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US Reprehensibly Inciting New Global Arms Race
Editorial | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Aug 2019

23 Aug 2019 – Russia and China are right to condemn the testing this week of an INF-busting new ground-based cruise missile off the coast of California under the usual cynical guise of “defense”. It was reportedly a Tomahawk-type nuclear-capable warhead, but the Pentagon said it was conventionally armed.

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‘Mirthless Laugh’ – The Persecution and Torture of Julian Assange
Editorial | Media Lens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jun 2019

11 Jun 2019 – As Melzer says, corporate media have an astonishing power to influence what we think. We are all vulnerable to the impact of numerous, apparently independent and impartial journalists all insisting that Assange is a vile narcissist, that Jeremy Corbyn is a dangerous anti-semite, that Nicolas Maduro is a brutal dictator, that Gaddafi is planning a vast massacre, that Saddam Hussein has hidden weapons of mass destruction that pose a genuine threat to the West, that Iran is working on a ‘nuclear trigger’, and so on.

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Sharing Efforts with Fair Distribution of Results
Editorial | Opinion Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

29 Apr 2019 – The outrageous concentration of wealth and the consequent decisional power will blow out of proportion more and more. Neither the fiscal restructuring nor the dismantling of the sovereign over-indebtedness should be charged on the most vulnerable: make the great evaders that flight their ill-gotten capitals cope with it.

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Why Ukraine’s Comedian President Is Likely to Be More Joke than Solution
Editorial | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

26 Apr 2019 – The ordinary Ukrainian people are so sick and tired of the militaristic nationalism as well as endemic corruption in Kiev that they voted for someone, anyone, who appears slightly more reasonable.

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(Português) Bolsonaro decreta fim das faculdades de Filosofia e Sociologia no Brasil: “Objetivo é focar em áreas que gerem retorno imediato”
Editorial | Revista Forum – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Apr 2019

Enquanto os filhos – e ele próprio – são doutrinados pelo “filósofo” Olavo de Carvalho, Bolsonaro decreta fim dos estudos de humanas alegando que a educação deve servir para ensinar “leitura, escrita e a fazer conta e depois um ofício que gere renda para a pessoa”

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The Destruction of Freedom: Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and the Corporate Media
Media Lens | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2019

19 March 2019 – The corporate media is institutionally opposed to the interests of the vast majority of the public; that is why we reject the label ‘mainstream’. The corporate media including BBC News, systematically promotes imperialist and exploitative state interests, together with private power in the form of big business, financial speculation, military forces, the arms industry, the fossil fuel lobby, destructive agribusiness, unsustainable food production and rampant global consumerism that is destroying ecosystems, ramping up mass loss of species and endangering human survival through climate chaos.

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Venezuela Blitz (Part 1): Tyrants Don’t Have Free Elections
Editorial | Media Lens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

5 Feb 2019 – A ‘Propaganda Blitz’ is a fast-moving campaign to persuade the public of the need for ‘action’ or ‘intervention’ furthering elite interests. Affecting great moral outrage, corporate media line up to insist that a watershed moment has arrived – something must be done! A classic propaganda blitz was triggered on January 23, when Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself ‘interim President’.

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Democracy or Extinction
Media Lens | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

22 Jan 2019 – What will it take for governments to take real action on climate? When will they declare an emergency and do what needs to be done? How much concerted, peaceful public action will be required to disrupt the current economic and political system that is driving humanity to the brink of extinction? Meanwhile, climate records continue to tumble. 2018 was the hottest for the world’s oceans since records began in the 1950s, continuing a deeply worrying trend. Moreover, the last five years were the five hottest.

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The Guardian View on Israel’s Democracy: Killing with Impunity, Lying without Consequence?
Editorial – The Guardian, 28 Jan 2019

22 Jan 2019 – In the last nine months of 2018, according to the UN, hundreds of Palestinians – many of them children – were killed and many thousands injured. They included medics and journalists. Most of the dead were unarmed and posed no danger to anyone, with little more than rocks in their hands and slogans on their lips. Yet Israel continued with an immoral and unlawful policy that sees soldiers of its military teargas, shoot and kill protesters, including those who pose no credible threat. Hospitals in Gaza, which already struggle under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade, have been stretched to breaking point in dealing with the flood of patients ferried in from the protests.

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Remembrance – The Dehumanised Human
Media Lens | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

“From infancy, by every possible means–class books, church services, sermons, speeches, books, papers, songs, poetry, monuments– the people are stupefied in one direction: unquestioning patriotism.” — Leo Tolstoy
“The average individual does not permit himself to be aware of thoughts or feelings which are incompatible with the patterns of his culture, and hence he is forced to repress them.” — Erich Fromm

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Concentration of Wealth and Decisional Power
Editorial | Opinion Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

19 Dec 2018 – Among so many questions and circumstances that are intermingled in the world, one of the most significant processes is the concentration of wealth and decisional power. Elitist forces influence in such a way that almost every national economic system and, of course, the global functioning have adjusted, and to a great extent subordinated, to serve the interests of these elites, the dominators of the world and countries’ course.

