more democracy in the territory.

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In this photo released by South Korean Unification Ministry, Lee Duk-haeng, right, the head of South Korea's working-level delegation, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart, Park Yong Il, during their meeting at Tongilgak in the North Korean side of Panmunjom on Feb. 5. On Wednesday, the two sides are scheduled to hold their highest-level talks in years. (photo: South Korean Unification Ministry)

North Korea’s Peace Commission Is Very Bad At Its Job | ThinkProgress

One might assume that the statements issued by the "Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea" would be full of diplomatic language, urging an end to the war that officially is still ongoing between North and South Korea. But given the Committee’s place as a communications arm of the North Korean government, that’s not the case.

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Japan to China: Let’s Talk Regional Peace, but Meanwhile We Will Arm Our Neighbors | T. Dean Reed

by T. Dean Reed Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe’s declaration of aid for Asian countries, ...

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