Peace Journalism Perspective

EDITORIAL

TMS

The Assault on the U.S. Capitol and the Problem of Right-Wing Radicalization

#675 | Richard Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. was invaded on January 6th by right-wing protestors bent on disrupting the joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’s election as U.S. president and vice-president. The house in which I am writing this editorial is two blocks from the Capitol, and from my study I could hear the crowd, sirens, helicopter noises, and explosive “bangs” of flash grenades detonating.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

Eisenhower Farewell Address – 17 Jan 1961

U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower - TRANSCEND Media Service

We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes.

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Human Security Policy and Human Needs Theory

Karin Utas Carlsson, PhD | The Transnational - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Dec 2020 - The purpose of this paper is to highlight the thoughts of peace researcher John W. Burton put forward towards the end of the last century. He is seen as the father of Human Needs Theory, a way of thinking behind the concept of human security, increasingly in focus in today’s debate.This is a line of thought very different from the established defence and foreign policy, based on power politics.

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

What Went Right This Week: Hope for Stabilising the Climate, Plus More Positive News

Gavin Haines | Positive News - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Jan 2021 - Scientists said the climate could stabilise with decisive action, Norway pulled ahead in the race to drive combustion engines off the road and the US state of Georgia elected its first black senator – plus the week’s other positive news.

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NOBEL LAUREATES

Nobel Nominations – Deadline Jan 31

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

9 Jan 2021 - The world needs a less dangerous, non life-threatening, security system and a new, open and realistic thinking about the foul and failed militarized world disorder that we all live under. Nobel saw this in 1895 when he tasked a Norwegian committee with awarding his “prize for the champions of peace”.

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Professors-Teachers: Youth Nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize

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

The Nobel Peace Prize is important to young people; it is about their future. But they cannot nominate. Therefore, we have launched the Youth nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Individuals or groups aged between 15 and 25 may send us nominations.

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Nomination of Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize

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

“My reasons for nominating them together are simple. Individually each has given countless examples of courage exposing governments’ illegal actions that caused millions of deaths, putting their own freedom and lives on the line. Collectively, their lives of self-sacrifice and selflessness constitute remarkable demonstrations of the magnificence of the human spirit. They are indeed breathtaking testimonies to the goodness inherent in the human heart."

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Other Commentaries

NEWS

Twitter Bans President Trump Permanently

Brian Fung | CNN - TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2021 - Twitter has suspended President Trump from its platform, the company said yesterday evening. "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence," Twitter said.

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Pelosi Asks Military to Limit Trump’s Nuclear Authority–Here’s How That System Works

Geoff Brumfiel | NPR - TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Jan 2021 - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked the Pentagon's leadership to limit President Trump's ability to use nuclear weapons during his final days in office. In a letter to her Democratic House colleagues today, Pelosi said that she had spoken with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley.

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The Terrorist Attack Is NOT Over

Michael Moore - TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jan 2021 - The terrorist attack is NOT over. Thousands from Wednesday’s [6 Jan] terrorist mob assault on the Capitol have not been arrested and have NOT LEFT the DC area. They are planning more attacks. A poster advertising an “ARMED MARCH ON CAPITOL HILL & ALL STATE CAPITOLS” on January 17th is being displayed all over.

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Licensed to Live? Licensed to Lie? Unlicensed to Die?

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens - TRANSCEND Media Service

Implications of Universal Vaccination--Voluntary or Otherwise - The question as to whether vaccination against COVID-19 should be voluntary or mandatory is now widely discussed. Increasingly any questions as to the value or dangers of such vaccination are framed as misinformation -- if not deliberate disinformation and a feature of conspiracy theories, necessarily to be deprecated.

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Money Matters

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

All modern societies are dependent on money in the form of currency — dollars, rubles, Euros, rupees, taka, etc. Dollars are the currency of not only USA, but of other countries also — Australia, New Zealand, Namibia although their value is different from the USD (US dollar).

