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Prof. Johan Galtung

Charlatanism: “The Positive Peace Index”

Nº 437 | Johan Galtung, 11 Jul 2016 - TRANSCEND Media Service

PPI pretends to be an index of positive peace/peaceful society. But is more like an index of "positive for business environment"; by the Institute for Economics & Peace, more economics than peace.

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Prof. Johan Galtung

Spain: Blame the Rule, Not the Numbers

Nº 438 | Johan Galtung, 18 Jul 2016 – TRANSCEND Media Service

Spain got stuck again. The party numbers in a parliament with 350 seats produced no majority 20 December 2015 or 26 July 2016. The arithmetic did not work out. The numbers were wrong.

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Other Commentaries


The Delusion ‘I Am Not Responsible’

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

You might have had a good laugh at some of the examples above. The real challenge is to ask yourself this question: where do I evade responsibility? And to then ponder how you will take responsibility in future.

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Ups and Downs in Palestine

Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jul 2016 - Life in Palestine moves along with its ups and downs, like the tides of the sea. Some days we feel depressed, some days more optimistic. Some of us even feel like manic-depressives for the fact that we go through these cycles. The triggers are varied.

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The Nice Terror Attack: Mind at the End of Its Tether

Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

Nice is an opportunity to work on learning what we should be trying to learn anyway: how to live in peace with one another. As Baruch Spinoza pointed out in 1677 –and it was already old news then—anybody can kill anybody. Nice dramatizes the fact that peace through law enforcement is not feasible. Anybody can kill people with a truck, and there is no way to deploy police everywhere to stop that from happening. Peace is a table with four legs: justice, justice, justice, and justice.

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Forgotten People © – Human Lives . . .

Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

One more traffic accident; one more headline of deaths and injuries on our roads. Daily fare now! But what sealed my mind about this accident, this human tragedy, was the anonymity of death. True, many victims will be known and remembered to those whose lives were connected -- grieving spouses, crying children, perhaps distant cousins and aunts living thousands of miles away. Yet still: “Forgotten People!”

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Welcome! Bienvenue!

Uri Avnery | Gush Shalom – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jul 2016 - For me, France is the land of liberty. When I was just 10 years old, I fled with my family from Nazi Germany to France, on our way to Palestine. We were afraid of being detained at the border. When our train crossed the Rhine, leaving Germany behind us and entering France, I breathed deeply. From tyranny to liberty, from hell to paradise.

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Improvisation in Multivocal Poetic Discourse

Anthony Judge | laetus in praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service

Basque Lauburu and Bertsolaritza as Catalysts of Global Significance

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An Unlikely AMEXIT: Pivoting Away from the Middle East

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

Unfortunately, for America and the peoples throughout the Middle East the US seems incapable of extricating itself from yet another geopolitical quagmire that is partly responsible for generating extra-regional terrorism of the sort that has afflicted Europe in the last two years.

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Nonviolent History: South Africa’s Port Elizabeth Boycott Begins July 15, 1985

Rivera Sun | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Port Elizabeth boycott was a powerful moment of consolidating and demonstrating the power of nonviolent action to place economic sanctions on white South Africans. This piece of the long South African anti-apartheid struggle helps us remember the scope, arc, and duration of working for change. It's a marathon, not a sprint, and every step counts.

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Thoreau on How to Use Civil Disobedience to Advance Justice

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

Civil Disobedience is an indispensable read for every democratically minded, socially conscious human being awake to justice. “Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.” -- Thoreau

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Handling Opposites for Peace and Justice

Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jul 2016 - Life is full of opposites: left and right, north and south, pleasure and pain, peace and violence and many other similar examples. It can be easily seen that some of these opposites such as south or north, or up and down are given and we cannot change them.... A tragic discourse in contemporary times is terrorism vs peace. Terrorism has taken a very ugly turn as can be seen by the latest event of a lone deranged man in Nice.

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Human Security a Must in a Chaotic, Confused World – Japan

Baher Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS

“Human security” is strongly linked to food and nutrition security. In fact, on-going man-made disasters—such as armed conflicts and climate change—are the very direct cause of the current, unprecedented levels of human suffering. The United Nations estimates that the number of refugees, migrants and forcibly displaced at home has now hit all-high record: 160 million worldwide.

