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Baby Ahmad Was Beheaded by Israel with a US Bomb
Seraj Assi | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2024

On Sunday night, May 26 2024, 1-year-old Ahmad became the symbol of the unspeakable horror of genocide in Gaza after Israel bombed his family tent in north Rafah.

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‘We Want Peace’: Spain Applies to Join ICJ Genocide Case against Israel
Edward Carver | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2024

6 Jun 2024 – Spain’s foreign minister announced today his country applied to join the genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice, a week after formally recognizing a Palestinian state alongside other European countries.

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Leftist Climate Scientist Claudia Sheinbaum Wins Mexican Presidency in Landslide
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2024

3 Jun 2024 – The close ally of outgoing President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the first woman to win Mexico’s presidency.

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USA: 42 House Dems Help GOP Pass Bill Targeting ICC Officials over Israel
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2024

5 Jun 2024 – Human rights defenders yesterday decried the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of a bill to sanction International Criminal Court officials over arrest warrants for Israeli leaders; it undermines the Court’s independence.

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Israel’s Tents Massacre in Rafah Is a Heinous War Crime
Seraj Assi | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2024

27 May 2024 – In a flagrant violation of international norms and humanitarian laws, Israel continues to act with total impunity in Gaza, enjoying Western complicity and emboldened by U.S. unconditional military and diplomatic support.

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‘Nobody Is Above the Law’: ICC Prosecutor Seeks Arrest Warrants for Israel, Hamas Leaders
Jon Queally | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2024

20 May 2024 – Karim Khan, chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, accuses Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant of numerous crimes including “starvation as a method of war” and “deliberately targeting civilians.”

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As Gaza Assault Intensifies, Egypt Joins ICJ Case Accusing Israel of Genocide
Olivia Rosane | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2024

12 May 2024 – Egypt announced today that it would join South Africa’s case before the International Court of Justice accusing Israel of committing genocide in Gaza. “It’s a real diplomatic punch,” a former Israeli diplomat said. “Israel would have to take it very seriously.”

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‘Barbaric’: Whistleblowers Further Expose Israel’s Torture of Detained Palestinians
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2024

10 May 2024 – Three Israeli whistleblowers who worked at the notorious Sde Teiman prison offered horrifying accounts of torture, saying the facility’s doctors amputated limbs due to handcuffing injuries, allowed detainees’ wounds to rot, and carried out vicious beatings. “What we know about Gaza is only tip of atrocity iceberg.”

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Profs Urge NYT to Probe False Oct. 7 Rape Story
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2024

29 Apr 2024 – To Remove ‘Cloud of Doubt,’ Journalism Professors Urge Review of NYT Story on Oct. 7 Sexual Violence – More than 50 journalism professors call for an independent review into the debunked NYT story “Screams Without Words.” Nothing can “reverse the damage done to Palestine and to Palestinians,” said the professors.

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Israeli Settlers, Soldiers ‘Wiping Palestinian Communities Off the Map’ in the West Bank
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2024

17 Apr 2024 – While the attention of the world is focused on Gaza, Israeli soldiers have either passively watched or participated in the uprooting of at least seven communities in the West Bank, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report.

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Doctor at Israeli Detention Camp for Gazans Blows Whistle on War Crimes
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2024

4 Apr 2024 – A doctor at the Sde Teiman Israeli detention center for Palestinians is sounding the alarm about torture in what human rights defenders call a concentration camp. “Just this week, two prisoners had their legs amputated due to handcuff injuries, which unfortunately is a routine event.”

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‘Obscene’: Biden Quietly OKs More 2,000-Pound Bombs, Warplanes for Israel
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2024

29 Mar 2024 – “Arming a war criminal makes you a war criminal,” one critic admonished the U.S. president.

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Trump Son-in-Law Jared Kushner Calls for Ethnic Cleansing of Gaza to ‘Finish the Job’
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2024

19 Mar 2024 – Kushner, who served as a key Middle East adviser to Trump, said that Gaza’s “waterfront property could be very valuable” and urged Israel to “clean it up.”

