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EDITORIAL

Prof. Johan Galtung

2017 World Economy and Economists

#463 | Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

This column has argued Lifting the Bottom Up as economic approach in all weathers, bad, fair, good, to mitigate any suffering, and for them to enter the economy as producers and consumers, not as "cases".

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Other Commentaries

NONVIOLENCE

An Experiment in Love: Martin Luther King, Jr. on the Six Pillars of Nonviolent Resistance and the Ancient Greek Notion of ‘Agape’

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

“Along the way of life, someone must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate. This can only be done by projecting the ethic of love to the center of our lives.”

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What Kind of Nonviolence Training Do You Need?

Rivera Sun for Campaign Nonviolence | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service

Campaign Nonviolence is often contacted by people who are looking for nonviolence trainings. Frequently, they are not sure what type of training they need, or what the catch-phrases are to describe what they're looking for. This guide is offered as a resource in identifying which type of nonviolence training supports the needs of each situation.

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“Where Do We Go from Here?”

Dale Bryan | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Jan 2017 - That question was a touchstone for The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the last year of his life. He preached on it. He delivered speeches on it. He wrote a book on it. The answers he put forward may be what got him killed.

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BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Cyprus: Toward a Non-Territorial Confederation?

Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jan 2017 - After some 20 months of discussions and preparations, a high political-level Conference on Cyprus was opened at the UN headquarters in Geneva on 12 January 2017. In some ways this was a continuation of inconclusive negotiations that have taken place in the 43 years that the country has been divided between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

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Aleppo’s Evil Humanitarians

Jan Oberg | Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research – TRANSCEND Media Service

Aleppo Shall Not Be Forgotten - Eyewitness to who helped the Aleppians, Dec 11-14, 2016. This eyewitness report and documentation contradicts the major Western mainstream media's narrative. In spite of the world historic dimension of this liberation, the tragedy of these innocent war victims and the heartbreakingly vast proportions of the systematic destruction of this dynamic city, none of their media were present in Aleppo there and then.

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Confessions of a Megalomaniac

Uri Avnery | Gush Shalom – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 2017 - I was invited by Mahmood Abbas, the President of the Palestinian National Authority to take part in joint Palestinian-Israeli consultations in advance of the international conference in Paris. Since Binyamin Netanyahu has refused to take part in the Paris event side by side with Mahmood Abbas, the Ramallah meeting was to demonstrate that a large part of Israeli society does support the French initiative.

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Open Letter to President-elect Donald Trump on Nuclear Weapons

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

8 Jan 2017 - The text below is an Open Letter to the next American president urging complete nuclear disarmament as an urgent priority. The letter was prepared under the auspices of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, and its current list of signatories is listed below.

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IN FOCUS

The U.S. Should Back Russia’s Syria Ceasefire

Christopher Bolan | Foreign Policy In Focus – TRANSCEND Media Service

For all its shortcomings, Obama’s seemingly improvised Syria strategy has taken advantage of unexpected opportunities. This could be the latest.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The Deep State Goes to War with President-Elect, Using Unverified Claims, as Democrats Cheer

Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

Trump’s critics can do him no bigger favor than using dubious, discredited tactics to attack him.

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Is the Myanmar Government and Military Flirting with ‘Acts of Genocide’ against the Rohingya?

Michael G. Karnavas – TRANSCEND Media Service

Take your pick of alleged crimes: persecution, rape, murder, forcible transfer, deportation, extermination, arbitrary detention and imprisonment, and arguably, apartheid. The full treatment.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Is a Wildly Popular Fascist

Walden Bello – The Nation

Now what? Instead of creeping repression, the new Philippine president began his reign with a blitzkrieg of extra-judicial killings, stupefying the country and blazing a new trail for fascism.

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Myanmar’s Shameful Denial

The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jan 2017 - Last month, President Obama lifted sanctions against Myanmar, citing “substantial progress in improving human rights” following the historic election victory of the Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2015. Tragically, that praise is proving premature.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Iran after Rafsanjani

Massoumeh Torfeh – Al Jazeera

Rafsanjani’s death has created power vacuum in Iran’s political centre.

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SYRIA IN DEPTH

Obama’s Stellar Effort to Preserve Our Cultural Heritage in Syria

Franklin Lamb – TRANSCEND Media Service

Time will tell how Obama’s Middle East legacy is judged and no doubt the verdict will be affected by what President-elect Trump will do in the Middle East, which as of today has many of us scratching our heads. The cultural heritage law enforcement achievements of the Obama Administration must not be dismantled by the Trump Administration.

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MEDIA

Watch How Casually False Claims Are Published: New York Times and Nicholas Lemann Edition

Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

The Paper of Record publishes a claim it knows to be false about the Snowden reporting. Why?

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WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Marshall Islands: A Bold Step towards Nuclear Disarmament

Amb. Sergio Duarte – TRANSCEND Media Service

In 2014 the Republic of the Marshall Islands filed two legal suits: one at the International Court of Justice against the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons and another at an American federal court against the government of the United States. The suits did not seek financial compensation but rather requested a declaratory judgment of breach of obligations under Article VI the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

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To Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Strip Away Their Handsome Mask

Mustafa Kibaroglu | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – TRANSCEND Media Service

The golden age of deterrence has reached its end. Nuclear weapons, once a star player on the international stage, no longer enjoy a place in the limelight.