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Remembering the Price of Bush, Blair’s 2003 Iraq War

Mohamed Hemish – teleSUR

5 Jul 2016 - “I’ll be with you, come what may.” These were the words that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair uttered in April 2002 to his partner in crime, former United States President George W. Bush, before they carried out the Iraq invasion a year later and unleashed a series of irreversible tragedies that Iraqis and neighboring Syrians are suffering from to this day.

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Why Has NATO Chosen Russia as Its Enemy Instead of ISIS?

Bryan MacDonald – Russia Today

14 Jul 2016 - According to statements made at last weekend’s summit in Warsaw, NATO regards Russia as a bigger threat than ISIS. Of course, that's ludicrous but when you scratch beneath the surface, the use of these falsehoods makes perverted sense.

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Micah Johnson and a Culture of Violent Solutions

Timothy Braatz – TRANSCEND Media Service

To curtail the epidemic of mass shootings and police homicides, U.S. citizens must address a variety of factors, including racism, insufficient gun regulation, and a depleted public sector. We must also correct a deeply-engrained culture of violent solutions—a culture which politicians from both parties mostly embrace.

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Can the United States Transcend White Supremacy?

Robert Jensen | Dissident Voice - TRANSCEND Media Service

Because the wealth and power of the United States are so deeply rooted in white supremacy, the abandonment of that pathology would inevitably lead to difficult questions about the country’s moral and material obligations to non-white people…. The United States likely will always be a white-supremacist nation because we have neither the intellectual nor moral traditions to deal with these harsh realities.

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How a Modest Contract for ‘Applied Research’ Morphed into the CIA’s Brutal Interrogation Program

Greg Miller – The Washington Post

In fact, the CIA already had a specific consultant in mind, and the agreement to pay $1,000 a day to psychologist James E. Mitchell subsequently expanded into an $81 million arrangement to oversee the use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and other harrowing techniques against al-Qaeda suspects in secret agency prisons overseas.

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How the Hague Ruling against China Could Spell Trouble for Japan

Julian Ryall – South China Morning Post

Japan has built structures on uninhabited rocks 1,740 km from Tokyo to mark its territory – just like China has done in the South China Sea. The Hague ruling completely delegitimises Japan’s claim to those waters. -- Stephen Nagy

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The Religious Cult Secretly Running Japan

Jake Adelstein and Mari Yamamoto – The Daily Beast

10 Jul 2016 — A conservative Shinto cult dating back to the 1970s, which includes Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and many of his cabinet among its adherents, finally has been dragged out of the shadows. Nippon Kaigi aims to return Japan to pre-WWII imperial ‘glory.’ Today’s elections may further its goal.

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Eastern Flank Security – The Siren Song of NATO’s Hawks

Klaus Wiegrefe – Der Spiegel

NATO political and military leaders are intent on bolstering the alliance’s presence in the Baltic States and Poland. But does doing so actually improve European security? There is plenty of room for doubt.

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China’s Bad Day in Court

Mel Gurtov | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service

Perhaps in the South China Sea case China and the Philippines, now under a new president, will find their way back to the negotiating table and work out a deal that skirts the always-difficult sovereignty issue. That would be fine; but it would not address the fundamental problem of how law-abiding behavior can be promoted and enforced in an often anarchic world.

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Between a Rock and a Hard (South China) Place

Pepe Escobar – Russia Today

Beijing argues that all the attention over the South China Sea revolves around conflicting sovereign claims over islands/rocks/reefs and related maritime delimitations – over which the court has no jurisdiction. Attributing territorial sovereignty over maritime features in the South China Sea goes beyond the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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From Brexit in the UK to Austerity in Spain, Europe is on the Edge

Conn Hallinan – Foreign Policy In Focus

European elites are blaming "stupid" voters for turning against an economic system that hasn't worked for them.

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Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua – Permanent Media False Positives

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jul 2016 - Member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas are natural targets for the relentless psychological warfare of Western news media, because they form a resistance front to the foreign policy imperatives of the United States government and its allies. Right now, Venezuela is the most obvious example.

