Peace Journalism Perspective



The Basic Cultural Structure: A Comment from Chile as It Burns

#613 | Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

An immediate payoff for peace is that once one analyses the main causes at work in history as structures, not as people, one should (if one is logical) tone down one’s anger.    The world works the way it does because its main dynamics (capital accumulation, war) and other principal dynamics were socially constructed during long centuries when none of our contemporaries had yet been born. Another immediate payoff for peace is guidance on how to do peace-making.

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The War in Syria

Prof. Richard Falk | TRT – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Oct 2019 - Richard Falk is a member of the TRANSCEND Network, an international relations scholar, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, Distinguished Research Fellow, UC Santa Barbara, author of 40 books, and a speaker and activist. In 2008, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Falk to a six-year term as a UN Special Rapporteur on "the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967." His most recent book is Achieving Human Rights (2009).

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Change of Players, Change of Game: How States Got Left Behind on Climate Change

Charlotte Hulme | E-IR – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Nov 2019 - Climate change may be a unique transnational risk, but how non-national actors are responding to it offers general lessons for our understanding of global politics.

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Other Commentaries


Will You Contribute $20, $25, $50 or $100 MONTHLY to Help Sustain Our Indispensable Peace Journalism Voice?

Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service

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Industrial Agriculture, Based on War Technologies, Kills Millions of Species: Agroecology Is the Future

Prof. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service

It Is Driving the Sixth Mass Extinction - Corporations of the Poison Cartel have given us decades of ecocide, genocide through war chemicals. As the alternative, Agroecology includes all chemical free ecological farming systems, including Organic Farming, Permaculture, Biodynamic Agriculture, and different schools of natural farming.

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Climate Change Is Breaking Open America’s Nuclear Tombs in Marshall Islands and Johnston Island

James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Nov 2019 - The Marshall Islands say that plutonium is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the concrete dome the U.S. built to dispose of its nuclear waste. The U.S. has said The Tomb is now the Marshall Islands’ responsibility.

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Engineering or Technology?

Naresh Jotwani | Medium – TRANSCEND Media Service

It comes as a slight surprise that the word ‘technology’ has its root in the Greek word tekhne, which meant ‘art’; after all, today we understand art as being quite distinct from technology. It is no surprise, however, that the word ‘engineering’ is rooted in the word ‘engine,’ which is indirectly rooted in the Latin word for ‘intellect’ or ‘inventiveness’. The English word ‘ingenious’ is close to the Latin near-equivalent ingenium. Here--in a light-hearted way!--I try to bring out the difference between the two as I also make some gentle fun of the indecent modern haste to make money out of technology.

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Rwanda Exports 2,163 kg of Gold, UAE Imports 12,539 kg of It (!?)

Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Nov 2019 - The final 2019 UN Group of Experts Report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirms that Congo’s eastern neighbor Rwanda remains a haven for smuggling Congolese minerals. “Earlier UN reports said that during the Second Congo War of 1998 to 2003, President Paul Kagame’s government created a ‘Congo Desk’ to organize the illegal exploitation of Congo’s natural resources.”

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The Coup That Ousted Morales

Chandra Muzaffar | JUST – TRANSCEND Media Service

In this regard, just before he was ousted, Morales, it is reported, decided to partner with Chinese firms to develop Bolivia’s lithium deposits since Western mining companies were not prepared to comply with the terms that the Bolivian government laid out. For Morales, the exploitation of lithium had to benefit the Bolivian people before anyone else. Western companies and the US elite saw the Bolivian president as a hurdle. They were convinced that Morales had to go.

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Cultural History

John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Human nature has two sides: It has a dark side, to which nationalism and militarism appeal; but our species also has a genius for cooperation, which we can see in the growth of culture. Our modern civilization has been built up by means of a worldwide exchange of ideas and inventions. A New Freely Downloadable Book

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Some Challenges, Some Thoughts on Life and Death

Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Hindu treatise Bhagwad Gita says that everything happens for a good reason. It adds that ‘One who has taken birth is sure to die, but after death one is certain to be born again’. With this knowledge, one should not grieve too much at the death of any dear one. Let us live peacefully, harmoniously, meaningfully in the life that we are born in.

