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Nelson Mandela (18 Jul 1918 – 5 Dec 2013)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

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 – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

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. Others 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. Let us think this over.

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US Congress Calls for Facebook to Halt Cryptocurrency Project, Libra
Nivesh Rustgi | CoinGape – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2019

“Facebook has data on billions of people and has repeatedly shown a disregard for the protection and careful use of this data,” she said in a statement. “With the announcement that it plans to create a cryptocurrency, Facebook is continuing its unchecked expansion and extending its reach into the lives of its users.” — Maxine Waters, House Financial Services Committee Chair

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Demasking the Torture of Julian Assange
Prof. Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture | Medium – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2019

On the Occasion of the International Day in Support of Torture Victims, 26 June 2019 – This Op-Ed has been offered for publication to the Guardian, The Times, the Financial Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian, the Canberra Times, the Telegraph, The New York Times, the Washington Post, Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Newsweek. None responded positively.

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Franz Kafka (3 Jul 1883 – 3 Jun 1924)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2019

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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Palestine and Historical R2P: Britain’s Special Accountability
Ilan Pappé | The Beirut Forum – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

One cannot overstate the unique role Britain plays in the history of Israel and Palestine. It began in the mid 19th century, with the work of Lord Shaftsbury, London literati, in encouraging Jews to immigrate to Palestine and lobbying the British Empire to create a Jewish state there. It culminated with the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which the Zionist movement welcomed enthusiastically and the Palestinians rejected vehemently. In the Palestinian narrative, to this very day, the declaration is depicted as the first, and crucial, milestone on the road to their 1948 Nakba-catastrophe.

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Dispelling the Fear of Death
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2019

Death is not an enemy; it is a natural fact of life, a stage of our existence, and a transition or doorway between planes of reality. Death has its own harmony with nature just as a tree loses its leaves every fall. We don’t feel that it is unjust or that the tree failed to stay fully alive when it goes dormant through the winter. It is natural. Neither should doctors and nurses feel they have failed if after every endeavor a patient dies.

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Walt Whitman (31 May 1819 – 26 Mar 1892)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

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, 13 May 2019

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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Curing Depression with Spirituality
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

The reason for depression may be different for each person, and there are a variety of causes. So it must be analyzed and understood. What can we do to help cure such an attitude, as long as it is not a biological problem? Spiritually, there are many ways to help take care of this condition. So let us take a deeper look at this.

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These 28 Companies Are Building Nuclear Weapons
ICAN- International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

2 May 2019 – ICAN and its partner organisation Pax have released a report with full profiles of 28 companies connected to the production of nuclear weapons.

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Consciousness: The Symptom of the Soul
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2019

The current idea that the mind is part of the brain is held not only by many biologists, neurologists, etc., but by others in all branches of science, including physics, computer science, and psychology. We might, however, point out a number of problems with this current thinking. Let us suggest that it is just as reasonable to consider an alternative view, and that the Vedic concept is actually more consistent and does not have as many problems as their concept has.

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WikiLeaks’ Assange Arrested in London, Accused by U.S. of Conspiring in 2010 Computer Hacking Attempt
William Booth, Ellen Nakashima, James McAuley and Matt Zapotosky - The Washington Post, 15 Apr 2019

11 April 2019 – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was expelled from the Ecuadoran Embassy here today and arrested on a U.S. hacking charge — maneuvers that initiated a potentially years-long legal battle over his extradition and reignited debates about press freedom.

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Jane Goodall (Born 3 Apr 1934)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2019

Animal Rights Activist, Scientist, 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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Can Vedic Dharma Bring Peace to the World?
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2019

When you progress in yoga, you can feel the unwanted burdens of the mind fall away, such as anxiety, anger, greed, envy, hate, discontent, etc. Then other qualities like peacefulness, tranquility, contentment, and blissfulness will be felt. These are qualities everyone is trying to find and are some of the many things that can be accomplished with yoga, at least on the elementary level. As you make further progress, you may enter into the deeper levels of understanding and transcending the mind and gradually go so far as to attain realizations as to what your own spiritual identity is and what your relationship is with the Absolute.

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U.S. Closes Jerusalem Consulate That Gave Palestinians a Link to Washington
Bill Chappell | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2019

4 Mar 2019 – The U.S. officially shut down its Jerusalem Consulate General today, severing a connection that for decades served as a direct link between Palestinians and Washington. The consulate’s work is being folded into the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem — a move Palestinian officials have condemned.

