Paoua, in north-western CAR. Image credit: DFID

The political situation in the Central African Republic (CAR) is fragile. If the current National Transition Council (CNT) is to bring peace, it will need the support of civil society Continue →

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Civil society peacebuilding: central to Central Africa

by Martine Kessy Ekomo-Soignet on January 30, 2015

Paoua, in north-western CAR. Image credit: DFID

Paoua, in north-western CAR. Image credit: DFID

A vital question for peace activists looking at the violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is what role civil society can play Continue →

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The big tent of holocaust memorial day. Political and religious leaders join 300 survivors at Auschwitz on January 27. Whose Holocaust is it, anyway?

Global Holocaust remembrance deters denial and ignorance, but Continue →

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How Good Is the Islamic State at Governing?

by Russ Wellen on January 30, 2015

Government building in Islamic State de facto capital Raqqa pictured. (Photo: Beshr O / Flickr Commons )

Government building in Islamic State de facto capital Raqqa pictured. (Photo: Beshr O / Flickr Commons )

I’m sure many of us have had the thought: Why not just let Continue →

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Is there any meaning to be found in Auschwitz?

by sarahbenton on January 30, 2015

Auschwitz tourism. Do children now think that saving the Jews was the cause of the second world war? Photo by Steven S. from Viator, a TripAdviser company.

Auschwitz revisited

By Robert Cohen, Continue →

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Democracy Now! 2015-01-30 Friday

by Amy Goodman on January 30, 2015

Democracy Now! Friday, January 30, 2015
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Settlements and military absorb Israel’s budget

by sarahbenton on January 30, 2015

Constructing Pisgat Zeev, an urban settlement in a Jerusalem area annexed by Israel after the 1967 Six-Day War, Aug. 13, 2013. Will Likud supporters, observing state funds being poured in Continue →

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Deadbeat politicos outrun federal enforcers

by Dave Levinthal on January 30, 2015

Go ahead: Break election laws and violate tax rules, inviting federal fines you never pay.

You might just end up like civil rights leader Al Sharpton, who now hosts MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation,” Continue →

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Insiders aiding online, off-shore loan sharks

by Jim Hightower on January 30, 2015

When it comes to pursuing their prey, sharks are master maneuverers. Loan sharks, that is.

These days, this usurious species goes Continue →

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What did you die for, soldier?

by Rukmini Iyer on January 30, 2015

(Originally published at http://www.masterpeace.org/blogs/post/what_did_you_die_for_soldier)

This poem is a tribute to Col MN Rai of the Indian Army, and thousands of others soldiers who die around the world, hopefully believing a worthy cause. Continue →

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DHARAMSHALA, January 30: The Tibetan Prime Minister Dr Lobsang Sangay will participate in ‘Rally for Tibet’ to commemorate the 56th Tibetan National Uprising Day in Paris, France, organized by the Continue →
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Ten Tibetan nomads detained in Chengdu

by Phayul Latest News on January 29, 2015

The Chinese authorities have detained around ten Tibetans on Wednesday for participating in a protest against forced land grab outside a hotel where the third session of the 12th Continue →
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10 Things to Stop Doing If You Want to Be Happy

by Henri Junttila on January 29, 2015

Happy Man on the Beach

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” Continue →

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6 Inspiring Quotes That Can Change Your Life

by Anna Gragert on January 29, 2015

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When I am having a rough day—when I feel tired, sad, doubtful, or stressed—I spend time looking up inspirational quotes.

I’ve memorized several, pulling them out when need be. These quotes Continue →

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Indonesia: Undo Legacy of Rights Abuse

by Human Rights Watch on January 29, 2015

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Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, right, joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, after winning a critical procedural vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. The oil and gas industry has contributed more than $367,000 to Hoeven

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, right, joined by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. Continue →

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Court allows Texas execution

by Lyle Denniston on January 29, 2015

Court allows Texas execution

The Supreme Court on Thursday evening cleared the way for Texas to execute death-row inmate Robert Charles Ladd, a new indication that the Justices will leave states with wide leeway Continue →

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Louisiana inmate in key case to be freed (UPDATED)

by Lyle Denniston on January 29, 2015

Louisiana inmate in key case to be freed (UPDATED)

(UPDATED 6:11 p.m.) George Toca has now been released, his lawyers said in a statement.

A Louisiana prison inmate whose life sentence is under review by the Supreme Court was on the verge Continue →

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From January 26-28,  32 members of various opposition groups and six members of the official Syrian delegation met in Moscow, under the moderation of Syrian Ambassador to the U.N. Bashar Continue →

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The Pentagon opened talks with the Houthi rebels on Wednesday.  A Pentagon spokesman stated that ”given the political uncertainty, it’s fair to say that U.S. government officials are in Continue →

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Has DRC’s Kabila revealed his true colors?

by Demdigest on January 29, 2015

There are 17 scheduled elections in Africa this year, and the spotlight will again be on which president leaves honorably, which one stays put, which one rigs the vote, and Continue →

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