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Israel’s UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan Does World a Favor by Making Plain Israel’s Doomed-to-Fail Strategy
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2024

14 May 2024 – Likud’s tactical approach relies entirely on the U.S. for Israel’s security, as the sole blocking force in a world community that is increasingly united and aghast at massive Israeli war crimes. How much longer can they carry on this way?

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US & UK Again Fail Palestine
Jeffrey D. Sachs and Sybil Fares – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2024

18 Apr 2024 – The Two Powers That Have Done the Most to Wreck the Middle East – Both are currently actively backing Israel in its horrific genocide of Gaza.

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China’s Economic Success in Face of Growing U.S., EU Protectionism
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2024

4 Apr 2024 – The best solution for the world economy would be for China, USA and EU to maintain open trade and mutually agreed industrial policies. Yet if the US and Europe turn strongly protectionist against China, the best response for China is to hasten its successful and growing trade and financial relations with the emerging economies.

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The Infinite Hotel Paradox
Jeff Dekofsky | TED-Ed – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Apr 2024

The Infinite Hotel, a thought experiment created by German mathematician David Hilbert, is a hotel with an infinite number of rooms. Easy to comprehend, right? Wrong. Jeff Dekofsky solves some heady lodging issues using Hilbert’s paradox.

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The Urgency of Diplomacy
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2024

20 Mar 2024 – There has been a collapse of US diplomacy with Russia and China as Europe follows the Washington line. This creates an escalation that can lead to nuclear war. In the immortal words of JFK, “Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.”

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

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

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Achieving the Two-State Solution in the Wake of Gaza War
Jeffrey D. Sachs and Sybil Fares – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Mar 2024

5 Mar 2024 – Peace can come through the immediate implementation of the two-state solution, making the admission of Palestine to the UN the starting, not the ending point. The two-state solution is enshrined in international law and is the only viable path to a long-lasting peace.

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How the CIA Destabilizes the World
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2024

12 Feb 2024 – There are three basic problems with the CIA: its objectives, methods, and unaccountability. Its operational objectives are whatever the CIA or the President defines to be in the U.S. interest at a given time, irrespective of international or U.S. laws. Its methods are secretive and duplicitous.

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The Biden-Schumer Plan to Kill More Ukrainians
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2024

8 Feb 2024 – The $61 billion will make no difference on the battlefield except to prolong the war, the tens of thousands of deaths, and the physical destruction of Ukraine.

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Israel Cannot Hide from the International Court of Justice
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2024

29 Jan 2024 – It is easy to be cynical about the international rule of law. When the ICJ declared that Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians, the U.S. State Department said, “We continue to believe that allegations of genocide are unfounded and note the court did not make a finding about genocide or call for a ceasefire in its ruling…”

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Pakistan: The US Toppling of Imran Khan
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2024

1 Feb 2024 – Covert regime-change strikes again. This time in Pakistan.

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Saving Israel by Ending Its War in Gaza
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jan 2024

1 Jan 2024 – The Israeli government argues that it is in a mortal fight for survival against Hamas, and therefore must take every measure, including the very destruction of Gaza, to survive. This is false.

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US Foreign Policy Is a Scam Built on Corruption
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jan 2024

26 Dec 2023 – In the past 20 years, every US foreign policy objective has failed. The Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan. Post-Saddam Iraq is dependent on Iran. Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad stayed in power. Libya fell into a protracted civil war after Gaddafi. Ukraine was bludgeoned by Russia in 2023 as the US secretly scuttles a peace agreement Russia-Ukraine in 2022.

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United Nations Honor, United States Shame in Gaza
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2023

11 Dec 2023 – By voting to stop Israel’s war on Gaza by a vote of 13 YES, 1 NO (USA), and 1 abstention (UK), the UNSC put itself on the side of international law on Friday [8 Dec].

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Trilateral Missile Defense System a Step towards Asian NATO
Jeffrey Wagner and Dae-Han Song | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Dec 2023

29 Nov 2023 – The United States, Japan and South Korea will fully operationalize a missile warning system “by the end of December.” While justified as a means to counter North Korea, it escalates tensions in the region with China through the “NATOfication” of the three countries.

