Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

TMS

Coronavirus as an Opportunity: Reboot Humanity and Change Security Thinking, Policies

#651 | Jan Oberg, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

Connecting dots is neither the trend of our times nor of day-to-day political decision-making. Over the years, time, space and intellectual focus has shrunk. It’s deplorable and dangerous for an increasingly complex world facing increasingly existential challenges.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Global Database: 20.2 Million+ Positive; 739 Thousand+ Dead

Avi Schiffmann - TRANSCEND Media Service

USA, Brazil and India with more than half of worldwide infections: 9.356 million. ->Database permanently displayed on TMS for the duration of the pandemic. Global, localized and specific data in real time.

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Weaving Pain in Silence: Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Irene Dawa – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Lives of Refugee Women in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, Arua, Uganda - In contemporary conflict, as much as 90% of causalities are among the civilians, most of whom are women and children. For most women, the end of war and conflict is marked by the excessive effects of trauma and shame as a result of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

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NOBEL LAUREATES

The Hibakusha’s 75-Year Journey to Ban Nuclear Weapons

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

6/9 Aug 2020 - A nuclear attack is almost too horrific to imagine. But take a few minutes and try to walk in the footsteps of the hibakusha, the survivors of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Follow their journey from 6 and 9 August 1945 through a lifetime of advocacy to eliminate nuclear weapons.

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Other Commentaries

WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Another Hiroshima Is Coming… Unless We Stop It Now

John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2020 -In a major essay to mark the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, John Pilger describes reporting from  five 'ground zeros' for nuclear weapons - from Hiroshima to Bikini, Nevada to Polynesia and Australia. He warns that unless we take action now, China is next.

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NEWS

BREAKING: Israel Bombed Beirut

Richard Silverstein | Tikun Olam תיקון עולם - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Aug 2020 - Exposure: Israel blew up a Hezbollah ammunition depot in the port of Beirut, but did not know in advance that a nearby warehouse contained a huge amount of ammonium nitrate. The government, overwhelmed by the scale of the carnage and destruction, was quick to deny Israeli involvement - even before anyone in Lebanon blamed Israel.

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INTERVIEW

Peace Mask Project

Robert Kowalczyk interviews Myong Hee Kim – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Aug 2020 - The following interview was held at Myong Hee Kim’s studio in the small rural village of Takano, Japan. She is the founding artist of the Kyoto-based international NPO, Peace Mask Project, currently celebrating its 20th year of workshops, talks, discussions, performances and exhibitions.

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Re-membering the Globe from a Flatland Perspective

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens - TRANSCEND Media Service

Reconciling in 3D the Vitruvian Archetype with Sports Ball Curves - The speculation here is that the long-admired (and much-reproduced) Vitruvian Man, as famously depicted by Leonardo da Vinci in 1490, could be seen as apparently reinforcing a two-dimensional worldview -- even though it is interpreted as implying and exemplifying what could be considered as a vital perspective on proportions in their more integrative global sense.

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Reversal

Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Aug 2020 - With survival at stake, can weapon makers change course? Today, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the atomic attack on Hiroshima, should be a day for quiet introspection.

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Black Lives Matter: Resisting the Propaganda of Status Quo Defenders

Roy Eidelson - TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Aug 2020 - First came the unjustifiable police killings of Black Americans. Then came the batons, the pepper spray, the tear gas, the flash-grenades, the helicopters, the armored vehicles, and the rubber bullets. And then came the chorus of privileged beneficiaries of our country’s discriminatory status quo, denying and defending the reality of brutal, racist, militarized, and unaccountable over-policing.

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Memory — Linkages with Nature

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

All of us have memories, some pleasant some distasteful, in our lives. My purpose in this essay is to understand the meaning of memory and to determine its relationship or linkage with Nature in its various manifestations.

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Beirut Blast

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar - TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Aug 2020 - Lebanese president Michel Aoun attributes the largest explosion since WWII to either the accidental ignition of 2750 tons of Ammunition Nitrate stored in a warehouse at Beirut port or a planned attack by some external entity. There may be a nexus between the two causes.

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Trumpism: What Will 2020 Bring?

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

8 Aug 2020 - During the height of the Cold War when it was viewed as disloyal and compromising to show a sympathetic interest in Marxism or sympathies with Soviet ideology, someone at the U.S. military base at Frankfurt distributed to the soldiers stationed there, a handwritten version of the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments of the U.S. Constitution, in the form of petition.

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Covid19: Italian Antibody Data

Swiss Policy Research - TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Aug 2020 - The Italian health and statistics authorities have published the results of their first nationwide coronavirus antibody study based on close to 65,000 participants.

