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Angela Davis, John Pilger, Roger Waters Rave about Just-Released ‘Our Vision for Liberation’
Ilan Pappé & Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2022

18 May 2022 – In commemoration of the 74th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, Professor Ilan Pappe and Dr. Ramzy Baroud announce the release of their latest book, ‘Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders & Intellectuals Speak Out.’

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Tears in Heaven (Music Video of the Week)
Eric Clapton - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

Tears in Heaven is a ballad written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a window of the 53rd-floor New York apartment of his mother’s friend, on March 20, 1991. Clapton, who arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, was visibly distraught for months afterwards.

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Malcolm X (19 May 1925 – 21 Feb 1965)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

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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The Purpose of Life
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

So now that we find ourselves in this human form, and in this material world, what are we really supposed to do with it? Everybody at some point in their life wonders why God created this world and how they got here, and what they are meant to do.

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Resisting Militarism: Mission Impossible?
Sean Howard | Cape Breton Spectator – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

30 Mar 2022 – “I don’t think the country should be militarized… but we live in the moment when the Army matters.” — Ukrainian peace activist Nataliya Gumenyuk. But denying millions the right to conscientiously object or leave the country is criminal. Overall problem: war. Pseudorealities lead to war. All lines lead to the war. It may be a mission impossible, but can pacifism help lead us back?

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Vincent van Gogh (30 Mar 1853 – 29 Jul 1890)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2022

“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, 28 Mar 2022

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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Sanatana-Dharma: Its Real Meaning
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

Dharma consists of both the force that sustains as well as what is sustained. It can also be said that there is the path of dharma as well as its conclusion, the object of dharma, or what we are seeking, the goal of life. So dharma is the means as well as the goal. Dharma is also said to be the force which maintains the universe.

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California Dreamin’ (Music Video of the Week)
The Mamas & The Papas – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

California Dreamin’s best-known version is by The Mamas and the Papas, who released it as a single in 1965. The song is No. 89 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It express the narrator’s longing for the warmth of Los Angeles during a cold winter in New York City.

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Albert Einstein (14 Mar 1879 – 18 Apr 1955)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

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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Navigating our Humanity: Ilan Pappé on the Four Lessons from Ukraine
Ilan Pappé | The Palestine Chronicle - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

4 Mar 2022 – The USA Today reported that a photo that went viral about a high-rise in the Ukraine being hit by Russian bombing turned out to be a high-rise from the Gaza Strip, demolished by the Israeli Air Force in May 2021. Legitimizing internationally the invasion of sovereign countries and licensing the continued colonization and oppression of others, such as Palestine and its people, will lead to more tragedies, such as the Ukrainian one, in the future.

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Michelangelo (6 Mar 1475 – 18 Feb 1564)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2022

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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God’s Eternal Spiritual Abode–Our Ultimate Goal
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2022

The Vedic texts describe that there are innumerable spiritual planets in the spiritual sky beyond this material creation, each having one of the unlimited forms of the Lord with countless devotees engaging in His service.

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How We Can See God
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

If we expect to see God with our material senses, we must consider their limitations. We often need glasses to see clearly, and also enough light. We will never experience the spiritual with these dull material senses. When researching atoms, neutrons, protons, etc., scientists actually don’t see every molecule they ‘find.’ Sometimes they only see the evidence that such particles exist. It is in the realm of ‘consciousness.’ The Higgs boson is a case in point.

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George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 – 29 Nov 2001)
Biography Online - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

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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Reincarnation: A Simple Explanation
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jan 2022

Reincarnation is called samsara in the classic Vedic texts of India. The word samsara is Sanskrit and means being bound to the cycle of repeated birth and death through numerous lifetimes. How this works…

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Evangelicals in Brazil Are Stronger Today Than Ever Before
Raphael Tsavkko Garcia | Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2022

7 Jan 2022 – The appointment of André Mendonça to the Supreme Federal Court was a turning point for the evangelical movement in Brazil.

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Maha Kumbha Mela 2001: The Greatest Spiritual Festival and Gathering of People in the History of the World
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2022

Every six years, the Kumbha Mela festival is the largest gathering of people, mostly Hindus, in the history of the world; what to speak of it being a religious festival. Over the course of its 41 days, it is calculated that as many as 70 million people of all kinds attend the Kumbha Mela. However, 2001 saw an amazing increase.

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441,449 Low Earth Orbit Satellites – Operating, Approved and Proposed
Arthur Firstenberg | International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jan 2022

5 Jan 2022 – While the attention of a terrified world has been riveted on a virus, the assault on the heavens has reached astronomical proportions. During the past two years, a flood of new projects has brought the number of operating, approved, and proposed satellites to at least 441,449. The satellite projects include the ones listed below.

