Peace Journalism Perspective



Destroying the Web of Life: The Destruction of Earth’s Biodiversity Is Accelerating

#676 | Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

Ralph Waldo Emerson once noted that ‘The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.’ If we are to prove him wrong, we do not have much time left. This is because Homo Sapiens is a part of the web of life. And we are ruthlessly destroying that web.

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Final Speech from ‘The Great Dictator’

Charlie Chaplin – TRANSCEND Media Service

"We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost..." --The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin)

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Machiavelli or Gandhi? Chaiwat Satha-anand’s Nonviolence in a Comparative Perspective

This paper examines the doctrine of non-violence by the Thai political scientist Chaiwat Satha-Anand, based on his thesis, “The Non-Violent Prince”. Chaiwat’s theoretical considerations will be related to the work of the political philosopher Leo Strauss and his doctrine will be contrasted with the Gandhian notion of non-violence through a comparison with the writings of the French Islamologist Louis Massignon.

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On 22 Jan 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Will Enter into Force

ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Nobel Peace Laureate - TRANSCEND Media Service

To mark the day that nuclear weapons become illegal under international law, ICAN campaigners and other anti-nuclear activists around the world will be hosting a huge range of actions and activities. Find one near you (or online in your timezone) through the map below. And make sure to add yours to the map as well!

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Let´s Celebrate the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Entry into Force Together!

International Peace Bureau, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dear IPB Family and Friends, on 22 Jan 2021 the world will celebrate the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, supported by over 120 states at the UN in July 2017. On this historic day, we call on our friends and all peace lovers to celebrate this historical step, and deliver this great news with noise and fun in your countries all across the globe, as the road to a world free of nuclear weapons is now wide open!

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Fifty Years Later: The Significance of the Nuremberg Code

Evelyne Shuster, Ph.D. | The New England Journal of Medicine – TRANSCEND Media Service

1. The voluntary consent of the human subject is absolutely essential. This means that the person involved should have legal capacity to give consent; should be so situated as to be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion…

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It’s Time to End the Nuclear Era!

Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons – TRANSCEND Media Service

Today, 15 Jan 2021, in advance of next week’s two milestones of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 Jan and the 75th anniversary of UN General Assembly Resolution 1(1) two days later, we issued a statement to welcome the new treaty and to remind all states of their 75-year obligation to disarm.

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Martin Luther King: The Saint Honored by the Government That Shot Him in the Face … A “Forgotten” Extrajudicial Political Assassination [?]

Prof. Graeme MacQueen - TRANSCEND Media Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 18, was signed into law as a federal holiday in 1983. I do not wish to trivialize this accomplishment: it took great persistence by civil society groups and it had to conquer serious opposition. Yet what it has established is an indigestible paradox in the nation’s list of saints and heroes.

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MLK’s Warning of America’s Spiritual Death

Gary G. Kohls, MD | Consortium News – TRANSCEND Media Service

From the Archive: A half century ago, The New York Times accused Martin Luther King Jr. of “slander” for decrying the Vietnam War and The Washington Post detected “unsupported fantasies” in his speech, recalled more favorably by Gary G. Kohls--originally published on 19 Jan 2014; slightly edited for time element.

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“Orders to Kill” Dr. Martin Luther King: The Government That Honors MLK with a National Holiday Killed Him

Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Review of ‘The Plot to Kill King’ by William Pepper - Very few Americans are aware of the truth behind the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Few books have been written about it, unlike other significant assassinations, especially JFK’s. For almost fifty years there has been a media blackout supported by government deception to hide the truth.

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For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Report on the State of Planet Earth at Year’s End 2020

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

The global elite continues to exercise enormous power to determine our fate and only a strategic response has any genuine prospect of defeating the elite coup to defend our identity, freedom and volition. ‘Never send to know for whom the bell tolls.’

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DC Police Arrest 147 White Protesters on Capitol Steps

Diane Perlman | Medium – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Jan 2021 - It was January 10, 2020. We weren’t protesting a stolen election, but a stolen future. I was among those arrested on the last day of Jane Fonda’s four-month DC stint of Fire Drill Fridays, along with Martin Sheen and Joaquin Phoenix.

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The Correct Response to Fascism Is Not Compromise: QAnon and Hate Speech Need to Be Dealt with Head-On

Robin Edward Poulton - TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jan 2021 - After the invasion of - and temporary suspension of - Congress, what is the correct response? As a peace maker, you might think I would opt for compromise, but that is not my position. A surgeon faced with a cancerous tumor does not wait until the tumor gets bigger: he cuts it out as soon as possible, and radiates the surrounding area to ensure the cancer does not grow back. QAnon is a cancer in the American body politic, and it needs to be treated like the Fascist Cancer it has become.

