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Our wish for a peaceful future for humankind.   

+Jewish Voice for Peace+Jewish Voice for Peace+JVP Boston+Massachusetts Peace Action+J Street+Care2+CREDO Mobile+NIAC+Support Iran Deal+Democracy Now!+Katherine Clark+Senator Markey, +Ed Markey, +Senator Elizabeth Warren, +Elizabeth Warren etc. please ask +Barack Obama, +The White House, and the +United Nations to

"Facing the threat of an “End of Days” war of religions requires the UN Security Council to devise a courageous, Mandela-type solution to the problem. The UNSC should demand that Israelis and Palestinians outline their future goals and work together under international supervision. UN peacekeeping forces should be stationed across the Occupied Territories, including East Jerusalem, for a period of five years. This would give Israelis and Palestinians time to begin charting a path for reconciliation that would allow the two peoples to live together between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea in peace, dignity, and security. Until the Palestinians have some reason for a hopeful future and the Israelis feel secure, there will be no decent future for either of them. The simple historical fact is that a state cannot occupy another people forever. Israel must either end the occupation or give Palestinians citizenship and allow them the opportunity to live in peace and dignity (= a bi-national democratic state, where religion is important for each person individually)." 

to save world peace. 

 http://lobelog.com/how-the-world-should-respond-to-the-jerusalem-uprising/ 

+Press TV +Israel +United Nations Human Rights 
 
I am a Muslim, and all I ever pray for is for wars to stop. And for leaders to lead anymore, or rulers, or kings, etc. Because they are all bullshit, we are human beings, we are wise, I am very sure we can live happily without Leaders (as they are human beings). But unfortunately this hope and wish that I have will never come true because everyone thinks the land they live in is theirs and only theirs. They fail to realize that this world belongs to every single human being, no one owns bullshit. Now imagine living in a world where no one has to die for money, for sex, for food, for water etc? Wouldn't that world just be beautiful and great?
I hope the abnormal people (people who hates world peace) also comes to their senses and start fresh. Inshallah, I pray for that to happen. You can call me delusional or anything you want, but that is my prayers and that's it. 
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Esse ponto de vista não é somente seu , compartilho dos mesmos ideais, o mundo a vida poderia ser maravilhosa se as pessoas vivessem como ser humano que são, se tivessem a capacidade de perceber a brevidade da vida , e admitir que o único dono de absolutamente tudo é Deus e que estamos aqui de passagem ,nada nos pertence realmente até a vida que supomos ser nossa é apenas um corpo emprestado por um breve tempo ,o que realmente importa é a nossa alma é com ela que precisamos nos preocupar e tentar chegar bem perto de Deus e seguir os seus preceitos , , porque quem vive longe de Deus entregue aos seus próprios desejos e egoísmos certamente não vai querer passar um eternidade com Deus. ....que possamos estar atentos ao que realmente faz sentido, amar uns aos outros já é um bom começo. ...paz para os corações. 
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New Investment Strategy     :-) 

Only buy stocks of companies, if they….
a)  1. pay regular dividends of 3+ %, and  
      2. “have steel in the ground”
           = produce an always needed physical product 
           (energy generation, chemical & pharmaceutical industry…), and
      3. their cost per share is below $ 40, or
b) are significantly undervalued as compared to their peers (currently WEN and SAN), or 
c) are pharmaceutical speculation: 100 shares for pharmaceutical companies which have drugs in stage 3 clinical trials, according to their webpage, and are in the low single digits. When they go down further, maybe get a 100 shares more. 