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Becoming Free from Sex Desire
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2019

The greatest happiness for the soul starts with complete freedom: freedom from misery, unhappiness, suffering, freedom from the dictates of desires, and, ultimately, freedom from being trapped in a material body. But what keeps us ensnared in such a condition are the desires for sensual and mental pleasures. And the hardest freedom to attain is freedom from sex desire.

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Planetary Collapse Threatens Our Survival: A New Study Says That More Than 1,200 Species “Will Almost Certainly Face Extinction”
Michael Snyder |The Economic Collapse – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

14 Mar 2019 – We are witnessing a worldwide environmental collapse, and nobody seems to know how to stop it. A study just released looked at more than 5,000 species of birds, mammals, and amphibians and discovered that nearly a quarter of them “will almost certainly face extinction”. Yet the vast majority of the population doesn’t seem concerned about what is happening. Species after species is being permanently wiped out, and most of us couldn’t care less.

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Vincent van Gogh (30 Mar 1853 – 29 Jul 1890)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

Vincent van Gogh is considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt, although he remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. After having been physically and psychologically unstable, he cut off his ear and offered it to a prostitute.

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Xinjiang: The Silence of the Muslims
Gwynne Dyer – The Japan Times, 18 Mar 2019

12 Mar 2019 – Muslim governments were not silent when Myanmar murdered Rohingya, its Muslim minority, and expelled 700,000 of them to Bangladesh. They were unanimous in their anger when the Trump administration moved the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But they are almost silent on China’s attempt to suppress Islam in its far western province, Xinjiang.

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Albert Einstein (14 Mar 1879 – 18 Apr 1955)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

Born in Ulm, Württemberg, 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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To Demilitarize and Denuclearize Trieste
Alessandro Capuzzo – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

11 Feb 2019 – The port of Trieste, the subject of an allied bombing in 1944 with 500 deaths and 1000 wounded, also saved by the Nazi-fascist destruction in the last days of war, is now place of transit for authentic death instruments. So it is also in our interest that the new Treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons makes it possible to resume talks on the denuclearization of the Mediterranean, pre-established in Barcelona by the Euro-Mediterranean partnership since 1995.

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(Français) Médias: «On produit l’information quasiment comme si on produisait des voitures»
Apocalypse News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

Rencontre avec Grégoire Lalieu, journaliste à Investig’Action, qui nous livre sa vision du journalisme de demain !

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Michelangelo (6 Mar 1475 – 18 Feb 1564)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2019

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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(Português) Brasil: Sobe para 169 o número de mortes devido a rutura de barragem em Brumadinho
MadreMedia/Lusa | Sapo – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Feb 2019

18 fev 2019 – O número de vítimas mortais devido ao colapso de uma barragem de uma mina de ferro no Brasil subiu a 169, enquanto as autoridades prosseguem as buscas para localizar 141 desaparecidos, informou hoje a Defesa Civil de Minas Gerais.

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Notre Dame University to Cover Christopher Columbus Murals
NBC News | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

21 Jan 2019 — The University of Notre Dame will cover murals in a campus building that depict Christopher Columbus in America, following criticism that the images depict Native Americans in stereotypical submissive poses before white European explorers. The 12 murals created in the 1880s by Luis Gregori were intended to encourage immigrants who had come to the U.S. during a period of anti-Catholic sentiment.

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Gandhi and Khashoggi: Soldiers of Peace
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

21 Jan 2019 – On October 2 was born Mahatma Gandhi. On October 2 was also killed Jamal Khashoggi. There is one common element though 149 years separated both the events–Gandhi and Khashoggi fought injustice through peaceful means. They were harbingers of nonviolent social change but met a violent death.

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America at War
Stephanie Savell and 5W Infographics | Smithsonian Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

January 2019 – This Map Shows Where in the World the U.S. Military Is Operating | The infographic reveals for the first time that the U.S. is now operating in 40 percent of the world’s nations.

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Martin Luther King Jr. (15 Jan 1929 – 4 Apr 1968)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

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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Time to Get Out of Afghanistan
Robert D. Kaplan – The New York Times, 7 Jan 2019

The United States is spending beyond its means on a mission that might only be helping its strategic rivals.

