Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

TMS

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy Sows Confusion

#604 | Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service

If Democrats are unable to recognize Trump’s (and their own) addiction to power as the sole means of dealing with conflicts, they will not understand that “toughness” and “softness” constitute a false dichotomy in foreign affairs. Power does not solve the social problems that generate war. Creativity, empathy, analysis, and determination are needed to solve those problems and generate effective options for conflict resolution. We have reason to believe that younger members of the opposition, in particular, have already begun to understand this.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Right Livelihood Awards – Johan Galtung

True Heroes – TRANSCEND Media Service

1987 Right Livelihood Award Laureate - Excerpts

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Peace as a Profession and New Peace Action Roles

Johan Galtung | PRIO Peace Research Institute Oslo – TRANSCEND Media Service

1974 - Today we see relatively clearly that there are liberal and Marxist conceptions of peace, and perhaps we also see more clearly than before that «liberalism vs. Marxism» is a false dichotomy—although we still live under the pressure of the false dichotomies, and particularly in the thinking about peace. Hence, this essay is an effort to try to indicate, at a very simple, common sense level, that both views are fruitful in conceiving of new forms of peace action, and that they in a sense reinforce each other.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

Why War?

Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud – TRANSCEND Media Service

Letters between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, 1932

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Other Commentaries

TRANSCEND News

TMS Promotion: We need someone to Double the Donations received in a given period–Please Come Forward!

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

Let’s talk. Thank you!

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NEWS

USA and Brazil Agree to Amazon Development

BBC – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Sep 2019 - The US and Brazil have agreed to promote private-sector development in the Amazon, during a meeting in Washington on Friday the 13th. Brazil's foreign minister said opening the rainforest to economic development was the only way to protect it. He also hit back at criticism of Brazil's handling of the forest fires.

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

A Think Tank Named PNAC (Project for a New American Century)

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

11 Sep 2019 - Below is a list of 25 of the signatories of a high-powered Right-wing Think Tank that wanted to increase military spending in order to ensure American global hegemony. The PNAC document had a concluding phrase used as evidence that it was ready for a catastrophic event (real OR false flag) that would shake up the citizenry and make them go off to war: “The process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.”

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Kashmir after 370

Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Sep 2019 - Early in August 2019, the Indian government repealed Article 370 of the Indian constitution, which provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The Article, a later incorporation to the Indian constitution, was titled temporary. In this article, I will focus on the implications of this decision at three levels: people within Jammu and Kashmir; the states of India and Pakistan; and the world in general and major powers in particular.

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Will NPR Now Officially Change Its Name to National Propaganda Radio?

Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service

Back in the 1960s, the CIA official Cord Meyer said the agency needed to “court the compatible left.” He knew that drawing liberals and leftists into the CIA’s orbit was the key to efficient propaganda. Right-wing and left-wing collaborators were needed to create a powerful propaganda apparatus that would be capable of hypnotizing audiences into believing the myth of American exceptionalism and its divine right to rule the world.

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A Morning in Afghanistan

Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Sep 2019 - On a very warm September morning in Kabul, several dozen men, women, and children sit on the carpeted floor of a room at the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ Borderfree Center. Amidst political posturing, aerial terrorism and street bombings, Afghan citizens pursue their daily work toward peace.

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Principles for Global Sustainability

David Krieger | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Sep 2019 - I would encourage you to seek to advance global sustainability by adopting a planetary perspective, doing no harm, engaging in doing good for the planet and its present and future inhabitants, choosing hope, and persevering. If we accept these responsibilities as individuals and work to implement them in our national and international policies, we can turn Earth Day into a year-around commitment to creating a planet we can be proud to pass on to future generations.

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Foreign Aid for Rwanda, Suffering for Rwandans and Congolese

Ann Garrison – San Francisco Bay View

3 Sep 2019 - Whether donors contribute to the general budget or earmark funds for poverty relief, they inevitably fund Rwanda’s ongoing, catastrophic occupation of the Democratic Republic of Congo where more than four and a half million of 81 million Congolese are among the country’s ever-growing population of “internally displaced persons,” aka internal refugees.

