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Sixty Years after the 1968 Convention Riots, the Democrats Return to Chicago

#849 | Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service

Is This a Problem?

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Palestine 1920: The Other Side of the Palestinian (Hi)story

Al Jazeera English - TRANSCEND Media Service

“A land without a people, for a people without a land” is how the relationship between Palestine and the Jews was described by Christian writers in the 1800s. And the 20th-century history has been written through these eyes. This is the other side of the Palestinian (hi)story.

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Finding Our Values in Peacebuilding

Michaelina Jakala, Miho Taka, Kyoko Okumoto and Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 May 2024 - Over the years and through varied experiences as peace researchers and practitioners, we have developed an interest in understanding what values (as well as ethics and morals) motivate us in our work and how these values can lead to or sabotage trust.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

A World Under Spiritual Construction

Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 May 2024 - Recent announcement by Union Theological Seminary, affiliated with Columbia University, that it is divesting from “companies profiting from war in Palestine/Israel,” fully supporting the student encampments, and condemning arrests and police violence on the peaceful, culturally diverse protests. There’s something happening here . . .

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Genocide in Pictures: Worth a Trillion Words

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

Parental Guidance Advised: Pornographic Violence GAZA and WEST BANK, 20 May 2024

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

In Gaza, the Genocide Convention Has Been ‘Bent to the Will of Powerful States’

Michelle Chen | The Progressive – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 May 2024 - An Interview with Maung Zarni, a member of the TRANSCEND Network, activist and human rights scholar from Myanmar who founded the Free Burma Coalition. In 2024, Zarni was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire for his work with the Rohingya in Myanmar.

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Envisaging a Game of Subtlety Enabling New Global Dynamics

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens - TRANSCEND Media Service

Design Implications from an Artificial Intelligence Perspective

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Greater Israel, the Maximal Zionist Imaginary, and Gaza Genocide

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

19 May 2024 - Israel Continues Unfettered Colonization of the West Bank amid Genocide in Gaza - The WB has posed the biggest challenge to the Zionist settler movement’s pursuit of a “Greater Israel.”

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Peace Researcher Johan Galtung’s Human Rights Violated as He Approached Death

Jan Oberg, Ph.D. | The Transnational – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 May 2024 - Johan Galtung – my dear mentor, colleague, TFF Associate and friend over 50 years – died on February 17, this year in Norway, his native country. Now his caring daughter needs your help.

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Peace, War and Consciousness

Robert Kowalczyk and Dr. Klaus Schlichtmann – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Normative Current of Peace (AAPI) Applied Amplified Peace Intelligence

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Gandhian Spherons: India/Nepal Return to the Varnas Peace World Leadership

Bishnu Pathak, at al. - TRANSCEND Media Service

Abstract - This paper summarizes 16 years of research by the Gandhian Global Harmony Association’s humanities scientists in the field of the genetic thermodynamic cybernetic social structure of nonviolence spherons and its empirical verification by world statistics.

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Inspired

Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 May 2024 - We had positive vibes in every one of these engagements and also grew ourselves with knowledge, new friends (thousands), and energy (spiritual and mental and physical- good food for heart, spirit and even stomach) and we thank all hosts and organizers for exceptional arrangements.

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IN FOCUS

Shameless: Active Participants in Genocide

Craig Murray - TRANSCEND Media Service

13 May 2024 - For spurious and sinister reasons, the Western political and media classes are isolating themselves from public opinion and international law on the Gaza genocide in ways hard to believe. Here are a few examples among myriad.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The US State Department Says Israel Isn’t Blocking Aid–Videos Show the Opposite

Prem Thakker | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service

18 May 2024 - From targeting humanitarian vehicles to standing by as mobs attack trucks, Israel is blocking aid from reaching Gaza.

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Eyeless on Gaza

Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 May 2024 - Denial of civil liberties, punishment for exposing those violations, and the grotesque, brutal suppression of free speech on US university campuses is the iron fist of autocracy to intimidate, to hurt, to deter those who question the right of the powers-that-be to impose their concocted version of the truth on the public.

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US Medical Missions Trapped in Gaza, Facing Death by Dehydration as Population Clings to Life

Ryan Grim and Hind Khoudary | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service

13 May 2024 - Upward of 20 US doctors and medical workers are trapped in Gaza because of Israel’s closure of the Rafah crossing into Egypt; the plight of two ill-fated medical missions.