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Sea Shepherd Claims Victory as Japan Leaves International Whaling Commission
AP | Stuff [New Zealand] – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2019

27 Dec 2018 – Marine conservationists Sea Shepherd are claiming Japan’s decision to abandon whaling around Antarctica as a victory, though their battle will go on with the Asian nation moving to resume hunting elsewhere. On Boxing Day, Japan announced it was leaving the International Whaling Commission so it could resume commercial hunting of the marine mammals in their territorial waters.

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A Major Win for the Whales
Captain Paul Watson | Sea Shepherd – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

27 Dec 2018 – Despite bribing nations and insidious tactics, the proposal by Japan to overturn the 31-year moratorium on commercial whaling has failed by a vote of 41 to 27 with 2 abstentions. Following yesterday’s most welcome Florianopolis Declaration, this defeat of the Japanese Proposal has made the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission an awesome historical event for the world’s whales.

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They Rescued Pigs and Turkeys from Factory Farms — and Now Face Decades in Prison
Leighton Akio Woodhouse, Pedro Armando Aparicio and David Zlutnick – The Intercept, 24 Dec 2018

23 Dec 2018 – Direct Action Everywhere engages in a practice called “open rescue.” Open rescue involves entering, without authorization, the facilities of animal-based industries, such as farms, slaughterhouses, and puppy mills, documenting the conditions within them, and removing as many animals as possible, usually from among the sick and injured. The activists don’t wear masks and make no effort to conceal their identities; they post the videos on social media for the world to see. By practically inviting prosecution, the activists aim to make a point: that the laws that regard these animals as mere property are wrong and that violating those laws is a moral imperative.

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Japan to Withdraw from International Whaling Commission in Bid to Resume Commercial Whaling: Sources
Kyodo – The Japan Times, 24 Dec 2018

20 Dec 2018 – Japan has decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in a bid to resume commercial whaling for the first time in 30 years, government sources said today. However, the government is considering allowing commercial whalers to operate only in seas near Japan and in its exclusive economic zone, the sources added.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (17 Dec 1770 – 26 Mar1827)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

Ludwig van Beethoven was a deaf German composer and the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. He was baptized on Dec 17, 1770 in Bonn, Holy Roman Empire. 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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New Report Provides First Comprehensive Legal Analysis of the Role of Gender in Genocide
Sareta Ashraph & Liz Olson | Global Justice Center – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

7 Dec 2018 – Today, the Global Justice Center released the first comprehensive legal analysis of the gender-based crimes of genocide. Over the past four years, the world has witnessed at least two genocidal campaigns—against the Yazidis in Iraq and against the Rohingya in Myanmar. Widespread sexual and gender-based violence was central to both, as in the genocides in Darfur, Rwanda, Srebrenica, and Guatemala. The new report, Beyond Killing, details the role that gender plays in the commission of genocide and the role it must therefore play in efforts to prevent and punish it.

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The Opposite of Evil Is No Longer Goodness
Frances Moore Lappé – Common Dreams, 10 Dec 2018

3 Dec 2018 – My point is simple. It’s now time to focus on courage. Goodness without courage is no longer good enough.

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Chinese Researcher Claims First Gene-Edited Babies
Marilynn Marchione | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

26 Nov 2018 — A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month whose DNA he said he altered with a powerful new tool capable of rewriting the very blueprint of life. If true, it would be a profound leap of science and ethics.

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Bruce Lee (27 Nov 1940 – 20 Jul 1973)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2018

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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Burmese Activist Speaks Out for the Rohingya
Noriko Okada | NHK World Japan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

15 Nov 2018 – “Ask yourself, if you saw your wife raped and your father shot dead in front of your eyes, if your little 6-month old boy was burned alive in front of your eyes…would you like to be told that you need to go back?” Those are the words of Maung Zarni, leader of a global network of activists supporting the Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.

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Confucius (c. 551 BC – 21 Nov 479 BC)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

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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Why Do Myanmar Public Hate Rohingya So Much?
Dr. Maung Zarni | Japan National Press Club – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

25 Oct 2018 – During the Q and A at the National Press Club of Japan, the country’s ruling class venue, a Japanese reporter asked me this question in English. She had been to Burma and said she found difficult to understand the palpable and pervasive hatred that Burmese public display towards Rohingyas.

