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EDITORIAL

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Calling all Healers!

#569 | Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service

In TMS’ first editorial of the new year, Johan Galtung anointed 2019 as the Year of Health. This is a call to all of you to recognize and cultivate the healer in yourselves, to support and elevate healers everywhere at all levels. To revive ancient healing methods and create new ones for the most intractable ailments afflicting individuals, communities, societies and our human species.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Jake Lynch on Peace Journalism

Leeds Beckett University – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dr Jake Lynch, former BBC newsreader, political correspondent for Sky News and Sydney correspondent for the Independent, is the director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and one of the most published authors in the field of Peace Journalism.

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Game Theory and Disarmament: Thinking Beyond the Table

Max Willner-Giwerc | E-IR, Northeastern University – TRANSCEND Media Service

18 Dec 2018 - Game theory and disarmament have a long and rich history together. Though the logic of game theory has been used for millennia, it was not formalized until the violence of World War II, and the nascent field was popularized extensively during the Cold War. Indeed, it was pursued mainly for military purposes, especially to model the nuclear arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States. These models were studied “exhaustively” during the Cold War, and they led to a rich body of literature and theory that has become integral to economics, philosophy, mathematics, international relations, business, and evolutionary biology.

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NOBEL LAUREATES

City of London Corporation Votes in Favour of Revoking [Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi Honorary Freedom Award

Alexandra Rogers | City A.M. – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jan 2019 - City of London Corporation councillors have voted in favour of removing the honorary freedom award granted to Aung San Suu Kyi over her failure to condemn atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in Myanmar.

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Nobel Peace Prize 2019 – Nomination info in English, French, German, Spanish, Swedish – Deadline: 31 Jan

Fredrik S. Heffermehl | Nobel Peace Prize Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 2019 – Please use our attached information on the 2019 Nobel Prize; for your convenience in English, Français, Deutsch, Castellano, Svenska.

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TRANSCEND News

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Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service

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BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Multi-option Technical Facilitation of Public Debate

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 2019 - Eliciting Consensus Nationally and Internationally - At the time of writing, the French government of Emmanuel Macron is about to engage in a three month Grand Débat National (January-March 2019). This is being instigated around the country as a means of clarifying issues raised by the remarkable uprising of the Gilets Jaunes ("Yellow Vests"), widely publicized worldwide.

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Small Is Beautiful – A Contemporary Perspective

Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Ernest F. Schumacher, the German born British economist, wrote a collection of essays called Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics as if People Mattered in 1973, arguing against the large capitalist economy that ill-treats the earth’s resources resulting in degradation of the earth and depletion of its resources. Small can be Beautiful even today if properly visualized and effectively implemented. Ernest Schumacher’s book is still relevant even after about half a century of its publication.

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New EU Sanctions on Iran: The Plank in Your Own Eyes

Jan Oberg | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2019 - European Union issues sanctions on Iran on January 8, 2019. The move puts the individuals and intelligence unit on the EU terrorist list – freezing their financial assets. It’s a brilliant example of Matthew 7:3-6: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

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“Evacuate the Coffee”: A White Supremacist Classic

Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2019 - US troops have been dispatched to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the results of presidential balloting are still unknown. Are they there to make sure that Joseph Kabila, the president they installed and kept in power for 18 years, cedes power to former Exxon-Mobil executive Martin Fayula, their new horse to ride?

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Commonality and Hope

Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Jan 2019 - The Gandhis of the world are a bit more numerous than the Trumps but numbers are not everything. For example, we do have to consider that greedy selfish people can accumulate significant wealth and control media and thus influence fate of millions of people (Zionism is a good example). They even get elected as happened in the US, Brazil, or "Israel".

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Toward Geopolitical Disengagement: Uncertain yet Desirable

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

13 Jan 2019 - For a region that has endured so much suffering and abuse, I offer fervent wishes that we will be surprised by hopeful developments during coming months. Already the shakeup of regional politics and perceptions due to the Trump withdrawal move is ambiguous in its implications, but seemingly leading in the positive direction of U.S. political disengagement, and an end to the delusions of being ‘a force for good.’