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Limits of Dissent – Glenn Greenwald and the Guardian
Editorial | Media Lens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

6 Dec 2018 – Even a comparatively honest, Chomskyite journalist like Greenwald is either not willing or not able to tell the whole truth about a paper that has done enormous harm in promoting Perpetual War with endless nonsense about ‘our’ supposed ‘responsibility to protect’ civilians in oil-rich countries like Iraq and Libya. The Guardian has, at last, begun responding to the climate extinction crisis, but it has long downplayed the gravity of the crisis and the truth of corporate denialism, while promoting high status consumerism and fossil fuel advertising.

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Facebook Must Do More to Prevent 21st-Century Genocide
Editorial Board – The Washington Post, 5 Nov 2018

28 Oct 201 – In Myanmar, Facebook is more than a website. For many residents, it is the entire Internet. So when the nation’s military used the site as a conduit for a campaign against Muslims, there were no guardrails to stop the hatred from spreading — except the company itself. The grim reality on the ground in Myanmar, from which more than 700,000 members of the Rohingya minority have now fled, shows Facebook failed.

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Open Cruelty
Editorial |The News [Pakistan] – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

4 Nov 2018 – With the Rohingya set to be sent back to the killing fields of Myanmar, it is stunning how little difference a UN declaration that a genocide was committed against them has made. Myanmar and Bangladesh have agreed to start repatriating Rohingya refugees next month. A list of 8,000 Rohingya refugees has been processed by the Myanmar government and their return has been ‘approved’.

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No More Concentration of Wealth and Decisional Power
Opinion Sur | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Oct 2018

Some argue that this process is here to stay, as it was believed by those minorities that imposed empires and dictatorships. They forget that history shows the fall and disappearance of practically every system that believed to be permanent. Such could be the destiny of this destructive phase of ruthless financial capitalism.

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‘The Onion’ Has Chosen to Publish an Anonymous Op-Ed from Two Sources Close to Trump Who Think Their Dad Is the Best President Ever
The Onion | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Sep 2018

6 Sep 2018 – Today, The Onion is making an unusual editorial decision, and we want to explain why. As turmoil continues to increase within the Trump White House, this essay offers an invaluable high-level perspective into the administration’s inner workings. Due to the sensitive nature of this op-ed, revealing the identities of the writers could jeopardize their positions in the administration. We believe, however, that any issues with the writers’ identities or their motivations for writing this piece are overridden by the necessity of informing the public about what it’s like to work for the president. That is why The Onion has chosen to publish an anonymous op-ed from two sources close to Mr. Trump who think their dad is the best president ever.

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Israel’s Dirty Arms Deals with Myanmar
Haaretz | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

29 Aug 2018 – A United Nations report issued this week found that the Myanmar military committed genocide and crimes against humanity, including rape, torture, enslavement, violence against children and the destruction of entire villages, against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Such reports have not kept the Israeli government from cooperating with those war criminals.

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A Journalism of Peace: The Media’s Indispensable Social Function
Editorial – National Catholic Reporter, 20 Aug 2018

16 Aug 2018 – Earlier this year, to mark World Communications Day, Pope Francis issued a stern warning against the dangers of “fake news” and an equally firm endorsement of what he called the “journalism for peace.” Journalism must be “at the service of all, especially those — and they are the majority in our world — who have no voice,” Francis wrote. Journalism of service, he said, explores the underlying causes of conflict so as to contribute to its resolution.

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Blindness, End of Cycle, New Courses
Opinion Sur | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jul 2018

12 July, 2018 – Neoliberal domination is approaching the limits of its reproduction. So much has been destroyed with the impious concentration of wealth and decisions that the peoples of the world and the Planet can stand no more. Inequality, poverty, indigence, environmental destruction lead to the implosion of the model of society and world that has been imposed on us.

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Kiev Murder Stunt Was Absurd, but Even More So Was Western Media’s Reaction to It
Editorial | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jun 2018

1 Jun 2018 – The credibility of the Kiev regime imploded emphatically this week; but so too of Western governments and news media. Western propaganda as peddled by governments, their secret services and dutiful corporate media should be in the spotlight of world scrutiny. Not further perverse allegations against Russia.

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Too Many Are Looking Away from Burma’s Ethnic Cleansing Campaign
Editorial – The Washington Post, 16 Apr 2018

7 Apr 2018 – The situation is deteriorating. Burma has been razing the Rohingya villages, leaving the population stranded in Bangladesh. The coming monsoon season threatens the displaced Rohingya with even more misery in refugee camps. The question must be asked of everyone concerned: What did you do when faced with the horrors of ethnic cleansing in 2018? Too many are looking away.

