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Most Famous Man Who Ever Lived
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2021

One day many years ago at a school in South London a teacher said to the class of 5-year-olds, “I’ll give £20 to the child who can tell me who was the most famous man who ever lived.”

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Raul Castro Steps Down as Head of Communist Party Ending an Era in Cuba
Andrea Rodríguez | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

17 Apr 2021 – Raul Castro said yesterday he is stepping down as head of Cuba’s Communist Party, ending an era of formal leadership that began with his brother Fidel and country’s 1959 revolution. The 89-year-old Castro made the announcement in a speech at the opening of the eighth congress of the ruling party.

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How Law Made Neoliberalism
Jedediah Britton-Purdy, Amy Kapczynski and David Singh Grewal | Boston Review - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

If we are to emerge from this era of crisis, we need legal thinking that operates on fundamentally different presumptions.

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The Red Phone
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

There was a simple and humble Brahmana, a Hindu priest, who lived in Mathura, India. Once he had the chance to go visit the Pope at the Vatican in Rome.

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The ICC’s Attempt to Place Israel on Par with Terror Armies
Yaakov Lappin | Jewish News Syndicate - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

8 Apr 2021 – The International Criminal Court’s Feb. 5 decision that it has jurisdiction to investigate alleged war crimes in the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem represents a milestone in the politicization of international law.

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Vincent van Gogh (30 Mar 1853 – 29 Jul 1890)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

“As for me, I am rather often uneasy in my mind, because I think that my life has not been calm enough; all those bitter disappointments, adversities, changes keep me from developing fully and naturally in my artistic career.” —Vincent van Gogh

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Jane Goodall (Born 3 Apr 1934)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

Animal Rights Activist, Scientist – Jane Goodall is known for her years of living among chimpanzees in Tanzania to create one of the most trailblazing studies of primates in modern times.

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Lula Is Back, and Brazil Is Facing a Perfect Storm
Raphael Tsavkko Garcia | Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

25 Mar 2021 – The annulment of the corruption convictions against former President Lula threw the country into unprecedented political chaos. Pres. Bolsonaro camp, which has long treated the Supreme Court as an enemy, presented the decision as proof that the Court is defending criminals and corrupt politicians like Lula for political reasons.

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A Locust Plague Hit East Africa–The Pesticide Solution May Have Dire Consequences
Tristan McConnell | National Geographic - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

24 Mar 2021 – Heavy use of a broad-spectrum pesticide seems to have slowed the desert locust invasion. What the repercussions of that approach are isn’t yet clear. So far, a ground and air spraying campaign over eight East African countries, coordinated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, has staved off the worst.

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Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World
Selam Gebrekidan and Matt Apuzzo | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

21 Mar 2021 – Despite warnings, American and European officials gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people. That risks prolonging the pandemic.

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Let’s Stop Pretending Russia and China Are Military Threats
Dave Lindorff | This Can't Be Happening - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

12 Mar 2021 – The Biggest Threat to US Security Is Here at Home: The Pentagon – Someone needs to say this, and it looks like it’s gotta be me: China and Russia are not our enemies.

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Albert Einstein (14 Mar 1879 – 18 Apr 1955)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Mar 2021

Born in Germany in 1879, Albert Einstein developed the special and general theories of relativity. In 1921 he won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Einstein is generally considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century. He died on April 18, 1955, in Princeton, New Jersey.

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Michelangelo (6 Mar 1475 – 18 Feb 1564)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

In his youth, Michelangelo Buonarroti had taunted a fellow student, and received a blow on the nose that disfigured him for life. Over the years, he suffered increasing infirmities from the rigors of his work; in one of his poems, he documented the tremendous physical strain that he endured by painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Political strife in his beloved Florence also gnawed at him, but his most notable enmity was with fellow Florentine artist Leonardo da Vinci, who was more than 20 years his senior.

