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EDITORIAL

TMS

Is It Still Possible to Reverse Humanity’s March toward Self-Destruction?

#711 | Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

YES! Today the conflicts of interest that created today´s unsustainable world no longer exist. NO! Most governments are fighting the economic impact of Covid by promoting growth through funding consumption, keeping banks solvent, and subsidizing business--to get people back to work. After the crisis, the same mental model will be employed to raise growth rates that in most of the world were already lagging before Covid, to bring down the numbers of those who were even then rejected by the labour market.

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TRANSCEND VIDEOS

‘Bill Gates Is Continuing the Work of Monsanto’

Vandana Shiva | FRANCE 24 – TRANSCEND Media Service

Vandana Shiva, a world-famous environmental activist from India, tells us about her opposition to big multinationals such as Monsanto for their nefarious influence on agriculture. But she also singles out billionaires like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. "When Bill Gates pours money into Africa for feeding the poor and preventing famine, he’s pushing the failed Green Revolution, chemicals, GMOs, patterns."

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FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER

Africa and the War on Terror

Elizabeth Schmidt | US Foreign Policy - TRANSCEND Media Service

To understand the war on terror in Africa, it must be placed in historical context. At the close of WWII, the Cold War intensified and African struggles for independence escalated. European colonial powers and Cold War superpowers attempted to control the decolonization process. Western powers deployed military might to promote friendly governments that catered to their own political and economic interests and justified their interventions with the “communist threat.”

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TMS PEACE JOURNALISM

What Went Right This Week: Indigenous Climate Wins, Plus More Positive News

Gavin Haines | Positive News - TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Sep 2021 - How Indigenous resistance reined in fossil fuels, why Britain is more united than we think, the rise of edible playgrounds, plus...

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Other Commentaries

SPOTLIGHT

Frei Betto Pays Homage to Paulo Freire on His Birth Centenary: 19 Sep 2021

Leonardo Boff - TRANSCEND Media Service

Frei Betto is one of the best experts on Paulo Freire. Besides being a personal friend, he applied his method in popular education, which he practices until today. This homage to him on the 100th anniversary of his birth is a mixture of experiences lived with him and a simple and exemplary exposition of his method. I join him in this celebration. -- L. Boff

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TRANSCEND News

Crisis Ahead as TMS Donors Shrank to HALF

TRANSCEND Media Service Team

So far, TMS has HALF of the donors of previous years and our funds are ALSO HALVED. Without your support TMS cannot possibly stay alive and deliver its important work. Please pitch-in; our Peace Journalism has never been so pertinent to the world. PLEASE DONATE NOW! THANK YOU!

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INDIGENOUS RIGHTS

In the Guise of Converting the Heathens

Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service

The Oppression of Indigenous Peoples in the Name of Religion

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Whitewashed: Canada Is Shackled by Its History of Denial

Summer Mahmud and Rahul Varma | Rabble – TRANSCEND Media Service

When colonizers write history, their greatest device is their control over what to leave out, undermine, or alter. Thus, generations of Canadians have not learned what was deliberately left out of their history and know very little about what European explorers did to the Indigenous peoples who first lived on this land.

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TRANSCEND MEMBERS

Crafting an Exit Strategy from Universal Vaccination Failure

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens - TRANSCEND Media Serice

20 Sep 2021 - Prudent Preparation for the Probability and Impact of the Unforeseen - There is clearly a major global consensus by authorities on the strategy of universal vaccination as the primary response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is justified by them in the light of interpretations of available evidence and modelling with regard to herd immunity -- for which there is necessarily no hard evidence in the current case.

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Four Remarkable Women

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

13 Sep 2021 - This post reflects an amateurish interest in depicting a fascinating form of feminism that is exemplified by certain exceptional women whom I have been privileged to know. It was originally to be a chapter for my memoir, but I was compelled to cut 100,000 words, and this is one way of saying that my life is bigger than the book!