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A Framework for Peace in Palestine and Israel
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2023

15 Nov 2023 – This peace would not be the result of direct Israel-Palestine negotiations but instead be secured through the powers of the UNSC and UN General Assembly.

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Saving Israel and Palestine through the United Nations
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Oct 2023

16 Oct 2023 – Following Hamas’ attacks on Israeli civilians, Israeli military strategists are threatening the ethnic cleansing of Gaza. This would be another Nakba, akin to the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their homes and land in 1948. If Israel commits war crimes in Gaza in the face of global calls for restraint, Israel would put its fundamental national security at risk.  

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Beyond the Neocon Debacle to Peace in Ukraine
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2023

3 Oct 2023 – The neocons have created utter disasters in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and now Ukraine. The US has not yet held the neocons to account, since foreign policy is carried out with little public or Congressional scrutiny to date. Mainstream media have sided with the slogans of the neocons.

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NATO Admits That Ukraine War Is a War of NATO Expansion
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2023

19 Sep 2023 – During the Vietnam War, the US government treated the public like a mushroom farm: keeping it in the dark and feeding it with manure.  The heroic Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers documenting the unrelenting US government lies.  A half century later, in the Ukraine War, the manure is piled even higher. 

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‘Peace, War and 9/11’ Honors Late Peace Activist Graeme MacQueen
Jeff Mahoney | The Hamilton Spectator - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2023

1 Sep 2023 – The Westdale cinema is hosting world premiere of “Peace, War and 9/11,” a movie about the late Graeme MacQueen, founder of Centre of Peace Studies at McMaster University and a member of the TRANSCEND Network.

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The US Economic War on China
Jeffrey D. Sachs | The New World Economy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Sep 2023

31 Aug 2023 – Now the US is taking aim at China. Starting around 2015, US policy-makers came to view China as a threat rather than a trade partner due to China’s economic success. China’s economic rise really began to alarm US strategists when it announced in 2015 a “Made in China 2025” policy.

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How U.S. News Coverage of the Wars in Yemen and Ukraine Reveals a Bias in Recording Civilian Harm
Esther Brito Ruiz and Jeff Bachman | The Conversation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Aug 2023

3 Aug 2023 – War entails suffering. How and how often that suffering is reported on in the U.S., however, is not evenhanded. Take, for example, the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen in March 2015 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

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UN Special Rapporteur on Palestine: Israel Has Turned All of Palestine into ‘An Open-Air Prison’ to Further Annexation Plans
Jeff Wright | Mondoweiss - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2023

16 Jul 2023 – Francesca Albanese’s June report to the UN Human Rights Council says Israel uses physical, bureaucratic, military, and surveillance means to “de-Palestinianize” the occupied territory, threatening “the existence of the Palestinians as a people.”

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The Real History of the War in Ukraine
Jeffrey D. Sachs | The Kennedy Beacon – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2023

17 Jul 2023 – A Chronology of Events and Case for Diplomacy – The public urgently need to know the true history of the war in Ukraine. Unfortunately, US mainstream media have become mere mouthpieces of the government, repeating Joe Biden’s lies and hiding history from the public.

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Competing with the Dollar: BRICS Launches Game-Changing Gold-Backed Currency
Jeff | Crypto News Flash - TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2023

9 Jul 2023 – BRICS nations unveil a gold-backed digital currency that could challenge the US Dollar in global payments. It aims to enhance financial sovereignty, reduce reliance on existing monetary systems, and provide an alternative means of conducting global trade and accumulating reserves.

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The War in Ukraine Was Provoked—and Why That Matters to Achieve Peace
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2023

24 May 2023 – By recognizing that the question of NATO enlargement is at the center of this war, we understand why U.S. weaponry will not end this war. Only diplomatic efforts can do that.

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Jeffrey Sachs Testimony on COVID Origins
Jeffrey D. Sachs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2023

6 Mar 2023 – My reasons to believe that SARS-CoV-2 may have emerged from a laboratory are straightforward. If indeed that is the case, it reveals the remarkable danger of ongoing gain-of-function research unknown to the Congress and public. Key questions include the following.

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The New Geopolitics
Jeffrey D. Sachs | Horizons – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Feb 2023

Winter 2023 – Understanding the forces that are refiguring the international ‘system’ and what outcomes we can imagine.