#money   #investment   #stock   #crash  
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Dear further President +Bernie Sanders +Bernie 2016 +FeelTheBern.org, please appoint the author of this passionate letter calling for action, +Lisa Doner of +Plymouth State University, to be your special envoy to develop legislation aiming to try to limit the coming #climatechange / #globalwarming

As a thought: the purpose of laws and taxes is to influence and direct the behavior of the citizens. Laws describe a specific behavior and threaten misbehavior with a punishment, while taxes gradually change people's behavior, since people are interested in minimizing their tax burden. Thus, it is better to change people's behavior by taxation. Activities that consume fossil fuels (driving, coal/oil/gas heating of one's residence or work) should be taxed more, whereas activities that require less energy (higher vehicle fuel efficiency standards, free public transportation, better insulation and in general a lower set temperature in buildings & less use of air conditioning, installation of solar and wind energy harvesting) should be encouraged by tax credits and incentives. 

THE CLIMATE CHANGE WE’RE SEEING ISN’T PART OF ANY NATURAL CYCLE 
February 5, 2016 
"To the Daily Sun,
It takes a lot to get me angry. For years I tolerated slanders against my profession because I thought that taunters go away if you ignore them. I laughed at ludicrous remarks by manipulators trying to rewrite reality. I shrugged off insulting comments and inferences, knowing they had no truth in them. But this year, this election cycle, has shown me the error of my ways. Silent tolerance gives free reign to the worst elements of society and, when such of these vie for the highest office in our country, even the reticent must shout in protest. This is me, shouting. 
I am a scientist. I study climate. I do not make riches from this. I don't expect to make $100,000 a year before I retiree. For five years after my Ph.D., I earned well below the poverty line as an employed faculty member teaching four courses a year at a university. I have many colleagues with financial stories similar to mine. The less stubborn ones gave up on science and went into business. Many of my associates who stayed in science careers ended up in better paying administrative positions, still linked to research but no longer with time to do it themselves. 
Science is a demanding, unforgiving career in many ways. I fall asleep every night with my fingers on the computer keyboard. My workday is essentially the same length as my waking hours. Many of my colleagues respond to my emails about work when I send them at 11 p.m. We are not doing this to perpetuate a hoax. It is the reality of our lives as research scientists and university teachers. We work hard. We do good work. We are closely scrutinized for professionalism and honesty at every step along the way. 
So, when I say that climate change is happening now, faster than it has ever changed before, I say so because I profoundly understand this as a reality of our modern world. I don't just study climate; I study paleoclimate. I know what rapid climate change looks like when it is caused by natural factors. It does not change the pH of the oceans within a decade. It does not create an ice-free Arctic Ocean in a few decades. It does not melt away mountain glaciers that have been there since the last ice age. These changes are happening and they are not part of any natural climate pattern or cycle. The climate science community, composed of people like me who have stuck with our careers despite the long hours, the contempt of our discipline by Congress, the absolutely vicious attacks on character by the dogmatic fringe; this community is now collectively shouting to anyone who will listen: Alert! Take precautions!
Which of the presidential candidates are listening? The democrats are. Both candidates have detailed descriptions of how they plan to tackle climate change issues related to the economy and international security. Given all of the changes that Bernie Sanders is proposing, though, I just can't see him having the time and energy to push a climate response agenda across the dividing aisle of Congress. 
Don't get me wrong, I agree with much of what Sanders has to say. But my primary concern is climate, because of what I see on the horizon. I've invested my life's work into understanding how climate affects this world and the consequences of rapid climate change. For my own sanity, I need a president who has time to deal with this issue as a high priority. ..." 

+Lisa Doner 
Plymouth
https://www.plymouth.edu/center-for-the-environment/people/faculty/lisa-doner/ 
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lisa_Doner

http://www.laconiadailysun.com/opinion/letters/92029-lisa-doner-2-5-595 
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Now on the blog is the craziest post I've ever written. For the first time I'm depicting our travel story through a ton of personal pictures. Go check it and tell if you'd like to see more. ;)
I travel with many people. Strangers who I meet on the journey, foreigners who I accompany and ex-colleagues I have worked with. I really enjoy having people to share the experience with but traveling with friends who I dearly love and…
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Very good pictorial blog. Enjoyable read.
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via +Maria Ortiz 
 
