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How We Remember Hiroshima and Nuremberg Reflects Power Not Justice

#757 | Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service

This year the remembrance of the atomic bombings of Japanese cities is especially poignant. The world, as the UN Secretary General noted, is just one miscalculation away from nuclear war. I was also reminded that 8 Aug was the day in 1945 that the Allied Powers had the unfathomable insensitivity to sign the London Agreement setting up the Nuremberg Tribunal to prosecute German war criminals--two days after the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and one day before the second one incinerated Nagasaki. Sad to note, times have not changed.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

‘This Is a War of Propaganda’

John Pilger | South China Morning Post – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jul 2022 - John Pilger on Ukraine and Assange: 20 minutes of truth... and a pretty sweet ending.

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Sowing Hunger, Reaping Profits – A Food Crisis by Design

Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jul 2022 - Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, headlines have been dominated by the global food supply shortages and rising food prices. Detailed in this new report is how, in fact, we have already been facing a food and malnutrition crisis long before the current conflict.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

Surrendering Power to Reverence

Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2022 - “I humbly beg forgiveness for the evil committed by so many Christians against the Indigenous Peoples.” So said Pope Francis last week, at a powwow in Alberta, at the start of his “apology tour” across Canada — for the participation of the Catholic Church in the multi-century horror of Native American “residential schools.”

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Other Commentaries

TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Donation Politics: Worse than Hypocrisy

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

1 Aug 2022 - We need to ask ourselves with a sense of urgency, ‘where is the outrage?’ and ‘why are the streets empty?’ Bob Dylan’s message of the sixties rings truer than ever: ‘The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind.”

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9 August: 77th Anniversary of the Bombing of Nagasaki

Gary G. Kohls, MD | Free Press – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Aug 2022 - Unwelcome Truths for Church and State - 77 years ago (9 Aug 1945) an all-Christian bomber crew dropped an experimental plutonium bomb on Nagasaki City, Japan, instantly incinerating, asphyxiating and/or vaporizing tens of thousands of innocent civilians, mostly women and children. Very few Japanese soldiers were killed by the bombs.

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Strategies of Hyper-Elites as Admired and Deprecated

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service

Exploration of Super-Rich Lifestyles and Their Contribution to Global Order and Disorder

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Arab Spring, Russian Spring, Latin American Spring?

David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service

1 Aug 2022 - Consciousness becomes a determining factor in history when the dominant regime (i.e. the culture of war) collapses from its own contradictions. This occurred in the 60’s with the Vietnam War and in end of the 80’s with the collapse of the Soviet Empire. We approach another such moment with the imminent collapse of the US Empire.

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The Ugly Americans: Donald, Joe, Nancy, and more

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

2 Aug 2022 - Dangerous Don, Joe, and Nancy are big believers in the US empire of global domination. US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi goes to Taiwan against China’s wishes. The Ugly Americans believe they have a right to go anywhere in the world and do anything they want, including overthrowing governments, assassinating people, and taking other countries resources.

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Technology, Social Media Help Traffickers Hunt Their Victims, Enslave Them, Sell Their Organs

Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2022 - Human beings produce innumerable practical inventions while often making the worst use of them. How criminal groups heavily rely on digital platforms to trap and enslave their victims also for extracting and selling their organs.

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Smiling Faces

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

A smile on a face is worth a hundred words.

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The “Circle of Peace and Tranquility”: The Karamat of Sheik Sayed Abduraghman Motura (Part 1)

Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service

Humanoids Are in Regular Pursuit of Materialism at the Expense of Inner Tranquility, Peace and Excellence in Health

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MILITARISM

U.S. Military Activity Near Taiwan

Countercurrents Collective - TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Aug 2022 - U.S. Navy ships and planes will transit the Taiwan Strait in the next two weeks. U.S.N.S.C spokesman John Kirby condemned Chinese military drills in the area and said the Pentagon ordered the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan to remain near Taiwan to “monitor the situation.”

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How the Pentagon Dictates Hollywood Storylines

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Aug 2022 - New documentary discloses the ways western publics are softened up for aggressive, global US militarism through the Pentagon’s influence over thousands of films and TV shows.

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Business as Usual for the Death Industry

Defense News - TRANSCEND Media Service

Thought-Provoking Commentary & Opinions

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IN FOCUS

“Russian Propaganda” Just Means Disobedience

Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Aug 2022 - It is not good that propaganda is shoved into our minds manufacturing consent for dangerous escalations between the world’s two greatest nuclear powers while anyone who opposes any part of it is dismissed as a Russian propagandist or a useful idiot of the Kremlin.

