Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

TMS

The Rules-Based International Order and the Foggy Bottom Blues

#781 | Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

The four words Rules Based International Order are surrounded by controversies. I will review some controversies as a prelude to a proposal. The proposal will recommend discarding the currently dominant discourses that are, as Michel Foucault might say, the historical conditions of the possibility of RBIO discourse.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Jeffrey Sachs Highlights from Athens Democracy Forum

Jeffrey Sachs | Bryan Van Norden – TRANSCEND Media Service

Some highlights from Jeffrey Sachs's comments at the 2022 Athens Democracy Forum session on "A Decade of Democracy: China and Russia." Prof. Sachs is Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Just Thinking: The Meaning of Our Words

JoAnn McAllister, Ph.D. | Journal of Democracy and Peacebuilding – TRANSCEND Media Service

We string words together and intend for others to ‘get it,’ but how they are understood is up to readers whether colleagues, collaborators, or antagonists. The challenges can arise even among collaborative groups. Some strategies to increase understanding are suggested here.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

World’s 10 Most Peaceful Countries [2022]

Vision of Humanity - TRANSCEND Media Service

Produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), the GPI is the world’s leading measure of global peacefulness. This report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to date on trends in peace, its economic value, and how to develop peaceful societies.

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Other Commentaries

NONVIOLENCE

Nonviolence as the Only Way

Maria Giovanna Farina | Pressenza - TRANSCEND Media Service

29 Jan 2023 - Nonviolence seems distant and agonizing in a historical situation where only Pope Francis makes appeals for peace. Nonviolence seems to have become an empty word and this cannot, must not, be accepted. I must point out the “amnesia” of those who forget history and the wars that have bloodied it.

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INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Fany Kuiru Elected as COICA’s First Woman Coordinator

Pressenza - TRANSCEND Media Service

29 Jan 2023 - It is the first time in the 38-year history of 'COICA-Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organisations of the Amazon Basin' that a woman will preside over the NGO that represents more than 500 indigenous peoples from 9 Amazonian countries.

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NEWS

‘Doomsday Clock’ Moves to 90 Seconds to Midnight as Nuclear Threat Rises

Katharine Jackson | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2023 - Today the "Doomsday Clock," created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, moved its "time" to 90 seconds to midnight, 10 seconds closer than the past three years, to illustrate how threats of nuclear war, disease and climate volatility have been exacerbated, putting humanity at greater risk of annihilation.

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Planetary Impalement by Stakeholder Capitalism?

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens - TRANSCEND Media Service

"Stake" as a Strategic Metaphor Promoted by the World Economic Forum

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The Winter of Our Discontent: Mind’s Accommodation to Disparate Experiences

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Personal Essay – MIND, MEANING, CHANCE . . .

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Tensions in the Asian Trinity: China – Japan – U.S.A.

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

26 Jan 2023 - After five years of growing tensions among China Japan and the U.S.A., U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will make an official visit to Beijing on 5-6 February 2023. There is a long list of possible issues to discuss although the list of common actions may be much shorter.

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How [Much] Are You Today?

Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Jan 2023 - Gone are those times when catastrophes were measured in terms of human suffering. Now, with an exception: Ukrainians victims of the Russian invasion, everything is calculated in just money.

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Palpable Peace: The Institution of the Iconic Christmas Tree (Part 3)

Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service

The pagan origins and customs associated with the institution of the Christmas Tree, as observed in the 21st Century.

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As Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Announce Doomsday Clock at 90 Seconds to Midnight, They Unknowingly Push the Dial Even Closer

Diane Perlman, Ph.D.  | Substack - TRANSCEND Media Service

28 Jan 2023 - On January 24, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, founded by Einstein, Oppenheimer and scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project, unveiled the 2023 Doomsday Clock, now at 90 seconds to midnight, the closest it has ever been. This year, they cite new nuclear threats from the Ukraine war, the climate crisis and pandemics.

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Animals, Birds, Pets

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

There are countless numbers of animals and birds in the world we live in. Scientists — anthropologists inform us that mankind has also evolved from the animal world over the course of thousands of years--from four-legged creatures to the two-legged mankind of today.

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Remembering Dr. Glenn D. Paige (28 Jun 1929 – 22 Jan 2017)

Bill (Balwant) Bhaneja - TRANSCEND Media Service

Prof. Glenn Durland Paige was an innovative political scientist from the US founder of the Center for Global Nonkilling. His legacy of scholarship, leadership, creativity, and visionary thinking continues.

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WHISTLEBLOWING - SURVEILLANCE

The Belmarsh Tribunals Demand Justice for Julian Assange

Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan | Democracy NOW! – TRANSCEND Media Service

26 Jan 2023 - The US government’s impulse to control information and manipulate public opinion to support war is deeply ingrained. The past twenty years 'War on Terror' is no exception. Sophisticated PR campaigns, a compliant mass media and the Pentagon’s pervasive propaganda machine all work together.