Photographer: Ariya Behjat - ERA
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Our vote for +Bernie Sanders.  :-) 

+FeelTheBern.org  
 
All, please endorse +Bernie Sanders to be the 2016 Presidential Candidate of the Democratic Party of the USA.  :-)

https://plus.google.com/u/0/114493890728781396378/posts/8JdR1GGaHsg 
+MoveOn +FeelTheBern.org  

http://act.moveon.org/survey/2016_presidential_endorsement-vote/
Should MoveOn should endorse a candidate for president in the Democratic primary? We don't want to make this decision without you. Vote now!
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Required viewing for everyone who cares about the Dear Syrian people. 
 
Windows of the Soul - the Story of Syria / Nawafez El Rouh [ نوافذ الروح ]
جمال سليمان يحكي تاريخ سوريا فى  نوافذ الروح 
+jamal soliman tells the history of Syria [ سوريا ] in the Windows of the Soul. It is a documentary about the heritage and history of Syria. Narrated by the famous Syrian Jamal Suliman, Windows of the Soul is an hour long visual, musical and emotional journey through the Syrian history and its being at the heart of the formation of human civilization. 

http://artwarecorp.com/media/windows-of-the-soul
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jamal_Suliman
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fertile_Crescent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EEJgjwm0dY 

This beautiful and important documentary was recommended by a Syrian friend and fellow member of the +Massachusetts Peace Action
 
#Syria   #culture   #history   #heritage   #archaeology  
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This morning, I was asked on FB: 
"I would like to know Bernie's stance on Israel? Will he try to repair our relationship..."  

To which I answered: 
"Bernie has not said anything in public about Israel, but in his youth he lived at a Kibbutz, so likely he still has the dreams of building a democratic and peaceful Israel. I hope he will sit down in private with leading American Rabbis (not with the donors) and will have a discussion similar to"   
Time to Break the Silence: An Open Letter to American Jews by +Edo Konrad 
http://972mag.com/time-to-break-the-silence-an-open-letter-to-american-jews/115934/ @ ++972 Magazine/++972 Magazine 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernie_Sanders 
http://feelthebern.org/ 
https://go.berniesanders.com/
http://www.sanders.senate.gov/ 
http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-israel-and-the-palestinians/ 
http://forward.com/news/national/310087/is-bernie-sanders-a-lefty-except-for-israel/ 

+Israel +Bernie Sanders +FeelTheBern.org +Bernie 2016 
The American Jewish establishment, from the Federations to synagogues, must take a look in the mirror and decide whether this is the Israel it identifies with. If it isn’t, it should speak up. Urgently.  Dear American…
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+1    :-)  
Iran is a reliable and honest partner in international politics.  :-) 

After now having reached the #ImplementationDay  of the #JCPOA , international sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran are being lifted.  :-)
https://plus.google.com/114493890728781396378/posts/azqTmwh33Aw

However, some unjustified sanctions by the USA against Iran will remain in place:
https://plus.google.com/114493890728781396378/posts/5wCeRPhc3CZ   :-/  

#IranPicOfTheDay  (17) 

previous: 
https://plus.google.com/+DirkSchweitzer/posts/K5rXxCWsS7V  
 
+1    :-)  
Iran is a reliable and honest partner in international politics.  :-) 

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's Statement on Iran 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSKHlaojFhE

An Eventful Day – IAEA Releases Report on Iran 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkfin2UYd78

