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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Colin Dwyer | NPR - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

7 Jul 2020 – The Brazilian president, who has consistently downplayed the dangers of the virus, revealed his positive test result during nationally televised remarks today. “It came back positive,” he told reporters from behind a mask. He is just the second major world leader, after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to confirm he contracted the virus.

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In South Korea and China, Loosening Restrictions Brings Coronavirus Resurgence
NPR - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

13 May 2020 – South Korea is grappling with its largest infection clusters after social distancing restrictions were loosened this month. In Wuhan, China, authorities announced yesterday they will test the city’s entire population of 11 million after new cases cropped up. Both countries are responding to the resurgence of cases with aggressive contact tracing.

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CIA Used Prisoner as ‘Training Prop’ for Torture, Psychologist Testifies
Sacha Pfeiffer | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

23 Jan 2020 – A man accused of helping finance the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was subjected to “excessive” abuse at the hands of CIA interrogators who used him as a training tool for employees learning the agency’s torture techniques, according to testimony from James Mitchell , the psychologist who helped design the torture program.

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Amazon Rainforest Sees Biggest Spike in Deforestation in Over a Decade
Colin Dwyer | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019 – Picture, for a second, just how vast New York City is. All told, including Staten Island, the Bronx and every block in between, the massive metropolis takes up more than 300 square miles. Now, try to picture a hunk of land more than 12 times that size. That’s about how much of the Amazon rainforest was destroyed in just the span of a year, according to Brazilian authorities.

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The Mysterious Death of the Hacker Who Turned in Chelsea Manning
Dina Temple-Raston | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

19 Sep 2019 – Debbie Scroggin and her husband live at the end of a series of gravel roads in a lonesome part of Kansas. It is the kind of place where, Debbie says, “you have to drive 15 minutes to get anywhere.” It was easy to think that someone might come here to either get lost or be forgotten. Scroggin remembers Adrian Lamo arriving on a night train with nothing but a broken suitcase and a hangdog expression.

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The ‘Great Dying’ Nearly Erased Life on Earth. Scientists See Similarities to Today
Christopher Joyce | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jun 2019

4 Jun 2019 – There was a time when life on Earth almost blinked out. The “Great Dying,” the biggest extinction the planet has ever seen, happened some 250 million years ago and was largely caused by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Now scientists are beginning to see alarming similarities between the Great Dying and what’s currently happening to our atmosphere.

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Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds of Millions of Pieces of Plastic
Christopher Joyce | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

16 May 2019 – When a marine biologist from Australia traveled to a remote string of islands in the Indian Ocean to see how much plastic waste had washed up on the beaches, here’s just part of what she found: “373,000 toothbrushes and around 975,000 shoes, largely flip-flops. And that’s only what was on the surface.

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

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

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

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

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The Rich Will Not Save Us
Rob Meiksins | Nonprofit Quarterly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Sep 2018

27 Aug 2018 – Philanthropic plutocracy is the use of donations from the ultra-wealthy to shift the overall allocation of resources in society. The philanthropy of today’s ultra-wealthy rests on a paradox of wanting to have a positive impact on society’s inequity but using money earned from businesses that take advantage of that very inequity to do so. Stiglitz argues that the rich will continue to use their wealth to maintain their power and that philanthropists are their enablers. Ultimately, it is up to civil society to intervene and build a more just and equitable economy if we want these patterns to change.

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At Age 101, She’s a World Champ Runner
Chhavi Sachdev | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2018

Man Kaur is 101, but her routine could tire most 20-somethings. Every day she wakes up at 4 a.m., bathes, washes clothes, makes tea, recites prayers. And then she goes to the track for an hour of sprinting practice. And she’s not just doing it for fun.

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Rohingyas, the Refugees Who Don’t Want to Go Home … Yet
Jason Beaubien | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2018

21 Jan 2018 – This week, Bangladesh had planned to start sending Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar. Now the deal has been postponed because of logistical problems. The refugees themselves have opposed the plan. “They’ll kill us,” says Sonah Meah, 30. “If I go, they’ll kill me.”

