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The Emperors New Clothes was made by Keld Moseholm. On a small platform you see the emperor with his crown and scepter. The tailor holds the mirror for him, and next to them is a representative from the court with folded hands.

The Emperors Have No Clothes: Bringing World Leaders to Account For Their Lies | George Gantz

This is the fifth in a series of PEP Talks produced for Promoting Enduring Peace, each addressing a different topic in global peace and environmental sustainability

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‘Smitten Gate,’ a Brutal Anti-war Novel | Stanley Heller

As Trump and his four-star generals talk tough about victory in Afghanistan, Americans would do well to read “Smitten Gate.”

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Forty-One Hearts Are Still Beating in Guantanamo | Kathy Kelly

Today, January 11, 2018, marks the 16th year that Guantanamo prison has exclusively imprisoned Muslim men, subjecting many of them to torture and arbitrary detention.

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Anti-government protesters shout slogans during a protest demanding the ouster of Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh outside Sanaa University February 28, 2011. Tens of thousands of protesters demanding the end of Saleh's 32-year rule of Yemen joined demonstrations on Monday, while skirmishes in the south killed three soldiers and a policeman. photo: REUTERS / Ammar Awad

Remaining Peaceful Was Their Choice | Kathy Kelly

"... If the U.S. continues to equip the Saudi-led coalition, selling bombs to Saudi Arabia and the UAE and refueling Saudi bombers in midair so they can continue their deadly sorties, people in Taiz and throughout Yemen will continue to suffer."

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Notable Peace News

In June 2017, US soldiers maneuver an M-777 howitzer so it can be towed into position at Bost Airfield, Afghanistan. Sixteen years into its longest war, the United States was then sending another 4,000 troops to Afghanistan in an attempt to turn around a conflict characterized by some of the worst violence since the Taliban were ousted in 2001. (AP Photo/US Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Justin T. Updegraff, Operation Resolute Support via AP)

New Poll Shows the Public Opposes Endless US Military Interventions | The Nation

There is a wide bipartisan majority that seeks an American foreign policy of realism and restraint.

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People take part in a rally supporting Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez in Tegucigalpa (photo: Foreign Policy

We Must Thwart the Rising Oligarchy in the United States | RSN

As legislators move to support democracy abroad, we cannot ignore the leaders and policies corroding our politics at home.

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Credit: Screencap from Global News Canada

9 Stories that will Drive the Global Agenda in 2018 | UN Dispatch

From potential nuclear armageddon to a new global compact on migration, and much in between -- UN Dispatch presents our annual year-in-preview of key stories and trends to watch in 2018.

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Yemeni people carry coffins of people killed in airstrikes in Sana’a. Photo: Xinhua/Barcroft Images

Saudi-led airstrikes kill 68 civilians in one day of Yemen’s ‘absurd’ war | The Guardian

United Nations humanitarian coordinator Jamie McGoldrick says civilians are being punished by both sides in the conflict and urges all parties to consider their obligations to distinguish between civilian and military targets.

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Disarmament

TEDx Talk: The Insanity of Nuclear Deterrence | Robert Green

When nuclear-armed nations face off, the threat of mutually assured destruction is expected to keep the worst from happening. But is this a rational strategy?

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Special Report: in Modernizing Nuclear Arsenal, U.S. Stokes New Arms Race | US News

By the time Obama left office in January 2017, the risk of Armageddon hadn’t receded.

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This picture from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Mexico’s Senate approved the prohibition of nuclear weapons | Vallarta News

With 80 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstentions, the plenary session approved the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons making Mexico the fourth country to join that mechanism.

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Inside a Minuteman missile silo. (photo: wikimedia commons)

Decoding Donald | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Before he does something rash and irreversible with those codes, it is imperative to decode Donald, taking the necessary steps to remove this power from him.

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Middle East

Israeli Activist Chooses Jail Over Military Service to Protest the Occupation | Global Voices

Helman said he knew he would be jailed for his decision, but was willing to accept it.

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Israel Publishes a Blacklist; and ‘What Can Be Done?’ | Mazin Qumsiyeh, other sources

“We will continue to stand up for peace and justice in Israel, occupied Palestine, and around the world.” ~ Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary for International Programs at the American Friends Service Committee

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Omar Barghouti with his mother Wafieh Barghouti.

Letter from Gandhi Peace Award Recipient Omar Barghouti

This is to share with you that Israel has effectively banned me from traveling to Amman, Jordan to accompany my mother during her upcoming critical surgery.

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Israeli nuclear disarmament activist Sharon Dolev speaking at the United Nations. (Clare Conboy)

An Israeli anti-nuclear activist won the Nobel, and no one is talking about it | +972 Magazine

Despite the media blackout in Israel, and the reluctance to even touch the subject, Sharon Dolev remains steadfast in her belief that a regional nuclear pact is on its way.

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Human Rights

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Events

Women’s March 12:30 p.m. Jan. 20, Hartford

Women to march Jan. 20 in Hartford: 'Still revolutionary' in Connecticut

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Don’t Bank on the Bomb: Public Forum Saturday, Jan. 27, 2-4 p.m. Cambridge

The forum will address the issues confronting city government as it works to follow through on a resolution passed in 2016 to divest city-managed pension funds from companies that produce nuclear weapons, or invest in their production.

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Innovations in Alternative Energy and Power Generation in Cuba Sat. Dec. 16 10:30 a.m.

Join us at the New Haven Free Public Library for a discussion about Cuba's energy future with Professor Luis Vazquez Seisdedos Sat. Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

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Innovations in Alternative Energy and Power Generation in Cuba Sat. Dec. 16 10:30 a.m.

Join us at the New Haven Free Public Library for a discussion about Cuba's energy future with Professor Luis Vazquez Seisdedos Sat. Dec. 16 at 10:30 a.m.

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Economy

Deana Lucion, who lives in McDowell County, West Virginia. Life expectancy for men in McDowell County is 64 years old – the same as for men in Namibia. Photograph: Jeff Swensen

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty … in America, the world’s richest nation | The Guardian

At the heart of Philip Alston’s special mission will be one question: Can Americans enjoy fundamental human rights if they’re unable to meet basic living standards?

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China takes economic hit as environment nears ‘point of no return’ | CNN Money

Beijing wants to swap its polluted air for blue skies. Doing so will be costly.

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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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Asia

North Korea and South Korea Are Threatening to Seek Peace | RSN

Korean détente puts decades of failed, corrupt US policy at risk

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Pakistan protest against US drone strikes

In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas, Collective Punishment Is the Law of the Land | The Nation

Civilians here, who live under an outdated colonial regime, have been terrorized by US drone strikes and extremist Islamists for many years.

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The Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety produced this map showing the detection of Ruthenium 106 in France and Europe after an apparent accident at a Russian nuclear facility IRSN

Russia admits nuclear leak near site of 1957 disaster | The Times & The Sunday Times

After denying a nuclear leak for several months, Russia has admitted that “extremely high” concentrations of radioactive pollution were detected in the southern Urals in late September.

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Nguyen Van Hoa at his trial in Ha Tinh, Vietnam. He was convicted of spreading anti-state propaganda for producing videos and writing about protests over an environmental disaster. Credit Cong Tuong/Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese Blogger Gets 7 Years in Jail for Reporting on Toxic Spill | The New York Times

“The sentencing of Nguyen Van Hoa shows how profoundly the government’s paranoid desire to maintain political control trumps notions of justice and human rights,” said Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division.

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