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Despite the Danger of COVID-19, the US Military Continues War Practice in Europe and Pacific and Plans for More in 2021
Ann Wright | OpEd News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

19 May 2020 – During the COVID-19 pandemic, not only will the U.S. military have the largest maritime military maneuvers in the world, with Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) coming to the waters off Hawaii August 17-31, 2020 bringing 26 nations, 25,000 military personnel, up to 50 ships and submarines and hundreds of aircraft in midst of a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, but the U.S. Army is having a 6,000-person war game in June 2020 in Poland.

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UN Officials Call for Release of Detained Palestinian Children amid Pandemic
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

11 May 2020 – Three senior United Nations officials in the Middle East are calling for the release of Palestinian children from Israeli-run prisons and detentions centres, saying they are at particular risk of COVID-19 infection.

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Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, Thousands Stranded in Bay of Bengal ‘Unable to Come Ashore’
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

6 May 2020 – In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, UN agencies called today for South-East Asian governments to show compassion to boats full of vulnerable people adrift in the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea. Thousands of lives may be at stake if the stranded people are unable to disembark.

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‘No Evidence’ That Recovered COVID-19 Patients Cannot Be Reinfected, Says WHO
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2020

25 Apr 2020 – The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that there is currently no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection.

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Coronavirus: Trump’s WHO De-funding ‘as Dangerous as It Sounds’
BBC News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

15 Apr 2020 – US President Donald Trump has been heavily criticised for halting funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

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As Washington DC Faces Coronavirus Spike, Secret Military Task Force Prepares to Secure the Capital
William M. Arkin | Newsweek - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

16 Apr 2020 – A little-known military task force charged with evacuating Washington has already been activated, charged with “securing” Washington in the face of attackers, foreign and domestic. Activated on March 16, Joint Task Force National Capital Region is chartered to “defend” Washington on land, in the air, and even on its waterfronts. The only one of its kind in the country, it demonstrates how there are two sides of government preparedness.

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UN Chief Calls on Religious Leaders to Unite in the Fight against COVID-19
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

11 April 2020 – António Guterres made the call in a special appeal issued today, and at a time when Christians are celebrating Easter, Jews are marking Passover, and Muslims will soon begin the holy month of Ramadan.

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COVID-19: How Much Is It Worth to Save the Elderly?
Sarah Edmonds | News Decoder - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

9 Apr 2020 – COVID-19 is squeezing the economy as nations impose lockdowns. Some are asking: Is the financial pain worth saving the elderly?

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On Anniversary of MLK’s Death, His Words Are ‘More Relevant’ than Ever, His Son Says
Erik Ortiz | NBC News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968. Five decades later, his family says in a new video, he can help “guide humanity in the right direction.”

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Siddhartha Gautama–the Buddha’s —Birthday: 8 April (563 – 483 BC)
Good News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

8 Apr 2019 – Today is the anniversary of the Buddha’s birth—born Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, the fourth largest religion in the world.

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One Year of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Spending Would Provide 300,000 ICU Beds, 35,000 Ventilators and Salaries of 75,000 Doctors
Matthew Impelli | Newsweek - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

26 Mar 2020 – The amount of money spent in one year by the U.S. on nuclear weapons could instead provide 300,000 ICU (intensive care unit) beds, 35,000 ventilators and 75,000 doctors’ salaries, according to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

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Africa Eye: Torture ‘Rampant’ among Nigeria’s Security Forces
BBC News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

10 Feb 2020 – BBC Africa Eye has uncovered shocking video evidence that torture is being used by multiple branches of the Nigerian police and armed forces. WARNING: This Film Contains Disturbing Scenes Including Images of Torture

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COVID-19: UN Health Agency Advice Informs Decision to Delay Olympic Games for First Time Since 1944
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

24 Mar 2020 -The International Olympic Committee declared today that it is postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics which were due to take place in Japan, based on information provided by the UN health agency, WHO, on the fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

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Coronavirus: Tech Rivals Facebook, Google and Microsoft Release Unprecedented Joint Statement on ‘Fake News’
Rob Waugh | Yahoo News UK - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

Google, Facebook and Microsoft have joined forces to release an unprecedented statement on coronavirus – in the battle against online misinformation. The statement promises that the tech giants are working together, “jointly combating fraud and misinformation about the virus”.