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A Brief Account of «the Destruction of the Indians» in Brazil

Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Nov 2019 - Due to the white invader’s diseases, against which the Indigenous people had no immunity: flu, chickenpox, measles, malaria and syphilis; to the Cross and the sword; the degradation of their lands, making hunting and farming impossible; because of slavery; the wars officially declared by Don João VI on May, 1808, against the Krenak in the Rio Dulce Valley; the systematic humiliation and denial of their identity… the five million indigenous were reduced to the current 930.000.

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CIA Manual: Instructions for Guerrilla/Urban Terror Activities

CNN – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Feb 2006 - The following document contains excerpts of an instruction manual provided by the CIA for guerrilla fighters. It includes detailed methods of gaining support through propaganda and selective violence. [Replace Guerrilla with Urban Terrorism and fast forward to Hong Kong, Venezuela, Bolivia].

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Hong Kong out of Hand: As China Supporters Are Set on Fire It Must Be Time for a Full Response from Beijing

George Galloway - RT

14 Nov 2019 - With increasing speculation that the coup which ousted Evo Morales in Bolivia is linked to the lithium contract the country signed with China, the government in Beijing is at a crossroads, and not just in Latin America. Few presidents will now risk the grisly fate of Evo Morales if that is the fate of the friends of Beijing. Watch the video of a China supporter in Hong Kong being set on fire by thugs masquerading as “democracy supporters”.

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Death by Oligarchy

Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Nov 2019 - Once oligarchs seize power, they dismantle outside controls to create a corrupt economy and finally a corrupt state. Tyranny follows.

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Hollow Promises of a Better Life: Modern-Day Slavery

Kyodo News | Democratic World Federalists – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Nov 2019 - Despite the fact that slavery has long been abolished it continues to blight our world, destroying the lives of tens of millions of people. The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates there to be 40.3 million slaves in the world. Like many of the issues facing humanity, it demands a coordinated consistent approach, cooperation and commitment, not just among governments, but between nongovernmental organizations and multinational corporations.

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The Costs of Post 9/11 Wars through FY2020: $6.4 Trillion

Prof. Neta C. Crawford - Global Research

14 Nov 2019 - Since late 2001, the United States has appropriated and is obligated to spend an estimated $6.4 Trillion through Fiscal Year 2020 in budgetary costs related to and caused by the post-9/11 wars—an estimated $5.4 Trillion in appropriations in current dollars and an additional minimum of $1 Trillion for US obligations to care for the veterans of these wars through the next several decades.

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The Poisoning of American Political Discourse

Stefan Schindler – TRANSCEND Media Service

In What Gore Vidal Calls “The United States of Amnesia”

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ICC Gives Green Light for Probe into Violent Crimes against Rohingya

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Nov 2019 - Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, which have forced between 600,000 and one million Rohingya refugees out of Myanmar, into neighboring Bangladesh since 2016.

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Muslim Nations Bring Genocide Suit against Myanmar over 2017 Expulsion of Rohingya

Radio Free Asia – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Nov 2019 - Gambia today filed a lawsuit against Myanmar in the highest court of the United Nations, accusing the Southeast Asia nation of state-sponsored genocide for the brutal military-led crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in 2017 that left thousands dead and drove more than 740,000 across the border into Bangladesh.

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The Importance of Gambia Invoking Genocide Convention against Myanmar

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Government of Gambia on 11 Nov has brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague a complaint against the Government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) for violation of the 1948 Convention on Genocide concerning actions against the Rohingya.