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Our Suicidal War against Nature

John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

Ceasefire in Our Suicidal War against Nature - Here are some quotations from a 2 Dec 2020 article by Justin Rowlatt entitled “Humans waging suicidal war on nature - UN chief Antonio Guterres”:

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Pro-Trump Crackpots Invade the Capitol, Beware a Draconian Response

Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Jan 2021 - How much can we trust corporate media accounts of the Capitol riot on Wednesday, January 6? In no time at all there were claims of Russian involvement. And President-elect Biden has already said he'll increase budgets for handling domestic terrorism. Will that include the "Black identity extremists" that the FBI identified as a domestic threat in 2019?

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Madman Trump’s Last Ditch Options

Jim Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Jan 2021 - Are Trump’s Most Reckless Actions Yet to Come? Just what we need in the midst of a global pandemic! Iranian officials are aware of intelligence suggesting the Trump administration is engaged in a “plot to fabricate a pretext for war.” Israeli and US nuclear submarines and other warships including the USS Nimitz carrier strike force are in position.

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What is Activism?

Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service

What is activism? For 30 years, I have asked myself that perennial question. Now that a New Year has dawned, I must ask and answer it, again. Activism is Conscience, triggered by acute pain, The pain of witnessing and living the state of the troubled world.

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Who to Believe about Venezuela’s Election?

Rick Sterling – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Jan 2021 - In early December I traveled to Venezuela to be an election observer at their national assembly election. There were about two hundred international observers, including the Latin American Council of Electoral Experts. I have been an official election observer in Honduras and was an unofficial observer at the 2015 Venezuela national assembly election.

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Bethlehem, Biden, and Biology

Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Jan 2021 - Readers asked me to comment on events in the US (including the storming of Trump supporters. Israeli commentators worried because some Trump supporters waved American flags. And a congresswoman from Florida promised to put the Israeli flag next to the American flag in front of her office. Trump did deliver for Zionism.

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Dealing with Memories

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Memory roughly means the thoughts or events that we may remember. Some of these memories are pleasant — give pleasure; some of these are painful , unpleasant and result in pain or sadness or occasional suffering. The latter trait of suffering results both from physical or mental causes. In this essay I focus on memories of individuals both pleasant and painful.

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State Terrorism: Remembering General Soleimani

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

8 Jan 2021 - This first anniversary of the assassination of General Qassim Soleimani, provides an occasion to remember not only the man but the nature of the act, the precedent set, and degree to which Iran and the region have become the main hunting ground of post-colonial Western imperialism. It is also relevant to take note of Mossad’s apparent responsibility for the   targeted killing of Iran’s leading nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, ten months later.

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The Nuremberg Code

Diane Perlman, Ph.D. - TRANSCEND Media Service

The Nuremberg Code was created in 1947 after the WWII and the Nuremberg Trials. It is a set of ethical principles for research and experiments in humans. The ten points of the code were in the section“Permissible Medical Experiments” of the Nuremberg Trials verdict.

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SPOTLIGHT

UK Judge Blocks US Request to Extradite Assange

Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Jan 2021 - A British judge has ruled that Julian Assange should not be extradited to the United States to face espionage charges, saying that such a move would be “oppressive” because of the WikiLeaks founder’s mental health.

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The Empire Is Not Done with Julian Assange

Chris Hedges | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Jan 2021 - The arrest eviscerates all pretense of the rule of law and the rights of a free press. The illegalities, embraced by the Ecuadorian, British and U.S. governments, in the seizure of Assange were ominous. They presaged a world where the internal workings, abuses, corruption, lies and crimes, especially war crimes, carried out by corporate states and the global ruling elite will be masked from the public. They presaged a world where those with the courage and integrity to expose the misuse of power will be hunted down, tortured, subjected to sham trials and given lifetime prison terms in solitary confinement.

