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Report: Obama letter prompts Iran to pursue agreement

The Iranian government is reportedly seeking a sweeping agreement that would end crippling U.S.-led economic sanctions. The New York Times reports Iranian leaders decided on the strategy after President Obama’s recent letter to the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, promised…

Against US airstrike on Syria

We started to cover Syria, it was February 2012, because we believed a red line had been crossed: demonstrations against Assad were being swept away by bullets and mortar fire. But confrontation between the regime and the newborn Free Army,…

Oliver Stone joins Jeju residents’ battle against naval base

Photo: Film director Oliver Stone shakes hands with priests and brothers Moon Jeong-hyun (right) and Moon Kyu-hyun at a concert supporting the opposition to the construction of a naval base in Gangjeong Village, Jeju Island, August 3. Acclaimed director is…

Ecuador gives up her trade preference status with the US, condemning it as blackmail

Foto: Andes Ecuador has irrevocably and unilaterally renounced its trade preference relationship with the USA, Fernando Alvarado, the Communication Minister reported in a press conference. “In the face of threats, insolence and heavy-handedness of certain political sectors, media groups and…

The US’s Afghan exit may depend on a Syrian one

Trumped up chemical weapons charges against the Syrian government this month failed to produce evidence to convince a skeptical global community of any direct linkage. And the US’s follow-up pledge to arm rebels served only to immediately underline the difficulty…

Obama calls for reduction of Russian nukes

US President Barack Obama has called on Russia to slash its deployed nuclear weapons by up to a third. “After a comprehensive review, I’ve determined that we can ensure the security of America and our allies — and maintain a…

Afghanistan: Talks with the Taliban must focus on justice and human rights

Human rights, including women’s rights, must be integral to any peace deal with the Taliban said Amnesty International today as the USA announced that it was to start direct peace talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban armed group. The call comes as…

Throwing Gas on the Fire in North Korea

Throwing Gas on the Fire in North Korea     The U.S.-North Korea nuclear crisis is not over. While tensions seem to have eased in the past few weeks, the situation remains dangerous and potentially volatile. It is in this…

New coalitions push to cut the Pentagon

By Jake Olzen, Waging Nonviolence With polls showing that a majority of the public is war-weary and that there is growing support for cutting military spending, the peace movement finds itself in a rare moment of opportunity. Concentrating efforts on building broad coalitions, there…

USA: Authorities must end indefinite detention in Guantánamo as hunger strike grows

The US authorities must urgently end indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay, Amnesty International said today after it was confirmed that more than half the detainees are now on hunger strike. As of 21 April, 84 of the 166 detainees held…

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