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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration | Medea Benjamin

Only stupid people say torture works — and one of them is sitting in the White House.

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How Scared Should We Be about Threats to the Climate? | Stanley Heller

“If we continue the trend we're on, we're going to be looking at 50 to 75 percent of our species lost over the next hundred years.” ~ Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity

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A Clarion Call for our Country’s Pillars to Demand Justice | Ralph Nader

In times of crisis, routines must be replaced with urgent awakenings, bringing out the better angels and wisdom from these underachieving pillars of the American community. A few leaders can take the first steps and many more will follow your example. Stand tall in support of justice in these trying times.

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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Why Does Donald Trump Insist on More Military Spending? | Medea Benjamin, Kate Harveston

Even though the president enjoys a Republican-majority House and Senate, it does not mean Congress will pass his budget request.

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Notable Peace News

Progress too slow on global goals for sustainable development, U.N. says | Reuters

War and violence led to some 65.6 million people being forced from their homes at the end of 2016, an increase of about 300,000 people over the previous year

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A Predator drone firing a missile

Moral Corrosion of Drone Warfare | Consortiumnews

Needed: more Watchmen and Watchwomen. A drone base may soon be coming to your own neighborhood.

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Put an end to perpetual war | Orange County Register

Without debate and limitations, America will remain in a state of perpetual war, with civil liberties threatened, countless dollars spent and human lives lost in pursuit of vague, open-ended and potentially unwinnable objectives.

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Mennonite Church to divest in protest of Israeli policies | The AP

The resolution directs managers of the $3 billion Everence church fund to regularly screen holdings to avoid any economic support for Israeli policies in the occupied territories.

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Disarmament

Activists prepare to enter Büchel Air Base in Büchel, Germany to challenge U.S. nuclear weapons deployment. From left, Bonnie Urfer, Steve Baggarly, Susan Crane, John LaForge and Gerd Buentzly. (photo by Ralph Hutchison)

Activists cut fences, occupy nuclear weapons bunker in protest of U.S. nukes in Germany | The Nuclear Resister

Büchel is Everywhere, Nuclear Weapons Free Now! continues until August 9, 2017 and will close with a commemoration of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan.

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U.N. Action on Nuclear Weapons Fundamentally Reframes Global Nuclear Weapons Debate | Peace Action via Common Dreams

The U.S. must join with all the other nuclear armed states alongside the rest of the world to eliminate these dangerous, obsolete, and immoral weapons once and for all.

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Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea: The Real Story | Groundswell

The media tells us that nuclear diplomacy with North Korea is a waste of time, as do most high officials from every recent US administration. But easily verifiable facts show otherwise.

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U.S. Conference of Mayors Opposes Military-Heavy Trump Budget | U.S. Peace Council

The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday unanimously passed three resolutions opposing the military-heavy Trump budget proposal. These resolutions urge Congress to reverse the Trump budget and move funding out of the military, wars and nuclear weapons and into human and environmental needs.

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Middle East

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset, Israel's parliament in Jerusalem, on Dec. 3, 2014. (Sebastian Scheiner / Associated Press)

Israel should stop trying to wall out its critics | LA Times

For Israeli authorities to demonize — or exclude — those who publicly oppose it is a terrible mistake.

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Palestinians walk past a gasoline-powered generator in the old market of Gaza City, Gaza Strip, June 9, 2017. (Anne Paq/Activestills.org)

‘Gaza will be unlivable next year, not 2020 as the UN says’ | +972 Magazine

The most challenging issue is the fact that Palestinians are losing hope day by day. They want a normal life like all nations and all people worldwide. But the problem is that day by day they are losing hope. And when you lose hope, things becomes very, very bad.

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Mennonite Church to divest in protest of Israeli policies | The AP

The resolution directs managers of the $3 billion Everence church fund to regularly screen holdings to avoid any economic support for Israeli policies in the occupied territories.

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Peaceful demonstrators protest outside of the apartheid fence on Route 60 outside of Beit Ommar. (Flickr/Palestine Solidarity Project)

The challenges and strengths of Palestine’s ‘orchestra’ of civil resistance | Waging Nonviolence

Recent research argues that the diverse identities among activists in Palestine is what gives the movement its power.

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Events

‘Chasing Ice’ Climate Film to Be Shown 6:30 p.m. July 27 | PEPeace

“Chasing Ice” will be shown at Orange’s Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd. at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 27. Admission is free and ice pops will be available at no cost.

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Join protest Monday July 17, 5-6 p.m. at the Old State House in Hartford against U.S. policy toward Cuba

On the 17th of each month the Greater Hartford Coalition on Cuba holds a one-hour informational picket and leaflet distribution at various locations in the region.

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Premiere of Al Gore’s ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’ July 28, 2017, New Haven

We will be joined by Yale Program on Climate Change Communication Director Anthony Leiserowitz and Kalee Kreider, UN Foundation senior climate advisor and Al Gore’s former communications director, for a brief Q&A after the film.

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You’re Invited! Celebrate Rasmea & Mariame with WRL

The War Resister's League is honoring prison abolitionist Mariame Kaba and Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh. Mariame will attend and accept WRL's 2017 Peace Award and Rasmea, unable to travel to New York at this time, will accept the Grace Paley Lifetime Achievement Award from Chicago.

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Economy

The waterfront district in Copenhagen. (Wikimedia / Srvora)

Why are the Danes so happy? Because their economy makes sense | Waging Nonviolence

The Danes did not end the push-back from the economic elite. Class struggle remains a reality in Denmark, as it does everywhere but their story of struggle offers valuable lessons for the rest of us. Especially those of us who want to be happy.

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Northern Cyprus has remained largely untouched by tourism / Getty Images/iStockphoto

Cyprus reunification: Would landmark peace deal ruin island’s natural beauty? | The Independent

As talks heat up in Switzerland, Darren Loucaides ponders the future impact of tourism on the untouched north of the island

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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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Asia

The melting of the glaciers overlooking Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan threatens the water supply of some 68 million people. The SDC is working towards peaceful transboundary water management in this region. The Blue Peace initiative was launched in Central Asia in June 2017.

Cross-border water management as an instrument for stability | eda.admin.ch

The melting of the glaciers overlooking Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan threatens the water supply of some 68 million people.

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Nikhil Dey (photo: Facebook)

Where is the space for the honest activist? | The Statesman

At a time when there is increasing need for sincere and honest social activists ... many of them are being denied the democratic space necessary for taking their issues forward.

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Nuclear Diplomacy with North Korea: The Real Story | Groundswell

The media tells us that nuclear diplomacy with North Korea is a waste of time, as do most high officials from every recent US administration. But easily verifiable facts show otherwise.

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Japanese nationalists, on the left, and Chinese nationalists, on the right, protesting over the disputed islands in the East China Sea on September 18, 2012. Japan knows them as the Senkaku Islands and China calls them Diaoyu.

Nationwide protests oppose ‘anti-conspiracy’ bill, as Japan moves to remilitarize | Waging Nonviolence

In a recent interview with Kyodo News, Edward Snowden sounded the alarm about the bill and its “normalization of surveillance culture” in Japanese society.

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