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Every Journalist Should Be Concerned about What Was Said Today in Assange’s Kangaroo Court

WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Political Arguments Provided by the U.S. Were Upheld by the British Judicial System - Fidel Narváez, ex-consul from Ecuador in London and Assange's friend, thanked those gathered outside the court for “supporting freedom of expression, supporting Julian Assange, the man, the journalist, the activist, the freedom fighter”.

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Threat to Journalism Remains, Warn Critics, After Assange Extradition Rejected Solely Due to Brutal US Prison System

Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service

4 Jan 2021 - "That a British court has ruled that the U.S. prison system is too barbaric to guarantee the safety of Assange tells its own story. But this is about something much bigger than Assange: it's about journalism, the free press, and...  the ability to expose atrocities committed by the world's last remaining superpower."

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COVID19 - CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus Global Data: 90,7M+ Infected <> 1,9M+ Deceased <> 64,8M+ Recovered

Worldometer and Avi Schiffmann - TRANSCEND Media Service

On 11 Jan 2021 12pm GMT: Total Vaccines in Development: 192 Total Cases: 90,708,118 Deaths: 1,943,544 Recovered: 64,852,338 Cases Closed: 66,795,882 Active: 23,912,236

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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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AFRICA

Trump’s Deal on Morocco’s Western Sahara Annexation Risks More Global Conflict

Stephen Zunes | The Washington Post - TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Dec 2021 - Last week, President Trump formally recognized Morocco’s annexation of Western Sahara as part of a deal to get Morocco to normalize relations with Israel. But Morocco’s claim on Western Sahara is rejected by the United Nations, the World Court, the African Union and a broad consensus of international legal scholars that consider the region a non-self-governing territory that must be allowed an act of self-determination. This is why no country had formally recognized Morocco’s takeover — until now.

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ANGLO AMERICA

The Fascist Coup of 6 Jan 2021

David North | WSWS - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Jan 2021 - The fascist insurrection in Washington DC—which resulted in the storming of the US Congress, the panicked dispersal of terrified senators and members of the House, the delay of the official validation of Joseph Biden’s Electoral College majority, and even the occupation of the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—is a turning point in the political history of the United States.

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The Face of Things to Come

Walden Bello | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Jan 2021 - The storming of Capitol shows America has entered the Weimar Era.

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Violence in the Capitol, Dangers in the Aftermath

Glenn Greenwald | Substack – TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Jan 2021 - From the Cold War to the War on Terror: the harms from authoritarian "solutions" are often greater than the threats they are ostensibly designed to combat.

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Restoring the Threat of Impeachment for Future Office Holders

David Swanson - TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jan 2021 - In the past 150 years, U.S. presidents have lied, cheated, stolen, warmongered, incited hatred and violence, driven inequality and corruption through the roof, taken over major powers from the Congress and abused them, gained the power of nuclear war and abused it through numerous threats, ...

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American Democracy on Trial: Trump vs. Biden

Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD. – TRANSCEND Media Service

3 Jan 2021 - President Trump’s Fault lines and Delusional Concept of Power--America is entrenched in deep political crises of multiple dimensions. The working of political institutions, politicians, human character, morals and responsibility signal rituals of evil eye paradigms and a future of miseries of innumerable multitudes.

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The Trump Pardons and Fast-Tracking Capital Punishment

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

31 Dec 2020 - Among the disquieting dimensions of this strangest of all Christmas holidays has been the lurid spectacle of misplaced empathy by Donald Trump, placating cronies and criminals who helped him circumvent law and morality while exhibiting hard heartedness toward those unfortunate souls awaiting execution on death row in federal prisons.

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IN FOCUS

Porn Addiction Coach Reveals the Problem Has ‘Nothing to Do with Sex’ as He Helps Struggling Men Navigate Dependency in Lockdown

Chris Sweeney | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jan 2021 - The digital revolution and social media explosion have allowed the addiction to flourish. Tim Reigle is helping thousands of men all over the globe break their erotic compulsions and regain control of their lives. The Covid-19 pandemic has birthed many externalities, but one that’s flown under the radar is the explosion in men succumbing to porn.