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Gorgon Stare, the Latest in Mass Surveillance

Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Sep 2021 - U.S. wars in foreign nations always come home. The latest example is “Gorgon Stare,” wide angle surveillance planes, used in Iraq and Afghanistan, that have now been brought home to an urban area near you. "Gorgon Stare" is named for the three Gorgons in Greek mythology, snakeheaded sisters whose stare could turn a person to stone.

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The Afghanistan Humanitarian Imbroglio: An Affirmative Nonkilling Perspective

Prof Anoop Swarup and Dr. Bill Bhaneja | Centre for Global Nonkilling – TRANSCEND Media Service

30 Aug 2021 - Commemorating the 80th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Bill Bhaneja

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Monks and Monkeys

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Monks are respected people in Christianity. A monk practises religious asceticism in the church and outside. Monk comes from the Greek word that means solitary or single.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Who Is My Neighbor?

John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service

I would like to announce the publication of a book which discusses religious ethics and cosmology. The book may be downloaded and circulated free of charge.

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ACTIVISM

As War Keeps Poisoning Humanity, Organizing Continues to Be the Antidote

Norman Solomon | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Sep 2021 - In the long run, peace activism is essential for overcoming militarism. And organizing is what makes that possible.

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ANALYSIS

Understanding the Basics of 21st-Century Democracy, Autocracy, and Capitalism

Richard D. Wolff | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Sep 2021 - Marxism’s criticisms of capitalism in the century after Marx’s death might have led it to advocacy for worker cooperatives. Instead, it focused on which agents could accomplish a transition from capitalism to socialism: the working class or the state.

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ANGLO AMERICA

Up to Half of the $14 Trillion Spent by Pentagon since 9/11 Has Gone to War Profiteers

Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Sep 2021 - A new analysis shows that a "large portion" of Pentagon contracts in recent years have gone to just five companies: Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman.

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Pentagon-Backed Movie, ‘Black Hawk Down’, Championed Military Intervention after 9/11

Kevin Gosztola | The Dissenter – TRANSCEND Media Service

9/11 and Its Impact on Cinema - The film, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, was made with full support from the Pentagon before the 9/11attacks. But its release was moved to Dec 2001 because it was a tale of American heroism that could sell audiences on the supposed necessity of military intervention.

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WHIF: White Hypocritical Imperial Feminism

David Swanson | Pressenza - TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Sep 2021 - In 2002, U.S. women’s groups sent a joint letter to then-President George W. Bush in support of the war on Afghanistan to benefit women. Gloria Steinem (formerly of the CIA), Eve Ensler, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, and many others signed. The National Organization for Women, Hillary Clinton, and Madeline Albright supported the war.

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The Bipartisan Demise of U.S. Democracy

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

16 Sep 2021 - The Republican Party contempt for liberal U.S. values, traditions, constitutionalism, the findings of science and truthfulness, became routine features of the presidency of Donald Trump.

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After 9/11, the U.S. Got Almost Everything Wrong

Garrett M. Graff | The Atlantic - TRANSCEND Media Service

8 Sep 2021 - A mission to rid the world of “terror” and “evil” led the USA in tragic directions.

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MILITARISM

20 Years, $6 Trillion, 900,000 Lives: The Enormous Costs and Elusive Benefits of the War on Terror

Dylan Matthews | VOX - TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Sep 2021 - The costs of the war in Iraq, and indeed of every other front in the war on terror, are relatively easy to relate: hundreds of thousands of lost lives, trillions in dollars spent, incalculable damage to the US’s reputation in the world. So let’s start with a harder question: What, if any, benefits accrued to the US and the world as a result of the war on terror?

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The Third Revolution in Warfare

Kai-Fu Lee | The Atlantic - TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Sep 2021 - First there was gunpowder. Then nuclear weapons. Next: artificially intelligent weapons.

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Return to the Source: The US Military Swarms over Africa

Editorial | Black Agenda Report - TRANSCEND Media Service

Military exercises carried out by AFRICOM on the African continent in recent years have occurred across the continent--east, west, north, and south--as well as on the surrounding seas and oceans. They have included participation from Europe and from almost every African country.

