Why and How the U.S. Should Engage North Korea Right Now

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MelGurtov
“U.S. relations with North Korea have been pushed into the background by events in the Middle East. But the so-called “North Korea nuclear issue”—“so-called” because the larger issue, which involves the interests of several countries, is security and strategic stability on the Korean peninsula—remains unresolved and potentially dangerous.”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: Las Vegas Informer lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/23/u-s-engage-north-korea-right-now/
Date: August 23,2014

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Women Peacebuilders Needed in Palestinian-Israeli Negotiations

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VanessaThevathasan
“The latest breakdown in Palestinian–Israeli negotiations and resumed armed conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza mark an opportune time to recognize and encourage women’s contributions to peace. Setting a stunning example, Palestinian and Israeli women from Creativity for Peace have taken the initiative to move forward in peace dialogues while their elected representatives have failed to broker an agreement.”

Author: Vanessa Thevathasan
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/23/women-peacebuilders-needed-palestinian-israeli-negotiations/
Date: August 23,2014

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KathyKelly
“Here in Kabul, Sherri Maurin and I are guests of the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ recently formed live-in community for young women. Hollyhocks in the garden reach as high as the second floor of our living space. Rose bushes, morning glories and four-o-clocks have bloomed, and each day we eat tomatoes, mint and green onions plucked from the well-cared for garden. The water source is a hose and tank outside, (there’s no indoor plumbing) so that’s where dishes and clothes are cleaned. The latrine is also outside, –and unfortunately we’re sharing it with playful neighbourhood cats, but otherwise Zarghuna, Zahidi and Zahro complete almost every detail of housekeeping, each day, by 7:00 a.m.”

Author: Kathy Kelly
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Lawmakers and School Officials: Stay out of Our Bodily Wastes

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lfinley
“Why is it that the same conservatives who so desperately want “big government” out of our lives are at the same time so darn eager to have officials involved in our urination? Despite major studies showing that suspicion-less drug testing is not an effective means of identifying or deterring drug use, state and federal officials continue to promote it. That is true of both school-based drug testing and random workplace testing.”

Author: Laura Finley
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Michael Brown and the America’s Structural Violence Epidemic

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DavidRaglan
“I flew into St. Louis on Saturday, August 9, to celebrate the birthdays of my mother and nephew and immediately learned about Mike Brown, a soon-to-be college student who was fatally shot by Ferguson police. As my community and I struggle to make sense of this recent murder, I cannot help but think of the structures of racism and violence in America and how they perpetuate police brutality against Black Americans. Police brutality is a national crisis, but the underlying structural violence – racism, economic injustice and militarism – is a national epidemic.”

Author: David Ragland
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