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ENVIRONMENT

Poison Fruit: Dow Chemical Wants Farmers to Keep Using a Pesticide Linked to Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Sharon Lerner – The Intercept

While children in farming communities get the biggest doses of chlorpyrifos, people across the country are exposed to potentially dangerous amounts of the chemical through their food. Though it’s unclear exactly how much pesticide residue can alter brain development, all of the researchers I spoke with told me they advise pregnant women and young children to eat organic fruits and vegetables.

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ENERGY

Global Nuclear Power Database, 1951-2017

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists – TRANSCEND Media Service

Our new data visualization puts a wealth of information on 60 years of nuclear power plant startups and shutdowns at your fingertips.

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REVIEWS

New Stories for a New Era

Tom H. Hastings | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Way Between by Rivera Sun, El Prado, NM: Rising Sun Press Works (2016). This novel should be read aloud to everyone, by everyone, from childhood onward. It is an auspicious beginning to a new mythology of peace, of justice, of inclusion, of conversion and transformation.

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HEALTH

The Drugs May Be the Problem

Gary G. Kohls, MD | Duty to Warn – TRANSCEND Media Service

Inconvenient Truths about Big Pharma and the Psychiatric Industry

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BIOGRAPHIES

Martin Luther King Jr. (15 Jan 1929 – 4 Apr 1968)

Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service

"I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." — Martin Luther King, Jr. / "I Have A Dream" speech, August 28, 1963

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Pierre Joseph Proudhon (15 Jan 1809 – 16 Jan 1865): Pioneer of the Civil Society

Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

It is, however, Proudhon as the pioneer of the concept of ‘civil society’ and the efforts of linking ‘Europe from Below’ that I would like to stress for the contemporary importance of Proudhon. Much of the thinking of ‘Europe from Below’ grew from efforts to bridge the East-West divide of Europe and to limit the dangers of war from the mid-1970s to the end of the 1980s.

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OBITUARIES

Europe’s Courageous Journalism Voice Has Passed Away

Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service

On January 13, Udo Ulfkotte died, reportedly of a heart attack. Ulfkotte had been an editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitzung. He published a courageous book in which he said that the CIA had a hand on every significant journalist in Europe.

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In Memoriam

Vithal Rajan – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dr. Hanumantha Rao’s unique gift was his discovery of the ‘Four Waters’ system for providing sustainable agricultural livelihoods to the majority of Indian and third world small and marginal farmers subsisting on dry rain-fed lands. His idea has the simplicity of genius.

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HISTORY

This Week in History

Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service

Jan 16-22 ~ QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “You didn’t want to be my friend in elementary school. You didn’t want to be my friend in junior high school. And you certainly weren’t my friend in high school. Why on Earth do you want to be my Facebook friend today?” – William E Lewis Jr.

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INSPIRATIONAL

The Coming “New Year”

Emanuel E. Garcia – TRANSCEND Media Service

The custom of marking the beginning of a so-called new year is also simultaneously a recognition of mortality and death – of history, the past, of things destined to be forgotten or, if remembered, known as a substrate for what looms ahead.

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How Gratitude Can Help You through Hard Times

Robert Emmons | Univ. of California, Berkeley – TRANSCEND Media Service

It's easy to feel grateful when life is good. But when disaster strikes, gratitude is worth the effort.

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POETRY FORMAT

Oh, Mother-Earth, I Am Your Offspring

Adolf P. Shvedchikov – TRANSCEND Media Service

Oh, mother-earth, I am yours offspring, I am your loving humbled son, I spent all my life wandering, To find new wonders, one-by-one!

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IN ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Português) Ilhas Marshall: Um Passo Ousado Em Prol do Desarmamento Nuclear

Emb. Sergio Duarte – TRANSCEND Media Service

Durante os doze anos de duração dos ensaios, a população de outras ilhas e atóis do arquipélago experimentaram graves danos. Alguns foram completamente evacuados pela Marinha dos Estados Unidos. Alimentos e água potável foram constantemente contaminados. As pessoas vomitavam e seus cabelos começaram a cair. A incidência de câncer aumentou consideravelmente, assim como a de deformações em recém-nascidos. As taxas de doenças cardíacas, da tireóide, pulmões, ossos e sistema digestivo também aumentaram.

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(Portuguese) Exploração animal, consumo de carne e fome mundial

David Arioch | Jornalismo Cultural – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jan 2017 - O mundo atualmente conta com mais de 1,5 bilhão de bovinos e pouco mais de sete bilhões de pessoas. Os seres humanos consomem 9,5 bilhões de quilos de comida e 20 bilhões de litros de água por dia. Por outro lado, o gado é alimentado com 61 bilhões de quilos de comida e 170 bilhões de litros de água por dia, segundo a Organização das Nações Unidas para Agricultura e Alimentação.

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(Português) Como Berlim tem apoiado os direitos animais

Gero Schliess - ANDA–Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

Nove veterinários, 60 cuidadores e muitos voluntários tomam conta de mais de 1.400 animais – cachorros, gatos, 18 macacos e um porco chamado Cristiano Ronaldo. Parabéns à Sociedade de Berlim de Prevenção à Crueldade aos Animais! Conduzindo ao próximo passo na caminhada a um mundo melhor – para os animais, e para nós.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Aquarius [21 Jan 2017] (Music Video of the Week)

Posed by Antonio C. S. Rosa, editor – TRANSCEND Media Service

The earth enters Aquarius on 21 January 2017. Listen and enjoy its music...

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SATIRE

Connectivity

Nastya Nudnik – TRANSCEND Media Service

Out of touch?

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Truthful…?

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Sweden has built a new bridge to an island.

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