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Update on the Treatment of Covid-19

Swiss Policy Research - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Aug 2020 - SPR has updated its Covid-19 early treatment protocol. Immunological and serological studies show that most people develop no symptoms or only mild symptoms when infected with the new coronavirus, while some people may experience a more pronounced or critical course of the disease.

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The Coronavirus Is Airborne. Keep Saying It.

Michael A. Fisher | Slate - TRANSCEND Media Service

31 Jul 2020 - It’s a jarring message, and the right one.

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EXPOSURES - EXPOSÉS

Coronavirus and 5G: How Viruses Are Caused by Our Abnormal Electromagnetic Environment

Eva Bortnick – TRANSCEND Media Service

Why have there been so many new viral epidemics in the last 20 years? And why have flu viruses been so prevalent over the last 130 years? The answers lie in the new forms and amounts of electromagnetic radiation in our environment since the start of electric power, and its effects on biology. Because electromagnetic energy is invisible, most people think it isn't there, and unlike the frequencies above light (“ionizing radiation”), governments and industry do not talk about it.

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Pandemics, Corruption, Profits (Part 1): All Roads Lead to Dark Winter

Whitney Webb and Raul Diego | The Last American Vagabond - TRANSCEND Media Service

1 Apr 2020 - The leaders of two controversial pandemic simulations that took place just months before the Coronavirus crisis – Event 201 and Crimson Contagion – share a common history, the 2001 biowarfare simulation Dark Winter. Dark Winter not only predicted the 2001 anthrax attacks, but some of its participants had clear foreknowledge of those attacks.

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Pandemics, Corruption, Profits (Part 2): How One of Big Pharma’s Most Corrupt Companies Plans to Corner the Covid-19 Cure Market

Whitney Webb and Raul Diego | The Last American Vagabond - TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Apr 2020 - One of the most politically-connected yet scandal ridden vaccine companies in the United States, with troubling ties to the 2001 anthrax attacks and opioid crisis, is set to profit handsomely from the current Coronavirus crisis.

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Pandemics, Corruption, Profits (Part 3): Head of the Hydra–The Rise of Robert Kadlec

Whitney Webb and Raul Diego | The Last American Vagabond - TRANSCEND Media Service

14 May 2020 - A powerful network of political operatives, a global vaccine mafia and their man in Washington.

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ANGLO AMERICA

U.S. Cold War China Policy Will Isolate the U.S, Not China

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J S Davies | CODEPINK – TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Aug 2020 - Governments all over the world are collaborating with China to stop the spread of coronavirus and share the solutions. The U.S. must stop pursuing its counterproductive effort to undermine China as it has initiated each new escalation in U.S.-China relations. And the reason seems obvious: the approaching U.S. election.

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Venezuela and Trump’s Irrational Electoral Policy

Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, Venezuela Foreign Minister | Council on Hemispheric Affairs - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Aug 2020 - There is a belief that hard line, regime change policies against Venezuela would lead to electoral success in Florida and therefore, nationwide… Trump would do better if he followed his initial instinct of talking to President Maduro. A respectful dialogue with Venezuela is what is really in the interest of the U.S. electorate.

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America’s Unholy Crusade against China

Jeffrey D. Sachs | Project Syndicate - TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Aug 2020 - Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered an anti-China speech that was extremist, simplistic, and dangerous. If biblical literalists like Pompeo remain in power past November, they could well bring the world to the brink of a war that they expect and perhaps even seek.

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How the Pandemic Defeated the USA

Ed Yong | The Atlantic - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Aug 2020 - How did it come to this? A virus a thousand times smaller than a dust mote has humbled and humiliated the planet’s most powerful nation. America has failed to protect its people, leaving them with illness and financial ruin. It has lost its status as a global leader. It has careened between inaction and ineptitude. The breadth and magnitude of its errors are difficult, in the moment, to truly fathom.

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Trump Forecasts His Own Fraud

Charles Blow | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service

2 Aug 2020 - This election is in danger of being stolen. By Donald Trump. He is a win-at-all-costs kind of operator. For him, the rules are like rubber, not fixed but bendable. All structures--laws, conventions, norms--exist for others, those not slick and sly enough to evade them, those not craven enough to break them.

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REVIEWS

While America Awakes…

Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service

Winston Langley, 'While America Sleeps: Squandered Opportunities and Looming Threats to Societies' (Lulu Press, 2020) - On the surface the book offers a dose of pessimism as Langley elaborates how the US missed several opportunities to address deep rooted violence, but a reading between the lines generates hope. It depends on which side of the spectrum you are standing.