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George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 – 29 Nov 2001)
Biography Online - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

George Harrison was a British guitarist, singer, songwriter and film producer. As a member of the Beatles, he achieved international fame and renown. In addition to music, Harrison was interested i n Hindu spirituality. After meeting A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, of which he became an active participant, Harrison turned his devotion to Lord Krishna and became a devotee of the Hare Krishna Movement in 1969.

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Brazil’s COVID-19 Catastrophe: Nothing Less Than Criminal
Raphael Tsavkko Garcia | Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

1 Feb 2021 – Brazil will, eventually, defeat this virus. Bolsonaro and his far-right government, however, may not be as lucky.

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A Murderous System Is Being Created Before Our Very Eyes
Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture | Republik - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

A made-up rape allegation and fabricated evidence in Sweden, pressure from the UK not to drop the case, a biased judge, detention in a maximum security prison, psychological torture – and extradition to the U.S., where he could face up to 175 years in prison for exposing war crimes. For the first time, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer, speaks in detail about the explosive findings of his investigation into the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

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America’s Biggest Owner of Farmland Is Now Bill Gates
Ariel Shapiro | Forbes - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

14 Jan 2021 – Bill Gates, the fourth richest person in the world, has been quietly snatching up 242,000 acres of farmland across the U.S. — enough to make him the top private farmland owner in America.

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The New Normal
True Sceptics | happen.network - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

14 Jan 2021 – A great documentary that investigates The Fourth Industrial Revolution, what the 1% has to gain and the rest of us are about to lose.

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Monarch Butterfly Population Moves Closer to Extinction
Olga R. Rodriguez | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2021

19 Jan 2021 -The number of western monarch butterflies wintering along the California coast has plummeted precipitously to a record low, putting the orange-and-black insects closer to extinction, researchers announced today.

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Final Speech from ‘The Great Dictator’
Charlie Chaplin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost…”
–The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin)

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It’s Time to End the Nuclear Era!
Abolition 2000 Global Network to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

Today, 15 Jan 2021, in advance of next week’s two milestones of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on 22 Jan and the 75th anniversary of UN General Assembly Resolution 1(1) two days later, we issued a statement to welcome the new treaty and to remind all states of their 75-year obligation to disarm.

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On 22 Jan 2021, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Will Enter into Force
ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Nobel Peace Laureate - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

To mark the day that nuclear weapons become illegal under international law, ICAN campaigners and other anti-nuclear activists around the world will be hosting a huge range of actions and activities. Find one near you (or online in your timezone) through the map below. And make sure to add yours to the map as well!

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Martin Luther King Jr. (15 Jan 1929 – 4 Apr 1968)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

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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The 7 Reasons Why Nuclear Energy Is Not the Answer to Solve Climate Change
Mark Z. Jacobson | Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

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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The Prophet of Maximum Productivity
Kwame Anthony Appiah | New York Review of Books - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

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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Bangladesh Sends 2nd Group of Rohingya to Isolated Island
Abdur Rahman Jahangir | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2021

28 Dec 2020 – Bangladesh’s Senseless Relocation of Rohingya Survivors of Myanmar Genocide – Officials in Bangladesh sent a second group of Rohingya refugees to an isolated island in the Bay of Bengal today despite calls by human rights groups for a halt to the process. More than 30 buses carrying about 1,500 refugees left for the island.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (17 Dec 1770 – 26 Mar 1827)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. He was an innovator, widening the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet, and combining vocals and instruments in a new way. His personal life was marked by a struggle against deafness, and some of his most important works were composed during the last 10 years of his life, when he was quite unable to hear.

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Consciousness: The Symptom of the Soul
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2020

How It Interacts with but Is Separated from the Body

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Locked in and Locked out: The Impact of Digital Identity Systems on Rohingya Populations in Myanmar
Natalie Brinham, et al. | Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion/UN Special Rapporteur on Racism - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2020

November 2020 – This paper sheds urgent light on how the digitization of identity stands to worsen the human rights situation for the Rohingya, who the global community has failed time and time again. It also centres Rohingya perspectives on the action necessary to ensure that technological innovation does not become a cover for severe discriminatory exclusion on the basis of ethnicity and religion.

