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The Hour is Late — Speak Out, Stand Tall Ex-Officials | Ralph Nader

In the 19th century, John Stuart Mill delivered a warning for the ages: “Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing.”

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Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo: Carolin Smith)

Islamophobia and more | Mazin Qumsiyeh

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Stopping War Pusher John Bolton, Trump’s Choice for National ‘Insecurity’ Advisor | Ralph Nader

... Members of Congress and aroused citizens must use their influence to block or evict John Bolton from our White House.

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And Take Away Guns from Most Cops, Too | Stanley Heller

Only 5 percent of police in Great Britain carry firearms.

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Notable Peace News

World leaders praise Kim Jong-un’s decision | Chinadaily.com.cn

The country's northern nuclear test facility will be dismantled to transparently guarantee the discontinuance of nuclear tests ...

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Ramin Hossein Panahi, who was arrested last June for alleged membership in the Kurdish nationalist group Komala, has been sentenced to death in Iran. (Photo credit: Kurdistan Human Rights Network)

UN experts urge Iran to cancel Kurd’s death sentence | ArabNews.com

Three United Nations human rights experts called on Iran Thursday to annul a death sentence handed to an Iranian Kurdish prisoner, citing concerns he had been tortured in detention.

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Peace Action Condemns Illegal Syria Strikes, Calls on Congress to Reclaim War Powers | Peace Action

By Jon Rainwater Washington, D.C. — April 13, 2018 — In response to U.S. military ...

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US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks with President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence following a meeting of the National Security Council at the Pentagon, July 20, 2017. From Department of Defense/Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

Trump’s Pentagon ups secrecy around US air wars — The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Civil rights group calls the transparency clampdown “deeply disturbing”

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Disarmament

What is US nuclear policy, exactly? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Even if the Nuclear Posture Reviews don't depart from past nuclear policy, allies, adversaries, and the American public will be alert for signs that the US seeks superiority, embraces an arms race, or is uncomfortable with mutual vulnerability with Russia.

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We’ve stopped talking about nuclear disarmament. Labour cannot let that happen | The Guardian

Nuclear apocalypse looms over humanity, yet it’s not even on the political radar. Let’s work to change that

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Abolition 2000 experts highlight importance of the UN High-Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament | Abolition 2000

The public doesn't know what a contribution the money wasted on nuclear weapons could make to ending poverty, protecting the climate and providing education, housing and basic health care for all ....

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No Arms, No Armies: Addressing the Roots of Militarism and Gun Violence in the US | War Resisters League

We need community safety that transforms conditions and root causes of violence rather than expanding policing and war.

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Middle East

WPKN Community Radio — Resistance Roundtable — April 14, 2018

This podcast of this radio program addresses the US missile strikes on Damascus and interviews Stanley Heller from Promoting Enduring Peace (www.pepeace.org); with Ruthanne Baumgartner, Scott Harris and Richard Hill

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Syrian-American Activist: Limited U.S. Airstrikes tell Assad He Can Continue Mass Killing | DemocracyNow!

People get up in arms when the regime is targeted, and go silent when schools and mosques and Syrian community centers are all attacked by various forces in the name of fighting "The War On Terror."

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US President Donald Trump and Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman shake hands in the State Dining Room before lunch at the White House in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2017. Trump welcomed the prince to the Oval Office, as both countries expect to improve ties that were frequently strained under Barack Obama's administration. Saudi Arabia is likely to welcome Trump's harder line on its arch-rival Iran and there is likely to be less friction over Riyadh's war against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen. / AFP PHOTO / NICHOLAS KAMM

Why Are US Colleges Collaborating With Saudi Arabia? | Stanley Heller via The Nation

Trump welcomed the prince to the Oval Office, as both countries expect to improve ties that were frequently strained under Barack Obama's administration.

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Rachel: Memory and Commitment: 15 Years Later, March 16 | Rachel Corrie Foundation

Rachel Corrie was a 23-year-old American peace activist who was crushed to death by an American-made Israeli bulldozer on March 16, 2003, while undertaking nonviolent direct action to protect the home of a Palestinian family from demolition.

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Events

The Environmental Impact of UN Peace Operations | International Peace Institute

On April 18, there will be a policy forum event to launch the publication of the IPI policy paper on the environmental impact of UN peace operations.

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Journey of the Universe Film Screening April 19, Yale University

Journey of the Universe Film Screening to take place at the Yale Graduate Conference in Religion and Ecology.

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Anti-war demonstrations April 15 NYC

In the game of chicken currently taking place over Syria between the United States and Russia, the world is the loser. If we take Trump at his word, there is little time left to stop the madness.

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PEP Annual Meeting Thursday April 19, New Haven Public Library

PEP Annual Meeting Thursday April 19, New Haven Public Library Program Room New Haven Public ...

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Economy

Bloomberg gives $4.5 million to help U.S. keep Paris climate accord commitment | CBS News

Former New York City Mayor and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg said on Face the Nation that he will write a check for $4.5 million this year to fund that mission.

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United Nations: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said “the answer to today’s problems is not protectionism, is not isolationism.”

Protectionism is not answer to today’s problems: UN chief | Newstrack

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said “the answer to today’s problems is not protectionism, ...

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Panama Papers firm Mossack Fonseca closes its doors | ICIJ

The offshore law firm at the center of ICIJ’s Panama Papers investigation will shutter all its offices by the end of the month.

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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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Asia

World leaders praise Kim Jong-un’s decision | Chinadaily.com.cn

The country's northern nuclear test facility will be dismantled to transparently guarantee the discontinuance of nuclear tests ...

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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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