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Can the Decline in Letter-Writing be Reversed? | Ralph Nader

A professor of Anthropology described her as letters revealing “…the dignified role that disagreement can play in democratic and scholarly discourse.”

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EcoAction, Bovine Feces, and 8 Things to Do | David Swanson

These are some of the reasons people dumped wheel barrows full of BS as close as they could get to the White House this week.

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The Brutes Haven’t All Been Exterminated | David Swanson

Assume that the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen are not people. Read news reports on the wars not ending. See if they don’t make a lot more sense that way.

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Opinion: We’re fighting anti-Semitism the wrong way | Stanley Heller

We need leaders who realize that the fight against anti-Semitism is a fight against all racism and not an effort to advance Jewish nationalism.

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Notable Peace News

McCollum Introduces Historic Legislation: Defending Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act

“I strongly believe there is a growing consensus among the American people that the Palestinian people deserve justice, equality, human rights, and the right to self-determination."

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Remembering Rev. Richard Deats, a life-long peace movement leader and influential teacher of nonviolence | Waging Nonviolence

Coretta Scott King called Deats “one of America’s most knowledgeable and dedicated advocates of nonviolence....

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Opinion | Cesar Chavez Did Not Want This Work to Be Cruel – The New York Times

The next generation, the one he foresaw, must find ways to bring reform, in the fields and in the cities.

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The long-term problem of ‘peaceful’ plutonium | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By the mid-21st century, the amount of plutonium in spent power reactor fuel could grow to more than 1,400 metric tons.

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Events

Poor People’s Campaign Announces Plans for In-Person Mass Moral March on Washington in June 2022

During the April -19th Moral Monday, the Co-Chairs of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National ...

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GDAMS 2021 have started: ‘5 weeks to take action against military spending’

Prepare your own GDAMS actions or join other organizations. Check out our list of actions

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Reminder: Join Native Nuclear Forum; banning nuclear weapons, and more

NATIVE NUCLEAR FORUM 5-Day Speaker Series, April 26 to 30 The Native American Forum on ...

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Join FP & partners spotlighting cross-sector strategies for global climate ambitions | FP

Learn more about these and other key issues and add your voice to continue the momentum for global climate action

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Disarmament

Utah’s role in the pending $83 billion overhaul of America’s land-based nuclear missiles | KCPW

Is the land-based leg of America’s “nuclear triad” obsolete in the 21st century?

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A mushroom cloud rises with ships below during Operation Crossroads nuclear weapons test on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands in this 1946 handout provided by the U.S. Library of Congress. The United States said on April 25, 2014, it was examining lawsuits filed by the Marshall Islands against it and eight other nuclear-armed countries that accuse them of failing in their obligation to negotiate nuclear disarmament.

France has underestimated impact of nuclear tests in French Polynesia, research finds | \The Guardian

Groundbreaking new analysis could allow more than 100,000 people to claim compensation

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Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon? | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Spending $100B to replace things that would kill civilians on a mass scale and possibly end human civilization is just another forgotten subscription on auto-renew.

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How We Blocked Weapons Trucks in Canada – How You Can Do the Same | World Beyond

By World BEYOND War, January 27, 2021 On the January 25th global day of action ...

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Middle East

VFP delivers letter to Special Climate Envoy John Kerry | VFP

One of the goals of the petition is to educate and mobilize about the cost of war and militarism as it relates to the Climate Crisis and the increase of greenhouse gases

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Human rights activist beaten in settler attack near illegal West Bank outpost | The Times of Israel

The assault took place at an illegal outpost that was evacuated by Border Police and the Israeli Civil Administration on Tuesday.

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Joe Biden should end the US pretense over Israel’s ‘secret’ nuclear weapons | The Guardian

The failure to face up to the threat posed by Israel’s horrific arsenal gives Netanyahu a sense of power and impunity, allowing Israel to dictate terms to others.

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Israeli Attack on Iraqi Nuclear Facility *Began* Weapons Program | accuracy.org

"The destruction of Osirak did not stop an Iraqi nuclear bomb program but probably started it.”

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Human Rights

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Economy

Meet the ‘New Koch Brothers’ – the Hedge Fund Activists Wrecking America’s Green New Deal | Institute for New Economic Thinking

Wealthy predators are playing stock market games with companies needed to develop and produce clean technology

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Form a climate club: United States, European Union and China | Nature.com

If the three biggest economies agree a carbon tax on imports, it will catalyse climate action globally.

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Opinion: We should tax billionaires’ wealth to help pay for pandemic recovery – MarketWatch

Elizabeth Warren’s bill would levy a small tax on billionaire fortunes. It could raise billions for recovery—and help protect our democracy.

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Universality or Fighting Over Scraps | Let’s Try Democracy

As Robert McChesney notes, universality “is the reason the two most popular and successful federal government programs in the United States have been impossible for the right to defeat

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Africa

Angola celebrates 19 years of peace and the end of armed conflicts | Africanews

Angola marked this Sunday 19 years of peace and the end of long-armed conflicts. On ...

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A toxic blast from the past: How Algeria still suffers contamination from France’s nuclear legacy | The Independent (registration required)

French nuclear blasts in Algeria, which started more than 60 years ago, still have a poisonous impact, reports

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Justice For Congo – East Africa Joins the Call – UN Mapping Report Jan. 9, 2021

Jan. 9, 11 a.m. ET Sponsored by Friends of the Congo. Justice For Congo – ...

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How I’ll govern Ghana if elected President: Brigitte Dzogbenuku | Premium Times

Brigitte Dzogbenuku’s Progressives Peoples Party recorded one per cent of the vote when she ran for vice-president in 2016

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Asia

Biden’s Taiwan Policy Is Truly, Deeply Reckless | The New York Times

What’s crucial is that the Taiwanese people preserve their individual freedom and the planet does not suffer a third world war.

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Indian Farmers’ Uprising Against Corporatization Has Blocked Delhi Highways for Four Months | Labor Notes

Thousands of Indian farmers have parked outside the capital Delhi for more than 100 days and say they will leave only when the government withdraws three new farm laws enacted last September.

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Top Dem: Biden plans to stay in Afghanistan past May 1 deadline | Responsible Statecraft

The Biden administration is planning to keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan past an agreed-upon May 1 deadline to withdraw

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Amid Mosul church ruins, Pope laments ‘barbarous blow’ of extremism in Iraq | The Times of Israel

At site of four churches demolished by Islamic State, Francis calls for peace in the ‘cradle of civilization’

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