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Jeffrey Sachs Highlights from Athens Democracy Forum
Jeffrey Sachs | Bryan Van Norden – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2023

Some highlights from Jeffrey Sachs’s comments at the 2022 Athens Democracy Forum session on “A Decade of Democracy: China and Russia.” Prof. Sachs is Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University.

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Jeffrey Sachs on World Peace, US Wars, NATO, and the Costs
Jeffrey Sachs | InvestoPads - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Nov 2022

12 Nov 2022 – Hegemonic USA Is Causing a Horrific Financial Crisis

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How Google’s Ad Business Funds Disinformation around the World
Craig Silverman, Ruth Talbot, Jeff Kao and Anna Klühspies | ProPublica – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2022

29 Oct 2022 – Google is funneling revenue to some of the web’s most prolific purveyors of false information in Europe, Latin America and Africa, a ProPublica investigation has found. The largest-ever analysis of Google’s ad practices on non-English-language websites reveals how the tech giant makes disinformation profitable.

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

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

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Why the Chair of the Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission Thinks the US Government Is Preventing a Real Investigation into the Pandemic
Jeffrey D. Sachs | Current Affairs - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2022

Prof. Jeffrey Sachs says he is “pretty convinced [COVID-19] came out of US lab biotechnology” and warns that there is dangerous virus research taking place without public oversight.

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Ukraine Is the Latest Neocon Disaster
Jeffrey D. Sachs | ScheerPost - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2022

1 Jul 2022 – If Europe has any insight, it will separate itself from these U.S. foreign policy debacles, writes Jeffrey D. Sachs.

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(Português) Rússia/EUA/Ucrânia: O que Está em Jogo
Federico Fubini, Jeffrey Sachs | Leonardo Boff – Corriere della Sera/TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2022

3 maio 2022 – Entrevista de Jeffrey Sachs, economista e especialista em desigualdade social, que como poucos articula a economia com a ecologia. Ele criticamente esclarece as posições dos EUA e da Rússia no contexto do conflito na Ucrânia. É importante conhecermos os dois lados para não sermos dependentes só da versão EUA-UE.

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Jeffrey Sachs Debunks the West’s Narrative and Policy in Ukraine
Jeffrey D. Sachs | CNN - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2022

Jeffrey Sachs tears the entire US/NATO narrative apart. One wonders how much longer he will be invited to appear in Western mainstream media–he simply knows too much, has a macro perspective, speaks with passion, and even uses the ‘p’ word, “peace”: A true menace to the empire system.

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

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

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The Meaning of the FDA Resignations
Jeffrey A. Tucker | Brownstone Institute - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2021

14 Sep 2021 – How significant is it that the two top US Food and Drug Administration officials responsible for vaccine research resigned last week and this week signed a letter in The Lancet that strongly warns against vaccine boosters? This is a remarkable sign that the project of government-managed virus mitigation is in the final stages before falling apart. 

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The Infinite Hotel Paradox
Jeff Dekofsky | TED – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

Enjoy your stay and good luck with your mind–don’t lose it!

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The Infinite Hotel Paradox
Jeff Dekofsky | TED – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

The Infinite Hotel is a hotel with an infinite number of rooms. Easy to comprehend, right? Wrong. What if it’s completely booked, but one person wants to check in? What about 40? Or an infinitely full bus of people? Jeff Dekofsky solves these heady lodging issues using Hilbert’s paradox. Enjoy your stay!

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Fools’ Crusade: Why United States Provocations towards China Will Lead to Disaster
Jeff J. Brown and Jeremy Kuzmarov | The Transnational - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

15 Dec 2020 – On July 21st, The New York Times ran a front-page article highlighting the revival of the Committee on the Present Danger, a Cold War organization that called for greater military spending to meet the Soviet threat, but whose focus is now on China. Joe Biden told Foreign Affairs that the U.S. needed to get tough with China calling Chinese leader Xi Jinping a “thug” who “doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body.” A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 73 per cent of Americans had an unfavourable view of China.

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The Assange Prosecution: A Haunting Reminder of What Happened in My Espionage Act Case
Jeffrey Sterling | The Dissenter - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

15 Dec 2020 – Jeffrey Sterling, a CIA whistleblower, responds to how his case has been invoked by prosecutors to help them win the WikiLeaks founder’s extradition.