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Peoples’ BRICS Summit Closing Statement: “We Demand Changes so We Can Have a Future”

Brasil de Fato – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Nov 2019 - The closing statement of the Peoples’ BRICS Summit was released today in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. The document is the result of two days of discussions between researchers and members of 60 peoples’ organizations from nine countries, before the BRICS Summit by heads of governments.

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10 Years of BRICS: What Keeps 5 Headstrong Powers Together in Times of Global Disunion

Fyodor Lukyanov - RT

14 Nov 2019 - For the past 10 years, BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa] has navigated dramatic turns in global politics and the economy to emerge as an association of countries that is likely to play a key role in a new world order.

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Deathly Silence: An Inside Look at Kashmir

Laura Höflinger and Sunaina Kumar – Der Spiegel

15 Nov 2019 - Kashmir has been largely cut off from the outside world for months and the internet remains cut off. Residents share stories of state violence and terror.

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Stay or Go? Hong Kong’s International Students Pack Their Bags amid Protest Chaos

John Power and Meaghan Tobin – South China Morning Post

13 Nov 2019 • Foreign students are being called home or face the agonising decision of whether to wait out the unrest • Hundreds of mainland Chinese students are also fleeing, while Taiwan is evacuating 81 from Chinese University after campus clashes

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Political Prisoner: Brazil’s Ex-President Lula Freed after 580 Days in Prison

Brasil de Fato – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Nov 2019 - Court released him today after top court ruled that a person can be incarcerated only after exhausting all remedies.

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UN Envoy’s Grim Warning over Assange’s Life in British Prison

Editorial | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Nov 2019 - A UN expert in torture diagnosis has issued a stark warning that Australian whistleblower Julian Assange is in danger of dying from extreme prison conditions in Britain. It is testimony to the rank hypocrisy of British and American governments that lecture others around the world about democracy, human rights and international law. One can only imagine the hysterical outcry among Western governments and media if somehow Assange was being detained in a Russian, Chinese or Iranian prison.

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The Berlin Wall and General Pyrrhus

Victor Grossman | Berlin Bulletin, Monthly Review – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Nov 2019 - East Germans soon learned that freedom of the press was for those who owned the presses, that freedom of speech helped most those who ruled over studios and cable connections. Most tellingly, they learned very quickly that those 100 West-marks were soon spent and new ones, for all those glistening commodities and travels, had somehow to be earned, while over 95 % of the industry they had built up was taken over by Westerners.

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Bolivia Coup Led by Christian Fascist Paramilitary Leader and Millionaire–with Foreign Support

Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Nov 2019 - Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition.

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Bolivia in Crisis: How Evo Morales Was Forced Out

Angus McNelly – The Conversation

12 Nov 2019 - Evo Morales has left Bolivia on a plane for Mexico, a day after he resigned as president. Morales and his vice-president, Álvaro García Linera, stood down from office on November 10, following a ‘suggestion’ by the head of the military, Williams Kaliman.

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Top Bolivian Coup Plotters Trained by US Military’s School of the Americas, Served as Attachés in FBI Police Programs

Jeb Sprague | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Nov 2019 - The United States played a key role in the military coup in Bolivia, and in a direct way that has scarcely been acknowledged in accounts of the events that forced the country’s elected president, Evo Morales, to resign on November 10.

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Bolivian Coup Comes Less Than a Week After Morales Stopped Multinational Firm’s Lithium Deal

Eoin Higgins | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Nov 2019 - "Bolivia's lithium belongs to the Bolivian people. Not to multinational corporate cabals."

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Former Israel Commander Says Israel’s ‘Unjust’ War in Palestine Fuels ‘Anti-Semitism around the World’

Philip Weiss | Mondoweiss – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Nov 2019 - Last week a former Israeli security official urged American Jews to restrain Israel’s “unjust” war in Palestine because it fuels anti-Semitism around the world. The statement is remarkable because that view is generally seen as anathema: saying that Israel’s actions have any role in the growth of anti-Semitism.

