Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

Prof. Johan Galtung

Marinaleda: A Concrete Utopia

Nº429 | Johan Galtung, 23 May 2016 - TRANSCEND Media Service

The basic concept is well known: authorities expropriated land lying fallow in the midst of unemployed starving land labor, and it was transformed into a communal cooperative with very inexpensive housing, kindergarten, schools, clinics. Behind that was the vision, knowledge, skill, will of the mayor for over 30 years, Juan Grillo. With the mind, a reality, and the will to transform that reality.

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NOBEL LAUREATES

[Nobel Peace Laureate] Suu Kyi Asks for ‘Space’ as Kerry Presses Her on Rohingya Treatment

Reuters – The Huffington Post

22 May 2016 - Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi asked to be given “enough space” to address the plight of her country’s Rohingya Muslim population, as visiting U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pressed the Nobel peace laureate to promote respect for human rights.

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Other Commentaries

BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS

A Friendly Critique of the Break Free Climate Actions

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

My friendly criticism is directed at those key organizers who planned the nonviolent actions without understanding how to make the commitment and courage of those who were mobilized have maximum strategic impact on the ongoing climate catastrophe.

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World Humanitarian Summit: On the Front Lines for Action

Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

The World Humanitarian Summit organized by the UN opens on 23 May 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The aim of the conference is to see what should be done “to end conflict, alleviate suffering and reduce risk and vulnerability.”

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On (Not) Loving Henry Kissinger

Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service

There is an irony that would be amusing if it was not depressing about news that Donald Trump has been courting the 92-year old foreign policy sorcerer Henry Kissinger. Of course, the irony is that earlier in the presidential campaign Hilary Clinton proudly claimed Kissinger as ‘a friend,’ and acknowledged that he “relied on his counsel” while she served as Obama’s Secretary of State.

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USA, Stop Threatening Russia & the World! Prevent Nuclear War!

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

Russia has two bases in the Middle East and a handful in Central Asia. The U.S. has 662 bases around the world and Special Forces deployed in between 70 and 90 countries at any moment. Last year SOFs were active in 147 countries. The U.S. is actively engaged in five wars and is considering a sixth in Libya. Russian military spending will fall next year, and the U.S. will out-spend Moscow by a factor of 10. Who in this comparison looks threatening?

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The Superdelegates Must Vote for Sanders

John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Superdelegates were introduced by the US Democratic Party in 1984 (the year in which George Orwell's prophetic book is set). These unelected delegates are party officials, and their purpose is to circumvent the popular will. They are supposed to choose an electable candidate in case the voters choose an unelectable one.

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Seeds of Suicide

Vandana Shiva – Asian Age

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. Patents on seeds are unjust and unjustified. A patent or any intellectual property right is a monopoly granted by society in exchange for benefits. But society has no benefit in toxic, non-renewable seeds.

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Unquestioned Bias in Governance from Direction of Reading?

Anthony Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service

Political Implications of Reading from Left-to-Right, Right-to-Left, or Top-Down - The text on which much global governance is primarily dependent is written from left-to-write (top-down), following the pattern determined in the Greece from which democracy emerged. Text is written otherwise in other cultures, notably in Arabic and Hebrew (right-to-left), or in cultures of the East (vertically, whether left-to-right, or right-to-left).

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ACTIVISM

Breaking Free: A Rising Tide of Climate Resistance

Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan – Democracy NOW!

People are putting their bodies on the line, with blockades, sit-ins, banner-hangs and a whole constellation of confrontational actions, driven by the urgency of the climate crisis. Here is just a sample of some of the protests from the past two weeks, as summarized by the climate action nonprofit group 350.org.

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SURVEILLANCE / SPYING / WHISTLEBLOWING / BIG BROTHER

The Intercept Is Broadening Access to the Snowden Archive. Here’s Why

Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

We encourage other journalists, researchers, and interested parties to comb through these documents, along with future published batches, to find additional material of interest. Others may well find stories — or clues that lead to stories — that we didn’t. A primary objective of these batch releases is to make that kind of exploration possible.

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Snowden Archive——The SIDtoday Files

The Intercept – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 May 2016 - SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.