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Activist for Rohingya Muslims, Zarni Calls on Tokyo to Speak Out over Refugee Crisis
Chisato Tanaka – The Japan Times, 29 Oct 2018

25 Oct 2018 – Maung Zarni, leader of a global network of activists for Rohingya Muslims, today called on Japan to actively speak out against the alleged abuse and genocide against Myanmar’s ethnic minority by the country’s military and strongly criticized Tokyo for its relative silence on a crisis that has become a major international concern.

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Japan Continues to Rely on Coal-fired Plants despite Global Criticism
Chisato Tanaka – The Japan Times, 29 Oct 2018

Japan may be feeling the effects of global warming more than ever with the series of natural disasters that hit the archipelago this summer, but this resource-poor country is sticking with coal-fired energy production that emits more than double the carbon dioxide generated by liquid natural gas-fueled plants.

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John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 – 8 Dec 1980)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

“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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U.S. Ends 1955 Treaty with Iran, After U.N. Court Orders a Partial Lift of Sanctions
Bill Chappell | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

3 Oct 2018 – The U.N.’s top court gave a partial victory to Iran today saying the U.S. “must remove” sanctions that could stop food, medical supplies and other humanitarian products from entering Iran. In response, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that because of continuing disputes with Iran, “I am therefore announcing today that the United States is terminating the Treaty of Amity with Iran” — referring to the 1955 treaty that laid out economic relations between the two countries.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate) Aung San Suu Kyi Exclusive Interview
NHK World Japan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

6 Oct 2018 – In an exclusive with NHK in Tokyo today, she said, “I don’t care about the prizes and honors as such. I’m sorry that friends are not as steadfast as they might be. Because I think friendship means understanding, basically, trying to understand rather than to just make your own judgement, but prizes come and prizes go.”

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Harold Pinter (10 Oct 1930 – 24 Dec 2008)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

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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Hannah Arendt (14 Oct 1906 – 4 Dec 1975)
Encyclopedia of World Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2018

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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A Warning from Europe: The Worst Is Yet to Come
Anne Applebaum – The Atlantic, 17 Sep 2018

Polarization. Conspiracy theories. Attacks on the free press. An obsession with loyalty. Recent events in the United States follow a pattern Europeans know all too well.

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Only [Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi Has the Moral Authority to Bring an End to Genocide of the Rohingya People
Alban Maginness – Belfast Telegraph, 10 Sep 2018

5 Sep 2018 – On August 25, supported by Mairead Maguire, the Nobel Peace laureate, an event entitled Rohingya Genocide Day took place at Belfast City Hall. This quiet, dignified event, organised by the Peace People, drew attention to the truly awful violence perpetrated by Myanmar government military forces against the civilian Muslim minority of Rohingyas.

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Judges Rule ICC Has Jurisdiction over Rohingya Deportations
Mike Corder | AP – The Washington Post, 10 Sep 2018

6 Sep 2018 — Judges at the International Criminal Court ruled today that the court has jurisdiction to investigate Myanmar forces that have driven hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from their homes. The decision opens up the possibility of Myanmar being prosecuted at the Hague-based court even without being a member.

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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
Ryan Nakashima | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Aug 2018

13 Aug 2018 — An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says it will prevent Google from doing so. Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP’s request.

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 7 Things You Should Know
ICAN-Int’l Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

This week (6-9 Aug 2018) marks 73 years since two atomic bombs were dropped over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hundreds of thousands of people were killed and maimed, and the effects are still being felt today. But while the mushroom clouds became iconic symbols of mass destruction there are many things you may not know – or may have forgotten – that are really important if we’re going to make sure this never happens again.

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India Strips Four Million People of Citizenship in Assam as Modi’s BJP ‘Targets’ Muslim Minority
Rahul Bedi – The Telegraph, 6 Aug 2018

30 Jul 2018 – India was braced for unrest in its north eastern Assam state today after the authorities declared some four million residents to be foreigners, stripping them of their citizenship. The residents, mostly Muslims of Bangladeshi origin, were deemed ‘stateless’ as deemed to have entered the country before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh’s war of independence into the state.

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India Must Stand by the Rohingya in Their Hour of Need
Tapan Bose | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Aug 2018

1 Aug 2018 – On Tuesday (July 30) Mr. Rijiju, the Minister of State for Home said some of the Rohingya living in India do not have the status of “refugee” but are “illegal migrants” who would be deported once their details have been prepared. Rohingyas are the most persecuted people in the world. Let us not add to their misfortune. It is possible that a few individual Rohingya refugees might have committed some crime. But that should not be the reason to classify the entire community as “criminals”.

