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Gandhi’s Message for Today’s World

#574 | John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

If humans are ever to achieve a stable global society in the future, they will have to become much more modest in their economic behavior and much more peaceful in their politics. For both modesty and peace, Gandhi is a useful source of ideas. The problems with which he struggled during his lifetime are extremely relevant to us in the 21st Century, when both nuclear and ecological catastrophes threaten the world.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Johan Galtung and Dennis Kucinich Discuss the Proposal for a Department of Peace

Paul Jay | The Real News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service

Johan Galtung and Dennis Kucinich interviewed by Paul Jay

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Recrafting International Relations through Relationality

Tamara Trownsell, Amaya Querejazu Escobari, et al. | E-IR – TRANSCEND Media Service

How we relate to others should be a central concern of the field of International Relations. However, independent political communities—states—and their interrelations have historically been the 'focus' of the discipline of IR, thus limiting the forms of interaction that potentially constitute the 'field.' We would like to extend an invitation to bring relations back into IR. That is, besides knowing how to study and apply predetermined notions of what constitutes the “international”, it is also critical to know how to start from/with “relations.”

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BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS

A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat a US Military Invasion of Venezuela

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

To the People of Venezuela: Recently I wrote an article explaining how you could defeat, using nonviolent strategy, the US coup attempt that is taking place in your country. I would like to complement that article by now briefly explaining how you can also defeat a military invasion by the United States and any collaborating invaders by using a strategy of nonviolent defense as well.

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A Response to Heikki Patomaki: Is the Time Right for a World Political Party?

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

16 Feb 2019 - My commentary on an essay by Heikki Patomiki, a leading Finnish scholar, where he explores and cautiously advocates a civil society global effort to establish a world political party in a form appropriate to global conditions and with the overriding goal of the enhancement of the individual and collective wellbeing of humanity.

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Local Reality of Overcrowding — Global Unreality of Overpopulation

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service

18 Feb 2019 - A set of seemingly disparate issues are curiously entangled -- whilst variously upheld as of both local and global significance. Most obvious are the attractions of migration for the desperate and the divisive impact on local communities -- possibly framed as invasion or encroachment.

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Saving the Future

John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world are on the horizon.

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Juan Guaidó: The Man Who Would Be President of Venezuela Doesn’t Have a Constitutional Leg to Stand On

Roger Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service

Donald Trump imagines Juan Guaidó is the rightful president of Venezuela but he is a product of a decade-long project overseen by Washington’s regime change trainers. As Alfred de Zayas, UN rapporteur tweeted, “Article 233 of the Venezuelan constitution is inapplicable and cannot be twisted into legitimizing Guaidó’s self-proclamation as interim President. A coup is a coup.”

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The Warsaw Process: Slow Start, Clear Focus

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

"This is a new era for the future and for prosperity for all the nations" Yusuf bin Alawi, Foreign Minister of Oman, said optimistically in Warsaw at the 13-14 February 2019 Ministerial Conference to Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East. The Warsaw Conference may end up as only a "photo opportunity" and for Warsaw to be center stage for a short time, or we may work to have the Warsaw Process be the real start of a new era.

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Learning Foreign Languages in India

Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

India has much diversity — cultural, linguistic, geographic, religious, political and even from the point of cuisine — the food eaten. Linguistically, India has 22 official languages including Hindi and English. Hindi, as well as its many dialects, has the largest number of speakers and English is being widely used in judiciary, parliament, science and technology, education, etc.

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Internet Trolls, Disinformation Agents and Big Vaccine

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

11 Feb 2019 - An internet troll is a person who starts quarrels or tries to upset people on the internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into displaying emotional responses and normalizing tangential discussion, whether for the troll's amusement or a specific gain. Sociopathic corporations use the technique to manipulate public opinion.