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Big Tech and Big Pharma Merge: Oracle Takes Over Vaccine Data World

Jay Hawker | The Defender - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Jan 2021 - The pandemic handed Oracle CEO Larry Ellison what he’s wanted for decades — the power to curate the vast datasets housing our medical, financial and personal information.

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Big Pharma’s Finest Hour?

Nick Dearden | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service

9 Jan 2021 - The roll-out of COVID vaccines gives much-needed hope. But without fundamental reform of the drug industry, inequality and mistrust will cost lives both nationally and globally.

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Chomsky and Prashad: Three Major Threats to Life on Earth That We Must Address in 2021

Noam Chomsky and Vijay Prashad | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Jan 2021 - Although the pandemic is the principal issue on all of our minds, other major issues threaten the longevity of our species and of our planet. These include:

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Wednesday’s Other Story

Matt Taibbi | TK News - TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Jan 2021 - On the Case of Julian Assange, and Fearing Empire More Than Fearing Trump - Just before the madness at the Capitol broke out Wednesday [6 Jan], news came from London. Julian Assange, who seemed Monday to be the luckiest man alive when a judge denied an American request to extradite him, was now denied bail.

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ENVIRONMENT

You Don’t Want to Imagine an Ocean without Coral Reefs—but You Might Have to

Vijay Prashad | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service

5 Jan 2021 - Scientists call the coral reefs the “rainforests of the sea,” because they are highly diverse ecosystems; their destruction would lead to the extinction of a large number of species. There is even a name used to describe this period of history—the Anthropocene. This term obscures the fact that it is the productive powers of capitalism that generated carbon emissions. It is not some vague term such as Anthropocene, but it is the social formation called capitalism that is central to global warming.

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BIG BROTHER - SPYING - SURVEILLANCE - WHISTLEBLOWING

After 50 Years, the Pentagon Papers Give Up Their Final Secrets

Edward Helmore | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Jan 2021 - It is to many the greatest journalistic scoop in a generation. Journalist behind scoop reveals how he tricked whistleblower to get copies of explosive Vietnam War reports.

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MEDIA

New York Times Declines My Rebuttal to Defamatory Op-Ed on COVID Vaccines

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

5 Jan 2021 - On Dec. 30, 2020, the New York Times published an opinion piece by my niece, Dr. Kerry Meltzer. Although the piece contained factual errors and defamatory accusations, the Times declined to publish my letter to the editor correcting those false claims.

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ENERGY

A Simple Way to Understand What’s Happening … and What to Do

Richard Heinberg | Post Carbon Institute - TRANSCEND Media Service

Energy is necessary in order for any organism to do anything whatsoever. For humans, food is energy that powers labor. But, in addition, people long ago learned how to harness energy from fire, water, and wind. Using firewood, paddle wheels, and sails, we built agrarian societies with irrigation systems, cities, cathedrals, mills, and seagoing ships, and created some pretty great art, music, and literature along the way.

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The 7 Reasons Why Nuclear Energy Is Not the Answer to Solve Climate Change

Mark Z. Jacobson | Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service

There is a small group of scientists that have proposed replacing 100% of the world’s fossil fuel power plants with nuclear reactors as a way to solve climate change. Many others propose nuclear grow to satisfy up to 20 percent of all our energy (not just electricity) needs. They advocate that nuclear is a “clean” carbon-free source of power, but they don’t look at the human impacts of these scenarios. Let’s do the math...

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SCIENCE

The Fascinating Story of Placebos – And Why Doctors Should Use Them More Often

Will de Freitas | The Conversation - TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Jan 2021 - Every time your doctor tells you that the drug you take has been proved to work, they mean that it has been proved to work better than a placebo.

