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

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

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Here’s Why We Can’t Rush a COVID-19 Vaccine
Patrick Boyle | Association of American Medical Colleges - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

Vaccines have saved humanity from countless scourges, including measles, polio, and smallpox. But the process of producing a safe, effective vaccine is necessarily painstaking, as the risk of harm is real.

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Net Worth of US Billionaires Has Soared by $1 Trillion to Total of $4 Trillion Since Pandemic Began
Americans for Tax Fairness and The Institute for Policy Studies | Global Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

10 Dec 2020 – The collective wealth of America’s 651 billionaires has jumped by over $1 trillion since roughly the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to a total of $4 trillion at market close on Monday, December 7, 2020. Wealth increase in 9 months exceeds $908 billion cost of Covid relief package GOP has stalled as too costly.

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

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

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California
Rafael Campo | Academy of American Poets – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

I wrote this poem to come to terms with some of my own conflicted feelings of shame, complicity, and privilege as I care for people with COVID-19 among my many other patients who continue to live with HIV, and to remember those who did not survive, recognizing my paradoxical power and helplessness as I witness the disproportionate burden of these diseases on people of color.”

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The Red Poppy (a Poem)
Louise Glück, Nobel Literature 2020 laureate | Academy of American Poets – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

Louise Glück is the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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To the Country
Rubén Darío | Academy of American Poets – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

“To the Country” originally appeared in Prosas Profanas and Other Poems (Nicholas L. Brown, 1922).

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These Poems
June Jordan | Academy of American Poets - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

These poems
they are things that I do

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Pandemics, Corruption, Profits (Part 1): All Roads Lead to Dark Winter
Whitney Webb and Raul Diego | The Last American Vagabond - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

1 Apr 2020 – The leaders of two controversial pandemic simulations that took place just months before the Coronavirus crisis – Event 201 and Crimson Contagion – share a common history, the 2001 biowarfare simulation Dark Winter. Dark Winter not only predicted the 2001 anthrax attacks, but some of its participants had clear foreknowledge of those attacks.

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Pandemics, Corruption, Profits (Part 2): How One of Big Pharma’s Most Corrupt Companies Plans to Corner the Covid-19 Cure Market
Whitney Webb and Raul Diego | The Last American Vagabond - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

9 Apr 2020 – One of the most politically-connected yet scandal ridden vaccine companies in the United States, with troubling ties to the 2001 anthrax attacks and opioid crisis, is set to profit handsomely from the current Coronavirus crisis.

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

6/9 Aug 2020 – A nuclear attack is almost too horrific to imagine. But take a few minutes and try to walk in the footsteps of the hibakusha, the survivors of the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Follow their journey from 6 and 9 August 1945 through a lifetime of advocacy to eliminate nuclear weapons.

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Pandemics, Corruption, Profits (Part 3): Head of the Hydra–The Rise of Robert Kadlec
Whitney Webb and Raul Diego | The Last American Vagabond - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

14 May 2020 – A powerful network of political operatives, a global vaccine mafia and their man in Washington.

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Henry David Thoreau (12 Jul 1817 – 6 May 1862)
Ann Woodlief | American Transcendentalism Web - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

Henry David Thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life, seeing little difference between them. One of his first memories was of staying awake at night “looking through the stars to see if I could see God behind them.” One might say he never stopped looking into nature for ultimate Truth.

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Helen Keller (27 Jun 1880 – 1 Jun 1968)
American Foundation for the Blind – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, as well as co-founder of the ACLU.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (25 May 1803 – 27 Apr 1882)
American Transcendentalism Web – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

Emerson had become quite famous, a major figure in the American literary landscape, a celebrity which brought both adulation and satire. He had been a profound inspiration for many writers, especially Henry Thoreau and Walt Whitman.

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West Point Prof Pens Blistering Takedown of U.S. Military Academies
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos | The American Conservative – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

17 Feb 2020 – What do you call a civilian law professor who, after successfully filing for federal whistleblower status to keep his job teaching at West Point Military Academy, proceeds to write a bombshell book about the systematic corruption, violence, fraud, and anti-intellectualism he says has been rampant at the historic institution for over a hundred years?

