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War Tax Resisters Mark April 15 with Call to Stop Military Spending

Millions of Americans are rushing to file their federal and state taxes today by the midnight deadline. But others are using the day to protest the use of tax dollars to fund war. The War Resisters League estimates at least 45 percent of the 2015 federal budget would be used for current and past military expenses, as well as interest on the national debt, some 80 percent of which stems from military spendin ...

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Peace in Mindanao – the Hard Work Starts Now

By Marte Hellema* and Augusto Miclat Jr.** On 27 March a historic agreement was signed in the Malacanang Grounds in the Philippines. The Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) promises to bring peace, stability and prosperity to a region that has been terrorized by violent conflict for decades. But those wh ...

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Leading Leaders for Peace in Tel Aviv

by Hillel Schenker  for The Palestine-Israel Journal As we near the April 29th deadline for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations set by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, some people are afraid of using the word "peace", thinking its passé, utopian or simply unattainable, like the other side of the moon. Not so the dedicated Israeli and Palestinian activists of Leading Leaders for Peace: Leading Leaders for Pe ...

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Barbara Lee: Bring Our Troops Home

Why are the troops STILL there? After trillions spent, thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of thousands of physical and mental injuries, it's time to end the war in Afghanistan. Barbara is one of the only voices speaking out against the war that she alone opposed in September 2001. The article below ran in today's USA Today. Help Barbara make sure more people see this important piece and help her end the ...

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Peace, disarmament, active nonviolence. Interview with Alex Zanotelli

www.shekina.it Alex Zanotelli is an Italian priest and a Comboni missionary, the founder of several movements that promote peace and justice in solidarity. He is also one of the promoters of the Arena of Peace and Disarmament which will take place on April 25 in Verona and which will bring together the entire peace and nonviolence movement, both secular and religious, and those promoting solidarity and volu ...

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Rwanda 1994-2014: a million of reasons to remember

Twenty years after the Genocide that killed off up to a million of people in few months, is important to remember and to convert the memory in a positive force able to converge the past to the present to seed a new courage and new contagious hopes. We talk about the courage to push the world in the direction of the safeguard of human rights and at the same time to make aware people and powers in order to mo ...

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Parliaments Want A Nuclear-Weapon-Free World

By Jamshed Baruah | IDN-InDepth NewsAnalysis GENEVA (IDN) - More than 163 parliaments from around the world, constituting the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), have adopted a landmark resolution urging parliaments to “work with their governments on eliminating the role of nuclear weapons in security doctrines” and to “urge their governments to start negotiations on a nuclear weapons convention or package of ...

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Obituary: Tony Benn, the gadfly of the UK’s establishment

Tony Benn has died this month aged 88. He was a central campaigner in British leftwing politics.  He hated New Labour for abandoning all socialist principles. He was the second son in a family with strong religious ethos. His father was a Liberal MP (as had been his own father) who moved to the Labour camp. He was later given a peerage as Viscount Stansgate. Tony fought a long battle to be able to renounce ...

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International Peace Research Association at 50

by Johan Galtung, 17 Feb 2014 - TRANSCEND Media Service Known as IPRA, founded in 1964 in London–and this author, 34 at the time, is the only surviving founder.  IPRA rotates every two years from one peace research center to the other, and is now in very competent Turkish hands.  And what is more natural than having the 50th anniversary for the hub of peace studies in that hub of the world, Istanbul, 10-14 ...

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UK: Stop The Arms Fair: Charges dropped!

   Yesterday (Tuesday 18 February 2014) the CPS dropped its charges against the activists arrested during the day of action against the DSEI Arms Fair on 8 September 2013. Different activists had been charged with different offences including obstruction of the highway and obstructing a police officer. The activists said: “The DSEI arms fair is the biggest arms fair in the world and takes place at Exce ...

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