IAEA Director General’s Statement on Iran 
Saturday 16 January 2016 8:30 CET
Vienna, Austria
"IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano clears for release the report on ‘Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015).’ [https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/gov-2015-53.pdf] Today, I released a report confirming that Iran has completed the necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. The report was submitted to the IAEA Board of Governors and to the United Nations Security Council. It was issued after Agency inspectors on the ground verified that Iran has carried out all measures required under the JCPOA to enable Implementation Day to occur. This paves the way for the IAEA to begin verifying and monitoring Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the agreement, as requested by the U.N. Security Council and authorised by the IAEA Board. Relations between Iran and the IAEA now enter a new phase. It is an important day for the international community. I congratulate all those who helped make it a reality, especially the group of countries known as the E3/EU+3, Iran and the IAEA Board. In line with its commitments, Iran will start to provisionally implement the Additional Protocol to its Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA. Together with other nuclear-related measures under the JCPOA, this increases the Agency’s ability to monitor nuclear activities in Iran and to verify that they are peaceful. We have come a long way since the IAEA first started considering the Iran nuclear issue in 2003. A lot of work has gone into getting us here, and implementation of this agreement will require a similar effort. For our part, we are ready to get on with the job." 
https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/statements/iaea-director-general%E2%80%99s-statement-iran 

#JCPOA  +International Atomic Energy Agency +IAEAvideo #ImplementationDay  
Today, I released a report confirming that Iran has completed the necessary preparatory steps to start the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
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Our vote for +Bernie Sanders.  :-) 

+FeelTheBern.org 
 
+MoveOn endorses +Bernie Sanders for President of the USA.  :-) 

+FeelTheBern.org  http://feelthebern.org/

Please see at http://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-iraq/ how +Bernie Sanders opposed the Iraq wars of 1991 and 2003. 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/114493890728781396378/posts/8JdR1GGaHsg

http://front.moveon.org/ 
https://www.facebook.com/moveon/ 
https://www.facebook.com/moveon/photos/a.61232960492.81458.7292655492/10153202674915493/
https://www.facebook.com/moveon/photos/a.426054895492.228229.7292655492/10153202701775493/
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https://www.facebook.com/moveon/posts/10153202696220493
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https://www.facebook.com/moveon/posts/10153203055490493 

"It's official: +MoveOn members have voted to endorse Bernie Sanders for president. Now, with your help, we will mobilize and help him win. After more than 340,000 ballots were cast in a four-day membership vote [https://plus.google.com/u/0/114493890728781396378/posts/2fWog8FPajU], Bernie Sanders has earned our endorsement with an overwhelming 79% of votes cast, far more than the 67% threshold required for an endorsement. That's the best-ever performance of any presidential candidate in MoveOn's 17-year history. This vote was not only decisive, but participation was broad-based, with more ballots cast than any other endorsement vote in MoveOn's history. It’s no surprise that Bernie Sanders has earned overwhelming support from MoveOn members. The issues his campaign is raising, tackling economic inequality, ending corporate influence over our politics, breaking up too-big-to-fail banks, expanding Social Security, fighting climate change, avoiding senseless wars, and more, are the same issues that MoveOn members have been fighting for for years. Now, with just 20 days until voting begins in the 2016 presidential primary, we're adding our millions of collective voices in support of this historic campaign.

Here's what a few MoveOn members had to say about why they voted to endorse Bernie: 
https://medium.com/middle-of-nowhere-center-of-everything/the-top-5-reasons-moveon-members-voted-to-endorse-bernie-with-the-most-votes-and-widest-margin-in-78c2e69990ec  
“I have never been as excited about a candidate as I am about Bernie Sanders. His liberal values match my own values more closely than any other candidate. I respect Bernie Sanders' independence from corporate influence. His focus on social justice and addressing the economic inequality in this country make him the candidate for me.”, Megan W., Poulsbo, WA 
"I am an educator. Most of my experience has been with inner city and working class populations. I voted for Bernie Sanders because I have seen how the poor and working class have been treated so unfairly. I think Bernie Sanders will make sure that everyone is treated fairly. I have been very impressed by his vision for America.", Paul D., Cincinnati, OH 
"I voted for MoveOn.org to endorse Bernie Sanders for president because he represents the progressive movement like this organization. His views align perfectly with my own, wealth inequality, a living wage, job creation, Wall Street reform, racial justice, women's and LBGT rights, college without debt, climate change, and peaceful solutions to prevent war, such as his support for the Iran deal.”, Terri D., Brookfield, WI 
"I am a working class homeowner from Des Moines, Iowa. I support Sen. Sanders because campaign finance reform is his top issue. He doesn't take money from billionaires and does not have a super PAC. Sanders is honest, trustworthy, has been preaching the same message for decades, he has not used his position in government for personal gain, is not an opportunist, and will not be bought by any lobbyist or special interest group.  He owes favors to no one except the million or so individual donors who support his campaign.", Aaron W., Des Moines, IA 
“His refusal to accept the status quo of the wealthiest Americans using their power to influence politicians matters to me. If we're going to push back against the rising oligarchy in our country, we need people like Bernie Sanders representing us in government.”, Matt R., Reston, VA 