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US Deploys New Low-Yield Nuclear Submarine Warhead
William M. Arkin and Hans M. Kristensen | Federation of American Scientists – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

29 Jan 2020 – The US Navy has now deployed the new W76-2 low-yield Trident nuclear submarine warhead. Each W76-2 is estimated to have an explosive yield of about five kilotons. The remaining 18 missiles on each submarine like the Tennessee carry either the 90-kiloton W76-1 or the 455-kiloton W88. Each missile can carry up to eight warheads under current loading configurations.

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Richard Falk at the First Global Conference on Israeli Apartheid
If Americans Knew – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

29 Nov 2019 – “The policies and practices used by Israel to exercise control over the Palestinian people constitute apartheid under international criminal law. Perceiving the conflict through the prism of occupation rather than apartheid blocks all efforts to achieve a sustainable and just peace while giving Israel time needed to turn the occupation into a full-fledged annexation.”

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(Castellano) En Bolivia como en Palestina
Carlos Aznárez | Resumen Latinoamericano – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

20 nov 2019 – Bolivia se está pareciendo a Palestina. Esta dictadura boliviana de hoy, baleando desde helicópteros o tanquetas, torturando y asesinando, tiene además un odio de clase contra quienes gracias a un gobierno popular y revolucionario. En Palestina, el ocupante no solo se apodera de territorios, expulsando a los habitantes nativos, demoliendo sus viviendas y destruyendo sus cultivos, sino que también manifiesta un profundo odio hacia quienes, a pesar de las continuas persecuciones y masacres, mantienen un perfil de resistencia política y sobre todo cultural.

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What You Need to Know about the Bombings in Gaza
Mike Merryman-Lotze | American Friends Service Committee – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

On Nov. 12, 2019 the Israeli military assassinated Baha Abu al-Ata, a leading member of Islamic Jihad in Gaza, and his wife—sparking more violence in Gaza. Shortly after the killing, Islamic Jihad fired rockets into Israel. In response, Israel has launched extensive bombing attacks on Gaza, killing at least 34 Palestinians and injuring many others. One Israeli has been injured as a result of Palestinian rockets fire.

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Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change
Naomi Oreskes, Michael Oppenheimer and Dale Jamieson | Scientific American – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Aug 2019

19 Aug 2019 – Recent updates, suggesting that climate change and its impacts are emerging faster than scientists previously thought, are consistent with observations that we and other colleagues have made identifying a pattern in assessments of climate research of underestimation of certain key climate indicators, and therefore underestimation of the threat of climate disruption.

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Henry David Thoreau (12 Jul 1817 – 6 May 1862)
Ann Woodlief | American Transcendentalism Web - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jul 2019

Many readers mistake Henry’s tone in Walden and other works, thinking he was a cranky hermit. That was far from the case, as one of his young neighbors and Edward Emerson attest. He found greater joy in his daily life than most people ever would. He traveled often, to the Maine woods and to Cape Cod several times, and was particularly interested in the frontier and Indians.

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Helen Keller (27 Jun 1880 – 1 Jun 1968)
American Foundation for the Blind – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, as well as co-founder of the ACLU.

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These Are the Banks and Financial Institutions Investing $748 Billion in Nuclear Weapon Producers
ICAN – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2019

5 Jun 2019 – Today, PAX and ICAN have co-published a report showing how banks and pension funds are financing the companies involved in the production of nuclear weapons: Shorting our security. Financing the companies that make nuclear weapons. This is what you need to know:

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

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

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Will 5G Cell Phone Technology Lead to Dramatic Population Reduction as Large Numbers of Men Become Sterile?
Michael Snyder | End of the American Dream – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2019

3 Mar 2019 – I know that the title of this article is controversial, but the scientific research that has been done in this area inevitably leads us to some conclusions that are inescapable. Our current cell phone technology produces electromagnetic radiation that damages male fertility, and the radiation produced by the new 5G technology will be much more powerful and therefore much more dangerous.

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America’s Permanent-War Complex
Gareth Porter | The American Conservative - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

Nov/Dec 2018 Issue – Eisenhower’s worst nightmare has come true, as defense mega-contractors climb into the cockpit to ensure we stay overextended. The privatization of military and intelligence institutions began even before the end of the Cold War. It is a system of war that powerful arms contractors and their bureaucratic allies may have the ability to maintain indefinitely.