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Why I Keep Fighting

Chelsea Manning - Reader Supported News

As a military prisoner, my public persona is carefully controlled and enforced. Any interviews or statements that I make — such as this one — must be written or dictated through someone else who types it up on my behalf. I am not allowed to be recorded over the telephone, do any video interviews, or have any pictures taken — with the exception of the occasional grainy mug shot. For those living in my situation, it’s easy to start feeling invisible — left behind and dismissed by the rest of a fast-paced society. Despite these obstacles, I know I need to keep going. It is important to stay vocal. To stay creative. Active. Motivated. To keep fighting.

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IN FOCUS

How Much It Sucks to Be a Sri Lankan Worker Making Beyoncé’s New Clothing Line

Sirin Kale | Vice – TRANSCEND Media Service

According to a newspaper investigation, the sweatshop workers making the Ivy Park collection for Topshop are only making 64 cents an hour. We ask an expert on the Sri Lankan clothes industry just how bad the situation really is.

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The Imperial Empire: The Sun Never Sets but the Mote Remains in the Emperor’s Eye

Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service

Post-colonial empires are complex organizations. They are organized on a multi-tiered basis, ranging from relative autonomous national and regional allies to subservient vassal states, with variations in between.

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC

North Korea: Love Thy Leader

Israel Shamir – The Unz Review

12 May 2016 | Author’s Note: I returned just now from North Korea. Here is my report from this unusual land.

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People Are Likening the Next Philippine President to Donald Trump. Here’s Why.

Walden Bello – Foreign Policy In Focus

A hapless elite, an angry electorate, and a brash front-runner with little regard for democratic norms: The latest Philippine election sounds a lot like America's.

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Pandit Parmanand: Prisons as Homes for Long Periods for India’s Freedom

Surya Nath Prasad, Ph. D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

Brief of Interaction between Great Patriot Global Man Pandit Parmanand and Dr. Surya Nath Prasad

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Myanmar’s Shame

Wayne Hay – Al Jazeera

Rohingya Muslims, in camps, wait for what democracy led by a Nobel Peace Prize winner will bring them. So far: Nothing.

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The Martens Clause and War Crimes in Hawai‘i

Hawaiian Kingdom Blog – TRANSCEND Media Service

Under the principles of international law, the USA was capable of committing war crimes when the Hawaiian Kingdom was invaded and occupied since August 12, 1898. The criminal conduct committed by German, Austrian and Bulgarian officials against Serbia and its people are very similar to the criminal conduct by the United States after 1898 against the Hawaiian Kingdom and its people.

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BRICS

Watch: First Interview with Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff since the Senate’s Impeachment Vote

Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

On Tuesday [17 May], I spoke to President Rousseff in the presidential palace for her first interview since being suspended. The 22-minute interview, conducted in Portuguese with English subtitles, is below. Rather than subdued, resigned, and defeated, Rousseff — who was imprisoned and tortured for three years in the 1970s by the U.S.-supported military dictatorship that ruled the country for 21 years — is more combative, defiant, and resolute than ever.

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EUROPE

Questionable Deal: EU to Work with African Despot to Keep Refugees Out

Jürgen Dahlkamp and Maximilian Popp – Der Spiegel

In an effort to help keep refugees from Africa at bay, the EU is planning to deliver personal registration equipment to Sudan, whose president is wanted on war crimes charges. Germany is leading the way.

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LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Brazil’s Senate-Imposed Government Increasingly Isolated

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 May 2016 - Uruguay has joined the growing list of Latin American countries that reject the Senate-imposed coup government of Michel Temer in Brazil, leaving the right-wing administration increasingly isolated in the region. Argentine President Mauricio Macri remains the only head of state to openly state support for it.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Middle East – The Mother of All Humanitarian Crises

Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS

The Istanbul World Humanitarian Summit will focus on five key areas: to prevent and end conflict; to respect the rules of war; to leave no one behind; to work differently to end need, and to invest in humanity.

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PALESTINE / ISRAEL

Horrifying Israeli Defense Forces Brutality towards Young Boys

Jews for Justice for Palestinians – TRANSCEND Media Service

Interviews with children who have been detained, video footage, and reports from lawyers reveal that Israeli security forces are using unnecessary force in arresting and detaining children, in some cases beating them, and holding them in unsafe and abusive conditions. “Palestinian children are treated in ways that would terrify and traumatize an adult. Screams, threats, and beatings are no way for the police to treat a child or to get accurate information from them.”

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A Brief History of the ‘Nakba’ in Israel

Eitan Bronstein Aparicio | Mondoweiss – TRANSCEND Media Service

This text describes the discourse on the Nakba — mostly the concept but also the historical event — in Israel. When did it appear? When did it decline and was repressed? What caused these changes? It deals with the attitude towards the Nakba in Hebrew and does not attempt to describe the attitudes and changes it went through in Arabic and in the Arab world.