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Hiding Evidence of Massacre in Rakhine
Editorial – The Daily Star (Bangladesh), 26 Feb 2018

23 Feb 2018 – The report that Myanmar is ‘bulldozing’ Rohingya mass grave to hide evidence of killing comes as no surprise to us. It is only natural the perpetrators of genocide will try to cover up following the exposés that appeared in the media.

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(Italiano) Scenari di pace per il 2018
Angela Dogliotti | Gennaio 2018 Editoriale #01 – Centro Studi Sereno Regis, 22 Jan 2018

6 gennaio 2018 – Il 2018 si apre su uno scenario inquietante: crescenti diseguaglianze, squilibri, guerre, in un contesto di forte competizione per il controllo economico e politico mondiale tra Occidente e nuove potenze emergenti a Oriente; scarsità delle risorse e cambiamenti climatici che acuiscono le crisi, rivelando la fragilità di sistemi sociali e modelli di sviluppo intrisi di violenza diretta, strutturale, culturale, e insostenibili dal punto di vista ambientale.

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See It, Say It: Climate Change
Editorial Board - The Washington Post, 23 Oct 2017

14 Oct 2017 – No single fire can be specifically linked to climate change, and certainly other factors, such as increased development or logging and grazing activities, are involved. But scientists say there is a clear connection between global warming and the increase in recent years in the severity and frequency of wildfires in the West.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Suu Kyi Can’t Ignore the People’s Tribunal
Prothom Alo [Bangladesh] | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2017

24 Sep 2017 – The verdict issued by the International People’s Tribunal in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Friday [22 Sep], which indicted Myanmar’s military as well as its state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi for war crimes and ethnic persecution in Myanmar, reflected the expectations of the peace-loving people of the world.

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Follow Kenya’s Lead on Plastic Bags
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Sep 2017

14 Sep 2017 – Plastic bags are often used for a few minutes before enjoying an eternal afterlife, clogging storm drains, stuffing landfills, killing animals that eat them and contributing to the eight million metric tons of plastic in oceans every year. Kenya and more than 40 other countries have taxed, limited or banned plastic bags. The rest of the world should, too.

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The Guardian View on the Slaughter in Myanmar: A Crime against Humanity
The Guardian | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Sep 2017

4 Sep 2017 – The brutal, bloody, and ultimately pointless mistreatment of a Muslim minority shames [Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi who appeared for decades as the epitome of principled and unflinching defence of human rights, now the unfeeling figurehead of a vicious regime.

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Exporting Chaos to Venezuela
Editorial Board – The New York Times, 21 Aug 2017

President Trump’s recklessness is felt around the world.

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Burma Covers Up Its Systematic Abuse of the Rohingya Minority Group
Editorial Board - The Washington Post, 21 Aug 2017

It is becoming increasingly clear that Burma’s partially democratic government bears many similarities to its autocratic predecessor: It is overly sensitive to criticism, repressive toward minorities and willing to go to great lengths to protect the military.

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Fighting, While Funding, Extremists
Editorial |The New York Times – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

19 Jun 2017 – Saudi Arabia and some of its neighbors decide to punish Qatar and some of its citizens, ostensibly for fostering and financing Islamist terrorism. But Saudi Arabia itself has been accused of underwriting extremists. No matter: President Trump, captivated by Saudi royalty, sides with the Saudis — even though the United States has two important bases in Qatar. Baffling, right? The biggest loser in all this may turn out to be the fight against the Islamic State.

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Undoing All the Good Work on Cuba
Editorial – The New York Times, 5 Jun 2017

5 Jun 2017 – To spite his predecessor, the president will further isolate America, hurt business interests and impede the push for greater democracy.

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Trump Has Scientists Mad Enough to March on Earth Day
The Philadelphia Inquirer | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2017

5 Apr 2017 – It’s not every day that scientists plan to head out of the laboratory and into the streets to protest, but on Earth Day, April 22, U.S. scientists have good reason to do exactly that. The protesters believe President Trump has no respect for the truth when it comes to well-settled science on some of the most critical questions facing the country.

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Congress Says, Let the Mentally Ill Buy Guns
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2017

16 Feb 2017 – For all their dysfunction, the Republican Senate and House have managed to act with lightning speed in striking down a sensible Obama administration rule designed to stop people with severe mental problems from buying guns. They did the gun lobby’s bidding in passing a regressive measure that President Trump is expected to sign.

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Myanmar’s Shameful Denial
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jan 2017

10 Jan 2017 – Last month, President Obama lifted sanctions against Myanmar, citing “substantial progress in improving human rights” following the historic election victory of the Nobel laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in November 2015. Tragically, that praise is proving premature.