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Bruce Lee (27 Nov 1940 – 20 Jul 1973)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

Bruce Lee was a revered martial artist, actor and filmmaker known for movies like ‘Fists of Fury’ and ‘Enter the Dragon,’ and the technique Jeet Kune Do.

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Confucius (c. 551 BC – 21 Nov 479 BC)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

Confucius was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure known for his popular aphorisms and for his models of social interaction. Confucianism is not an organized religion, but it does provide rules for thinking and living that focus on love for humanity, worship of ancestors, respect for elders, self-discipline and conformity to rituals. Confucius lived during a time of ideological crisis in China.

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Historic Milestone: UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons Reaches 50 Ratifications Needed for Entry into Force
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ICAN - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

24 Oct 2020 – Today, the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons reached the required 50 state parties. In 90 days the treaty will enter into force, cementing a categorical ban on nuclear weapons, 75 years after their first use.

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Hannah Arendt (14 Oct 1906 – 4 Dec 1975)
Encyclopedia of World Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

A Jewish girl forced to flee Germany during World War II (1939–45), Hannah Arendt analyzed major issues of the twentieth century and produced an original and radical political philosophy.

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Fires Raze Nearly Half of Indigenous Territories in Brazil’s Pantanal
Bianca Muniz, Bruno Fonseca and Raphaela Ribeiro | Agência Pública, Mongabay - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

6 Oct 2020 – In September, 164 fires were recorded across Indigenous territories in the Brazilian Pantanal, the world’s biggest wetland. In August, there were more than 200. Nearly half of the certified Indigenous areas in the region have already been subject to fires that cut off villages, destroyed homes and farms, and sent community members to hospital for respiratory problems.

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Harold Pinter (10 Oct 1930 – 24 Dec 2008)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

Born in London in 1930, Harold Pinter is a renowned playwright and screenwriter. His plays are particularly famous for their use of understatement to convey characters’ thoughts and feelings. In 2005, Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 – 8 Dec 1980)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

John Lennon was born in Liverpool, England. John met Paul McCartney in 1957 and invited him to join his music group. They eventually formed the most successful songwriting partnership in musical history. Lennon left the Beatles in 1969. On December 8, 1980, he was killed by a crazed fan named Mark David Chapman.

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Nicaragua, the Country That Didn’t Swallow the Covid Blue Pill
Jorge Capelán | Internationalist 360º - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

26 Sep 2020 – For Nicaragua, the “blue pill” of lockdown or “stay at home” would have been pure cyanide, and since its leadership long ago took the red pill, it was able to discern the true interests behind the phony rich-country pandemic discourse and its hidden “great re-set” agenda.

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UN Assembly Approves Pandemic Resolution; US, Israel Object
Edith M. Lederer | AP News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2020

The U.N. General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a wide-ranging resolution on tackling the coronavirus pandemic on 11 Sep 2020 over objections from the United States and Israel, which protested a successful last-minute Cuban amendment. The world body adopted the resolution by a vote of 169-2.

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Face Masks Could Be Giving People Covid-19 Immunity, Researchers Suggest
Georgina Hayes | The Telegraph - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2020

12 Sep 2020 – Mask wearing might also be reducing the severity of the virus and ensuring that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic.

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BREAKING: U.S. Court Rules Mass Surveillance Program Revealed by Snowden Was Illegal
Raphael Satter | Reuters - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

2 Sep 2020 – Seven years after Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful – and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.

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Were There Two Buddhas?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2020

We will look at the evidence that seems to indicate that there was first the Avatara Buddha, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu who appeared near 1800 BCE, and then there was another person who became known as Gautama called Buddha, born around 560 BCE.