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With Genocide in Gaza, the Word ‘Never’ Has Been Stripped from ‘Never Again’
Arundhati Roy | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2024

8 Mar 2024 – They and their children’s children will be haunted by what they have done. They will have to live with the loathing and the abhorrence the world feels for them. [Karma is a bitch.]

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Killing Palestinians by Blocking Aid—>Killing Palestinians by Airdropping Aid
Phyllis Bennis | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2024

14 Mar 2024 – The airdrops are not designed to save lives, but to salvage the consciences of those who could—and should—be doing so much more.

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What Might the US Owe the World for Covid-19?
Jeffrey D. Sachs | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2024

16 Mar 2024 – A US-funded laboratory origin of Covid-19 would certainly constitute the most significant case of governmental gross negligence in history. The people of the world deserve transparency and factual answers on vital questions.

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The World Must Calculate the Real Gaza Death Toll
Ralph Nader | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2024

6 Mar 2024 – With virtually no healthcare left, no medications, and infectious diseases spreading, can anybody believe that the fatalities have just gone over 30,000? 2.3 million defenseless Palestinians in Gaza have been on the receiving end of over 65,000 bombs and missiles plus non-stop tank shelling and snipers.

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Canada and Sweden Restore UNRWA Funds as Report Accuses Israel of Torturing Agency Staff
Jon Queally | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2024

9 Mar 2024 – The governments of Canada and Sweden have announced they will resume funding for the UN’s agency that provides humanitarian aide and protection to Palestinians. A move that other powerful nations, including the US, continue to refuse.

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Nicaragua Hits Germany with ICJ Case for Aiding Israel in Gaza Genocide
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2024

1 Mar 2024 – Nicaragua today launched a case against Germany at the International Court of Justice, accusing the nation responsible for the deaths of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust of helping Israel commit genocide in the Gaza Strip over the past five months.

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As Israeli Forces Fire on Starving Palestinians, US again Vetoes UN Cease-Fire Resolution
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2024

20 Feb 2024 – “We should ask ourselves: How many innocent lives must be sacrificed before the council deems it necessary to call for a cease-fire?” said the Algerian envoy to the UN.

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EU Foreign Policy Chief to World Leaders: ‘Stop Saying Please’ and Cut Off Arms to Israel
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2024

12 Feb 2024 – “If you believe that too many people are being killed, maybe you should provide less arms in order to prevent so many people being killed,” Josep Borrell said in remarks directed at U.S. President Joe Biden.

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In Gaza, the West Is Enabling the Most Transparent Genocide in Human History
Richard Falk | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2024

17 Jan 2024 – This is extraordinary because the states supporting Israel, above all the United States, have claimed the high moral and legal ground and lectured the states of the Global South about the importance of the rule of law.

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Turkey, Malaysia Back South Africa’s ICJ Genocide Case Against Israel
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2024

3 Jan 2024 – “Israel’s murder of more than 22,000 Palestinian civilians, the majority of whom were women and children, in Gaza for nearly three months should not go unpunished in any way,” said a Turkish spokesperson.

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Stunning Atrocities in Gaza Funded by US Taxpayers
Ralph Nader | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2024

26 Dec 2023 – The US Congress is poised to send $14.3 billion to Israeli militarism—a “genocide tax.” The atrocities are being recorded by drones and by brave Palestinian journalists targeted by the Israeli army. Over 66 journalists have been slain by the IDF so far in Palestine.

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Meet the Companies Profiting from Israel’s Gaza Genocide
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2024

20 Dec 2023 – As global resistance to war and apartheid grows, it is important that the public know exactly who is making this violence possible.

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Israeli Airstrikes Kill 76 Members of One Gaza Family
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2024

24 Dec 2023 – Israeli airstrikes killed 76 members of an extended family in “one of the most intense civilian punishment campaigns in history. This war must end,” said the head of the UN agency where one of the victims worked.