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Fools’ Crusade: Why United States Provocations towards China Will Lead to Disaster
Jeff J. Brown and Jeremy Kuzmarov | Covert Action Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

25 Oct 2020 – On July 4, 2020, the U.S. Navy dispatched an unprecedented two aircraft carriers and four other warships to the South China Sea for naval maneuvers in waters claimed by China. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo subsequently broke with the official U.S. policy of neutrality in territorial conflicts in the South China Sea and declared that China’s claims to most of the Sea were “completely unlawful,” though most of the disputed territories had been part of China prior to being taken over by Japan in the 1895 Sino-Japanese War.

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How Trump Damaged Science — and Why It Could Take Decades to Recover
Jeff Tollefson | Nature - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

5 Oct 2020 – The US president’s actions have exacerbated the pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people in the United States, rolled back environmental and public-health regulations and undermined science and scientific institutions. Some of the harm could be permanent.

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America’s Unholy Crusade against China
Jeffrey D. Sachs | Project Syndicate - TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

5 Aug 2020 –

Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered an anti-China speech that was extremist, simplistic, and dangerous. If biblical literalists like Pompeo remain in power past November, they could well bring the world to the brink of a war that they expect and perhaps even seek.

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Former UN Climate Chief Calls for Civil Disobedience
Jeff McMahon | Forbes - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

24 Feb 2020 – In a book out tomorrow, the woman who led the negotiations for the Paris Agreement calls for civil disobedience to force institutions to respond to the climate crisis.

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Ray Dalio Says the Coming of Modern Monetary Theory Favored by Far Left Is ‘Inevitable’
Jeff Cox - CNBC, 2 Mar 2020

• Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio says the coming of Modern Monetary Theory is “inevitable” to address wealth disparity in the U.S.
• The idea is backed by presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
• Critics say using zero interest rates to finance big government spending could lead to hyperinflation.

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The Trouble with Donald Trump’s Clemencies and Pardons
Jeffrey Toobin – The New Yorker, 2 Mar 2020

19 Feb 2020 – Authoritarianism is usually associated with a punitive spirit—a leader who prosecutes and incarcerates his enemies. Authoritarians also dispense largesse, but they do it by their own whims, rather than pursuant to any system or legal rule. The former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, whose fourteen-year prison sentence was commuted, was a contestant on Trump’s TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.”

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The Infinite Hotel Paradox
Jeff Dekofsky | TED – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

The Infinite Hotel is a hotel with an infinite number of rooms. Easy to comprehend, right? Wrong. What if it’s completely booked, but one person wants to check in? What about 40? Or an infinitely full bus of people? Jeff Dekofsky solves these heady lodging issues using Hilbert’s paradox. Enjoy our stay!

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Europe’s Green Deal
Jeffrey D. Sachs | Project Syndicate – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

13 Dec 2019 – The Green Deal announced by the European Commission is a demonstration of European social democracy at work. A mixed economy, combining markets, government regulation, the public sector, and civil society, will pursue a mixed strategy, combining public goals, public and private investments, and public support.

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United Nations 75th Anniversary Resolution
Florencia Gor, Jeffery Huffines and Fergus Watt | Democratic World Federalists – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

12 Oct 2019 – Draft Resolution – Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

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How the Western Media Support State Terror – While Millions Die
Matthew Alford, Florian Zollman, Alan Macleod, Jeffery Klaehn and Daniel Broudy | Peace News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

Issue Aug/Sep 2019 – Five academics examine our media’s coverage of foreign affairs, in a piece censored (and then rejected) by a leading liberal publication.

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(Français) Comment les médias occidentaux soutiennent le terrorisme d’Etat qui fait des millions de victimes
Florian Zollman, Alan Macleod, Jeffery Klaehn, Daniel Broudy and Matthew Alford | Peace News – Le Grand Soir, 19 Aug 2019

21 juillet 2019 – Quatre universitaires examinent la couverture médiatique des affaires étrangères dans un article censuré (puis refusé) par une grande publication libérale.

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The Big Lie
Jeff Davis | Engaging Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jul 2019

End US terror wars and US drug wars!

