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What’s at Stake in the Arms Race | Kathy Kelly

The continuously assertive military posturing of NATO undermines and conflicts with the mission and development of instruments for international negotiation and constructive cooperation.

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Preparing for the next Memorial Day | Medea Benjamin

It’s no wonder we don’t have money to address the crisis of global warming, build a decent public transportation system, institute a medicare-for-all health system, or provide the free college education that all our youth deserve.

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What peace process in Syria? | Joe Daher

Peace talks are stalled A promise of airdrops of food starting in June 250,000 are ...

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Mr. President, Meet with A-bomb Survivors | Joe Gerson

Over Seventy Prominent Scholars and Activists Call on Obama to Take Concrete Action in Hiroshima

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Notable Peace News

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The Long-Hidden Saudi 9/11 Connection | RSN

Almost 15 years ago, warnings of an Al Qaeda attack were flashing red amid evidence of Saudi complicity, but George W. Bush ignored the alarms and the 9/11 attacks changed history, a mystery that 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser continues to plumb.

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10 Athletes From Four Countries Will Compete at the Olympics Under One Banner: Refugee | Global Voices

This year, the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will be the first ever to host a team comprised entirely of refugees.

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Inside the growing movement against campus militarization | Waging Nonviolence

Students at Portland State University are organizing to disarm campus police, while linking their campaign with the nationwide Black Lives Matter movement.

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Members of an ethnic Yezidi family sleep in the shade in Shekhadi village after fleeing Sinjar. Close to 400 families are in Shekhadi, normally a place of pilgrimage for the Yezidi. (UNHRC N.Colt)

One in every 113 people forced to flee, says UN refugee agency | The Guardian

As number of people driven from home exceeds 60 million for first time, UN refugee agency sounds alarm over failure of nations to find collective solutions

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Disarmament

A Tomahawk cruise missile launched at an Islamic State target in Syria in 2014. (photo: Eric Garst/U.S. Navy)

A Nuclear Weapon That America Doesn’t Need | The New York Times

"To eliminate the threat of nuclear war President Barack Obama should reconsider the Defense Department’s effort to develop a new nuclear weapon called the Long-Range Standoff Weapon."

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Special 70th Anniversary Edition – Federation Of American Scientists

Estimate of global nuclear weapons in January 2016

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Former Secretary of Defense William Perry discusses why the risk of nuclear catastrophe is greater now than ever | Future of Life Institute

Former Secretary of Defense William Perry presents his nuclear nightmare and discusses why he believes the risk of nuclear catastrophe is greater now than it was at any time during the Cold War.

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The Air Force wants to build a new and better nuclear air-launched cruise missile even though the mission can be covered by conventional cruise missiles or other nuclear weapons. President Obama should cancel or delay the program and pursue a global ban on nuclear cruise missiles.

US Nuclear Stockpile Numbers Published Enroute To Hiroshima | FAS

Although 702 warheads is no small number (other than Russia, no other nuclear-armed state has more than 300 warheads), it is the smallest reduction of the stockpile achieved by any post-Cold War administration.

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Middle East

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An Israeli-Palestinian confederation? Not so fast | +972

A new initiative seeks to find a new, creative way to solve the conflict. The only problem? It forgets about equality.

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Israeli officials destroy a water storage facility used by Palestinian farmers outside the West Bank village of Yatta, near the Israeli settlement of Sosia, in early June [EPA]

Palestine’s ‘Prayer for Rain’: How Israel Uses Water as a Weapon of War | Antiwar.com

"While Israelis, including illegal West Bank settlements, use the vast majority of it, Palestinians are sold their own water back at high prices."

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Rebecca Vilkomerson: Cuomo’s repressive anti-BDS crusade | nydailynews.com

On his way to the annual Celebrate Israel parade this past weekend, Cuomo signed an executive order blacklisting entities that participate in or advocate for boycotting and divesting from Israeli human rights abusers.

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15 steps to living in besieged Moadamiyah from on-site journalist Dani Qappani | Facebook/Youtube

Journalist Dani Qappani talks about 15 ways to remain sane living in besieged Moadamiyah. He says it's "absolutely insane that a million Syrians are living under siege today."

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Human Rights

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At the 2015 Human Rights Defenders Forum, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter enjoys a presentation by Afeefa Syeed, a senior adviser at the U.S. Agency for International Development, Middle East and Asia bureaus. (Photo: The Carter Center/ M. Schwarz)

Free Live Webcast: 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum June 20 | Carter Center

While this event is not open to the public, portions of the forum will be webcast live (free) on cartercenter.org beginning Monday, June 20 at 1:30 p.m.

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Golden Rule Peace Boat to Sail up Columbia River June 7-18 | PSR

The historic Golden Rule anti-nuclear sailboat has embarked on an epic voyage that will bring her up the Columbia River in early June for exciting events in Portland, Oregon, Hood River, Stevenson, and Vancouver.

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Climate change roundtable 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 North Haven

RSVP list for CT Roundtable on Climate & JobsA Just Climate Strategy for CT: Creating ...

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350CT Monthly Meeting : Dr. Robert Howarth, June 12, Middlefield

Howarth is the Cornell University professor and scientist who has led the public exposure of methane leaks as the most dangerous short term climate threat.

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Economy

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Disrupting Power and Defending Connecticut’s Black Lives | Dan Fischer via CounterPunch

According to the Economic Policy Institute, Connecticut has the country’s largest income gap between the richest 1% and the bottom 99%. In 2012, the 1% made 51 times more than the 99%.

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Smoke rises from Manbij city in Aleppo province, Syria, on June 8, 2016. (Reuters/Rodi Said)

The world lost more than $13 trillion last year because of war | Global Peace Index via The Washington Post

Violence and worsening conflict cost the world more than $13.6 trillion last year, or about 13 percent of global GDP.

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ICIJ releases database revealing thousands of secret offshore companies | Center for Public Integrity

The data, part of the Panama Papers investigation, is the largest ever release of information about offshore companies and the people behind them.

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Calling Corporate-Backed Deals an ‘Indisputable’ Good, Obama Makes Pitch for TTIP | Common Dreams

Sitting next to Chancellor Angela Merkel during a summit in Germany, U.S. president continued to ignore opponents as he defended controversial agreement with European nations

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Asia

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U.S. lifts arms ban on old foe Vietnam as regional tensions simmer | Reuters, et al

"In one fell swoop, President Obama has jettisoned much of what remained of US leverage to improve human rights in Vietnam – and basically gotten nothing for it." Human Rights Watch Deputy Director, Asia Director Phil Robertson

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Fishermen Sue Japan for Hiding Records of Fallout From US Nuclear Tests | ABC News

The lawsuit against their own government seeks compensation for failing to disclose records of their exposure to radiation from a series of hydrogen bomb tests called “Operation Castle,” conducted by the U.S. in the Pacific Ocean and starting on March 1, 1954.

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Baiting The Bear: NATO and Russia | Conn M. Hallinan

Russian ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko said that the continued deployment of armed forces on its borders makes it impossible to have a “meaningful dialogue.” We are baiting the bear, not a sport that ever ends well.

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Google to fund development of Asia’s renewable energy market | The Economic Times, Recode.net

Google has pledged that all the energy its gargantuan data centers consume will come from renewable sources.

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