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Smiles — Bewitching, Enticing

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

A smile is a common human facial expression. It can be welcoming; it can be wicked or threatening without any words being spoken. Words depend on the language of the speaker or the listener but a smile needs no words and yet conveys a lot of meaning in whatever situation one is.

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Blocking Twitter & Twitter Blocking Trump: Why We Should Worry

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

Should a government have the authority to limit the dissemination by social media of material derogatory to or defamatory of the elected leadership of the country, as well as have a mandate to impose limits on access to sexually explicit material in deference to public morals?

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Explaining the United Nations

Alberto Portugheis – TRANSCEND Media Service

A letter written by a citizen of Kashmir I read recently, addressed to the United Nations Secretary General, urging him to ensure an end to the Kashmir conflict, prompts me to write this piece. The writer stated the end of the conflict was necessary “if war was to be avoided, not only between India and Pakistan, but a war that would extend to various countries”.

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The US Capitol Building Riot and Its Blowback

Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jan 2021 - The Only Thing Scarier than QAnon Is the Reaction to It

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Update – #JournalistsSpeakUpForAssange

Serena, Nicky, Blaž and Tareq | International Journalists Speak Up for Julian Assange – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2021 - No doubt you have all closely followed the events surrounding Julian Assange’s court proceedings this week. For those of you who may have not yet had the chance, we wanted to provide you with a brief summary, analysis and some resources.

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Julian Assange’s Denial of Freedom an Affront to Human Rights

Sara Chessa | Independent Australia – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Jan 2021 - JUST TWO DAYS after saying “no” to a U.S. extradition request, Judge Vanessa Baraitser rejected Julian Assange’s bail application and sent him back to Belmarsh Prison. Meanwhile, the U.S. Government has confirmed they will appeal the verdict and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Professor Nils Melzer, called again for Assange to be immediately released.

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British Judge Keeps Julian Assange in Prison, Despite Denying Extradition Two Days Ago

Kevin Gosztola | The Dissenter – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Jan 2021 - "As far as Mr. Assange is concerned, this case has not been won,” Judge Vanessa Baraitser declared. She said the United States government “must be allowed to challenge [her] decision.”

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Vaccines Alone Aren’t Enough to Eradicate a Virus – Lessons from History

Caitjan Gainty and Agnes Arnold-Forster | The Conversation – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 2021- Too much hope is being pinned on the vaccine alone to get us out of the current pandemic. But 'low-tech' solutions are needed, too.

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Coronavirus Global Data: 95,5M+ Infected; 2M+ Deceased; 68,2M+ Recovered

Worldometer and Avi Schiffmann - TRANSCEND Media Service

On 18 Jan 2021 12pm GMT: Total Vaccines in Development: 192 Total Cases: 95,518,512 Deaths: 2,040,457 Recovered: 68,230,396 Cases Closed: 70,270,853 Active: 25,247,659

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World Coronavirus Map

World Life Expectancy – TRANSCEND Media Service

Country Health Profile: How does Coronavirus/Covid19 rank among other illnesses? Is it the most lethal? Welcome to World Life Expectancy. Find info, insights, numbers, statistics on health and causes of death. Updated daily.

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Nutrition to Treat and Prevent COVID-19

Doctor Y, Andrew W. Saul, and Robert G. Smith | Orthomolecular Medicine News Service - TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Jan 2021 - Speaking out on nutritional therapy for COVID-19 is risky for medical doctors. Yet another physician is being threatened by his state licensing board for writing what you are about to read. We are not calling him/her "Doctor Y" on a whim, but rather by necessity.

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Death by Coincidence?

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr | Children’s Health Defense – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 2021 - Declarations by health officials and vaccine makers that deaths and injuries following COVID vaccinations are unrelated coincidences are becoming a pattern. They’re also depriving people of the information they need to make informed decisions.

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WHO: No Guarantee COVID Vaccines Will Prevent People from Being Infected

Joseph Mercola, M.D. | Children's Health Defense – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Jan 2021 - At a virtual press conference held by the World Health Organization on 28 Dec 2020, officials warned there is no guarantee that COVID-19 vaccines will prevent people from being infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and transmitting it to other people.

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In Historic House Vote, Only 10 Republicans Join Democrats to Impeach Trump for Inciting Insurrection

Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Jan 2021 - With only a week left in office, President Donald Trump today became the first U.S. president in history to be impeached for a second time when all House Democrats—joined by just 10 Republicans—passed an article charging him with "high crimes and misdemeanors" for inciting a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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Biden’s Nominee for CIA Director

John Kiriakou | Consortium News – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jan 2021 - If there must be a CIA, I feel better with Bill Burns being in charge of it.