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Tribunal in Washington Calls on President Biden to End Prosecution of Julian Assange and to Defend Rights of Journalists and Whistleblowers

Chris Garaffa | CovertAction Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2023 - Nearly 13 years after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange released the video Collateral Murder, over 150 people packed the same room in the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.--just two blocks from the White House--for the Belmarsh Tribunal. Co-chaired by Amy Goodman and Srećko Horvat, it brought together whistleblowers, activists, lawyers in support of Assange.

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AFRICA

Burkina Faso Ejects French Troops

Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service

On 18 Jan 2023, the government of Burkina Faso made a decision to ask the French military to depart from the country. France entered the Sahel region in 2013. The ejection of France does not mean that there will be no NATO countries in the region. Both the US and UK have a large footprint from Morocco to Niger.

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ANGLO AMERICA

Big Tech to US Congress: Listen to Taylor Swift and Go after Ticketmaster, Not Us

Ryan Grim | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Jan 2023 - Lobbyists for tech giants asked US Congress to focus less on Facebook, Google, and Amazon. Congress was happy to oblige.

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US Constantly Provoking China

Caitlin Johnstone - TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2023 - The way the U.S. has been positioning its war machinery around China would have sparked a third world war had the roles been reversed. Nonetheless, talk inside the U.S. empire is all about Chinese “aggression.”

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What Can the United States Bring to the Peace Table for Ukraine?

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Jan 2023 - The US bears its share of responsibility for this crisis that is destroying Ukraine and placing the world in "unprecedented danger," as the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' new Doomsday Clock statement calls it. So what can the US bring to the table to help make peace, for Ukraine and the world? We offer some suggestions.

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MILITARISM

The Nightmare of NATO Equipment Being Sent to Ukraine

Scott Ritter | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2023 - The West’s recent approval of more military assistance for Kiev risks nuclear nightmare, fails Ukrainian expectations, and rebukes the WWII history enshrined in a prominent Soviet war memorial in Berlin. Today the White House decided that it would send about 30 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, a political cover for Germany that decided to ship 14 Leopard 2 tanks to Kiev.

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Tanks & Tragedy

Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service

26 Jan 2023 -  Never has it been so daunting to figure out what’s going on during a major international crisis as with the Ukraine affair, due to total absence of truthful reporting and honest interpretative analysis by the MSM. We are served falsity, fantasy and farrago whose relation to reality is tenuous.

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Stop the Arms Supplies! It Destroys Ukraine!

Bjørn Eidsvig - TRANSCEND Media Service

25 Jan 2023 - This is terrible! We behave cruelly taking part in the destruction of Ukraine and its people. We destroy the world climate, create hatred between nations, and endanger existence of civilization just to keep control of some very reluctant provinces in Eastern Ukraine!

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SOUTHCOM Chief Aims to Increase Imperialist Plunder of Latin America’s Resources

Luigi Morris | Left Voice - TRANSCEND Media Service

26 Jan 2023 - U.S. Southern Command Chief Laura Richardson has expressed interest in lithium and other natural resources in South America. It shows the country’s commitment to corporate profits at the expense of workers, Indigenous people, and the environment.

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BALKANS AND EASTERN EUROPE

Ukraine: The War That Went Wrong

The Chris Hedges Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

29 Jan 2023 - NATO support for the war in Ukraine, designed to degrade the Russian military and drive Vladimir Putin from power, is not going according to plan. The new sophisticated military hardware won't help.

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Parade of Monsters

Stephanie Hiller – TRANSCEND Media Service

28 Jan 2023 - This week’s decision by Germany, US and NATO to send tanks to Ukraine has generated powerful images of the Second World War. It’s a parade of monsters.

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Medvedchuk Publishes First Article in Russian Daily on Situation in Ukraine after Swap

TASS Agency - TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jan 2023 - Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk has written his first article after arriving in Russia from Ukraine as a result of a detainee exchange. He previously was a director of the opposition platform, For Life Party, now banned in Ukraine. According to him, in order to defuse the situation in Ukraine it is crucial to recognize Russia’s interests.

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BRICS

Can You Smell What the Year of the Rabbit Is Cooking?

Pepe Escobar | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2023 - The New Silk Roads, or BRI, as well as the integration efforts of BRICS+, the SCO and the EAEU will be on the forefront of Chinese policy.

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EUROPE

Russia Moves to End European Treaties

Defend Democracy Press | Delphi Initiative - TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Jan 2023 - President Vladimir Putin asked the Russian lawmakers today to adopt a law that would formally end the country’s participation in 21 treaties and charters related to the Council of Europe.

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MEDIA

Remembering Robert Parry, Who Died 5 Yrs Ago Today

Nat Parry | Consortium News - TRANSCEND Media Service

27 Jan 2023 - The founder of Consortium News died five years ago today. Robert Parry had an illustrious career as an investigative reporter for the Associated Press, Newsweek and PBS Frontline, best-known for his revelations in the Iran Contra scandal and the October Surprise.