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Johan Galtung and Amy Goodman Talk Peace, Justice, Empire, Occupation
American Friends Service Committee – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2018

A dialogue between sociologist Johan Galtung, “Father of Peace and Conflict Studies,” and Amy Goodman of Democracy NOW! Sponsored by the Envision Peace Museum, American Friends Service Committee.

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Vatican Conference on Peace Journalism: Empathy, Not Only Sympathy
Francesca Merlo – Vatican News, 15 Oct 2018

13 Oct 2018 – Four peace journalists spoke today in an International Conference on “Peace Journalism”, at the Vatican. Professor Johan Galtung, the creator of the concept and one of the speakers, defines PJ as “editors and reporters making choices – about what to report, and how to report it – that create opportunities for society at large to consider and to value nonviolent responses to conflict.”

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Nicaragua: A View from the Left
Jeffrey L. Gould | NACLA-North American Congress on Latin America – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

Making sense of Daniel Ortega’s slow betrayal of the Nicaraguan revolution.

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Israel Advocate Ravich Named to Senior Intelligence Post, Planned US-Israel Cyber Project against BDS
If Americans Knew – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

28 Aug 2018 – New deputy chair of the Intelligence Advisory Board, which helps shape U.S. intelligence policy, is Samantha Ravich–an Israel advocate who previously worked for AIPAC spinoff WINEP, was a senior advisor to pro-Israel FDD, senior advisor to the Chertoff Group. See video of her speech at Israel Bonds event, where she describes a cyber project that will combat BDS.

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How the Media Keep Americans in the Dark about the Slaughter in Yemen
CJ Werleman – American Herald Tribune, 27 Aug 2018

18 Aug 2018 – The US Department of Defense has tried to downplay the United States role in what must surely constitute a war crime and/or a crime against humanity by either arguing it’s still investigating the matter or by disingenuously minimizing its involvement.

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

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

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Henry David Thoreau (12 Jul 1817 – 6 May 1862)
Ann Woodlief | American Transcendentalism Web - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jul 2018

Henry David Thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life, seeing little difference between them. Born in 1817, one of his first memories was of staying awake at night “looking through the stars to see if I could see God behind them.” One might say he never stopped looking into nature for ultimate Truth.

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Are al-Qaeda Affiliates Fighting Alongside U.S. Rebels in Syria’s South?
Sharmine Narwani – The American Conservative, 2 Jul 2018

25 Jun 2018 –Russian-brokered reconciliation talks in southern Syria fell apart when Western-backed militants rejected a negotiated peace. Al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise—the Nusra Front—appears to be deeply entrenched alongside these U.S.-backed militants in key, strategic towns and villages scattered throughout the south. If forced to choose, Israel prefers the presence of terrorist groups to Iranian influence.

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Helen Keller (27 Jun 1880 – 1 Jun 1968)
American Foundation for the Blind – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jun 2018

American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, as well as co-founder of the ACLU.

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The Continuing Cost of War
Arnie Alpert | American Friends Service Committee – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 May 2018

23 May 2018 – Fifty-one years ago, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King warned that “a nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” The loss of lives, lasting trauma, and the diversion of resources from our communities.

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Audio Interview with Johan Galtung on Peace Journalism
Vatican News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 May 2018

8 May 2018 – Galtung answers the questions, Why is it so difficult for the media to inform about peace? Why does it appear it to be interested only in war? “It is because they don’t know how to write about it, they don’t even know how to conceptualize peace,” he says.

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‘Peace Journalism’ To Help Build a More Peaceful World
Vatican News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

8 May 2018 – Pope Francis dedicated his Message for World Communications Day 2018 to “peace journalism” and Galtung expressed his gratitude for this. He said he believes that Pope Francis is one of the greatest positive figures of our time and “obviously I am deeply struck by his stance on a concept such as “peace journalism” and find his support a great boost.

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day
Pope Francis | Libreria Editrice Vaticana – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

I would like to invite everyone to promote a journalism of peace. By that, I do not mean the saccharine kind of journalism that refuses to acknowledge the existence of serious problems or smacks of sentimentalism. On the contrary, I mean a journalism that is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines. A journalism less concentrated on breaking news than on exploring the underlying causes of conflicts, in order to promote deeper understanding and contribute to their resolution by setting in place virtuous processes. A journalism committed to pointing out alternatives to the escalation of shouting matches and verbal violence.