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What You Need to Know about the Bombings in Gaza

Mike Merryman-Lotze | American Friends Service Committee – TRANSCEND Media Service

On Nov. 12, 2019 the Israeli military assassinated Baha Abu al-Ata, a leading member of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and his wife—sparking more violence in Gaza. Shortly after the killing, Islamic Jihad fired rockets into Israel. In response, Israel has launched extensive bombing attacks on Gaza, killing at least 34 Palestinians and injuring many others. One Israeli has been injured as a result of Palestinian rockets fire.

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Israel Killed 222 Gaza Protestors Since 2018. Only One Soldier Has Been Indicted

Eyal Sagiv | +972 Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Nov 2019 - As Othman Hiles began climbing the Gaza fence, an Israeli soldier opened fire and killed the unarmed 14-year-old. The soldier’s sentence? Community service.

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U.S., UK, & France Certainly Committed an International War Crime against Syria on 14 April 2018

Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Nov 2019 - It is now clear that the three Governments fired over a hundred missiles against Syria on no more ‘justification’ than staged videos that had been done by those regimes’ own proxy boots-on-the-ground fighters in Syria.

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Revealed: Danger and Squalor for Cleaners Who Remove Human Waste by Hand

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Nov 2019 - Highlighting the dangers for the millions of people who clean toilets, sewers and septic tanks, ahead of World Toilet Day on 19 Nov, the World Health Organization (WHO) insisted that while the workforce performs an essential public service, their own health is compromised and they are often shunned.

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Dangers and Questions of the Zuckerberg Era

Roberto Savio | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Nov 2019 — The Internet brought us from the Gutenberg Era to the Zuckerberg Era… Secret algorithms form profiles of each and every one of us…The Chinese government has already given every citizen a digital number, where all their ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviours converge… London town now has 627,000 surveillance cameras, one for every fourteen citizens; in Beijing it’s one for every seven…

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How the Hand of Israeli Spy Tech Reaches Deep into Our Lives

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Nov 2019 - Digital age weapons developed by Israel to oppress Palestinians are rapidly being repurposed against Western populations who have long taken their freedoms for granted. Israeli software used on Palestinians is producing new cyber weapons that are rapidly being incorporated into global digital platforms.

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Breaking! Kings Bay Plowshares 7 Story Is Highly Unprofessional!

Susie Day – CounterPunch

6 Nov 2019 - Dear Mainstream News Media-MSM: After the verdict came down on October 24, Bill Quigley, a Plowshares’ attorney, stated that the defendants had spent two years in prayerful practice before deciding to carry out this action. You’re right, MSM, this story is simply not newsworthy. Then, when you add in the fact that these seven are well past middle age – the youngest 57; the oldest a few days away from 80 – and that they face a possible 20 years, which could amount to a death sentence in prison, you’ve got a really unsexy story there. So thanks for catching that.

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Scent of Musk: The Woman Who Can Smell Parkinson’s

Timofey Neshitov and Daniel Etter – Der Spiegel

12 Nov 2019 - So far, no cure has been found for Parkinson's. It is only possible to treat the symptoms. But a nurse in Scotland can smell the disease before it is diagnosed, and researchers are hoping she can help on the search for a breakthrough.

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The Lonely Genius Arthur Eddington Who Confirmed Einstein’s Relativity

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

Eddington never married, never had another intimate bond. He lived out his days with his sister, Winifred, who also never married. I picture him Turing-like — in his genius, in his misapprehended awkwardness, in his loneliness and heartbreak. That invisible private side to the public genius is what Gaiman takes up in his poem, celebrating what he calls these “twin suns” of Eddington’s life, the public self and the private self, of genius and loneliness, of intellectual heroism and emotional heartbreak, that shine in varying degrees on every human life.