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US Seizes Iranian Oil from Four Tankers En Route to Venezuela
Joshua Goodman | AP, Global News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2020

14 Aug 2020 – The Trump administration has seized the cargo of four tankers it was targeting for transporting Iranian fuel to Venezuela, U.S. officials said today, as it steps up its campaign of maximum pressure against the two heavily sanctioned allies.

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While America Awakes…
Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

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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The Hibakusha’s 75-Year Journey to Ban Nuclear Weapons
ICAN-International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Nobel Peace Laureate - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

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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15 Lessons from 15 Years of BDS
Alys Samson Estapé | The Electronic Intifada - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

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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Manhattan Project Spies, Cold War, MAD–Their Efforts Gifted Us 75 Years of No Nuclear War
Dave Lindorff | This Can't Be Happening! - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Aug 2020

1 Aug 2020 – Unsung Heroes of Los Alamos – As we look back at the grim 75th anniversary of those three first nuclear bombs exploded by the US, we should admit a debt of gratitude to those spies at Los Alamos who kept the US from committing an atrocity that humanity would have never forgiven, and for giving us this amazing three-quarters of a century of no nuclear or world war.

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Nikola Tesla (10 Jul 1856 – 7 Jan 1943)
Biography and Michel Chossudovsky – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

Very few people know who Nikola Tesla is. They have heard of the Tesla electric car, but generally the broader public is unfamiliar with Nikola Tesla, the Serbian scientist and his path breaking inventions in electricity and wireless technology. Many of his inventions were stolen by US corporations. Wireless technology was in large part based on Tesla inventions. He contributed to the development of the alternating-current electrical system that’s widely used today and discovered the rotating magnetic field (the basis of most AC machinery).

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She Waved a Rainbow Flag at Our Cairo Show. Tragedy Followed.
Haig Papazian | The New York Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

16 Jul 2020 – Last month, Sarah Hegazi, a 30-year-old Egyptian L.G.B.T.Q. rights activist, took her own life in Canada. That she felt safe enough to honor our music with her bravery is thrilling; that such a simple act forever altered and then ended her life brings me great sorrow.

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Nelson Mandela (18 Jul 1918 – 5 Dec 2013)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa in 1994, serving until 1999. A symbol of global peacemaking, he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

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How Trees Secretly Talk to Each Other in the Forest
National Geographic - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

What do trees talk about? In the Douglas fir forests of Canada, see how trees “talk” to each other by forming underground symbiotic relationships—called mycorrhizae—with fungi to relay stress signals and share resources with one another.

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This Coronavirus Mutation Has Taken Over the World. Scientists Are Trying to Understand Why.
Sarah Kaplan and Joel Achenbach | The Washington Post - Reader Supported News, 6 Jul 2020

29 Jun 2020 – The mutation doesn’t appear to make people sicker, but a growing number of scientists worry that it has made the virus more contagious.

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Franz Kafka (3 Jul 1883 – 3 Jun 1924)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

Born in Prague, capital of what is now the Czech Republic, writer Franz Kafka grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family. After studying law at the University of Prague, he worked in insurance and wrote in the evenings. In 1923, he moved to Berlin to focus on writing, but died of tuberculosis shortly after. His friend Max Brod published most of his work posthumously, such as Amerika and The Castle.

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When Religions Create Divisions and How to Avoid It
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

Each religion implies, or comes right out and says, that it is the best or the only way to God. All others are inferior and should be ignored, dominated, pushed away, or even destroyed by force. In this way, a most difficult thing to break down is the barrier between us erected by our religions. A first-class religion is not the one that claims it is the highest religion.

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Majority of ICC Members Backs Tribunal in Face of US Sanctions
Mike Corder | AP/Star Tribune – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

23 Jun 2020 – More than half of the member states of the International Criminal Court voiced their support for the institution in a strongly worded statement issued today in response to the Trump administration’s decision to authorize sanctions against court staff.

