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Applications open for $1m Teacher Prize | Varkey GEMS Foundation

This prize is not just about money. It’s about unearthing thousands of stories of courage and inspiration.

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Indiana Cameron and the Temple of Doom | Matt Carr’s Infernal Machine

Of all the Indian Jones films, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is for ...

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U.S. bombing in Iraq is a tragic mistake | Chicago Tribune

President Barack Obama's decision to bomb in Iraq will cause further violence and deterioration in that country, and draw the United States deeper into a quagmire of a civil conflict in Iraq and across the region.

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Exposed: Stop the War Coalition is target of US program to track and kill activists | Stop the War Coalition

Despite the claim the program is focusing on Muslim extremism, included on the Pentagon-funded list are non-Muslim organizations oppositional to US and British foreign policies.

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Columnists

Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

One Year After Egypt’s Rab’a Massacre, US Still Funding Repression | Medea Benjamin

The systematic and intentional killing of unarmed protesters is a crime against humanity and those responsible should be investigated and held accountable.

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Act For Gaza | Mazin Qumsiyeh

Palestinian Civil society organizations and public figures are calling on the world to demand the opening of the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

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Conflict Resolution 101: Talking With Hamas | Medea Benjamin

The world awaits with bated breath to see if the interim truce negotiated by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will lead to a long-term ceasefire.

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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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Disarmament

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To remain in prison for the rest of my life is the greatest honor you could give me: the story of Sister Megan Rice | openDemocracy

Where does moral courage come from - the energy and strength to challenge and transform much larger powers? A prison correspondence provides some answers.

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Russia May be Deploying Missile Tied to Treaty Violation | Global Security Newswire

A U.S. analyst says Russia may be putting a new type of missile into launch-ready position, despite its link to an intensifying nuclear feud with Washington.

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Support the Marshall Islands for a Nuclear Free World | Peace Action

To protect humanity’s future, we support the Marshall Islands, a small island nation who is courageously seeking to enforce the Nuclear Zero promise - a world free of nuclear weapons

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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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Middle East

Masked Palestinian militants from Islamic Jihad place homemade rockets before later firing them into Israel on the outskirts of Gaza City in 2009. Photo by Amir Farshad Ebrahimi (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Former U.N. Specialist for Palestinian Rights Suspects War Crimes | Truthdig

Richard Falk, who for six years served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, argues in a recent interview that there is no evidence that Israel’s air campaign has decreased rocket fire from Gaza.

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From Albert Einstein to Noam Chomsky: famous Jews who have opposed Israel | Stop the War Coalition

There is a long tradition among prominent Jewish figures opposing the Israeli state, who found themselves, like Isaac Asimov, "in the odd position of not being a Zionist."

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Crimes against humanity in Gaza: is it really a ‘buffer zone’ – or a bigger plan? | Dennis Kucinich via theguardian.com

American taxpayers should not be paying for this. And the western world should stop rejecting serious inquiries about Israel’s moral inconsistencies, or allow it to benefit from cognitive dissonance and information overload amid the current crisis in Gaza.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (State Dept. Photo)

Report: Israel eavesdropped on Kerry during peace talks | TheHill

Israeli intelligence agents eavesdropped on Secretary of State John Kerry during the peak of peace negotiations he led between Israel and the Palestinians last year

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Human Rights

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Vigil and Concert Series for Gaza Relief, Sept. 1, 13, 18, Nov. 9 | Tree of Life Educational Fund

Michael Dabroski is a Vermont based violinist praised for his “sensitive, charming, beautifully nuanced, and clearly articulated” playing.

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People’s Climate March Sept. 21, NYC

To change everything, we need everyone on board.

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Columbia University: Environment, Peace and Security Executive Seminar Sept. 17-21 | The Center for Climate & Security

Given the increasing risks associated with environmental and climatic stressors, this executive seminar will provide a valuable foundation for those wanting to learn more about this growing area of interest.

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Sept. 26 is the first International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons | Basel Peace Office

September 26 is the first International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. It was established by UN General Assembly Resolution68/32 introduced by the Non-Aligned Movement.

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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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Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents march on a downtown street. (AP photo Kin Cheung)

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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