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China Joins the Fight to Save Elephants
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2017

3 Jan 2017 – It is great news for elephants that China has declared a halt to commercial ivory trade by the end of 2017. The many governmental and nongovernmental organizations that have worked to protect the magnificent animals must now ensure that neither China nor the United States backslides on the bans, and that other nations will not try surreptitiously to move in.

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Fake News about “Fake News”: The Media Performance Pyramid
Media Lens | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Dec 2016

5 Dec 2016 – In the wake of Brexit and Trump, “mainstream” media have done the formerly unthinkable by focusing on media bias. The intensity of focus has been such that the Oxford Dictionaries have announced that ‘post-truth’ is their ‘Word of the Year 2016’.

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Pentagon: Looking for a Few Good Hackers
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2016

The last thing the Pentagon would seem to need is more hackers. But Defense Department officials are inviting them in.

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Relentless Persecution
The Statesman | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

24 Nov 2016 – The irony is cruel. The persecution of the Rohingyas has intensified in Myanmar with the change of guard — from the junta to a democratic dispensation under [Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi. The democratic world had expected quite the contrary.

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No Country for the Rohingyas
The Hindu | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

25 Nov 2016 – A new humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Myanmar after the military crackdown on “Islamist jihadists” in the Rakhine State, home to more than one million Rohingya Muslims… The army denies targeting civilians, but satellite images taken after the start of the crackdown indicate that hundreds of buildings were burnt down; reports suggest that even those who tried to flee the country were shot dead. The migrants are not welcome in Myanmar’s neighbourhood either.

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Power Imbalance at the Pipeline Protest
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

When injustice aligns with cruelty, and heavy weaponry is involved, the results can be shameful and bloody. Witness what happened on Sunday [20 Nov] in North Dakota, when law enforcement officers escalated their tactics against unarmed American Indians and allies who have waged months of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

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Myanmar’s War on the Rohingya
The New York Times | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

To preserve her reputation as a human rights champion, [Nobel Peace Laureate] Daw Aung San Suu Kyi needs to allow an impartial investigation into the violence.

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Filtering the Election
Media Lens | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Nov 2016

When the likes of Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi, Bashar Assad, and now Donald Trump, are declared the latest ‘New Hitler’, we learn little except that they are enemies of the establishment. It means the ‘On’ button has been pressed on a propaganda machine designed for maximal demonisation, leaving no room for public doubt.

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America’s Moral Duty in Yemen
Editorial Board – The New York Times, 17 Oct 2016

11 Oct 2016 – President Obama must cut off military aid to Saudi Arabia unless it ends the carnage and returns to peace talks. Yemen is near collapse, with 80 percent of the country in need of humanitarian aid. Al Qaeda’s affiliate there is becoming stronger and the population more radicalized. The longer the war goes on, the harder it will be to end.

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Police Do Nothing as Armed Mercenaries Attack Native American Dakota Pipeline Protesters with Dogs and Pepper Spray
Counter Current | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2016

3 Sep 2016 – Police stood idly by as private security guards who were working on behalf of the corporations building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline turned attack dogs on peaceful protesters.

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2,500 Native Americans Successfully Block Oil Pipeline Construction — State of Emergency Declared
Counter Current News Editorial Team – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2016

22 Aug 2016 – The Camp of the Sacred Stones has swelled from a few dozen to more than 2,500, according to Standing Rock Sioux Tribe officials. They are calling for further review of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the end of July without a full environmental assessment.

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Can Suu Kyi Bring Change for Myanmar Expats?
The Nation | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

14 Jun 2016 – Aung San Suu Kyi’s stated readiness to discuss migrant issues with her counterparts here when she visits Thailand next week as state counsellor and foreign minister of Myanmar is welcome news. Optimism must be tempered, however, unless she arrives with a comprehensive plan covering not just migrant labourers but also refugees – and the benighted Rohingya in particular.

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[Nobel Peace Laureate] Aung San Suu Kyi’s Cowardly Stance on the Rohingya
Editorial Board – The New York Times, 16 May 2016

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi — Myanmar’s leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate — does not want to call them Rohingya, the name they use, because nationalist Buddhists want to perpetuate the myth that they are “Bengalis” who don’t belong in Myanmar. She has also asked the United States ambassador not to use the term.

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Ending the Horror of Myanmar’s Abuse of Muslims
Editorial Board – International New York Times, 1 Feb 2016

By the hundreds of thousands, Muslims in Myanmar have been stripped of their citizenship, sent to concentration camps where they are deprived of basic medical care, jobs and even food, and held prisoners in villages they are not allowed to leave. Thousands more have fled the camps by risking their lives at the hands of criminal syndicates that traffic them to Malaysia and Bangladesh or force them into servitude on fishing boats.