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Alan Turing (23 Jun 1912 – 7 Jun 1954)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, educator, philosopher, and theoretical biologist. The famed code-breaking war hero, now considered the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, was criminally convicted to chemical castration and harshly treated under the U.K.’s homophobic laws. He committed suicide.

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From Tear Gas to Rubber Bullets, Here’s What ‘Nonlethal’ Weapons Can Do to the Body
National Geographic - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

When misused, nonlethal weapons break bones, burn skin, and cause internal injuries. Here’s why those serious injuries may occur, and how to protect against them.

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Descriptions of the Spiritual Dimension According to the Vedas of India
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

The spiritual universe is not a myth although it may certainly be a mystery. The Vedic texts have many descriptions of what it is like, more than you will find anywhere else. Some explain the Lord’s pastimes as well as the activities that He and His devotees display and enjoy in the spiritual dimension.

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Walt Whitman (31 May 1819 – 26 Mar 1892)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

Walt Whitman was an American poet whose verse collection ‘Leaves of Grass’ is a landmark in the history of American literature. Fascinated by this newcomer to the poetry scene, Emerson dispatched writers Henry David Thoreau and Bronson Alcott to Brooklyn to meet Whitman.

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Malcolm X (19 May 1925 – 21 Feb 1965)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

Civil Rights Activist, Minister – African-American leader and prominent figure in the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X articulated concepts of race pride and black nationalism in the 1950s and ’60s.

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Bolivia: The Open Veins Are Bleeding Six Months after the Coup
Verónica Zapata | Resumen - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

On 10 Nov 2019 a violent coup d’état took place in Bolivia navigated by the U.S. and with the backing of the armed forces, the police and paramilitary groups forcing Evo Morales to resign at gunpoint. The objective was to regain control of lithium and to erase a government with an indigenous face that for the first time since the genocidal conquest of America had come to power.

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New Zealand Has ‘Effectively Eliminated’ Coronavirus — Here’s What They Did Right
Aaron Gulley | National Geographic - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2020

30 Apr 2020 – The island nation chose strict lockdowns and austerity. What’s next?

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Buddhism and Its Vedic Connections
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2020

Many people may know about Buddhism, but few seem to understand its connections with the Vedic Culture and how many of its aspects originate in the Vedic philosophy. It was several hundred years before the time of Lord Buddha that his birth was predicted in the  Srimad-Bhagavatam.

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(Português) Verdade Absoluta: O Que É? ou Quem É?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

Os cientistas concordam que todo o tempo, toda a história e toda a criação começam a partir de um único ponto. E esse ponto teria de ser a Verdade última ou Absoluta. Então o que é exactamente a Verdade Absoluta? Como é que recuamos no tempo e no espaço para encontrar a fonte original de tudo? Mesmo que pesquisemos a Bíblia, o Corão, os escritos judeus, ou mesmo os textos sikh, zoroastrianos ou budistas, encontraremos informação limitada sobre o que é a Verdade Absoluta. E esqueçam a dependência da ciência moderna, eles ainda estão à procura e têm muitas teorias diferentes para oferecer.

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In Response to President Maduro’s Letter to the People of the United States
Network in Defense of Humanity US Chapter – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

6 Apr 2020 – The Network in Defense of Humanity-US Chapter expresses our heartfelt solidarity with the people of Venezuela and its only legitimate President Nicolas Maduro Moros in this hour of danger. The US administration is creating more conflict and aggression against Venezuela, while people all over the world are fighting a dangerous virus pandemic.

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Charities Are Turning to Bitcoin amid the Global Fight against Coronavirus
Jinia Shawdagor | Cointelegraph - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

6 Apr 2020 -In the war against the novel coronavirus, cryptocurrencies are emerging as a much-needed tool for charity and fundraising projects. Already there are a number of large nonprofits accepting Bitcoin donations. Plus, some blockchain and crypto firms are contributing medical supplies to hospitals in an attempt to curb the virus, while others are setting up fundraisers and charities that are aimed at helping its victims.

