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Game On: Beyond the Corker Iran Bill

By Kate Gould on 04/16/2015 @ 03:10 PM

Tags: Iran, Middle East

I've gotten lots of calls and messages from many of you asking me FCNL's position on the new version of the Corker bill on Iran after it passed unanimously in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week.

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Decision Time on Iran Diplomacy

By Kate Gould on 04/16/2015 @ 02:57 PM

Tags: iran, middle east

Your representative is about to decide whether to join a group speaking out for diplomacy with Iran.

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Mass Incarceration: Unjust and Costly

By Tila Neguse on 04/16/2015 @ 02:00 PM

Tags: Justice, Domestic, incarceration

Mandatory minimum sentences—laws that require binding prison terms for certain crimes—are a big part of why so many people are behind bars in the U.S. today. The good news is that members of Congress are now recognizing the problem.

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#DiplomacyWorks: Framework Deal with Iran

By Chris Letts on 04/09/2015 @ 05:01 PM

Tags: iran, nuclear

FCNL was really, really happy to see that talks over Iran's nuclear program have yielded the framework of an agreement. We've been working for diplomacy with Iran for a long time -- like, more than a decade long time -- and how times have changed.

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Remembering Past Atrocities to Prevent Future Violence

By Allyson Neville-Morgan and Sean Langberg on 04/06/2015 @ 06:14 PM

Tags: peacebuilding, atrocities prevention, ppdc

Every April thousands of people across the country participate in Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month.

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Nigeria: A Peaceful Transition. Now the Work Begins

By Theo Sitther on 04/02/2015 @ 06:14 PM

Tags: nigeria, ppdc, peacebuilding

For the first time in Nigeria’s history since independence, an opposition candidate has won elections and a peaceful transition of power is underway. This, by itself, is a significant moment for Nigeria. Historically, highly contested elections have acted as trigger for outbreaks in violence.

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Breakthrough on Iran Negotiations!

By Kate Gould on 04/02/2015 @ 02:57 PM

Tags: iran, middle east

Huge news: we have a breakthrough! Negotiators just announced outlines of a deal over Iran's nuclear program!

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Good News for Energy Efficiency Legislation

By Emily Wirzba on 03/30/2015 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: energy, environment, climate

Early Friday morning, March 27th, Senators Rob Portman (OH-R) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH-D) finally passed S. 535, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015.

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Shouting About OCO

By Ruth Flower on 03/27/2015 @ 08:00 PM

Tags: Budget, Pentagon budget, budget news

The Senate and the House have each adopted a version of the federal budget. Where do the two disagree? About how much should be in the Pentagon slush fund. So far, the Senate has not agreed to increase the "OCO" account to the $92 billion approved by the House.

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Witnessing an Alternative to Counterterrorism Aid in Kenya

By Theo Sitther on 03/24/2015 @ 01:00 AM

Tags: military aid, kenya, ppdc, peacebuilding

A March 7 New York Times article titled “African Training Exercise Turns Urgent as Threats Grow” detailed the “American…rush to train African counterterrorism troops to fight extremists on the continent.”

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