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UN Members Support Gaza Cease-Fire in Overwhelming 153-10 Vote
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2023

12 Dec 2023 – The United Nations General Assembly today passed a resolution demanding “an immediate humanitarian cease-fire” in Israel’s two-month war on Gaza after the U.S. on 8 Dec used its permanent member status to veto a similar Security Council measure.

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Emissions of Richest 1% Will Cause 1.3 Million Heat Deaths: Oxfam
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Nov 2023

20 Nov 2023 – “The super-rich are plundering and polluting the planet to the point of destruction and it is those who can least afford it who are paying the highest price.”

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Doctors in Gaza Respond to Israeli Doctors Who Endorsed Bombing of Hospitals
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2023

6 Nov 2023 – “Israeli doctors who signed a letter promoting [the] bombing of hospitals with patients inside have committed a betrayal to their noble profession and bear responsibility,” said a group of doctors in Gaza.

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US Corporate Media Outlets Allow IDF to Vet ‘All Materials’ from Embedded Reporters in Gaza
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Nov 2023

6 Nov 2023 – U.S. corporate media outlets have granted Israeli military commanders pre-publication review rights for “all materials and footage” recorded by their correspondents embedded with the Israel Defense Forces during the invasion of Gaza, a precondition condemned by press freedom advocates. 

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US House Rejects Cluster-Bomb Ban
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2023

27 Sep 2023 – Bipartisan House Amendment to Ban US Cluster Bomb Exports Fails – Democrats and Republicans turned down the chance to stop the export of weapons that harm and kill civilians long after military campaigns are over.

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‘War Is Good for Business,’ Declares Executive at London’s Global Arms Fair
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2023

15 Sep 2023 – “Deals done at DSEI will cause misery across the world, causing global instability, and devastate people’s lives,” one peace activist lamented. Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine and the West’s scramble to arm Ukrainian homeland defenders have been a bonanza for arms-makers.

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Fears of ‘Plantation Disaster Capitalism’ Mount in Wake of Maui Fires
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2023

“Justice is returning control of public resources like land and water to the people,” wrote one activist. “For too long the strings of Maui and thousands of communities like it have been pulled by forces indifferent to their soul.”

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UN Chief Proclaims ‘Era of Global Boiling:’ July Hottest Month Ever
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jul 2023

27 Jul 2023 – New data released today showed that July is the hottest month ever recorded on Earth. “We can still stop the worst,” U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres insisted. “But to do so we must turn a year of burning heat into a year of burning ambition.”

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Snowden Warns Today’s Surveillance Technology Makes 2013 Look Like ‘Child’s Play’
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2023

8 Jun 2023 – “We trusted the government not to screw us,” said Edward Snowden. “But they did. We trusted the tech companies not to take advantage of us. But they did. That is going to happen again, because that is the nature of power.”

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Experts Urge Action to Mitigate ‘Risk of Extinction from AI’
Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2023

30 May 2023 – It “should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,” says a new statement signed by dozens of artificial intelligence critics and boosters.

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Post-9/11 US Armed Conflicts Killed over 4.5 Million–Estimates
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2023

15 May 2023 – Death Outlives War: “The US government has a significant obligation to invest in humanitarian assistance and reconstruction in post-9/11 war zones,” said a new report.

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War for Profit: A Very Short History
Brad Wolf | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2023

8 May 2023 – As they did over a century ago ahead of WW I, the Merchants of Death thrive behind a veil of duplicity and slick media campaigns. Wherever they go, suffering and death, war crimes and atrocities, profits, and stock buybacks follow.

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Report Unpacks Dangers of Emerging Military Tech from AI Nukes to Killer Robots
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2023

“While the media and the U.S. Congress have devoted much attention to the purported benefits of exploiting cutting-edge technologies for military use, far less has been said about the risks involved.”

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Noam Chomsky Speaks on What ChatGPT Is Really Good For
C.J. Polychroniou and Noam Chomsky | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2023

3 May 2023 – The subset of artificial intelligence known as Large Language Models can’t tell us anything about human language learning, but it excels at misleading the uninformed.