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Your Thoughts Create Your Future
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jul 2018

One thing I want to do right now before we go any farther is to explain some information that many people can use. 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, and reduce or negate the influence of any hurt or negative energies you encounter.

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Peace May Be with You (Music Video of the Week)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter [The Horsemen of the Apocalypse] – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Jul 2018

Politically Correct Heavy Metal from Germany
Submitted by TMS Webmaster Dr. Malvin Gattinger

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Nelson Mandela (18 Jul 1918 – 5 Dec 2013)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

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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Facts about What Is Happening in Nicaragua and a Challenge to “Left Intellectuals”
Jorge Capelán | Correo de Nicaragua - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

1 Jun 2018 – Author and Editor’s Note: The following text was originally written to counteract a propaganda campaign launched in Sweden and the rest of Scandinavian countries by toxic soft coup operators against the Sandinista Government of Nicaragua. Until very recently, Nicaragua was an exemplary country in Central America, one of the most violent regions in the world.

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Franz Kafka (3 Jul 1883 – 3 Jun 1924)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jul 2018

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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(Castellano) ¿Qué pasa en Nicaragua?
Jorge Capelán – Correo de Nicaragua, 2 Jul 2018

29 mayo 2018 – El siguiente texto fue originalmente escrito para contrarrestar una campaña de propaganda lanzada en Suecia y el resto de países escandinavos por operadores tóxicos de golpe blando en curso contra el Gobierno Sandinista de Nicaragua. Hasta hace muy poco, Nicaragua era un país ejemplar en Centroamérica, una de las regiones más violentas del mundo.

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Trump and Jong-un, USA-North Korea, War and Peace: A Gandhian Phase in International Politics
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2018

13 Jun 2018 – Mahatma Gandhi must be turning in his grave, smiling. It is the Gandhian spirit that worked a sort of miracle in Singapore! Gandhi rightly said, ‘there is no path to peace, peace is the path.’ It is only in peaceful environment that positive peace can be realized.

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Red Red Carpet
Chappatte – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2018

Zionist Royalty

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Walt Whitman (31 May 1819 – 26 Mar 1892)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

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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Operazione Colomba
Nonviolent Peace Corps of the Association Comunità Papa Giovanni XXIII – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

Descriptive Document on the Phenomenon of “Hakmarrja” and “Gjakmarrja” to Raise Awareness among Albanian and International Institutions

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(Português) Um Jornalismo de Paz Não É um “Jornalismo Bonzinho”, e É por Ele que Francisco Quer Lutar
Alexandra Antunes | Sapo 24 – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

13 maio 2018 – Dia Mundial das Comunicações Sociais, proposto pelo Papa Francisco e celebrado hoje. É preciso “um jornalismo que não se limite a queimar notícias, mas se comprometa com a procura das causas reais dos conflitos, para favorecer a sua compreensão e a sua superação através de processos virtuosos; um jornalismo empenhado a indicar soluções alternativas ao aumento do clamor e da violência verbal”, disse o Papa Francisco [aludindo ao Prof. Johan Galtung].

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Malcolm X (19 May 1925 – 21 Feb 1965)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

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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US/UK-Backed Saudi-Led Airstrike at Yemen Wedding Killed at least 20
AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Apr 2018

24 Apr 2018 — An airstrike by the US/UK-Backed Saudi-led coalition hit a wedding party in northern Yemen, killing at least 20 people including the bride, health officials said Monday [23 Apr], as harrowing images emerged on social media of the deadly bombing, the third to hit Yemeni civilians since the weekend.

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Weaning African Leaders off Addiction to Power Is an Ongoing Struggle
Kealeboga J Maphunye – The Conversation, 23 Apr 2018

16 Apr 2018 – Some African leaders continue to disregard their countries’ own constitutions and laws governing presidential tenure. Their refusal to step down at the appointed time flies in the face of governance blueprints adopted from liberation politics to the new post independence struggle for democracy in the early 2000s. What, then, is the solution?