The corporate media and D.C. pundits have tried to ignore the movement that’s been building behind the Sanders campaign for months. The massive rallies, record-breaking grassroots fundraising, and thousands of new voters getting engaged for the first time have barely registered over the media obsession with Trump and the Republican horserace. But a strong showing in the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary could help catapult Bernie to the Democratic nomination. And recent polls show Sanders with a small lead in both states.[http://act.moveon.org/go/643?t=8&akid=160986.29803705.SOIc5T] And looking ahead to November, multiple polls are now showing that Bernie is the strongest Democrat to take on Donald Trump and other right-wing Republicans [http://act.moveon.org/go/644?t=10&akid=160986.29803705.SOIc5T ]. 
 
Together, MoveOn members could be the force that helps boost the Sanders campaign to victory in these critical final weeks. Are you ready to make history? 
http://act.moveon.org/survey/pledge-help-bernie-win/ 
 
This campaign is about a lot more than just Bernie Sanders. It’s about giving people hope and fundamentally changing our politics so that billionaires and big corporations can't continue rigging the economy against the rest of us. As we promised in the endorsement vote, now that we've endorsed, we’ll run a 100% positive campaign for Bernie Sanders."

P.S. The complete voting results are below. As a reminder only ballots from MoveOn members prior to the start of the vote were counted:
Bernie Sanders - 78.60%, 267,749 votes cast
Hillary Clinton - 14.62%, 49,811 votes cast
Martin O'Malley - 0.87%, 2,950 votes cast
Do Not Endorse - 5.92%, 20,155 votes cast
Total Valid Votes Cast: 340,665

#Feelthebern   #bernie   #berniesanders   #bernie2016   #berniesanders2016  
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Please all sign this petition to help a (Christian) Syrian Young Lady who fell into a coma after a medical mistake.  
https://secure.avaaz.org/fr/petition/Association_daide_humanitaire_chefs_dhopitaux_Admission_dans_un_hopital_belge_francais_allemandhollandais/+Avaaz  

Please also see: 
https://plus.google.com/u/0/114493890728781396378/posts/B7W6E6xPyhR 
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Sauver "Marie SAUME", plongé dans un coma depuis la fête de Noel. Suite à une erreur médicale à l'occasion d'une anesthesie générale pour subir une opération, Marie 23 ans, chrétienne syriaque de Kameshli (ville ou se sont déroulés les attentats du 30 décembre), étudiante à Latiquié, est plongé dans un coma depuis 2 semaines. Sa mère et son père Malke SAUME qui est médecin également, placent leur espoir dans les compétences d'un hôpital occidenta...
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We were on a Boston to Boulder road-trip in the last two weeks and stopped on our outward journey accidentally at this location after refilling with gasoline. The food is of good quality (not undercooked & no stomach problems afterwards) and tasty, the location is clean, and the staff, especially the cashier Molly B., was very friendly and courteous (in the meaning of the German word "zuvorkommend"). On our return journey we again stopped here. It is a good place to take a break while you are on the long drive along I-80 through Nebraska.
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