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An Exodus of Our Time – A Reflection on the Rohingya Crisis for the Passover Table
American Jewish World Services – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Apr 2018

A message of Passover from the American Jewish World Services.

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Clearing the Radioactive Rubble Heap That Was Fukushima Daiichi, 7 Years On
Tim Hornyak | Scientific American – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Mar 2018

The water is tainted, the wreckage is dangerous, and disposing of it will be a prolonged, complex and costly process.

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Stemming the Plastic Tide: 10 Rivers Contribute Most of the Plastic in the Oceans
Prachi Patel | Scientific American – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2018

1 Feb 2018 – Our seas are choking on plastic. A recent study estimates that more than a quarter of all that waste could be pouring in from just 10 rivers, eight of them in Asia.

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Associated Press Double Standard in Israel-Palestine Reporting
Kathryn Shihadah and Alison Weir | If Americans Knew – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

Associated Press is one of those news sources we expect to be objective and reliable. But when it comes to the subject of Israel-Palestine, things are not always as they seem.

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Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for World Communications Day
Pope Francis | Libreria Editrice Vaticana – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2018

24 Jan 2018 – “I would like to invite everyone to promote a journalism of peace. By that, I do not mean the saccharine kind of journalism that refuses to acknowledge the existence of serious problems or smacks of sentimentalism. On the contrary, I mean a journalism that is truthful and opposed to falsehoods, rhetorical slogans, and sensational headlines. A journalism less concentrated on breaking news than on exploring the underlying causes of conflicts, in order to promote deeper understanding and contribute to their resolution by setting in place virtuous processes. A journalism committed to pointing out alternatives to the escalation of shouting matches and verbal violence.”

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Reconciliation in Northern Nigeria – The Space for Public Apology
African Books Collective – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Nov 2017

In this book, Dr. Olufemi Oluniyi takes a fresh look at Muslim-Christian violence which has become synonymous with the name of Northern Nigeria. It is fresh in the sense that he takes a historical approach to the problem, dating back to the founding of Northern Nigeria. This approach inevitably brings to the fore the culpability of the colonial government for the institutionalisation of inequality.

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Harvard Crimson Ad Asks if Anti-BDS Harvard Profs “Only Care about Certain Lives”
If Americans Knew – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2017

30 Aug 2017 – A full-page advertisement in today’s Harvard Crimson asks, “Do some Harvard Professors only care about certain lives?” The ad refers to a statement signed by 71 Harvard professors in the health, medical, and life sciences fields that opposed the international academic boycott of Israel.

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Henry David Thoreau (12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862)
Ann Woodlief | American Transcendentalism Web - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

Henry David Thoreau was a complex man of many talents who worked hard to shape his craft and his life, seeing little difference between them. One of his first memories was of staying awake at night “looking through the stars to see if I could see God behind them.” One might say he never stopped looking into nature for ultimate Truth.

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Quantum Computers Compete for “Supremacy”
Neil Savage | Scientific American – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2017

5 Jul 2017 – Two technologies may be on the verge of surpassing even the most powerful digital computers in a year or so, but key challenges remain unsolved.

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Helen Keller (27 Jun 1880 – 1 Jun 1968)
American Foundation for the Blind – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, as well as co-founder of the ACLU.

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The Plant That Everyone Has, but Nobody Knows That it Makes Cancer Cells Disintegrate within 48 Hours
Native American’s – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 May 2017

Quick – what’s the best use for dandelions? If you’re like most people, you probably can’t think of an answer, or maybe think of dandelion wine – but we’re here to tell you it’s something much, much better!

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Putting a Value on Injuries to Natural Assets: The BP Oil Spill
Richard C. Bishop, et al* | American Association for the Advancement of Science – Science Magazine, 24 Apr 2017

21 Apr 2017 – BP Oil Spill Damage to Natural Resources Valued at $17.2 Billion, Scientists Find: When large-scale accidents cause catastrophic damage to natural or cultural resources, government and industry are faced with the challenge of assessing the extent of damages and the magnitude of restoration that is warranted.