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Five Things You Should Know Now about the COVID-19 Pandemic
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Servivce, 16 Mar 2020

On 11 March the World Health Organization upgraded the status of the COVID-19 outbreak from epidemic to pandemic. Here are five important pieces of information on what this means for you and your community. 

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NATO’s Arctic War Exercise Unites Climate Change and WWIII
The Real News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

NATO will hold war games in Norway’s Arctic Circle in March, where it will be supporting climate change-induced resource extraction and increasing the military tension with Russia.

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The Boss Who Put Everyone on 70K
Stephanie Hegarty – BBC News, 9 Mar 2020

28 Feb 2020 -In 2015, the boss of a card payments company in Seattle introduced a $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff – and personally took a pay cut of $1m. Five years later he’s still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off.

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Coronavirus Update: WHO Chief Calls for Private Sector to Step Up, and, Should You Take That Flight?
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

6 March 2020 – In his daily briefing to the press today, World Health Organization (WHO) chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that supplies of medicine are at risk of disruption due to the epidemic, given that China – the worst hit nation so far – is a major producer of pharmaceutical ingredients.

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COVID-19: More New Virus Cases outside Than inside China–‘No Time for Complacency’, Says UN Health Agency
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

26 Feb 2020 – The number of new COVID-19, or coronavirus, infections outside China has outpaced those inside the country for the first time, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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Myanmar: ‘Multidimensional and Long-Standing’ Root Causes behind Rights Minority Abuses, Says Bachelet
UN News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

27 Feb 2020 – The Human Rights Council today held an interactive dialogue with UN rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, on the root causes of violations and abuses suffered by the Rohingya mainly-Muslim minority and other minorities in Myanmar. She said the Government now has a historic opportunity to counteract systematic violations, “by bringing its people together, as one”.

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Trump’s Pardons of Rod Blagojevich and Others Meant to Convince America Corruption Is OK
Barbara McQuade – NBC News, 2 Mar 2020

20 Feb 2020 – The list of 11 lucky Americans granted clemency read like a who’s who of the rich and the famous — former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Wall Street financier Michael Milken and former New York City police Commissioner Bernard Kerik among them. Many of the offenders who received pardons or commutations of their sentences were convicted of crimes relating to fraud and corruption.

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Pompeo: US Rejects UN Database of Israeli Settlement Companies
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

13 Feb 2020 – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today said the US government would not furnish any information for a database of companies operating in the occupied West Bank that the United Nations’ human rights office released. “The United States has long opposed the creation or release of this database,” he said in a statement.

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Outside China, Coronavirus Transmission ‘Iceberg’ May Not Be as Big as Feared
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

13 Feb 2020 – As infections from COVID-19 coronavirus continue to rise, a senior UN health expert today said that there were some indications that disease transmission outside China might not be the tip of the “iceberg” that had been feared.

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Journalist Abby Martin Sues State of Georgia over Law Requiring Pledge of Allegiance to Israel
Alan Macleod – MintPress News, 17 Feb 2020

10 Feb 2020 – After refusing to sign a pledge of allegiance to the state of Israel, the state of Georgia shut down a media literacy conference featuring journalist and filmmaker Abby Martin at Georgia Southern University. “This censorship of my talk based on forced compliance to anti-BDS laws in Georgia is just one level of a nationwide campaign to protect Israel from grassroots pressure.” — Abby Martin

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Coronavirus Emergency: Here’s What We Know So Far
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

A new strain of coronavirus (officially named 2019-nCoV), which has caused respiratory diseases in China, and spread to at least 23 other countries, has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. Here are the basic facts you need to know about the virus (figures correct as of Feb 3 2020).

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Coronavirus: UN Health Agency Moves Fast to Tackle ‘Infodemic’; Guterres Warns against Stigmatization
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Servie, 10 Feb 2020

4 Feb 2020 – The World Health Organization has taken steps to ensure that the coronavirus epidemic that has claimed hundreds of lives in central China does not spark a dangerous social media “infodemic” fuelled by false information.

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Trump Lifts Restrictions on US Landmine Use
BBC News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

31 Jan 2020 – US President Donald Trump has lifted restrictions on the deployment of anti-personnel landmines by American military forces. The decision reverses a 2014 Obama administration ban on the use of such weapons. The Trump administration said Mr Obama’s policy could put US troops “at a severe disadvantage”.