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Time for Justice in Sri Lanka
Editorial Board – International New York Times, 1 Feb 2016

The wounds of war cannot be healed until a transitional justice process demanded by the UN in a resolution last October moves forward. On that score, President Maithripala Sirisena says his government will not act “in haste.” This is unacceptable.

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Saudi Arabia’s Execution Spree
Editorial Board – The International New York Times, 21 Dec 2015

Saudi Arabia’s justice system has gone into murderous overdrive. More than 150 people have been executed this year, the most since 1995. More than 50 people are reported to be scheduled for imminent execution on terrorist charges, though some are citizens whose only crime was protesting against the government. This wave of killing has prompted some to compare Saudi Arabia to the Islamic State: both follow Shariah law.

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A Milestone for Myanmar’s Democracy
The Editorial Board – International New York Times, 16 Nov 2015

The 2008 Constitution also bars Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, from becoming president, because her children are foreign nationals. Nobody doubts that this twisted provision was aimed at excluding her from the nation’s top job. Even so, dismissing the Constitution as “very silly,” she has asserted defiantly that she will be “making all the decisions” behind the scenes.

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Europe’s Refugee Crisis Was Made in America
Editorial – The Nation, 14 Sep 2015

Washington helped create the conditions with its wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Burma’s Half-Hearted Commitment to Democracy
Editorial Board – The Washington Post, 31 Aug 2015

The regime of generals and former generals who began the transition away from military rule still exert a heavy hand on the political process. Burma’s regime is aggravating and exploiting ethnic conflicts in the Southeast Asian nation of 56 million people also known as Myanmar. Most egregious has been its treatment of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority that has long been persecuted and that increasingly has been subject to violence and denied citizenship.

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Exposing Abuse on the Factory Farm
Editorial Board – The New York Times, 17 Aug 2015

8 Aug 2015 – While most Americans enjoy eating meat, it is hard to stomach the often sadistic treatment of factory-farmed cows, pigs and chickens. Farm operators go to great lengths to hide these gruesome images from the public. A popular tactic is the so-called ag-gag law, which makes it a crime to secretly videotape industrial feedlots and slaughterhouses to expose animal mistreatment and abuse.

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Drones, Cops, and the Unaccountable Machinery of Death
Editorial, The Nation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2015

From signature strikes in Pakistan to police violence in Baltimore, the state is seemingly uninterested in even counting how many people it kills.

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(Castellano) Tiempo de Acabar el Embargo de Cuba
Editorial – The New York Times, 27 Oct 2014

Cuando mira un mapa del mundo, el Presidente Obama debe sentir angustia al contemplar el lamentable estado de las relaciones bilaterales que su administración ha intentado reparar. Sería sensato que el líder estadounidense reflexione seriamente sobre Cuba, donde un giro de política podría representar un gran triunfo para su gobierno.

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Obama Should End the Embargo on Cuba
Editorial – The New York Times, 20 Oct 2014

Scanning a map of the world must give President Obama a sinking feeling as he contemplates the dismal state of troubled bilateral relationships his administration has sought to turn around. He would be smart to take a hard look at Cuba, where a major policy shift could yield a significant foreign policy success.

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Hope for Myanmar Democracy Now Fading
Editorial, The Nation (Thailand) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Oct 2014

Crackdowns on ethnic armies and journalists have raised fears that the reform process is going into reverse.

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Backsliding on Nuclear Promises
The Editorial Board – The New York Times, 29 Sep 2014

The administration is making a foolish trade-off — pouring money into modernization while reducing funds that help improve security at nuclear sites in Russia and other countries where terrorists or criminals could get their hands on nuclear materials.

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Jewish Hate of Arabs Proves: Israel Must Undergo Cultural Revolution
Haaretz, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jul 2014

Without a revolution based on humanist values, the Jewish tribe will not be worthy of its own state.

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How Thailand Is Contributing to the Misery of Burma’s Persecuted Rohingya
Editorial Board – The Washington Post, 19 May 2014

This is a sad case of Thailand’s navy attempting to extinguish reporting rather than the misery that the reporting exposed. It is wrong to punish the journalists. But this misguided attempt at coercion is doubly wrong because it attempts to hide the shameful treatment of a people, the Rohingya, who are already suffering far too much.

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Abe Taking Pacifist Constitution Away from the People
The Asahi Shimbun, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 May 2014

May 3, 2014 – Japan’s Constitution cannot be revised with a simple majority vote in the Diet. Any constitutional amendment must first be initiated through a vote of two-thirds or more of all members of each house in the Diet and then approved by the public with a majority vote in a special referendum.