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Africa India Relations — Promoting Harmony and Goodwill

Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Africa is a continent comprising 54 countries and has a population of about 1.3 billion people of which Nigeria on the western coast is the most populated one. Incidentally India itself has a population of the same size. Africa is a multi lingual continent and has vast diversities — social, economic, racial and historical.

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SPOTLIGHT

British Judge Jails Assange Indefinitely, Despite End of Prison Sentence

Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Sep 2019 - In a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange will remain in prison, despite the fact that his custodial sentence for “absconding” bail expires on Sep 22. The ruling is the latest in a series of attacks on Assange’s legal and democratic rights by the British judiciary.

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State Responses to the Torture of Julian Assange, Morally Disengaging Media, and What It Means for Us All

Dr Lissa Johnson – New Matilda

Talk to the totalitarian hand: While Julian Assange rots in prison for publishing journalism, clinical psychologist Dr Lissa Johnson explains some of the science behind how we got here, and also how we push back.

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AFRICA

France and Germany Escalate Occupation of Mali and the Sahel

Will Morrow | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Sep 2019 - The French and German governments are expanding their nearly seven-year-old neo-colonial occupation of Mali and the resource-rich Sahel region of western Africa.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The Pompeo Doctrine

Michael T. Klare - TomDispatch

How to Seize the Arctic’s Resources, Now Accessible Due to Climate Change (Just Don’t Mention Those Words!) Perhaps no aspect of humanity’s response to the climate crisis is more diabolical than this. The greater the number of fossil fuels we consume, the more rapidly we alter the Arctic, inviting the further extraction of just such fuels and their contribution to global warming.

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NRA Sues San Francisco for Declaring It a “Domestic Terrorist Organization”

Elliot Hannon | Slate – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Sep 2019 - The National Rifle Association filed suit against the city of San Francisco yesterday after the city declared the gun rights group a “domestic terrorist organization.” The city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the resolution after at least three people were shot and killed at a garlic festival in Gilroy, California.

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The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy [in the USA]

Rick Shenkman | Politico – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Sep 2019 - Human brains aren’t built for self-rule, says Shawn Rosenberg. That’s more evident than ever. People have been saying for two millennia that democracy is unworkable, going back to Plato. The Founding Fathers were sufficiently worried that they left only one half of one branch of the federal government in the hands of the people.

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HISTORY

Complete 9/11 Timeline Pipeline Politics

Submitted by Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Soviet Union collapses in 1991, creating several new nations in Central Asia. Major US oil companies, including ExxonMobil, Texaco, Unocal, BP Amoco, Shell, and Enron, directly invest billions in these Central Asian nations, bribing heads of state to secure equity rights in the huge oil reserves in these regions. The oil companies commit to $35 billion in future direct investments in Kazakhstan. {Read on…}

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BRICS

Pakistan Is No Friend of Kashmir, Either

Taha Siddiqui – Al Jazeera

11 Sep 2019 - Here's why. While the world indeed needs to take action on ongoing crackdown and rights abuses in India, it should not overlook the role Pakistan has played in the Kashmiri tragedy.

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India: Almost 2 Million People Left Off Assam Register of Citizens

Rebecca Ratcliffe and Kakoli Bhattacharya – The Guardian

31 Aug 2019 - Almost 2 million people in north-east India face the threat of statelessness and detention after they were excluded from an official list designed to root out illegal immigrants. Rights groups warn of possible humanitarian crisis as those left off list face statelessness and detention.

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EUROPE

While Britain’s Parliament Is Suspended, Its Arms Fair Is Open for Business

Tim Gee | Waging Nonviolence – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Sep 2019 - In any other week, the arrival of the world’s largest arms fair to Britain would have been big news. Thirty-six thousand people are expected to attend the Defense and Security Equipment International fair, which opens on Tuesday [10 Sep]. It is cruelly symbolic that even as the prime minister closes the doors on Parliament, his government opens the doors of the arms fair.

