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Humans Love Violence: Gandhi and the World Economic Forum

#623 | Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

We approach the 72nd anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on 30 January 1948. Wearing his own homespun cloth, he noted more than 100 years ago: ‘Earth provides enough for every person’s need but not for every person’s greed.’ This is something that those attending the World Economic Forum are too psychologically damaged to understand. And you?

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Johan Galtung: A Multipolar Future of Regional Civilizations, U.S. May Divide in Two

Geopolitics & Empire - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Jan 2020 - Dr. Johan Galtung discusses his view of the future of the world and U.S. empire. He believes we’re moving into a peaceful multipolar world composed of regional civilizations, but not quite attaining “one world”. He sees Islam returning with a vengeance and the U.S. possibly splitting or dividing into two parts.

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

A Critical Analysis of Gandhian Philosophy of Conflict Resolution and Way Ahead

Jagmeet Bawa and Harpreet Singh | International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences – TRANSCEND Media Service

Present study tries to focus on the overall conflict resolution philosophy given by Mahatma Gandhi as an alternative path towards the eradication of conflicts. This study deals with three things; Gandhian philosophy of conflict resolution, critical evaluation of the Gandhian theory of conflict resolution and study comes out with a universal and holistic way out for the resolution of conflicts.

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NOBEL LAUREATES

Nobel Peace Prize 2020–Nomination Info in English, Français, Deutsch, Русский, Castellano, Svenska–Deadline: 31 Jan

Fredrik S. Heffermehl | Nobel Peace Prize Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service

Please nominate for the 2020 Nobel Prize - Information below in English, French, German, Russian, Castellano and Swedish

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Other Commentaries

SPOTLIGHT

Closer than Ever: It Is 100 Seconds to Midnight

John Mecklin | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – TRANSCEND Media Service

Doomsday Clock Statement – 23 Jan 2020 - Humanity continues to face two simultaneous existential dangers—nuclear war and climate change—that are compounded by a threat multiplier, cyber-enabled information warfare, that undercuts society’s ability to respond. The international security situation is dire, not just because these threats exist, but because world leaders have allowed the international political infrastructure for managing them to erode. (Read on…)

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

To Rob or Not to Rob?

Naresh Jotwani – TRANSCEND Media Service

Consider this simple “parlour game”. Pass a blank slip of paper to every person present in a group. Request each person to answer the following question anonymously on the slip provided. 'An old, richly bejewelled lady is passing along a dimly-lit and lonely lane at night. A lone robber robbing all her jewellery would certainly not be recognized or caught. Out of a hundred adult citizens of the city, how many do you think will rob the old lady?'

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Contesting Nuclearism: Management or Transformation? An Urgent Challenge

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

22 Jan 2020 - This essay calls attention to the generally unappreciated tensions between managing nuclear weapons and eliminating them altogether. It stresses the crucial point that management inevitably produces a structure of ‘nuclear apartheid’ that is to some extent ‘legalized’ by way of the Nonproliferation Treaty of 1961, and depends for implementation, not on law, but on geopolitical muscle, including war. This geopolitical pattern of NPT enforcement has been mainly undertaken by the United States, but is generally supported by most of the other nuclear weapons states.

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Lives in Engineering

John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Jan 2020 - At present, history is taught as though power struggles were its most important aspect. Furthermore, the present teaching of history is indoctrination in nationalism. We need to reform our teaching of history so that the emphasis will be placed on the gradual growth of human culture and knowledge, a growth to which all nations and ethnic groups have contributed.

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Bernie, Biden, and My Father

Roy Eidelson | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Jan 2020 - Bernie has the highest favorability ratings of all the primary candidates and the latest national polls show him beating Trump in the general election. Democratic socialism really just means ensuring fair treatment and decent and fulfilling lives for all Americans, not just the privileged few.