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Big Tech Companies Are More Powerful Than Nation-States
Tom Valovic | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2023

25 Apr 2023 – They are already richer than many countries, and the rise of AI looks set to increase their influence.

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Ukraine: The Tunnel at the End of the Light
Robert Freeman | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Mar 2023

26 Feb 2023 – The U.S. abused its providential anointment as the exceptional nation. That abuse has been recognized, called out and is now being acted against by most of the other nations of the world.  

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AI and ChatGPT: Yet another Assault on Democratic Governance?
Tom Valovic | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2023

We must understand that democracy is morphing with more technocratic systems of governance that lack full oversight and a clear understanding of their social and political impacts.

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Barcelona Mayor Cuts City’s Ties with Israel over ‘Crime of Apartheid’
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2023

9 Feb 2023 – Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau yesterday announced her city is cutting ties with Israel and ending its symbolic 25-year-old “twin cities” relationship with Tel Aviv over the Israeli government’s violent anti-Palestinian policies. “We cannot be silent,” said Colau.

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Hi-Tech Military Weapons Breed New Danger
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2023

7 Feb 2023 – New Report Unpacks Dangers of Emerging Military Tech: AI Nukes, Killer Robots, Artificial Intelligence, Lethal Autonomous Weapons, Hypersonic Missiles, Cyber Battles

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With Echoes of Jan. 6, Thousands of Bolsonaro Supporters Storm Presidential Offices
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2023

9 Jan 2023 – “The insurrection in Brazil can be directly tied to Trump and the Republicans’ emboldening of fascism and violent extremism,” said one progressive U.S. lawmaker. Lula was in São Paulo at the time of the attack and Congress was not in session.

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US, Israel Vote No as UN Approves World Court Resolution on Illegal Occupation
Jon Queally | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2023

2 Jan 2023 – The UNGA on 30 Dec 2022 approved a resolution that asks the ICJ to issue an opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s illegal occupation of the Palestinian territories. It passed with 87 in favor, 26 opposed and 53 abstaining. Among those opposed were USA, Israel, UK and Germany.

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Despite US Opposition, UN Passes Resolution Condemning Death Penalty
Julia Conley | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2023

16 Dec 2022 – Biden’s stated opposition to the death penalty did not stop the US from joining Saudi Arabia, Iran and North Korea today in voting against a UN resolution supporting a worldwide moratorium on the practice.

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Journalism Defenders Push for Passage of ‘Game-Changing’ PRESS Act
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2022

7 Dec 2022 – “The PRESS Act is the most important free press legislation in modern times because it would finally stop the government from spying on journalists and threatening them with arrest for doing their jobs,” explained one advocate.

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Indigenous People Push Back Against US ‘Thanksgiving Mythology’
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2022

24 Nov 2022 – “We will not stop telling the truth about the Thanksgiving story and what happened to our ancestors,” says Kisha James, whose grandfather founded the National Day of Mourning in 1970.

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‘So Irresponsible’: US Condemned for Warning Australia against Joining Anti-Nuclear Treaty
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2022

9 Nov 2022 – Blackmail: The U.S. Embassy in Canberra warned Australian officials that the government’s decision to adopt an “abstain” position regarding the treaty—after five years of opposing it—would obstruct Australia’s reliance on American nuclear forces in case of a nuclear attack on the country.

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Despite Calls for Diplomacy to End War, US Confirms More Weapons Headed to Ukraine
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2022

4 Oct 2022 – Proponents of a negotiated diplomatic solution to end Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this week decried the Biden administration’s latest military assistance package for the embattled country, warning that the longer the fight continues, the greater the chance of a catastrophic nuclear war.

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Led by Giorgia Meloni, Fascists Take Power in Italy for First Time Since Mussolini, WWII
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2022

26 Sep 2022 – “Yesterday’s Italian elections signal the absorption by the European and NATO establishment of Italian neo-fascism,” said Yanis Varoufakis. “The specter of fascism may once again be hovering over Europe. But, as in Greece, it is now fully integrated—and continues its misanthropic work—within the oligarchic European establishment.”

