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A Critical U.S. Election

#662 | John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Why the 2020 Election Is So Important

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

One-On-One+ with Johan Galtung

Al Jazeera | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Oct 2020 - On the occasion of Galtung’s 90th birthday tomorrow on UN Day, we bring you a conversation he had ten years ago with Riz Khan at Aljazeera about his life.

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

On the Coming Decline and Fall of the US Empire

Prof. Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

[Paper written in 2015] -> Empires have different profiles. The US Empire has a complete configuration, articulated in a statement by a Pentagon planner: "The de facto role of the United States Armed Forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing". In other words, direct violence to protect structural violence legitimized by cultural violence.

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NOBEL LAUREATES

Nobel Prize for a Gene Bomb

Silvia Ribeiro | Ecologist - TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Oct 2020 - Alfred Nobel himself might see the irony. The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry – named after the inventor of dynamite and founder of one of the largest bomb factories in the world – has been awarded to researchers who developed the genetic engineering technique CRISPR-Cas9, which must not be allowed anywhere near our food systems or into the wider environment.

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TRANSCEND News

FALL 2020 FUNDRAISING

TRANSCEND Media Service team

Please donate to TMS in this End of Year Fundraising through a recurring monthly donation of any amount you can afford for our 2021 budget. We depend on your solidarity to keep delivering the TMS Weekly Digest to your Inbox as we have done unfailingly and uninterruptedly since 2008!  Proudly so!

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SPOTLIGHT

Historic Milestone: UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Reaches 50 Ratifications Needed for Entry into Force

International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN - TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Oct 2020 - Today, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons reached the required 50 state parties. In 90 days the treaty will enter into force, cementing a categorical ban on nuclear weapons, 75 years after their first use.

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Ten Years since WikiLeaks and Julian Assange Published the Iraq War Logs

Oscar Grenfell | WSWS - TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Oct 2020 – Today marks a decade since WikiLeaks published the Iraq War Logs, the most comprehensive exposure of imperialist criminality and neo-colonial banditry since the Pentagon Papers of the 1970s revealed the scale of American military activities in Vietnam, and perhaps of all time. In minute detail, the logs exposed all of the […]

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

On the History of US Military Presence in Hawaii

Pōkā Laenui – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Oct 2020 - Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Environmental Impact Statement - I submit these areas of concern which should be part of the EIS in this matter.

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A Gathering Global Storm

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

24 Oct 2020 - This is my chapter contribution to The Great Awakenkng: New Modes of Thinking Amid the Ruins of Capitalism (2020) edited by Anna Grear & Davd Bollier. My text is preoccupied with the decline of the state as an efficient problem-solving instrument in a period where global scale challenges are generating an ethical-ecological-bio crisis.

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At 75 – A U.N. of the Future in a Globalized Democracy

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

24 Oct 2020 - Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the world’s most important and visionary organisation, the United Nations. The UN Charter’s Article 1 states that peace shall be brought about by peaceful means. That is a typical Gandhian inspiration – “The means are the goals in-the-making. You cannot use destructive means to achieve constructive goals,” he said. Regrettably, many voices accuse “the UN” of being too expensive, too bureaucratic, too ineffective, too corrupt, too this and that.

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STOP HUNGER — Multi-Pronged Dimensions

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

World Food day was observed on 16 October. World Food Programme has won the Nobel Peace Prize for this year for its efforts at combating hunger all over the world by bringing food to millions of people who go to bed hungry and miserable. But its efforts are grossly insufficient keeping in view the dimensions of the hunger problem.

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US Presidential Campaign Spectacle: Distracts from Essential Issues while Playing the Race Card

Roger Harris - TRANSCEND Media Service

So, we have a marvelous symmetry of contention. Republicans accuse Democrats of collusion with Antifa to establish a socialist tyranny. Democrats accuse Republicans of marching to a fascist dictatorship with the Proud Boys.

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NONVIOLENCE

Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 17 (Oct 2020)

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D., Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dear fellow signatories of the Nonviolence Charter, this is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to 'The People's Charter to Create a Nonviolent World'. And welcome to our most recent signatories and organizations!

