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Syria – Calling for an End to the Interventions is Not Nearly Enough

By Joseph Daher The ceasefire in Syria concluded on September 9, 2016 between the US ...

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The banner says "freedom" but verbally they call for two states.

Colonial Settlers | Mazin Qumsiyeh

The explosion that destroyed an Israeli satellite two days before it was to launch is worrying Israeli elite apartheid rulers. The wind, as the Arabic proverb goes, does not always go the way the ships want to go. …. Meanwhile, we the people must change our approach and stop playing the game using the rules placed on us by the bankers.

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Hillary Clinton, the Podesta Group and the Saudi Regime: A Fatal Ménage à Trois | Medea Benjamin

If Hillary Clinton wants to be a meaningful symbol for human rights and women’s empowerment, her campaign must live up to the values she claims to represent, and this would be one step in the right direction.

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Dangerous Seas: China and The U.S. | Conn Hallinan

The U.S. can resist that inevitability, but only by relying on its overwhelming military power and constructing an alliance system reminiscent of the Cold War. That should give pause to all concerned.

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Notable Peace News

U.S. President Barack Obama with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, July 2014 (wikimedia)

Saudi Arms Deal Backed By US Senators Who Got Cash From Weapons Contractor That Will Benefit | ibtimes

General Dynamics spent millions on campaign donations and lobbying in the lead-up to a Senate vote for the arms deal.

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Yale to Face Protests for Whitewashing Paul Kagame’s Human Rights Record | Real News Network

Journalist and Yale alum Anjan Sundaram says Yale is ignoring the Rawandan president's atrocious record in both Rwanda and Congo.

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Vote this Week to Block Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia, CodePink speaks out | United for Peace and Justice, DemocracyNow!

This week, the week of Sept. 19, the Senate will vote on the Murphy-Paul-Franken-Lee bill to block a $1.15 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia.

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Five Stories to Follow During UN Week | UN Dispatch

It’s that time of year! World leaders are gathering at the United Nations this week for the start of the 71st General Assembly. These five issues will drive diplomacy around Turtle Bay and beyond.

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Disarmament

U.S. President Barack Obama with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, July 2014 (wikimedia)

Saudi Arms Deal Backed By US Senators Who Got Cash From Weapons Contractor That Will Benefit | ibtimes

General Dynamics spent millions on campaign donations and lobbying in the lead-up to a Senate vote for the arms deal.

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PSR delegation delivers your petitions to the White House | Physicians for Social Responsibility

On Sept. 15, PSR representatives delivered three petitions to White House Office of Public Engagement staff urging President Obama to reduce nuclear weapons dangers as he was preparing for his final speech to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, Sept. 20.

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Vote this Week to Block Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia, CodePink speaks out | United for Peace and Justice, DemocracyNow!

This week, the week of Sept. 19, the Senate will vote on the Murphy-Paul-Franken-Lee bill to block a $1.15 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia.

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Reducing the Dangers of Nuclear War: Practical results from the #MITNukes conference | Future of Life Institute

Even though we have way more nuclear weapons than necessary to deter an enemy attack, planning to spend 4 million dollars every hour for the next 30 years to upgrade our nuclear arsenal makes us less safe by increasing the risk of accidental nuclear war.

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Middle East

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While U.S. promises $38 Billion to Israel over 10 years, pols fight over proposed $1.1 Billion to Saudi Arabia

Israel and the United States have reached an agreement that will provide Israel an unprecedented amount of military aid over a decade.

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Does Anyone in Syria Fear International Law? | The New Yorker

Western countries and the United Nations have spent the past five and a half years condemning atrocity after atrocity in Syria, to no avail. With justice so limited by geopolitics, who in Syria is afraid of international law?

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Video: Far from the public eye, Palestinian villages are being dried out | 972 Mag

Qarawat Bani Hassan, a Palestinian village in the West Bank water shortage since Israel’s national water company decided to reduce its supply.

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Syria: Another Pipeline War | Robert F. Kennedy Jr. via Ecowatch

"America's unsavory record of violent interventions in Syria—obscure to the American people yet well known to Syrians—sowed fertile ground for the violent Islamic Jihadism ...."

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Events

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No War in 2016 conference Sept. 23-25, Washington D.C.

Please join The Real News as we stream the #NoWar2016 conference live from DC on Friday Sept 23, from noon to 8pm ET and Saturday Sept 24, from 9am to 7:30pm ET.

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WRL to present 2016 Peace Award to Jannat Alghezzi of the Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

Join WRL in presenting the 2016 Peace Award to Jannat Alghezzi of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, New York City

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Global Day of Prayer for Syria, Sept. 21, 2016 | Fellowship of Reconciliation

Five-plus years of war have taken a heavy toll on our Syrian brothers and sisters. It is time for the violence and war to stop and to begin the hard work of moving forward, toward a future where all Syrians can live together in peace and security.

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International Day of Peace Tree Dedication and Concert with Mustafa Adil Sept. 24, Wilson Library New Haven

Please join the City of New Haven Peace Commission as they celebrate the International Day of Peace by planting and dedicating a tree with live music and readings on peace by students.

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Economy

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Former EU Official Among Politicians in New Leak of Offshore Files from The Bahamas | ICIJ

“Bahamas has taken an attitude of selective noncompliance with its own laws, and it is now pushing out this message with a nudge, nudge, wink, wink.” – Nicholas Shaxson

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In Colombia, peace means sustainable development | The Economic Times

In Colombia peace means sustainable development. Huge economic benefits will derive from the decision of solving the armed conflict and attaining peace in Colombia.

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Pope Francis: Capitalism is ‘Terrorism Against All of Humanity’ | Common Dreams

"Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person," the pope told reporters.

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Secret Offshore Deals Deprive Africa of Billions in Natural Resource Dollars | ICIJ

A cross-border bribery scandal described in a report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists is one of dozens of cases in Africa in which companies created or administered by Mossack Fonseca have played a role in oil, gas and mining deals that have spawned public allegations of tax dodging, corruption, environmental destruction or other misconduct.

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Asia

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters, Friday Sept. 9, 2016. North Korea said it conducted a "higher level" nuclear test explosion on Friday that will allow it to finally build an array of stronger, smaller and lighter nuclear weapons. Ban has condemned the test and urged the Security Council, "to unite and take urgent actions." (Rick Bajornas/United Nations)

UN chief: Reducing Korea tensions key issue | AP Interview

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday that reducing tensions on the Korean peninsula is one of the most serious issues facing the world because the impact North Korea's use of nuclear weapons would have.

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Japan: Veterans for Peace Join Protests Against U.S. Base on Okinawa | Democracy Now!

Delegations of Veterans for Peace activists have arrived in Okinawa, Japan, to join protests against ...

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi to hold major peace summit with ethnic rebels | Reuters

Myanmar has been torn by fighting between the military, which seized power in the 1962 coup, and ethnic armed groups since the end of the Second World War

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Dangerous Seas: China and The U.S. | Conn Hallinan

The U.S. can resist that inevitability, but only by relying on its overwhelming military power and constructing an alliance system reminiscent of the Cold War. That should give pause to all concerned.

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