Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

Prof. Johan Galtung

On the Ongoing Decline and Fall of the US Empire

#764 | Prof. Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

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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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

The World beyond Global Disorder: Johan Galtung

Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service

Lecture from Dec 2015--Still Relevant

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

The Analects of Confucius

Translated by Robert Eno – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Analects of Confucius is an anthology of brief passages that present the words of Confucius and his disciples, describe Confucius as a man, and recount some of the events of his life. The book may have begun as a collection by Confucius’s immediate disciples soon after their Master’s death in 479 BCE.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

Colombia: Nonviolent Journalism Book Launched

Pressenza - TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Sep 2022 - Students, journalists and non-violence activists met at the launch of the book 'Nonviolent Journalism' in Bogotá and talked with its authors about the importance of thinking about new forms of journalistic treatment in Latin America,

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Other Commentaries

TRANSCEND MEMBERS

A Day of Deeper Peace

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 September is the International Day of Peace marking the annual start of the UNGA. Often, there are informal talks behind the scenes among the representatives of States in conflict. However, there is little or no avenue for talks with non-State armed groups such as ISIS. NGOs have no direct standing with the General Assembly but NGO representatives are active in the hallways and coffee bars during the General Assembly making government representatives aware of their suggestions.

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What Makes Ukraine Different from Serbia? Why Kosovo? Why Not Donbas?

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

Defying Serbian Territorial Sovereignty in Kosovo, Upholding Ukrainian Territorial Sovereignty in the Donbas Region - The blind eye turned toward denials of the right of self-determination to the Palestinian people in what had been their own country of Palestine represents a flagrant example of international double standards.

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The Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – RIP

Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Sep 2022 - The Impact of the Unresolved Challenges of the Global British Imperial Legacy of Colonialism

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Racism, Nonkilling, and Shared Humanity

Bill Bhaneja | Center for Global Nonkilling – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Sep 2022 - Ending racism is essentially about making each person equal, respectful and dignified as the other. To achieve this to the fullest, over the past two centuries the fight has continued globally in tackling racism at the international, national and individual levels. This presentation provides an overview of anti-racism and peacebuilding through the lens of Universal Rights, Nonkilling and Human Dignity.

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Why Are Politicians Able to Read – and Understand – Some Texts and Not Others?

Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Sep 2022 - Day after day, the world’s scientific community, based on solid investigations, elaborates dozens of studies identifying the causes of the existing emergencies facing humanity. They also prepare understandable summaries and conclusions and propose feasible solutions to the current crises and ways to prevent major future risks.

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Survivors Uncensored: Voices from Rwanda and the Rwandan Diaspora

Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Sep 2022 - The abuse of the Rwandan catastrophe in service to US/EU/NATO interventionist ideology. The US will never stop defending the narrative because they'll never admit to having engineered what happened and continues in Rwanda and DRC.

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Rural and Urban Landscapes — Problems and Solutions

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Some people including Mahatma Gandhi and some spiritual persons felt that a rural region is almost like the soul of India, clean and away from the materialistic and selfish tendencies prevalent in urban life.

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IN FOCUS

Reaping the Whirlwind

Scott Ritter | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Sep 2022 - “A permanent member of the UNSC invaded its neighbor, attempted to erase a sovereign state from the map,” Biden said. “Russia has shamelessly violated the core tenets of the UN Charter.” History, however, is a harsh mistress, where facts become inconvenient to perception; through the prism of historical fact, the narrative being promulgated by Biden becomes flipped.

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Rise of the New Decadents

Mark Lesseraux | Pressenza - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Sep 2022 - Jair Bolsonaro (Brazil), Vladimir Putin (Russia), Donald Trump (USA) and Giorgia Meloni (Italy) are just a few examples amongst dozens of right-wing nationalist political leaders. There has been no shortage of mainstream media pontification about the recent rise of these politicians.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The Return of Fascism

The Chris Hedges Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Sep 2022 - As in the 1930s, a bankrupt liberalism, grotesque social inequality and declining living standards are empowering fascist movements in Europe and the U.S.

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USA’s Open Wound

Edward Snowden | Continuing Ed - TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Sep 2022 - The CIA Is Not Your Friend - Democracy and the rule of law have been so frequently invoked as a part of the U.S. political brand that citizens simply take it for granted they enjoy both.