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ASIA--PACIFIC

IIMM Reports Serious Crimes in Myanmar

NHK World-Japan – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Sep 2021 - The Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar warns that serious crimes and violations of international law continue to be committed in the country. The international team of legal experts reported to a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday [13 Sep 2021].

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U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta from U.N.

Colum Lynch, Robbie Gramer, and Jack Detsch | Foreign Policy – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Sep 2021 - The informal deal offers common ground with Beijing and a blow to Myanmar’s hopes of legitimacy.

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BRICS

China: The Paradox and Contradictions of a Tributary Empire

Juan Eugenio Corradi | Opinion Sur - TRANSCEND Media Service

Despite appearances, current Chinese power is an amalgam of two contradictory models. In turn, each of them has internal contradictions. If this hypothesis is correct, we can cast doubt on the sustainability of such power in the medium and long terms.

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CENTRAL ASIA

Despite Its Exit, the US Will Continue to Wage War on Afghanistan

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Set 2021 - Ever the bad loser, Washington will be tempted to crush the Taliban with sanctions and covert operations, unleashing more chaos.

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UNITED NATIONS

Breakthrough Strategy: The Earth Constitution & the United Nations

Roger Kotila, Ph.D. | Earth Federation News & Views – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Sep 2021 - The public is largely unaware that forming a world federal union government is the solution to critical world problems, or that the Earth Constitution is the key to the needed changes. The United Nations, hampered by its fatally flawed Charter, is trying to resolve global problems with one hand tied behind its back.

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IN FOCUS

How Many Satellites Are Orbiting Earth?

Supriya Chakrabarti | The Conversation - TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Sep 2021 - In the past decade, the number of satellites in orbit has skyrocketed thanks to tiny electronics and cheap launches. The crowded night sky is posing problems for astronomers and astronauts.

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Noam Chomsky: Average People Still Have the Power to Stop Wars

Noam Chomsky Interviewed by J. C. Pan and Ariella Thornhill | Jacobin - TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Sep 2021 - Noam Chomsky on why the US withdrawal from Afghanistan won’t change US imperialism, the many war crimes of George W. Bush, and why he still believes in average people’s ability to push back against the war machine.

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JUSTICE

Why Is Biden Prosecuting Assange for Telling the Truth about Afghanistan?

Daniel Ellsberg, Alice Walker and Noam Chomsky | Newsweek - TRANSCEND Media Service

The Biden administration is stubbornly pursuing the extradition of Julian Assange, who exposed the corrupt motives and doomed policies behind the War on Terror. Biden stuck to his word and finally ended the war in Afghanistan. But he cannot close this chapter with the man who told the truth about that war still in prison.

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TECHNOLOGY

Big Tech War Profiteers Raked in $44 Billion during ‘Global War on Terror’

Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service

The report “Big Tech Sells War” released on 9 Sep accuses Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other tech giants of providing tools--"from databases to drones"--that have propped up the war on terror for two decades. "When the U.S. chooses war over aid, Big Tech profits", it affirms.

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The Spy Who Came in through Your Phone

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

16 Sep 2021 - A cybersecurity organization at the University of Toronto revealed the existence of a “zero-click” exploit that exposed 1.65 billion Apple iPhone and other devices to a complete and undetectable takeover by the spyware Pegasus, produced by NSO Group. Pegasus grants unlimited access to all of an infected device’s content: chat messages, emails, phone calls, control of microphone and camera, phone’s location in real time.

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COVID19 - CORONAVIRUS

[Update] Covid Early Treatment

Swiss Policy Research - TRANSCEND Media Service

19 Sep 2021 - In view of non-durable covid vaccine protection, the availability of effective early treatment options for high-risk covid patients should remain a top public health priority.

