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The Duvet Project | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

A project led by the Afghan Peace Volunteers that gives duvets to destitute families in Kabul.

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The Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ passes divestment resolution | The Hartford Courant via Mondoweiss

The resolution, submitted by the board of deacons of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, also contained a provision urging individual church members to boycott Israeli products made in the “occupied Palestinian territories."

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Nigeria Says Cease-Fire Signed With Boko Haram | WSJ

Nigeria’s government said it signed a cease-fire with the Islamist insurgency Boko Haram against which it has fought a six-year conflict costing thousands of lives, including a promise to return 219 kidnapped teenage girls.

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WHO chief calls Ebola outbreak a ‘crisis for international peace’ | The Boston Globe

Dr. Margaret Chan, the director general of the World Health Organization, said Monday that the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has progressed from a public health crisis to “a crisis for international peace and security.”

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Columnists

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President Barack Obama proudly signed the law that repealed the Pentagon’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, freeing lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans (although not trans people) to openly serve in the military four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

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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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Has Lockheed Martin really made a breakthrough in nuclear fusion technology? | theguardian.com

Lockheed’s announcement has generated a lot of publicity, but experts point to the lack of details or results, suggesting fusion power is still a long way off. Karl Mathiesen investigates.

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Show the world you have the courage to ban nuclear weapons | ICAN

September 26, 2014 is Nuclear Abolition Day.

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Middle East

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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One and Only One Road to Peace for Israel and Palestine | CounterPunch

by JOHN V. WHITBECK On October 12, at a donors’ conference in Cairo, participants pledged ...

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Facing increased right-wing violence, Israeli leftists learn to fight back | +972 Magazine

The few left-wing activists who dare to be out on the streets on these nights usually walk alongside the youth, quietly, documenting their actions and calling the police – but without getting involved, knowing full well that the violence could at any moment be directed at them. Recently, however, they decided to change their approach.

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Events

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Massachusetts Green Rainbow Party Annual Convention, Nov. 15, First Unitarian Church, 90 Main St. Worcester, Mass.

Preliminary List of speakers: Rosemary Wessel, NoFrackedGasinMass.org; John Rensenbrink, one of the founders of the Green Party of the United States; John Andrews GRP CoChair “Green Strategy Discussion; Economic Justice, Green Values and Capitalism”; Panel: GRP Candidates for Statewide offices Danny Factor, Ian Jackson, M.L. Merelice “Experiences on the Campaign Trail.”

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Live Webcast Oct 23 – An inside look at the critical moments that shaped Médecins Sans Frontières

Join our upcoming live webcast for an in-depth look at Doctors Without Borders and hear people who know the organization intimately discuss how it became one of the world’s most respected and effective emergency aid organizations.

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NYT’s Mark Mazzetti to speak 6 p.m. Oct. 23: American’s Shadow War, New Haven

Come hear Mark Mazzetti discuss America’s Shadow War from 6:10- 7:45 p.m. Oct. 23, 2014, in New Haven.

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ICTJ and UNICEF Host Roundtable on Transitional Justice, Education, and Peacebuilding Oct. 21-22, NYC| ICTJ

Transitional justice practitioners, researchers, and educators will gather next week at ICTJ’s headquarters in New York to explore the connections between transitional justice and education in peacebuilding contexts.

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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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