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The Absolute Truth: What or Who Is It?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

Scientists agree that all time, all history, and all creation start from a single point. And that point would have to be the ultimate or Absolute Truth. So what exactly is the Absolute Truth? How do we go back through time and space to find the original source of everything? Even if we research the Bible, the Koran, the Jewish writings, or even the Sikh, Zoroastrian, or Buddhist texts, we will find limited information on what is the Absolute Truth. And forget about depending on modern science, they are still searching and have many varying theories to offer. 

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Trump: US to Deploy Anti-Drug Navy Ships near Venezuela
Joshua Goodman | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

2 Apr 2020 – President Donald Trump announced yesterday that Navy ships are being moved toward Venezuela as his administration beefs up counter-narcotics operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro. The announcement came at the start of the daily White House press briefing to discuss the coronavirus pandemic.

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Vincent van Gogh (30 Mar 1853 – 29 Jul 1890)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

“As for me, I am rather often uneasy in my mind, because I think that my life has not been calm enough; all those bitter disappointments, adversities, changes keep me from developing fully and naturally in my artistic career.” —Vincent van Gogh

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Jane Goodall (Born 3 Apr 1934)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

Animal Rights Activist, Scientist – Jane Goodall is known for her years of living among chimpanzees in Tanzania to create one of the most trailblazing studies of primates in modern times.

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Nonviolence According to Dharma
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

When understanding Vedic Dharma and the need for us to raise our consciousness, which includes perceiving the Divine in all beings, it should also be clear that we need to observe respect, kindness, non-injury, and nonviolence toward all.

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Coronavirus and the World Order
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

Coronavirus is posing a global health risk. The World Health Organization has declared it a pandemic. Beyond the health crisis, and the economic costs, the political implications of the pandemic are far-reaching. International relations experts are yet to explore fully its impact on the world order.

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Consciousness: The Symptom of the Soul
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020

How It Interacts with but Is Separate from the Body – An excerpt from The Secret Teachings of the Vedas

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Albert Einstein (14 Mar 1879 – 18 Apr 1955)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Mar 2020

Born in Germany in 1879, Albert Einstein developed the special and general theories of relativity. In 1921 he won the Nobel Prize for Physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect. Einstein is generally considered the most influential physicist of the 20th century. He died on April 18, 1955, in Princeton, New Jersey.

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George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 – 29 Nov 2001)
Biography Online - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

George Harrison was a British guitarist, singer, songwriter and film producer. As a member of the Beatles, he achieved international fame and renown. In addition to music, Harrison was interested in Hindu spirituality.  After meeting A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, of which he became an active participant, Harrison turned his devotion to Lord Krishna and became a devotee of the Hare Krishna Movement in 1969.

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Michelangelo (6 Mar 1475 – 18 Feb 1564)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

In his youth, Michelangelo Buonarroti had taunted a fellow student, and received a blow on the nose that disfigured him for life. Over the years, he suffered increasing infirmities from the rigors of his work; in one of his poems, he documented the tremendous physical strain that he endured by painting the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Political strife in his beloved Florence also gnawed at him, but his most notable enmity was with fellow Florentine artist Leonardo da Vinci, who was more than 20 years his senior.

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Marchers Support Assange ahead of London Extradition Hearing
Jill Lawless | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

22 Feb 2020 – Hundreds of supporters of Julian Assange marched through London today to pressure the U.K. government not to extradite the WikiLeaks founder to the United States in hearing due to begin in a London court on Monday 24 Feb. Famous backers, including Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, editor in chief of WikiLeaks Kristinn Hrafnsonn, Assange’s father John Shipton, Pink Floyd singer Roger Waters, and Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde joined the crowd.