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COVID World Data -Total: 229,2M -Dead: 4,7M -Survival Rate: 98%

Worldometer and Avi Schiffmann - TRANSCEND Media Service

On 20 Sep 2021 (6am GMT): Total Cases: 229,291,098 Deaths: 4,705,472 Active: 25,034,488 Recovered: 205,914,152 Cases Closed: 210,619,624 Total Vaccinated: 3,397,601,513 Percentage Dead: 2% (approximately)

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World Coronavirus Map

World Life Expectancy – TRANSCEND Media Service

Profile: How does Coronavirus/Covid19 rank among other illnesses? Is it the most lethal? Info, insights, numbers, statistics on health and causes of death. Updated Daily

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DEBATES ON COVID - VACCINES

The COVID-19 “Vaccine” and the Nuremberg Code: Crimes against Humanity, Genocide

Prof Michel Chossudovsky | Global Research - TRANSCEND Media Service

• EU/EEA/Switzerland to 11 Sep 2021: 24,528 Covid-19 injection related deaths and 2,292,967 injuries • UK to 1 Sep 2021: 1,632 Covid-19 injection related deaths and 1,186,844 injuries • USA to 3 Sep 2021: 14,506 Covid-19 injection related deaths and 3,146,691 injuries • TOTAL for EU/UK/USA: 40,666 Covid-19 injection related deaths and 6,626,502 injuries on 15 Sep 2021

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Multiple Articles Questioning Aspects of COVID19 or Vaccines

The Defender and Global Research - TRANSCEND Media Service

* To Inform, Educate, Create Dialogue * The Flip Side of the Official Discourse/Narrative

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REVIEWS

Praise Be to Those Who Refused to Kill

Paul Buhle | The Progressive - TRANSCEND Media Service

7 Sep 2021 - Two 2021 books take a fresh look at the unheralded heroes of the Vietnam War.

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ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM

1,428 Dolphins Were Slaughtered as Part of a Tradition–Activists Say It’s Cruel

The Associated Press | NPR - TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Sep 2021 - The slaughter of 1,428 white-sided dolphins over the weekend, part of a four-century-old traditional drive of sea mammals into shallow water where they are killed for their meat and blubber, has reignited a debate on the small Faeroe Islands.

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INSPIRATIONAL

Mary’s Room: An Animated Inquiry into the Limits of Knowledge and the Mystery of Consciousness

Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service

The gasp beyond fact, contouring the central question of what it is like to be you.

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POETRY FORMAT

White Lily

Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service

While the snow white lily creates sheer delight, with her innocence and her beauty so bright.

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ORIGINAL LANGUAGES

(Castellano) El Once de Septiembre en Chile

Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Septiembre 2021 - El día once de septiembre, este año como todos los años, fuimos junto con mi pareja Carolina y con nuestra hija Shelley, al cementerio de Limache, el pequeño pueblo de la quinta región donde vivimos.  Nos sumamos a nuestros vecinos limachinos quienes también no dejen de conmemorar la muerte de seres amados, y la muerte de la democracia, el once de septiembre de 1973.

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MEMORABLE QUOTES

“A newly married couple asked a wise man: ‘What shall we do to make our love endure?’ He answered: ‘Love other things together.’”

Anthony de Mello – TRANSCEND Media Service

Anthony de Mello, also known as Tony de Mello, [4 Sep 1931 – 2 Jun 1987] was an Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist. A spiritual teacher, writer, and public speaker, de Mello wrote several books on spirituality and hosted numerous spiritual retreats and conferences.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Tribute to Paulo Freire

Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

100 Years of His Birth

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JOKE OF THE WEEK

Another Trip to Parallel Earth

Tom Tomorrow | Daily Kos – TRANSCEND Media Service

This Modern World 6 Sep 2021

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SHORT VIDEO CLIPS

The Story of Bottled Water

The Story of Stuff Project – TRANSCEND Media Service

The story of manufactured demand—how you get people to buy more than half a billion bottles of water every day when it already flows from the tap. Over five minutes, the film explores the bottled water industry's attacks on tap water and its use of seductive, environmental-themed advertising to cover up the mountains of plastic waste it produces.

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One Love (Music Video of the Week)

Bob Marley – TRANSCEND Media Service

The one and only Marley: Reggae Classic Please Click on Watch on YouTube

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