Peace Journalism Perspective



The War to End War 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of our Resistance to War

#560 | Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

British author and social commentator H.G. Wells may have coined the expression that originally popularized World War I as The War that Will End War, as his book, based on articles written during that vast military conflict, was titled. Ending war is not impossible. Far from it, in fact. But it is going to take a phenomenal amount of intelligent strategic effort, courage and commitment.

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Vandana Shiva on the Smallholder Farmers Who Feed the World

Prof. Vandana Shiva | The Gaia Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service

Opening of the We Feed the World exhibition in London, 11 Oct 2018.

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Peace Education: Pedagogy of the Middle Class

Prof. George Kent – TRANSCEND Media Service

When I visited Paulo Freire at his Geneva office in 1975, I asked whether someone like me, concerned about justice issues, ought to leave my comfortable setting with the middle class in Hawai‘i and instead pick up a rifle and join the rebels in Latin America. (It was a hypothetical question.) Without hesitation, he said there are justice issues around you. Do the work where you are. Bloom where you are planted.

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A Mother‘s Plea to Save Her Son… Held 8 Years without Charges by UK Government

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

On Nov 3, Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange, made a deeply moving video with a public appeal to save the life of her son. She says Julian is in immediate critical danger, all alone, sick, and cut off from all contacts including computer, phone, and mail. He deserves all our admiration and gratitude for his courage and bravery in truth telling. He is an inspiration to us all.

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Veterans Day Reflection from 50 Years Ago

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

11 Nov 2018 - Looking back 50 years ago today, I learned two valuable lessons in nonviolence. In Nov 1968, I was teaching at St. Francis School in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. On Veterans Day, two other teachers and myself decided to picket the local Draft Board in protest of the escalating war in Vietnam. We made two strategic mistakes that day:

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Central African Republic: Continuing Collapse – Local Peace Building Needed

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Nov 2018 - The continuing violence, refugee flows, internally displaced persons and the lack of government services is a good reminder of the difficulties of creating a functioning State with a top-down approach, especially one that begins by training a national army before there is a State to protect.

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The Fuehrer Princip (Principle): When Fascism Was/Is Ascendant in the World

Gary G. Kohls, MD | Duty to Warn – TRANSCEND Media Service

When naive people are in trouble and go looking for someone to solve their problems for them, they often get bamboozled by cunning, politically-motivated con men… Adolf Hitler, ever since the 11/11/1918 Armistice that ended WWI, had long been part of the segment of the population that had been justifiably outraged by the terms of the massively unfair Treaty of Versailles.

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Victory of Light over Darkness: The Indian Festival of Diwali

Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Diwali or Dipavali (Sanskrit for a row of lamps) is one of the most popular festivals in the Indian month of Kartik — in the solar calendar, between October and mid November on new moon night. The festival signifies victory of Light over Darkness as well as good over evil. The world needs such occasions in this violence-prone troubled contemporary times.

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Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It’s a Set of Actions to Fight

Aleksandar Hemon | Literary Hub – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Problem with Civility - “Only those safe from fascism and its practices are likely to think that there might be a benefit in exchanging ideas with fascists.”

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Trump Regime Imposes New Illegal Sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela

Stephen Lendman | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Nov 2018 - Cuba isn’t a US enemy as explained under the 1917 Trading with the Enemy Act. Neither country declared war on the other. The same applies to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Iran and other countries illegally sanctioned by Washington. Yet the same policies persist. On Thursday [1 Nov], John Bolton announced them on Havana and Caracas.

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Are Anti-Gay Witch Hunts Really Protecting ‘African Values’?

Tafi Mhaka – Al Jazeera

11 Nov 2018 - Homophobia, not homosexuality, is a western import to Africa. "I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this," Tutu said. Africans should follow the archbishop's lead.

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Concentration Camps for Kids: An Open Letter

Alberto Manguel, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, et al. | The New York Review of Books – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Nov 2018 - In Texas, in rows of yellow tents, some 1,600 children ages thirteen to seventeen forcefully taken from their families sleep in lined-up bunks. This generation will be remembered for having allowed for concentration camps for children to be built on “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” This is happening here and now, but not in our names.