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Trump Plan Will ‘Finish Off Palestinian Cause’, PM Warns
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

Trump on Monday [27 Jan] held separate meetings with right-wing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his election rival, Benny Gantz, in Washington, DC over his long-delayed proposal that has been kept secret. “We reject it and we demand the international community not be a partner to it because it contradicts the basics of international law and inalienable Palestinian rights,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said.

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Trump Extends Travel Ban to Six Countries — But Is OK with Selling Arms to Them
A. Trevor Thrall and Jordan Cohen – NBC News, 3 Feb 2020

31 Jan 2020 – The Trump administration announced today that it is adding six new countries to the existing travel ban, joining the seven already on the list. If these places are so threatening, the U.S. shouldn’t continue to give their governments the very weapons that can make them even more unsafe.

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Top UN Court Orders Myanmar to Protect Rohingya from Genocide
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

23 Jan 2020 – Myanmar must take steps to protect its minority Rohingya population, the top UN court unanimously ruled on today. “The Secretary-General recalls that, pursuant to the UN Charter and to the Statute of the Court, decisions of the Court are binding and trusts that Myanmar will duly comply with the Order from the Court,” it said.

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Jeff Bezos Donates Three Minutes’ Income to Help Australia Fight Wildfires
Alan Macleod – MintPress News, 27 Jan 2020

13 Jan 2020 – Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the newly crowned richest person in the world, announced yesterday that his company was donating one million Australian Dollars (around 690,000 U.S. Dollars) to help the country deal with the continent-wide fires. The donation would be equivalent to someone who earned $500 per week announcing that they had just donated five cents to help tackle the blazes.

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Single-Use Plastic: China to Ban Bags and Other Items
BBC News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

20 Jan 2020 – Non-degradable bags will be banned in major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns by 2022. The restaurant industry will also be banned from using single-use straws by the end of 2020. China has for years been struggling to deal with the rubbish its 1.4 billion citizens generate.

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Scientists Find Australian Wildfire Smoke Has Circled the Globe
Natasha Roy – NBC News, 20 Jan 2020

A NOAA/NASA satellite traced the movement of the smoke from the wildfires and produced an image Monday [13 Jan] showing it circumnavigated the globe and areas in Australia where it had reached its place of origin.

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After the Inferno
Text: Nick Sas, Photos: Brendan Esposito - ABC News Australia, 20 Jan 2020

19 Jan 2020 – As the smoke begins to clear, we’re seeing for the first time the unimaginable scale of Australia’s worst bushfire season.

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Kahlil Gibran (6 Jan 1883 – 10 Apr 1931): Ask What You Can Do for Your Country
Stan Shabaz | Zinda Magazine – Assyrian International News Agency, 6 Jan 2020

His most famous work, The Prophet, was first published in 1923. He has been described in many ways: “melancholic romantic”, “existentialist of the right wing”, Nietzschean rebel, revolutionary, renegade, poet-philosopher, “the William Blake of the twentieth century”, the “Lebanese prophet of New York”, a “burning genius”, etc. But who was he really?

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Myanmar: UN Expert Calls for Tolerance and Safety from Reprisals after Online Threats to Activists
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019 – The UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has condemned online threats against activists campaigning for justice and accountability, urging the Government and social media firms to do more to protect campaigners. “The online threats, including those targeting prominent activists Dr. Maung Zarni and Mr. Nay Say Lwin of the Free Rohingya Coalition are deeply concerning,” Lee said.

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New Russian Nuclear Weapon Can Travel 27 Times the Speed of Sound
Vladimir Isachenkov | AP News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

27 Dec 2019 – A new intercontinental weapon that can fly 27 times the speed of sound became operational today, Russia’s defense minister reported, bolstering the country’s nuclear strike capability. US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he believes “it’s probably a matter of a couple of years” before the U.S. has one.

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EU: China Must Close Its “Re-Education Camps” for Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Meps Say
News | European Parliament – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

19 Dec 2018 – MEPs express serious concern about China’s repression of the Uyghurs and call on the Chinese government to close the “re-education camps” in Xinjiang immediately.
• Torture, digital surveillance and arbitrary detentions without any charge
• Harassment of Uyghurs abroad
• Call on Council to adopt targeted sanctions and freeze assets

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Greenland Is Nearing a Climate Tipping Point–How Long Warming Lasts Will Decide Its Fate, Study Says
Bob Berwyn | InsideClimate News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

23 Dec 2019 – Past meltdowns occurred with temperatures only slightly higher than today’s, suggesting the world is overestimating the ice sheet’s stability, scientists say.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Appears at ICJ as UN Rights Expert Urges Greater Protection for Myanmar Activists
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019 – “I call on each and every organ of the Myanmar State to ensure that absolutely no reprisals are taken against any group or individual that is advocating for justice and accountability in Myanmar,” said the independent expert in a statement issued today, adding that those targeted include members of the Free Rohingya Coalition.

