Peace Journalism Perspective



The Empire-Lovers Strike Back!

#553 | Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service

Trump, Putin, and the Anti-Russian Coalition in the U.S. - Looking a bit more closely at what holds the anti-Trump foreign policy coalition together, one discovers a missing reality that virtually no one will acknowledge directly: the existence of a beleaguered but still potent American Empire whose junior partner is Europe. What motivates a broad range of the President’s opponents is not so much the fear that he is anti-American as the suspicion that he is anti-Empire. Of course, neither liberals nor conservatives dare to utter the “E-word.”

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Johan Galtung: US Empire Will Collapse and Become a Dictatorship

Geopolitics & Empire – TRANSCEND Media Service

The founder of peace and conflict studies, Dr. Johan Galtung, discusses his predictions of the US Empire collapsing and becoming a dictatorship, before eventually rebuilding the republic's democracy.

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A Well-Founded Fear of Environment: International Resistance to Climate Refugees

Nicole Spadotto | E-International Relations – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Aug 2018 - Ultimately, the climate refugee norm is stalled due to competing discourses surrounding environmental and migration remedies.

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Hold the Front Page – The Reporters Are Missing

John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Sep 2018 - Hersh revealed the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the secret bombing of Cambodia, Parry exposed Iran-Contra, a drugs and gun-running conspiracy that led to the White House. In 2016, they separately produced compelling evidence that the Assad government in Syria had not used chemical weapons. They were not forgiven.

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Northern Ireland: Squandering a Future

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate | The Peace People – TRANSCEND Media Service

I want to challenge everyone to look at their children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews and question: how big is their division? Gone are the days of fear and threat. So where does the problem lie? I believe the problem lies in the older generations who have suffered terribly on all sides through violence and fear. My generation has a responsibility not to restrain the youth by our bigotry and division.

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Imprisonment, Torture and Rape: Why Myanmar Must Be Referred to the ICC

Shirin Ebadi and Tawakkol Karman | Both Nobel Peace Laureates – CNN

18 Sep 2018 - Today, the investigation led by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar presented its findings to the Human Rights Council. The mission's exhaustive report defines human rights violations and abuses as "shocking for their horrifying nature and ubiquity."

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Total Donations to 24 Set: € 970- TMS Budget: € 2,000. We Need € 1,000 Next Week, by 1 Oct

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

CAN YOU HELP US ACHIEVE IT? I am counting on YOU! Gratitude to Supporters.

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Specially Organised Retreat for TRANSCEND and Galtung-Institut Members in Nilgiris Hills, South India

Prof. Vithal Rajan – TRANSCEND Media Service

If you are going to the IPRA Conference in India in November 2018, here is an opportunity to include a stay at a Bed&Breakfast Retreat in the green and peaceful Nilgiris Hills of South India. Vithal Rajan, a TRANSCEND and Galtung-Institut member and an old friend of Johan Galtung, will help organise your stay on concessional terms, and guide your visits to nearby historic and cultural places, and wildlife reserves in Tamilnadu, Kerala, Pondicherry and Karnataka states of India.

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Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

William A. Schabas | UN Library of International Law – TRANSCEND Media Service

The text of the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 9 December 1948. After obtaining the requisite twenty ratifications required by article XIII, the Convention entered into force on 12 January 1951.

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Is Genocide a Controversial International Crime?

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

Why ‘Genocide’ is still a Controversial Crime? In this strikingly original, strange, and brilliant book, Philippe Sands raises a haunting question among a tangle of other intriguing issues discussed throughout East-West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity.

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Human Rights & Humanitarian Law: Genocide

Jean Paul Sartre | Tamil Nation – TRANSCEND Media Service

Jean Paul Sartre's Statement at the Second Session of the Bertrand Russell International War Crimes Tribunal on Vietnam held in Denmark in November 1967 remains, almost 40 years later, an inspiring appeal to the conscience of humanity - inspiring not only because of the force of its reason but also because it reveals Sartre's passionate commitment to justice.

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Map: The Risk of Genocide around the World

Ishaan Tharoor – The Washington Post

The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide launched a tool aimed at forecasting the risk of state-led mass killings. The Early Warning Project tracks the apparent signs of a potential pogrom or assault on minorities within a state.

