Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

TMS

The Global Fightback against Israeli Lawfare Attacks on Advocacy for Palestinian Rights

#692 | Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service

Supporters of Palestinian rights have been fighting back successfully against efforts to silence their advocacy and suppress their solidarity actions, with major legal victories in four separate jurisdictions over the last year.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Prof. Noam Chomsky on Democracy

FORSEA Forces of Renewal Southeast Asia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Recorded for the Delegates at the Official Launch of FORSEA, Kuala Lumpur, 16 Feb 2019

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Joint Analysis across Conflicts

George Kent – TRANSCEND Media Service

Under some conditions, dialogues between parties in conflict can be facilitated through joint written analysis of the issues produced in systematic ways; a mediation process. Their final text could describe their disagreements. Their joint document is likely to be more helpful than uncoordinated separate statements from them. The availability of the Internet now makes it possible to conduct this sort of cooperation over great distances. Specialists in peace studies could develop skills in facilitating constructive dialogues across conflicts.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

What Went Right This Week: Europe’s First 3D-Printed House, Plus More Positive News

Gavin Haines | Positive News - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 May 2021 – A Dutch couple moved into Europe’s first 3D-printed house, UK windfarms broke records, and music was mooted as a treatment for Alzheimer’s, plus the week’s other positive news. A couple moved in to Europe’s first printed house A retired Dutch couple have become Europe’s first inhabitants of a 3D-printed house. Elize […]

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NOBEL LAUREATES

Will Corporate Greed Prolong the Pandemic?

Lori Wallach and Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Economics Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 May 2021 - The shortfall in global COVID-19 vaccine production could be closed if manufacturers around the world were granted access to the necessary technology and knowledge. But first, the US and other key governments must recognize the drug companies' opposition to this solution for the deadly rent-seeking that it is.

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Other Commentaries

WHISTLEBLOWING

Dan Ellsberg Blows the Whistle Again at Conference to Commemorate His Legacy

Jeremy Kuzmarov | CovertAction Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service

7 May 2021 - Dan Ellsberg, the legendary whistleblower who has been arrested more than 75 times for protesting the U.S. warfare state, has not mellowed with age. The 90-year-old Pentagon Papers leaker details top secret plans in 1958 to destroy Taiwan and warns that similar discussions are going on in the Pentagon today.

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[10 Years Ago] WikiLeaks Revelations: A View Deep Inside Guantanamo

John Goetz, Marcel Rosenbach and Britta Sandberg – Der Spiegel

Article originally published by TRANSCEND Media Service on 2 May 2011 - The latest documents obtained from WikiLeaks provide an inside view of a highly controversial system: More than 700 classified US government files on the prisoners held at Guantanamo show how lax the American military was in its dealings with the facts. SPIEGEL has analyzed the documents.

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[10 Years Ago] The Guantánamo Files: Leaks Lift Lid on World’s Most Controversial Prison

David Leigh, James Ball, Ian Cobain and Jason Burke - The Guardian

Article published on TRANSCEND Media Service in 2 May 2011 • Innocent people interrogated for years on slimmest pretexts • Children, elderly and mentally ill among those wrongfully held • 172 prisoners remain, some with no prospect of trial or release • Interactive guide to all 779 detainees

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It’s Not Assange but the War Criminals He Exposed Who Should Be in Jail

Niall Farrell | Belfast Media - TRANSCEND Media Service

5 May 2021 - The Australian Julian Assange and WikiLeaks were a top team of journalists. Both in terms of scoops and global political impact they exposed the barbarism of the 21st century’s “never-ending wars”. “If wars can be started by lies, peace can be started with truth” – Julian Assange

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Biden’s Foreign Policy and Nuclear Weapons: A Dialogue

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

5 May 2021 - Biden’s international bipartisan approach risks a renewed arms race in a political and economic atmosphere that makes it unaffordable as well as acutely dangerous. My conversation with David Krieger explores some of the ramifications.

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No Jab for Me–My 35 Reasons as a North American Physician

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

5 May 2021 - The FDA did not approve Moderna or Pfizer mRNA gene therapeutics they dubbed “vaccines”. It simply authorized them. Fauci confirms. “In the US, the FDA in its ambiguous statement  provided a so-called Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, namely “to permit the emergency use of the unapproved product, … for active immunization…”

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Purge Genocide Culprits from Democratic Leadership: Myanmar

Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 May 2021 - Hesitating to take stand against Rohingya genocide is costing $1B to National Unity Government and blocks its global recognition.

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Systemic Coherence of the UN’s 17 SDGs as a Global Dream

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens - TRANSCEND Media Service

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as widely promoted by the UN, can be understood as the culmination of humanity's best effort to respond in a coherent manner to the longer-term challenges of global governance in this period.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

67 Years in the Peace Movement

John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses the things that I have experienced during my 67 years of work in the peace movement. The book may be freely downloaded and circulated.