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The West’s Dangerously Simple-Minded Narrative about Russia and China
Jeffrey D. Sachs | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2022

23 Aug 2022 – The overwrought fear of China and Russia is sold to a Western public through manipulation of the facts. Europe should reflect on the fact that the non-enlargement of NATO and the implementation of the Minsk II agreements would have averted this awful war in Ukraine.

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‘Disaster Capitalism at Its Worst’: Profits of Grain Giants Spark Global Criticism
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2022

23 Aug 2022 – The fact that global commodity giants are making record profits at a time when hunger is rising is clearly unjust. “There are strong arguments for a windfall tax on the food oligopoly.” — Natalie Bennett, U.K. Green Party Peer

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‘The Uber Files’: 124,000+ Leaked Files Expose Global Dirty Dealings of Ride-Hailing Giant
Common Dreams Staff - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

10 Jul 2022 – Internal documents reveal how company “won access to world leaders, cozied up to oligarchs and dodged taxes amid chaotic global expansion.”

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Corporate Profits Soar to Record $2.8 Trillion
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

31 Mar 2022 – Federal data released yesterday shows U.S. corporate profits jumped 25% to record highs in 2021, even as COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the nation’s economy and CEOs bragged on corporate earnings calls about jacking up consumer prices.

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Biggest Oil Giants Made ‘Eye-Popping’ $205 Billion in Profits in 2021: Report
Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

15 Mar 2022 – While millions have been hurt by surging gas prices, a new report from a government watchdog group shows 25 of the world’s biggest fossil fuel corporations in 2021 collectively pulled in $205 billion in profits. Now, fossil fuel giants are trying to “cash in on inflation and the crisis in Ukraine,” said one critic.

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So This Is What It Looks Like When the Corporate Media Opposes a War
Jeff Cohen | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

28 Feb 2022 – Having worked inside mainstream U.S. media during the beginning of the “War on Terror” and run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the differences in today’s war coverage are dizzying to me. Major American media outlets oppose military aggression… unless the United States is doing it.

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‘Nothing More Grotesque than a Media Pushing for War,’ Says Edward Snowden
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

12 Feb 2022 – The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill similarly notes that “the talking heads on cable news are almost drooling over the prospect of a ratings-boosting war.”

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Billionaires ‘Had a Terrific Pandemic’ While Inequality Killed Millions: Oxfam
Jon Queally | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jan 2022

17 Jan 2022 – A new report explains how inequality contributed to the death of 21,000 people each day of the pandemic while the wealthiest collectively got $1.2 billion richer every 24 hours.

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The Myth of the Good War
Robert C. Koehler | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jan 2022

5 Jan 2022 – The myth of the good war may well be the most destructive certainty misleading the crumbling empire known as “USA! USA!” Here’s the problem, though. Building global and environmental peace — listening to and understanding one another — is a slow, extraordinarily complex process. It’s so much easier to keep waging war against the bad guy of the moment, who will never go away.

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‘Monster’ Antarctic Glacier at Risk as Key Ice Shelf Faces Collapse Years Earlier Than Expected
Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2021

13 Dec 2021 – The ice shelf holding back one of Antarctica’s most perilous glaciers is eroding from below due to higher ocean temperatures, prompting scientists to warn today that this key reinforcement could shatter in the next three to five years—a development that would threaten millions of people with intensifying sea level rise.

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‘Reckless Misuse of Resources’: US House Approves $778 Billion Military Budget
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

In bipartisan fashion, the U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday [7 Dec] passed a sprawling military policy bill that contains nearly twice as much funding on an annual basis as Democrats’ flagship social spending and climate bill. “There was no CBO score needed. No concern about the deficit. No mention of inflation,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman.