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What Are We Working for “At Eternity’s Gate”?

Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service

Vincent, responding to Gauguin, a former stock broker, when he urged him to paint slowly and methodically, said, “I need to be out of control. I don’t want to calm down.” He knew that to be fully alive was to be vulnerable, to not hold back, to always be slipping away, and to be threatened with annihilation at any moment. When painting, he was intoxicated with a creative joy that belies the popular image of him as always depressed.

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CURRENT AFFAIRS

From Child Refugee in Mozambique to School Principal in the United States

Marta Martinez | UNHCR – TRANSCEND Media Service

Growing up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bertine Bahige was studying hard to become a doctor. At 13, he had his life figured out. Or so he thought. Resettlement gave Bertine Bahige a new chance in life. The former Congolese refugee would have never imagined he would one day call Wyoming home.

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Seven Charts That Show the World Is Actually Becoming a Better Place

Julius Probst – The Conversation

4 Jan 2019 - A look at key data shows that the world is much better off today than ever before in history.

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HUMAN RIGHTS

Fact Check: How Many People Are Enslaved in the World Today?

Monti Datta – The Conversation

7 Jan 2018 - Estimates of modern slavery vary widely, whether they try to pin down numbers in the U.S., across the globe or just in certain industries.

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Rising Human Trafficking Takes on ‘Horrific Dimensions’: Almost a Third of Victims Are Children

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Jan 2019 - A new UN report published today shows that human trafficking is on the rise and taking on “horrific dimensions”, with sexual exploitation of victims the main driver. Children now account for 30 per cent of those being trafficked, and far more girls are detected than boys.

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IN FOCUS

Global Wars and Peace: Insanity against Humanity – What Next?

Mahboob A Khawaja, PhD. – TRANSCEND Media Service

The UNO, The Geneva Conventions, The Hague Conventions, The Declaration of Human Rights, The Human Rights Commission and so many other paper-based laws and conventions often are a distraction from the prevalent reality of raging global conflicts needing urgent and forceful action for peace and human security.

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ANGLO AMERICA

1958 TV Show Had Conman ‘Trump’ Selling Mystical ‘Wall’ to Hysterical Townspeople (Must Watch)

Matt Shuham | TPM – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jan 2019 - In 1958, CBS aired an episode of the series “Trackdown” called “The End of the World,” in which a confidence man named Trump attempts to sell a western town a “wall” — in the form of supposedly mystical parasols — to protect them from the fake threat of a meteor shower.

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What Trump’s Syrian Withdrawal Really Reveals

Stephen F. Cohen – The Nation

9 Jan 2019 - A wise decision is greeted by denunciations, obstructionism, imperial thinking, and more Russia-bashing.

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Evangelical Christian Group Upset That LGBTQ People Are Mentioned in Anti-Lynching Bill

Carol Kuruvilla - HuffPost

10 Jan 2019 - After more than a century of inaction from Congress, the Senate unanimously approved legislation in December that would make lynching a federal hate crime. The Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver said he’s worried that this means queer Americans could be granted more rights under federal law.

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MILITARISM

America at War

Stephanie Savell and 5W Infographics | Smithsonian Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service

January 2019 - This Map Shows Where in the World the U.S. Military Is Operating | The infographic reveals for the first time that the U.S. is now operating in 40 percent of the world’s nations.

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ASIA & THE PACIFIC

Afghanistan in Photos: When a US Strike Hits a Family Home

Andrew Quilty , Abigail Fielding-Smith , Jessica Purkiss – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

2 Jan 2019 - The doors of Emergency Hospital in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, swung open: Ehsanullah, 14, his face a swollen mess of flesh, was the first to be wheeled in. His younger brother Hedayat, 4, was next. He had deep wounds up and down both legs, a skull injury and a bubble of intestine was protruding from a small hole in his abdomen…

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ASIA-UPDATES ON MYANMAR ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

Amid Troop Build-Up in Rohingya’s Home State, UN Appeals to Myanmar for Peaceful Solution

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2019 - Major fighting in Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state has so far been avoided following clashes between armed separatists and national security forces that are increasing troop numbers there, a top UN humanitarian official there said today.