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Refugees Are Finding Their Own Solutions – But Are Taking Great Risks in the Process
Dr Jeff Crisp | Refugee Law Initiative – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

19 Jun 2019 – Many of the world’s 25 million refugees are confronted with the prospect of a life in limbo. They are unable to go back to their own country because of continued persecution or violence there. They do not have the option of becoming citizens in the state that has offered them asylum. And they are unable to move on to another country because they lack the passports and visas that would allow them to do so.

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The Perils of Financialization
Lyndsey Jefferson and Matthew Oxenford | Chatham House – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

28 May 2019 – The enduring risks of the financial sector in the global economy and how the mistakes of the 2008 financial crisis continue to resonate. Financialization – it’s a bit of a buzzword, but what does it actually mean? In the most general sense, it means that financial services are taking up a larger and larger portion of the global economy. There are really two different types of financialization if you want to talk about this broadly.

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Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela
Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs | CEPR-Center for Economic and Policy Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

April 2019 – This paper looks at some of the most important impacts of the economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the US government since August of 2017. It finds that most of the impact of these sanctions has not been on the government but on the civilian population.

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‘Primitive People’: The Untold Story of UNHCR’s Historical Engagement with Rohingya Refugees
Jeff Crisp | HPN – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

‘These are primitive people. At the end of the day they will go where they are told to go.’ These were the words of a senior UN High Commissioner for Refugees staff member in 1993. The dismissive tone of the statement was emblematic of the organisation’s engagement with the Rohingya, which for many years showed limited respect for their rights and a readiness to abandon UNHCR’s own protection principles.

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CIA in Venezuela: 7 Rules for Regime Change
Jefferson Morley | Salon – Venezuelanalysis, 11 Feb 2019

1 Feb 2019 – As President Trump pulls U.S. troops out of Syria and Afghanistan, his secretary of state Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton are taking their frustrated interventionist impulses south to Venezuela. U.S. regime change operations in Latin America have seven consistent features.

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‘Primitive People’: The Untold Story of UNHCR’s Historical Engagement with Rohingya Refugees
Jeff Crisp | Humanitarian Practice Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

‘These are primitive people. At the end of the day they will go where they are told to go.’ These were the words of a senior UN High Commissioner for Refugees staff in 1993… In that respect, not to mention the incredible resilience that they have demonstrated since arriving in Bangladesh’s overcrowded refugee settlements, the Rohingya are anything but ‘primitive people’.

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Franklin Lamb (26 Feb 1942 – 13 Jul 2018), Requiescat in Pace
Jeffrey St. Clair and Raouf Halaby – CounterPunch, 8 Oct 2018

From TMS Editor: Franklin Lamb was an active member of the TRANSCEND Network whom I first met at a peace mission to Beirut and Damascus in 2013 along with delegates from around the world including Nobel Peace laureate Mairead Maguire. Franklin was an indefatigable, fearless, selfless fighter for Palestinian rights, peace and social justice in Syria and the Middle East. RIP dear friend and role model. I had no knowledge of his passing till now.

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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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The Infinite Hotel Paradox
Jeff Dekofsky | TED – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 May 2018

The Infinite Hotel, a thought experiment created by German mathematician David Hilbert, is a hotel with an infinite number of rooms. Easy to comprehend, right? Wrong.

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

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

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Ghosts in the Propaganda Machine
Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank - CounterPunch, 8 Jan 2018

5 Jan 2018 – Is this what online journalism looks like in the era of Russiagate fever? A fake writer catfishes CounterPunch and a dozen other online websites. A handful of her articles are published over a two-year period. Jeffrey St. Clair and Joshua Frank expose an entire network of internet trolls.

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The Logic of Drug Legalization
Jeff Berg - CounterPunch, 20 Nov 2017

15 Nov 2017 – The Drug Lords of today exist because of the extraordinary profits resulting from criminalization. Estimates run in the half a trillion range globally per year. Why drugs ought to be legalized.