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U.S. ‘War on Terror’ Has Killed over Half a Million People: Study

Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service

The report published on 3 Nov 2018 by the Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs put the death toll between 480,000 and 507,000. It states that between 182,272 and 204,575 civilians have been killed in Iraq; 38,480 in Afghanistan; and 23,372 in Pakistan. Nearly 7,000 US troops were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in the same period.

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The Pentagon’s Cunning Plot to Militarize the Economy

William D. Hartung | Democratic World Federalists – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Nov 2018 - Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the economy to serve the needs of the military-industrial complex — he’s (gasp!) a socialist in the making.

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U.S.A. Participation in World War One

Charles F. Howlett, Jeremy Kuzmarov and Roger Peace | U.S. Foreign Policy History & Resource Guide – TRANSCEND Media Service

A deep analysis into the origins of U.S. involvement in WWI unpacking President Woodrow Wilson’s idealistic justifications for entering it and charting the efforts of European and U.S. peace advocates. It is written for the general public and students, synthesizing the work of many historians.

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We Saw Nuns Kill Children: The Ghosts of St. Joseph’s Catholic Orphanage

Christine Kenneally | BuzzFeed News Investigation – TRANSCEND Media Service

Millions of American children were placed in orphanages. Some didn’t make it out alive. “If L was caught not paying attention, the nuns would take a needle and regularly prick his fingertips.” Some of the women recognized each other not by name but by number: Thirty-two! Fourteen!

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Statement by UN High Commissioner for Refugees on the Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees to Myanmar


11 Nov 2018 - Before making a choice of whether to return or not, the refugees reportedly verified by Myanmar as having the right to return should be allowed to visit their places of origin in Rakhine State, or other places to which they might choose to return, so that they themselves can make an independent assessment of whether they feel they can return there in safety and dignity.

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42 NGOs Warn That Return of Refugees to Myanmar Now Would Be Dangerous and Premature

ReliefWeb – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Nov 2018 - Humanitarian and civil society agencies working in Rakhine State in Myanmar and in the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh are deeply concerned that the repatriation of refugees will commence in mid-November. The UN has repeatedly stated that conditions in Myanmar are not conducive to return at this time. Refugees continue to flee Myanmar and facilitating repatriation now would be premature.

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Accountability Alone Will Not Solve Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis

Bill Richardson - TIME

5 Nov 2018 - At long last, momentum is building to hold the perpetrators of the gruesome atrocities against the Rohingya in Myanmar to account. A U.N.-mandated fact-finding mission concluded that senior military officials should be investigated and prosecuted for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. But a singular focus on accountability risks overshadowing the need to bring about tangible improvements in Rohingyas’ lives now.

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Myanmar: UN Human Rights Expert Pleads for Rohingya Returns to Stop, Fears Repeat Abuses May Await

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Nov 2018 – A UN human rights expert has implored Bangladesh to shelve plans to start repatriating Rohingya refugees to Rakhine State this month, saying the Myanmar Government had failed to provide guarantees they would not suffer the same persecution and horrific violence all over again.

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Dozens of Rohingya Flee Camps by Boat, Reviving Memories of 2015 Tragedy

Ruma Paul and Poppy McPherson | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Nov 2018 - Dozens of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and Bangladesh have boarded boats to try to reach Malaysia, officials and aid workers said today, raising fears of a fresh wave of such dangerous voyages after a 2015 crackdown on people smugglers.

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Exclusive: ‘Can’t Eat, Can’t Sleep’ – Rohingya on Myanmar Repatriation List

Ruma Paul | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Nov 2018 - “I can hardly sleep at night for fear of getting forcibly repatriated. Since the time I heard that my name is on the list I can’t even eat,” says Amin, 35, who has four daughters, a wife and sister with him in Bangladesh. “Why are they sending us back? They may as well throw us into the sea.”