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The Rohingya – The Forgotten Genocide of Our Time

Leila Yasmine Khan and Daud Khan | IPS – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2019 - The violence towards the Rohingya, and their displacement from their homes and villages, is likely to wipe out their traditions, culture and lifestyle as well as their mental and cultural constructs. This combination of physical and psychological violence is likely to lead to the elimination of the Rohingya’s identity.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

International Conference on Protection and Accountability in Burma

Columbia University & Free Rohingya Coalition – TRANSCEND Media Service

This conference is designed to call world’s attention to and educate the international public at large about the twofold need for protection and accountability which Rohingya genocide survivors and other ethnic and religious minorities such as Kachin, Shan, Karen, Myanmar Muslims, etc. demand and deserve. 8-9 Feb 2019, Columbia University, Barnard Hall

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BRICS

When Bolsonaro and Netanyahu Are ‘Brothers’: Why Brazil Should Shun the Israeli Model

Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2019 - Newly-inaugurated Brazilian President, Jair Bolsonaro, is set to be the arch-enemy of the environment and indigenous and disadvantaged communities in his country and promises to be a friend of like-minded, far-right leaders the world over. A special friendship is blossoming between Bolsonaro and Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel exports wars to its neighbors, war technology to the rest of the world, and should not be seen as the model to follow, but rather the example to avoid.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

Storms and Snow in Lebanon Worsen Plight for Syrian Refugees

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jan 2019 - Storm-force winds and snow across Lebanon have worsened the plight for tens of thousands of Syrian refugees who’ve been forced from their homes by nearly eight years of conflict, a top UN humanitarian official said today.

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

Israel Spraying Herbicides inside Gaza Violates Int’l Law, Rights Groups Say

Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man | +972 Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2019 - The Israeli army is continuing to spray dangerous herbicides on agricultural fields inside the Gaza Strip, three years since +972 Magazine first reported on the practice. This week, three Palestinian and Israeli human rights groups sent a letter to Israeli military officials demanding they immediately cease spraying the dangerous chemicals into Gaza.

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‘Israel’s Permit Regime Isn’t about Security, It’s about Segregation’

Edo Konrad | + 972 Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2019 - The image should be familiar to every person with even the slightest bit of knowledge about Palestine. Hundreds of middle-aged men huddled together at ungodly hours, waiting in interminable lines in corridors enclosed by concrete walls, turnstiles, guard towers, and armed soldiers. The permit system for Palestinians allows Israel to recruit informants, suppress political activity, and create an opaque system of segregation and control. Just don’t say it’s about security.

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Palestinian Aspirations versus Zombie Geopolitics

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

8 Jan 2019 - The mental processes that infuse zombie geopolitics with political vitality long after their viability has vanished is partly mysterious, and partly a calculated effort to deny a changed reality. More concretely, I have in mind the afterlife of ‘the two-state solution’ to the long Israel-Palestine confrontation. It retained its status as the only practical solution for years after it became crystal clear to even semi-informed observers that it would never happen.

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MEDIA

Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever

Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jan 2019 - In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump’s claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat’s shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washington’s alleged right and duty to decide other countries’ fates, and in the forever war the US supposedly has to wage in the Middle East.

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Everything the Western Mainstream Media Outlets Get Wrong When Covering Poor Countries

9 Jan 2019 - From de-prioritizing the lives of locals in poor countries, to downplaying global inequality, racism, and condescension, the way Western news agencies do international news is deeply harmful. If you want to find out what’s happening in a poor country, be sure to add –tourists- to your Google News search.

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Study: U.S. Newspapers Are More Than Twice as Likely to Cite Israeli Sources in Headlines than Palestinian Ones

Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept

12 Jan 2019 - The study analyzed 50 years of news headlines on the Israel-Palestine conflict and found an overwhelming slant toward the Israeli point of view.