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America and Turbulent Democracy Look for Change

Dr. Mahboob A. Khawaja - TRANSCEND Media Service

True wisdom needs soul searching and tranquility of human behavior – the manifestations of true wisdom. If Americans are intelligent, they should listen to voices of Reason and Wisdom before it is too late. Its pains, horrors and cruelty are within itself.

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Color, COVID and the Coup

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

14 Jan 2021 - People of color in the USA are more likely to die of gun violence and to contract COVID-19, and when they do, disproportionately suffer more serious consequences, including death. The violent white supremacist insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th put the ugly realities of racism and inequality in this country in stark relief. Trump’s departure from the Oval Office is only the first step.

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‘There Is No Noise’: Inside the Controversial Rohingya Bhasan Char Refugee Camp – A Photo Essay

Anonymous, as told to Shafiur Rahman | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jan 2021 - Amid concern from charities and NGOs, Bangladesh is relocating Rohingya refugees to a remote island. One resident describes his new life there.

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Brazil: 6 Patients Die of Asphyxiation as Hospitals in Manaus Run Out of Oxygen

Tomás Castanheira | WSWS - TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Jan 2021 - Amid an explosive growth in COVID-19 hospitalizations, the Brazil’s Amazonian capital, Manaus, is experiencing days of terror with a collapse of the oxygen supply in its hospitals. An entire wing of University Hospital patients died on Thursday [14 Jan] night due to lack of oxygen, six people in total.

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Why Are People Going Hungry in India Despite a Massive Grain Surplus?

Prabhat Patnaik | Indepedent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Jan 2021 - Since late November, braving the bitter cold, hundreds of thousands of farmers have set up protest camps at various points on the borders of India’s capital, New Delhi. Their main demand is the withdrawal of the three farm laws rammed through parliament by the right-wing Narendra Modi government in September.

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How a Lawbreaking International Coalition Failed to Overthrow Venezuela’s Government

Vijay Prashad and Carlos Ron | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Jan 2021 - Last 15 Jan the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela. That day the Lima Group released a statement saying they did not recognize it and called upon countries to “disregard” it and recognize a former member, Juan Guaidó. The Group called for a “transition process” in Venezuela; in other words, the overthrow of President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.

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The Trump Administration’s Parting Outrage against Cuba

Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores | Intrepid Report - TRANSCEND Media Service

On 11 Jan 2021, in his final days before leaving office, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo added one parting blow to the series of bludgeons his administration has inflicted on Cuba for four years: putting the island on the list of “state sponsors of terror” that includes only Iran, North Korea and Syria. The designation drew swift condemnation from policymakers and humanitarian groups.

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US Blacklisting of Houthis ‘Could Tip Yemen into Huge Famine’

BBC - TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Jan 2021 - The US plan to designate Yemen's rebel Houthi movement as a terrorist group is likely to trigger a "famine on a scale that we have not seen for nearly 40 years", the UN's aid chief has said.

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US Brands Yemen’s Houthi Rebels “Terrorists,” Paving Way for Mass Starvation

Bill Van Auken | WSWS - TRANSCEND Media Service

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday [11 Jan] that Washington will designate the Houthi rebels, who govern territory containing 70 percent of the Yemeni population, as a “foreign terrorist organization.” This cynical and potentially catastrophic measure is being taken by the ostensibly “lame-duck” secretary of state as part of an unrelenting “maximum pressure” campaign of punishing economic sanctions and continuous military provocations against Iran.

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Why B’Tselem Is Calling Israel an Apartheid Regime, from the River to the Sea

Orly Noy | +972 Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Jan 2021 - One of Israel's top human rights groups recognizes the occupation cannot be viewed in isolation from the goal of Jewish supremacy inside the Green Line. B’Tselem invites the Israeli public and the international community to look at our reality with courage, to internalize its full meaning, and to work to create a different future based on full and equal human rights for all the inhabitants of the country.

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Israel Is Losing the Fight to Obscure Its Apartheid Character

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 2021 - New report by rights group B’Tselem will make it harder to smear Israel’s critics as antisemites for arguing that Israel is a racist state. For more than a decade, Israeli politicians and US diplomats from the “peace process industry” warned that, without a two-state solution, Israel is in danger of becoming an “apartheid state”.

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Environmental and Farmers Organizations in Italy Stop Government Attempt to Give Green Light to GMOs and NBTs

Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 2021 - Twenty six farmers organisations, environmental movements and consumer associations in Italy collectively launched a powerful campaign this week, which prevented the government from passing 4 bills inspired by the agribusiness lobby and proposed by the Minister of Agriculture to permit GMOs and other New Breeding Techniques to enter the country.