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COVID19 - CORONAVIRUS

Origin of Covid–Following the Clues: Did People or Nature Open Pandora’s Box at Wuhan?

Nicholas Wade | Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists - TRANSCEND Media Service

5 May 2021 - The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives the world over for more than a year. Its death toll will soon reach three million people. Yet the origin of pandemic remains uncertain: The political agendas of governments and scientists have generated thick clouds of obfuscation, which the mainstream press seems helpless to dispel. In what follows I will sort through the available scientific facts, which hold many clues as to what happened, and provide readers with the evidence to make their own judgments.

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USA: More Than a Year into the Pandemic, We’re Still Figuring out What Risks We’re Willing to Take

Joel Achenbach | The Washington Post - TRANSCEND Media Service

3 May 2021 - Risk analysis is not something humans are necessarily good at. We rely on anecdotes more than scientific data. The questions we ask rarely have a simple yes or no answer. Risk tends to be on a sliding scale. Outside of self-isolation, there is no obvious way to drive the risk of viral transmission to zero, nor is risky behavior guaranteed to result in a dire outcome. We have no choice but to live probabilistically.

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Coronavirus Global Data: 159M Total; 137,5M Recovered; 3,3M Deceased; 649,8M Vaccinated

Worldometer and Avi Schiffmann - TRANSCEND Media Service

On 10 May 2021 12pm GMT: Total Vaccinated: 649,854,005 Total Cases: 159,032,809 Recovered: 137,513,459 Deaths: 3,308,358 Cases Closed: 139,915,431 Active: 19,117,378

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World Coronavirus Map

World Life Expectancy – TRANSCEND Media Service

Profile: How does Coronavirus/Covid19 rank among other illnesses? Is it the most lethal? Info, insights, numbers, statistics on health and causes of death. Updated Daily

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DEBATING COVID-19

The Ex-Pfizer Scientist Who Became an Anti-Vax Hero

Steve Stecklow and Andrew MacAskill | Reuters - TRANSCEND Media Service

A Skeptic's Story: Michael Yeadon was a scientific researcher and vice president at drugs giant Pfizer Inc. He co-founded a successful biotech. Then his career took an unexpected turn.

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ANGLO AMERICA

United States Withdraws from Afghanistan? Not Really!

Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 May 2021 - The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001 was criminal. It was criminal because of the immense force used to demolish Afghanistan’s physical infrastructure and to break open its social bonds. Now, 20 years later, the gulf between the Taliban and the others has widened. Appetite for negotiations simply does not exist any longer.

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The “Kill a Leftist” Law

Eve Ottenberg | CounterPunch - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 May 2021 - So now it’ll be legal in some Neolithic U.S. states to run over leftists with your car. What’ll come next? Legalizing pushing people out of airplanes at 35,000 feet? Running over swimmers with boats? Unleashing your rabid dog on people whose political persuasions offend you? There are so many possibilities! It’s already legal for cops to shoot leftists.

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Can Guantánamo Ever Be Shut Down?

Karen J. Greenberg | TomDispatch - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 May 2021 - Dealing with the Forever Prison of America's Forever Wars - The Guantánamo conundrum never seems to end. The wrongfulness of indefinite detention as a system created expressly to evade the law — and one that brought ill-repute to the United States globally. Pariah state.

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The U.S. Owes Hawaiians Millions of Dollars Worth of Land but Congress Helped Make Sure the Debt Wasn’t Paid

Rob Perez | ProPublica - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 May 2021 - Hawaii’s two elder statesmen — U.S. Sens. Daniel Inouye and Daniel Akaka — were at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the U.S. compensated Native Hawaiians for ancestral lands taken from them over the years. In a 1995 law, the U.S. promised to pay its land debt to Hawaiians, thousands of whom are waiting for homes. But Congress, including the state’s own delegation, voted to give the land to other parties.

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MILITARISM

History: The Massacre at My Lai, Vietnam

Seymour M. Hersh | The New Yorker - TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 1972 - A U.S. Army mass killing and the massacre's coverup.

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ASIA--PACIFIC

Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Pick Up 600 More Acres in Hawaii

Conor Skelding | New York Post - TRANSCEND Media Service

1 May 2021 - An existing online petition demanding that Zuckerberg stop “colonizing” the Aloha State is now well over 1 million signatures as of today. The couple now owns more than 1,300 acres on Kauai. In 2017, the social-media lord filed suit against native Hawaiians owning tiny parcels around his land to force them to sell their lots so he could “enhance” his privacy.

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BRICS

Covid 19 Crisis in India

Prof. Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service

Resurrection and Rise of Humanity, Community Assistance from Sikhs, Individuals and the Indigent, Corporations/Bollywood Conspicuous Silence

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EUROPE

Can the Pope End Corruption?

Frank Vogl | The Globalist - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 May 2021 - Pope Francis is taking all the right steps to end the deep-rooted corruption in the Vatican. Will he be successful?