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(Castellano) ¿Y el Estado? Perú y Ecuador frente a El Niño
Maria Florencia Pagliarone | CELAG Centro Estratégico Latinoamericano de Geopolítica – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

20 Mar 2017 – En los últimos días, el fenómeno de El Niño ha desatado su furia contra las costas de Ecuador y Perú. La inclemencia climática definida como un calentamiento de la superficie de las aguas del Pacífico se caracteriza por el ingreso de una masa superficial de aguas cálidas en el mar, lo que genera el aumento de la temperatura de la masa de agua e intensas lluvias.

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The Hidden Monopolies That Raise Drug Prices
David Dayen | The American Prospect – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

How Pharmacy Benefit Managers Morphed from Processors to Predators – Under fire for their many drug-pricing scandals, from Martin Shkreli to Valeant, the pharmaceutical industry has tried to deflect blame by citing PBMs .

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Powerful Resignation Letter by UN’s Rima Khalaf about Removal of Israel Apartheid Report
If Americans Knew – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2017

The following is the resignation letter by ESWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf in response to the formal request by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that ESCWA withdraw the publication of a scholarly report (below) that found Israel guilty of apartheid.

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The Role of Biodiversity Scientists in a Troubled World
Arturo Gómez-Pompa | American Institute of Biological Sciences, Oxford University Press – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Mar 2017

As a society, we are torn apart by conflicting views on issues of enormous importance. In the debate on many of these issues, both sides have persuasive arguments for their position. I hear convincing views from opposite extremes: pro-war or antiwar, pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian, pro-GMO or anti-GMO, pro-life or pro-choice, pro-bioprospecting or anti-bioprospecting. I feel the anguish of having to take sides on issues I do not know well and whose reconciliation seems impossible.

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Detrimental Effects of New Executive Order on Syrian-American Physicians
Syrian American Medical Society – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2017

31 Jan 2017 – The Syrian American Medical Society-SAMS is deeply concerned that the Executive Order signed last week might compromise the ability to provide critical humanitarian and medical relief overseas, and could limit the education and professional careers of many aspiring Syrian students and physicians. There are currently more than 5,000 Syrian-American physicians working across the U.S., including about 1,000 SAMS members.

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United Nations Meet to Turn Climate Pledges into Action
Annie Sneed | Scientific American – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Nov 2016

Systems to track and review each country’s progress will be put into place. The Conference of the Parties (COP 22) and the Kyoto Protocol (CMP 12) will be held in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016.

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(Castellano) Haití, herida abierta de América Latina
Gisela Brito | CELAG-Centro Estratégico Latinoamericano de Geopolítica – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2016

Luego del terremoto de 2010, la Minustah, las ONG’S y una minúscula pero poderosa élite local gobiernan el país. Las consecuencias no pueden ser peores para la mayoría de la población. La debilidad institucional y los intereses predatorios se conjugan para dar lugar a un millonario negocio que florece día a día desviando fondos destinados a ayuda humanitaria y reconstrucción ante el encubridor mutismo de la «comunidad internacional»

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The Surveillance State Descends on the Dakota Access Pipeline Spirit Camp
Sabrina King and Will Munger | American Civil Liberties Union-ACLU – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Oct 2016

10 Oct 2016 – For the past six weeks, the Morton County Sheriff’s Office has dramatically increased its surveillance of the gathering, militarized the county, and taken action to suppress the religious expression of the indigenous people gathered at Sacred Stone.

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Toward a Global Realignment
Zbigniew Brzezinski | The American Interest – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2016

As its era of global dominance ends, the United States needs to take the lead in realigning the global power architecture.

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Greenland Ice Melt Could Expose Hazardous Cold War Waste
Andrea Thompson | Climate Central, Scientific American – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2016

The military abandoned the ice-tunnel complex with tons of chemicals and radioactive materials.

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Henry David Thoreau (12 July 1817 – 6 May 1862)
Ann Woodlief | American Transcendentalism Web - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2016

Born in 1817, one of his first memories was of staying awake at night “looking through the stars to see if I could see God behind them.” One might say he never stopped looking into nature for ultimate Truth.

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Helen Keller (27 Jun 1880 – 1 Jun 1968)
American Foundation for the Blind – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2016

American educator Helen Keller overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century’s leading humanitarians, as well as co-founder of the ACLU.