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These Whales Will Be Extinct in 25 Years, Scientists Say — Unless We Act Now to Save Them
Sarah Kaplan – The Washington Post, 23 Apr 2018

20 Apr 2018 — A century ago, humans had slaughtered nearly every right whale in the Atlantic. Now climate change seems to be shifting the animals’ food source. Their habitat has been polluted with sewage and made noisy by construction and seismic tests. Speeding ships and tangles of hard-to-break fishing rope pose deadly threats.

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Vincent van Gogh (30 Mar 1853 – 29 Jul 1890)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Mar 2018

Vincent van Gogh is considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt, although he remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. After having been physically and psychologically unstable, he cut off his ear and offered it to a prostitute.

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East West Street, by Philippe Sands – Putting Genocide into Words
Lisa Appignanesi – The Guardian, 19 Mar 2018

“Lawyers should be the last group of people on earth who should be allowed the final word on genocides”. — UCL Professor Philippe Sand

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Albert Einstein (14 Mar 1879 – 18 Apr 1955)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Mar 2018

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. “God does not play dice.”

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Michelangelo (6 Mar 1475 – 18 Feb 1564)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Mar 2018

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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Florida School Shooting and the Crisis of Humanity
Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2018

Can we rise to the occasion? Can we provide value based education to our future generations in our families, in our societies and most importantly, in a formal way, in our educational institutions? The collective and sustained efforts to make a real difference in the education system will ensure the survival and flourishing of the human civilization.

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Smile [lyrics] (Music Video of the Week)
Charles Chaplin | Nat King Cole – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

Soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie Modern Times. Chaplin composed the music, inspired by Puccini’s Tosca. John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. Nat King Cole immortalized it. Have a smile. And enjoy!

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Five More Rohingya Mass Graves Found in Myanmar
Foster Klug | AP - TIME, 5 Feb 2018

1 Feb 2018 — The faces of the men half-buried in the mass graves had been burned away by acid or blasted by bullets. Warning: The following story contains graphic descriptions of atrocities.

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Gene Sharp, Advocate for Nonviolent Resistance (21 Jan 1928 – 28 Jan 2018)
AP | Deccan Chronicle - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

Sharp died at his Boston home on Sunday [28 Jan], said Jamila Raqib, executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution, founded by Sharp in 1983. Sharp, once referred to as the “Machiavelli of nonviolence,” by the New Statesman, has influenced resistance to regimes around the world, from Eastern Europe, to Iran and Burma.

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UN Reviews 206 Firms over Their Links to Israeli Settlements
Jamey Keaten | AP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2018

1 Feb 2018 — The U.N. human rights office said Wednesday [31 Jan] that 206 companies — mostly Israeli and American — are facing a review of their business practices involving Israeli settlements, which are considered illegal under international law.

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The 10 Companies That Dominate the Global Arms Trade
Jeff Desjardins | Visual Capitalist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jan 2018

12 Jan 2018 – While it is common knowledge that the United States plays a big role in the global arms trade, the numbers are still quite astounding. Of the top ten companies by sales, firms based in the U.S. make up seven of them. Whether it is guns, tanks, jets, missiles, or ships that are on your shopping list, there is a supplier for any weapon your country desires.

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Time to Call out US Militarism for What It Is: The Key Threat to America’s Security
Dave Lindorff | This Can't Be Happening! – Nation of Change, 15 Jan 2018

The evidence clearly shows that national security is far better achieved by intelligent diplomacy than by war.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (15 Jan 1929– 4 Apr 1968)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jan 2018

Luther King 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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Yesterday’s ‘Shithole Countries’ Can Become Classy Places, Donald, and Vice Versa
Dave Lindorff | This Can’t Be Happening! – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jan 2018

12 Jan 2018 – The Shit’s Everywhere – Donald Trump referred to countries of Africa and the long-suffering island of Haiti as “shitholes.” The truth is that yesterday’s “shithole countries” often become today’s modern success stories. Norway is a case in point.

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Happy New Year 2018!
Dr Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2018

The New Year arrived and knocked at my door and asked me what I am thinking. It came to me as bright as sunlight and lightened my chamber. It looked straight into my eyes and asked what I am thinking. A single word came from my mouth:

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(Português) Síndrome das Pernas Inquietas: Doença causa “alfinetadas” a noite inteira e não tem cura
Nuno de Noronha | SAPO – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2018

27 Dez 2017 – A Síndrome das Pernas Inquietas é uma doença crónica e progressiva com impacto importante na qualidade de vida das pessoas. Alguns descrevem-na como uma espécie de “agonia nas pernas”, “comichão nos ossos” ou “alfinetadas”, explica o médico pneumologista Bruno Santos.