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Imminent Collective Communication “Info-death”?

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service

Much is currently made of an impending collapse, whether the focus is on that of the economic system (as some kind of replica of 1929 or 2008), of the ecosystem (notably as a consequence of climate change), or of overpopulation and other post-peak implications (notably the exhaustion of non-renewable energy resources), as can be variously recognized.

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In Search of Meaning: Thoughts on Belief, Doubt and Wellbeing

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D.

A Twenty-Year Anniversary Reflection: 20 Sep 1999 – 20 Sep 2018 - This paper discusses the spiritual consequences for health and wellbeing associated with a dialogical tension between meaning-making and doubt. Meaning-making is pursued via various complex belief systems: worldviews, philosophies, religions, ideologies, mythologies, and "spiritual paths.

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Global Nonkilling Index Launched

Bill Bhaneja | Center for Global Nonkilling – TRANSCEND Media Service

'This index reflects an advanced method of indexing peace by looking at “killing” beyond traditional murder rates, to includes suicide, capital punishment, and battlefield death rates... Because a nonkilling index provides a better correlation to peace in a broader context than simple murder rates, the adoption of a nonkilling index, such as proposed in this article, will hopefully encourage the collection of more data on killing in any form every year by the World Health Organization and others'.

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One Crazy World

Emanuel E. Garcia, MD – TRANSCEND Media Service

As someone who has worked in psychoanalysis and psychiatry for the past three decades, I suppose I may be considered to possess some expertise in ‘madness’. This is not to say that I have devoted my life to determining who or who is not ‘crazy’ – the true work of a mental health clinician is not to impose totalitarian judgments but rather to accept the diverse variety of humanity in all of its manifestations and to alleviate mental and emotional suffering.

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A Madrasa That Promises both Heaven and Earth

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service

The South Indian city of Bidar--the northernmost part of Karnataka, 145 km from Hyderabad--is a placid habitation where Hindus and Muslims peaceably coexist to the eternal rhythms of sowing and harvest. It is barely known beyond the subcontinent. However, in recent years, it has built a great reputation in the field of education.

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When Pharmaceutical, Vaccine and Medical Device Corporations Rule the World’s Healthcare Industries

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

"Corporations should not be involved in any aspect of the democratic process. They should not be involved in education at any level. They should not be involved in health care. They should not be involved in the administration of social services. They should not be involved in the administration of justice. WHY? Because they are incapable of understanding and conforming to higher human aspirations and needs. Better to leave these areas to government, and to non-profit organizations, both of which are administered by humans in the human interest."

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Human Rights, State Sovereignty, and International Law: An Interview

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

20 Sep 2018 - The interview below conducted by my friend, journalist and author C.J. Polychroniou was initially published in the Global Policy Journal, on 11 Sep 2018, the 17thanniversary of the World Trade Center attacks and the 45thanniversary of the Pinochet coup in Chile that assassinated the elected president of the country Salvador Allende.

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Singing National Anthems–Or Protesting against Them

Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Most countries have national anthems or songs that are sung on official functions of the country — Independence Day, Republic Day, at international sports events, etc.

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Assam: Preventive Diplomacy Needed to Protect Bengali-speaking Muslims

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Sep 2018 - Potentially, the people of northeast India are sitting atop of a smoldering volcano to erupt into catastrophic suffering. The violence would target Bengali-speaking Muslims on the pattern of the Rohingya of Myanmar (Burma). Preventive diplomacy is not restricted to the UN or national government officials. Non-governmental organizations, academic institutions and the media can all play a role.

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Can Russia’s IL-20 Be the Beginning of the End for Israeli Hubris?

Askiah Adam – TRANSCEND Media Service

22 Sep 2018 - None of us would be cheering on a war that could easily be the absolutely final one if President Putin had not defused the situation while clearly signalling that he holds Israel accountable for downing the Russian IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft even though it was shot down by a Syrian missile.

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Why We Are Blind to the System Destroying Us

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Sep 2018 - I rarely use this blog to tell readers what they should believe. Rather I try to indicate why it might be wise to distrust, at least without very good evidence, what those in power tell us we should believe.

