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Congress: Do Your Job | FCNL

This is clearly a new war which requires new authorization, and the administration’s legal justification does not stand up under scrutiny. But let’s get to the real question – why does this matter?

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Israeli Experts: U.S. Weapons in Iraq Will Reach ISIS (wikimedia commons)

How to make Isis fall on its own sword | Chelsea E. Manning, theguardian.com

Chelsea Manning believes Isis will not be able to sustain itself on rapid growth alone, and will begin to fracture internally.

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Foreign Policy, Lord Palmerston & Appendectomies | Hallinan, Dispatches from the Edge

Thinking about U.S. foreign policy these days brings to mind a line from songwriter/comedian Tom Lehrer: if you are feeling like a Christian Scientist with appendicitis you have good reason.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee was first elected to Congress in 1998, in a special election to fill the seat of retiring Congressman Ron Dellums.

Congresswoman Lee Speaks on House Floor against another War in the Middle East | United for Peace and Justice

Congresswoman Barbara Lee recently spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives against arming Syrian rebel groups.

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Columnists

Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

Ukraine Conflict: Red Meat for Anemic NATO Alliance | Medea Benjamin

Use the United Nations to reinforce the peace process. Scrap the missile defense shield. No Western troops in the Baltic states. And dismantle the NATO war machine. Read more from Medea Benjamin here.

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Greenhouse Gas Emissions Still Out of Control | Stanley Heller

Over the last century sea level has risen less than a foot, but because of just that rise the surge from Hurricane Sandy flooded a good chunk of lower Manhattan. Climate rallies will take place in NYC on Sept. 21 and in Bridgeport, Conn., on Sept. 13. Please go.

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Medea Benjamin in 2014 (photo: cjzurcher)

One Year After Egypt’s Rab’a Massacre, US Still Funding Repression | Medea Benjamin

The systematic and intentional killing of unarmed protesters is a crime against humanity and those responsible should be investigated and held accountable.

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Act For Gaza | Mazin Qumsiyeh

Palestinian Civil society organizations and public figures are calling on the world to demand the opening of the Rafah crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

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Disarmament

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Why NATO should eliminate its tactical nukes, despite Russian belligerence | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Leaders attending the upcoming NATO summit at Cardiff, Wales, will face, once again, the question of what to do about the U.S. nuclear weapons stationed at NATO bases throughout Europe.

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Thousands surrounded a nuclear weapons complex in the United Kingdom to call for disarmament earlier this month. (Wool not Weapons)

Thousands surround British nuclear weapons factory in seven-mile-long ‘peace scarf’ | Waging Nonviolence

Earlier this month, thousands of people staged a massive protest in the United Kingdom in which they surrounded a nuclear weapons factory complex in Berkshire with a “peace scarf” to advocate for nuclear disarmament.

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Sister Megan, Greg and Michael spray-painted a number of messages onto the Y-12 property. (PBR / U.S. Government)

To remain in prison for the rest of my life is the greatest honor you could give me: the story of Sister Megan Rice | openDemocracy

Where does moral courage come from - the energy and strength to challenge and transform much larger powers? A prison correspondence provides some answers.

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Russia May be Deploying Missile Tied to Treaty Violation | Global Security Newswire

A U.S. analyst says Russia may be putting a new type of missile into launch-ready position, despite its link to an intensifying nuclear feud with Washington.

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Middle East

At least 18,000 homes were destroyed in the attacks on Gaza in the summer of 2014.

Briefing: What’s in the UN’s new Gaza agreement? | IRIN

The UN, the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal that seeks to increase access. What are the terms?

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Anti-war group CodePink interrupt US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Why Barack Obama’s declaration of perpetual war against ISIS is illegal | Stop the War Coalition

Besides being illegal, Obama's war promises to exacerbate the volatile situation in the region, resulting in more hostility and risking blowback against the United States.

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Gaza and the Threat of World War: Breaking the Last Taboo | CounterPunch

“There is a taboo,” said the visionary Edward Said, “on telling the truth about Palestine and the great destructive force behind Israel

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Reservists from elite Israeli intel unit refuse to serve over Palestinian ‘persecution’ | Haaretz

Forty-three signatories, including a major and two captains, in a letter to the prime minister: 'Intelligence is an integral part of Israel's military occupation over the territories.'

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Human Rights

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Events

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Invitation to Change Everything: Sept. 20-21, NYC

In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

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Sunday Peace Train in Central Park | Nancy Cohen-koan

The Vigil offers an opportunity for people to think about peace as a true possibility. When groups come together, the energy is that much more powerful. The idea is to promulgate peace through music, art, poetry, dance and prayer.

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Rain date in effect: ActOnClimate 4-6 p.m. Sept. 15, Bridgeport

Bring $10 to buy a bus ticket to the Sept. 21 People’s Climate March. Bring ...

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ActOnClimate 4-6 p.m. Sept. 13, Bridgeport

Saturday's #ActOnClimate Rally will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 13, at Baldwin Plaza, in Bridgeport, Conn. (the park enclosed by Fairfield, Broad and Cannon Streets.)

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Economy

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Watch John Oliver Brilliantly Destroy the Myth of Economic Mobility in America | mic.com

In just 15 minutes, John Oliver perfectly summed up the utter absurdity of America's attitude toward income inequality.

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Nixing the Pentagon Slush Fund Why do we have two military budgets? | Ryan Alexander, TaxPayer.net

There are legitimate reasons to have a contingency budget to deal with unforeseen crises. Historically, that kind of spending has fallen into the relatively small $2-3 billion range.

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$570B on nukes over the next decade? Tell Obama ‘Please, No.’ | PSR

The government is projected to spend $570 billion on nukes over the next decade. Maintaining an arsenal of over 5,000 nuclear weapons just makes no sense.

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The big problem with the ‘Cuban Twitter’ plan | The Washington Post

Today's big Associated Press story about the United States apparently creating a "Cuban Twitter" to help foment dissent in the country has caused a big stir.

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Asia

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Russia’s Evolving Arctic Strategy: Drivers, Challenges and New Opportunities | SIPRI

Despite the considerable attention given to the development of the Arctic by the Russian leadership, progress in achieving Russia's goals in the Arctic has been slow.

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Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg | Conn M. Hallinan

A major cause of current tensions in the East and South China seas are two documents that most Americans have either forgotten about or don’t know exist.

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Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents march on a downtown street. (AP photo Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong Government Arrests Hundreds Of Democracy Protesters, Warns ‘Violence Is Imminent’ | ThinkProgress

Police in Hong Kong early Wednesday morning arrested more than 500 protesters after the city’s annual protest to encourage more democracy in the territory.

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In this photo released by South Korean Unification Ministry, Lee Duk-haeng, right, the head of South Korea's working-level delegation, shakes hands with his North Korean counterpart, Park Yong Il, during their meeting at Tongilgak in the North Korean side of Panmunjom on Feb. 5. On Wednesday, the two sides are scheduled to hold their highest-level talks in years. (photo: South Korean Unification Ministry)

North Korea’s Peace Commission Is Very Bad At Its Job | ThinkProgress

One might assume that the statements issued by the "Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea" would be full of diplomatic language, urging an end to the war that officially is still ongoing between North and South Korea. But given the Committee’s place as a communications arm of the North Korean government, that’s not the case.

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