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The CIA’s House of Horrors: Frank Olson’s Fatal Trip
Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn - CounterPunch, 13 Nov 2017

By the early 1950s the CIA’s relationship with drugs stretched from alliances with criminal smugglers of heroin to research in, and application of, lethal or mind-altering chemical agents… Unknown to those round the convivial table, the CIA’s Dr. Sidney Gottlieb had decided to spike the Cointreau with a heavy dose of LSD… Late that night Dr. Frank Olson, the army’s foremost expert on biological warfare, run across the room and jumped through a curtained and closed window, crashing down to the street from the tenth-floor room.

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Perpetrators of Genocide Say They’re ‘Good People’
Jeff Grabmeier | Ohio State University News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Oct 2017

5 Oct 2017 – Study Examined Testimony of Defendants in Rwandan Violence – The men who were tried for their role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide that killed up to 1 million people want you to know that they’re actually very good people. Researchers found that an “appeal to good character” was used by defendants more than all other explanations combined to say why they weren’t guilty of the horrible crimes they were accused of committing.

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No Walls in Ethiopia, Rather Open Doors—Even for Its Enemy
James Jeffrey | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Jun 2017

Ethiopia also hosts refugees from a plethora of other strife-torn countries. Its refugee population now exceeds 800,000—the highest number in Africa, and the 6th largest globally. “Ethiopia strongly believes that generous hosting of refugees will be good for regional relationships down the road.”

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The Deal Trump Should Strike with Putin
Jeffrey Tayler | Quillette – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2017

If Trump chooses not to pursue détente with Russia and continues with the current policy, then he would do well to recall Kissinger’s words: “the test of policy is how it ends, not how it begins.” He might also want to reflect on what President John F. Kennedy said in 1963, after the nearly catastrophic Cuban Missile Crisis: “Above all, while defending our vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war.” The détente outlined above would allow us to lessen the risk of such a confrontation.

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U.S. Military Personnel Deployments by Country
Jeff Desjardins | Visual Capitalist – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2017

18 Mar 2017 – The U.S. spends more on defense than the next 7 countries combined. Part of that money goes to supporting 200,000 troops abroad in 177 countries. Look at the charts.

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Making Solar Big Enough to Matter
Jeffrey Ball and Dan Reichermarch – The New York Times, 27 Mar 2017

China’s solar industry is expanding in ways that make it imperative for the United States to up its game.

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Donald Trump’s Dangerous China Illusions
Jeffrey D. Sachs - The Boston Globe, 13 Feb 2017

5 Feb 2017 – Today’s China offers a rude awakening for Americans who believe that the United States and the United States alone should dominate world power. Donald Trump seems to count himself among these neoconservatives, and China is their deepest phobia today… If Trump tries to provoke China into a new arms race or trade war, the results will be a huge debacle for the United States and a potential threat for the world.

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The Global War on Cash
Jeff Desjardins | The Money Project – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Jan 2017

18 Jan 2017 – There is a global push by lawmakers to eliminate the use of physical cash around the world. This movement is often referred to as “The War on Cash”, and there are three major players involved.

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The Fatal Expense of American Imperialism
Jeffrey D. Sachs – The Boston Globe, 7 Nov 2016

The far smarter approach will be to maintain America’s defensive capabilities but end its imperial pretensions. This, in practice, means cutting back on the far-flung network of military bases, ending wars of regime change, avoiding a new arms race (especially in next-generation nuclear weapons), and engaging China, India, Russia, and other regional powers in stepped-up diplomacy through the United Nations, especially through shared actions on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change, disease control, and global education.

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October: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Oct 2016

October 30, 1961 – The Soviet Union’s “Tsar Bomba,” the most powerful nuclear weapon ever constructed was detonated after being dropped from a TU-95 bomber at approximately four kilometers altitude over Novaya Zemlya Island in the Russian Arctic Sea. This hydrogen bomb formally designated RDS-220, which weighed about 27 tons and was eight meters long, had an estimated yield of 50 megatons or the equivalent of 3,800 Hiroshima bombs. The tremendous blast triggered a seismic shock wave, equivalent to an earthquake registered at 5.0 on the Richter Scale, that travelled around the world.

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US Illegal Immigration
Jeff Parker – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2016

Wall Solution

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September: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2016

September 25, 1959 – A U.S. Navy antisubmarine aircraft carrying an unarmed nuclear depth charge developed mechanical problems but was unable to reach land to make an emergency landing and crashed into the Puget Sound, Washington. The nuclear weapon was never recovered despite an extensive search. There remain deadly serious concerns about the very long-term radioactive contamination from this incident and hundreds of other similar Broken Arrows.