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CIA, KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation Manual

Whale | Internet Archive – TRANSCEND Media Service

This 127-page report, classified Secret, was drafted in July 1963 as a comprehensive guide for training interrogators in the art of obtaining intelligence from "resistant sources." KUBARK--a CIA codename for itself--describes the qualifications of a successful interrogator, and reviews the theory of non-coercive and coercive techniques for breaking a prisoner. Some recommendations are very specific.

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US Expels Palestinian Ambassador, Freezes Family Bank Account

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Sep 2018 - The United States, in yet another attempt to force the hand of Palestinians, expelled the Palestinian Ambassador to the U.S. Husam Zomlot. The family’s bank account has also been frozen. This came few days after the U.S. State Department ordered the closure of Palestine Liberation Organization’s embassy in Washington.

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Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” Aims Not at Trump but at Those Who Created the Conditions That Led to His Rise

Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept

21 Sep 2018 - Moore's new film will surprise, please, disturb, disgust and anger everyone - for different reasons - and that's what makes it so worthwhile.

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Korea’s Historic Peace Move Puts Onus on Washington to End Conflict

Finian Cunningham – RT

21 Sep 2018 - It can’t get more symbolic than that. The leaders of the two Koreas this week clasped hands atop the highest mountain on the peninsula, vowing to unite in peace. The ball is now in Washington’s court to help deliver that peace.

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The Nightmare Awaiting Rohingya Returnees

Mark Inkey – The Diplomat

19 Sep 2018 - Rohingya refugees caught returning to Myanmar from Bangladesh were forced to tell the press they returned voluntarily and were well treated, when in reality they were so terrorized they later fled back to Bangladesh. They were tortured and then made to lie to the press.

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Turkey: Lawyer Files Criminal Complaint against Myanmar

Diyarbakir | Anadolu Agency – Hürriyet Daily News

20 Sep 2018 - A Turkish lawyer filed a criminal complaint today against several Myanmar officials on charges of committing genocide against Rohingya Muslims and crimes against humanity in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

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Free Rohingya Coalition Statement on Canada’s Unprecedented Official Declaration of Myanmar’s Crimes against Rohingyas as Genocide

Free Rohingya Coalition – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Sep 2018 - The Free Rohingya Coalition wholeheartedly welcome the motion in the Canadian House of Commons that with a rare unanimity declared Myanmar’s crimes against Rohingya people a genocide.

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U.N. Investigators Renew Call for Myanmar Military Officials to Face Genocide Charges

Eli Meixler - TIME

18 Sep 2018 - U.N. investigators renewed their call today for the investigation and prosecution of Myanmar’s top military officials for genocide and war crimes, publishing an exhaustive account of atrocities. The mission also faulted Myanmar’s civilian authorities, led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, saying the government “contributed” to atrocities by blocking independent investigations and defending the military’s conduct.

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Don’t Share This! EU’s New Copyright Law Could Kill the Free Internet

Neil Clark - RT

20 Sep 2018 - It's basically a battle between billionaires Axel Springer SE and Google. But it is ordinary internet users who will fall victim to the EU's new copyright law, which urgently needs modification. The new copyright legislation, passed last week, clamps down quite severely on sharing things online. When Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the World Wide Web, warns us of the dangers the new law poses, we should all sit up straight and pay attention.

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Chile: Remembering September 11 1973

Tito Tricot – The Guardian

Were the lives of those killed at the World Trade Centre more valuable than the innocents murdered in Chile's US-backed, Kissinger engineered coup?

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Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide

Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Sep 2018 - Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on Sep. 14, recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located East of Jerusalem, are all-too-familiar. The strategic location of Khan Al-Ahmar makes the story behind the imminent Israeli demolition of the peaceful village unique amid the ongoing destruction of Palestinian homes and lives throughout besieged Gaza and Occupied West Bank.

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Idlib Deal Could Save Three Million ‘from Catastrophe’ Says UN Chief, as Militants Are Urged to Lay Down Arms

UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Sep 2018 - A deal reached between Russia and Turkey to create a demilitarized buffer zone protecting citizens “from catastrophe” in Syria’s Idlib region is a welcome development, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said today, before urging all parties to make a “strong commitment” to it.