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Stop Saying ‘Migrant Caravan’: They’re Asylum Seekers Escaping a Conflict That the US Created

Kelli Korducki | Yahoo – TRANSCEND Media Service

There is no migrant crisis. There is, however, a refugee crisis. That crisis is the effect of at least a half-century (and, arguably, twice that) of calamitous US political intervention in Central America, and not — as President Trump would have us believe — the inevitable byproduct of “bad hombres” who may as well be “animals.” US-funded military coups, resource exploitation, and American policies of economic neoliberalism in El Salvador have destabilized the entire region, and effectively created a climate where paramilitary-aligned drug cartels can thrive.

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The Troika of Tyranny: The Imperialist Project in Latin America and Its Epigones

Roger Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service

Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela are today threatened by US imperialism. The first salvo of the modern Age of Imperialism started back in 1898 when the US seized Cuba along with Puerto Rico and the Philippines in the Spanish-American War. The Age of Imperialism is characterized by the competition of the various imperial powers for dominance. That inter-imperialist rivalry led to World War I.

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Yemen Slides into the Horrors of Famine

War-torn Yemen is experiencing the disastrous collapse of its currency. Food, fuel, medication and clean water is becoming astronomically expensive. The result is a looming famine that could become one of the biggest ever.

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Plagued by War and Famine, Yemen Is ‘No Longer a Functioning State,’ Journalist Warns

Terry Gross | U.S. National Public Radio - TRANSCEND Media Service

Gross writes: "Famine and water shortages are endemic throughout Yemen."

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Israel Settlers Dump Sewage on Palestinian School in Qalqiliya

Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service

2 Nov 2018 - Israeli settlers dumped their sewage on a Palestinian school in the northern occupied West Bank district of Qalqilia yesterday. The Azzun Beit Amin School playground was flooded with sewage for the second time in two months as a result of the settlers’ actions. Principal Alaa Marabeh said it would take more than ten days for the sewage water to dry and this has caused a foul smell to spread across the school building and risks damaging the students’ health.

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Brazil’s Far Right President to Close Palestinian Embassy as Israel Hails His Victory

Middle East Monitor – TRANSCEND Media Service

1 Nov 2018 - “Is Palestine a country? Palestine is not a country, so there should be no embassy here,” said Jair Bolsonaro, who won the national election on Sunday [28 Oct]. The right-wing political outsider, who has been portrayed in the West as a far-right nationalist with authoritarian tendencies and fascist inclinations, said: “We do not negotiate with terrorists.”

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International Crime Gangs Amass ‘Staggering’ Profits in Conflict Zones, Expert Tells Security Council

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Nov 2018 - During yesterday’s briefing to the Security Council, Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime, described the problem as a “global and accelerating phenomenon, and a threat to international peace and security,” that, in conflict areas alone, is generating around $31.5 billion in illicit profits.

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Every Bite of Burger Boosts Harmful Greenhouse Gases: UN Environment Agency

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Nov 2018 - Even though meat production is known to be a major contributor to climate change and environmental destruction, worldwide demand for meat continues to rise, said UN environment agency, UNEP, in a statement released today.

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The Ugly, Messy Truth about Julian Assange and Why You Should Care

Helen Razer – New Matilda [Australia]

4 Nov 2018 - Over the past few days, there has been increased activity around the Ecuadorian embassy in London, sparking fears Julian Assange faces imminent detention by British authorities. Helen Razer weighs in on truth, on Assange, and why you should care about both.

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Crucifying Julian Assange

Chris Hedges | Truthdig - TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Nov 2018 - The media's refusal to defend the WikiLeaks publisher is a betrayal of press freedom.

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How to Be a Reliable ‘Mainstream’ Journalist

Media Lens – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Nov 2018 - There are certain rules you need to follow as a journalist if you are going to demonstrate to your editors, and the media owners who employ you, that you can be trusted. Being a reliable 'mainstream' journalist entails: propagating the myth that 'we' are the good guys; conforming to the requirements of wealth and power; keeping one's head down and never challenging authority; and refraining from any public discussion about these rules.