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Lebanon Escalates Its Denial of Civil Rights for Palestinian Refugees

Franklin Lamb – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jul 2016 - In Lebanon today, Palestinians are being threatened by the government that ISIS (Daesh) and Al Nursa are plotting to take over Ain el-Helweh and the other eleven camps in Lebanon.

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Yemen Slides Closer to Famine as Frozen Bank Funds Curb Food Imports

Jonathan Saul and Maha El Dahan |Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service

Western banks had already cut credit lines for traders shipping food to Yemen, fearing they would not be repaid due to the security chaos and fragile financial system. Now, they are increasingly unwilling to offer letters of credit, which guarantee sellers will be paid on time. Out of Yemen's 28 million people, 21 million need some form of humanitarian aid and over half the population suffer from malnutrition,

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The Hijacking of Palestinian History

Dr. Elias Akleh – TRANSCEND Media Service

Settler colonialism, usually technologically and militarily more advanced, is based on the erasure of already existent people, their culture and their memory, and substituting it with new foreign national entity that builds new culture, new history and new memory. To do this, settler colonialists have to get rid of the native people, their physical evidence, their history and their memory.

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Clinton-Led Democrats Are Now “To the Right of George W. Bush” on Palestinian Rights

Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

Surprising or not, the Clinton-led Democratic Party’s hostility toward the most basic precepts of equality and dignity for Palestinians, and their willingness – their eagerness – to support and cheer for the most extremist Israeli acts of oppression, racism and decades-long occupation, is nothing short of despicable.

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The Hague Ruling: A Dangerous Step toward War in the South China Sea

Peter Symonds | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service

The hypocrisy involved is staggering. The United States has nothing but contempt for international law and has never been called to account by any UN tribunal for its illegal wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, which have resulted in the deaths of millions. As part of its “pivot to Asia” against China, the Obama administration is chiefly responsible for transforming longstanding, low-key regional disputes in the South China Sea into a dangerous flashpoint that threatens to trigger a new and even more devastating war.

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The Declassified ’28 Pages’ on the 9/11 Attacks

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

15 Jul 2016 - Today the US Congress declassified 28 pages of documents from the first Congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks with information about a possible Saudi government connection. Download and read the full report in pdf here.

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29 Pages Revealed: Corruption, Crime and Cover-up of 9/11

Kristen Breitweiser – The Huffington Post

First and foremost, here is what you need to know when you listen to any member of our government state that the newly released 29 pages are no smoking gun — THEY ARE LYING. Read the 29 pages and know the facts.

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What We Know from the 28 Pages

Charles P. Pierce - Esquire

The 28-page document is a wide-ranging catalog of possible links between Saudi officials and Qaeda operatives. It details contacts that Saudi operatives in Southern California had with the hijackers and describes the discovery of a telephone number in a Qaeda operative's phone book that was traced to a corporation managing a Colorado home of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, then the Saudi ambassador to Washington.

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What Is NATO — Really?

Eric Zuesse | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service

NATO was founded with the North Atlantic Treaty in Washington DC on 4 April 1949. When NATO was founded, that was done in the broader context of the U.S. Marshall Plan, and the entire U.S. operation to unify the developed Atlantic countries of North America and Europe.

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U.S. Plans to Saturate Globe with Weapons

David Swanson | Veterans Today – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jul 2016 - My headline above is a plain English translation of this Pentagonspeak found in a Reuters headline today: “International demand for U.S. weapons systems is expected to continue growing in coming years, a senior U.S. Air Force official said on Sunday [10 Jul], citing strong interest in unmanned systems, munitions and fighter jets.” Thus is the proliferation of drones around the world spun as something positive, along with bombs and jets.

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The Network: Leaked Data Reveals How the U.S. Trains Vast Numbers of Foreign Soldiers and Police with Little Oversight

Douglas Gillison, Nick Turse and Moiz Syed – The Intercept

A Rand Corp. analysis from 2013 found that the Pentagon alone has 71 different authorities under which it provides foreign aid as a means of “building partner capacity,” or BPC — part of a system that the report criticized as akin to “a tangled web, with holes, overlaps, and confusions.” The Pentagon, for example, maintains no master list of the people it trains nor does it keep aggregate figures.

