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The Rule of Power Over the Rule of Law | Ralph Nader

Sporadic assertions of a punishing public opinion will not be enough in either sphere of humans abusing humans. That is why the rule of law must be enforced by the state, and through private civil actions.

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"All the Cubans we talked to thought the sonic attack was a bunch of baloney. From taxi drivers to government officials to dissidents, Cubans told our group that the whole episode was concocted to justify turning back the clock on Obama’s détente with Cuba." (Photo: Courtesy of Author)

While Clinching Deals With Communist China, Trump Cracks Down on Trade and Travel to Cuba | Medea Benjamin

On Wednesday, November 8, just as President Trump was clinching new business deals with the ...

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On Armistice Day, Let’s Celebrate Peace | Kathy Kelly

This year on Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., Veterans for Peace chapters across the US will ring bells, recalling that minute in 1918 when, as Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another.”

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Good News: The Ozone Hole is Shrinking | George Gantz

Get informed: Read PeaceNews - and look for balanced, reliable sources in your media feeds.

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Notable Peace News

Women and children collect water from a water point in Yemen's Al-Qaflah district. (Photo: Moayed Al-Shaybani / Oxfam)

Saudi Arabia’s stranglehold on Yemen condemns thousands to die in the coming weeks | Oxfam

A unified cry of outrage by the international community may just save millions of lives.

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RT America forced to register as a ‘foreign agent’ | Russia News | Al Jazeera

The US government has claimed that the network traffics in conspiracy theories and is essentially a propaganda arm for the Kremlin.

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A lesson from Syria: it’s crucial not to fuel far-right conspiracy theories | George Monbiot, The Guardian

In Vox earlier this month, the writer David Roberts suggested that America is facing “an epistemic crisis” caused by the conservative rejection of all forms of expertise and knowledge.

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"Almost Sunrise," a documentary film by Michael Collins and Marty Syjuco that explores "moral injury" of veterans, will premiere on PBS on Nov. 13, coinciding with observance of Veterans Day. (Photo courtesy of POV Digital)

Two Iraq veterans walk 2,700 miles to find peace in new documentary film | NavyTimes

For two men who had seen the worst of humanity in combat zones, the contrast of what good people could do for one another was something worthy of note.

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Disarmament

CBO Study Presents Options For A More Affordable Nuclear Modernization Plan | Federation of American Scientists

A new report by the U.S. Congressional Budget Office pojects that the current plan to sustain and modernize US nuclear forces will cost $1.2 trillion over the next 30 years – or $41.4 billion per year.

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Waste from decades of nuclear-weapons production is buried at the Hanford Site in Washington state. (Karen Kasmauski/NGC)

How the United States plans to trap its biggest stash of nuclear-weapons waste in glass | Nature

Assuming that the latest timetable holds, the plant for high-level waste will open for business in the early 2030s, and operations will continue for decades. In the meantime, dangerous waste will remain underground, out of sight but not out of mind.

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FOCUS: My Plea to Trump and Putin | Mikhail Gorbachev via The Washington Post

We face a dual challenge of preventing the collapse of the system of nuclear agreements and reversing the downward spiral in U.S.-Russian relations. It is time to take the first step.

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ICAN Awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for Role in Nuclear Weapons Treaty | ICAN

The treaty, adopted on 7 July with the backing of 122 nations, offers a powerful, much-needed alternative to a world in which threats of mass destruction are allowed to prevail and, indeed, are escalating.

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Middle East

Unfounded charges of anti-Semitism at SF State protect no one | SF Examiner

The ongoing war in Israel/Palestine and surrounding states has now come to American campuses. False charges of anti-Semitism are just another tactic in the war, and they restrict the academic freedom of students and faculty....

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Asharaf Barati in front of”Casa Fiori”, one of the hostels he owns in Venice. Photo by Basir Ahang. Used with permission.

Ex-Refugee Who Slept Rough in Rome Now Runs Several Businesses, Dreams of Rebuilding Afghanistan | Global Voices

"I want to invest in Afghanistan, I have never forgotten my country and I can’t live happily, knowing that my people are suffering."

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Engelhardt, Nixon’s Children | TomDispatch

As American air power in places like Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan is ramped up yet again, as the latest mini-surge of troops arrives in Afghanistan, as Niger enters the war, it’s time to put generals Petraeus, Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly in context. It’s time to call them what they truly are: Nixon’s children.

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Activist raises Yemen’s flag over Mount Everest calling for ‘peace’ | Al Arabiya

From the South base camp in Nepal of Mount Everest – the highest mountain in ...

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Human Rights

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Events

Historian Timothy Snyder to Lecture Nov. 28, New Haven

The 2017 Mark Shafer Lecture will be delivered by Timothy Snyder, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the United Church Parish House, Great Hall, 323 Temple St. Admission is free.

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Historian Timothy Snyder to Lecture Nov. 28, New Haven

The 2017 Mark Shafer Lecture will be delivered by Timothy Snyder, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the United Church Parish House, Great Hall, 323 Temple St. Admission is free.

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Ecumenical Peace Decade begins nationwide on 12 Nov. | Pax Christi

"With this year's slogan, 'Argue!' we demand that we be not passive, but rather that we argue constructively, decisively and nonviolently for democracy and human dignity...."

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Global Voices 2017 Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Dec 2-3

Join the Global Voices 2017 Summit in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Dec. 2-3 to meet activists, bloggers, journalists and influencers from 60 countries!

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Economy

How lawyers and big banks help one of Asia’s largest paper companies expand despite poor environmental record and social conflicts.

Paradise Papers Leak Reveals Offshore’s Role In Forest Destruction | ICIJ

How lawyers and big banks help one of Asia’s largest paper companies expand despite poor environmental record and social conflicts.

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ICIJ’s ‘Paradise Papers’ Exposes Trump-Russia Links and Piggy Banks of the 1 Percent | ICIJ

A new leak of confidential records reveals the financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the political spectrum.

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Donald Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and his Russian business ties | ICIJ

Trump cabinet member retains a stake in company that provides shipping for Putin’s son-in-law and sanctioned oligarchs.

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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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Asia

Participants listen to a speech during the 2016 Korea Culture Designer Awards at Seoul Station, central Seoul, in December, 2016. / Courtesy of World Culture Open

Artists, activists to promote peace in Cheongju | Korea Times

An international event will bring 500 cultural activists to Cheongju, North Chungcheong Province, Friday.

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Screenshot from "Riding the Breeze"

15 Movies That Speak to the Complex Relationship Between Taiwan and Japan | Global Voices

Some films by Taiwanese and Japanese directors not only address the delicate, complex and oftentimes repressed sentiments about the Japanese colonial rule in Taiwan, they also redefine the ties between Taiwanese and Japanese past and present.

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Rohingya at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh

Former Secretary General Kofi Annan urges UN to push for Rohingya return to Myanmar | DW

Kofi Annan has urged the UN Security Council to push Myanmar to accept the return of half-a-million Muslim Rohingas sheltering in Banglade

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A Hero Turned Villain: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Annihilation of Myanmar’s Rohingya | The Nation Magazine

They potentially face the final two stages of genocide—mass annihilation and erasure from the country’s history.

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