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What Race Were the Greeks and Romans? The Evidence Is Clear — but Often Ignored
John Harrison Sims | American Renaissance – Unz Review, 23 May 2016

The Encyclopædia Britannica published in 1911, “Survival of fair hair and complexion and light eyes among the upper classes in Thebes and some other localities shows that the blond type of mankind which is characteristic of north-western Europe had already penetrated into Greek lands before classical times.” It added that the early Greeks, or Hellenes, were Nordic, one of “the fair-haired tribes of upper Europe known to the ancients as Keltoi.” Sixty years ago even Bertrand Russell, the British philosopher and socialist, believed that the Hellenes “were fair-haired invaders from the North, who brought the Greek language with them.”

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Ken Livingstone Isn’t On Trial, Zionism Is
American Herald Tribune – Mint Press News, 9 May 2016

In subjecting Ken Livingstone to trial-by-media over his comments on Zionism, his detractors have also unwittingly placed Zionism itself on trial.

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Ocean’s Oxygen Starts Running Low
Niina Heikkinen | ClimateWire – Scientific American, 9 May 2016

Rising levels of CO2 are making it hard for fish to breathe in addition to exacerbating global warming and ocean acidification.

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People Still Don’t Get the Link between Meat Consumption and Climate Change
Annick de Witt – Scientific American, 25 Apr 2016

A new kind of messaging could make it easier to appreciate the enormous benefits of moving away from a meat-heavy diet. Considering that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time, wouldn’t we want people to know the power of a simple solution that is in their own hands?

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Thirty States Ratify Establishment of African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights
African Union – Human Wrongs Watch, 15 Feb 2016

Chad becomes 30th AU Member State to ratify the Protocol on the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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What Is Happening in Haiti Is a Genuine Anti-Imperialist Popular Revolt
Carlos Aznárez, Resumen Latinoamericano – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2016

23 Jan 2016 – Port-au-Prince and other Haitian cities are today the stage of the largest popular uprising in decades of the suffering Haitian nation.

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Striking Distance: The Violence We See, and Don’t See, Onstage
Russell Vandenbroucke – American Theatre, 26 Oct 2015

From the Greeks to ‘Disgraced,’ direct violence has been a theatrical staple. Structural violence, though harder to stage, is also the stuff of drama. —“Structural violence refers to inequalities built into the social system.” The term is usually attributed to Norwegian scholar Johan Galtung, who also coined “cultural violence.”

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In Memoriam: Donald Neff, Journalist (1930-2015)
Alison Weir, If Americans New – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2015

One of the top journalists to report on Palestine-Israel has died May 10. Many activists in the growing Palestine solidarity movement are unaware that he exposed critical facts about Palestine with unparalleled precision and elegance. Much of the information he uncovered is still significant today.

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Encyclical Letter ‘Laudato Si’ of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home
The Vatican – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2015

It is my hope that this Encyclical Letter, which is now added to the body of the Church’s social teaching, can help us to acknowledge the appeal, immensity and urgency of the challenge we face. Given in Rome at Saint Peter’s on 24 May, the Solemnity of Pentecost, in the year 2015, the third of my Pontificate. — Franciscus

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Worldwide Nuclear Modernization Programs
Federation of American Scientists, 11 May 2015

Hans Kristensen, director of the Federation of American Scientists’ Nuclear Information Project, at the United Nations on April 28 [2015] examined in depth the “modernization” programs of Russia and the United States, and provided overviews of the nuclear weapon activities of the other seven nuclear-armed nations (United Kingdom, France, China, Israel, India, Pakistan and North Korea).

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South African Airways Bans the Transport of Hunting Trophies on All Their Carriers
Gerhard Jacobs – The South African, 4 May 2015

No more lion heads and leopard-skins for those who seek to plunder Africa’s eco resources as SAA takes a hard line against hunters. It’s a leap in the right direction and conservationists have hailed SAA as a beacon of action among major corporations.

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Non-Proliferation Treaty: US Attempts to Bully Allies into Inaction
International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2015

Mar 18, 2015 – The Norwegian Under Secretary of State admitted that Norway has been ‘demarched’ by the USA to not sign the pledge to fill the legal gap on nuclear weapons. This revelation follows a recent story exposing similar pressures directed towards Japan to prevent them from supporting the pledge.