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African American Female Vocalists

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

14 Feb 2019 - I share this tribute to African American female vocalists on Valentine's Day because they sing and sang of every meaning of love in one way or another: joys, pleasures, struggles, pain, and recovery. Imagine; two centuries of unparalleled talent as individuals and as a group. I have heard many, and many are new to me. Listening to African American Female Vocalists fashioning a song, watching them command presence, and reading about their lives fills me with appreciation and awe.

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India’s Invisible Water Wizard Conquers the World

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service

Meeanayak’s silent crusade caught international eyes and he was awarded the Energy Globe World Award 2018 in the category 'Water' for his innovative development of the twin ring method of rain water harvesting through bore well recharge at the international award ceremony at Yazd in Iran, on 28th January this year.

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INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

Jair Bolsonaro Praised the Genocide of Indigenous People. Now He’s Emboldening Attackers of Brazil’s Amazonian Communities.

Sam Cowie – The Intercept

16 Feb 2019 - “The Brazilian cavalry was very incompetent. Competent, yes, was the American cavalry that decimated its Indians in the past and nowadays does not have this problem in their country.” That’s the opinion of Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, expressed on the floor of Congress.

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IN FOCUS

Worshipping the Electronic Image

Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Feb 2019 - Our post-literate culture has crippled us intellectually and produced a president whose babble replicates the nonsensical diatribes of the age.

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Young Woman Dies in Fourth ‘Period Hut’ Tragedy This Year in Nepal

Rebecca Ratcliffe – The Guardian

6 Feb 2019 - A 21-year-old woman has been become the fourth person known to have died this year as a result of the illegal practice of chhaupadi, whereby menstruating women in Nepal are banished from their homes and forced to sleep in huts.

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ASIA-UPDATES ON MYANMAR ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

UN Official Cites Horrific Crimes against Rohingya

Dildar Baykan | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service

Rohingya children thrown into fire, member of UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar says.

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Rohingya Activists Demand Action against Myanmar at NYC Summit

Azad Essa – Al Jazeera

9 Feb 2019 - - The question of justice has dominated discussions at a New York conference on the persecution suffered by the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. A two-day international conference urges collective and decisive action.

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Burma: The Subaltern in Search of Speech

Radhika Coomaraswamy – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Feb 2019 - I would like to thank Mr. Mawng Zarni and his enthusiasm for bringing me here today to discuss one of the most important issues of our lifetime. I speak today as a member of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar set up in March 2017 after large scale attacks on the Rohingya civilian population in Rakhine state by the Burmese Security Forces, or the Tatmadaw.

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EUROPE

Deflagging of Refugee Rescue Ship a ‘Dark Moment’ for Europe

Karen McVeigh – The Guardian

12 Feb 2019 - The deflagging of the Aquarius, the last migrant rescue ship in the Mediterranean, represents a “dark moment” in European history, setting a dangerous precedent for states to flout international humanitarian laws.

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LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

Enough of Western Interventions: Let the People of Venezuela Decide

Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Feb 2019 - The situation in Venezuela is dire, with children reportedly dying as a result of the lack of medicine and food. The country is also gearing up for a US military intervention and possible civil war. Considering that all such tragic predictions have already been witnessed in Iraq, Syria, Libya and elsewhere, South American leaders and the few sensible voices around the world must move to block any further US meddling, and allow the people of Venezuela, through democratic means, to determine their own future.

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In Venezuela, White Supremacy Is a Key to Trump’s Coup

Greg Palast – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Feb 2019 - This is the story of Venezuela in black and white, the story not told in our establishment media. This year’s so-called popular uprising is, at its heart, a furious backlash of the whiter (and wealthier) Venezuelans against their replacement by the larger Mestizo (mixed-race) poor. Four centuries of white supremacy in Venezuela by those who identify their ancestors as European came to an end with the 1998 election of Hugo Chavez who won with the overwhelming support of the Mestizo majority.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen Remains the Worst in the World, Warns UN

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Feb 2019 - An estimated 24 million people – close to 80 per cent of the population – need assistance and protection in Yemen, the UN warned today. With famine threatening hundreds of thousands of lives, humanitarian aid is increasingly becoming the only lifeline for millions across the country.