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Why No One Cared That Al Qaeda Honcho Zawahiri Got Droned

Murtaza Hussain | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2022 - That Zawahiri’s killing went so quietly suggests that the cultural and political behemoth that was the war on terror had long preceded him into the grave.

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The Clash of Leadership, Global Peace and Humanity at Crossroads

Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2022 - Most contemporary leaders appear to be the product of elusive manifestations – an egoistic mysticism of unthinkable military triumphs and glory originating from primitive times of history.

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ANALYSIS

Hiroshima at 77: Another Hiroshima Is Coming — Unless We Stop It Now

John Pilger | Consortium News – TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2022 - Hiroshima and Nagasaki were acts of premeditated mass murder unleashing a weapon of intrinsic criminality. It was justified by lies that form the bedrock of 21st century U.S. war propaganda, casting a new enemy, and target: China.

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MEDIA

NATO-Backed Network of Syria Dirty War Propagandists Identified

Aaron Maté | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service

1 Aug 2022 - Defaming journalism on the OPCW’s Syria cover-up scandal, The Guardian and its NATO-funded sources out themselves as the real “network of conspiracy theorists.”

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ANGLO AMERICA

How a Missile in Kabul Connects to a Speaker in Taipei

Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2022 - Washington’s hard power display of taking out Al-Qaeda’s Al-Zawahiri will not be reciprocated by Beijing over Pelosi’s provocative visit to Taiwan. It does however, definitively bury the decades-long era of cooperative US-Chinese relations.

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Exit Free

William T. Hathaway – TRANSCEND Media Service

Radical Peace presents the experiences of war resisters, deserters, and peace activists who are working to change our warrior culture. The following report was contributed by one of the founders of Exit Free, a collective in the USA that helps women leave the military by discharge or desertion.

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ASIA--PACIFIC

A Call to Cancel RIMPAC in Hawaiʻi

Kim Compoc and Joy Lehuanani Enomoto | Foreign Policy In Focus – TRANSCEND Media Service

26 Jul 2022 - The movement to demilitarize and deoccupy Hawai‘i is guided by kapu aloha, a code of conduct grounded in nonviolent resistance and Hawai’ian values.

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BALKANS AND EASTERN EUROPE

Shedding Light on Who, Exactly, Is Responsible for the War in Ukraine

Roger Annis | CovertAction Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Aug 2022 - Western capitals make statements about sending troops to Ukraine. London intends to send 600 military personnel. Rendering assistance to the state where settlement is a remote prospect and the domestic conflict is far from being resolved, the West should understand that it automatically becomes an accomplice in the crimes against Ukrainian civilians.

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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

Colombia’s First Leftist President Will Bring Historic Change, if the US Lets Him

Daniel Kovalik | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Aug 2022 - Colombia is the latest Latin American country to turn from the right, and possibly stand up to Washington, with the inauguration of ex-guerrilla President Gustavo Petro.

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

Gaza Death Toll Climbs to 43 amid Ceasefire Reports

Mondoweiss Editors - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Aug 2022 - An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire went into effect today at 11:30 pm local time in Gaza. The Health Ministry reports that 43 Palestinians, including 15 children, have been killed since Israel began airstrikes on 5 Aug. 

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CAPITALISM

Skyrocketing Oil and Gas Profits Hit 14-Year High

The Energy Mix - TRANSCEND Media Service

28 Jul 2022 - Skyrocketing fuel costs and high margins on oil refining are driving the world’s biggest fossil companies to their biggest profits, according to a report that showed the oil and gas industry taking home $2.8 billion per day in revenue over the last 50 years. The five biggest—ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell, TotalÉnergies, and BP—“are set to make even more money than they did in 2008.

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HEALTH

WHO Director Dr. Tedros: Monkeypox Outbreak Is “Among Men Who Have Sex with Men”

Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research - TRANSCEND Media Service

“Factual Chaos” at the WHO? The Questionable 99% Estimate - "The monkeypox virus is a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern' but for the moment it is an outbreak concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially with multiple partners; it can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups.” This is a FALSE statement as monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease.

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DEBATES ON COVID - VACCINES

Why the Chair of the Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission Thinks the US Government Is Preventing a Real Investigation into the Pandemic

Jeffrey D. Sachs | Current Affairs - TRANSCEND Media Service

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs says he is “pretty convinced [COVID-19] came out of US lab biotechnology” and warns that there is dangerous virus research taking place without public oversight.