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The Arsenal of Genocide: U.S. Weapons Are Destroying Gaza

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 May 2024 - U.S. weapons are destroying Gaza and its people despite Biden postponing a planeload of bombs and issuing a report that fails to hold either the U.S. or Israel accountable for their war crimes.

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ACTIVISM

If We Say Yes: On Open Letters and Campus Protests

Amia Srinivasan | London Review of Books – TRANSCEND Media Service

An open letter​ is an unloved thing. Written by committee and in haste, it is a monument to compromise: a minimal statement to which all signatories can agree, or – worse – a maximal statement that no signatory fully believes. Some academics have a general policy against signing them.

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BRICS

De-Dollarization Bombshell: The Coming of BRICS+ Decentralized Monetary Ecosystem

Pepe Escobar | Sputnik International – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 May 2024 - Get ready for what may well be the geoeconomic bombshell of 2024: the coming of a decentralized monetary ecosystem.

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BRICS Bank Announces Investment to Rebuild South of Brazil

teleSUR - TRANSCEND Media Service

14 May 2024 - The president of the New Development Bank of the BRICS group, Dilma Rousseff, reported today that the entity will allocate US$ 1,115 million for the reconstruction of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, devastated by the worst floods in history.

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EUROPE

Slain Slovak Prime Minister’s Opposition to Arming Ukraine

Defend Democracy Press - TRANSCEND Media Service

18 May 2024 - The attack on Slovak Premier Robert Fico, who has been pushing for peace in Ukraine, came amid active preparations by Western countries to directly participate in the Ukraine conflict. The shooting in Slovakia “coincided with some other events indicating war preparations."

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PALESTINE - ISRAEL

My Grandfather’s Nakba

[From TMS Editor: Today (15 May) marks the 76th anniversary of the Nakba (Catastrophe), the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homes to establish the State of Israel. To remember this infamous date, we are reposting this piece from May 2021. Actually, the Nakba never ended.]

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Gaslit to Death: Giving Cover to Israel’s Rafah Atrocity with Phony Gaza Numbers Game

Juan Cole | Informed Comment - TRANSCEND Media Service

15 May 2024 - Playing with the death toll from Israel’s genocide on Gaza is not as cruel as actually killing over 35,000 people, the majority women and children. But it is still cruel and heartless. It is also another way we are being gaslit by the pro-Zionist US establishment.

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Israel Descends into Barbarism

Lawrence Davidson | To The Point Analysis - TRANSCEND Media Service

13 May 2024 - Unless you are the victim of a moral narrow-mindedness, it should be obvious to you that Israel has descended into barbarism because cruel, murderous, and otherwise criminal behavior has become state policy in Israel. Let’s review the signs of this meltdown.

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Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan Does World a Favor by Making Plain Israel’s Doomed-to-Fail Strategy

Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 May 2024 - Likud’s tactical approach relies entirely on the U.S. for Israel’s security, as the sole blocking force in a world community that is increasingly united and aghast at massive Israeli war crimes. How much longer can they carry on this way?

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Israel’s Willing Executioners

The Chris Hedges Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 May 2024 - Hundreds of thousands of people are being forced to flee, once again, after more than half of Gaza's population [2M] took sanctuary in the border town of Rafah. This is part of Israel's sadistic playbook.

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The Writing Was on the Wall for Israel’s Torture of Prisoners

Janan Abdu | The Landline/+972 Mag – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 May 2024 - The government has ensured that horrific practices in sites like Sde Teiman can continue with impunity, in violation of international law and medical ethics.

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The Palestinian Nakba, from 1948 to Today

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

Palestinians and allies marked the 76th anniversary of the Nakba, May 15th – the day after the state of Israel was formally declared. “Nakba” is Arabic for “catastrophe.” Israel’s genocidal mass slaughter in Gaza must end immediately. It’s not good for Israel or its national security. It’s devastating for Palestinians. It’s illegal and immoral.

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Gaza Lost Much More Than a Hospital When It Lost Al-Shifa

Dr. Bahzad Al Akhras | Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service

15 May 2024 - The medical complex destroyed by Israel was the beating heart of Gaza, and a symbol of our hopes for the future.

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ANALYSIS

What Is Critical Global Geopolitics?

Vladislav B. Sotirovic – TRANSCEND Media Service

9 May 2024 - For overwhelming Western political analysts, journalists, scientists, etc., the disappearance of the USSR in 1990/91 was symbolized overdramatically by the physical destruction of the Berlin Wall... This geopolitical change called for a new world order in international relations

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MEDIA

‘Extremely Harrowing’: British Surgeon’s Gaza Testimony Buried by the ‘MSM’

Media Lens - TRANSCEND Media Service

20 May 2024 - When Genocide Is Merely ‘War’ - Propaganda by omission is a dominant feature of the ‘mainstream’ news media. Indeed, it is a requirement.