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

“Largest Land Grab since 1948” — Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians from Negev

Whitney Webb – MintPress News

Given the Israeli state’s rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers “violators” and “squatters” – accusing them of illegally occupying “state lands.”

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Palestine’s Other Open-Air Prison

Jalal Abukhater – Al Jazeera

13 Feb 2019 - Under a debilitating siege for more than a decade, Gaza has been rightfully declared the biggest open-air prison in the world. But there is another, similar, prison in Palestine that is less obvious because it suffers from a different kind of siege, undeclared and indirect: the West Bank. Every Palestinian who resides there and holds official Palestinian identification papers is a prisoner in their own home. Here is what a West Bank Palestinian resident has to go through every time s/he tries to get out of home.

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CAPITALISM

The Cancer of Bankers

Rudo de Ruijter | Court Fool – TRANSCEND Media Service

In The magic of bankers you have been able to read how bankers create balances for loans with a simple line of bookkeeping. There is no money involved. The money for the balances doesn't even exist. This extremely lucrative trick incites the bankers to supply as many loans as possible, but there is more. There are specific growth impulses that make it impossible to stop the growth of the outstanding loans. Not even with regulations. This has tremendous consequences for our society.

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MEDIA

Real ‘Obscene Masquerade’: How BBC Depicted Staged Hospital Scenes as Proof of Douma Chemical Attack in Syria

Vanessa Beeley – RT

16 Feb 2019 - An extraordinary turn of events: Riam Dalati is on the BBC production team based in Beirut and an “esteemed colleague” of Quentin Sommerville, the BBC’s Middle East correspondent. Dalati broke ranks with his UK Government-aligned media, on Twitter, to announce that “after almost 6 months of investigation, I can prove, without a doubt, that the Douma hospital scene was staged.”

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PARADIGM CHANGES

New Class of Intellectuals Must Engage in Building Policy Framework for a New World System

The Tricontinental – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Feb 2019 - Tricontinental Institute for Social Research releases dossier “The New Intellectual,” emphasizing the need to “develop a theory of the future.”

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

An Appeal to Save Gandhi’s Heritage!

Global Harmony Association - TRANSCEND Media Servie

To recognize 2019 as Gandhi’s international year of nonviolence in honor of Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary on 2 Oct 2019, and promote nonviolence by all nations and institutions.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin (22 Feb or 1 Mar 1810 – 17 Oct 1849)

Barbara Smolenska-Zielinska – TRANSCEND Media Service

The musical talent of Fryderyk became apparent extremely early on, and it was compared with the childhood genius of Mozart. Already at the age of 7, Fryderyk was the author of two polonaises (in G minor and B flat major), the first being published in the engraving workshop of Father Cybulski. The prodigy was featured in the Warsaw newspapers, and "little Chopin" became the attraction and ornament of receptions given in the aristocratic salons of the capital.

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INSPIRATIONAL

Global Cooperation

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

The first advanced civilizations emerged about 6,000 years ago in the Nile, Euphrates and Yellow River valleys when farmers faced problems that they could not solve alone.

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IN ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(မြန်မာ -Myanmar Burmese) နယူးေယာက္ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာအေရးေဆြးေႏြးပြဲ ပထမေန႔