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We Saved Net Neutrality Once. We Can Do It Again
Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen - YES! Magazine, 18 Dec 2017

12 Dec 2017 – Democracy lives or dies on the quality of public conversation. Just a few years ago, powerful grassroots pressure rose up to protect a free and open internet.

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ICAN Statement on Nobel Peace Prize 2017
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

6 Oct 2017 – The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons is a coalition of non-governmental organizations in one hundred countries. By harnessing the power of the people, we have worked to bring an end to the most destructive weapon ever created – the only weapon that poses an existential threat to all humanity.

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Ludwig van Beethoven (17 Dec 1770 – 26 Mar1827)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2017

Ludwig van Beethoven was a deaf German composer and the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between the Classical and Romantic eras. He was baptized on Dec 17, 1770 in Bonn, Holy Roman Empire. 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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Moralizing International Politics
Dr. Debidatta Aurobinda Mahapatra – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2017

This article makes an appeal to bridge the chasm between the practice of international politics and the universal moral principles. Violation of moral principles has emerged a norm than exception in international politics. States and global institutions have proved ineffective to checkmate violent conflicts and wanton killings as in Syria. It is not they are incapable or lack resources. The problem lies elsewhere. Ego is a major cause behind much of the hazards in international politics. The article problematizes ego and calls for a broader thinking in international politics.

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(Français) La “peur” des Israéliens et l’inversion des rôles dans la propagande de l’occupant
Samah Jabr | CAPJPO/EuroPalestine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2017

Ce n’est pas nouveau, mais Samah Jabr, psychiatre et psychothérapeute à Jérusalem, en tournée pour la présentation du film “Derrière les fronts”, ne supporte plus les questions tendant à justifier le comportement des occupants israéliens par la “peur” éprouvée par ces derniers, et par la “haine” que leur voueraient les Palestiniens.

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Bruce Lee (27 Nov 1940 – 20 Jul 1973)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2017

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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Sea Shepherd and Japanese Whaling: A Message from Captain Paul Watson
Captain Paul Watson | Sea Shepherd Global – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2017

The Japanese whaling fleet has left from Japan bound for the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Sea Shepherd Founder, Captain Paul Watson, explains why we will not be sending our ships to Antarctica this season. “To continue would be foolish. We would spend a few million dollars and many months only to have another failure to engage, and if we did by some miracle encounter the fleet, we would be subject to lethal force without support from our own cowardly governments.”

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John Lennon (9 Oct 1940 – 8 Dec 1980)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

Famed singer-songwriter John Lennon founded the Beatles, a band that impacted the popular music scene like no other before, or since.

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Harold Pinter (10 Oct 1930 – 24 Dec 2008)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

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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Hannah Arendt (14 Oct 1906 – 4 Dec 1975)
Encyclopedia of World Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

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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French Pres. Macron Pulls No Punches: Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar Constitutes ‘Genocide’
The Japan Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2017

21 Sep 2017 – French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday [20 Sep] said that France will work with other members of the U.N. Security Council for a condemnation of “this genocide which is unfolding, this ethnic cleansing,” in an interview with the French TV channel TMC.

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Typhoon Hato Leaves 16 Dead as 27,000 Evacuated in China
Neil Connor – The Telegraph, 4 Sep 2017

24 Aug 2017 – The strongest storm to hit parts of southern China in half a century continued to wreak havoc today, leaving 16 people dead, dozens injured and forcing tens of thousands to be evacuated from their homes. Powerful Typhoon Hato had brought widespread destruction to the gambling mecca of Macau and the nearby city of Hong Kong on 23 Aug.

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72 Years after Hiroshima, Where Is Japan’s Commitment to End Nuclear Weapons?
Yuko Yoneda | Greenpeace Japan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Aug 2017

On 7 July, the United Nations adopted the “Nuclear Weapons Treaty” with an overwhelming majority. To our disappointment, however, Japan did not join the 122 countries, or two-thirds of the United Nations member countries. Japan still remains an outlier, betraying the hopes of atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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Plastic Garbage Patch Bigger Than Mexico Found in Pacific
Shaena Montanari | National Geographic – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2017

Yet another floating mass of microscopic plastic has been discovered in the ocean, and it is mind-blowingly vast.

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