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ENVIRONMENT

When the Ice Melts: The Catastrophe of Vanishing Glaciers

Dahr Jamail – The Guardian

8 Jan 2019 - As global temperatures rise, shrivelling glaciers and thawing permafrost threaten yet more climate disruption. How should we confront what is happening to our world? While western colonialist culture believes in “rights”, many indigenous cultures teach of “obligations” that we are born into: obligations to those who came before, to those who will come after, and to the Earth itself.

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TECHNOLOGY

Nanomaterials Are Changing the World – But We Still Don’t Have Adequate Safety Tests for Them

Shareen Doak, Martina G. Vijver and Martin Clift – The Conversation

10 Jan 2019 - Nanotechnology and materials are the source of countless innovations, but we don't accurately know how they are affecting humans and the environment.

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ECONOMICS

Progressive Tax with Examples

Kimberly Amadeo | The Balance – TRANSCEND Media Service

28 Dec 2018 - How a Progressive Tax System Helps You Even if You Are Not Poor

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REVIEWS

Time for a New Paradigm

Roberto Savio | Other News – TRANSCEND Media Service

Foreword to Riccardo Petrella’s In the Name of Humanity - Riccardo is a central point of reference for those who have not yet given up on seeing the governance of globalisation in terms of values and ideals. He has behind him a long series of struggles for a different economy and has denounced the dangers of neoliberal globalisation from the outset. We owe it to him if the theme of “commons” began to be debated, in particular that of water as a public good.

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Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA and the Mafia

Antony C. Black – TRANSCEND Media Service

The moniker ‘Gladio’ (after the two-edged sword used in classical Rome) was broadened to include a host of deep state terrorist structures including: ‘P2’ In Italy, ‘P26’ in Switzerland, ‘Sveaborg’ in Sweden, ‘Counter-Guerrilla’ in Turkey and ‘Sheepskin’ in Greece. These had connections with virtually every US secret state terrorist organization in the world including Operation Condor in Latin America and many global drug cartels that provided the secretive wealth needed to fund and otherwise lubricate the whole rotting, corrupt shebang.

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HISTORY

An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis

James Baldwin | New York Review of Books – TRANSCEND Media Service

November 19, 1970 - Since we live in an age in which silence is not only criminal but suicidal, I have been making as much noise as I can, here in Europe, on radio and television—in fact, have just returned from a land, Germany, which was made notorious by a silent majority not so very long ago. I was asked to speak on the case of Miss Angela Davis, and did so. Very probably an exercise in futility, but one must let no opportunity slide.

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Rosa Luxemburg, Murdered 15 Jan 1919: I Was, I Am, I Shall Be!

Journeyman | Public Reading Rooms – TRANSCEND Media Service

100 years since her death, Rosa Luxemburg’s life and writing are more than ever an inspiration for all who believe, like her, another world is possible.

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BIOGRAPHIES

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

Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.

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Stringfellow Barr (15 Jan 1897 – 3 Feb 1982): Joining the Human Race

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

Stringfellow Barr was a historian of the classic Greek and Roman period and an active world citizen. He served as president of the Foundation for World Government from 1948 to 1958 and of St. John's College in Annapolis. The aim of St. John's under Stringfellow was to turn out well-read liberals who would have studied a common set of "Great Books" starting with the Greeks such as Plato.

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INSPIRATIONAL

Voltaire and Bertrand Russell, a Comparison: God, Religion and Dogma (Part 2)

David Lorimer | Wall Street International - Human Wrongs Watch

A comparison of the two men’s views on God may throw some light on how the affirmation of the mystery of existence may lead to a declaration of its meaninglessness.

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POETRY FORMAT

Astonishing the Enemy

Gary Corseri – TRANSCEND Media Service

This is a poem about people who challenge us to acknowledge our common humanity—and the way they are too often rejected and ostracized—and even worse. I’m working in quatrains and a quiet rhyme scheme, but more important, a certain tone, an ironic tone that reveals the limitations of the speaker.