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Annexing Archaeology: Will UNESCO Take On Israel?

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 May 2016 - Israel is stepping up its efforts to seize control of Palestinian heritage sites and antiquities in the occupied territories in violation of international law. The experts echoed criticisms leveled against Israel in a recent resolution passed by the United Nations’ cultural agency, UNESCO, that accused Israel of interfering with major holy sites in occupied areas.

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SYRIA IN DEPTH

Trauma and Deprivation Lead Syrian Youths to Extremist Groups, Says New Report

Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept

Syrian youths overwhelmingly cite practical rather than ideological reasons for joining militant groups after five years of civil war.

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U.S. Financial Regulations Increase Starvation among Syria’s Children

Franklin Lamb – TRANSCEND Media Service

As of May 15, 2016, according to Save the Children and an assortment of UN agencies and NGO’s, nearly 7 million people are displaced within Syria, half of them are children and more than two million of the youngsters are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. One inexcusable action that is today targeting Syria’s children, even if inadvertently, are the US economic sanctions against the country’s leadership.

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THE UNITED NATIONS

‘Human Suffering Has Reached Staggering Levels’: UN Ban Ki-moon

Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS

17 May 2016 - “Human suffering from the impacts of armed conflicts and disasters has reached staggering levels.” With these one dozen or few words, the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, briefly but sharply portrayed the current humanitarian drama, explaining why the UN has decided to hold the first ever World Humanitarian Summit on May 23-24 this year in Istanbul, Turkey.

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ANALYSIS

NATO, Central Banks, Refugee Crisis, TTIP, Technologies … Western Elites in Panic Mode for a Future in the Form of a Question Mark

GEAB-Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin – TRANSCEND Media Service

When the world sustaining a governance system disappears, but the governance system is still “in charge”, concern is justified. The leaders have certain challenges on their agendas which completely exceed their conceptual and instrumental abilities. They must now choose among a variety of “bad solutions”, meaning they will inevitably make bad decisions. We list a series of facts revealing this growing and worrying state of panic, as well as the trends which, we believe, will worsen it even more.

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Brazil, Europe, Iran, US, Saudi Arabia – The Return of National Sovereignty: Heading toward One Ultimate Stand?

GEAB-Global Europe Anticipation Bulletin – TRANSCEND Media Service

It is the political aspect of the crisis that currently dominates the global agenda in an increasingly worrisome manner. The weakening of states because of these political crises, combined with geopolitical or economic shocks suffered by these states, leads to national retrenchment and hardening that does not bode well for democracy, from a domestic point of view, or for peace, from an international point of view. We should analyze carefully the characteristics of this multi-directional national retrenchment.

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NEW / CHANGING PARADIGMS

Commoning as a Transformative Social Paradigm

David Bollier | The Next System Project – TRANSCEND Media Service

In facing up to the many profound crises of our time, we face a conundrum that has no easy resolution: how are we to imagine and build a radically different system while living within the constraints of an incumbent system that aggressively resists transformational change? Our challenge is not just articulating attractive alternatives, but identifying credible strategies for actualizing them. I believe the commons—at once a paradigm, a discourse, an ethic, and a set of social practices—holds great promise in transcending this conundrum.

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REVIEWS

Realizing Peace

Heath Mitchell – Foreign Policy In Focus

A new book on conflict resolution provides a history of the subject and a counterfactual history of recent events.

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COOPERATIVISM

Against the Crowdfunding Economy

Keith A. Spencer – Jacobin Magazine

Tens of thousands have put their faith in these new digital platforms, hoping for moral outcomes from an immoral capitalist system. But crowdsourced social welfare marketplaces exist for profit. They don’t care who does or doesn’t get funded. They just care about getting a cut.

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CAPITALISM

How Big Pharma Uses Charity Programs to Cover for Drug Price Hikes

Benjamin Elgin and Robert Langreth | Bloomberg – TRANSCEND Media Service

A billion-dollar system in which charitable giving is profitable.

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ECONOMICS

The Pernicious Myth of Perpetual Economic Growth

Glen Barry – Dissident Voice

Nothing grows forever. The myth the economy can is destroying the biosphere.

