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(Português) Onze Pistas Falsas sobre o Clima
Michael Löwy | Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2022

Contestação de lugares-comuns que dificultam o combate à mudança climática.

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Patagonia’s Billionaire Owner Gives Away Company to Fight Climate Crisis
Erin McCormick | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2022

15 Sep 2022 – Setting a new example in environmental corporate leadership, the billionaire owner of Patagonia is giving the entire company away to fight the Earth’s climate devastation, he announced yesterday.

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Vaccine Narrative Collapses as Harvard Study Shows Jab More Dangerous than COVID
Jonas Vesterberg | The Florida Standard – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2022

14 Sep 2022 – As boosters that have not been tested on humans are being rolled out across the country, a new study indicates that the jab is far more dangerous than COVID-19 itself. And the CDC has provided false information regarding their tracking of adverse events linked to the vaccines.

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What Makes Ukraine Different from Serbia? Why Kosovo? Why Not Donbas?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2022

Defying Serbian Territorial Sovereignty in Kosovo, Upholding Ukrainian Territorial Sovereignty in the Donbas Region – The blind eye turned toward denials of the right of self-determination to the Palestinian people in what had been their own country of Palestine represents a flagrant example of international double standards.

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USA’s Open Wound
Edward Snowden | Continuing Ed - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2022

20 Sep 2022 – The CIA Is Not Your Friend – Democracy and the rule of law have been so frequently invoked as a part of the U.S. political brand that citizens simply take it for granted they enjoy both.

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Ukraine: War, Statecraft, and Geopolitical Conflict—the Nuclear Danger
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2022

14 Sep 2022 – The risk of nuclear escalation in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been a subject of considerable debate in the United States among scholars, policy analysts and media commentators. These debates reveal a broad spectrum of views from those who dismiss Russian references to nuclear capabilities as mere saber rattling to those who worry that if Russian President Vladimir Putin finds his back to the wall in Ukraine, he may resort to tactical nuclear strikes.

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Reinventing Employment with Solidarity Ethics
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Sep 2022

Solidarity ethics offers keys that open many doors.  Here I suggest that if not by force of law, then by force of conscience, they oblige everyone to contribute, to the extent that they can, to the creation of employment with dignity for all those who need it.

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Appraising Mikhail Gorbachev
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Sep 2022

6 Sep 2022 – Mikhail Gorbachev had the greatest historical impact of any public figure since WW II. It is a bitterly polarized legacy of admiration and historical achievement in the West and one of contempt and almost total disrepute in Russia.

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Is It Time to Stop Bullying Iran? Washington Should Restore the Nuclear Program Agreement with Iran Now
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

4 Sep 2022 – It is time for the morally attuned public to awake to the reality that a nuclear Israel has neither security justifications nor political grounds for its continuing bullying of Iran. Iran’s political solidarity with some movements in the region pales in its gravity compared to the U.S. and Israel’s discretionary bombing, political assassinations, interventions, and violations of the basic sovereign rights of countries in the Middle East.

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(Italiano) Il come ricordiamo Hiroshima e Norimberga riflette il potere non la giustizia
Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

I pacifisti del vasto mondo sovente scelgono l’8 agosto ogni anno per provare di nuovo la sofferenza umana e la devastazione causate dallo sgancio di bombe atomiche sulle città giapponesi inermi di Hiroshima e Nagasaki.

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(Italiano) Nuovi modelli di conflitto e debolezza dei movimenti per la pace
Richard E. Rubenstein | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

L’inizio della guerra russo-ucraina nel febbraio 2022 ha drammatizzato un pericoloso conflitto globale tra gli Stati Uniti e i loro avversari della Guerra Fredda, Russia e Cina. Un conflitto regionale che avrebbe potuto essere risolto mediante negoziati o dialoghi tra le parti è diventato relativamente intrattabile, senza soluzioni immediate in vista.

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US Asked British Spy Agency to Stop Guardian Publishing Snowden Revelations
Julian Borger | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

31 Aug 2022 – The US National Security Agency tried to persuade its British counterpart to stop the Guardian publishing revelations about secret mass data collection from the NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, according to a new book.