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What to Celebrate in Rwanda’s Genocide Anniversary
Editorial Board – The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Apr 2014

April 3, 2014 – The 20th anniversary of the Rwanda genocide should focus as much on how the African nation worked toward reconciliation through forgiveness as on the mass slaughter itself.

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Fukushima’s Shameful Cleanup
The Editorial Board - International New York Times, 24 Mar 2014

A pattern of shirking responsibility permeates the decommissioning work at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. An increasing proportion of the 3,000 contract laborers at Fukushima are poorly trained, with little technical expertise or knowledge of radiation.

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The Plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya
Editorial Board – Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar 2014

The U.N. says the Rohingya, a Muslim minority in an overwhelmingly Buddhist country, are one of the most persecuted groups in the world. Recently violence has escalated according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Two attacks in January left an estimated four dozen Rohingya dead in a village in Rakhine. Myanmar’s response has been to deny that it happened.

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The President on Mass Surveillance
Editorial – The New York Times, 20 Jan 2014

Jan. 17, 2014 – The collection of all this data may not be making us any safer, concluded the president’s review panel, as a federal judge ruled the program unconstitutional, and an extensive report by the New America Foundation found that the program “has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism.”

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Edward Snowden, Whistle-Blower
Editorial Board - The New York Times, 6 Jan 2014

When someone reveals that government officials have routinely and deliberately broken the law, that person should not face life in prison at the hands of the same government.

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Snowden Affair: The Case for a Pardon
Editorial Board – The Guardian, 6 Jan 2014

We hope that calm heads within the present administration are working on a strategy to allow Mr Snowden to return to the US with dignity, and the president to use his executive powers to treat him humanely and in a manner that would be a shining example about the value of whistleblowers and of free speech itself.

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Palestinians Have No Partner for Peace in Israel
Haaretz Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2013

Dec. 29, 2013 – Rejection of the Palestinian partner is a deception aimed to delude the public into thinking the Israeli government’s hands are clean.

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Netanyahu Pushes Back on Iran
Editorial Board – The New York Times, 7 Oct 2013

It could be disastrous if Mr. Netanyahu and his supporters in Congress were so blinded by distrust of Iran that they exaggerate the threat, block President Obama from taking advantage of new diplomatic openings and sabotage the best chance to establish a new relationship since the 1979 Iranian revolution sent American-Iranian relations into the deep freeze.

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Japan: Anti-Democratic Secrecy Bill
Editorial – The Japan Times, 23 Sep 2013

The Abe administration plans to submit to the Diet a bill to protect state secrets that the government deems vital to national security. It carries a danger of expanding the scope of special secrets ad infinitum and could undermine the fundamental democratic principles of freedom of information and freedom of the press.

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Bradley Manning’s Excessive Sentence
Editorial Board – The New York Times, 26 Aug 2013

35 years is far too long a sentence. Government lawyers presented vague and largely speculative claims that Private Manning’s leaks had endangered lives and “chilled” diplomatic relations. Much of what he released was of public value, including a video of a military helicopter shooting at two vans and killing civilians, including two Reuters journalists.

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Shortsighted Thinking on Israeli Settlements
The Editorial Board – NYT International Herald Tribune, 19 Aug 2013

On Monday [12 Aug 2013], Israel released a list of 26 Palestinian prisoners to be released Tuesday. A few hours before that it published bids for the construction of more than 1,000 housing units in West Bank settlements — a move to mollify right-wingers who oppose the prisoner release. This balancing act is not just untimely but a fresh cause for pessimism about the prospects for successful peace negotiations.

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Refusing to Accept Sexism
Socialist Worker, editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2013

Several articles at CounterPunch criticized Angelina Jolie for her decision to publicize undergoing a double mastectomy. Here, activists and scholars register their disappointment for sexist language and belittling attitudes. The title of Ruth Fowler’s first article, “Angelia Jolie: On Privilege, Tits, and Being Dumb,” reduces Jolie to a pair of “tits,” what we expect a typical male undergraduate student to say when first introduced to the notion of women’s objectification. CounterPunch also uses titles with ‘dick,’ ‘penis,’ and ‘cock’ in them.”

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Obama: Walk Your Talk on Guantánamo
The Nation, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2013

As the hunger strike reaches its 100th day on May 17 [2013], 100 prisoners are refusing food. The Pentagon, which once called prisoner suicides “asymmetric warfare,” has dismissed the hunger strike as a publicity stunt. Rather than “reward bad behavior,” the official response has been to throw the men into solitary confinement and keep the most weakened alive through torturous means.

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Myanmar Continues Atrocities
Editorial - The Australian, 6 May 2013

The West Might Need to Reconsider Economic Sanctions – Myanmar’s rulers will need to do better than just release another batch of political prisoners if they want to assuage mounting concern that the international community may have gone too far, too soon in rewarding them for progress towards dismantling dictatorship and establishing democracy.