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SCIENCE

Completing Rotation in Less Than 24-Hours, Earth Creates Record for Shortest Day

The Universal News Network - TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2022 - On July 29, the Earth broke its record for the shortest day as it completed a full spin in 1.59 milliseconds less than its standard 24-hour rotation. The planet recently has been increasing its speed. Back in 2020, the Earth saw its shortest month that has ever been recorded since the 1960s.

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HISTORY

A Brief History of Esperanto, the 135-year-old Language of Peace Hated by Hitler and Stalin Alike

Joshua Holzer | The Conversation - TRANSCEND Media Service

Esperanto’s vocabulary is mostly from English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Polish, Russian and Yiddish, the languages that Zamenhof was most familiar with. Grammatically, it was primarily influenced by European languages, but some innovations bear a resemblance to some Asian languages, such as Chinese.

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POETRY FORMAT

Peace, Are You There?

Jocelyn Wright - TRANSCEND Media Service

Peace, Are you there? Peace, speak to me Whisper in my ear Are you there?

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BIOGRAPHIES

Fidel Castro (13 Aug 1926 – 25 Nov 2016)

Encyclopædia Britannica – TRANSCEND Media Service

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, political leader of Cuba (1959–2008), transformed his country into the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere. Castro became a symbol of communist revolution in Latin America.

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Français) Printemps Arabe, Printemps Russe, Printemps Latino-Américain ?

David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service

1 août 2022 - La conscience devient un facteur déterminant dans l'histoire lorsque le régime dominant (c'est-à-dire la culture de la guerre) s'effondre de ses propres contradictions. Cela s’est passé dans les années 60 avec la guerre du Vietnam et à la fin des années 80 avec l'effondrement de l'empire soviétique. Nous approchons d'un autre moment de ce genre avec l'effondrement imminent de l'empire Nord Américain.

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(Nederlandse-Dutch) De elite staatsgreep om ons te doden of ons tot slaaf te maken: Waarom kunnen regeringen, rechtszaken en protesten hen niet tegenhouden?

Robert J. Burrowes - TRANSCEND Media Service

In 2020 lanceerde de Wereld Elite, onder de dekmantel van het “virus”/”vaccin” verhaal, haar lang geplande staatsgreep om de totale controle over de menselijke bevolking te veroveren.

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(Italiano) In cammino per la Pace e il disarmo

Silvia Berruto – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 agosto 2022, 8:00 - E’ partita mezz’ora fa la marcia per la Pace e il disarmo. Organizzata da ANPI Peretola, ANPI Montagna Pistoiese e ANPI Circolo Pertini. Perché camminare è un’azione politica nonviolenta applicata. Buona camminata a tutte e a tutti.

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INSPIRATIONAL

The Mouse Trap

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Next time you hear that someone has a problem which does not touch you, think again.

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SPIRITUALITY

The Spiritual Import of the Cow in Vedic Culture

Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service

The term "sacred cow" has come to mean any stubborn loyalty to a long-standing institution which impedes natural progress. The term originates in India, where the cow is said to be literally worshiped, while thousands of humans suffer from undernourishment. The common, popular view of India in the West has been of an underdeveloped nation steeped in superstition.

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SPOTLIGHT

From Balkh to Konya: Discovering Rumi’s Spiritual Geopolitics

Pepe Escobar | The Cradle – TRANSCEND Media Service

30 Jul 2022 - While the mystic poet, Sufi, theosophist and thinker Jalal al-Din Rumi is synonymous with Islamic mysticism, a deeper dig brings to light the West Asian political changes and upheavals that shaped his world and other-worldly view.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Change

Caroline Shroeder - TRANSCEND Media Service

Which is your case?

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Moses’ Tea

Readers Digest - TRANSCEND Media Service

Right!

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IN-DEPTH VIDEOS

Progressives on U.S.-China Policy and Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Visit (PODCAST)

Deconstructed | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2022 - Tobita Chow of ‘Justice is Global’ and Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders, two leading progressive foreign policy voices, discuss the House speaker’s decision to visit Taiwan.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Nancy Pelosi, Taiwan and the Changing World Order

Jan Oberg, Ph.D. | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Aug 2022 - Right after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi landed in Taipei on 2 Aug, I was asked by Russia Today to comment on that tension-increasing event. 15-min Video

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Love Is in the Air (Music Video of the Week)

John Paul Young – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Classic from 1978 still Rocks!

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