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UN Blacklist: The 112 Companies Operating in Palestine’s Israeli Settlements
AP – Times of Israel, 17 Feb 2020

12 Feb 2020 – The UN Human Rights Council today published a database of 112 companies that are conducting business in West Bank settlements. The overwhelming majority is Israeli, 6 are based in US, including Airbnb, Expedia, TripAdvisor, Motorola.

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A Plague of Locusts Has Descended on East Africa–Climate Change May Be to Blame
Madeleine Stone | National Geographic – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

14 Feb 2020 – A plague of locusts is spreading across the East Africa region threatening the food supply of tens of millions. City-sized swarms of the dreaded pests descend on crops and pasturelands, devouring everything in a matter of hours. The outbreak, which now affects seven countries, is like nothing in recent memory. Human activity has made an ocean circulation pattern misbehave—triggering a weird confluence of events that has caused the infestations.

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Your Thoughts Create Your Future
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

This will show how your thinking creates your consciousness and how to help control it. It provides evidence so that you can see how your life unfolds according to what you draw to it, as dictated by your consciousness and thoughts. By taking the responsibility for yourself and your thinking process, you can make your life more positive and uplifting, reducing or negating the influence of any hurt or negative energies you encounter.

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Portuguese Whistleblower Named as Leaker behind Isabel dos Santos Leaks
James Badcock – The Telegraph, 3 Feb 2020

27 Jan 2020 – A Portuguese whistleblower has claimed responsibility for leaked files that allegedly implicate Isabel dos Santos, the billionaire daughter of the former Angolan president, in murky international business deals. Lawyers for Rui Pinto today claimed he was behind the so-called “Luanda Leaks” and likened him to the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Mahatma Gandhi on Conversion
Swami Aksharanandaji | Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

“I disbelieve in the conversion of one person by another. My effort should never to be to undermine another’s faith. This implies belief in the truth of all religions and, therefore, respect for them. It implies true humility.” (Young India: April 23, 1931)

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Two-Nation Theory Re-examined–and a Few Reflections on India’s Citizenship (Amendment) Bill
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

30 Dec 2019 – The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill would revive the two-nation theory, which implied Hindus and Muslims are two different nations, hence they cannot stay together. The architects of this theory were Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Muhammad Iqbal, and on the basis of this theory British India was partitioned into India and Pakistan. Jinnah and Iqbal must be smiling in their graves as their TNT idea gets new adherents, and Gandhi must be turning in pain.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (15 Jan 1929 – 4 Apr 1968)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

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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World Peace Is a Possibility
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

Being on this planet is similar to being on a plane going from one place to another. We are all transients sharing a flight, which is temporary. We may not have the best seats for the moment, but we will soon be landing somewhere else. So why should we engage in quarreling over temporary seats?

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New Year 2020: A Prayer for Peace and Religious Harmony
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

1 Jan 2020 – As I am thinking about the New Year, I am thinking about peace, about how to make the world a peaceful place to live and thrive. The passing year was not that peaceful. There were violent incidents all over the world. There were violent incidents within states, there was also violence based on the exclusionary approach to particular people.

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New Russian Nuclear Weapon Can Travel 27 Times the Speed of Sound
Vladimir Isachenkov | AP News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

27 Dec 2019 – A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational today, Russia’s defense minister reported, bolstering the country’s nuclear strike capability. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he believes “it’s probably a matter of a couple of years” before the U.S. has one.

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Why All Religions Are Not the Same
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

It is often said by some Hindu gurus and leaders that all religions are the same. But is this really the case? Naturally, anyone who studies religion can see many similarities between them. And if we are talking about getting closer to God and increasing our understanding and love for God, then what religion is not trying to do that? Who cannot go to a church, mosque, or temple and worship and bow to God in prayer? So, what is the difference? Are not all religions the same?