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U.S.A: FCC Repeals ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules for Internet Providers
Alina Selyukh | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Dec 2017

14 Dec 2017 – U.S. telecom regulators have voted to repeal net neutrality rules, which restrict the power of Internet service providers to influence loading speeds for specific websites or apps. Net neutrality: It’s a principle that Internet providers should be neutral gateways that provide equal access to all legal web content.

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Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Describe Military Tactic of Systematic Rape
Michael Sullivan and Ashley Westerman – National Public Radio-NPR, 17 Apr 2017

That evening, the soldiers came back. “They didn’t say anything,” she says. “They just came with their guns into my house.” They raped her for almost an hour that time, Zubaida says. Two days later, the military returned and rounded up all the villagers. She says they separated the men from the women, beat the men and raped the women. “Some tried to resist and got stabbed,” she says. “That’s why the rest of the women didn’t hesitate, they didn’t want to die.” Zubaida was one of those picked.

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Goldman Sachs Will Pay $5 Billion to Settle Financial-Crisis Claims
Jim Zarroli, NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jan 2016

14 Jan 2016 – Goldman Sachs will pay about $5 billion to resolve state and federal investigations into its handling of mortgage-backed securities in the years leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, the bank said today. Regulators have already won large multibillion-dollar settlements from several large banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup.

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US Veterans Used in Secret Experiments Sue Military for Answers
Caitlin Dickerson – National Public Radio-NPR, 21 Sep 2015

5 Sep 2015 – American service members used in chemical and biological testing have some questions: What exactly were they exposed to? And how is it affecting their health?

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The Human Rights Issue a Nobel Laureate Doesn’t Want to Touch
Michael Sullivan, NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2015

2 Jun 2015 – It’s not often that the Dalai Lama calls out a fellow Nobel Peace Prize laureate. But that’s what happened last week when he was asked about Aung San Suu Kyi, who has declined to speak out on the worsening plight of the Rohingya minority in her homeland of Myanmar.

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How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti — and Built Six Homes
Justin Elliott and Laura Sullivan - ProPublica & NPR, 8 Jun 2015

Even as the group has publicly celebrated its work, insider accounts detail a string of failures. The Red Cross says 91% of donations went to help Haitians. That’s not true. The Red Cross says it provided homes to more than 130,000 Haitians. But they didn’t. Where did the half billion raised for Haiti go? The Red Cross won’t say.

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Victory! Court Throws Out Nun’s Sabotage Conviction for Nuclear Site Break-In
Carrie Johnson, NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2015

13 May 2015 – From the moment she was taken into custody in 2012, outside a building that stores enriched uranium, Sister Megan Rice has argued she has been driven by a desire to spread a message. “We all know that nuclear energy is linked inextricably with nuclear weapons.”

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Deploying Drones to Get an Overview of Factory Farms
Peggy Lowe, NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jul 2014

An independent journalist says he’s found a way around the so-called “ag-gag” laws by flying drones over large livestock operations to document animal welfare problems and pollution.

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U.N. Chief Opposes U.S. Military Support for Syrian “Rebels”
Eyder Peralta, NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jun 2013

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday [14 June 2013] that he opposes the U.S. decision to provide Syrian rebels with military support. “The United Nations, and in particular I, have been making it consistently clear that providing arms to either side would not address this current situation. There is no such military solution.”

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(Castellano) Belicismo en el Premio Nobel por la paz
Manuel E. Yepe – Argenpress, 13 Dec 2010

Noruega tiene un per cápita de tropas en la OTAN mayor que cualquiera otro de los 28 Estados miembros. En una conferencia de parlamentarios europeos que tuvo lugar el pasado año, el actual presidente del Comité del Premio Nobel por la Paz expuso con crudeza: “Cuando no somos capaces de detener a una tiranía, la guerra comienza. Es por ello que la OTAN es indispensable.

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