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Top Criminal Court to Conduct Official Probe into Alleged War Crimes in Palestine
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

20 Dec 2019 – “The preliminary examination into the Situation in Palestine has concluded with the determination that all the statutory criteria under the Rome Statute for the opening of an investigation have been met”, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said, “I am satisfied that there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation into the situation in Palestine”.

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One Third of Poorer Countries Face both Undernutrition and Obesity: WHO Report
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

16 Dec 2019 – With one in three low and middle-income countries facing the two extremes of malnutrition – undernutrition and obesity – the World Health Organization is calling for a new approach to deal with rapidly changing food systems.

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Congress Adopts Defense Bill That Creates Space Force
Joe Gould | Defense News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

18 Dec 2019 ― Congress has approved a compromise defense policy bill that creates a new Space Force in exchange for establishing paid parental leave for federal workers, as part of $738 billion for the Pentagon for 2020. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill Tuesday, 82-8, just days after the House passed it, 377-48. The bill now goes to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature, and he has signaled he will sign the defense policy measure.

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Arctic Report Card 2019: Extreme Ice Loss, Dying Species as Global Warming Worsens
Sabrina Shankman | Inside Climate News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

10 Dec 2019 – For indigenous communities on the Bering Sea, a way of life is at risk as climate change hits fish populations and ricochets through ecosystems. When dead salmon wash ashore along the coast, the problem is much bigger than dead fish. It’s a sign of deeper trouble cascading through the Arctic’s ecosystems.

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Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Myanmar from Accusations of Genocide, at Top UN Court
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

11 Dec 2019 – Myanmar will have “no tolerance” for human rights abuses committed in Rakhine state and will prosecute the military, if war crimes have been committed there, Aung San Suu Kyi told the International Court of Justice, the UN’s main judicial body, today.

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New Citizenship Law in India ‘Fundamentally Discriminatory’: UN Human Rights Office
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

13 Dec 2019 – A new law in India which expedites citizenship for certain religious minorities has been criticized by the UN human rights office for being “fundamentally discriminatory in nature.” It gives priority to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians resident in India before 2014, but excludes Muslims.

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67 Pictures of Protest That Defined the Decade
Gabriel H. Sanchez | BuzzFeed News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

7 Dec 2019 – From #MeToo and Black Lives Matter to the Arab Spring and Hong Kong protests, here are the tremendous moments in activism that have defined this past decade.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Stays Alive after Talks, Avoids Sanctions Blow
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

6 Dec 2019 – Today’s three-hour meeting in Vienna came as tensions continue to rise with Tehran rolling back its commitments under the deal following Washington’s withdrawal last year and imposition of “maximum pressure” sanctions. “They try to keep Iran in the deal but then take no action against America’s bullying and pressure,” a senior Iranian official said, according to Reuters.

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UN Commemorates International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

27 Nov 2019 – The UN has underlined its unwavering commitment to the Palestinian people in their ongoing struggle to achieve self-determination, independence and sovereignty. Senior officials joined ambassadors and other representatives today to commemorate the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, officially observed each year on 29 November.

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Smartphone ‘Addiction’: Young People ‘Panicky’ when Denied Mobiles
Sean Coughlan - BBC News, 2 Dec 2019

29 Nov 2019 – Almost a quarter of young people are so dependent on their smartphones that it becomes like an addiction, suggests research by psychiatrists. The youngsters also cannot control the amount of time they spend on the phone. Such addictions have “serious consequences” for mental health.

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Carbon Dioxide in Earth’s Atmosphere Reaches Record High, Researchers Say
Denise Chow – NBC News, 2 Dec 2019

25 Nov 2019 – The concentration of carbon dioxide in Earth’s atmosphere has reached a record high, according to a report released today by the World Meteorological Organization. Carbon dioxide traps heat from the sun and can linger in the atmosphere for centuries.