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Myanmar: UN Fact-Finding Mission Releases Its Full Account of Massive Violations by Military in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States

United Nations Human Rights Council – TRANSCEND Media Service

18 Sep 2018 – The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar released today the full 440-page account of the findings of its 15-month examination. The report reiterates the call for the investigation and prosecution of Myanmar’s Commander-in-Chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and his top military leaders for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.

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The Neoliberal Order Is Dying -Time to Wake Up

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service

20 Sep 2018 - In my last blog post I argued that power in our societies resides in structure, ideology and narratives – supporting what we might loosely term our current “neoliberal order” – rather than in individuals. Significantly, our political and media classes, who are of course deeply embedded in this neoliberal structure, are key promoters of the very opposite idea: that individuals or like-minded groups of people hold power; that they should, at least in theory, be held accountable for the use and misuse of that power; and that meaningful change involves replacing these individuals rather than fundamentally altering the power-structure they operate within.

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Slave Labor Found at Starbucks-Certified Brazil Coffee Plantation

Daniela Penha | Repórter Brasil, Mongabay – TRANSCEND Media Service

18 Sep 2018 - Brazil Labor Ministry investigators have raided the Córrego das Almas farm in Piumhi, in rural Minas Gerais state, and rescued 18 workers who were laboring on coffee plantations in conditions analogous to slavery.

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“The Present Crisis of Western Democracy Is a Crisis of Journalism”

Eduardo Suárez | Nieman Foundation at Harvard – TRANSCEND Media Service

What Walter Lippmann’s early writings say about some of journalism’s most urgent contemporary challenges

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Energy Transition: Portugal Breaks 100% Renewables Mark

Insights – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Sep 2018 - Last month, Portugal’s renewable electricity output exceeded its monthly total grid demand, according to REN, the operator of the national transmission system. Green MEP Claude Turmes praised Portugal’s “impressive” progress, saying it was evidence that the EU should support a renewable energy target of more than 27% for 2030.

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The River of Blood: Water Turns Bright Red as White Sided Dolphins Are Slaughtered by Laughing Fishermen in the Faroe Islands

Sara Malm – Mail Online

11 Sep 2018 - Shocking video footage shows dozens of dolphins and whales being slaughtered by hand in the Faroe Islands earlier today. The brutal killing of the marine animals, who are traditionally hunted in the Danish Atlantic Ocean archipelago, was broadcast live on Facebook by marine wildlife charity Sea Shepherd.

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The Sadness of Silence

Shiv Visvanathan – The Hindu

What has become of the Indian intellectual as storyteller? Is he only an annex of the state or can he be critical?

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Intriguing Facts about Democracy in Ancient Greece

Historyplex – TRANSCEND Media Service

Democracy is seemingly the result of the innovative thinking of the ancient Greeks. Principles of modern democracies rest on some of the basics of the ancient Athenian 'demokratia'. But what was the ancient Greek democratic setup like, and how was it different from the other systems of governance which were followed in those days? Here are some intriguing facts on ancient Greek administration.

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Artist Louise Bourgeois on How Solitude Enriches Creative Work

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

You are born alone. You die alone. The value of the space in between is trust and love. That is why geometrically speaking the circle is a one. Everything comes to you from the other. You have to be able to reach the other. If not you are alone…

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Wake Up!

David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service

The alarm is sounding. Can you hear it? Can you hear the bells of Nagasaki ringing out for peace?

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(Français) L’ONU s’attaque à l’armée birmane et à Aung San Suu Kyi (Nobel de la paix Laureae)

Dorian Malovic | La Croix – TRANSCEND Media Service

Dans son rapport final publié mardi 18 septembre, l’ONU exhorte au retrait de l’armée de la vie politique, et cite six hauts responsables de l’armée, demandant qu’ils soient poursuivis pour « génocide », « crimes contre l’humanité » et « crimes de guerre » envers les Rohingyas.