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Richest 1% Took 38% of New Global Wealth Since 1995. The Bottom Half Got Just 2%
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

7 Dec 2021 – A new report finds that global inequities in wealth and income are “about as great today as they were at the peak of Western imperialism in the early 20th century. If there is one lesson to be learnt from the global investigation, it is that inequality is always a political choice.”

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As Executives Hike Prices, US Corporations Rake in Biggest Profits Since 1950
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Dec 2021

30 Nov 2021 – New data shows that over the last two quarters of 2021, U.S. corporations outside the finance sector have raked in their largest profits since 1950. “Let’s be clear. The problem is not the worker who got a small raise and a $1,400 check seven months ago. Corporations can get away with it because they have too much power in the economy.”

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‘Indefensible’: US Billionaires Became $2.1 Trillion Richer in 19 Months of Pandemic
Jon Queally | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

18 Oct 2021 – New analysis by Americans for Tax Fairness and the Institute for Policy Studies shows that just 745 individuals have combined $5 trillion in wealth, most of which will never be taxed.

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US Denounced as ‘Biggest Peddler of Financial Secrecy’ after Pandora Papers Leak
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

“U.S. President Biden must match his own rhetoric on shutting down global illicit finance, and start with the biggest offender—his own country. The biggest blockers to transparency are the U.S. … and the U.K., the leader of the world’s biggest tax haven network.”

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Up to Half of the $14 Trillion Spent by Pentagon since 9/11 Has Gone to War Profiteers
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

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

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Big Tech War Profiteers Raked in $44 Billion during ‘Global War on Terror’
Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

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

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As War Keeps Poisoning Humanity, Organizing Continues to Be the Antidote
Norman Solomon | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

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

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Atmospheric CO2 Levels Haven’t Been This High in 800,000 Years: NOAA
Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

25 Aug 2021 – Based on contributions of more than 530 scientists from 60 countries, the latest report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found Earth’s atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and sea levels both hit record highs in 2020.

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The Pentagon Is Killing Us
Marcy Winograd | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Aug 2021

6 Aug 2021 – The record high temperatures killing hundreds in the Pacific Northwest and bringing 118 degree heat to Siberia serve as a harbinger of even hotter, more dangerous days unless we address the elephant in the room. The Pentagon. The U.S. must downsize its military budget to meet the climate crisis.

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‘Code Red for Humanity’: IPCC Report Warns Window for Climate Action Is Closing Fast
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

9 Aug 2021 – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change–a team of more than 200 leading scientists convened by the UN– issued a comprehensive report today. “The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.”

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‘Unimaginably Catastrophic’: Researchers Fear Gulf Stream System Could Collapse
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Aug 2021

5 Aug 2021 – While heatwaves, fires, and floods produce warnings that “we are living in a climate emergency, here and now,” a scientific study suggested today that a crucial Atlantic Ocean current system could collapse, which “would have severe impacts on the global climate system.” Scientists say we cannot allow this to happen. People in power stand in our way.

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As Progressives Call for End to Blockade, Biden Announces More Sanctions against Cuba
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Aug 2021

30 Jul 2021 – While President Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to reverse the “failed” policies of his predecessor that “inflicted harm on Cubans and their families,” his administration—already under mounting pressure from progressives to deliver on that promise—announced new sanctions against Cuba today.

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‘Biggest Story in the World Right Now’: Humanity Has Flipped Amazon from Carbon Sink to Source
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jul 2021

14 Jul 2021 – Recent research has elevated concerns about the Amazon putting more CO2 and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than it absorbs, but the new findings, published in the journal Nature, were presented as a “first” by scientists and climate reporters. They “show that the uncertain future is happening now.”

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126 Nobel Laureates Warn ‘Humanity Taking Colossal Risks with Our Common Future’
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jun 2021

3 Jun 2021 – A group of 126 Nobel laureates and other experts today called on the leaders of the G7 nations and the UN to help put the global community on a path to establishing “a new relationship with the planet” as the world faces a coming decade which will be “decisive” in determining whether the Earth remains habitable.