ေက်ာ္ေအာင္လြင္ - TRANSCEND Media Service

09 ေဖေဖာ္၀ါရီ၊ 2019 -႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာမူဆလင္အေရးနဲ႔ပတ္သက္ၿပီးေျပာဆိုၾကတဲ့ ၂ ရက္ၾကာေဆြးေႏြးပြဲတခုကို အေမရိကန္ျပည္ေထာင္စု နယူးေယာက္ၿမိဳ႕မွာ မေန႔ကစၿပီး က်င္းပေနပါတယ္။ ဒီအခန္းအနားကို ကုလသမဂၢရဲ႕ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ လူ႔အခြင့္အေရး ဆိုင္ရာအထူး ကိုယ္စားလွယ္ မစၥယန္ဟီးလီက ဗီြဒီယိုကတဆင့္အမွာစကားပါးခဲ့ပါတယ္။ ႐ိုဟင္ဂ်ာအေရး အဓိက ထားၿပီး ေျပာဆိုေနၾကတဲ့ ဒီအခန္းအနားက ထူးျခားခ်က္တခ်ိဳ႕ကို ကိုေက်ာ္ေအာင္လြင္က တင္ျပေပးထားပါတယ္။

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(Português) Uma estratégia não violenta para derrotar uma invasão militar dos EUA na Venezuela

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. | Dinâmica Global – TRANSCEND Media Service

Para o povo da Venezuela: Recentemente eu escrevi um artigo explicando como você poderia derrotar, usando a estratégia não-violenta, a tentativa de golpe dos EUA que está ocorrendo em seu país. Gostaria de complementar esse artigo explicando brevemente como você também pode derrotar uma invasão militar dos Estados Unidos e de qualquer invasor colaborador usando uma estratégia de defesa não-violenta também.

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(Português) Brasil: Sobe para 169 o número de mortes devido a rutura de barragem em Brumadinho

MadreMedia/Lusa | Sapo – TRANSCEND Media Service

18 fev 2019 - O número de vítimas mortais devido ao colapso de uma barragem de uma mina de ferro no Brasil subiu a 169, enquanto as autoridades prosseguem as buscas para localizar 141 desaparecidos, informou hoje a Defesa Civil de Minas Gerais.

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(Português) Nos Dá Medo Pensar?

Bertrand Russell | Opinion Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service

Fora o pensamento! Voltemos aos fantasmas do preconceito, não estejam a propriedade, a moral e a guerra em perigo! É melhor que os seres humanos sejam estúpidos, amorfos e tirânicos, antes que seus pensamentos sejam livres. Posto que se seus pensamentos fossem livres, seguramente não pensariam como nós. E esse desastre deve se evitar a todo custo. Assim argumentam os inimigos do pensamento nas profundezas inconscientes de suas almas. E assim agem as igrejas, escolas e universidades.

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(Português) Atriz Brigitte Bardot disputará vaga no Parlamento Europeu para lutar pelos animais

Redação - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

11 fev 2019 - A atriz e ativista pelos direitos animais Brigitte Bardot, de 84 anos, anunciou que irá disputar uma vaga no Parlamento Europeu, nas eleições que serão realizadas em maio deste ano, pelo Partido Animalista, na França. O objetivo dela é usar a representatividade política para lutar pelos animais.

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(Português) Tolstói: “Enquanto o sangue descia, o açougueiro acendeu o cigarro”

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service

Quando o boi não caiu onde o açougueiro queria, ele gritou: “Maldito diabo!”

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Digital Prophecies: The Medium Is the Message

Marshall McLuhan – Al Jazeera English

In the 1960s, way before anybody had ever tweeted, Facebook Live-d or sent classified information to WikiLeaks, one man made a series of pronouncements about the changing media landscape. His name was Marshall McLuhan and you’ve probably heard his most quoted line: “The medium is the message”.

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Give a Little Bit (Music Video of the Week)

Roger Hodgson | Supertramp – TRANSCEND Media Service

Faroe Islands: What a night! For the first time ever, Roger Hodgson, legendary singer/songwriter and formerly of Supertramp, gave a concert at 4:00AM! Due to multiple plane delays that were out of his control, he arrived extremely late and people were waiting! The show must go on and on it went!

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EDITORIAL CARTOON / SATIRE

The Godfather

Anonymous – TRANSCEND Media Service

The late author William Blum said:

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Professional Integrity

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

During the French revolution, a doctor, a lawyer and an engineer were sentenced to be beheaded by the guillotine.

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