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August: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2016

August 8, 1994 – – In one of the twenty known incidents of the attempted illicit sale of Russian bomb-grade fissile materials in the last 25 years since the breakup of the Soviet Union, security officials at Munich International Airport in Germany arrested individuals who were caught in possession of 363.4 grams of plutonium – enough to make one or more radiological weapons or dirty bombs.

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July: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

July 1, 1991 – On this date, the Warsaw Pact (established in 1955 as a response to the 1949 establishment of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), also known in the Soviet bloc as The Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation, and Mutual Assistance signed by Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and the Soviet Union, formally dissolved as a communist military alliance. Yet NATO, 1949-present, not only continues to exist but has grown and expanded in order to further “contain Russia and protect former Soviet republics and Eastern European nations from Russian military aggression.”

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The Meaning of Brexit
Jeffrey D. Sachs | Project Syndicate – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2016

The Brexit vote was a triple protest: against surging immigration, City of London bankers, and European Union institutions, in that order. It will have major consequences.

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Bridges, Not Walls, Foster Peace and Security as Refugees Arrive
Jeff Pugh | PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2016

Calls for the exclusion of refugees ignore basic principles of human dignity while undermining the goal of keeping citizens safe. Extremists have used video clips of U.S. politicians’ xenophobic rhetoric as a recruiting tool, trying to convince Muslims that the United States will never welcome them, and that violence is the only way to deal with Westerners.

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This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2016

June 23, 1942 – The first nuclear weapons-related accident occurred on this date in the city of Leipzig, Germany involving Nazi atomic scientists Werner Heisenberg and Robert Doepel. While demonstrating Germany’s first neutron propagation experiment, workers checked the atomic pile for a heavy water leak. During the inspection, air leaked in igniting the uranium powder inside.

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The Political Economy of Dead Meat: Why Mad Cows are the Least of It
Jeffrey St. Clair & Alexander Cockburn – Counter Punch, 16 May 2016

Intensive meat production–these days mostly of beef, veal, pork, and chicken–is an act of violence: primarily, of course, an act of violence against the creatures involved. But it is also violence against nature and against poor people. The modern livestock industry economy and the passion for meat have radically altered the look of the planet.

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May: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason | Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2016

May 1, 1962 – A nuclear test code-named Beryl was conducted in French-occupied Algeria. However, due to improper sealing of the underground shaft, a spectacular mushroom cloud burst through the concrete cap venting highly radioactive dust and gas into the atmosphere. The plume climbed to 8,500 feet high and radiation was detected hundreds of miles away. This was just one of 210 nuclear weapons tests conducted by the French government in north Africa and the Pacific region in the period from 1960-96.

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April: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 Apr 2016

April 10, 1963 – In the past, eight nuclear submarines, six of them Soviet/Russian and the other two American, have sunk with dozens of nuclear ballistic missiles also lost at sea. Some of the nuclear reactors and warheads in these and other military vessels or aircraft lost at sea are leaking highly radioactive toxins affecting flora, fauna, and the health and well-being of millions of people.

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March: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 7 Mar 2016

March 11, 2011 – After a large magnitude earthquake and a powerful tsunami struck northeast Japan, three of the six nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-chi facility suffered partial meltdowns resulting in the evacuation of tens of thousands of nearby residents. Five years later, the disaster which has claimed more than 15,000 lives so far is an ongoing catastrophe.

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February: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2016

February 1, 1958 – As part of the U.S. strategy of massive (nuclear) retaliation, the UK agreed to station 60 nuclear-armed Thor intermediate-range ballistic missiles at four U.K. military bases. Royal Air Force personnel staffed the bases, but all the nuclear weapons that were provided remained in full U.S. ownership, custody, and control. These same missiles were put on high-alert status during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

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This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 11 Jan 2016

January 9, 1987 – Dean Rusk (1909-1994), a former Secretary of State (1961-69) under presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson who received many awards during his career including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, spoke out against nuclear weapons with a statement that, “Nuclear war not only eliminates all the answers, but eliminates all the questions.”