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The Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA, 2015) Should Be Renewed
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2022

25 Aug 2022 – Undoing the human and diplomatic harm of Trump’s international legacy is a complex matter that not only exhibits the persisting influence of unrepentant Trumpists but the passivity of the Democratic Party leadership, particularly when it dares to disagree with Israel on a matter of foreign policy concern.

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New Patterns of Conflict and the Weakness of Peace Movements
Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Aug 2022

The beginning of the Russo-Ukrainian war in Feb 2022 dramatized a dangerous global conflict between the USA and its Cold War adversaries, Russia and China. A regional conflict that might have been resolved by negotiation or dialogues between the parties became relatively intractable, with no immediate solutions in sight.

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Movements to Eliminate Nuclear Weapons and to Establish Geopolitical Accountability
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Aug 2022

16 Aug 2022 – Go to the links given connecting you with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, the NGO that has the longest record of commitment to establish a global security system without nuclear weapons and with geopolitical accountability.

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Saudi Woman Given 34-Year Prison Sentence for Using Twitter
Stephanie Kirchgaessner | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Aug 2022

16 Aug 2022 – Salma al-Shehab, a Leeds University student, was charged with following and retweeting dissidents and activists.

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At the Lost and Found
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2022

5 Aug 2022 – Those who are never lost are forever lost.  Only those who know they are lost and that life is a shipwreck have a chance to find their way to shore. The world’s great religions, including Taoism and Existential philosophy, understand that at the heart of human existence is the presence of the not (death, emptiness, void).

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The Truth about Markets, Pillar of Capitalist Ideology
Richard D. Wolff | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Aug 2022

“Market mechanisms” and “market solutions”: politicians, bureaucrats, media pundits, and academics like to refer to them as if they were somehow politically and ideologically neutral, above partisanship. They are not. Markets existed long before capitalism, but capitalism, as Karl Marx noted, made them ubiquitous, almost universal. Capitalism also raised and praised markets—and their prices—to give them an ideological importance, which leaned toward the absurd.

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Donation Politics: Worse than Hypocrisy
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2022

1 Aug 2022 – We need to ask ourselves with a sense of urgency, ‘where is the outrage?’ and ‘why are the streets empty?’ Bob Dylan’s message of the sixties rings truer than ever: ‘The answer, my friends, is blowing in the wind.”

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How We Remember Hiroshima and Nuremberg Reflects Power Not Justice
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Aug 2022

This year the remembrance of the atomic bombings of Japanese cities is especially poignant. The world, as the UN Secretary General noted, is just one miscalculation away from nuclear war. I was also reminded that 8 Aug was the day in 1945 that the Allied Powers had the unfathomable insensitivity to sign the London Agreement setting up the Nuremberg Tribunal to prosecute German war criminals–two days after the first atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima and one day before the second one incinerated Nagasaki. Sad to note, times have not changed.

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(Português) O Confronto Bolsonarista do “Bem Contra o Mal”: Um Erro Filosófico, um Antagonismo Falso e uma Proposta Absurda
Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2022

27 julho 2022 – No Brasil, o confronto que o Partido Liberal e Bolsonaro propõem como estratégia eleitoral representa um maniqueísmo que falsamente imagina haver de um lado somente o mal e do outro somente o bem e sempre se confrontando. Eles, os fanatizados, se apresentam como os portadores do bem. Os outros, do mal.

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Biden’s Middle East Visit: An Orgy of Cynicism, Hypocrisy, and Erasures
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2022

21 Jul 2022 – This piece criticizes the dual tracks of Biden’s ill-executed trip in mid-July to Israel and Saudi Arabia. It faults Biden for the extreme cynicism of pursuing a realpolitik approach in Riyadh and an approach in Israel that mixed silences about apartheid, Shireen Abu Akleh, and the Palestinian ordeal with fanciful claims about shared values and democratic affinities.

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Anti-Abortion Activism and the Sources of Polarization
Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2022

Abundance equally shared can make the tribal conflicts that plague us now seem obsolete.  It’s time to find a better way to organize our social and economic affairs.

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The Worst Is yet to Come: When the Center Cannot Hold
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

15 Jul 2022 – This is an attempt to connect my despair about developments in the USA with wider global systemic tendencies. It is not hopeful about the future, yet its central message is that we should continue to struggle for a future we can believe in given that we live at a time of radical uncertainty.

