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Judge Throws Out Friendship 9’s Civil Rights-Era Conviction | NPR

A judge in South Carolina has thrown out the convictions of the Friendship Nine, nine black men who integrated a whites-only lunch counter in 1961, at the peak of the civil rights movement.

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Obama, India’s Modi claim breakthrough on nuclear issues | The Washington Post

When President Obama walked off Air Force One Sunday morning, he was greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who walked up to Obama and gave him a big hug.

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Global Voices Summit 2015 » Video

This page will contain a livestream for the public days of the Summit (Jan 24 ...

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Obama Ensures His Status as War President | Antiwar.com

President Obama tried to portray himself as a peacemaker. He’s still trying to sell that narrative, even as he quickly escalates in his new Iraq war.

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Columnists

Mazin Qumsiyeh (photo: Carolin Smith)

New Years message from Mazin | Mazin Qumsiyeh

To all those who yearn for peace with justice Happy new Year 2015. May it ...

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10 Good Things About the Year 2014 | Medea Benjamin

It’s been a year of fervent activism on police accountability, living wages, climate change, personal freedoms, immigrant rights, an open internet and diplomacy over war.

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Methane Leaks Cancel Natural Gas Benefits | Stanley Heller

To get the natural gas to the power plant you have to mine it and send it over pipelines. That creates a big problem of leakage.

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Hagel’s Departure Should Open Debate on Obama’s Wars | Medea Benjamin

The issue facing this nation is not who replaces Hagel, but what policy decisions we want to Pentagon to implement.

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Disarmament

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Obama, India’s Modi claim breakthrough on nuclear issues | The Washington Post

When President Obama walked off Air Force One Sunday morning, he was greeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who walked up to Obama and gave him a big hug.

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Pope breaks ground in seeking abolition of nuclear weapons | Western Catholic Reporter

In his message Pope Francis stripped away any lingering moral acceptance of the military doctrine of nuclear deterrence: "Nuclear deterrence and the threat of mutually assured destruction cannot be the basis for an ethics of fraternity and peaceful coexistence."

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This generation will ban nuclear weapons | Jen Maman, Greenpeace International

"Every generation has a chance to change the world. This generation will ban nuclear weapons." Next year will mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We cannot live with this threat to life any longer as Setsuko Thurlow, a Hiroshima survivor told the conference in a heartfelt plea for global support.

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Global arms trade deal takes effect | BBC News

An international treaty controlling the sale of weapons takes effect today. About 130 countries have signed the treaty, but fewer than half ratified it. The U.S., the world’s top arms exporter, has not ratified it.

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Middle East

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Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon selfie sparks new Mideast conflict? | The Washington Post

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz went with: “Asymmetrical warfare: Did Miss Israel photobomb Miss Lebanon?”

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A tweet from @Bashardost reflects the message that Afghans sent to Taliban by casting their ballots:

Afghanistan: Taliban in Transition? | United States Institute of Peace

“The Taliban may have entered a path that takes them closer to Afghan mainstream politics.”

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How Bibi Tried To Make Paris All About Him | Forward.com

Israelis are having a hilarious time mocking their prime minister’s visit to Paris, with ironic tweets and Hebrew Facebook statuses galore.

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Time To Move Out: The Problem with Mahmoud Abbas and His Authority by Ramzy Baroud | Antiwar.com

The problem with Abbas is bigger than Abbas himself. The ailment lies in the very political culture and class that sustained and benefited from political corruption for over 20 years.

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Human Rights

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Events

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Poetry for Peace, 6 p.m. Jan. 30, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn.

Poetry for Peace is a cross-district poetry contest open to all Bridgeport and Fairfield K-8th grade students. The contest is sponsored annually by Fairfield University, with a call for submissions of poetry written in response to the question “What does peace mean to me?”

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After the People’s Climate March: What Next for Connecticut Activists? Jan. 18, New Britain, Conn.

A panel followed by a discussion period We want to hear from YOU! Presenters: Jeremy ...

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Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2015 | Pace e Bene

Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement to mainstream nonviolence and build a culture of peace

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War moratorium vigil, tonight, Dec. 19, New Haven

Tomorrow, Friday the 19th. War Moratorium Vigil. “Peace on Earth” 3:30 – 4:30 PM Elm ...

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Economy

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New Oxfam report says half of global wealth held by the 1% | The Guardian

Oxfam warns of widening inequality gap, days ahead of Davos economic summit in Switzerland

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Washington’s Window To Reform War Funding Just Opened | Defense One

If past serves as prologue ... it is ... likely Congress will usher in another era of out-of-control defense spending for a military ill-suited to deal with current threats and a new war overseas.

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Spending Bills Clear Congress, Despite Delays | Nukes of Hazard Blog

The bill ... technically comes in under the Murray-Ryan budget caps. But that’s before you consider any spending that shifted in the mix.

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Sanders Says ‘No’ to Spending Bill | U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders

The Senate on Friday passed a bill authorizing $577 billion for defense programs. ... This bill comes nowhere close to reflecting the needs and priorities of America’s working families,” said Sanders.

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Asia

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Yemen rebels attack presidential compound, weakening U.S.-backed leader | WaPo, NYTimes, DemocracyNow!

Shiite insurgents stormed Yemen’s presidential palace and besieged the leader’s residence Tuesday in a show of force that threatened to topple a government that has been a key American ally in the fight against al-Qaeda.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi presenting Chinese President Xi Jinping the Bhagavad Gita

Uphold The Sanctity Of The Constitution Of India And Conserve Identity Of Bhagvad Gita | CounterCurrents.org

Grounds against bestowing to Bhagvad Gita, the State authorized eminence of National Book are numerous.

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Dennis Kucinich: No to War, Hot or Cold, With Russia | Truthdig

The Western press begins its narrative on the Crimea situation with the annexation, but completely ignores the provocations by the West and other causal factors which resulted in the annexation.

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Fishing for Peace in Korea | FPIF

Various environmental challenges have only sharpened the conflict. But with a new imperative to address these environmental problems, the NLL can offer the two Koreas an opportunity to chart a new relationship for the 21st century.

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