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At UN, Middle East Countries Discuss Steps towards Regional Nuclear-Free Zone
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019 – Representatives from across the Middle East are meeting at UN Headquarters this week in efforts to negotiate a legally binding treaty establishing a regional zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

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UN ‘Regrets’ New US Position on Legality of Israeli Settlements
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – The longstanding position of the UN regarding Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory – that they are in breach of international law – is unchanged, Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said during a press briefing today in New York, reacting to the policy reversal announced by the United States.

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Canada Reverses UN Stance on Palestinians in Break with U.S. over Settlements
Evan Dyer - CBC News [Canada], 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – Canada voted for a UN resolution today in support of Palestinians’ right to self-determination. The vote marks a major departure for Canada, which has declined to support substantially the same resolution through 14 consecutive votes since 2006.

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US Pardons for Accused War Criminals, Contrary to International Law: UN Rights Office
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – A presidential pardon for two United States soldiers accused of war crimes, and a sentence reduction for a third, “run against the letter and the spirit of international law which requires accountability for such violations”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said today.

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ICC Gives Green Light for Probe into Violent Crimes against Rohingya
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

15 Nov 2019 – Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) yesterday authorized an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity, namely deportation, which have forced between 600,000 and one million Rohingya refugees out of Myanmar, into neighboring Bangladesh since 2016.

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Hollow Promises of a Better Life: Modern-Day Slavery
Kyodo News | Democratic World Federalists – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

15 Nov 2019 – Despite the fact that slavery has long been abolished it continues to blight our world, destroying the lives of tens of millions of people. The Global Slavery Index 2018 estimates there to be 40.3 million slaves in the world. Like many of the issues facing humanity, it demands a coordinated consistent approach, cooperation and commitment, not just among governments, but between nongovernmental organizations and multinational corporations.

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Revealed: Danger and Squalor for Cleaners Who Remove Human Waste by Hand
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

13 Nov 2019 – Highlighting the dangers for the millions of people who clean toilets, sewers and septic tanks, ahead of World Toilet Day on 19 Nov, the World Health Organization (WHO) insisted that while the workforce performs an essential public service, their own health is compromised and they are often shunned.

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UN Member States Overwhelmingly Support End of US Embargo against Cuba
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

For the 28th consecutive year, the UN General Assembly has adopted a resolution calling for an end to the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. During a vote held on Wednesday [6 Nov], 187 Member States underlined their support for the resolution while Brazil and Israel joined the US in voting no. Two countries—Colombia and Ukraine—abstained.

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Decisive International Action Needed to End Israeli Occupation: UN Rights Expert
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

23 Oct 2019 – The international community has a responsibility and legal obligation to compel Israel to end its 52 year-long “occu-annexation” of Palestinian territory and remove barriers preventing Palestinian self-determination, a UN independent human rights expert told the General Assembly today.

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Don’t Railroad Julian Assange to Virginia
Consortium News | Editorial – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

22 Oct 2019 – The WikiLeaks legal team has a strong case to throw out Assange’s extradition request after the government that wants him extradited got hold of surveillance video of his privileged attorney-client conversations.

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Eminent Buddhist Leader Daisaku Ikeda Urges Halt to Nuclear Weapons and Killer Robots
Ramesh Jaura – IDN InDeptNews, 28 Oct 2019

Full text of the interview of SGI President Daisaku Ikeda where he shares his perspectives on the current state of nuclear disarmament and the development of lethal autonomous weapons systems in the days leading up to the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons held April 29—May 10, 2019, at the UN headquarters in New York.

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Rohingya Refugees Agree Move to Bangladesh Island: Official
Yahoo! News | AFP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

20 Oct 2019 – Thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh refugee camps have agreed to move to an island in the Bay of Bengal, officials said today, despite fears the site is prone to flooding. Dhaka has long wanted to move 100,000 refugees to the muddy silt islet, saying it would take pressure off the overcrowded border camps where almost a million Rohingya live.

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(Castellano) Crisis en Ecuador: Lenín Moreno vs. Rafael Correa, los antiguos aliados cuya enemistad divide al país
BBC News Mundo – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

10 octubre 2019 – ¿El hombre que transformará la economía ecuatoriana o el que “traicionó” el “socialismo del siglo XXI” que quería implantar su antecesor? El presidente ecuatoriano, Lenín Moreno aka neo-coño, afronta la mayor crisis de su gobierno tras acabar con más de 40 años de subsidios a los combustibles, en lo que constituye un paso más en la dirección contraria a la política de su predecesor, Rafael Correa.