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On Transforming Humanity: A Checklist for Reflection/Research

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

We want Humanity politically to transform but current political systems how to reform ?

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IN ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Français) Censure, menaces et stress post-traumatique: le journalisme environnemental sous haute tension

Eric Freedman – The Conversation

3 Jan 2019 - Couvrir les sujets environnementaux est l’un des exercices les plus périlleux du journalisme. Entre 2005 et 2016, 40 reporters y ont laissé la vie.

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(Português) A Estupidez Social e Ambiental Condena Toda a Vida: Eduardo Gudynas

Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 jan 2019 - Eduardo Gudynas, uruguaio, é um dos grandes ecólogos mundiais. Está entre os primeiros a formular uma ecologia social.Este artigo é um balanço de 2018 sobre os dramas ecologicosocias que se aproximam, se não mudarmos a nossa relação para com a Mãe Terra -tema central da encíclica do Papa Francisco “sobre o cuidado da Casa Comum – e para com a natureza em geral.

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(Português) Tráfico de Animais: Tigre deformado é criado através de incesto numa cruel tentativa de ganhar dinheiro

Yasmin Ribeiro - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

13 jan 2019 - Este raro tigre branco – cruelmente apelidado de “o tigre mais feio do mundo” – foi criado através do incesto por um traficante de animais que queria fazer uma pequena fortuna. O animal, chamado Kenny, tinha uma face deformada que relatos incorretos afirmavam ser causada pela síndrome de Down.

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(Français) Socialisme tropical depuis 60 ans. Bilan de la Révolution cubaine

Marc Vandepitte | Journal Notre Amérique – TRANSCEND Media Service

Le 1er janvier 2019, cela a fait exactement 60 ans que le peuple cubain, dirigé par les frères Castro et Che Guevara, renversèrent le dictateur Batista. Ce fut le début d’une histoire tumultueuse et légendaire. Un bilan présenté par Marc Vandepitte, expert en matière de Cuba.

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(Français) Tout comprendre à la nouvelle offensive contre le Venezuela

Romain Migus | Le Grand Soir – TRANSCEND Media Service

L’investiture de Nicolas Maduro, ce jeudi 10 janvier, provoque déjà des remous politiques et médiatiques. Élu le 20 mai 2018, le président du Venezuela doit faire face à une opération concertée et planifiée des USA et de leurs alliés.

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(Português) Luta com Touros Ganha Espaço na China

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service

4 jan 2019 - Na China, alguns professores de kung-fu decidiram criar um “esporte infame”, a luta com touros. Em vez de lutar com pessoas, eles lutam contra bovinos com cinco vezes o seu peso. Claramente não conta com o aval do animal, mas o força a reagir pelo instinto de autodefesa em uma situação de violência.

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(Français) 100e anniversaire de la révolution spartakiste: Réflexions autour de l’œuvre de Rosa Luxemburg

Jacques Kmieciak | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service

Ce mercredi 9 janvier 2019 à Grenay (1), près de Lens (Pas-de-Calais), à l’occasion des cent ans de la révolution spartakiste, la projection du documentaire de Marcel Bluwal consacré à Rosa Luxemburg (2) offrira l’occasion à Dominique Villaeys-Poirré de revenir sur le parcours de cette militante anti-impérialiste et théoricienne du marxisme.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

What is Patriotism?

Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor - TRANSCEND Media Service

Actress Sandra Oh reads the speech given by Anarchist Emma Goldman in San Francisco before the United States entered WWI.

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Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata (Music Video of the Week)

Valentina Lisitsa – TRANSCEND Media Service

Op 27 # 2 Mov 3 - At Beethovensaal, Hannover, Germany - 34,348,601 views on YouTube

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EDITORIAL CARTOON / SATIRE

Unstoppable?

Latuff – MintPress News

Evil face of evil empire...

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Art Divine

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A kindergarten teacher was observing her class while the children drew pictures.

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