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Confucius (c. 551 BC – 21 Nov 479 BC)

Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service

Confucius was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure known for his popular aphorisms and for his models of social interaction. Confucianism is not an organized religion, but it does provide rules for thinking and living that focus on love for humanity, worship of ancestors, respect for elders, self-discipline and conformity to rituals. Confucius lived during a time of ideological crisis in China.

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (24 Nov 1864 – 9 Sep 1901)

Toulouse-Lautrec Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service

At the age of 13 Henri fractured his left thigh bone, and at 14, the right. His legs ceased to grow, so that as an adult he was only 1.54m. tall, having developed an adult-sized torso, while retaining his child-sized legs. He is also reported to have had hypertrophied genitals. Physically unable to participate in most of the activities typically enjoyed by men of his age, Toulouse-Lautrec immersed himself in his art. An alcoholic for most of his adult life, he was placed in a sanatorium shortly before his death.

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Becoming 89

Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service

-- Istanbul, 13 Nov 2019 [From TMS editor: Richard was born on 13 Nov 1930]

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(Castellano) Chile Despertó, pero Chile no Despertó

Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Nov 2019 - De lo que he podido constatar, participando en unas manifestaciones en la quinta región, y enterándome por los medios y por las redes sociales de lo que pasa en el resto del país, los manifestantes son principalmente jóvenes, sinceros y comprometidos con el bien común, y sin ninguna intención de hacer mal a nadie.  Simplemente quieren una vida digna normal, garantizada en el plano material por una seguridad económica confiable, es decir, no precaria. Otra cosa es la violencia que ha acompañado el despertar. 

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(Français) Ce que vous devez savoir sur les bombardements à Gaza

Mike Merryman-Lotze | Agence Média Palestine – TRANSCEND Media Service

Le 12 novembre 2019, les militaires israéliens ont assassiné Baha Abu al-Ata, un membre dirigeant du Jihad islamique à Gaza, et sa femme – déclenchant plus de violence à Gaza.

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(Italiano) Le parole come armi. Spunti per un’etica informatica

Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

La disinformazione su internet - Lunedì 28 ottobre su Rai3 è andato in onda Report, il programma di inchieste di Sigfrido Ranucci, che è stato visto da 2 milioni 100 mila telespettatori (pari al 9 di share).

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(Italiano) LIBERATI ma NON LIBERI. Dedicato a Liliana Segre

Silvia Berruto – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dal giorno della Memoria alla memoria di tutti i giorni. Questo il passaggio di consapevolezza collettiva che auspicava il maestro e amico Italo Tibaldi. Deportato politico – un triangolo rosso – a sedici anni, sopravvissuto al campo di Mauthausen-Ebensee, liberato (ma mai più libero), ”tornato” a casa, Italo ha passato tutto il resto della sua (R)esistenza successiva a ricostruire la Transportliste dei 44.000 donne e uomini Italiani deportati nei campi nazisti.

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(Português) Brutalidade: Touro é cruelmente esfaqueado diversas vezes por toureiro na Espanha

Eliane Arakaki - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

15 nov 2019 - Após serem torturados, feridos, provocados e espetados por lanças de ferro e madeira, os animais exaustos e indefesos são alvos de inúmeras facadas até à morte.

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Good Old US of A

Tango Gao – Other Words

Nothing New Under the Sun…

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Anonymous – TRANSCEND Media Service

A young lawyer is working late one night when his door opens and in walks Satan himself.

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Vaxxed II: The People’s Truth

Official Trailer – TRANSCEND Media Service

October 2019 - Executive Producer: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The team travels over 50,000 miles in the USA and around the world. Interviews of parents and doctors exposed the vaccine injury epidemic and asked the question on every parent’s mind, “Are vaccines really as safe and effective as we’ve been told?”

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Imagine (Music Video of the Week)

John Lennon – TRANSCEND Media Service

John Lennon's last live performance on 18 April 1975 at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel for a gala called ‘A Salute to Sir Lew Grade: The Master Showman.’

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