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Now Three Years into the Reign of Trump, What’s Left? Class Trumps Partisan Differences

Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Jan 2020 - The campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard, and before them Occupy, point to a popular insurgency. Mass protests of the dispossessed are rocking France, India, Colombia, Chile, and perhaps here soon.

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Gender and Caste Differences — Efforts at Overcoming Them

Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Jan 2020 - Most countries and communities have various types of differences and consequent challenges — social, economic, racial, educational, gender etc. India has all these but there is one that is perhaps unique — caste difference or caste hierarchy.

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Rohingyas

Chandra Muzaffar | JUST – TRANSCEND Media Service

26 Jan 2020 - The ICJ Order to the Government of Myanmar to protect the Rohingya community from “physical destruction” and to prevent all acts within Article 11 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide including killing members of the group and imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group” is a decision of tremendous significance.

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Hovering in Cyberspace

Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2020 - We live in a fabricated reality where the visible world became nearly meaningless once the screen world became people’s “window on the world.” An electronic nothingness replaced reality as people gleefully embraced digital wraparound apparitions. These days people still move about in the physical world but live in the electronic one. The result is mass hallucination.

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IN FOCUS

2020 Edelman Trust Barometer

Edelman Intelligence – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Jan 2020 - The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that despite a strong global economy and near full employment, none of the four societal institutions that the study measures—government, business, NGOs and media—is trusted.

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One World Digital Dictatorship

Soren Korsgaard | Crime and Power – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Jan 2020 - The accelerating movement by both Western-style democracies and one-party states towards world-wide ongoing digital disempowerment and digital imprisonment of humanity involving mass data collection on everyone, mass surveillance, facial recognition-based tracking, cryptocurrency-based cashless societies, and social credit-based disempowerment. A Must Read.

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Cambridge Analytica and the End of Elections

Nanjala Nyabola – Al Jazeera

18 Jan 2020 - The latest Cambridge Analytica leaks show just how compromised voting - one of the pillars of democracy - has become. The future of elections is at stake, and this is just one part of the emerging picture.

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EXPOSURES - EXPOSÉS

Read the Luanda Leaks Documents

Will Fitzgibbon and Mago Torres | International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Jan 2020 - We’ve published emails, contracts, organizational charts, meeting videos, loan agreements and more from our investigation into Isabel dos Santos.

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ACTIVISM

‘We Apologize’ for Trump’s Reckless Aggression, US Peace Advocates Say in Open Letter to Iranian People

Eoin Higgins | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2020 - Letter from activist group CodePink: "As Americans committed to peace and the safety of all people, we, the undersigned, apologize for the actions of our reckless, hate-filled president," the letter says, "and pledge to do everything we can to stop Trump's aggression, remove the crippling sanctions you are suffering under, and resume a process of diplomacy with your country."

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ANGLO AMERICA

The Business Party Syndicate

James McFadden | CounterPunch – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Jan 2020 - Each year Leftist Democrats, Socialists and Radicals are asked to hold their noses and vote for the lesser-of-two-evils. This is a false choice because we live in a rigged One-Party state – a plutocracy run by the Business Party, a Syndicate with Democratic and Republican wings. “Syndicate” is the proper word for our corrupt One-Party system.

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Embracing Islamic Terrorism

Chris Kanthan | Nation of Change – TRANSCEND Media Service

Ever wonder why we never go to war against or impose sanctions on these sponsors of terrorism? Heck, we don’t even condemn them! Terrorism is the problem. Fear is the reaction. Government is the solution.

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Secret Wars, Forgotten Betrayals, Global Tyranny, Runway Budget. Who Is Really in Charge of the U.S. Military?

Cynthia Chung | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Jan 2020 - Trump, who is under attack from all sides within his own country, is not in a position to hold the CIA or the Pentagon accountable for their past and future crimes.