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Sackler-Owned Opioid Maker Pushes Overdose Treatment Abroad
Claire Galofaro and Kristen Gelineau | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

15 Dec 2019 – Big Pharma Empire behind OxyContin Now Selling Overdose Cure – “You’re in the business of selling medicine that causes addiction and overdoses, and now you’re in the business of selling medicine that treats addiction and overdoses?” asked Dr. Andrew Kolodny, an outspoken critic of Purdue who has testified against the company in court. “That’s pretty clever, isn’t it?”

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Ludwig van Beethoven (17 Dec 1770 – 26 Mar 1827)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German composer and the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. He was an innovator, widening the scope of sonata, symphony, concerto and quartet, and combining vocals and instruments in a new way. His personal life was marked by a struggle against deafness, and some of his most important works were composed during the last 10 years of his life, when he was quite unable to hear.

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Seeing Beyond the Illusion
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

The first thing to understand is that it is better not to try to see what is beyond the illusion, but to know how to recognize the illusory nature itself. Then the Truth beyond the veil will reveal itself.

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Bruce Lee (27 Nov 1940 – 20 Jul 1973)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Bruce Lee was a revered martial artist, actor and filmmaker known for movies like ‘Fists of Fury’ and ‘Enter the Dragon,’ and the technique Jeet Kune Do.

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Confucius (c. 551 BC – 21 Nov 479 BC)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

Confucius was an influential Chinese philosopher, teacher and political figure known for his popular aphorisms and for his models of social interaction. Confucianism is not an organized religion, but it does provide rules for thinking and living that focus on love for humanity, worship of ancestors, respect for elders, self-discipline and conformity to rituals. Confucius lived during a time of ideological crisis in China.

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Casteism: Is It the Scourge of Hinduism, or the Perversion of a Legitimate Vedic System?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

Casteism in India has gotten a lot of criticism, and rightly so. The way casteism is at present should not even exist. Casteism as we find it today is now nothing more than a misrepresentation and misinterpretation of a legitimate and progressive Vedic system known as varnashrama. However, we need to know the difference between the two, and then get rid of present-day casteism to again utilize the genuine and liberal form of social organization, known as varnashrama.

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The Venice Future Dialogues
Jan Oberg | Oberg Photo Graphics – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

26 Oct 2019 – How the Silk Peace Art Road installation stimulates dialogues about the world and what a couple of thousand people from all over that world shared with me… This article is a report of what visitors to my installation in Venice have shared with me about the world, what they fear and hope.

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Moksha/Liberation: What Is It?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

Moksha is also called mukti, which essentially means to attain freedom from any further forms of differentiated, temporal, and ordinary material existence in the mortal world. It also means, quite simply, becoming free from samsara or the continued rounds of birth and death in the material realm, which is caused by the accumulation and continuation of karma.

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Hannah Arendt (14 Oct 1906 – 4 Dec 1975)
Encyclopedia of World Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

A Jewish girl forced to flee Germany during World War II (1939–45), Hannah Arendt analyzed major issues of the twentieth century and produced an original and radical political philosophy.

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Environmentalism According to the Vedic View
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

As everything is created from the Supreme Creator, then we should certainly have a high regard for everything as the expansion of God’s energies. This not only includes all of our fellow humans, but all creatures, as well as all aspects of the planet. We should care for the environment as if it is not ours but God’s property, and in this way assure ourselves that it will continue to provide all of our necessities for many years to come, and into many future generations. This is the Vedic view.

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Harold Pinter (10 Oct 1930 – 24 Dec 2008)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

Born in London in 1930, Harold Pinter is a renowned playwright and screenwriter. His plays are particularly famous for their use of understatement to convey characters’ thoughts and feelings. In 2005, Pinter was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 – 8 Dec 1980)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

“If someone thinks that peace and love are just a cliché that should have been left behind in the ’60s, that’s a problem. Peace and love are eternal.” —John Lennon

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What is the Kumbha Mela?
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

The Greatest Gathering of People in the History of the World

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