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New Memo: Kissinger Gave the ‘Green Light’ for Argentina’s Dirty War | Mother Jones

Only a few months ago, Henry Kissinger was dancing with Stephen Colbert in a funny bit on the latter’s Comedy Central show. But for years, the former secretary of state has sidestepped judgment for his complicity in horrific human rights abuses abroad, and a new memo has emerged that provides clear evidence that in 1976 Kissinger gave Argentina’s neo-fascist military ...

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Iran sanctions bill threatens progress; pressure is on Franken, Klobuchar | Star Tribune

The historic Geneva deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program is scheduled to go into effect later this month. Once it does, the world will be farther away from a devastating war and a nuclear-armed Iran. As U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., rightly pointed out, “this initial deal is a triumph for engagement and tough diplomacy.” However, the U.S. Senate could ...

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Multiple emergencies pose great test of the global humanitarian system, UN official | UN News Centre

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos briefs the press. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

An unprecedented number of people are beginning 2014 either internally displaced or as refugees, the United Nations humanitarian chief warned today, urging sustained support for millions who have been driven from their homes by violence and bloodshed or uprooted by devastating natural disasters. “2013 was a real test of the global humanitarian system, and there is no indication that 2014 ...

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Don’t Ruin the New Year with War on Iran | Common Dreams

by Chris Geovanis US military veterans and peace activists closed out 2014 with an appeal to one of the U.S. Senate’s most prominent members: Don’t ruin the New Year with a new war on Iran. More than two dozen U.S. military vets and their allies gathered in the bitter cold and biting wind on the last day of the year ...

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2013 Closes with Unilateral Cease-fire in Colombia| Fellowship of Reconciliation

The FARC guerrillas and Colombian government have moved into the third of five points of peace talks – illicit drug policy – after coming to an agreement on political participation last month. But such participation was placed in doubt after the removal from office of democratically elected leftist Mayor Gustavo Petro by the right-wing Inspector General, based on “crisis and ...

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