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Pentagon’s War on Overheating Planet Earth: Military Spending

Stan Cox | TomDispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Sep 2022 - The U.S. military is this globe’s largest institutional consumer of petroleum fuels, producing 60 million metric tons of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas annually. Our military surpasses the total national emissions of Bulgaria, Croatia, and Slovenia combined.

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What Do North Americans Care About? Not a Cold War with Russia and China

Katrina vanden Heuvel | The Washington Post – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Sep 2022 - US Citizens' top security concerns include safety at home and protecting jobs. The US Congress is about to add tens of billions of dollars to the military budget.

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MILITARISM

Unlocked: NATO Prolongs the Ukraine Proxy War, and Global Havoc

Aaron Maté | Substack – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Sep 2022 - With diplomacy thwarted, the US and its allies plan for “open-ended” military and economic warfare against Russia -- despite acknowledging that "the most dangerous moments are yet to come."

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ASIA-UPDATES ON MYANMAR ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

Western Myanmar as a Genocide Triangle

Maung Zarni | FORSEA – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Triangle: - Myanmar’s Military-State; - Separatist Rakhine Nationalists; - Rohingya Genocide Victims. - The erasure of a Genocide Convention-protected identity is a crucial part of any genocidal process. The Arakan Army is engaged in this process.

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Myanmar Spiraling ‘from Bad to Worse, to Horrific’, Human Rights Council Hears

UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Sep 2022 - Since the Myanmar military launched its “disastrous” coup last year, UN-appointed independent human rights expert Tom Andrews said today that conditions have worsened, “by any measure”.

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BALKANS AND EASTERN EUROPE

John Pilger’s 2014 Warning about Ukraine

John Pilger | Consortium News – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Sep 2022 - In an article on May 13, 2014 in The Guardian, republished here, John Pilger warned the “U.S. is threatening to take the world to war” over Ukraine, words that have taken on new meaning.

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EUROPE

Why Is Germany Committing Suicide? The Same Reasons that the EU/UK Are Being Deindustrialized

David Chu | The Unz Review – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Sep 2022 - Why is Germany committing harakiri (or seppuku)? Because the USA ordered them to do so! Is it to emasculate Europe completely so as to make it completely dependent on the US for both energy and technology? The rest of the world is moving towards BRI and BRICS.

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

The Israel Files: WikiLeaks Docs Show Top Hollywood Producers Working with Israel to Defend Its War Crimes

Alan MacLeod | MintPress News – TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Sep 2022 - Exploring and highlighting the many revelations about the Israeli occupation of Palestine that WikiLeaks documents disclosed in hopes of shedding light on many of the most important and underreported revelations the publishing group exposed. 

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MEDIA

Brainwashed for War with Russia

Ray McGovern | Antiwar – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Sep 2022 - Most Americans are oblivious to the reality that Western media are owned and operated by the same corporations that make massive profits by helping to stoke small wars and then peddling the necessary weapons. Corporate leaders, and Ivy-mantled elites, educated to believe in U.S. "exceptionalism," find the lucre and the luster too lucrative to be able to think straight.

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Social Media: The Socially Acceptable Addiction

Pressenza | TRANSCEND Media Service

The Internet is like a bottle of wine: you can lift your mood, appear more confident, do things you wouldn’t normally. A key difference: we don’t let children consume alcohol. Why then are children allowed such free reign on the Internet, despite the mounting research into the negative impact of social media addiction? -- Trigger Warning // addiction, depression, suicide

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ENVIRONMENT

Patagonia’s Billionaire Owner Gives Away Company to Fight Climate Crisis

Erin McCormick | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Sep 2022 - Setting a new example in environmental corporate leadership, the billionaire owner of Patagonia is giving the entire company away to fight the Earth’s climate devastation, he announced yesterday.

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Experts See the Hidden Downside for Democracy in the Patagonia Sale

The Energy Mix - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Sep 2022 - There's a worrying detail in Yvon Chouinard's recent sale of outdoor retail giant Patagonia.

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CAPITALISM

Privatizing Nature

William T. Hathaway – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Sep 2022 - The financial wizards of Wall Street have devised a new way to profit from Mother Nature. They’ve created a class of stocks called Natural Asset Companies that will control the earth’s resources such as water, wildlife, forests, minerals, and farmland.

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Sustainable Debt Slavery

Iain Davis and Whitney Webb | Unlimited Hangout – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Sep 2022 - How the UN’s “sustainable development” policies, the SDGs, do not promote “sustainability,” as most conceive of it, but instead utilize the same debt imperialism long used by the Anglo-American empire to entrap nations in a new, equally predatory system of global financial governance.