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A Secret History of the Monarch: How the Biotech Industry Conspired to Knock Off One of the World’s Rarest Butterflies
Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn - CounterPunch, 4 Jan 2016

On May 20 1999, Nature magazine sounded what might have been the death knell of the biotech food industry. John Losey, a professor of entomology at Cornell University, reported the ominous results of his laboratory study: Monarch caterpillars fed on milkweed leaves dusted with genetically modified corn pollen ate less, grew more slowly and suffered a higher mortality rate than those fed on leaves with normal pollen, or with no pollen at all. Nearly half of the GM pollen-fed caterpillars in the study died.

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October: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 5 Oct 2015

October 4, 1957 – The Soviet Union launched Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite, as the Space Age began. U.S. government leaders concerned that a missile capable of launching satellites might soon be able to place a nuclear warhead on U.S. or allied territory led to fears of a “missile gap.”

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September: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 7 Sep 2015

September 4, 1978 – War Resisters League (WRL) members and their supporters demonstrated against nuclear weapons and civilian nuclear power plants simultaneously in Red Square near the Kremlin in Moscow and on the White House front lawn in Washington, DC.

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NSA Spying Relies on AT&T’s ‘Extreme Willingness to Help’
Julia Angwin & Jeff Larson, ProPublica; Charlie Savage & James Risen, The New York Times; Henrik Moltke & Laura Poitras, special to ProPublica – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Aug 2015

15 Aug 2015 – The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic has relied on a single company: the telecom giant AT&T. It has given the N.S.A. access, through several methods covered under different legal rules, to billions of emails as they have flowed across its domestic networks.

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August: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 10 Aug 2015

August 6, 1945 – Colonel Paul Warfield Tibbets piloted the 509th Composite Group’s B-29 Superfortress bomber named Enola Gay, in honor of the pilot’s mother, from Tinian in the Marianas chain of Pacific Ocean islands to Hiroshima, Japan where the enriched uranium-fueled fission bomb code named “Little Boy” was dropped over a city of a quarter million inhabitants at 8:15:17 a.m. local time.

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Death by Debt in Greece: My Response to the German Finance Ministry
Jeffrey Sachs - Süddeutsche Zeitung, 3 Aug 2015

While the policy prescription of Dr. Ludger Schuknecht, senior economist at the Germany Finance Ministry, is certainly correct most of the time – countries should repay their debts and take the reform actions necessary to do so – it is also sometimes wrong. It was wrong in the case of Weimar Germany in the 1920s and early 1930s. It was wrong in the case of many Latin American countries in the 1980s. It was certainly wrong in Poland in 1989.

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David Graeber Interview: ‘So Many People Spend Their Working Lives Doing Jobs They Think Are Unnecessary’
Stuart Jeffries – The Guardian, 20 Jul 2015

The anarchist author, coiner of the phrase ‘We are the 99%’, talks about ‘bullshit jobs’, our rule-bound lives and the importance of play.

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July: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, 6 Jul 2015

July 1, 1968 – The U.S., U.K., the Soviet Union, and 58 other nations signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Preamble of the agreement, which today includes 191 state parties, referred explicitly to the need for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which has not yet been realized due mostly to the U.S. Senate’s unwillingness to ratify it.

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June: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
Jeffrey W. Mason, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

June 3, 1980 – President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski was awakened by his military assistant, General William Odom, around 2:30 a.m. and informed that NORAD’s computers had detected a launch of 2,200 Soviet ICBMs heading for U.S. targets. The incident was one of many so-called “false warnings.”

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New Snowden Documents Reveal Secret Memos Expanding Spying
Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Charlie Savage, Henrik Moltke - ProPublica & The New York Times, 8 Jun 2015

The Obama administration has stepped up the NSA’s warrantless surveillance program on U.S. soil to search for signs of hacking.

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The Silly Reason the Chinese Aren’t Allowed on the Space Station
Jeffrey Kluger – Time, 8 Jun 2015

China has been barred from the ISS since 2011, when Congress passed a law prohibiting official American contact with the Chinese space program due to national security. “National security,” of course, is the lingua franca excuse for any country to do anything it jolly well wants to do even if it has nothing to do with, you know, the security of the nation. But never mind.

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