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Norway Drops Missile Defense Program
News in English – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

10 Oct 2019 – Just weeks before meeting Russian officials to celebrate how the Soviet Union liberated Finnmark from Nazi German occupation, Norwegian government officials made a concession to their neighbours. They won’t be going along with the US- and NATO-backed missile defense program after all.

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Farewell to the World Social Forum?
Roberto Savio | Other News - Human Wrongs Watch, 14 Oct 2019

13 Oct 2019 – Looking Back – The first World Social Forum in 2001 ushered in the new century with a bold affirmation: “Another world is possible.” That gathering in Porto Alegre, Brazil, stood as an alternative and a challenge to the World Economic Forum, held at the same time in Davos, Switzerland. The WSF, by contrast, was created as an arena for the grassroots to gain a voice.

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Afghanistan Probe: ‘At Least 60 Civilians’ Killed after US Military Airstrikes on Alleged Drug Labs
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

9 Oct 2019 – “Multiple” airstrikes by the US military on alleged methamphetamine drug labs in a remote area of western Afghanistan earlier this year, killed or injured hundreds of civilians who should not have been treated as military targets, the UN said today.

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Inside America’s Most Toxic Nuclear Waste Dump, Where 56 Million Gallons of Buried Radioactive Sludge Are Leaking into the Earth
James Pasley | Yahoo! News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

• Hanford Nuclear Reservation is the most polluted area in the United States. Buried beneath the complex is 56 million gallons of radioactive waste that need to be dealt with.
• The reservation produced the plutonium for Fat Man, the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki in Japan, as well as for the United States’ atomic weapon stockpile during the Cold War. {Read on…}

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At Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, a Million-Tonne Headache: Radioactive Water
Karyn Nishimura | Northglen News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

In the grounds of the ravaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant sits a million-tonne headache for the plant’s operators and Japan’s government: tank after tank of water contaminated with radioactive elements.

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The Untold Story of the Trump-Ukraine ‘Scandal’: The Routine Corruption of US Foreign Policy
Joe Lauria - Consortium News, 30 Sep 2019

26 Sep 2019 – The most crucial aspects of the Trump-Ukraine “scandal,” which has led to impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump, are not being told, even by Republicans. What’s not being talked about in the mainstream is the context of this story, which shows that, politics aside, Biden should indeed be investigated in both Ukraine and in the United States.

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Japan Is Lying about the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, as It Promotes the 2020 Olympic Games
Nuclear News | CounterPunch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

16 Sep 2019 – Tokyo Electric Power’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which experienced three massive meltdowns in 2011, is running out of room to store radioactive water. No surprise! But now, what to do about phosphorescent water? The Japanese government is lying and should be held accountable for hoodwinking the world about the ravages of Fukushima, especially with the Olympics scheduled for next year.

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Genocide Threat for Myanmar’s Rohingya Greater than Ever, Investigators Warn Human Rights Council
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

16 Sep 2019 – Hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya who remain in Myanmar may face a greater threat of genocide than ever, amid Government attempts to “erase their identity and remove them from the country”, UN-appointed independent investigators said today.

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Hospitals among Seven Health Centres Attacked in Syria
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

2 Sep 2019 – Seven health centres in Syria have been reportedly attacked in recent days and two of them have been destroyed, the World Health Organization said today.

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UN Experts Decry Torture of Rakhine Men and Boys Held Incommunicado by Myanmar’s Military
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

3 Sep 2019 – Allegations of torture and ill-treatment leading to the death of ethnic Rakhine men and boys being held in incommunicado detention by Myanmar’s military, has prompted three independent UN rights experts to call for an end to the practice and for “credible, independent” investigations.

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Leonardo Dicaprio’s Foundation Pledges $5 Million in Aid for Amazon Rainforest Fires
Christopher Brito – CBS News, 2 Sep 2019

26 Aug 2019 – Leonardo DiCaprio’s new environmental foundation, Earth Alliance, has made an initial pledge of $5 million to help fight the raging fires devastating the Amazon rainforest. The Oscar-winner’s organization, which made the announcement over the weekend, addresses urgent threats against the planet.

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Modern Martyrdom
Carlos Latuff – MintPress News, 2 Sep 2019

The truth shall set you free? Really?