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DEVELOPMENT

‘We Cannot Keep Jumping from Crisis to Crisis’

Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS

20 May 2016 - “We cannot keep jumping from crisis to crisis. We have to invest in long-term development that helps people cope with shocks so that they can continue to grow enough food for their communities and not require emergency aid.” -- Josefina Stubbs, Chief Strategist of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development message to the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul.

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MEDIA

Anatomy of a Propaganda Blitz: “Hitlergate”

Media Lens – Dissident Voice

Elites have openly advocated the ‘manufacture of consent’ for decades. In 1932, highly influential US foreign policy adviser Reinhold Niebuhr wrote of the need for ’emotionally potent oversimplifications’ and ‘necessary illusion’ to overcome the threat to elite control posed by ‘the stupidity of the average man’.

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ENERGY

When Nuclear Plants Expire: Stick the Taxpayers with the Bill (and the Waste)

Linda Pentz Gunter – CounterPunch

The inevitable result is that reactor owners will successfully avoid spending money now on decommissioning as they seek to delay beginning the actual cleanup work for the next half century and maybe longer. Later, when it comes time to finish the job, the owners – and the money – could well be long gone.

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Fukushima Flunks Decontamination

Robert Hunziker - CounterPunch

Fukushima's growing radiation problem.

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WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

The Doomsday Clock in Fiction and Reality

David Warmflash – Discover Magazine

The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic representation of the level danger on planet Earth. Since its creation at the dawn of the nuclear age, the Clock has been reset 21 times, but the only other time that it ever moved as close as two minutes to midnight was 1953. That was after the United States and Soviet Union both tested fusion weapons, or “H-bombs”, within nine months of one another.

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MILITARISM

Drones and the Conscientious Objector

John Kaag and Clancy Martin – Boston Globe

“When the guilt of our roles in facilitating this systematic loss of innocent life became too much, all of us succumbed to PTSD.” These words are from an open letter to the Obama administration, crafted by four former Air Force servicemen, each of whom played a role in the nation’s targeted killing program.

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GENETIC ENGINEERING

Monsanto and the Poisoning of Europe

Colin Todhunter – CounterPunch

Monsanto’s Assault on Europe - There are around 500 million people in the EU. They want EU officials to uphold the public interest and to be independent from commercial influence. They do not want them to serve and profit from commercial interests at cost to the public’s health and safety.

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New Evidence about the Dangers of Monsanto’s Roundup

Sharon Lerner – The Intercept

The two men have other things in common, too: After being regularly exposed to Roundup, both developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a blood cancer that starts in the lymph cells. And, as of April, both are plaintiffs in a suit filed against Monsanto that marks a turning point in the pitched battle over the most widely used agricultural chemical in history.

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How Activists Are Restricting Use of Major Pesticide Glyphosate in Hawaii

Justin Worland - Time

Glyphosate use has risen with the adoption of GM crops, but Hawaii environmentalists have found a novel way to curb its use.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS / VEGETARIANISM

Will One of the World’s Most Endangered Whales Be Saved Before It’s Too Late?

Alicia Graef | Care2, EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 May 2016 - Conservationists took legal action this week to get protection for one of the most endangered species of whales on Earth. At the time of their discovery, the best estimate of their population put their number at fewer than 50 individuals, which raised concerns that they are one of the most endangered whales on earth who will likely disappear entirely without intervention.

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HISTORY

This Week in History

Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service

May 23–29 | QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Some people come into our lives and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same. Some people come into our lives and quickly go...Some stay for a while and embrace our silent dreams. They help us become aware of the delicate winds of hope...and we discover within every human spirit there are wings yearning to fly.” -- Favia Weedn

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What Race Were the Greeks and Romans? The Evidence Is Clear — but Often Ignored

John Harrison Sims | American Renaissance – Unz Review

The Encyclopædia Britannica published in 1911, “Survival of fair hair and complexion and light eyes among the upper classes in Thebes and some other localities shows that the blond type of mankind which is characteristic of north-western Europe had already penetrated into Greek lands before classical times.” It added that the early Greeks, or Hellenes, were Nordic, one of “the fair-haired tribes of upper Europe known to the ancients as Keltoi.” Sixty years ago even Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and socialist, believed that the Hellenes “were fair-haired invaders from the North, who brought the Greek language with them.”

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SCIENCE / SPIRITUALITY

Philosophy of Science and Science of Philosophy

Chandra P Trivedi – TRANSCEND Media Service

The universal questions before the philosophers and the scientist are related with cosmology, biology, and life consciousness, the aim of life, and ethics. The seers and prophets have followed the way of self-realization to realize the truth. The consciousness is within us, it is proof in the self.