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Indisputable Torture
The Editorial Board – The New York Times, 22 Apr 2013

The report found that those methods violated international legal obligations with “no firm or persuasive evidence” that they produced valuable information that could not have been obtained by other means. This blunt language should help end a corrosive debate that has broken down on largely partisan lines. The panel further details the ethical lapses of government lawyers in the Bush years who served up “acrobatic” advice to justify brutal interrogations, and of medical professionals who helped oversee them.

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Hunger Strike at Guantánamo
The New York Times, Editorial - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2013

5 Apr 2013 – The hunger strike that has spread since early February [2013] among the 166 detainees still at Guantánamo Bay is again exposing the lawlessness of the system that marooned them there. The government claims that around 40 detainees are taking part. Lawyers for detainees report that their clients say around 130 detainees in one part of the prison have taken part.

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(Français) Économie Verte: Marchandiser la Planète Pour la Sauver?
Bernard Duterme, editorial – Centre Tricontinental, 1 Apr 2013

Définie par l’ONU comme « une manière écologique de faire des affaires », l’économie verte entend réconcilier croissance et nature. Le troisième pilier du développement durable (le social) mis entre parenthèses, le temps de rebooster le premier (l’économique) en valorisant le deuxième (l’environnemental) ? A défaut de protéger les ressources et de partager les richesses, le capitalisme, désormais vert, y sauverait sa peau. La controverse clive les États du Nord et du Sud.

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The Empire’s New Clothes
Socialist Worker, editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2013

Obama’s nominees to run the Pentagon and CIA underline how a Democratic president, once seen as antiwar, has rebranded U.S. imperialism.

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Justifying Assassination
Los Angeles Times, editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2013

U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon eloquently lamented that “I can find no way around the thicket of laws and precedents that effectively allow the executive branch of our government to proclaim as perfectly lawful certain actions that seem on their face incompatible with our Constitution and laws.” This page has made the same point in urging the administration to release the Office of Legal Counsel memorandum. If it is going to act as judge, jury and executioner, the least it can do is divulge its legal reasoning.

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What Will UN Recognition Mean for Palestine?
Socialist Worker, editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2012

The upheavals across the Middle East have helped the cause of Palestinian liberation. The potential for Palestinians to achieve much more than “nonmember observer status” at the UN is much clearer today–and should inspire all our struggles for justice and freedom, in the Middle East and around the world.

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No Crime, No Punishment
The New York Times, editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Aug 2012

When the Justice Department recently closed its criminal investigation of Goldman Sachs, it became all but certain that no major American banks or their top executives would ever face criminal charges for their role in the financial crisis. The shameless pursuit of Wall Street campaign donations by both political parties strengthens this perception, and further undermines confidence in the rule of law.

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A Political Blow to Austerity in Europe
Socialist Worker, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2012

Europe’s political situation has become more volatile as the economy deteriorates. The rejection of austerity by voters in Greece and France and the deepening turmoil of Spain’s unraveling banks are two faces of Europe’s political and economic crises–and they point to new potential for resistance.

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(Castellano) Planeando Dominación Mundial
Socialist Worker, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2012

Aquellos manifestándose contra la cumbre de la OTAN presentarán una visión diferente para nuestra sociedad. En las calles de Chicago este fin de semana [20-21 mayo 2012], activistas anti-bélicos, el movimiento Ocupa, sindicatos y grupos comunitarios tendrán la oportunidad de exigir otras prioridades, en lugar del gasto militar y la rebaja de los niveles de vida.

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In West Bank, Israel’s Rule is that of the Jungle
Haaretz, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2012

In the hands of this government, which mainly involve moving buildings built on private lands to ‘state lands’, have become instruments to deepen the occupation and obstruct the two-state solution. Defense Minister Ehud Barak has likened Israel to a “villa in the jungle.” Nothing is closer to the law of the jungle than a system of distorted laws and procedures that make it possible to build villa neighborhoods in the settlements and legalize wildcat outposts like Ramat Gilad.

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In Israel, the Life of a Palestinian Is Cheap
Haaretz, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Dec 2011

When it comes to shooting a Palestinian, pulling the trigger does not come with a real fear of having to answer to the law.

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China Not Obliged To Besiege Iran
Global Times (China), Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Dec 2011

The US Senate approved tougher economic sanctions against Iran on Thursday [1 Dec 2011], vowing to penalize any financial institutions that do business with Iran’s central bank. Consequently, other countries such as China, Japan and India are prohibited to conduct oil trade with Iran. Under such an arrogant bill, it is hard to imagine how the US would borrow money from the central banks of its creditors to make up its bleak budget in the future. China need not pay attention to it.