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Millions in Idlib ‘Counting on Your Support to Make the Violence Stop’, UN Relief Chief Tells Security Council
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

29 Aug 2019 – Despite an agreement signed nearly a year ago on a halt to further escalation in Syria’s war-battered Idlib, “the bombing and fighting go on in plain sight, day in and day out”, the UN humanitarian chief told the Security Council today.

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Breaking the Media Blackout on the Imprisonment of Julian Assange
Mnar Muhawesh - MintPress News, 2 Sep 2019

26 Aug 2019 – The role of journalism in a democracy is publishing information that empowers the public to become more engaged citizens so that we can vote in representatives that work in the interest of “we the people.” The same media that has spent years dragging Assange’s name through the mud is now engaging in a blackout on his treatment. If you are waiting for corporate media pundits to defend freedom of the press, you’re going to be disappointed.

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Rohingya Repatriation to Myanmar Fails as No One Turns Up over Safety Fears
Siobhan Robbins – Sky News, 26 Aug 2019

22 Aug 2019 – An attempt to repatriate more than 3,000 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar appears to have failed after no one agreed to return. The Rohingya say they will not return until their rights are guaranteed after Myanmar’s brutal clearance operation in 2017.

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The Amazon Rainforests Are on Fire – Brazil’s Trump-Like President, Jair Bolsonaro, Is to Blame
Bill McKibben – NBC News, 26 Aug 2019

22 Aug 2019 – São Paulo is the largest city in the western hemisphere — and Tuesday [20 Aug] it was also the most hellish. Around two in the afternoon, the sky turned suddenly and ominously dark, almost as if the sun had been eclipsed by a pall of smoke from the burning rainforests of Brazil’s Amazon. The new Brazilian leader called himself “Captain Chainsaw” and mocked environmentalists who feared his pro-clearance policies could decimate the Amazon.

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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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As India and Pakistan – And America and Iran – Go Toe-To-Toe, Now Is the Time to Recall the Scorched Corpses of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Robert Fisk | The Independent – Microsoft News, 12 Aug 2019

8 Aug 2019 – This week marks only the 74th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Over the past few days, I’ve had to look hard to find a headline about the two Japanese cities. But, especially in the Middle East and what we like to call south-east Asia, we should be remembering these gruesome anniversaries every month. Hiroshima was atomic-bombed 74 years ago on Tuesday; Nagasaki 74 years ago on Friday. Given the extent of the casualty figures, you’d think they’d be unforgettable.

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UN Calls for Sanctions, Arms Embargo against Myanmar Army
Joshua Carroll – Al Jazeera News, 12 Aug 2019

6 Aug 2019 – A week after his soldiers began storming villages in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, slaughtering thousands as they burned people alive in their homes and raped women and children, the country’s military chief invited local businesses to a donation ceremony to support the bloody campaign. UN panel calls for international community to sever all ties with country’s military.

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No ‘Made In Israel’ Label for Settlement Wines: Canada Court
AFP | Yahoo! News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

29 Jul 2019 – A Canadian court today ruled that it was “false, misleading and deceptive” to label wines made in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as a “Product of Israel.”

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Murder of Brazilian Indigenous Leader a ‘Worrying Symptom’ of Land Invasion
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

29 Jul 2019 – In the wake of the murder of indigenous leader Emrya Wajãpi in Brazil, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has called on the country’s authorities to “react quickly and decisively” to protect the rights of indigenous peoples on their lands. According to media reports, witnesses saw a number of gold miners enter the protected reserve of the Wajãpi community, then stab their leader to death.

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UN Chief Laments Ending of Cold War-Era Disarmament Treaty
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

2 Aug 2019 – Secretary-General António Guterres expressed his “deep regret” today that the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty between the United States and Russia came to an end.

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US Blocks UN Statement to Condemn Demolition of Palestinian Homes
Quds News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

25 Jul 2019 – The United States has blocked an attempt to get the United Nations Security Council issue a formal statement condemning Israel’s demolitions of Palestinian homes in the occupied Jerusalem neighborhood of Sur Baher, earlier this week.

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Israel Destroys Land, Water Wells in West Bank
Quds News Network – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

25 Jul 2019 – The Israeli occupation forces yesterday bulldozed four water wells and destroyed trees south of Hebron in the West Bank, the coordinator of the national and popular committees, Rateb Jabour, said. Israel is trying to displace these residents in the wider scheme to annex the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces and settlers routinely attack Palestinians in the occupied territories, demolishing their homes, poisoning their livestock and vandalising properties.