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

UK Massive Syria Propaganda

Robin Edward Poulton – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Oct 2020 - Dear Antonio, it was satisfying to read Ben Norton’s exposé of the NATO propaganda machine in Syria. How right he is! A recent analysis posted on TMS of press reports in Swiss and Austrian media, showed that 80% come from AP, AFP or Reuters: our ‘free’ press is not free of bias. Thank you to TMS for keeping us all informed about the truth, while Western media supply NATO’s ‘alternative facts’ to the general public.

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***Thought Seed*** – Oct 2020 Issue

Naresh Jotwani and Bhargav Vyas – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dear Antonio, Greetings from India! We have started monthly letters named Thought Seed for interested readers. The central theme of these letters is ‘finding the truth of life deep within,’ wherein we also aim to bridge the difficult gap between theory and practice. We wish to appeal equally to atheists and theists. It is a pleasure having it published in TMS as a Letter to the Editor.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Global Data on Coronavirus: 43.3+ Million Infected; 1.1+ Million Dead

Worldometer and Avi Schiffmann - TRANSCEND Media Service

*Two Databases Permanently Displayed on TMS* *Global, Localized, Specific Data Updated in Real Time*

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Big Pharma Is Not Willing to Help Us Defeat COVID-19

Nick Dearden | Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service

18 Oct 2020 - To efficiently deal with the pandemic and keep everyone safe, we first need to transform the pharmaceutical industry. TRIPS extended Western-style patent protections across the whole world, allowing the business to sit on patents for a minimum of 20 years, during which time they are able to dictate who can use their creations and at what price.

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DEBATING COVID-19

The COVID Illusion

Michael J. Talmo – TRANSCEND Media Service

“The Magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.” -- Ben Okri. Take a whole bunch of vague symptoms that can be caused by just about anything and that can occur in every human on the planet, put them all into a made-up umbrella term called COVID-19, claim that it's caused by a virus, real or fake doesn't matter, include even healthy people with no symptoms as cases, use deeply flawed inaccurate tests, and presto: you have a global pandemic.

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The Suppressed Danish Mask Study

Swiss Policy Research - TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Oct 2020 - Media and researchers have been awaiting the publication of a large Danish study on the effect – or lack thereof – of walking with facemasks in public spaces during the corona pandemic. However, it has been rejected by three leading medical journals: The Lancet, The New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Medical Association’s journal JAMA.

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Contesting Aspects of COVID-19

Global Research – TRANSCEND Media Service

To Inform, Educate, Create Dialogue: The Flip Side of the Discourse/Narrative

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The Healthcare System Isn’t Interested in Anything Other Than Covid… Not Even Lung Cancer

Peter Andrews | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Oct 2020 - A new report has shown how people with lung cancer may have been misdiagnosed as coronavirus sufferers, which is already contributing to avoidable deaths. The obsession with Covid-19 is beginning to take its toll.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The Politics of Cultural Despair

Chris Hedges | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Oct 2020 - The physical and moral decay of the United States and the malaise it has spawned have predictable results. We have seen in varying forms the consequences of social and political collapse during the twilight of the Greek and Roman empires, the Ottoman and Hapsburg empires, Tsarist Russia, Weimar Germany and the former Yugoslavia. Voices from the past, Aristotle, Cicero, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Joseph Roth and Milovan Djilas, warned us.

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The USA Has No Allies, Only Hostages

Caitlin Johnstone | RT – TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Oct 2020 - The US-centralized empire functions like a giant blob that absorbs nations and turns them into imperial client states. Once absorbed, it is rare for a country to escape and rejoin other genuinely sovereign nations. The new president-elect of Bolivia, Luis Arce, has told the Spanish international news agency EFE that he intends to restore the nation’s relations with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran.