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SPIRITUALITY

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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Thoughts on Silence – on Buddha’s Anniversary

Dr. Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Today, 21 May, is the anniversary on the full moon day of Lord Buddha’s birth. After he obtained enlightenment sitting beneath the bodhi tree, Buddha simply said, ‘Silence is the source of life’. In the words of Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese mystic and philosopher, ‘Silence is a source of great strength’. And according to Chinese philosopher Confucius, ‘Silence is a true friend who never betrays’.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Ralph Waldo Emerson (25 May 1803 – 27 Apr 1882)

Ann Woodlief, Virginia Commonwealth University – TRANSCEND Media Service

He had become quite famous, a major figure in the American literary landscape, a celebrity which brought both adultation and satire. He had been a profound inspiration for many writers, especially Henry Thoreau and Walt Whitman.

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Jan Christian Smuts (24 May 1870 – 11 Sep 1950): What Rises Converges

Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

It is Smuts as an original thinker, author of Holism and Evolution and a major contributor to the structure of the League of Nations and to the Preamble of the UN Charter that I would like to highlight.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Workshop: Bringing Back Nonviolence in Political Theory

MANCEPT-Manchester Centre for Political Theory – TRANSCEND Media Service

Abstracts are invited for the workshop. Call for Papers (Deadline 1June). This workshop will be part of MANCEPT (7th-9th September at the University of Manchester).

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Petition from Global Peace Science for the UN and UNESCO

Global Harmony Association – TRANSCEND Media Service

The UN Charter and the UNESCO Constitution have formulated the key peace idea: "That since wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defences of peace must be constructed." If the ‘war minds’ received a powerful rooting in military science, founded more than two centuries ago, which now concentrates military intellect with invention of the most devastating weapons of mass destruction, the defences of ‘peace minds’ were left fragmented and powerless before the war without their science up to now.

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Campaign for the Removal of the EU Sanctions on Syria

Marinella Correggia | Italian Committee for the End of the UE Sanctions on Syria – TRANSCEND Media Service

The renewal of the shameful European Union sanctions against the war-torn Syria is going to be discussed at the end of May by the European Council, as every year since 2011. Note: In 2012, the sanctions were removed from the opposition/armed jihadists-controlled areas (including the now Daesh/ISIS-controlled areas!). The link to the online petition:

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MUSIC

Cruel Optimism – The Daunting Ambition of Anohni

Hua Hsu – The New Yorker

The strangest thing about “Drone Bomb Me,” the first track on Anohni’s début solo album, “Hopelessness,” isn’t the fact that it’s written from the perspective of a young Afghan girl, looking up at the sky, waiting for death… As the girl awaits her executioner, she scrambles our sense of who’s zooming in on whom. “Let me be the one,” she sings, part dare and part demand. “The one that you choose from above.”

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POETRY FORMAT

Not in Your War Anymore

Ada Aharoni – TRANSCEND Media Service

"War is as anachronistic as cannibalism, slavery and colonialism..." -- Rosalie Bertell, No Immediate Answer

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Shakespeare’s Universe: A Nonkilling View

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Shakespeare`s TO BE OR NOT TO BE is a universe of choices to be or not to be experienced-expressed by a myriad human voices

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Sick Mother (Tanka)

Udaya R. Tennakoon – TRANSCEND Media Service

North South poles cry...

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IN OTHER LANGUAGES

(Portuguese) Assista: Primeira Entrevista Com a Presidente Dilma Rousseff Depois de Sua Suspensão

Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

Na terça-feira [17 de maio], conversei com a Presidenta Dilma no Palácio do Planalto em sua primeira entrevista após ser suspensa. A entrevista de 22 minutos encontra-se logo abaixo. Em lugar de se comportar de forma subjugada, conformada ou derrotada, Dilma – presa e torturada por três anos pela ditadura militar que governou o país com o apoio dos EUA por 21 anos – está mais firme, combativa e determinada do que nunca.

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(Italiano) La geopolitica di seta della Cina

Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

La Cina sta cambiando la geografia mondiale, o almeno ci sta provando. Non nel senso di acqua e terra come per i Paesi Bassi, ma tessendo nuove infrastrutture di comunicazione per terra, acqua, aria, e nel cyberspazio/web. Le Vie della Seta. Non sorprende che un paese con un certo orientamento marxista focalizzi la propria politica sulle infrastrutture – ma qui come mezzo di trasporto-comunicazione, non di produzione.