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(Castellano) La Promesa de Ocupa
Socialist Worker, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Oct 2011

Un movimiento comenzado por algunos cientos en Nueva York está transformando el debate político en todo el mundo–y sentando las bases de las luchas por venir. OCUPA ES el movimiento de una nueva generación–pero también es la voz del pueblo obrero, de todas las edades, harto del incesante descenso de su calidad de vida y del aumento de la desigualdad económica.

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(Castellano) Todos contra Wall Street
Socialist Worker, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Oct 2011

Los sindicatos están entrando en el lado de las protestas en Ocupa Wall Street–una creciente alianza entre la izquierda y el movimiento laboral que puede llevar la lucha a una nueva etapa.

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The Extreme Israeli Right’s Alliance With Lunatics
Haaretz, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2011

In recent years, the extreme Israeli right has developed an alliance with heads of the evangelical movement, who define themselves as Christian Zionists, some of whom believe that another Holocaust of the Jews will ensure the resurrection of Jesus.

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Flotilla Passengers Are Today’s Freedom Riders
Truthout, Staff Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2011

It has been widely reported that 25 percent of the activists on the US boat that was to sail in the Gaza flotilla are Jewish. Six of those 35 activists are Truthout friends, many of long date: Chairman of the Truthout Board Robert Naiman and contributing authors Medea Benjamin, Kathy Kelly, Ray McGovern, Gabriel Schivone and boat leader Ann Wright. Knowing that these friends are putting their lives on the line for what they believe in fills us with pride and anxiety. Our hearts are locked up with their boldly christened boat, The Audacity of Hope.

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A Newspaper’s Closure Does Not End the Hacking Scandal
The Independent, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2011

The management team that repeatedly covered up evidence of wrongdoing remains in place. Even in the depths of a crisis, Rupert Murdoch’s flair for the dramatic never deserts him. No – the sound that could be heard yesterday [7 Jul 2011] was not of an empire crumbling, but an empire attempting to shore up its defences and protect its key personnel. The purpose of this move is to prevent the rest of the sprawling Murdoch media organisation from contamination.

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Imperial War behind a Humanitarian Charade
Socialist Worker, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2011

The UN-sanctioned intervention, at first supposedly focused on imposing a “no-fly zone,” quickly–and predictably–transformed into what Western leaders now openly say is a war to topple Qaddafi. Rather than a mission that promotes democracy and freedom for the Libyan people, the Western war is about the plan of the U.S. and its allies to put in place a new regime that serves their interests.

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A Report That Dares to Tell the Truth to Power
The Independent, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2011

Global commissions normally tell international leaders what they want to hear. But the Global Commission on Drug Policy – which has called on the services of distinguished names such Paul Volcker, Kofi Annan, Mario Vargas Llosa and Javier Solana – has done something very different. Instead of telling world leaders what they want to hear, the commission has, instead, told them the truth.

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Israel and Palestine: Here Comes Your Non-Violent Resistance
The Economist, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2011

Will we even bother to acknowledge that the Palestinians are protesting non-violently? Or will we soldier on with the same empty decades-old rhetoric, now drained of any truth or meaning, because it protects established relationships of power? What will it take to make Americans recognise that the real Martin Luther King-style non-violent Palestinian protestors have arrived, and that Israeli soldiers are shooting them with real bullets?

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The Guantánamo Papers
The New York Times, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2011

Innocent men were picked up on the basis of scant or nonexistent evidence and subjected to lengthy detention and often to abuse and torture. Some people were released who later acted against the United States. Inmates who committed suicide were regarded only as a public relations problem. There are seriously dangerous prisoners at Guantánamo who cannot be released but may never get a real trial because the evidence is so tainted. Hampered by ideologues and cowards in Congress, President Obama has made scant progress in healing it.

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An Opportunity for Peace That Must Not Be Squandered
The Independent, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2011

The EU made a serious mistake five years ago when it refused to recognise Hamas.

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How the Wheels of This Misadventure Were Oiled
The Independent, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2011

Tony Blair has always maintained that Iraq’s oil reserves did not cross his mind in the run-up to the 2003 invasion. But Iraq’s abundant oil supplies had certainly crossed the minds of the British energy giant BP. As this newspaper reported yesterday [19 Apr 2011], documents reveal that the oil company discussed Iraq’s fossil fuel reserves in considerable detail with government officials in late 2002.

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Fukushima: Openness Can Be the Only Policy
The Independent, Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2011

Panic and nuclear technology go together. But that does not mean the nuclear authorities in Japan, as elsewhere in the world, should withhold information. It means the opposite. The more educated public opinion becomes, the less purchase alarmist scares and inaccurate comparisons will have. Honesty and openness is the best long-term strategy for the nuclear industry if it is to stand any chance of playing a major part in meeting the world’s future energy needs.

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