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How Leo Tolstoy Found His Purpose: The Beloved Author on Personal Growth and the Meaning of Human Existence

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

So I too shall be safe in taking for the aim of my existence a conscious striving for the universal development of everything existent. I should be the unhappiest of mortals if I could not find a purpose for my life, and a purpose at once universal and useful… Wherefore henceforth all my life must be a constant, active striving for that one purpose.

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Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Is Elected the Best Album of All Time

Best Musics – TRANSCEND Media Service

Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) was voted the best album of all time by Classic Rock readers.

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For Eli Jacobson

Kenneth Rexroth – The Sun Magazine

December 1952

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(Italiano) Un mondo senza uccisioni del (l’Impero) USA?

Johan Galtung | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 novembre 2018 - Un mondo senza uccisioni US sarebbe un grosso contributo a una pace negativa, al “mondo non omicida” di Glenn Paige; il suo paese, con o senza pena di morte, che smette di uccidere ovunque capiti. Sta arrivando. E in quanto a US e una pace positiva? Potrebbero meno uccisioni US contribuire anche a quello? Anche ciò è in arrivo, come mutamento della mentalità US.

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(Italiano) Trascendere le regressioni nell’ordine mondiale

Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

“In contrasto con i poteri governativo ed economico — del Principe e del Mercante — c’è un potere immediato e autonomo, talora evidente, talaltra latente: quello della gente. Alcuni ne sviluppano consapevolezza, si associano e agiscono con altri, divenendo così davvero cittadini. Essi e le loro associazioni, quando non cerchino il potere governativo o quello economico, costituiscono il Terzo Sistema”.

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(Français) Le silence des ONG et de l’ONU face au génocide au Yémen

Benallal Mohamed | Alter Info – TRANSCEND Media Service

Les arabo-sionistes abandonnent la Palestine pour en finir avec l’axe de la résistance.

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(Italiano) Scuola e Cultura. Luogo e Mezzo per Combattere Chiusura, Pregiudizi e Inciviltà

Silvia Berruto – TRANSCEND Media Service

La scuola è, per sua natura, il luogo dell’incontro e dell’educazione e a Riace rappresenta senza dubbio un nodo essenziale perché l’integrazione sia resa effettiva attraverso un processo formativo di crescita nella libertà, nel rispetto della dignità personale e della legalità. Italy, Lombardia, Brescia - sabato 10 novembre 2018

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(Português) Como Tolstói Influenciou o Vegetarianismo na Rússia

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service

"O vegetarianismo, desde que não tenha a saúde como objeto, está sempre associado a um alto ponto de vista moral”.

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(Italiano) L’orribile Inno Nazionale Italiano

Enrico Peyretti | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

Riascoltando l'orribile Inno di Mameli (1847), inno nazionale italiano, mi sono ricordato che, anni fa, l'ho riscritto armonizzandolo con la Costituzione e con una mentalità di pace, nello stesso stile buffo del testo tradizionale, ma senza le sue violenze e brutture. Ecco qui:

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(Português) Crueldades Sem Explicação: Experimentos em macacos falham em pacientes com doenças neurológicas

Vitoria Pinheiro - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

Cientista descreve os testes realizados em animais como extremamente cruéis e desnecessários.

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Curse of the Gypsies (Parts 1 to 3)

Open Lens – TRANSCEND Media Service

This History Channel documentary tells the story of how linguists traced the historical roots and true origin of the Gypsies back to their original homeland looking at the history of the Roma culture over the last thousand years.

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Swan Lake (Music Video of the Week)

Tchaikovsky – TRANSCEND Media Service

Princess Odette and her companions have been turned into swans by the evil magician Baron von Rothbart. At night they change back to human form. Prince Siegfried meets Odette at the Lake and is captivated by her. She explains he must swear his undying love to break the spell. He is tricked by the Baron and the spell is now permanent. In the final act they decide to die together. The last minute is precious.

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Meanwhile in Brazil

Latuff – MintPress News

Fascism anyone?

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Dad’s Profession?

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

It was the first day of school and the teacher thought she would get to know the kids by asking their names and what their fathers did for a living.

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