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Why I Was Refused Entry to Cover UK Arms Fair

Ian Cobain – Middle East Eye

On Tuesday [10 Sep], I watched as thousands of people streamed towards a 100-acre conference centre in east London, flashed their passes to the security guards at the gates, and strolled inside. Never before in my career have I been banned from attending an event to which other journalists have been admitted.

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LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

US Military Encircling Venezuela: Regime Change Preparations?

Darius Shahtahmasebi – RT

12 Sep 2019 - While protests in Hong Kong and the debacles in the UK under Boris Johnson pushed Venezuela out of the media, a recent troop detachment indicates Caracas may be back in the crosshairs. The US has a long history of encircling rivals and adversaries with military bases with two notable goals: to prevent it from expanding its sphere of influence, and regime-change.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Yemen: Western Powers May Be Held Responsible for War Crimes – UN

BBC – TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Sep 2019 - The UK, US, France and Iran may be complicit in possible war crimes in Yemen over their support for parties to the conflict there, UN experts say. The Western powers provide weapons and logistical support to the Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government, while Iran backs the Houthi rebels. The experts say both sides continue to commit violations with impunity.

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ENVIRONMENT

Top 100 Polluter Indexes

Political Economy Research Institute | University of Massachusetts – TRANSCEND Media Service

Aug 2019 - The Top 100 Polluter indexes identify the top corporate air and water polluters and top greenhouse gas emitters using the most recent data available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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Who’s Responsible for the Ecocide in the Amazon

Juan Manuel Crespo | Open Democracy – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Sep 2019 - There's a cause for alarm as the world witnesses how the Amazon forests in Brazil, the Bolivian Chiquitanía and the Paraguayan swamps are being ravaged by uncontrolled fires. And it's not just Bolsonaro, nor is it just Morales or Correa. There is more to it than meets the eye.

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Japan May Have to Dump Radioactive Water into the Sea, Minister Says

Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Sep 2019 - “Japan’s government must commit to the only environmentally acceptable option for managing this water crisis which is long term storage and processing to remove radioactivity, including tritium,” Shaun Burnie, senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace Germany, said in an email.

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War on the World: Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know

Murtaza Hussain – The Interept

15 Sep 2019 - Not only do conflicts leave a poisoned landscape in their wake, but the U.S. military has a larger carbon footprint than most countries on earth.

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CAPITALISM

Activists Follow the Money Fueling Amazon Fires

Negin Owliaei Kelsey Hawkins-Johnson | Inequality – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Sep 2019 - Protesters around the World Are Singling Out the Bad Actors Profiting Off

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MEDIA

Western Media Portrays Hong Kong Hooligans as Heroes. But Are They?

Andre Vltchek – Global Research

Whenever Hong Kong protesters are destroying public property, there are no cameras of Western media outlets in sight. But when police decide to intervene, protecting their city, Western media crusaders emerge in full force.

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Have You Noticed How Social Media Purges Always Align with the US Empire?

Caitlin Johnstone – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Sep 2019 - Twitter has suspended multiple large Cuban media accounts. Earlier this year, Twitter and Facebook coordinated with each other to remove hundreds of accounts they claim were tied to “coordinated influence operations” in Iran, Russia, and Venezuela. Cuba, China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and the Catalan independence movement. Noticing a pattern here?

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BIG BROTHER - SPYING - SURVEILLANCE - WHISTLEBLOWING

Get Out of My Face! Facial Recognition Technology Could Enslave Humankind like Never Before

Robert Bridge – RT

12 Sep 2019 - Advertised as the latest tool to give shoppers more convenience, facial recognition comes with deep costs to privacy and security. Indeed, can anyone remember Silicon Valley asking for permission to use your face?

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HEALTH

US Agency Warns of Lung Illness Epidemic among Young People, Attributed to E-Cigarettes

Benjamin Mateus | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Sep 2019 - The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a public warning of a rapidly developing epidemic of severe lung illnesses associated with the smoking of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), also known as “vaping.”

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ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM

How Animal Researchers Stay Out of the News

Martha Rosenberg | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Sep 2019 - Perhaps you know a lot more about how farm animals are treated on factory farms than dogs, primates and other animals are treated in US labs. It is no coincidence. Exposure of what occurs behind the Plexiglass Curtain would be so damaging to university research contracts that millions are spent to prevent transparency. The animal-research industry is a vast, macabre enterprise.