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Evo Morales’s Party’s Massive Victory Is a Rebuke to US Elites Who Hailed the Coup

Shawn Gude | Jacobin - TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Oct 2020 - Immediately after last year’s right-wing coup in Bolivia, US elites, including many liberals, celebrated or excused the putsch against Evo Morales. Yesterday’s resounding electoral win for Morales’s party is a rebuke to all of their bloviating nonsense — and a massive triumph for democracy in Bolivia.

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IN FOCUS

Dystopian Plagues and Fascist Politics in the Age of Trump: Finding Hope in the Darkness

Henry A. Giroux | Salon - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Oct 2020 - Reality now resembles a dystopian world that could only be imagined as a harrowing work of fiction or biting political commentary. The works of George Orwell, Ray Bradbury and Sinclair Lewis now appear as an understatement in a world marked by horrifying political horizons — a world in which authoritarian and medical pandemics merge.

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The U.S. Did Not Defeat Fascism in WWII, It Discretely Internationalized It

Gabriel Rockhill | CounterPunch - TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Oct 2020 - One of the founding myths of the contemporary Western European and American world is that fascism was defeated in WWII by liberal democracies, and particularly by the United States. With the subsequent Nuremburg trials and the patient construction of a liberal world order, a bulwark was erected—in fits and starts, and with the constant threat of regression—against fascism and its evil twin in the East. American culture industries have rehearsed this narrative ad nauseum, brewing it into a saccharine ideological Kool-Aid and piping it into every household, shack and street corner with a TV or smartphone, tirelessly juxtaposing the supreme evil of Nazism to the freedom and prosperity of liberal democracy.

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LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Socialist Luis Arce Wins Bolivian Election

Countercurrents - TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Oct 2020 - A year after former Bolivian president Evo Morales was ousted in a military coup that installed a far-right regime, Morales' ally Luis Arce declared victory after exit polls showed the socialist candidate with a large advantage over his two main competitors. “Democracy has won,” Arce, who served as Morales’ finance minister, said.

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Stop the Massacres in Haiti; End U.S. and UN Support for the Criminal Regime of Jovenel Moise

Haiti Action Committee | Resumen - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Oct 2020 - The human rights crisis under the US-backed dictatorship of Jovenel Moise has continued to widen and deepen with the proliferation of “Tonton Macoutes” style death squad repression across the country.

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

Israeli Conscientious Objector Begins Third Stint in Military Prison

Orly Noy | +972 Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Oct 2020 - Israeli conscientious objector Hallel Rabin, 19, began serving a 25-day sentence in military prison today for refusing to join the Israeli army over its policies toward the Palestinians. Military conscription is mandatory for most Jewish Israelis. This is Rabin’s third period of incarceration, while her appeal to the conscientious objectors committee is still pending.

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SYRIA IN CONTEXT

Syria: Six Million Displaced People Have Returned Home

teleSUR - TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Oct 2020 - Syrian authorities announced today that six million displaced people had returned home to different parts of the country. The authorities have repaired more than 19.000 houses while supporting waste recycling projects that aim at securing an estimated 18.000 job positions.

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BBC’s Upcoming White Helmets ‘Documentary’ Gears Up to Be a Character Assassination of Those Who Challenge Syria War Narratives

Vanessa Beeley | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Oct 2020 - The BBC is preparing an attack against journalists, former diplomats, academics and scientists who challenge the dominant pro-war narratives against Syria underpinned by the pseudo-humanitarian White Helmets.

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MILITARISM

‘It Affects Everything’: Hawaii Residents Demand Transparency over Pearl Harbor Munitions Storage

Jon Letman | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Oct 2020 - A munitions storage complex being planned by the US army along the West Loch section of Pearl Harbor near densely populated Hawaiian neighborhoods to help counter Chinese influence in the Pacific is running into local opposition.

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American Militarism Marches On: No Discussion or Media Coverage of Washington’s War against the World

Philip M. Giraldi | Strategic Culture Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Oct 2020 – The most interesting story carefully hidden by the smoke from civil unrest, plague and personal scandals is the continued march of American militarism. Multi billionaire Elon Musk announced that he and the Pentagon are developing a new 7,500 m.p.h. missile capable of delivering 80 tons of military cargo anywhere in the world in under an hour. A major capability for continued U.S. intervention worldwide.