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When Journalists Act as State Propagandists

Peter Oborne | Declassified UK - TRANSCEND Media Service

18 Jan 2023 - In advance of the invasion of Iraq 20 years ago, the UK media parroted government lies and became a part of the state’s propaganda machine. An inquiry into British reporting of the Iraq war is well past due.

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ENVIRONMENT

Ecological Footprint by Country 2023

World Population Review - TRANSCEND Media Service

Ecological footprint is a metric computed by the Global Footprint Network and used to determine the impact humans are having on the environment in a given place or country. Ecological footprint measures the natural resources humans are consuming in the environment.

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CAPITALISM

Look at How the 1% Are Doing Right Now, and Tell Me the System Isn’t Rigged

Nesrine Malik | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Jan 2023 - The world’s super-rich have amassed so much wealth since the pandemic that even a Tory minister can see something is amiss.

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TRADE

Why US-China Trade Is on Track to Break Records despite All the Politics

Bradley Blankenship | RT – TRANSCEND Media Service

24 Jan 2023 - The real needs of global economics trump political scaremongering – for the time being.

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IN FOCUS

The World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization Are Elevating Themselves above the World’s Governments

Paul Craig Roberts | Institute for Political Economy – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Jan 2023 - “In the last three years, the common people’s exclusion from what is still sold as a democratic process has reached a pinnacle.” — Peter Koenig, former senior economist for the World Bank and the World Health Organization

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HISTORY

Josip Broz Tito and Che Guevara Speak

Srećko Horvat | The Internationalist - TRANSCEND Media Service

In 1959, Yugoslav President Josip Broz Tito received the members of the Cuba Goodwill Mission led by Dr. Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara. The historic Tito-Che conversation contextualized in the history of the Non-Aligned Movement and Yugoslavia-Cuba relations.

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INSPIRATIONAL

Faith

Unknown – TRANSCEND Media Service

... is a choice.

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SPIRITUALITY

A Responsibility to Wonder: Pioneering Neuroscientist Charles Scott Sherrington on the Spirituality of Nature

Maria Popova | The Marginalian – TRANSCEND Media Service

“We have, because human, an inalienable prerogative of responsibility which we cannot devolve…not… even upon the stars. We can share it only with each other.”

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POETRY FORMAT

Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower

Rainer Maria Rilke – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Timeless Invitation to Listening for the Light

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Italiano) Memoria della com-passione

Enrico Peyretti | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

27 Gennaio 2023 - Nel giorno in cui si fa giusta e meditata memoria della Shoah, è giusto esprimere solidarietà al popolo ebraico, nel clima di un discorso franco e sincero.

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(Castellano) Fany Kuiru Es Elegida la Primera Mujer Coordinadora de la COICA

Servindi - TRANSCEND Media Service

27 enero 2023 - Es la primera vez en 38 años de historia de la COICA que una mujer presidirá la organización que representa a más de 500 pueblos indígenas de 9 países de la Amazonía.

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(Français) Amilcar Cabral : l’anticolonialisme comme « patrimoine commun à l’humanité »

Frédéric Thomas | CETRI – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 janvier 2023 - Il y a 50 ans, le 20 janvier 1973, sous l’instigation de la dictature portugaise, était assassiné Amilcar Cabral (1924-1973), l’une des principales figures des luttes anticolonialistes. Il mourrait quelques mois seulement avant l’indépendance de la Guinée-Bissau et du Cap-Vert.

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(Italiano) Fare Storia e Memoria E’ Necessario. Il Percorso Atipico Proposto da Collettivamente Memoria per Il Giorno Della Memoria 2023

Silvia Berruto – TRANSCEND Media Service

Silenzio. Dal Silenzio. Al silenzio. Il percorso per il Giorno della Memoria 2023, proposto dal progetto culturale Collettivamente memoria, ha un andamento circolare: dal silenzio al silenzio. A’ rebours. Et vice-versa.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

War Is Hell… or Not

Paul Combs – TRANSCEND Media Service

Yeah! Not for us...

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Spot the Mistakes

Tom Tomorrow | Daily Kos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Our Rainy Day Fun Game--Whoopsie!

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Children of the COVID!

Matt Orfalea and Matt Taibbi | TK Mashup – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Jan 2023 - The video reminds us of the insane media scaremongering about children and COVID and how the pandemic was reported not as a collective problem, but a horror movie to be passively experienced, a media approach we see in a variety of issues from fake news to “sonic weapons,” conditioning frightened audiences to endorse extreme solutions and outsource thinking to authorities.

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Alberto Portugheis 80th Birthday Concert (Music Video of the Week)

Alberto Portugheis | Pyanek – TRANSCEND Media Service

Pianist, pedagogue, peace activist and TRANSCEND Member Alberto Portugheis celebrates his 80 years performing Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin at St John's Church, London. His life is shared between music and his organization, HUFUD, whose mission is the Abolition of Militarism. Recorded on 11 Jun 2021.

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