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Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris in Major Win for Anti-Smoking Advocates

Pratap Chatterjee | CorpWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jul 2016 - Uruguay has defeated Philip Morris, the global tobacco giant, in a major international lawsuit over the country's tough anti-smoking regulations. On March 26, 2010, Philip Morris filed a complaint against Uruguay at the World Bank arbitration tribunal. The action was intended to escalate the fight to an international level and to take advantage of trade laws that typically favor major corporations by allowing them to claim damages from laws that deny them profits from their investments.

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Billionaires in Brazil: Understanding How Extreme Wealth and Political Power Overlap Everywhere

Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

13 Jul 2016 - Alex Cuadros spent years covering the billionaire class of Latin America for Bloomberg. A Portuguese-speaking American journalist who spent years based in Brazil, he has now written a highly entertaining and deeply insightful book about the particularly powerful, flamboyant, assertive, and often-crazed class of Brazilian billionaires. Titled Brazillionaires: Wealth, Power, Decadence, and Hope in an American Country, his new book was released yesterday.

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Leaked Document Reveals Alarming New Environmental Threats of TTIP

Sierra Club | EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

Leaked document from the EU reveals its intentions to include new, dangerous language in the proposed energy chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

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Whole Systems Change

Riane Eisler | The Next System Project - TRANSCEND Media Service

A Framework & First Steps for Social/Economic Transformation - Moving to a world that orients primarily to the partnership rather than domination model is a long-term enterprise. It will require time, perseverance, and the courage to challenge established beliefs and structures. But if we are to build a future where all children can realize their capacities for consciousness, caring, and creativity—the capacities that make us fully human—we have to start constructing its foundations now.

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Rio Tinto (the River, the Mine and the Corporation): Still Polluting After All These Years (5,000 Years Later, That Is)

Gary G. Kohls, MD – TRANSCEND Media Service

BHP Billiton was responsible for Brazil’s largest environmental disaster in history when, on November 5, 2015, two of the dams encompassing its toxic tailings ponds burst, suddenly releasing uncounted millions of tons of poisonous slurry into the Rio Doce river (ironically, doce means “sweet” in Portuguese), killing all aquatic life downstream and wounding many local people. The huge amount of poisons suddenly released have likely permanently polluted the waters of the once drinkable and fishable 300 mile long river all the way to the Atlantic Ocean).

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Don’t Eat the Yellow Rice: The Danger of Deploying Vitamin A Golden Rice

Ted Greiner – Independent Science News

The purpose of Golden Rice was never to solve vitamin A problems. It never could and never will. Its purpose from the beginning was to be a tool for use in shaming GMO critics and to convince Nobel Laureates to sign on to something they didn’t understand. The signatures of 107 Nobel Laureates do not prove that Golden Rice is safe or effective—but they do prove that, no matter how good scientists are in their own narrow fields, they are often no smarter than any of the rest of us about many other things.

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Russian Foreign Policy – ‘We Are Smarter, Stronger and More Determined’

Christian Neef - Der Spiegel

Relations between Russia and NATO are deteriorating. Kremlin foreign policy advisor Sergey Karaganov speaks with SPIEGEL about the risk of war, NATO’s aggressive posturing and the West’s inability to understand Russian values.

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When Law Is Not Justice

Brad Evans and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – The New York Times

“Reasonable” versus “unreasonable” violence: When dealing with violence deemed unreasonable, the dominating groups demonize violent responses, saying that “those other people are just like that,” not just that they are worth less, but also that they are essentially evil, essentially criminal or essentially have a religion that is prone to killing. And yet, on the other side, state-legitimized violence, considered “reasonable” by many, is altogether more frightening.

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This Week in History

Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service

Jul 18-24 ~ QUOTES OF THE WEEK: • “Age is nothing but a number.” – Ernestine Shephard • “I think if one regards the age of 80 as a start, his or her life will be more interesting. You need a goal. It is not necessarily climbing a mountain.” – Yuichiro Miura

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Nelson Mandela (18 Jul 1918 – 5 Dec 2013)

Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in Mveso, Transkei, South Africa. Becoming actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement in his 20s, he joined the African National Congress in 1942. Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

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Frantz Fanon (20 Jul 1925 – 6 Dec 1961)

Jennifer Poulos, Emory Postcolonial Studies – TRANSCEND Media Service

Black Skin, White Masks, originally titled “An Essay for the Disalienation of Blacks,” is part manifesto, part analysis; it both presents Fanon’s personal experience as a black intellectual in a whitened world and elaborates the ways in which the colonizer/colonized relationship is normalized as psychology.

