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From Public Citizen's Corporate Presidency site: "44 Trump administration officials have close ties to the Koch brothers and their network of political groups, particularly Vice President Mike Pence, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney."

Dark Money author Jane Mayer on The Dangers of President Pence, New Yorker, Oct. 23 issue on-line

Can Time Inc. Survive the Kochs? November 28, 2017 By
..."This year, among the Kochs’ aims is to spend a projected four hundred million dollars in contributions from themselves and a small group of allied conservative donors they have assembled, to insure Republican victories in the 2018 midterm elections. Ordinarily, political reporters for Time magazine would chronicle this blatant attempt by the Kochs and their allies to buy political influence in the coming election cycle. Will they feel as free to do so now?"...

"Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America" see: our site, and George Monbiot's essay on this key book by historian Nancy MacLean.

Full interview with The New Yorker’s Jane Mayer March 29, 2017, Democracy Now! about her article, "The Reclusive Hedge-Fund Tycoon Behind the Trump Presidency: How Robert Mercer Exploited America’s Populist Insurgency."

Democracy Now! Special Broadcast from the Women's March on Washington

The Economics of Happiness -- new version

Local Futures offers a free, shortened version of its award-winning documentary film The Economics of Happiness. This 19-minute abridged version "brings us voices of hope of in a time of crisis." www.localfutures.org.

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December 11, 2017

Movement to ban nuclear weapons receives Nobel Peace Prize

“It has been such a privilege to work with so many passionate and inspirational ICAN campaigners around the world over the past decade. The Nobel Peace Prize is a powerful tool that we can now use to advance our cause.” -- Setsuko Thurlow


From the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winners:

(ICAN, 6 December 2017)

Take action: urge your country to join the treaty

December 6, 2017

On 7 July 2017, 122 nations voted to adopt a historic global agreement to ban nuclear weapons, known as the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. It opened for signature on 20 September. We are calling on all countries to join it without delay.

Has your country joined already? Check here.

Please help us put pressure on your government to join by writing to your political leaders or raising public debate about the treaty. Our new booklet explains why the treaty was negotiated and how it will make a difference. We encourage you to share it widely.

Joining the treaty is typically a two-step process. The first step is to sign it – which is a largely symbolic act. The second is to ratify it – which provides formal consent to be legally bound. Ratification often involves the legislative branch of government.

Need more information about joining the treaty? Read this UN kit.


More information about Setsuko Thurlow.

More information about Beatrice Fihn.

See videos from and about the presentation:
Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo (1:37)

Links thanks to Greg Mello of the Los Alamos Study Group