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‘Criminal Complicity’: Outrage as Biden Pushes $735 Million Weapons Sale to Israel amid Gaza Slaughter
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

17 May 2021 – “Approving more weapons to Israel would add fuel to the fire and would only embolden Israel to continue its bombardments on Gaza.”

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Israeli Man Trying to Take Over Palestinian Home Says ‘If I Don’t Steal It, Someone Else’ Will
Brett Wilkins | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 May 2021

4 May 2021 – In a glaring example of settler colonialism in action, a video on social media this week shows a Palestinian woman confronting an Israeli man who admits he is trying to steal her family’s home. The house is located in an occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood where Palestinian residents have been ordered to vacate by an Israeli court.

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As Biden Plans Withdrawal, Analysis Shows Afghan War Cost At Least 241,000 Lives and $2.26 Trillion
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

16 Apr 2021 – “Ending the war as soon as possible is the only rational and humane thing to do,” said a co-director of the Costs of War Project.

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‘We Have to Act’: Atmospheric CO2 Passes 420 PPM for First Time Ever in Recorded History
Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

6 Apr 2021 – The concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide surged past 420 parts per million this past weekend, according to a measurement at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. Carbon dioxide isn’t the only greenhouse gas scientists are concerned about. Emissions of methane and sulfur hexafluoride have also spiked to “worrying levels.”

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In Historic House Vote, Only 10 Republicans Join Democrats to Impeach Trump for Inciting Insurrection
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

13 Jan 2021 – With only a week left in office, President Donald Trump today became the first U.S. president in history to be impeached for a second time when all House Democrats—joined by just 10 Republicans—passed an article charging him with “high crimes and misdemeanors” for inciting a deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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Threat to Journalism Remains, Warn Critics, After Assange Extradition Rejected Solely Due to Brutal US Prison System
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

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

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Former President Evo Morales Returns to Bolivia One Year after Being Forced into Exile by Military Coup
Kenny Stancil | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

9 Nov 2020 – Twelve months after being driven into exile by right-wing forces, socialist former president Evo Morales was “received by the very social movements who defeated the coup and restored democracy.”

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As Wages Stagnate and Executive Pay ‘Continues to Balloon,’ Report Shows Top CEOs Now Make 320 Times More Than Typical Worker
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Aug 2020

18 Aug 2020 – New research from the Economic Policy Institute finds that CEO compensation grew by 1,167% from 1978 to 2019, “far outstripping” the growth of the stock market.

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‘The Pandemic Is Accelerating,’ Says WHO Chief, Warning of ‘New and Dangerous Phase’ of Coronavirus Crisis
Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

19 Jun 2020 -“More than 150,000 new cases of Covid-19 were reported to WHO yesterday—the most in a single day so far.”

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US Blocks UN Global Ceasefire Resolution Objecting Reference to World Health Organization
Julia Conley | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

9 May 2020 – International diplomats were stunned and frustrated yesterday night after the U.S. again blocked a UN resolution to call for a global ceasefire during the coronavirus pandemic. It objected to any mention of the WHO in the resolution. “It’s bad enough that Trump is responsible for so many deaths in his own country, now he is actively complicit in causing even more across the globe.”

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Beware the Bipartisan Legion of Doom: Corporate Democrats and Trump’s GOP
Roy Eidelson | Common Dreams - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

3 Mar 2020 – There is no more daunting and dangerous duo in U.S. politics than the profits-over-people corporate wing of the Democratic Party and the belligerent, bigoted, and brutal Republican Party of Donald Trump.

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‘Victory for Farmers’ as Jury Awards Grower $265 Million in Damages from Drift of Monsanto’s Dicamba
Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

17 Feb 2020 – German chemicals giant Bayer announced today its intention to “swiftly appeal” a U.S. jury’s decision to award a Missouri peach farmer over $265 million in compensation for years of crop losses as a result of drifting dicamba weedkiller. “This verdict is just the tip of the iceberg.”