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James Cousins (22 Jul 1873 – 20 Feb 1956): An Effort of Synthesis

Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

James Cousins went to India as literary editor for New India and then was one of the organisers of the State University of Travancore, where he headed the Department of Fine Arts and English Studies. His A Study in Synthesis is a rich and complex study of the ways in which intuition, emotion, cognition and action structure human life.

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Heaven and Hell

Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

St. Peter showed a visitor heaven and hell.

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Slings and Arrows: Bernie Sanders Plays the Bard

Gary Corseri – TRANSCEND Media Service

Sanders: (At the ramparts; in the shadows; a windy night--)

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(Português) Somos bárbaros, a dor dos animais nos diverte

Luce Pereira - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

Uma vez que arenas e outros cenários de atrocidades continuam atraindo multidões, a conclusão parece bastante óbvia – o movimento que no século 18 iluminou a razão em nome da busca pela liberdade, deixou um lado da natureza humana às escuras. É este lado que chega aos dias de hoje e teima em chamar de cultura e tradição o que não passa de gosto pela barbárie.

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(Italiano) Ciarlataneria: “L’Indice di Pace Positiva” (PPI)

Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service

Il PPI pretende d’essere un indice di pace positiva / di società pacifica. Ma è più che altro un indice di “ambiente positivo per gli affari”; da parte dell’ Institute for Economics & Peace, sa più di economia che di pace.

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(Português) A Violência: Uma contribuição a suas várias interpretações (1ª Parte)

Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service

O Brasil comparece como um dos países mais violentos do mundo. Só no ano de 2015 foram assassinados 66 mil pessoas, a maioria delas negros e habitantes pobres das periferias. Isso é mais que as vítimas das guerras do Iraque, do Afeganistão e atualmente da Síria.

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(Português) A Violência: Uma contribuição a suas várias interpretações (2ª Parte)

Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service

Se a violência em uma origem histórica, cultural, social e radical, é mediante outro tipo de história, de cultura, de sociedade e de radicalidade que ela será minimizada e controlada em seu aspecto destrutivo.

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(Português) Uruguai vence processo contra gigante do tabaco por causa das políticas restritivas

Nuno Noronha – Sapo

Vitória sobre o Capitalismo Predatório: Diversas organizações internacionais e nacionais congratulam-se pela vitória do governo do Uruguai sobre a tabaqueira Philip Morris numa decisão ímpar classificada como "modelo na luta contra a epidemia do tabaco".

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(Português) O budismo e a dieta vegetariana de Allen Ginsberg

O expoente do Movimento Beat or Beatniks passava semanas comendo gobi aloo, um de seus pratos preferidos.

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(Français) L’Islam comme nouvel ennemi

Saïd Bouamama | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Juil 2016 - Investig’Action propose à ses lecteurs de lire ou relire cet article en lien avec l’actualité.

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This Country Isn’t Just Carbon Neutral — It’s Carbon Negative

Tshering Tobgay, TED Talks – TRANSCEND Media Service

Deep in the Himalayas, on the border between China and India, lies the Kingdom of Bhutan, which has pledged to remain carbon neutral for all time. In this illuminating talk, Bhutan's Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay shares his country's mission to put happiness before economic growth and set a world standard for environmental preservation.

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US-NATO Border Confrontation with Russia Risks Nuclear War and Loss of European Partners by the USA

TheRealNews – TRANSCEND Media Service

Michael Hudson says that the US-led confrontational approach of NATO with Russia is driving European countries to consider disbanding or leaving the military alliance due to increased security risks.

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Health Dangers of Depleted Uranium

Dr. Lorrin Pang – TRANSCEND Media Service

Hawaii’s Dr. Lorrin Pang explains in simple terms the health dangers of depleted uranium.

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Eric Clapton – TRANSCEND Media Service

"Tears in Heaven" is a ballad written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment of his mother's friend, on March 20, 1991.

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21st Century Wedding

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

Husband and Wife...

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