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A Russia-China Military Alliance Would Be a Bulwark against America’s Global Imperialism. Is It Time for Washington to Panic?

Tom Fowdy | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Oct 2020 - Vladimir Putin says it’s ‘quite possible to imagine’ a full-blown defense pact between Moscow and Beijing in the near future. Such a deal would transform the geopolitical balance – and be a big headache for the US and NATO.

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Fools’ Crusade: Why United States Provocations towards China Will Lead to Disaster

Jeff J. Brown and Jeremy Kuzmarov | Covert Action Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Oct 2020 - On July 4, 2020, the U.S. Navy dispatched an unprecedented two aircraft carriers and four other warships to the South China Sea for naval maneuvers in waters claimed by China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo subsequently broke with the official U.S. policy of neutrality in territorial conflicts in the South China Sea and declared that China’s claims to most of the Sea were “completely unlawful,” though most of the disputed territories had been part of China prior to being taken over by Japan in the 1895 Sino-Japanese War.

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ENVIRONMENT

Belching Cows and Endless Feedlots: Fixing Cattle’s Climate Issues

Henry Fountain | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service

The United States is home to 95 million cattle, and changing what they eat could have a significant effect on emissions of greenhouse gases like methane that are warming the world. We traveled to the Texas Panhandle to understand the nation’s immense cattle feedlots.

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CAPITALISM

Goldman Sachs Fined $2.9 Billion over Role in 1MDB Corruption Case

Nick Beams | WSWS - TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Oct 2020 - Goldman Sachs has been fined $2.9 billion the US Department of Justice announced yesterday closing one of the biggest corruption cases in the history of Wall Street. With a July settlement with Malaysian authorities, Goldman Sachs will pay more than $5 billion for its involvement in the 1MDB scandal but it can afford it easily: 2019 revenue: US$ 36.55 billion - Net worth: US$ 64 billion

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ANARCHISM

Agency’s Response to the New York Times’ Editorial “The Truth about Today’s Anarchists”

Agency - TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Oct 2020 - At the end of September, after a brief exchange on Twitter about her article “The Truth About Today’s Anarchists” we received an email from Farah Stockman, a member of the New York Times Editorial Board, who asked that we connect her to sources within the anarchist movement for an upcoming of story.

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SEXUALITIES

Pope Francis Calls for Creation of Civil Union Laws for Same-Sex Couples

Justine Coleman | The Hill - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Oct 2020 - Pope Francis expressed his clearest support for same-sex civil unions in the documentary “Francesco” that premiered in Rome, straying from the Vatican's traditional position, the Catholic News Agency reported. He addressed pastoral care for LGBTQ: “homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family.”

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INSPIRATIONAL

The Body Politic Electric: Walt Whitman on Women’s Centrality to Democracy

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

“Have I not said that womanhood involves all? Have I not told how the universe has nothing better than the best womanhood?”

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POETRY FORMAT

Unfinished

Gary Corseri – TRANSCEND Media Service

Reading tributes to the revolutionary hero, Che Guevara, last week at the notable TMS site, I was moved to take another look at a poem I had written shortly after his death, some decades ago. But, when I read it again now, something felt wrong. I had omitted an essential piece of the puzzle of life—the piece that points to revelation and deliverance. Can the reader guess which is the new stanza below…?

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Step by Step

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Oct 2020 - Today is Vijay Dashmi or Dashehra symbolising victory of Good over Evil on the return of Lord Ram from his exile. I am feeling lonely. So I write this small poem.

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Italiano) Prevenzione dell’estremismo violento o aiuto allo sviluppo dei media?

Jake Lynch | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

Nel far sì che le tematiche di giustizia trovino il loro spazio nelle sfere pubbliche, i media indipendenti che fanno Giornalismo di Pace possono costruire fiducia in comunità che possono proteggerli dalle asserzioni di combattere e distruggere. Possono suggerire al pubblico permettendogli di considerare e avvalorare risposte nonviolente ai conflitti.