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(Italiano) Strategia rivoluzionaria e prudente: Nelson Mandela

Enrico Peyretti – Centro Studi Sereno Regis

Non so se riesco a intendere e a svolgere l’articolo che mi è richiesto. Mi sembra che sia richiesto di descrivere il significato di un cammino e un passaggio, nella vita e nell’azione di Nelson Mandela in Sudafrica, dalla strategia rivoluzionaria, anche con l’uso della violenza, alla trattativa politica, diplomatica, realistica, moderata, tenace, infine efficace.

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(Italiano) Basta Sanzioni alla Siria

bastasanzioniallaSiria – TRANSCEND Media Service

A giugno, il Consiglio dell’Unione europea dovrà pronunciarsi all’unanimità per poter rinnovare le sanzioni alla Siria. Riconoscendoci pienamente nell’appello lanciato da esponenti cattolici della comunità siriana (qui sotto riportato) chiediamo a tutti i parlamentari e ai sindaci di impegnarsi affinché il Governo italiano voti contro il rinnovo delle sanzioni alla Siria. -Questa la sottoscrizione che vi chiediamo di firmare-

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(Português) A Volta da Classe do Privilégio e o Golpe Parlamentar no Brasil

Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service

Segundo o Instituto de Pesquisa Econômica Aplicada são apenas 71 mil pessoas (ou 1% da população que representa apenas 0,05% dos adultos), multibilionários brasileiros, que controlam praticamente nossas riquezas e nossas finanças e através delas o jogo político. Essa classe do privilégio, além de perversa socialmente, sempre consegue manobrar o poder de Estado em seu benefício.

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(Italiano) Giornata nazionale di studi “La società del non ascolto”. Oggi nella Casa di reclusione di Padova

Silvia Berruto – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 maggio 2016 - Più di 500 persone partecipano oggi alla giornata di studi “La società del NON ASCOLTO”.

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(Français) Les “hotspots”, une négation de l’humanité aux portes de l’Europe

Selma Benkhelifa | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service

Depuis janvier, un hotspot défigure le petit port de pêche de la ville. Un hotspot c’est – en théorie- une « approche européenne améliorant le procédé servant à identifier, enregistrer et prendre les empreintes digitales des migrants arrivant en Europe. » Une sorte de centre de tri entre les bons et les mauvais réfugiés, ceux qui seront autorisés à pénétrer en Europe et ceux qui seront refoulés vers l’Afrique.

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(Italiano) Una critica amichevole alle azioni per il clima

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service

Ma le mie considerazioni, amichevolmente critiche, sono rivolte agli organizzatori principali, che hanno progettato quelle azioni nonviolente senza capire in che modo la dedizione e il coraggio delle persone che sono state coinvolte potessero avere il massimo impatto possibile.

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(Português) Papa recebe viúva de Paulo Freire e diz que leu “Pedagogia do Oprimido”

Revista Forum – TRANSCEND Media Service

Ana Maria Araújo foi recebida por Francisco em uma audiência privada; no encontro, ela entregou uma carta na qual elogia o papado e pede ajuda para que sejam abertos os arquivos do Vaticano, na tentativa de compreender qual a influência das ideias de Freire nos pontificados.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Billion Acts of Peace

Billion Acts - TRANSCEND Media Service

The “One Billion Acts of Peace” Campaign is an international global citizens’ movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet.

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Noam Chomsky: Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff “Impeached by a Gang of Thieves”

Amy Goodman – Democracy NOW!

May 17, 2016 - As protests continue in Brazil over the Legislature’s vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial, Noam Chomsky notes, "We have the one leading politician who hasn’t stolen to enrich herself, who’s being impeached by a gang of thieves, who have done so. That does count as a kind of soft coup."

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Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Music Video of the Week)

Israel "IZ" KamakawiwoʻOle – TRANSCEND Media Service

The scattering of singer/musician “IZ” Kamakawiwoʻole’s ashes were featured in this official music video of "Over the Rainbow" released posthumously; as of July 2014, it had over 110 million views on YouTube.

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Drunks

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Recently, a routine police patrol was parked outside a local neighborhood bar in Minnesota. Late in the evening, the officer noticed a man leaving the bar so intoxicated that he could barely walk.

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