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(Português) Um aborto a cada quatro grávidas: A cidade em que o agrotóxico glifosato contamina o leite materno e mata até quem ainda nem nasceu

Nayara Felizardo – The Intercept Brasil

17 Set 2018 - O mesmo veneno que garante a riqueza dos fazendeiros da cidade está provocando uma epidemia de intoxicação em mães e bebês. Estima-se que uma em cada quatro grávidas da cidade tenha sofrido aborto, que 14% dos bebês nasçam com baixo peso (quase do dobro da média nacional) e que 83% das mães tenham o leite materno contaminado. Os dados são do sanitarista Inácio Pereira Lima na sua tese de mestrado em saúde da mulher pela Universidade Federal do Piauí.

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(Português) Fazenda de café certificada pela Starbucks é flagrada com trabalho escravo

Daniela Penha | Repórter Brasil – TRANSCEND Media Service

Ação resgatou 18 trabalhadores de propriedade mineira que tinha dois dos mais importantes selos de boas práticas do mundo. Embora sua certificadora tenha aprovado a fazenda, a Starbucks nega ter comprado o produto.

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(Português) Jumentos, uma vida de exploração que agora termina no matadouro

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service

21 set 2018 - Hoje, caminha-se para um novo nível de objetificação desnecessária de mais uma espécie animal. O jumento já não é apenas um animal explorado como meio de mão de obra, mas também reduzido a fonte de alimento.

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(Português) Na ONU, entidade denuncia Brasil por ‘risco de genocídio’ de povos indígenas

Jamil Chade - O Estado de S.Paulo [Brasil]

Ameaças e mortes nos últimos anos foram os alvos da denúncia; grupo alerta que, até agora, os povos indígenas não obtiveram justiça por graves violações passadas e recorrentes.

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(Castellano) Educación Moral para el Cambio Estructural

Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

Se proponen tres principios educativos respaldados por hallazgos científicos para orientar la educación moral: la comprensión, la participación, y la empatía. Tomando como ejemplo la ‘trampa estructural’ por la cual la buena intención de cumplir con los DDHH sociales, como la salud, termina desincentivando la inversión económica, se sugiere que la buena y masiva educación moral es capaz de facilitar la resolución de obstáculos estructurales que traban las soluciones a los problemas sociales y ecológicos

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(Português) Um problema nunca resolvido: o sofrimento dos inocentes

Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Set 2018 - Sejamos sinceros: até hoje não identificamos nenhuma resposta satisfatória por mais que grandes nomes, desde Agostinho, Tomás de Aquino, Leibnitz até Gustavo Gutiérrez entre nós, tentassem elaborar uma teodicéia, quer dizer, um esforço de não ligar Deus ao sofrimento humano. A culpa estaria apenas do nosso lado. Mas em vão, pois o sofrimento continua e a pergunta permanece irrespondível.

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(Português) Câmeras escondidas expõem macacos sendo torturados em experimentos na Holanda

Julia Cortezia - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais

19 set 2018 - A Animal Defenders International (ADI) gravaram vídeos para mostrar condições horríveis sofridas por macacos no maior centro de pesquisa de primatas da Europa. Centro de pesquisa triplicou o número de primatas utilizados em experimentações, indo de 95 indivíduos em 2016 para 317 em 2017.

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What Does a Nuclear Bomb Explosion Feel Like?

Motherboard | Vice – TRANSCEND Media Service

29 Aug 2018 - On the International Day against Nuclear Tests, August 29, we met up British atomic veterans who were present at test sites in Australia and the Pacific, to find out what it’s like to experience a nuclear bomb explosion up close.

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Wave – Tom Jobim (Music Video of the Week)

José André Jazz Trío – TRANSCEND Media Service

He is just nine years old... and blind. Jazz prodigy José André Montano Baina takes Bolivia and the world music scene by storm.

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White House Rejects Supremacist Label: “No One Has Done More than Trump to Prove White People Are Not Superior”

Andy Borowitz – The New Yorker

“It’s grossly unfair that Ms. Hill sought to portray Donald Trump as an upholder of white supremacy, when everything he says or does directly undermines that whole concept,” White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. “Anyone who thinks that Donald Trump is on some mission to make white people look good hasn’t been paying attention.”

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Trade Tariffs & Sanctions

Mr. Online – TRANSCEND Media Service

An Exercise in Backfiring...

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