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Scientists Identify Malaria’s Achilles’ Heel
James Ives, Editor | News Medical – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jul 2019

29 Jun 2019 – Scientists have finally found malaria’s Achilles’ heel, a neurotoxin that isn’t harmful to any living thing except Anopheles mosquitoes that spread malaria.

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US Duty Free Shop Owners Give Millions to Israeli Settlements
Uri Blau and Josef Federman | Associated Press – ABC News, 15 Jul 2019

1 Jul 2019 – When travelers shop at Duty Free Shops at airports worldwide, they may be paying for more than a bottle of vodka or box of chocolates. The Falic family of Florida, owners of the ubiquitous chain, funds a generous and sometimes controversial philanthropic empire in Israel that runs through the corridors of power and stretches deep into the occupied West Bank. The family supports many far right causes considered extreme even in Israel.

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Cows with ‘Portholes’ into Stomach Filmed by Animal Rights Group
Euronews – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

20 Jun 2019 – An undercover video released by a French animal rights group showed live cows whose sides have been perforated with a “porthole” into their stomach to study their digestion.

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‘Ghost Nets’: How Lost and Abandoned Fishing Gear Is Destroying Marine Wildlife
Jon Hernandez • CBC News, 15 Jul 2019

12 Jul 2019 – Up to 800,000 tonnes of ghost fishing gear gets into oceans each year. “When a net’s lost, it continually fishes — it doesn’t stop fishing, and since the animals that are caught aren’t being harvested or removed, it baits more animals into the net. The result is an ongoing death trap.”

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Budget 2019: India’s Super-Rich Peak Tax Rate at 42.7%
Moneycontrol News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Jul 2019

5 Jul 2019 – Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced today that individuals earning more than Rs 5 crore [approx. € 630,000 or US$ 740,000] a year would pay a surcharge of 37.5 percent on their tax, over above their 30 percent marginal tax.

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Russia-USA: Reality Asserts Itself (4 Parts)
Paul Jay interviews Stephen Cohen – The Real News Network, 8 Jul 2019

23 April 2019 – After the fall of the Soviet Union, a dysfunctional and pro-American Russian President Yeltsin presided over the chaos of the 1990’s; when Putin came to power, the West was very disappointed at the independent and nationalist character of the Putin-led state and the demonization began.

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Reading Reuters between the Lines: Why the US Puppet President of Venezuela Is Toast
Roger D. Harris – MintPress News, 8 Jul 2019

4 Jul 2019 – A critical reading between the lines of a Reuters article confirms that Washington has failed to cobble together a united opposition in Venezuela that is popular enough to win in the polls, likely signaling the end for Juan Guaidó.

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US Southern Border: Shock and Outrage Are Not Enough – Action Is Required
Marc Ash - Reader Supported News, 8 Jul 2019

5 July 2019 – The images and reports coming out of US immigrant facilities are every bit as bad as they seem, and likely worse. These are human rights atrocities being committed on US soil by US officials. Not only are there children in cages, they are being left in those cages with little food, water, hygiene or medical attention. Seven children are now dead and in all likelihood more will be.

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Fake Food, Fake Meat: Big Food’s Desperate Attempt to Further the Industrialisation of Food
Dr Vandana Shiva | Independent Science News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

18 Jun 2019 – Food is not a commodity, it is not “stuff” put together mechanically and artificially in labs and factories. Food is life. Food holds the contributions of all beings that make the food web, and it holds the potential of maintaining and regenerating the web of life. Food also holds the potential for health and disease, depending on how it was grown and processed. Food is therefore the living currency of the web of life.

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Fukushima’s Three Nuclear Meltdowns Are “Under Control” – That’s a Lie
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 24 Jun 2019

22 Jun 2019 – The bland language of the official IAEA report is itself a form of lying, offering the false appearance of reassurance that a catastrophic event will be safely managed “for several decades.” There is no way to know that: it is a hope, a prayer, a form of denial. The IAEA, as is its job in a sense, offers this optimism that is unsupported by the realities at Fukushima.

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Record Displacement Shows ‘We’re Almost Unable to Make Peace’, Warns UN Refugee Agency Chief
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jun 2019

19 Jun 2019 – A record 70.8 million people fled war, persecution and conflict in 2018, UN refugee agency chief Filippo Grandi said today, appealing for greater international solidarity to counter the fact that “we have become almost unable to make peace”.

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