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(Italiano) Memorie di sogni passati: Hawaii come “Ginevra del Pacifico”

Anthony Marsella | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 ottobre 2020 – Buon compleanno, Johan Galtung! Passeranno gli anni, ma non la tua eredità come voce per la pace e la giustizia! Le orme dei tuoi giorni alle Hawaii restano.

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(Português) Bispos de Angola engrossam denúncia sobre retirada ilegal de dólares da Igreja Universal do país

Gilberto Nascimento | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 out 2020 - Religiosos revelam como funcionava operação da igreja de Edir Macedo para transportar dinheiro em sigilo para África do Sul e Brasil. O dinheiro, fruto de dízimos e ofertas, seguiria de carro, por estradas, e seriam transportados, geralmente, entre 4 milhões e 6 milhões de dólares por viagem. Cédulas seriam escondidas em malas, no forro de veículos e até em pneus.

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(Français) Stefania Maurizi: « C’est un incroyable échec du journalisme »

Stefania Maurizi interviewée par Nadja Vancauwenberghe et John Brown | Le Grand Soir - TRANSCEND Media Service

18 oct 2020 - La journaliste italienne Stefania Maurizi a travaillé pour certaines des plus grandes publications du pays, dont la Repubblica, l’Espresso et, maintenant, Il Fatto Quotidiano. En 2009, elle a commencé à travailler avec Julian Assange et WikiLeaks sur des dossiers secrets concernant la guerre en Afghanistan, les câbles de la diplomatie américaine et les détenus de Guantanamo.

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(Italiano) Una lunatica pazzia: competizione, conflitti e sfruttamento minerario della Luna

Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Ottobre 2020 - Stiamo andando sulla Luna. Il nostro successo cambierà il mondo. Queste sono le frasi introduttive di un recente documento pubblicato dall’ Agenzia Spaziale USA: “Con il Programma Artemis, la NASA porterà sul suolo lunare  la prima donna e il prossimo uomo entro il 2024, utilizzando tecnologie innovative per esplorare molto più che in passato ampie zone della superficie lunare”.

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(Français) Bolivie : le triomphe du MAS, c’est le triomphe d’un projet collectif des organisations sociales

Denise Godoy | NODAL - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 oct 2020 - Ce dimanche 18 octobre, la Bolivie a enfin tenu ses élections présidentielles. Elles avaient été reportées à trois reprises. Les décomptes indiquent une victoire retentissante de Luis Arce avec plus de 51% des voix. Le journaliste bolivien Julio Peñaloza Bretel explique les raisons de cette victoire historique après le putsch contre Evo Morales s’était lancée dans une campagne acharnée contre le MAS.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Public Sector Cannot Solve Our Problems–Their Hands Are Tied

Tshepiso Moahloli via Howard Richards - TRANSCEND Media Service

I work for the government and not a single day goes by when I do not hear the same cries of alarm. You are going to scare away investors! Every day we are warned that anything we do for the good of the 99% is going to scare off investors.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

#FREEASSANGE: Video Testimony from Yanis Varoufakis

Pressenza IPA – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Oct 2020 - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is facing up to 175 years in prison for publishing truthful information about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Countless journalists, legal scholars, and human rights groups have condemned the politically motivated U.S. efforts to prosecute him. Under the campaign 1′ 4ASSANGE we publish short testimonies and start with Yanis Varoufakis, the Greek ex minister of finance and founder of the European political movement DiEM25.

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Mozart Piano Concerto #3 by Elisha Mysin, 5 Years Old (Music Video of the Week)

Young Talents, Great Geniuses – TRANSCEND Media Service

28 Mar 2019 - The youngest pianist in Russia does not get his feet to the piano pedals but masterfully performs the most complex musical works. When Elisha Mysin sits at the piano and music begins to flow from his fingers, it is hard to believe that he is just five years old.

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

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Bored Panda – TRANSCEND Media Service

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