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Frantz Fanon (20 Jul 1925 – 6 Dec 1961)
Jennifer Poulos | Emory Postcolonial Studies and Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

Born on the island of Martinique under French colonial rule, Frantz Omar Fanon was one of the most important writers in black Atlantic theory in an age of anti-colonial liberation struggle. His work drew on a wide array of poetry, psychology, philosophy, and political theory, and its influence across the global South has been wide, deep, and enduring.

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A World War in Pieces
Leonardo Boff - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

On 29 Jun 2022, took place the NATO Madrid Summit with the USA as the main actor and the European Union in a humiliating subordination. In this Summit a “New Strategic Commitment” was established. The perverse category of the “enemy” has been introduced, to be confronted and defeated. This brings us back to Hitler’s jurist Carl Schmitt (1888-1985).

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The Uber Whistleblower: I’m Exposing a System That Sold People a Lie
Paul Lewis, et al. | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

11 Jul 2022 – Exclusive: Mark MacGann says he has decided to speak out about firm to ‘right some fundamental wrongs’.

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A European Call for an End to the Ukraine War
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2022

5 Jul 2022 – This piece appeared in the prominent German weekly, ZEIT, last week. It is written from a European perspective, calling for a ceasefire followed by bilateral negotiations between Ukraine and Russia.

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The Assassination and Mrs. Paine
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2022

5 Jul 2022 – A Review of Max Good’s Documentary Film – Human duplicity is a marvel to contemplate.  This documentary will force you to do that.

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My Name Is ARMFIN. I Am the God of Total Power
Riccardo Petrella | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2022

7 Jul 2022 – My identity code is UCT. It stands for Universal Capitalist Theology. It is a theology because I talk about myself, about God. It is universal because it cannot be otherwise. Theology has no boundaries of time and space, it is ‘one’, and human history tends ‘towards the one’ (universal).

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The Role of Value Systems in Conflict Resolution
Abbas Aroua, et al. | Cordoba Peace Institute Geneva – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2022

Jun 2022 – Understanding, “right-sizing,” and adequately respecting the role of value systems in conflict transformation avoids both over- and under-emphasis. Johan Galtung’s “Attitude-Behavior-Contradiction” (ABC) triangle is one useful conflict analysis tool to deal with the role of value systems and other factors in conflict analysis.

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(Italiano) Imparare dalla storia
Howard Richards | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jul 2022

1 Luglio 2022 – Nel 1973 lavoravo in Cile con una squadra all’organizzazione di comunità sotto forma di educación popular. Ispirati dalla filosofia di Paulo Freire, non è in fondo un’esagerazione dire che eravamo fanatici nell’evitare a tutti i costi di fare quello che Freire chiamava “educazione bancaria”.

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(Português) Brasil: A política de ódio e o assassinato do indigenista Bruno e do jornalista Dom
Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2022

20 Jun 2022 – O assassinato do conhecido indigenista Bruno Pereira e do jornalista inglês Dom Phillips comoveram o país e o mundo. Esse crime  só é compreensível no quadro de uma política de ódio e perseguição que o atual governo estabeleceu como política normal, atingindo principalmente os povos originários, os negros, os de outra opção sexual e os pobres em geral.

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Learning from History
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2022

I had already learned from my California experience that whatever national laws may be, the law of the Modern World-System is that investors choose which nation´s laws they will obey when they chose where to site their operations.

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Reaching a Just and Lasting Peace in Ukraine
Submitted by Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jun 2022

On June 6-7, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network convened at the Vatican a study group of experts in international affairs, military and security affairs, and international relations among the US, European Union, Ukraine, and Russia. Their statement follows.

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Human Rights and Confronting China Geopolitically
Richard Falk and Alfred de Zayas | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2022

16 Jun 2022 – Breakthrough success of Bachelet’s HRC mission to China. We decry those who distort such an achievement to continue to rationalize confronting China coercively. Opportunism in relation to human rights is not a path to peace and justice. Rather than provoking a critical storm the mission, in our judgment, should have been applauded with a sustained shout of BRAVO!

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Is There Life After Death?
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2022

16 Jun 2022 – A review of ‘James and Whitehead on Life after Death’ by David Ray Griffin – The meaning of death, and whether humans do or do not survive it in some form, has always obsessed people, from the average person to the great artists and thinkers. Death is the mother of philosophy and all the arts and sciences.