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Biden’s Genocide on Gaza Is Now a War on Truth and the Right to Protest

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 May 2024 - The media’s role is to draw attention away from what the students are protesting – complicity in genocide – and engineer a moral panic to leave the genocide undisturbed.

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ENVIRONMENT

World’s Largest CO2 Removal Plant Opens in Iceland

Cristen Hemingway Jaynes | EcoWatch - TRANSCEND Media Service

9 May 2024 - Swiss company Climeworks has opened the biggest operational direct air capture plant in the world to pull carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The Mammoth plant, located in Iceland, is nearly ten times bigger than Orca, its second-largest plant.

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WHISTLEBLOWING - SURVEILLANCE

What to Expect at Julian Assange’s Appeal Hearing on 20 May 2024

Assange Defense - TRANSCEND Media Service

Today, 20 May 2024, the UK High Court decides whether Julian Assange will be allowed to appeal the decision allowing his extradition before the UK Courts.

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The Heroism of David McBride

John Kiriakou | Consortium News – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 May 2024 - By 2014 McBride had compiled a dossier into profound command failings that saw examples of potential Australian war crimes in Afghanistan overlooked, and other soldiers wrongly accused. On 14 May he was sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

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BIOGRAPHIES

Fanon the Universalist

Susan Neiman | The New York Review – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Jun 2024 Issue - Edward Said said that Fanon’s radical hopefulness freed him from Michel Foucault’s relentless pessimism. But Shatz asks whether Fanon was naive to hope for a radical universalism minus the hollowness of the French (and American) versions. Fanon lived in more hopeful times.

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REVIEWS

Einstein’s “Why Socialism?” and ‘Monthly Review’: A Historical Introduction

John Bellamy Foster | Monthly Review – TRANSCEND Media Service

Albert Einstein, the world’s most famous physicist and celebrated scientist, had fled Nazi Germany for the US where he became a citizen in 1940. But for the FBI Einstein remained a dangerous and Un-American figure, threatening the security of the US by his very presence.

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SPIRITUALITY

Ganesh

Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service

Lord Ganesh is son of Shiva and Parvati, being the Demigod of luck and of "opening the way." That is why devotees pray to Him before starting a new project in order to proceed with as few obstacles as possible.

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POETRY FORMAT

Dear Brother, Dear Sister

Christian Egge - TRANSCEND Media Service

No matter whether you speak Hebrew or Arabic it is of no consequence to me I only see a human being

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INSPIRATIONAL

Hermann Hesse on Hope, the Difficult Art of Taking Responsibility, and the Wisdom of the Inner Voice

Maria Popova | The Marginalian – TRANSCEND Media Service

“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs,” Joan Didion wrote in her timeless essay on self-respect.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

New Brand

Rob Kall - TRANSCEND Media Service

No Comment

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Campus in Crisis

Eli Valley | Jewish Currents - TRANSCEND Media Service

On the US Media's 'Unbiased' Reporting... 3 May 2024

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Italiano) Una soluzione a cinque stati per l’Asia occidentale

Marilyn Langlois | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service

Prendiamo spunto dall’idea di Galtung e immaginiamo una soluzione a cinque stati in una comunità dell’Asia occidentale. Abbandoniamo l’obsoleto termine eurocentrico di “Medio Oriente” e nominiamo questo gruppo di Stati in base alla loro posizione geografica.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

Automated Apartheid: Walking through Hebron Smart City | Documentary

Mnar Adley | MintPress News – TRANSCEND Media Service

7 May 2024 - MintPress director Mnar Adley walks us through the city of Hebron dubbed by Israel as 'Hebron Smart City' due to the Draconian surveillance technology on the Palestinian population as part of what is called the Wolfpack surveillance system.

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Can the U.S. Afford Its Military Aid Promises?

CNBC - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 May 2024 - Joe Biden signed a $95 billion U.S. military aid package last April to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific region. The NDAA of 2024 authorized military spending of a record $886 billion. “Most of that money will go to support US defense industries." Lockheed Martin, RTX, General Dynamics, Boeing and Northrop Grumman had DoD contracts of more than $118 billion in 2022.

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Home – Naive Melody (Music Video of the Week)

David Byrne | Talking Heads – TRANSCEND Media Service

From the movie 'This Must Be the Place' (2011) starring Sean Penn

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