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DEBATES ON COVID - VACCINES

Vaccine Narrative Collapses as Harvard Study Shows Jab More Dangerous than COVID

Jonas Vesterberg | The Florida Standard – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Sep 2022 - As boosters that have not been tested on humans are being rolled out across the country, a new study indicates that the jab is far more dangerous than COVID-19 itself. And the CDC has provided false information regarding their tracking of adverse events linked to the vaccines.

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INSPIRATIONAL

The Mirror of Enigmas: Chance, the Universe, and the Fragile Loveliness of Knowing Who We Are

Maria Popova | The Marginalian – TRANSCEND Media Service

“There is no human being on earth capable of declaring with certitude who he is.” It takes a great sobriety of spirit to know your own depths — and your limits. It takes a special grandeur of spirit to know the limits of your self-knowledge. (Jorge Luis Borges)

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BIOGRAPHIES

Mahatma Gandhi (2 Oct 1869 – 30 Jan 1948)

History – TRANSCEND Media Service

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, more commonly known as ‘Mahatma’ (meaning ‘Great Soul’) was born into a Hindu Modh family. His father was the Chief Minister of Porbandar, and his mother’s religious devotion meant that his upbringing was infused with the Jain pacifist teachings of mutual tolerance, non-injury/killing of living beings (ahimsa), and vegetarianism.

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Rūmī (30 Sep 1207 – 17 Dec 1273)

Annemarie Schimmel | Encyclopædia Britannica – TRANSCEND Media Service

Sufi Mystic and Poet - Rūmī’s use of Persian and Arabic in his poetry, in addition to some Turkish and Greek, has resulted in his being claimed variously for Turkish and Persian literature. The influence of his writings in the Indian subcontinent is also substantial.

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POETRY FORMAT

Never to Fear: 21 Sep UN Day of Peace

Prof. Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Let's do our share: All for Peace!

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Português) Onze Pistas Falsas sobre o Clima

Michael Löwy | Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service

Contestação de lugares-comuns que dificultam o combate à mudança climática.

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(Italiano) Arte e Costruzione della Pace

George Kent – TRANSCEND Media Service

I significati non sono inerenti alle cose, bensì sono socialmente negoziati. Come il significato di un’opera d’arte, così il significato di un conflitto non è inerente ad esso. Il conflitto è come l’arte. Le parti non dovrebbero considerarsi vittime indifese del conflitto. Partecipano alla sua costruzione. Hanno il potenziale per decostruirlo e ricostruirlo.

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(Français) Bernard Lecomte (1 Sep 1930 – 7 Août 2022): Un grand homme humaniste de l’économie sociale en Afrique

Robin et Michelle Poulton - TRANSCEND Media Service

Adieu BERNARD LECOMTE : tu nous as quittés le 07 août 2022

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(Português) Subjugação Animal Não É Esporte

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 set 2022 - Impor a um animal que reaja a uma prática classificada como “esportiva” não significa que o seja, já que a participação do mesmo é involuntária.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Demands for Peace

Unknown – TRANSCEND Media Service

INDEED!

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Our Story So Far

Tom Tomorrow | Daily Kos – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Sep 2022 ---> Boring...

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IN-DEPTH VIDEOS

Jeffrey Sachs: U.S. Policy & “West’s False Narrative” Stoking Tensions with Russia, China

Amy Goodman | Democracy NOW! - TRANSCEND Media Service

30 Aug 2022 - We discuss Western hegemony and U.S. policy in Russia, Ukraine and China with Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, whose new article is headlined "The West's False Narrative About Russia and China." Sachs says the bipartisan U.S. approach to foreign policy is "unaccountably dangerous and wrongheaded," and warns the U.S. is creating "a recipe for yet another war" in East Asia.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

(Português) Sobre a Guerra e a Paz: Pensamentos de Johan Galtung

Prof. Filipe Queiroz – TRANSCEND Media Service

Argumentos autoritativos acerca da Violência, Paz e Guerra pelo pioneiro mundial em Estudos de Paz a nível academico.

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Listen to the Music (Music Video of the Week)

Tom Johnston/The Doobie Brothers | Playing For Change – TRANSCEND Media Service

In music as in life, the things that make us different make us stronger. All the various instruments, tones, perspectives, and cultures in this recording combine to create a new version of this classic Song Around The World.

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