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New Bill That Passed U.S. House Reinvokes Old Russian Bogeyman as Pretext for More Intervention in Africa
Richard S. Dunn | CovertAction Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jun 2022

14 Jun 2022 – Liberal Democrats shamefully all voted for the “Countering Malign Russian Influence Activities in Africa” Act—seems like relic from bygone era.

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Why Are We Risking Nuclear War over Ukraine? Have We Gone Mad? (MUST WATCH)
Col. Richard Black (ret.) | Schiller Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2022

Col. Richard Black (ret.), former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon and former Virginia State Senator, addresses the May 26 Schiller Institute conference.

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Anthem (Music Video of the Week)
Leonard Cohen – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2022

London 2008 – Click on Watch on YouTube and enjoy.

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Ukraine and the Risk of Geopolitical Conflict — A Reawakening to Nuclear Dangers?
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jun 2022

11 Jun 2022 – The risk of nuclear escalation has been subject of debate in the US. These debates reveal those who dismiss Russian references to nuclear capabilities as mere saber rattling to those who worry that if Putin finds his back to the wall in Ukraine, he may resort to tactical nuclear strikes.

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Ode to Joy – Finale (Music Video of the Week)
Leonard Bernstein | Beethoven – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

Leonard Bernstein conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in Beethoven’s Ode to Joy. This is the final part of the piece, which contains the incredible Prestissimo Finale. In 1985, it was adopted by EU leaders as the official anthem of the European Union.

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Impact of Israeli Strike in Gaza Akin to Chemical Weapons, NGO Report Finds
Bethan McKernan and Hazem Balousha | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

30 May 2022 – Shells fired at agrochemical warehouse created toxic plume that has left residents with health problems.

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Why Is Everything Broken?
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

The U.S.A. and its allies are waging war on many fronts.  It is a form of total war – cold, hot, medical, military, mind-control, spiritual, etc. – that demands a total response from us.  None of us is completely innocent; we are all part of the deep evil that is happening all around us.  But if we listen carefully, we might hear God asking for our help.  For we need each other.

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Westphalian Logic and Geopolitical Prudence in the Nuclear Age
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2022

24 May 2022 – The Ukraine War, its complexities and global spillover effects, have not been adequately depicted by either political leaders or the more influential media. Most commonly, the Ukraine War has been narrowly and reductively depicted as a simple matter of defending Ukraine against Russian aggression.

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(Castellano) ¿Guerra para quién?
Eduardo Galeano – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2022

Castellano with subtitles in English and Portuguese

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The Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2022

28 May 2022 – The USA Must Demand a Credible Investigation into Shireen Abu Akleh’s Killing – The assassination sent shock waves throughout the Middle East as Shireen was known and respected as a trusted journalist. We keep waiting for a ‘Sharpville Moment’ with respect to Palestine and Israeli impunity. When will it come?

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Journalist Assassination: Are Israeli Defense Forces Out of Control?
Robin Edward Poulton, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2022

18 May 2022 – Israeli Soldier Kills Al Jazeera Journalist on 11 May 2022

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(Português) A Sombra Tenebrosa do Bolsonarismo no Brasil
Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2022

18 maio 2022 – Bolsonaro é tão pouco político e desvairado que nem esconde o jogo. Revela-o às claras. Tal comportamento de um chefe de estado que se caracteriza por constantes ameaças às instituições e pelo permanente descaso da situação dramática do país, dos milhões de famintos, de insuficiência alimentar, dos desempregados, nos provoca graves preocupações e sérias apreensões.

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Israeli Police Attack Funeral Procession for Shot Journalist Shireen Abu Aqleh
Sufian Taha | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

13 May 2022 – Israeli forces have attacked a funeral procession for a Palestinian American journalist shot dead this week, kicking and hitting people with batons and causing mourners carrying her coffin to lose balance and drop it to the ground.

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Marcos Dynasty Back in Power: What’s Next for the Philippines?
Richard Javad Heydarian | Al Jazeera - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

12 May 2022 – The Marcos dynasty is returning to power in the Philippines. Almost exactly 50 years after Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law and a dictatorship, his namesake son secured more than 30 million votes, nearly double that of his nearest rival, current Vice President Leni Robredo. Will he replicate his father’s dictatorial ambitions?