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Save the Insects, Save Ourselves: Researchers Sound Alarm on Bugpocalypse
Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

10 Feb 2020 – Global conservation scientists drew renewed attention to the “insect apocalypse” underway with two companion papers published Sunday [9 Feb] underscoring how the fate of human beings and that of insects is intertwined and the available solutions to address the crisis.

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Temperature in Antarctica Soars Past 69°F/20ºC as NOAA Reports Last Month Was World’s Hottest January on Record
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

13 Feb 2020 – As the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today announced that last month was the hottest January ever recorded, the Guardian reported that Brazilian scientists logged a new record-breaking temperature of 20.75°C, or 69.35°F, at Seymour Island in Antarctica on Feb. 9. They called the new record “incredible and abnormal.”

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Bernie, Biden, and My Father
Roy Eidelson | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

21 Jan 2020 – Bernie has the highest favorability ratings of all the primary candidates and the latest national polls show him beating Trump in the general election. Democratic socialism really just means ensuring fair treatment and decent and fulfilling lives for all Americans, not just the privileged few.

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‘We Apologize’ for Trump’s Reckless Aggression, US Peace Advocates Say in Open Letter to Iranian People
Eoin Higgins | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

24 Jan 2020 – Letter from activist group CodePink: “As Americans committed to peace and the safety of all people, we, the undersigned, apologize for the actions of our reckless, hate-filled president,” the letter says, “and pledge to do everything we can to stop Trump’s aggression, remove the crippling sanctions you are suffering under, and resume a process of diplomacy with your country.”

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‘If You Are Wondering Who Benefits’: Weapons Makers See Stocks Surge as Trump Moves Closer to War with Iran
Jake Johnson | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

Almost immediately after the United States assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike on 2 Jan, major American weapons manufacturers and defense contractors—from Northrop Grumman to Lockheed Martin to Raytheon—saw their stocks surge as investors sensed the growing likelihood of another war in the Middle East.

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2020 Vision: A New Year’s Regeneration
Ronnie Cummins | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

1 Jan 2020 – The solutions we need are no farther away than the nearest solar panel, wind farm, retrofitted building, bicycle path, electric vehicle, community garden, farmers market, organic farm and holistically-managed ranch. The solutions we need lie at the end of our forks and knives, under the trees that shade us, the carbon-sequestering soil below our feet, the consumer dollars in our wallets and our nearest voting booth.

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In Final Hours, COP 25 Denounced as ‘Utter Failure’ as Deal Is Stripped of Ambition and US Refuses to Accept Liability for Climate Crisis
Julia Conley | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

14 Dec 2019 – After the talks on the Paris climate agreement went into overtime amid a stalled agreement on wealthy countries reducing their carbon emissions, civil society groups and scientists were shocked by the weak language that emerged from the late-night talks today. “The only thing more disastrous than the state of UN climate negotiations at COP 25 is the state of the global climate.”

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Massive Leak of Data Reveals Money-Hiding Secrets of Superrich—and This Is ‘Only the Beginning’
Eoin Higgins | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019 – A massive trove of documents, data, and recorded phone calls show how British company Formations House works to hide money for the superrich, international fraudsters, the former leader of the Swedish Hells Angels, and the Italian mafia, with the first stories dropping today at midnight.

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Move Over, Peak Oil. Scientists Say ‘Peak Livestock’ Must Arrive This Decade to Limit Global Heating
Jessica Corbett | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

12 Dec 2019 – “If the livestock sector were to continue with business as usual,” experts warn, “this sector alone would account for 49% of the emissions budget for 1.5°C by 2030.”

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New IUCN Report on Ocean Oxygen Loss Gives ‘Ultimate Wake-Up Call’ to Act on Climate
Andrea Germanos | Common Dreams – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

7 Dec 2019 – A new report on ocean oxygen loss released today calls for a bold action to rein in planet-warming emissions and save the world’s “suffocating seas.” “Decisions taken at the ongoing climate conference will determine whether our ocean continues to sustain a rich variety of life, or whether habitable, oxygen-rich marine areas are increasingly, progressively, and irrevocably lost.”

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