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Martin Luther King Jr. (15 Jan 1929 – 4 Apr 1968)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jan 2022

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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Finding Our Real Spiritual Identity
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jan 2022

The author presents some of the most important spiritual information in Vedic philosophy so that everyone can understand their real spiritual nature. Out of all the philosophical understanding that the Vedic texts provide, this is one of the most important of all.

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How to Spiritualize Your Busy Life–and Why
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Dec 2021

How to spiritualize our lives is easier to explain than why, especially when we are so busy. Where are we going to get the time and how is that going to help? This is a common excuse that many people use to justify why they have no time for spiritual practice. However, there are points we need to consider.

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There’s Only One Essential Role Humans Have on Earth—A Humbler Perspective Could Save the World
Captain Paul Watson | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Dec 2021

While the world’s oceans, nonhuman animals, and plants play starring roles in sustaining our ecosystem, why are we so bent on sabotaging it?

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Pfizer Smoking-Gun Secret Document: Their Deadly COVID Vaccine
Jon Rappoport – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

7 Dec 2021 – Awakening from the Trance: Court-ordered Documents Pfizer Tried to Have Sealed for 55 Years

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Ludwig van Beethoven (17 Dec 1770 – 26 Mar 1827)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

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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Finding Our Real Spiritual Identity
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

Among all the philosophical understanding that the Vedic texts provide, this is one of the most important. An essential part of understanding spiritual knowledge is that we realize our spiritual identity. The suggestion that we detach from the world or from our bodies to see beyond the influence of the illusory energy, makes no sense until we realize that we are spiritual beings in a temporary material form.

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Crisis in Slovenia? Whistleblower Nurse Says Politicians Receive Saline Instead of mRNA Jab
Daily Telegraph, New Zealand - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Nov 2021

24 Nov 2021 – In a video on Facebook, deleted by YouTube, the head nurse of the University Medical Center in Ljubljana, which takes care of receiving and managing the jab bottles for politicians, resigned and gave a press conference on the scandal.

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Frequencies That Can Kill, Heal, and Transcend
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Nov 2021

The ancient Vedic texts of India explain, in summary, that this whole universe is the production or manifestation from particular vibrations from the spiritual energy which cause changes in the material energy. And all these frequencies effect us in many ways. For example, we may hear music that can be soothing and peaceful, or that is abrasive and irritating.

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California Dreamin’ (Music Video of the Week)
The Mamas & The Papas – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Nov 2021

…The 1965 Classic… Please Click on Watch on YouTube

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Bruce Lee (27 Nov 1940 – 20 Jul 1973)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Nov 2021

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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The Autocrats Are Winning
Anne Applebaum | The Atlantic - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Nov 2021

15 Nov 2021 – If the 20th century was the story of slow, uneven progress toward the victory of liberal democracy over other ideologies—communism, fascism, virulent nationalism—the 21st century is, so far, a story of the reverse.

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Confucius (c. 551 BC – 21 Nov 479 BC)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Nov 2021

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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Buddhism and Its Vedic Connections
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2021

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

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We Are Surrounded by Local Solutions to Global Economic Challenges—Festival Brings Together Sustainable Leaders
April M. Short | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2021

2 Nov 2021 – Free access event highlights solutions for communities to adopt.

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What It’s Like to Watch a Harpooned Whale Die Right before Your Eyes
Captain Paul Watson | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

19 Oct 2021 – Author Paul Watson has no problem with critics calling him and his marine-life-defending colleagues pirates—it’s far better than helplessly standing by and doing nothing in the face of the violence against animals they have witnessed.

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One Reason That I Am Determined to Spread Spiritual Knowledge
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

When you see the people of the world who are troubled or confused by the violence, the political upheavals, the poverty, or the lack of unity on this planet, it’s natural to want to do something about it.

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UN Told Failure to Deal with Diversity Is Root Cause of Wars
Edith M. Lederer | AP News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Oct 2021

One by one, South Africa’s former president Thabo Mbeki listed African countries Tuesday [12 Oct] where the failure to deal with diversity was a root cause of conflict, from the Biafran war in Nigeria in the late 1960s to the current clashes in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. He also cited “the centrality of failure properly to manage diversity” in the conflicts in Congo, Burundi, Ivory Coast and Sudan.

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Hannah Arendt (14 Oct 1906 – 4 Dec 1975)
Encyclopedia of World Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

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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An Alien’s View of Life on Earth
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

The author’s reasons for never having been too comfortable on this human level of existence. A different perspective on the peculiarities of what living on this planet and in a human body can be like, and why it may be better to move on.

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Good Riddance… Afghanistan Wins
Paper Cartoon – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

One more down.