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

Israeli Man Trying to Take Over Palestinian Home Says ‘If I Don’t Steal It, Someone Else’ Will

Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 May 2021 - In a glaring example of settler colonialism in action, a video on social media this week shows a Palestinian woman confronting an Israeli man who admits he is trying to steal her family's home. The house is located in an occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood where Palestinian residents have been ordered to vacate by an Israeli court.

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Israeli Apartheid and Palestine Grievances

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

3 May 2021 - Questions from Rodrigo Craveiro from Correio Braziliense, 27 Apr 2021, in response to Report of Human Rights Watch on Israeli Apartheid; it is followed by my responses to questions of Zahra Mirzafarjouyan on behalf of Mehr News Agency in Tehran, addressing some of the underlying causes of Palestinian grievances.

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Israel Is Trying Hard to Erase Jerusalem’s Palestinians

Jalal Abukhater | Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 May 2021 - And it has made colonial violence a permanent feature of Palestinian lives in the holy city.

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SCIENCE

Are Chemicals Shrinking Your Penis and Depleting Your Sperm? Here’s What the Evidence Really Says

Tim Moss | The Conversation - TRANSCEND Media Service

3 May 2021 - A doomsday scenario of an end to human sperm production has been back in the news recently, now with the added threat of shrinking penises. Prof. Shanna Swan, a US epidemiologist who studies environmental influences on human development, recently published a new book called Countdown.

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WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Time to Talk about That Other Existential Threat to the Planet

Anton Wagner | NOW Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service

26 Apr 2021 - A Nanos poll commissioned by a coalition of peace groups suggests Canadians are shaking off their indifference to nuclear war amid the pandemic.

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ENERGY

How the World’s Energy Problem Has Been Hidden

Gail Tverberg | Our Finite World - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 May 2021 - We live in a world where words are very carefully chosen. Companies hire public relations to give just the right “spin” to what they say. Politicians suggest that everything is going well. Newspapers would like their advertisers to be happy. I believe that what has happened in recent years is that the “truth” has become very dark.

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CAPITALISM

Rampant Wall Street Speculation: The Fever Chart of a Terminally Diseased System

Nick Beams | WSWS - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 May 2021 - The phenomenal rise of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, which has risen 11,000 percent since the start of the year, is the expression of a seemingly new principle in the world of speculation—the more intrinsically worthless a so-called “asset” the faster its rise.

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INSPIRATIONAL

The Soul-Expanding Value of Difficulty: Rilke on How Great Sadnesses Transform Us and Bring Us Closer to Ourselves

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

“That is at bottom the only courage that is demanded of us: to have courage for the most strange, the most singular and the most inexplicable that we may encounter.”

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SPIRITUALITY

The Truth about Loneliness

Radhanath Swami | ISKCON News – TRANSCEND Media Service

1 May 2021 - On Valentine’s Day last year, the BBC launched the largest ever Loneliness Experiment with 55,000 people from around the world. They found that loneliness is as bad for our health as having a long-term illness such as diabetes or high blood pressure, or smoking 15 cigarettes a day. It may reduce our life expectancy by up to 8 years.

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OBITUARIES

Remembering My Friend General Hendrik Van Der Graaf, Famous UN Peacemaker Who Died on 10 Mar 2021

Robin Edward Poulton, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

UNIDIR’s General Henny Invented “Weapons-for-Development” - He was a leader in UN and EU peace and disarmament, particularly in reducing the proliferation and illicit trafficking of small arms and light weapons.

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MEMORABLE QUOTES

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.”

Andre Gide | Autumn Leaves – TRANSCEND Media Service

André Paul Guillaume Gide was a French author and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gide's career ranged from its beginnings in the symbolist movement, to the advent of anticolonialism between the two World Wars.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

The Right-Wing Outrage Cycle

Tom Tomorrow | Daily Kos – TRANSCEND Media Service

This Modern World - 3 May 2021

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Meaning of Maybe

Readers’ Digest – TRANSCEND Media Service

Read on...

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POETRY FORMAT

Ads for Profit and Humiliation

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

In this pandemic season, there is suffering everywhere People are falling ill, trying to get vaccine Many unable to find hospitals and medicine A new problem has arisen, unable to get oxygen

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Sunday Morning

Michael David Morrissey – TRANSCEND Media Service

I woke up this morning ashamed it being Sunday

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Italiano) Giornalismo di pace e libertà di stampa

Gianmarco Pisa | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service

Nella ricorrenza del 3 maggio, una riflessione sul rapporto tra giornalismo di pace e libertà di stampa.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Vaccines: Right, Wrong, What?

Dan Monroe - TRANSCEND Media Service

Please LEAVE YOUR COMMENT/OPINION Below

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Od Ebra do Dunava (Music Video of the Week)

Barcelona Gipsy balKan Orchestra – TRANSCEND Media Service

Live in Vilnius, Lithuania (Click on Watch on YouTube)

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