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Big Power Competition: A Dangerous Turn | Conn Hallinan

The problem with designating “great powers” as your adversaries is that they might just take your word for it and respond accordingly.

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Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo: Carolin Smith)

Politician lies, wars, and atrocities versus local action | Mazin Qumsiyeh

To abuse, to dispossess and to expel the Palestinians -- this is one of the means to show that Israel has no moral right and actually never had to induce guilt feelings for example in Europe.

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As Congress Feeds the Merchants of Death, the People Must Divest | Medea Benjamin, Elliot Swain

A new coalition of about 70 groups across the country has formed to launch a Divest From the War Machine campaign.

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Doomsday and the Apocalyptic Trump Nuclear War Fighting Doctrine | Joseph Gerson

Nuclear weapons are already poisoning this and future generations. As Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us, we can't enjoy justice if humanity ceases to exist.

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Notable Peace News

General Dynamics doesn’t need Connecticut’s money | The Day

The hope is the subsidy will help ready Electric Boat to build the U.S. Navy's next fleet of nuclear-armed submarines ....

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FOR’s Reparations webinar: audio recording & resources | FOR

The resources section in the brand-new Coming To The Table "Reparations: The Time Is Now" publication provides a foundation for a reparations bibliography.

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GAO: CAR Peacekeeping Would Have Cost U.S. Twice as Much as UN | Homeland Security Today

A report by the Government Accountability Office suggests the US has realized savings by contributing to United Nations peacekeeping operations rather than conducting its own efforts.

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Gene Sharp at his office in East Boston, where he founded the Albert Einstein Institution. (Ruaridh Arrow)

Remembering Gene Sharp, a pioneer of people power | WNV

Nearly everyone who has taught, researched, written about or engaged in nonviolent struggle owes some debt to Gene Sharp.

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Disarmament

Detonation of nuclear device ‘Annie’ during Operation Upshot-Knothole, 1953, Nevada. Courtesy Wikipedia

Nuclear deterrence is more ideology than theory | David P. Barash, Aeon Essays

If something is immoral to do, then it is also immoral to threaten

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President Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review | FAS Roundup

FAS' always-updated Nuclear Posture Review Resource provides clarity and context for President Trump's Nuclear Posture Review ...

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American MGR-3 Little John missile, measuring 4.4. meters long with a diameter of 32 cms and a weight of 350 kg. Capable of firing a W45 warhead (10 kiloton yield) a distance of 19 km. Hiroshima had a 16 kiloton yield. (wikimedia commons)

With nuclear weapons, evacuation is not an option | TheHill

The draft Nuclear Posture Review should be scrapped and replaced with the commitment to take nuclear weapons off high alert status; implement No First Use; and achieve the only number that makes sense in a nuclear context: Zero.

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Doomsday Clock now only two minutes to Armageddon | Nature, Truthout

The last time humanity was so close to annihilation was in 1953.

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Middle East

At least 18,000 homes were destroyed in the attacks on Gaza in the summer of 2014.

US aid cut to Gaza refugees has left a ‘time bomb’: UN chief | Sky News

The US reduced its donation to the UN Relief and Works Agency by 83%, but insists the move is not about "punishing" anyone

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On Denmark’s exclusion of settlements | Omar Barghouti

With a landslide vote Denmark has become the first European state to publicly commit to supporting the soon-to-be-issued UN list of companies operating in or with Israel's illegal settlement enterprise.

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Demonstration against the Rouhani government's economic policies in Kermanshah, Iran, on December 29, 2017, courtesy of WikiCommons

Who Is Responsible for the Protests in Iran? | FOR’s Blog

With U.S. and other nations speaking out in support of a surprising protest movement shook #Iran in the new year, while new international sanctions are considered and enacted, Leila Zand takes a critical look at the movement.

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Israeli Activist Chooses Jail Over Military Service to Protest the Occupation | Global Voices

Helman said he knew he would be jailed for his decision, but was willing to accept it.

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Human Rights

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Events

A Reading for Al-Mutanabbi Street March 5, Best Video, Hamden

Excerpts from the anthology "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here" will be read by Daisy C. Abreu and Stephen Vincent Kobasa

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OrganiConn | CT NOFA’s Winter Conference March 10, Danbury

The premier event for organic fans, farmers, gardeners, foodies, and families.

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‘Expand the Olympic Truce, No War in Korea’ Teach-in and Rally 3-5 p.m. Feb. 11, New Haven

Sponsor: Promoting Enduring Peace Co-sponsor: CT Peace and Solidarity Coalition

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Teach-In: Experts, Activists Explore Climate Movement Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, Noon to 6, West Hartford

WHAT: A Teach In : Experts and Activists Explore Some of the Toughest Questions Facing ...

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Economy

US, Switzerland singled out for financial secrecy by new index | ICIJ

Switzerland and the United States are the biggest promoters of financial secrecy according to an ...

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Worker cooperatives offer real alternatives to Trump’s retrograde economic vision | WNV

While Trump's plan to revive the economy has failed, a rising movement — led by women, people of color and immigrants — is demonstrating the power of worker-owned cooperatives to provide dignified work conditions and fair pay. #NowWeOwn #justeconomy #workercoop

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Deana Lucion, who lives in McDowell County, West Virginia. Life expectancy for men in McDowell County is 64 years old – the same as for men in Namibia. Photograph: Jeff Swensen

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty … in America, the world’s richest nation | The Guardian

At the heart of Philip Alston’s special mission will be one question: Can Americans enjoy fundamental human rights if they’re unable to meet basic living standards?

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China takes economic hit as environment nears ‘point of no return’ | CNN Money

Beijing wants to swap its polluted air for blue skies. Doing so will be costly.

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Asia

We Can Avoid War with North Korea — If We Listen to Women Peacemakers | Ms. Magazine Blog

If we want to truly achieve peace, we must listen to the voices of those who have witnessed the human costs of war on the Korean Peninsula.

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A poster with a drawing of an umbrella with the Chinese characters "peace" is displayed at a rally as protesters block the main road at Causeway Bay shopping district in Hong Kong Sept. 30, 2014.

US Lawmakers Nominate Hong Kong, Serbian Activists for Nobel Prize | VOA

American lawmakers have nominated three leaders of Hong Kong’s 2014 pro-democracy movement for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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UN chief says reviewing strategy of peacekeeping | Anadolu Agency aa.com.tr, AP

Opening the leaders’ summit, African Union Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat commended Turkey and China for what he described as laudable development cooperation with Africa.

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Black Friday protest in Quezon City, Philippines on January 19, 2018. Photo by Therese Reyes, shared on Twitter.

Filipino Bloggers Rally to Defend Rappler News Site | Global Voices Advox

Filipino bloggers are rallying to defend press freedom against moves by Rodrigo Duterte's administration to shut down Philippine-based news website Rappler.

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