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John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 – 8 Dec 1980)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

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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Harold Pinter (10 Oct 1930 – 24 Dec 2008)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

Born in London, 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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Ivermectin for Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19 Infection: A Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, and Trial Sequential Analysis to Inform Clinical Guidelines
American Journal of Therapeutics – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2021

Repurposed medicines may have a role against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The antiparasitic Ivermectin, with antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, has now been tested in numerous clinical trials.

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IIMM Reports Serious Crimes in Myanmar
NHK World-Japan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

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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Keep Space for Peace Week: 2-9 Oct 2021
Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

A Gold Rush into Space Is Now Underway – The newly minted US Space Force is building toward domination in space and the Earth below on behalf of corporate interests. The amount of money being spent to ensure Pentagon first-strike capability is staggering.

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108: The Significance of the Number in the Vedic Culture
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

Today, 30 Aug 2021, is the celebration (Janmastami) of Lord Krishna’s appearance on planet earth some 5,000 years ago–according to a lunar calendar. He was born in the Vedic Culture, prevalent in Bharata Varsa (India) at the time. The number 108 is also associated with Him and His stay among us.

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Vedic Literature Says Caste by Birth Is Unjust
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Aug 2021

When it comes to the sensitive topic of Varnashrama, the caste system of India, we have seen both pro and con, back and forth, this way and that. The Vedic system of Varnashrama has been mentioned in the Purusha Sukta verses of the Rig-veda but there is no indication that birth is the essential quality for one’s varna. This article contains many quotes from Vedic shastra to clarify what the caste system is actually supposed to be.

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Olympic Surfing Exposes Whitewashed Native Hawaiian Roots
Sally Ho | AP - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jul 2021

13 Jul 2021 – For some Native Hawaiians, surfing’s Olympic debut is both a celebration of a cultural touchstone invented by their ancestors, and an extension of the racial indignities seared into the history of the game and their homeland. The Tokyo Summer Games, which open July 23, serve as a proxy for that unresolved tension and resentment.

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Stand by Me (Music Video of the Week)
Tracy Chapman Online – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

Live on Letterman 2015 (Click on Watch on YouTube)

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Haiti in Upheaval: President Moïse Assassinated at Home
Evens Sanon and Dánica Coto | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

8 Jul 2021 – A squad of gunmen assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and wounded his wife in an overnight raid on their home Wednesday [7 Jul], with police killing four suspects and arresting two others hours later amid growing chaos in a country already enduring gang violence and protests of his increasingly authoritarian rule.

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Nelson Mandela (18 Jul 1918 – 5 Dec 2013)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

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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Choosing a Material or Spiritual Lifestyle–or a Balance of Both
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

Quite often I get questions from young people who may be in college or starting out in their career, regarding the decision of whether they should take up a serious spiritual lifestyle, or remain engaged in material pursuits, such as education, career, family, etc. Often times they are worried that their family will not understand or will wonder what will become of them if they become overly spiritual. Or the family may even become overly upset if they show too much spiritual inclination.

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U.S. Wargames in Nordic Region Aimed at Moscow
Agneta Norberg | Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

3 Jul 2021 – The US & NATO are rapidly developing a military encirclement of Russia with heavy emphasis on the Nordic region – the High North. It is a Cuban-missile crisis in reverse. Few in the west know anything about it.

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Nikola Tesla (10 Jul 1856 – 7 Jan 1943)
Biography and Michel Chossudovsky – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

Very few people know who Nikola Tesla is. They have heard of the Tesla electric car, but generally the broader public is unfamiliar with 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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Franz Kafka (3 Jul 1883 – 3 Jun 1924)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

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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Alan Turing (23 Jun 1912 – 7 Jun 1954)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jun 2021

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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An Alien’s View of Life on Earth
Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

The author’s reasons for never having been too comfortable on this human level of existence, giving a different perspective on the peculiarities of what living on this planet and in a human body can be like, and why it may be better to move on.

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We Charge Apartheid? Palestine and the International Criminal Court
Noura Erakat & John Reynolds | Third World Approaches to International Law Review – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jun 2021

Reflections on Palestinian efforts to engage the International Criminal Court, in the context of Israeli settler-colonialism and both its spectacular and structural violence. Conscious of the limits of international criminal law, we think about Palestinian activist legal tactics – and the charge of the crime of apartheid in particular – in relation to political strategy.

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Walt Whitman (31 May 1819 – 26 Mar 1892)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

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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Flash Mobs in Myanmar’s Biggest City Avoid Deadly Response
Associated Press AP - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 May 2021

6 May 2021 – A flash mob of mostly young people in Myanmar’s biggest city staged a brief protest march today against military rule, the latest in a series of actions aimed at reducing the chances of a deadly response by the authorities. In the five-minute protest in Yangon, about 70 marchers chanted slogans in support of the civil disobedience movement that opposes February’s army coup that ousted the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi. They then scattered into the downtown crowds.

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Malcolm X (19 May 1925 – 21 Feb 1965)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 May 2021

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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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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