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(Italiano) Tribunale dei Popoli sulle Guerre Ucraine
Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2022

È ormai tempo d’iniziative della società civile per opporsi al disastroso confronto globale che sta ora mettendo in pericolo il mondo, anzi prospettive di sopravvivenza di specie, perseguendo obiettivi politici degli Stati Uniti camuffati con una certa dose di complicità dei media che continuano a trasmettere l’impressione che la guerra in Ucraina concerna la difesa dell’Ucraina.

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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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The New Turn in Ukraine: Putin’s War Becomes Biden’s War
Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

27 Apr 2022 – Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 Feb, it was fair to call the ensuing conflict “Putin’s war.” True, the U.S. and Europe could have avoided it by stopping NATO expansion. True, U.S. arms had been pouring into Ukraine since 2014, and Ukraine was using them to kill pro-Russian separatists. But Putin crossed the line; it does matter who shoots first, and he shot first. At first one could rightfully have called this Putin’s war, but it has now become Joe Biden’s war as well. Consider what has happened so far.

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The Second Level Geopolitical War in Ukraine Takes Over
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

30 Apr 2022 – The recent acknowledgement that U.S. goals are secondarily related to the wellbeing of Ukraine, and primarily by the dangerously regressive goals of taking on challengers to the unipolarity, which has guided U.S. grand strategy since the end of the Cold War.

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The Different Ways That the U.S. and Chinese Governments Use Their Power to Regulate Capitalism
Richard D. Wolff | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

28 Apr 2022 – As defined by its productive relation of employer/employee, capitalism is now developing its productive forces and GDP growth faster in China’s public form of capitalism than in the United States’ private form. The role of the state is central to this decline and ascent.

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(Italiano) Guerra ed estinzione della specie
Howard Richards | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

Per pensatori critici le conseguenze a cascata della guerra d’Ucraina sono prove ridondanti di quanto già sapevano prima della guerra: non ci sono soluzioni ai problemi principali dell’umanità entro gli schemi delle strutture legale ed etiche basilari del sistema-mondo moderno.

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Toward a Peoples Tribunal on the Ukraine Wars
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

The time has come for civil society to counter the global confrontation endangering the world for U.S. geopolitical goals disguised, with media complicity, in a Ukraine War for its own defense. This is a false and dangerous image… I hope some readers throughout the world will feel motivated to make the Peoples Ukraine Wars Tribunal a reality!

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It’s About Time
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 May 2022

28 Apr 2022 – Isn’t it always? With the start of World War III by the United States “declaring” war against Russia by its actions in Ukraine, we have entered a time when the end of time has become very possible.  I am speaking of nuclear annihilation.

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Al-Aqsa Violence during Ramadan
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

21 Apr 2022 – Once more Israel strikes hard against Palestinian rights when the world has its attention fixed elsewhere, with a mainstream media posture of indifference and inattention compounding the problem . The pro-Palestinian solidarity movement is being seriously challenged not to let this happen.

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Renounce the Geopolitical War between the U.S. and Russia
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

18 Apr 2022 – Stopping the Geopolitical War being waged by the United States against Russia is a precondition for ending the aggressive war initiated by Russia against Ukraine and also a return to semi-responsible statecraft, which is the most we can expect or hope for in the present. Diplomacy seeking a ceasefire and a political compromise is the only sane path.

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#FreeAssange Petition: Sign to Urge UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to Reject Julian Assange’s Extradition to the US
Reporters Without Borders - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

If extradited to the USA, Assange faces up to 175 years in prison on 18 charges related to WikiLeaks’ publication in 2010 of military and diplomatic documents exposing war crimes and human rights violations. Assange has been targeted for this important contribution to journalism.

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Elon Musk, Twitter’s Largest Shareholder: We Can’t Let Billionaires Control Major Communications Platforms
Victor Pickard | The Nation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2022

14 Apr 2022 – Elon Musk, the billionaire Tesla CEO notorious for posting asinine tweets to his 80 million–plus Twitter followers, has purchased himself a position of power within the platform itself by becoming the company’s largest shareholder–and that’s bad news.

