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How Many Tons of Greenhouse Gas Would be Released in Making Trump’s Wall? | Stanley Heller

While climate activist Bill McKibben warns us that we shouldn’t launch a single new pipeline or dig a new fossil fuel mine, Trump wants to build a wall on the Mexico border that would create 4,500,000 tons of CO2.

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We Need Evidence-Based Strategies for Activism in the Post-Truth Era | Opinion – George Gantz

“We need to stop focusing on what we are arguing about, and begin to focus on what we are arguing for.” ~ Pastor Chuck Blair (New Church Live, Bryn Athyn, PA, Nov. 13, 2016)

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Where to Turn | Kathy Kelly

Many U.S. people awoke recently with a new understanding of the dangers facing our common life together. These battles we fight are not a game, and they can escalate into even direr realities.

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Why Aren’t Besieged Syrians Getting Airdrops? | Stanley Heller

Deir Ezzor Gets Air Drops, Why Not Other Parts of Syria?

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Notable Peace News

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Forum: Drop food, not bombs | New Haven Register

Even at this late date we can help save Syria from brutal dictatorship and foreign domination. Airdropping food and supplies can break the sieges. The technology is there. The legal basis is established. What is missing is political will to act.

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Army Corps Denies ‘Dakota Excess Pipeline’ Halting Construction for Now | Democracy Now!

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline, a permit to drill underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River.

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Coalition of 53 Organizations Oppose Flynn’s Appointment as National Security Advisor | Peace Action

The letter begins: "We are organizations representing millions of Americans, writing to express our deep concern with your appointment of Lt. General (Ret.) Michael Flynn to the position of National Security Advisor...."

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Colombia to rush approval of new peace deal, pending court decision | Reuters

Rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) said they would not begin demobilizing until parts of the accord, including an amnesty law for most fighters, are approved by lawmakers.

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Disarmament

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The Problem of Defining Autonomous Weapons | Future of Life Institute

Researchers and the international community are only beginning to tackle the ethical issues that arise from autonomous weapons systems. Clearly defining the weapons systems and the role humans will continue to play is one small part of a very big problem.

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Raise the Alarm on $1T Nuclear Arms Upgrade | PSR

The proposed upgrade is well beyond what the Obama administration identified as appropriate in the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review Report, and, according to former Defense Secretary Bill Perry, it will be destabilizing: “We now are at a precipice of a new nuclear arms race.”

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Castle Bravo Nuclear Test, March 1, 1954, more than 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb at Hiroshima. Source: Atomic Heritage Foundation.

Preparation for Nuclear War Marks the Beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch | George Gantz

Given the destructive potential of these weapons and the catastrophic implications of any single nuclear weapon detonation ... we may not be worrying much about how the geologists classify the Anthropocene Epoch, or about the impacts of fossil fuel combustion on climate. It’s time we all started talking about it.

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Dutch parliament to government: Vote yes to start negotiations on a nuclear ban | No Nukes Netherlands

Recognizing that the vote will be coming soon, Parliamentarians requested a response from government on these questions by 21 October.

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Middle East

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Forum: Drop food, not bombs | New Haven Register

Even at this late date we can help save Syria from brutal dictatorship and foreign domination. Airdropping food and supplies can break the sieges. The technology is there. The legal basis is established. What is missing is political will to act.

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Girls sit in their third grade class in Ramla School, a UNICEF-supported child-friendly school in Amara, Iraq, that also serves displaced children from Anbar and Mosul. "We love them and think of them like brothers and sisters," says one of the girls. © UNICEF/UN037026/Anmar

Time to invest Iraq’s wealth in its future | UNICEF Connect

Child poverty rates are worse than in the northern regions of the country, and due to recent conflict and economic downturn, have probably increased.

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Thousands of women rally for Israel-Palestinian peace | YNetnews.com

Organization Women Wage Peace stage rally outside the President's Residence in Jerusalem calling on both Palestinian and Israeli leaders to forge a peace agreement; speakers included Israeli female rabbis and former terror victims.

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American Weapons Are Blocking True Peace Between Israel and Palestine | The Nation

? Obama’s $38 billion weapons deal is the nail in the coffin for a two-state solution.

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Human Rights

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Events

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Celebrate 20 years of DemocracyNow! 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, Riverside Church NYC

Join Amy Goodman & Juan González with Harry Belafonte, Noam Chomsky, Danny DeVito, Danny Glover, and special musical guests Patti Smith and Tom Morello for a historic evening celebrating 20 years of Democracy Now!

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‘Hot, Violent, and Unequal,’ Christian Parenti, the Mark Shafer Lecture, Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016

Hot, Violent, and Unequal, Christian Parenti will deliver the Mark Shafer Lecture, 7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016, at the United Church on the Green Meeting House, 270 Temple St.

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‘Hot, Violent, and Unequal,’ Christian Parenti, the Mark Shafer Lecture, Thurs., Nov. 17, 2016

Journalist, author and scholar Christian Parenti will explore how militarism and neoliberal economics exacerbate the social crisis of climate change.

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Noam Chomsky to Receive NAPF Distinguished Peace Leadership Award Oct. 23, Santa Barbara

Noam Chomsky, one of the greatest minds of our time, will be honored with NAPF's Distinguished Peace Leadership Award at this year’s Evening for Peace on Sunday, Oct. 23, in Santa Barbara, California.

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Economy

Police raided the El Salvador offices of Mossack Fonseca in April. (Victor Pena, el-Faro)

Panama Papers have had historic global effects — and the impacts keep coming | Center for Public Integrity

The investigation has produced an almost daily drumbeat of regulatory moves, follow-up stories and calls by politicians and activists for more action to combat offshore financial secrecy

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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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Asia

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South Korea’s Historic “One Million People Protest” to Oust Washington’s Puppet President Park Geun-hye | Centre for Research on Globalization

As the United States ushers in a new right wing president into office, South Korea is about to give theirs the boot.

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No Signs of Peace in South Asia: Reflections on recent terror attacks in Kashmir | Indrajit Sharma

How effective will it be to isolate Pakistan regionally when SAARC itself has yet to live up to its expectations from the people of the region?

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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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