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Turkey Condemns UN for Inaction in Syria | voanews.com

Turkey’s prime minister lashed out against the U.N. Security Council Saturday for inaction in Syria. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Istanbul it has become “more and more difficult” each day for the U.N. to fulfill its duties due to “unjust, unequal and inactive mechanisms.” For more on this story, visit: Turkey Condemns UN for Inaction in Syria.

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2 Million Friends calling on the U.N. for a Ceasefire in Afghanistan | Change.org

The organization 2 Million Friends is petitioning UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calling on the U.N. for a Ceasefire in Afghanistan. Below is a portion of their letter: Dear Honorable Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, We are ‘2 Million Friends’ from Afghanistan and around the world who want peace in Afghanistan. We strongly urge the United Nations to broker a ceasefire in ...

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters on Palestinian Rights | The Progressive

By Amitabh Pal Rock legend Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame received his social conscience as an inheritance. “I got it from my mother and father,” Waters, whose dad was an ardent political activist, told me. Waters, still retaining his rock star looks as he approaches seventy, is now so involved in the Israel/Palestine issue that he devoted two full ...

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Can the Palestinian Authority lead with non-violent civil disobedience? by Dawoud Abu Lebdeh | Common Ground News Service

By Dawoud Abu Lebdeh East Jerusalem – Last month, large protests swept through major cities in the West Bank. In some places the demonstrations escalated into destruction of public property and a display of anarchy, while in others they were calm and collected. Peaceful or otherwise, the various demonstrations shared a common grievance: the economic policies of Prime Minister Salam ...

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Preventing the crime of silence in Palestine — a conversation with Huwaida Arraf | Waging Nonviolence

It was 1966. Lord Bertrand Russell and French philosopher and playwright Jean-Paul Sartre had just organized the first Russell Tribunal, a symbolic “peoples’ trial” to present evidence and hold the United States accountable for military intervention and war crimes in Vietnam. The trial was in no way intended to be legal or official — it was meant solely, as Lord ...

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Against Odds | Voices for Creative Nonviolence

by David Smith-Ferri Here in Afghanistan, survival – physical, cultural, and psychosocial – is a pressing and inescapable reality, a day-to-day struggle against odds for many people, especially as the harsh Afghan winter arrives, and necessary preparations for it are compromised by poverty, violence, and displacement. Women and children are at the front lines of the struggle. Every morning, at ...

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It’s Not About Religion: A Conversation With Author and Middle East Expert Gregory Harms | TruthOut

(Image: Perceval Pr)This conversation about Harms’ new book places responsibility for US foreign policy on the US population – even as it undresses the propaganda that distorts Americans’ perception of the people in the Middle East and turns them against Muslims at home. I met Gregory Harms when he turned to me in a bar in Joliet, Illinois, after hearing ...

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Afghanistan ‘sliding towards collapse’ | guardian.co.uk

Afghan forces are far from ready to secure a country riddled with violence and corruption, Red Cross and thinktank warn by Emma Graham-Harrison in Kabul The police and army in an increasingly violent Afghanistan will struggle to secure the country when foreign forces leave and the people face a corrupt presidential election in 2014, the Red Cross and a thinktank ...

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Pro-Muslim Ads to Hang Near Anti-Jihad Ads in New York Subway | NYTimes.com

Striking back against an anti-jihad advertisement in the subways widely perceived as anti-Muslim, two religious groups – one Jewish, one Christian – are taking out subway ads of their own to urge tolerance. Rabbis for Human Rights – North America and the group Sojourners, led by the Christian author and social-justice advocate Jim Wallis, are unveiling their campaigns on Monday. ...

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Peace Talks With the Taliban | NYTimes.com

American military commanders long ago concluded that the Afghan war could only end in a negotiated settlement with the Taliban, not a military victory. But now the generals and civilian officials say even this hope is unrealistic before 2015 — after American and coalition troops are withdrawn. They are, instead, trying to set the stage for eventual peace talks between ...

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