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Why Are Humans Fighting Other Humans when We Are Facing Extinction as a Species?
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2022

How can the absurdity of humans fighting humans lead to solutions while physics, chemistry and biology have us slated for extinction?  How can we contribute to rethinking and reinventing ourselves? An idea: a Pedagogy  of the Rich, conceived as a companion volume to Paulo Freire´s ‘The Pedagogy of the Oppressed.’  It could also be called ‘The Pedagogy of the Unoppressed.’

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The Role of Capitalism in the War in Ukraine
Richard Wolff | ScheerPost - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2022

14 Apr 2022 – To the motives for war in human history, capitalism added another: profit. Ukraine, per se, is not the issue. It is tragically a war-ravaged pawn in a much larger conflict.

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Complexities of the Ukraine War
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2022

15 Apr 2022 – This war can be characterized thus:
– Level One: Russia vs. Ukraine
– Level Two: USA vs. Russia
– Level Three: Ukrainian nationalism vs. Russian-oriented separatism

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Animal Crossing: World’s Biggest Wildlife Bridge Comes to California Highway
Katharine Gammon | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2022

9 Apr 2022 – Unprecedented overpass will allow fauna of the Santa Monica mountains to safely cross a dangerous 10-lane stretch.

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Leonardo da Vinci (15 Apr 1452 – 2 May 1519)
Leonardo da Vinci – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2022

In 1466, at the age of fourteen, Leonardo was apprenticed to one of the most successful artists of his day, Andrea di Cione, known as Verrocchio. Verrocchio’s workshop was at the centre of the intellectual currents of Florence, assuring the young Leonardo of an education in the humanities. Leonardo would have been exposed to a vast range of technical skills and had the opportunity to learn drafting, chemistry, metallurgy, metal working, plaster casting, leather working, mechanics and carpentry as well as the artistic skills of drawing, painting, sculpting and modeling.

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This Geopolitical War Is a ‘Geopolitical Crime’
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Apr 2022

9 Apr 2022 – There is no doubt that atrocities have been committed in Ukraine, seemingly yet not exclusively by Russian attacking forces, and in a perfect world those who so acted would be held responsible. But the world is highly imperfect when it comes to accountability for international crimes.

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Oliver Stone Documents the Past to Illuminate the Present
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

29 Mar 2022 – While Kennedy was the last U.S. president to genuinely seek peace at the cost of his life, his successors have all been lackeys in love with war and in full awareness  that the promotion of war and the military industrial complex were at the top of their job description.  They have gladly served the god of war and ravaged countries around the world with the glee of sadists and madmen. 

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Make Peace, Not War, in Ukraine
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

31 Mar 2022 – There were a series of provocations by NATO that aroused security concerns in Moscow, including the expansion of NATO after the Cold War was over, the threat from the Soviet Union had disappeared, and promises were made by Western leaders to Gorbachev of no further NATO expansion. Such geopolitical behavior amounted to imprudent statecraft by the West,

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Wars Lie!
Eduardo Galeano | Pressenza - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

4 Apr 2022 – Wars always invoke noble motives. They kill in the name of peace. In the name of God. In the name of civilisation. In the name of progress. In the name of democracy… And just in case, if so many lies are not enough… the mass media are ready to invent imaginary enemies to justify the conversion of the world into a great madhouse and an immense slaughterhouse.

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(Castellano) “Las Guerras Mienten”
Eduardo Galeano | Promotores No Violencia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

“Ninguna guerra tiene la honestidad de confesar: Yo mato para robar. Las guerras siempre invocan nobles motivos, matan en nombre de la paz, en nombre de dios, en nombre de la civilización, en nombre del progreso, en nombre de la democracia y si por las dudas, si tanta mentira no alcanzara, ahí están los grandes medios de comunicación dispuestos a inventar enemigos imaginarios para justificar la conversión del mundo en un gran manicomio y un inmenso matadero.”

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2022 Global Policy Institute Book Award to Richard Falk
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

Dr. Falk is now a Santa Barbara resident. After four decades at Princeton, he has served as Visiting Distinguished Professor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and has lectured widely around the world as one of America’s most recognizable and relentless crusaders for international justice.

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Resisting Militarism: Mission Impossible?
Sean Howard | Cape Breton Spectator – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

30 Mar 2022 – “I don’t think the country should be militarized… but we live in the moment when the Army matters.” — Ukrainian peace activist Nataliya Gumenyuk. But denying millions the right to conscientiously object or leave the country is criminal. Overall problem: war. Pseudorealities lead to war. All lines lead to the war. It may be a mission impossible, but can pacifism help lead us back?