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Never the Pentagon: How the Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away with Murder in Contract after Contract

Mandy Smithberger | TomDispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Jan 2020 - As the latest Pentagon budget shows, no matter the revelations, there will be no reckoning when it comes to this country’s endless wars or its military establishment -- not at a moment when President Donald Trump is sending yet more U.S. military personnel into the Middle East and has picked a new fight with Iran. No less troubling: how few in either party in Congress are willing to hold the president and the Pentagon accountable for runaway defense spending or the poor performance that has gone with it.

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Chilling Role of ‘the Preacher’ Confirmed at CIA Waterboarding Hearing in Guantánamo

Julian Borger – The Guardian

25 Jan 2020 - There were three men authorised by the CIA to carry out waterboarding on detainees in America’s “war on terror”. Two of them were contractors who are in Guantánamo Bay this week to give evidence. The third has still not been identified 17 years after the torture was committed.

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Architect of CIA’s Torture Program Testifies Just Yards from Accused 9/11 Plotter He Waterboarded

Margot Williams – The Intercept

21 Jan 2020 - “I suspected from the beginning that I would end up here,” psychologist James Mitchell told a Guantánamo Bay courtroom.

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MEDIA

The US’s Inalienable Right to Violence

Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Jan 2020 - Even when critical of US actions, media commentary on recent US bombings and assassinations in the Middle East is premised on the assumption that the US has the right to use violence (or the threat of it) to assert its will, anytime, anywhere. Conversely, corporate media coverage suggests that any countermeasure—such as resistance to the US presence in Iraq—is inherently illegitimate, criminal and/or terroristic.

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ASIA-UPDATES ON MYANMAR ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

Top UN Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya from Genocide

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Jan 2020 - Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on today. "The Secretary-General recalls that, pursuant to the UN Charter and to the Statute of the Court, decisions of the Court are binding and trusts that Myanmar will duly comply with the Order from the Court," it said.

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ICJ Interim Genocide Ruling on Myanmar Vindicates Rohingya

Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2020 - Rohingya around the world yesterday shared a pervasive sense of vindication after four-decades of policy-inflicted sufferings at the hands of Myanmar state which has systematically sought to destroy their identity and physical existence in the country. Historic decision of World Court makes voice of Rohingya Muslims eventually heard.

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BRICS

154 European Union Lawmakers Draft Stunning Resolution Anti-India’s Citizenship Amendment Act

Mala Jay – National Herald [India]

25 Jan 2020 - In a scathing denouncement of CAA, the lawmakers have drafted a formal five-page resolution to be tabled during the plenary session of the European Parliament starting in Brussels next week.

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LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Several Caribbean Nations Reject Pompeo’s Visit to Jamaica

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 Jan 2020 - The Caribbean nations are standing in defiance of Pompeo's attempts to split up the region and isolate friendly countries.

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What the Right Wing in Latin America Means by Democracy Is Violence

Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Jan 2020 - The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—a body of the pro-U.S. Organization of American States—reported in December 2019 that there have been a series of massacres conducted by the armed forces of the current interim government in Bolivia. The use of the word “massacre” in this report is significant; these were not clashes or conflicts, but the targeted murder of civilians who supported MAS and Morales.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

History Shows What’s Wrong with the Idea That War Is ‘Normal’ in the Middle East

Stephennie Mulder - TIME

Former Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland claimed that in “…the Middle East, they’ve been fighting for 4,000 years. It’s been an ethno-sectarian battle and psychodrama, and they’ve been killing each other for millennia. Their normal state of condition is war.” This trope is frequently turned to by those who would have the world believe that war in the Middle East is somehow innate and inevitable. It is damaging and dehumanizing.

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

Trump’s “No-Peace/Peace Plan” for Palestine: Netanyahu/Gantz Invited to White House to Discuss “Deal of the Century”

Stephen Lendman – Global Research

24 Jan 2020 - Leaked information shows Trump’s so-called deal of the century is a one-sided scam, favoring Israel at the expense of fundamental Palestinian rights.