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REVIEWS

The Prophet of Maximum Productivity

Kwame Anthony Appiah | New York Review of Books - TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Jan 2021 issue - We are all Veblenians now. Thorstein Veblen’s maverick economic ideas made him the foremost iconoclast of the Age of Iconoclasts. Armed with two Ph.D.s from Yale and Cornell, sacked by Chicago and Stanford, he was an intellectual giant whose ideas hold after 100 years of his death.

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INSPIRATIONAL

Improving Rural Health

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

Drs. Rajanikant and Mabelle Arole, a husband and wife team of physicians, founded the Comprehensive Rural Health Project in Jamkhed, India, about 8 hours bus ride east of Mumbai. They first worked in a hospital, but soon realized that despite seeing hundreds of patients every day and working tirelessly, they were reaching only a small fraction of the sick people in their area.

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SPIRITUALITY

Tolerating Phases of Bad Fortune

Chaitanya Charan das | The Spiritual Scientist – TRANSCEND Media Service

We sometimes go through phases of bad fortune when things keep going wrong, one after another. Whatever we do to set things right only makes them worse. Gita wisdom helps us understand that such phases deliver us concentrated doses of reactions to our past karma. To navigate such phases, or even to just survive them, we need patience and tolerance. Kneejerk reactions can cause aggravation, even devastation.

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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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Albert Schweitzer (14 Jan 1875 – 4 Sep 1965): Reverence for Life

René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service

“Just as the rivers are much less numerous than underground streams, so the idealism that is visible is minor compared to what men and women carry in their hearts, unreleased or scarcely released.”

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POETRY FORMAT

Pashtun Woman: Enduring the Unendurable

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

It is said 90% of the world’s opium is grown in Afghanistan. It is alleged Taliban forces, exacting tolls religious fanaticism, ended opium production, while the presence of United States and NATO occupation increased this percentage. There is too much money to be made by nations and cartels to yield control. Shame!

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Hope and Desire as a Fifth

Udaya R. Tennakoon – TRANSCEND Media Service

By a rope I am winded round It is invisible You cannot help me

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Português) 10 Estratégias de Manipulação em Massa Utilizadas Diariamente Contra Você

Tales Luciano Duarte | Saia da Caixinha/Yogui.co - TRANSCEND Media Service

“Em um estado totalitário não se importa com o que as pessoas pensam, desde que o governo possa controlá-la pela força usando cassetetes. Mas quando você não pode controlar as pessoas pela força, você tem que controlar o que as pessoas pensam, e a maneira típica de fazer isso é através da propaganda (fabricação de consentimento, criação de ilusões necessárias), marginalizando o público em geral ou reduzindo-a a alguma forma de apatia” (Chomsky, N., 1993)

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(Português) Robbie Williams Adota Dieta à Base de Vegetais Após Consumir Peixes Contaminados

David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service

7 jan 2021 - Em dezembro, durante entrevista à Rádio X, o cantor britânico Robbie Williams revelou que a sua principal motivação para adotar uma dieta à base de vegetais foi descobrir uma séria intoxicação por mercúrio. “Eu comia peixe duas vezes por dia e tive a maior intoxicação por mercúrio que o médico já viu”, informou.

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WISE QUOTES

The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants.

Albert Camus - TRANSCEND Media Service

Albert Camus was a French philosopher, author, and journalist. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature at the age of 44 in 1957, the second-youngest recipient in history. His works include The Stranger, The Plague, The Myth of Sisyphus, The Fall, and The Rebel. Camus was born in Algeria to French Pieds Noirs parents.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Progress…(?)

Carlos Latuff – TRANSCEND Media Service

The only sector of the US economy where there is no shortage of jobs during the covid-19 pandemic.

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

As Time Goes By – Casablanca (Music Video of the Week)

Herman Hupfeld | USP Filarmonica – TRANSCEND Media Service

From the classic movie Casablanca released on 17 May 1945 Orquestra Filarmonica of the University of São Paulo

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Music Shop

Readers Digest – TRANSCEND Media Service

Piano

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