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Nonkilling Political Reflections: The Sham of Non-Existence and the Russo-Ukrainian War of 2022
Clay Edwards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

29 Mar 2022 – What should greatly concern us, in my view, is that US President Biden hit the impotence of our security structures squarely when he declared that Russian President Putin should not be in power. The use of the word “power” in regard to Russian President should be clarified.

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Negotiate Peace in Ukraine Now!
Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2022

Interestingly, most news sources in the U.S. and Europe continue to attribute Russia’s military difficulties in Ukraine to their own incompetence or Ukrainian heroism, but seldom to the $3.2 billion worth of high-tech weapons that the U.S. has shipped to Kyiv since 2014. Joe Biden, of course, is an architect of this de facto Western alliance with Ukraine. What his end game is nobody can say.

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The Future Is Here: Dystopian Movies Fit for a Dystopian World
John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2022

22 Mar 2022 – We have arrived into the dystopian future dreamed up by George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Margaret Atwood and Philip K. Dick. Much like Orwell’s Big Brother in 1984, the government and its corporate spies now watch our every move. Much like Huxley’s A Brave New World, we are churning out a society of watchers who “have their liberties taken away from them, but … rather enjoy it.

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Expectations…
George Bernard Shaw - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Mar 2022

True.

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(Italiano) Guerra in Ucraina: una prospettiva geopolitica
Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

18 Marzo 2022 – Ripresa modificata di una conferenza tenuta il 9 marzo 2022 a una sessione dei Colloqui su Studi Globali all’Università di California – Santa Barbara convocata dal professor Jan Nederveen Pieters, purtroppo priva di una serie di domande impegnative a seguito del mio intervento, fra cui da vari partecipanti in Europa.

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Ukraine War: Three Academic Perspectives
Daniel Falcone interviews Richard Falk - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

17 Mar 2022 – The following discussion resulted from three separate interviews. There was no interaction among the three of us. I wonder whether this war is best described as ‘Russo-Ukrainian War’ or simply as ‘Ukrainian War’ or ‘Russo-U.S. Proxy War.’ It seems an amalgam of all three.

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What a Wonderful World (Music Video of the Week)
Louis Armstrong | ABC Records – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Mar 2022

Original Spoken Intro Version – 1970

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On the Edge of a Nuclear Abyss
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

10 Mar 2022 – To grasp this possibility within the context of Ukraine, we need to put aside all talk of morality, rights, international law, and think in terms of great power politics.  When a great power feels its existence is threatened, might makes right. You simply can’t understand world politics without thinking at this level.  It is a means of clarifying the causes of wars.

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Stop the Ukraine War — Now!
Richard E. Rubenstein – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

11 Mar 2022 – The war in Ukraine can and must be stopped now, before any more Ukrainians or Russians are killed and maimed, by declaring a ceasefire and then negotiating a peace. A decisive victory or defeat for either party is highly unlikely. Now – right now! — is the time for a ceasefire. There simply is no alternative to a negotiated peace.

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Ruling Out Social Democracy as an Option and a Way to Rule It Back In
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

14 Mar 2022 – A decisive misunderstanding prolonging today´s mega crisis is the lingering belief that social democracy, as it existed in Europe during the thirty glorious years after World War II, and in a different form in the USA during the four terms of Franklin Roosevelt´s presidency, is a viable option in today´s world. 

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The Ukraine War: A Geopolitical Perspective
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

Talk on 9 Mar 2022 at the Global Studies Colloquium, UCSB. When we agreed on a theme for my presentation, we were in a pre-Ukraine world. Interim developments: the imprudent US-led provocations, Russian aggression against a sovereign state of over 44 million people, the confrontational Western sanctions, and a surging Russophobia produced a win/lose calculus rather than partial win/win political outcomes.

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It’s Time to Ask: What Would a Ukraine-Russia Peace Deal Look Like?
Anatol Lieven | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Mar 2022

4 Mar 2022 – The West is morally right to oppose the illegal Russian war and to impose severe sanctions on Russia, but would be morally wrong to oppose an agreement to end the invasion and spare the people of Ukraine terrible suffering. America’s own record over the past generation gives no basis for such self-righteous hyper-legalism.