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ASIA-UPDATES ON MYANMAR ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

Time to Add Myanmar’s Most Influential Genocidal Monk Sitagu to ICC List

Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Aug 2020 - As the ICC proceeds with its full investigation, it needs to look into the instrumental role of Sitagu Sayadaw, Myanmar’s most influential Saffron-robed hate preacher, in the genocidal and other crimes against predominantly Muslim Rohingya. He offered scriptural justifications for 'killing millions of non-Buddhists'.

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BRICS

Brazil’s Money Laundering Scandal from Hell

Pepe Escobar | Asia Times - TRANSCEND Media Service

23 Jul 2020 - What is now termed “the Banestado leaks” and “CC5gate” is straight out of vintage WikiLeaks: a list, published for the first time in full, naming names and detailing one of the biggest corruption and money laundering cases in the world in the past three decades. With no one eager to talk about the revelations, the question is what will ex-president Lula do about it.

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MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA

‘Floating Bomb’: How the Beirut Blast Was Predicted

Michael Safi, Andrew Roth and Martin Chulov | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Aug 2020 - The Lebanese prime minister on Tuesday [4 Aug] blamed the explosion on 2,750-tonne store of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in bombs and fertilisers, stored at the port. Media reports from 2014 claimed a vessel carrying that load was impounded at Beirut’s after making an emergency stop in the city and being denied permission to leave by customs authorities because it was deemed unseaworthy. In a letter published by a journalist, the ship was described as “a floating bomb and the crew is a hostage aboard this bomb.”

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

15 Lessons from 15 Years of BDS

Alys Samson Estapé | The Electronic Intifada - TRANSCEND Media Service

29 Jul 2020 - July marked the 15th anniversary of the launch of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. Much has happened over those years. Here are 15 lessons I’ve learned on the journey to dismantle Israeli apartheid.

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INSPIRATIONAL

Ursula K. Le Guin on Suffering and Getting to the Other Side of Pain

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

Simone Weil considered it the highest existential discipline to “make use of the sufferings that chance inflicts upon us.” George Bernard Shaw saw suffering as our supreme conduit to empathy. “We suffer more in imagination than in reality,” Seneca observed in his timeless antidote to anxiety. “All you have is what you are, and what you give.”

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BIOGRAPHIES

Fidel Castro (13 Aug 1926 – 25 Nov 2016)

Encyclopædia Britannica – TRANSCEND Media Service

Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, political leader of Cuba (1959–2008), transformed his country into the first communist state in the Western Hemisphere. Castro became a symbol of communist revolution in Latin America.

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POETRY FORMAT

Hiroshima Spring

Gary Corseri - TRANSCEND Media Service

In the Twentieth Epoch of Love we pulled on the rubbery face and found the luminous skull turning around in its place, wearing the grin of our race, saying: All who endeavor will find here the end of man, the bone at the heart of will, the snake in the garden of Love; saying: “Go and be killed if you can!”

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Italiano) Agosto 1945: Riusciremo mai a imparare dalla tragedia nucleare?

Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Agosto 2020 - Nei prossimi giorni – il 6 e il 9 agosto – saranno trascorsi 75 anni dalla doppia tragedia che catapultò l’umanità nell’era nucleare: il bombardamento di Hiroshima e Nagasaki.  Dopo le grandi manifestazioni anti-nucleari dei primi decenni la tensione morale alimentata dall’indignazione per la morte atroce di più di duecentomila vittime, e la paura di un olocausto nucleare globale si sono affievolite.

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(Português) E se a sobrevivência for, afinal, do mais amigável e não do mais forte/apto?

Visão - TRANSCEND Media Service

21 jul 2020 - Os autores defendem que espécies vingam no mundo através da simpatia, da cooperação e da comunicação – e dão vários exemplos para o demonstrarem. “A sobrevivência do mais forte, que é o que todos têm em mente quando ouvem “evolução” e “seleção natural”, causou mais dano que qualquer outra teoria”, diz Hare.

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(Castellano) La Élite Global Está Demente–Reconsiderado

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

En 2014 escribí un artículo titulado 'La élite global está loca'. Quiero profundizar lo que expliqué en ese artículo para que se tenga una idea más clara de a qué nos enfrentamos en nuestra lucha por crear un mundo de paz, justicia y sostenibilidad ecológica.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Science Approved, Safe: Buy, Use, Consume It!

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

You probably don't remember such Marvels of Science...

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Polca – Paraguaya Linda (Music Video of the Week)

Patricia Cantaluppi - TRANSCEND Media Service

Singer Patricia Cantaluppi

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Companions

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Vaclav Havel recommended:

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The Unbelievable Trump

Tom Tomorrow | Daily Kos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Ditto!

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