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REVIEWS

«Give Nonkilling a Chance» Book Released in Delhi

Joám Evans Pim | Center for Global Nonkilling – TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Sep 2019 - Give Nonkilling a Chance: Are Nonkilling Societies Possible? edited by Prof. Anoop Swarup and dedicated to late Prof. Glenn D. Paige, with contributions from across the world, was released at Gandhi Smriti, Delhi on 31 Aug 2019.

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Conflict Management in Kashmir: State–People Relations and Peace

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

Conflict Management in Kashmir: State–People Relations and Peace, by Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, Cambridge University Press - The book examines the intersections of political violence, deprivation and conflict and explores the prospects of conflict management by studying one of the world’s most multifaceted and complex political turmoils – Kashmir.

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INSPIRATIONAL

The Eternal Fruit of Toni Morrison’s Iroko Tree

Nanjala Nyabola – Al Jazeera

Toni Morrison was and forever will be an inspiration for those who seek to set their imagination free.

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SPIRITUALITY

Natural Disasters: Where Is God in All of This?

Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service

As we look around the world or watch and read the news, practically everywhere is affected by some kind of natural disaster. Floods are displacing millions of people, forest fires are destroying thousands of acres and burning out of control, earthquakes continue to force people to live in fear, and tornadoes and hurricanes have become more fierce and numerous than ever. And if that is not enough, droughts are causing massive crop damage and water shortages.

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POETRY FORMAT

August Mornings

David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service

Hiroshima - Nagasaki

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Aging

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Among the deplorable - isms that hurt and dehumanize Ageism is one all Humanity should learn to neutralize

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Castellano) Liderazgo Político Comparativo: Gandhi vs. Líderes Contemporáneos

Robert Burrowes | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service

El 2 de octubre de 2019 se cumple el 150º aniversario del nacimiento de Mohandas K. Gandhi en Gujarat, India. Me gustaría reflexionar sobre el liderazgo visionario que Gandhi ofreció al mundo, comparándolo brevemente con algunos líderes nacionales de hoy en día, e invitarlos a emular el liderazgo de Gandhi.

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(Português) Pombos são rolados como bolas de boliche em concurso no Canadá

ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 set 2019 - Crianças e adultos participam da competição que acontece anualmente em uma feira no Canadá; as aves são jogadas e rolam pelo chão perdendo equilíbrio e caindo na maioria das vezes.

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(Português) Porcos: ONG internacional registra em vídeo triste realidade por trás do bacon

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 set 2019 - Gaiolas de gestação, expressões viscerais de descontentamento, gritos que parecem de crianças agonizando, incapacidade de se mover e de ter contato íntimo com os próprios filhos; e estresse crônica que culmina em mordidas nas grades de metal. Este é o cenário registrado pela ONG internacional Wake em seu novo vídeo sobre a triste realidade de porcos criados para consumo.

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IN-DEPTH VIDEOS

9/11 Whistleblowers: Michael Springmann

The Corbett Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

That so many of the visas were issued from a single office may seem like a minor footnote at first glance, but it is not. In fact, the Jeddah Consulate is not just another US Consular Office. It has a history of issuing visas to terrorists at the request of the CIA. This is the story.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Hogwood: A Modern Horror Story

Viva Vegan Charity – TRANSCEND Media Service

28 Aug 2019 - Our groundbreaking documentary about the Hogwood Farm is the biggest ever exposure of UK pig factory farming.

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姜暁艶 シルクロード- Silk Road (Music Video of the Week)

姜暁艶 - Jian Xiaoyan – TRANSCEND Media Service

Enjoy and imagine that for thousands of years people traveled on foot between China and the Middle East. Wishing Peace to the World from the Heart of Compassion. Composed by Kitaro.

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EDITORIAL CARTOON / SATIRE

Realization

Anonymous – TRANSCEND Media Service

Is it?

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

By the way…

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A little girl comes running and says, "Father, my toothbrush fell into the toilet!"

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