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Wikimedia vs. NSA: Challenge to Mass Surveillance under the FISA Amendments Act
ACLU-American Civil Liberties Union – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2015

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are: Wikimedia Foundation, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International USA, PEN American Center, Global Fund for Women, The Nation Magazine, The Rutherford Institute, and The Washington Office on Latin America.

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Merry Christmas: UN Declares Arms Trade Treaty to Go Into Effect Dec. 24 [2014]
Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. – The New American, 29 Dec 2014

On its official website, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (yes, that’s really a thing and yes, it is housed right here in the United States) announced that the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) “will enter into force on 24 December 2014.” Merry Christmas!

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Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention
Christoph Vogel, African Arguments – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Nov 2014

Peaceland helps us understand the culture(s) of expatriates and the respectively uneasy relationship between the foreign interveners and the local population. While it does not bring up a new grand theory to analyse external intervention in a larger sense, it is certainly by far the best ‘thick description’ of the expatriate world.

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Secrecy News – Identity Intelligence and Special Operations
Steven Aftergood - Federation of American Scientists, 4 Aug 2014

“Identity intelligence” is a relatively new intelligence construct that refers to the analysis and use of personal information, including biometric and forensic data among others, to identify intelligence targets of interest and to deny them anonymity.

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Study: Diet, Exercise May Prevent Dementia
Gary Stix – Scientific American, 28 Jul 2014

New research suggests a multi-pronged approach may be most effective in preserving brain health long-term.

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Absolutely Nothing: A Veteran’s Savage Indictment of the Iraq War
Jim Wright, Americans Against the Tea Party – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jul 2014

The same old motley cast of characters, the warhawks and the chickenhawks and the billionaires and the simple-minded saber-rattlers and the same old hate-filled pundits, they just can’t wait to jump back into Iraq…. Why? Is it to end terrorism? Is it to enforce peace at the muzzle of a gun? Is it it to make defense contractors rich? Is it for jobs? Or is it for magic flying bunnies who shoot rainbows and cheap gasoline out of their … to the sound of Yankee Doodle Dandy?

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They Knew Our Secrets. One Year Later, We Know Theirs.
American Civil Liberties Union – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Jun 2014

One year ago, the world had never heard of Edward Snowden, and we knew very little about the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance. One year later, we know more than ever before about our government’s mass surveillance apparatus. We now have the power to rein it in.

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A Message From Edward Snowden, One Year Later
Edward Snowden – American Civil Liberties Union, 9 Jun 2014

4 Jun 2014 – Below is an email ACLU supporters received from Edward Snowden this morning, one year to the day since The Guardian broke the first in a series of revelations exposing the breathtaking scope of U.S. government surveillance.

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Whales: Their Emerging Right to Life
Anthony D'Amato (with Sudhir K. Chopra) - American Journal of International Law, 19 May 2014

Writers of science fiction have often speculated about what it would be like to discover, on a planet in outer space, a much higher form of intelligence. How would we react to those creatures? Would we be so fearful of them that we would try to kill them? Or would we welcome the opportunity to attempt to understand their language and culture?

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America’s Torture Doctors
Philip Giraldi – The American Conservative, 24 Mar 2014

For me one of the most horrifying revelations about the torture carried out by the CIA at its black sites, and the military at its prisons, was that medical doctors not only stood by to monitor the process but were also involved in providing advice to make the torture both mentally and physically more effective.

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World’s Largest Grid Operator Reveals Why Increased Wind Energy Means Increased Savings
Michael Goggin, American Wind Energy Association – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Mar 2014

The largest grid operator in the world, serving 60 million customers, issued the final results of a major wind integration study on Monday [3 Mar 2014] and they are even better than the preliminary results.

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Old Testament Armed Forces
Philip Giraldi – The American Conservative, 24 Feb 2014

Religious zealotry runs rampant in the U.S. military, and among those wishing to deploy it. The connection between America’s wars with the more fundamentalist forms of Christianity in the US is striking. Opinion polls suggest that the more religiously conservative one is, the more one will support overseas wars or even war crimes.

