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Sweden to recognize Palestinian state on Thursday | RT News

Sweden is to recognize the occupied state of Palestine officially on Thursday, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian country will become the first major European state to recognize the territories occupied by Israel.

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Block the Boat Declares Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel | Arab Resource & Organizing Center

Oakland has made history once again with another BDS victory for Palestine against the Israeli Zim shipping line. This latest round of organizing has been the most momentous and historic.

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UK ends Afghan combat operations | BBC News

The union flag was lowered at Camp Bastion, while Camp Leatherneck - the adjoining US base - was also handed over to Afghan control.

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Ten reasons why bombing Iraq and Syria is no way to defeat ISIS | Stop the War Coalition

This latest phase of terrorism is a product of the west's disastrous foreign policies, endless wars and backing of barbaric regimes in the Middle East.

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Columnists

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Report on Une histoire populaire de la resistance Palestinienne | Mazin Qumsiyeh

It was inspiring to talk with so many active people who are looking for ways to help and build a better future for humanity and also for fellow living things on this small planet.

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Don’t Ask the Pentagon Where Its Money Goes | Medea Benjamin

President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people) to openly serve in the military four years ago.

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Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance | Medea Benjamin

Use the United Nations to reinforce the peace process. Scrap the missile defense shield. No Western troops in the Baltic states. And dismantle the NATO war machine. Read more from Medea Benjamin here.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Still Out of Control | Stanley Heller

Over the last century sea level has risen less than a foot, but because of just that rise the surge from Hurricane Sandy flooded a good chunk of lower Manhattan. Climate rallies will take place in NYC on Sept. 21 and in Bridgeport, Conn., on Sept. 13. Please go.

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Disarmament

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Director’s remarks at First Committee Side Event “The United Nations and a Nuclear-Weapon-Free World: New approaches and initiatives” | UNODA

The Office for Disarmament Affairs will continue to do its share by working with Member States, by educating the public, and by cooperating with non-governmental groups in advancing this great cause of nuclear disarmament.

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Martin Fleck, Barbara Birkett, MD of PGS, Erin Hunt of Mines Action Canada, Nancy Covington, MD of PGS, and Juan Carlos Chirgwin, President of PGS

Rendez-Vous Ottawa: Building Solidarity to Ban Nuclear Weapons | PSR

At Rendez-Vous Ottawa 2014, a cross-Atlantic mix of campaigners from many different organizations trained each other in advocacy techniques, strengthened alliances, and developed North American strategies.

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Obama Promised a ‘World Without Nuclear Weapons,’ But May Spend $1 Trillion on Upgrades | Democracy Now!

... The United States has failed to meet its nuclear promises. In fact, a recent New York Times investigation found the United States is on pace to spend as much as $1 trillion over the next three decades to rebuild its nuclear arsenal and facilities.

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These PAX "Sign Against Nukes" campaigners in Holland are part of the growing campaign all over the world to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons, just like other weapons of mass destruction have been banned.

President Obama: support a nuclear weapons-free world, as promised | Physicians for Social Responsibility

Join PSR's campaign. 124 nations favor banning nuclear weapons based on their humanitarian impact. If you agree, sign PSR's MoveOn petition to President Obama and the State Department.

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Middle East

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Sweden to recognize Palestinian state on Thursday | RT News

Sweden is to recognize the occupied state of Palestine officially on Thursday, according to its foreign ministry. The Scandinavian country will become the first major European state to recognize the territories occupied by Israel.

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Block the Boat Declares Decisive Victory Over Apartheid Israel | Arab Resource & Organizing Center

Oakland has made history once again with another BDS victory for Palestine against the Israeli Zim shipping line. This latest round of organizing has been the most momentous and historic.

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Training sows the seeds of nonviolent civil resistance in Afghanistan | Waging Nonviolence

The aim of workshop was to teach the would-be trainers that conflict is a natural phenomenon and should not be considered something strange.

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Poll: 2/3 of Israelis want women involved in peace talks | Haaretz

Two-thirds of the Israeli public thinks women should be included in the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, a recent survey shows.

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Human Rights

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Events

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“My Name is Rachel Corrie” Nov. 1, New Haven | par-newhaven.org

by Shelly Altman, Jewish Voice for Peace On Nov. 1, 8 p.m. at Southern Connecticut ...

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Gail Walker, Director of IFCO, Pastors for Peace to address why the world needs Cuba 7 p.m. Nov. 3, New Haven

Please join us on Monday, November 3 at 7 pm for an evening with Gail Walker, Director of IFCO, Pastors for Peace.

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Meet Ofra Yeshua-Lyth Wednesday or Thursday in New Haven or West Hartford

Ofra Yeshua-Lyth is a veteran journalist and author. She was a correspondent for Israel's second largest newspaper Maariv in Germany and in the US. She’s a member of the Committee for One Democratic State in Palestine-Israel

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Annual Interfaith Service and Conference for Peace with Nontombi Naomi Tutu & Amy Goodman Nov. 8, 9 Princeton, NJ | Coalition for Peace Action

Coalition for Peace Action (CFPA) 35th Annual Interfaith Conference and Interfaith Service for Peace in Princeton on Sunday, November 9 will focus on the Seal the Deal Campaign to peacefully settle the Iran nuclear issue, and will be headlined by Naomi Tutu and Amy Goodman.

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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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China: Sharpening Swords for War? | The National Interest Blog

From a realist’s geopolitical perspective, the United States needs to keep eyes on global hot spots with concentrations of power that could adversely affect American national interests.

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"No More Futenma!" Protesters at the "No Base Okinawa" demonstration in Ginowan, Japan. (Photo: Chris Davis / Flickr)

An Appeal From Okinawa to the US Congress | japanfocus.org

The US government bears a distinct legal responsibility, even though the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and the Okinawa prefectural government’s land reclamation permit approval process are both primarily responsibilities of the government of Japan.

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Russia’s Evolving Arctic Strategy: Drivers, Challenges and New Opportunities | SIPRI

Despite the considerable attention given to the development of the Arctic by the Russian leadership, progress in achieving Russia's goals in the Arctic has been slow.

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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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