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ACTION ALERT: What Can ‘Now Be Told’ by NYT about Pentagon Papers Isn’t Actually True

Jim Naureckas | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - TRANSCEND Media Service

Contrary to what is generally believed, Mr. Ellsberg never ‘gave’ the papers to the Times.” In fact, Ellsberg did give the papers to Sheehan, as the story gets around to revealing 38 paragraphs later: “So he told Mr. Ellsberg that he now needed the documents, not just his notes…. This time, when Mr. Sheehan asked, Mr. Ellsberg consented…. He arranged for Mr. Sheehan to pick up a complete copy of the historical study stowed in an Ellsberg family apartment in Manhattan.”So the big revisionist revelation in the New York Times article turns out to be false.

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How Silicon Valley, in a Show of Monopolistic Force, Destroyed Parler

Glenn Greenwald |– TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Jan 2021 - In the last three months, tech giants have censored political speech and journalism to manipulate U.S. politics, while liberals, with virtual unanimity, have cheered.

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Trump’s Twitter Ban May Be Justified, but That Doesn’t Mean Tech Giants’ Power Isn’t Scary

Alan MacLeod | FAIR Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Jan 2021 - In the wake of the dramatic storming of the Capitol last week, a host of big media companies, including Facebook, Reddit, Pinterest, Twitch, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok, have all taken measures against Donald Trump. Making the most headlines, however, was the decision of the president’s favorite medium, Twitter (8 Jan 21), to permanently suspend him “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

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Billionaires Add $1tn to Net Worth during Pandemic as Their Workers Struggle

Michael Sainato | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Jan 2021 - Billionaires in the US have increased their net worth by more than $1tn during the coronavirus pandemic, while many of their US workers have struggled with coronavirus risks in workplaces, for little to no extra pay to work in hazardous conditions.

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The Contagion of Capital

John Bellamy Foster, R. Jamil Jonna and Brett Clark | Monthly Review - TRANSCEND Media Service

1 Jan 2021 - The U.S. economy and society at the start of 2021 is more polarized than it has been at any point since the Civil War. The wealthy are awash in a flood of riches, marked by a booming stock market, while the underlying population exists in a state of relative, and in some cases even absolute, misery and decline.

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Resistance: Voices of Exiled Writers

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

This is an anthology of poems and short prose texts describing the situations that led to the exile of the writer.  The suffering and loss of country, home, family members and friends along with the personal experiences of torture and imprisonment are shared with others through memory.

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Between Capitalism and Community

Michael A. Lebowitz | Monthly Review - TRANSCEND Media Service

In this book, Michael Lebowitz deepens the arguments he made in his award-winning Beyond Capital. Karl Marx, in Capital, focused on capital and the capitalist class that is its embodiment. It is the endless accumulation of capital, its causes and consequences, that are central to Marx’s analysis.

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How Sarvodaya Was Founded

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne (called "Ari" by his friends) was a high school physics teacher in Sri Lanka. But he felt that what he had to teach within the prescribed curriculum had little relevance for students' lives.

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From “The Ninth Elegy”

Rainer Maria Rilke – TRANSCEND Media Service

Why, if it could begin as laurel, and be spent so, this space of Being, a little darker than all the surrounding green, with little waves at the edge

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(Italiano) Armi nucleari, una follia da fermare adesso

Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dal 22 gennaio 2021, le armi nucleari diventano illegali - Ci sono le volontà, ci sono i mezzi: dobbiamo farcela

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(Italiano) Nella più totale impunità l’emergenza continua nelle carceri indiane

Intervista a Virginius Xaxa di Daniela Bezzi | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Gennaio 2021 - Ci è già capitato più volte di denunciare su questo sito la situazione emergenziale del sistema giudiziario indiano, che sempre più spesso negli ultimi anni, di fronte a qualsiasi forma di dissenso, ha fatto ricorso al cosiddetto UAPA, acronimo che sta per Unlawful Activities Prevention Act.

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“We’ve arranged a global civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.”

Carl Sagan - TRANSCEND Media Service

Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, planetary scientist, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, poet, and science communicator.

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“Special People”

Joe Kandra and Kathie MM | Engaging Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service

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The Future of Vaccines

The Corbett Report - TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Dec 2020 - In his video report, "The Future of Vaccines," investigative journalist James Corbett reviews how the novel COVID-19 vaccine is paving the way for non-consensual medical experimentation on the general public.

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Tico Tico no Fubá (Music Video of the Week)

Edgar Weissenfels – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Brazilian song masterfully executed in an organ Wersi-Louvre

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Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A doctor met his lawyer friend at a party and lamented to him that when he was at a party people would ask him for advice on what to do about their illnesses.

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(Português) Na Mosca!

Anônimo – TRANSCEND Media Service

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