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In the Name of ‘Israel’s Security’: Retreating US Gives Israel Billions more in Military Aid

Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Jan 2020 - Despite the fact that the US is retreating from the region, lacking strategy and future vision, lawmakers in Washington are congratulating themselves on passing yet another generous aid package to Israel. In their confused thinking, a ‘secured’ Israel is the only guarantor of US dominance in the Middle East. That is a theory that has been proven false, time and time again.

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REVIEWS

These Chains Will Be Broken: New Book Delivers Resistance Message from Palestinian Prisoners to the World

Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Jan 2020 – Today, Clarity Press announced the launch of These Chains Will Be Broken: Palestinian Stories of Struggle and Defiance in Israeli Prisons, by Ramzy Baroud and The Palestine Chronicle Editorial Team with a foreword by Khalida Jarrar, Member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, and an Afterword by Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories.

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UNITED NATIONS

Landmark UN Ruling: Countries Banned from Returning Refugees to Countries Threatened by Climate Crisis

Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Jan 2020 - A landmark ruling by the UN Human Rights Committee states that, “It is unlawful to return refugees to countries where their lives may be threatened by the impacts of the climate crisis.” The non-binding ruling is a move that could set a precedent for future protection claims.

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ENVIRONMENT

UN Biodiversity Chief: Humans Risk Living in an ‘Empty World’ with ‘Catastrophic’ Consequences

Jordan Davidson | EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Jan 2020 - Talk is cheap, says the acting executive secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, who begged governments around the world to make sure that 2020 is not another year of conferences and empty promises, but instead is the year to take decisive action to stop the mass extinction of wildlife and the destruction of habitat-sustaining ecosystems.

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Single-Use Plastic: China to Ban Bags and Other Items

BBC News – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Jan 2020 - Non-degradable bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022. The restaurant industry will also be banned from using single-use straws by the end of 2020. China has for years been struggling to deal with the rubbish its 1.4 billion citizens generate.

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CAPITALISM

World’s Billionaires Have More Wealth than 4.6 Billion People

Oxfam – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Jan 2020 - The world’s 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than the 4.6 billion people who make up 60 percent of the planet’s population, reveals a new report from Oxfam today ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.

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Jeff Bezos Donates Three Minutes’ Income to Help Australia Fight Wildfires

Alan Macleod – MintPress News

13 Jan 2020 - Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the newly crowned richest person in the world, announced yesterday that his company was donating one million Australian Dollars (around 690,000 U.S. Dollars) to help the country deal with the continent-wide fires. The donation would be equivalent to someone who earned $500 per week announcing that they had just donated five cents to help tackle the blazes.

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SCIENCE

What if Competition Isn’t as “Natural” as We Think?

John Favini | Slate – TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Jan 2020 - Scientists are slowly understanding collaboration’s role in biology, which might just help liberate our collective imagination in time to better address the climate [and other] crises.

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Ancient Never-Before-Seen Viruses Discovered Locked up in Tibetan Glacier

Laura Geggel | Live Science – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Jan 2020 - For the past 15,000 years, a glacier on the northwestern Tibetan Plateau has hosted a party for some unusual guests: an ensemble of frozen viruses. Scientists recently took a look at two ice cores from this melting Tibetan glacier, revealing the existence of 28 never-before-seen virus groups unknown to modern science.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM

Lions Are Starving to Death in Sudanese Park and a Global Campaign Has Begun to Rescue Them

Jisha Joseph | Upworthy – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Jan 2020 - Although the images spread like a wildfire across social media feeds around the world with the hashtag #SudanAnimalRescue, it was already too late for at least one lioness, which died Monday [20 Jan].

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INSPIRATIONAL

An Alternative View of Human Nature: Rebecca Solnit on Disaster as a Catalyst for Dignity, Agency, and Human Goodness

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

“The constellations of solidarity, altruism, and improvisation are within most of us and reappear at these times.”

