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Syria’s Vice President Pushes for Peace Talks | The Atlantic Wire

by Dashiell Bennett Farouk Al-Sharaa is technically still the vice-president of Syria, but is quick to remind everyone that he doesn’t make any decisions on behalf of the regime. He also can’t totally explain away the rumors that he had defected or was placed under house arrest. But in an interview published today with the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar, al-Sharaa lays ...

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Pakistan, Afghanistan Moving Ahead on Peace Plan That Cuts US Peace Role | Truth-Out.org

Islamabad – Afghanistan and Pakistan are moving ahead quickly with a new Afghan government plan that envisions peace with the Taliban by 2015, holding a summit in Turkey and working with the United States and Britain on streamlining the U.N. terrorist blacklisting system so that Afghan insurgents can be given safe passage for direct negotiations with Kabul. Negotiations on the ...

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Afghan ‘Roadmap’ to Peace—A Dead End for Human Rights? | Rachel Reid, The AfPak Channel

Pakistan has accepted an Afghan “roadmap” for peace, according to news reports this week. If true, this would be quite a breakthrough given the setbacks of the last year, such as the suspension of talks by the Taliban in March, cross-border shelling into eastern Afghanistan, and recent allegations that Pakistan was involved in an assassination attempt on the Afghan intelligence ...

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Taliban release helps Afghan-Pakistani ties and raises hopes for peace deal | guardian.co.uk

Afghan officials say Pakistan has released a new batch of Taliban prisoners, in the latest of a series of concessions to Kabul that could signal greater Pakistani support for a peace deal in Afghanistan. According to sources in Kabul, Pakistan released nine middle-ranking Taliban commanders, making a total of 18 such prisoners let out of Pakistani jails since last month. ...

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Peace is Possible in Afghanistan | Counterpunch

by MAIREAD MAGUIRE Kabul. I have come to Kabul to give my support to the campaign for 2 million friends of the Afghan people. You have chosen to run this campaign because you remember that 2 million people from Afghanistan have died in violence under war, under killing. We’re here today to remember every single one of those people who ...

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Juan Cole: Israel’s Apartheid Deepens, Along With Its Global Isolation | Juan Cole, Truthdig

By Juan Cole Palestinian leaders are responding to the aggressive policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, deploying new legal strategies, and, in Gaza, a mass rally reminiscent of Arab Spring protest tactics. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is reportedly considering taking Israel to the International Criminal Court over Netanyahu’s recent announcement that Israel will build 3,000 new dwellings for settlers ...

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Nonviolence in Afghanistan | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Here in Kabul, Afghanistan a small group of multiethnic Afghans have spent the past three years living out an experiment in nonviolence. During this time, they have discovered that nonviolence is more than effective; it is an essential step that is necessary in order to transform the conflict in their country. For the past year-and-a-half, this group of Afghans has ...

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Is it time to celebrate with Palestine? | Waging Nonviolence

After the overwhelming “yes” vote on Mahmoud Abbas’ bid for Palestinian non-member observer state status at the United Nations on November 29, a friend in Canada wrote to me wondering if I would go and dance in the street in Tel Aviv. I might have been out there dancing if there had been any sign that anyone else was out ...

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