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UN Claims Uruguay Not Allowed to End Marijuana Prohibition
Alex Newman, New American – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2013

UN narcotics bureaucrats, whose generous tax-funded salaries depend on the perpetuation of the war on various plants and substances, have responded with outrage and concern. The controversial global body is now under fire after claiming that Uruguay’s recent decision to end marijuana prohibition violates “international law.”

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Resolution on Academic Boycott of Israel
American Studies Association – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2013

It is resolved that the American Studies Association endorses and will honor the call of Palestinian civil society for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions. It is also resolved that the ASA supports the protected rights of students and scholars everywhere to engage in research and public speaking about Israel-Palestine and in support of the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement.

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Statement from Edward Snowden
ACLU-American Civil Liberties Union – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2013

The German magazine Der Spiegel published a statement Sunday [3 Nov 2013] from Edward Snowden that it translated from English to German. Snowden has provided the ACLU with the original English text.

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What Is the Obama-Backed Free Syrian Army?
Alex Newman – New American, 23 Sep 2013

The outfit’s main selling point appears to be that, as opposed to the more effective fighting forces in Syria, the Free Syrian Army is not technically al-Qaeda. But what is the Free Syrian Army, really? Virtually everyone agrees that it is dominated by Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood and various other hardline Salafist groups known for violently seeking sharia law and strict enforcement of their interpretation of Islamic doctrine.

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The Left vs. the Liberal Media
Neil Clark – The American Conservative, 20 May 2013

Media Lens Debunks the BBC’s Humanitarian Interventionists

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Evidence Shows [NATO Supported] Syrian Rebels Behind Chemical Attack
Raven Clabough – The New American, 1 Apr 2013

27 Mar 2013 – Reports of a chemical weapon attack in Syria’s Aleppo Province last week provoked leaders and politicians, particularly in the West, to advocate more fiercely for the overthrow of the Assad regime, despite the vague details surrounding the attack. Current data seem to suggest, however, that it was not government forces behind the attack, but rebel forces.

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How the Media Sanitize Honduras’s Brutal Regime
Keane Bhatt – North American Congress on Latin America-NACLA, 11 Mar 2013

On the evening of Saturday, September 22 [2012], human rights lawyer Antonio Trejo stepped outside a wedding ceremony to take a phone call. Standing in the church parking lot he was shot six times by unknown assailants. In this insulated world, Honduran victims of economic hardship and state terror remain invisible. Pinochet, the original administrator of shock therapy, distilled the insouciance of today’s intellectual and media culture when, in 1979, he remarked, “I trust the people all right; but they’re not yet ready.”

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What’s at Stake in the Central African Republic?
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor - Pan-African News Wire, 7 Jan 2013

Neo-Colonial Intrigue, Minerals, Militarism and the Struggle for Sovereignty and Unity

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Should Scientists and Engineers Resist Taking Military Money?
John Horgan – Scientific American, 19 Nov 2012

In recent years several professional societies, notably the American Psychological Association and the American Anthropological Association, have been wracked by debates over whether members should consult for the armed forces or other defense agencies. My guess is that such disputes will become more common, as ethical ideals collide with economic realities.

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Iceland’s Economy Now Growing Faster Than the U.S. And EU after Arresting Corrupt Bankers
American Live Wire – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Oct 2012

Iceland didn’t follow the rest of the world by bailing out bankers. Surprisingly, they arrested them instead. Now their economy is recovering faster than the EU and the United States.

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MEK Delisting is a Gift to the Regime, a Disaster for the Iranian People and the U.S.
National Iranian American Council – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Sep 2012

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) deplores the decision to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations. The decision opens the door to Congressional funding of the MEK to conduct terrorist attacks in Iran, makes war with Iran far more likely, and will seriously damage Iran’s peaceful pro-democracy movement as well as America’s standing among ordinary Iranians.

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The Democrats’ Jerusalem Arithmetic: When Israel Is Concerned, Half = Two-Thirds
Alison Weir, IfAmericansKnew – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Sep 2012

We’re Tired of Pretend Democracy – Not often is a political fix so public. The Democratic committee that develops the party’s campaign platform recently failed to include the apparently obligatory “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel” pronouncement. In fact, I believe an uprising in the United States may be coming. People are tired of wars and killing, and of being sold a pack of goods by both parties using lies, deception, and manipulation.

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