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BIOGRAPHIES

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 Jan 1756 – 5 Dec 1791)

Encyclopædia Britannica– TRANSCEND Media Service

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer, widely recognized as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. With Haydn and Beethoven he brought to its height the achievement of the Viennese Classical School. Unlike any other composer in musical history, he wrote in all the musical genres of his day and excelled in every one. His taste, his command of form, and his range of expression have made him seem the most universal of all composers.

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POETRY FORMAT

This Is Our Legacy

Marge Piercy – TRANSCEND Media Service

How will they curse us, the 3rd, 4th generations, the ones that survive the deaths we left them?

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Italiano) L’arrivo dell’Apocalisse: tra una manciata di secondi…

Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Gennaio 2020 - Il messaggio che oggi è stato comunicato ai governanti e alle società civili di tutto il mondo è drammatico: mancano 100 secondi a mezzanotte, l’umanità non è mai stata così vicina all’autodistruzione!

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(Italiano) Chiamata alle armi, la NATO mobilitata su due fronti

Manlio Dinucci | Il Manifesto – Centro Studi Sereno Regis

14 Gennaio 2020 - NATOME: così il presidente Trump, che si vanta del proprio talento nel creare acronimi, ha già battezzato lo spiegamento della Nato in Medio Oriente. La pianificazione della Defender Europe 20, precisa il Pentagono, resta però immutata. In altre parole, 30.000 soldati Usa si eserciteranno a difendere l’Europa da una aggressione russa, scenario che mai potrebbe verificarsi anche perché nello scontro si userebbero non carri armati ma missili nucleari.

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(Português) Entenda as Causas e as Consequências dos Incêndios na Austrália

Bruna Araújo | ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 jan 2020 - O prejuízo para a fauna e flora são inestimáveis. Estudos afirmam que mais de 1 bilhão de animais foram mortos.

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(Italiano) Camminare in pace per la pace

Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Gennaio 2020 - A Madrid, il 2 Ottobre 2019, in occasione della Giornata Internazionale della Nonviolenza, un centinaio di marciatori, provenienti da vari continenti si sono dati appuntamento al Km Zero della Puerta del Sol di Madrid per la partenza. Il programma prevede che si percorrano territori in Africa, America, Oceania, Asia, Europa, per tornare a Madrid l’8 Marzo, giornata internazionale della donna.

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(Português) ONU: Mudanças climáticas podem ser ainda piores para o mundo

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 jan 2020 - “O mundo está ‘condenado’ diante das mudanças climáticas, a menos que os principais países industrializados reduzam suas emissões de gases de efeito estufa”, disse ontem (23) o secretário-geral da ONU, António Guterres, a líderes empresariais no Fórum Econômico Mundial em Davos, na Suíça.

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(Português) Brasil: Estudantes protestam contra interferência de evangélicos em cultura e religião indígenas

Araguaia Notícia – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 jan 2020 - Estudantes Apyãwa - Tapirapé do Aranowa'yao - Ensino Médio, da Escola Indígena Estadual "Tapi'itãwa" da Terra Indígena Urubu Branco em Confresa escreveram carta de protesto contra a ingerência de evangélicos sobre sua cultura e sua religião.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

It’s all in the Timing

Joe Kandra and Kathie Malley-Morrison | Engaging Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service

Mind control...?

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Watch Before It Gets Deleted

Mike Prysner | Iraq War Veteran – TRANSCEND Media Service

27 Sep 2019 - Speaking Truth to Power from the Inside – BRAVO!

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You Know Me–a Poem Shared at #NoWarOnIran

PeaceActionMaine – TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Jan 2020 – Portland, Maine (Please Watch)

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Romanza (Music Video of the Week)

Al Marconi – TRANSCEND Media Service

Played with Feeling on Spanish Classical Guitar

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Fight to Clean

Reader’s Digest – TRANSCEND Media Service

I grew up above my father’s tavern.

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