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Ukraine: How Close Was the Nuclear Plant Attack to Catastrophe?
Esme Stallard and Victoria Gill | BBC News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

4 Mar 2022 – Buildings at the Zaporizhzhia plant–the largest in Europe–were damaged after it was hit by shelling. UN’s nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency says that none of the safety systems at the plant were affected, and there was no release of radioactive material.

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They Are ‘Civilized’ and ‘Look Like Us’: The Racist Coverage of Ukraine
Moustafa Bayoumi | The Guardian – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

2 Mar 2022 – Are Ukrainians more deserving of sympathy than Afghans and Iraqis? Many seem to think so.

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Does Gabriel Boric Have the Answer?
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

Markets command governments more than governments command markets. Governments, whatever their ideology, in practice devote themselves to attracting investment and to discouraging disinvestment. “When investors choose not to invest, policymakers are powerless to force them.”

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Ending Poverty by Rethinking Thinking
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

Ending poverty would benefit everyone. It would be relatively inexpensive. It would open paths to sustainability. Rethinking thinking is needed to see why ending poverty is feasible…

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Nils Melzer: The Political Persecution of Julian Assange
Saturday Morning | RNZ – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2022

12 Feb 2022 – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being made an example of by the US government to deter investigative journalists from exposing state abuses, the current UN Special Rapporteur on torture says.

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Switzerland at Risk of EU Blacklist after Credit Suisse Leak
Kalyeena Makortoff and David Pegg | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2022

– 21 Feb 2022 –
* Credit Suisse leak unmasks criminals, fraudsters and corrupt politicians.
* What is the Suisse secrets leak and why are we publishing it?

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The Paused Quest for Humane Governance in the Arab World: Is It Time ‘to fail better’?
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2022

The acceleration of history foreshortens our memory of past events, especially when disillusionment displaces hope. This happened a decade ago when uprisings were celebrated as ‘the Arab Spring.’ The role of activist youth, the spontaneous displays of populist strivings for a better political future, created the feeling that something irreversible, and for the better, was taking place. Yet it was not to be.

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(Français) Avoir confié la politique sanitaire mondiale à Big Pharma est une faute impardonnable
Nick Dearden | Guardian/Investig'Action - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Feb 2022

21 Fév 2022 – Le Covid l’a clairement démontré : Pfizer et ses semblables, asservis aux actionnaires, ne se soucient vraiment que de leurs profits faramineux. C’est ce qu’explique, dans une tribune parue dans le Guardian, Nick Dearden, directeur de Global Justice Now.

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On Israel as an Apartheid State: An Interview with Richard Falk
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

19 Feb 2022 – An interview David Falcone originally published in CounterPunch on 11 Feb prompted by the Amnesty Report but extending beyond it.

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‘Politics as Usual’ Will Never Be a Solution to the Current Climate Threat (or to Nuclear War)
C.J. Polychroniou interviews Richard Falk | DWF News - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

17 Feb 2022 – There is an ever-growing consensus that the climate crisis represents humanity’s greatest problem. Indeed, global warming is more than an environmental crisis — there are social, political, ethical and economic dimensions to it. (Commentary added by Roger Kotila)

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The Mind Control Police: U.S. Government’s War on Thought Crimes and Truth-Tellers
John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

15 Feb 2022 – The U.S. government, which speaks in a language of force, is afraid of its citizenry. “In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”— George Orwell

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Why Is the White House Stealing $7bn from Afghans?
Moustafa Bayoumi | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Feb 2022

6 Feb 2022 – Last week, the White House issued an executive order announcing the theft of some $7bn. In a move that can only be described as brazenly immoral and utterly unconscionable, the Biden administration has begun a process to seize the more than $7bn of assets that the Central Bank of Afghanistan has on deposit at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Since the Taliban gained control of the war-ravaged country last year, that money has been frozen in place.

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Is the Amnesty International Report an Israeli ‘Sharpeville Moment?’
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Feb 2022

10 Feb 2022 – This interview followed the release on 1 Feb of the explosive Amnesty International Report finding Israel guilty of the continuing crime of apartheid. How much longer can governments, the UN, and liberal Zionist close their eye in face of the mounting consensus in the international human community on the question of Israeli apartheid?

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