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(Português) “Verdades” que São Imposições: O Caso dos Juros das Grandes Corporações
Roberto Sansón Mizrahi | Opininon Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

29 jan 2019 – Em economia há questões apresentadas como “verdades” indisputáveis que, na realidade, servem para impor interesses e privilégios não defensáveis a céu aberto. Um exemplo é como se veem e se apresentam os juros de grandes corporações, como se obtêm e se distribuem. É crítico explicitar o que estiver encoberto para poder considerar novas opções.

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(Castellano) Aprendiendo de Gandhi
Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

Aunque creía que la acción personal era muy importante, Gandhi también era un extraordinario estratega político y sabía que tenemos que hacer algo más que transformar nuestras vidas personales. Tenemos que ofrecer oportunidades que obliguen a otros a considerar hacer lo mismo. Gandhi fue asesinado el 30 de enero de 1948. Pero su legado perdura. Usted también puede aprender de él, si lo desea.

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Career War Criminal Elliott Abrams to Lead US on Venezuela
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 11 Feb 2019

4 Feb 2019 – Some say history repeats itself. Mark Twain said history doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes. The January 25 appointment of convicted perjurer Elliott Abrams as the new US Special Envoy on Venezuela is evidence that history just goes on and on and on with ironic cruelty and relentless injustice. That would be especially true if you happen to have the world’s largest proven oil reserve, as Venezuela does.

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World Premiere London, UK
Alberto Portugheis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

Screening of the documentary ‘Peace is Possible’, about the work of HUFUD-Humanity United for Universal Demilitarisation. London Thursday 7 March, 7 pm. Event organised by Our Future Now, the Youth Network of Global Justice Now.

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Are We Afraid of Thinking?
Bertrand Russell | Opinion Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

Away with thought! Back into the shades of prejudice, lest property, morals, and war should be endangered! Better men should be stupid, slothful, and oppressive than that their thoughts should be free. For if their thoughts were free they might not think as We do. And at all costs this disaster must be averted.” So the opponents of thought argue in the unconscious depths of their souls. And so they act in their churches, their schools, and their universities.

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The Magic of Bankers
Rudo de Ruijter | Court Fool – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

If you don’t know how banks work, you will never be able to understand the world.

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US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
Gregory Shupak | Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Feb 2019

6 Feb 2019 – The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.

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What’s Really Going On in Venezuela
Marc Ash - Reader Supported News, 11 Feb 2019

Since 1999, the US has waged economic warfare against Venezuela in an attempt to destabilize and deconstruct the Socialist Revolution started by former Venezuelan president and close Fidel Castro ally Hugo Chavez. The US wants Venezuela, with its rich oil reserves, to be a compliant client-state. That was what motivated the Cuban Revolution and that is what drives anti-colonialist sentiment in Venezuela today.

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A Nonviolent Strategy to Defeat the US Coup Attempt in Venezuela
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

To the People of Venezuela – Yet again, the United States elite has decided to attempt to impose its will on the people of another nation, in this case, and not for the first time either, your country Venezuela. Your ongoing resistance to the coup is essential if you are to defeat the coupmakers and defend your elected government. But the chances of success are vastly enhanced if your struggle, and that of your solidarity allies around the world, is focused for maximum strategic impact and designed to spread the cost of doing so. Of course, whether or not you decide to consider and/or adopt my proposed strategy, you have my solidarity.

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“Truths” That Are Impositions: The Case of Large Corporations’ Profits
Roberto Sansón Mizrahi | Opinion Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

23 Jan 2019 – In economics, there are issues presented as undisputable “truths” which in reality are used to impose interests and privileges that cannot be defended in open air. An example is how large corporations’ profits are seen and presented, how they are obtained and distributed. It is critical to make explicit what might be concealed to consider new options.

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Mystery of the Venezuelan Gold: Bank of England Is Independent of UK Govt – But Not of Foreign Govt
George Galloway – RT, 4 Feb 2019

20 Jan 2019 – Pirates don’t have to look like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean. They can fly the Union Jack rather than the skull and crossbones. They can be called the Bank of England rather than the Jolly Roger.

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‘Moral Disgrace’: EU Parliament Lectures World on Rule of Law, Then Destroys Legality in Venezuela
John Laughland – RT, 4 Feb 2019

1 Feb 2019 – It’s a moral disgrace when the EU Parliament, which lectures the world on the need to respect the rule of law, uses legal language to tell lies about the legality of the situation in Venezuela, and to destroy that legality.

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Disarmament, Not Low-Yield Nukes
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

30 Jan 2019 – Seven-plus decades ago, as humanity was ensnarled in a monstrous world war, its instinct to win — to dominate others above all else — achieved ultimate manifestation: the capacity to annihilate all life on Planet Earth. Nuclear weapons are, you might say, the logical outcome of the 10,000-year journey of civilization.

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The CIA Then and Now: Old Wine in New Bottles
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

When the CIA’s dirty tricks were made public in the 1970s, it is not hard to imagine that the intellectual pimps who do their long-range thinking were asked to go back to the drawing board and paint a picture of the coming decades and how business as usual could be conducted without further embarrassment. By that time it had become clear that intellectual or high culture was being swallowed by mass culture and the future belonged to electronic screen culture and images, not words.

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International Appeal: Stop 5G on Earth and in Space
Arthur Firstenberg | Stop 5G – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

We the undersigned scientists, doctors, environmental organizations and citizens urgently call for a halt to the deployment of the 5G (fifth generation) wireless network, including 5G from space satellites. 5G will massively increase exposure to radio frequency radiation on top of the 2G, 3G and 4G networks for telecommunications already in place. RF radiation has been proven harmful for humans and the environment. The deployment of 5G constitutes an experiment on humanity and the environment that is defined as a crime under international law.

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The ‘Venezuelan People’ Are Whoever Agrees with Donald Trump
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Feb 2019

31 Jan 2019 – The latest bizarre episode in the Trump presidency is currently playing out in Venezuela. Just weeks after President Nicolás Maduro’s inauguration, Trump officially recognized Juan Guaidó, the 35-year-old head of the National Assembly—a man who has never even run for president—as the rightful head of state.

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Washington Has Appointed a President for Venezuela
Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

23 Jan 2018 – After listening since 2016 to the American presstitutes complain, without providing a mere scrap of evidence, of Russia meddling in US elections, a person would think that the last thing Washington would do would be to meddle in other countries’ elections. Washington now has gone far beyond mere meddling. It has declared that the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, is no longer the Venezuelan president. President Trump elected by diktat the Venezuelan president: “Today, I am officially recognizing the President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Juan Guaido, as the Interim President of Venezuela.

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(Castellano) Los seres humanos estamos destruyendo la vida en la Tierra, pero nos engañamos a nosotros mismos de que no es así
Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

A pesar del hecho obvio de que son los seres humanos los que están infligiendo toda esta violencia, es virtualmente imposible hacer que la gente preste atención a este hecho simple e incontrovertible y preguntarse por qué, precisamente, los seres humanos se están comportando de manera tan violenta y destructiva. ¿Y podemos abordar eficazmente esta causa?

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Learning from Gandhi
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

For Gandhi, conflict was a perennial condition. He also viewed it positively and considered it desirable. For him, it is an important means to greater human unity precisely because their shared conflict could remind antagonists of the deeper, perhaps transcendental, unity of life. He viewed violence differently, however: violence was built into social structures and not into people. Gandhi was assassinated on 30 Jan 1948. But his legacy lives on.

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‘Resistance’ Media Side with Trump to Promote Coup in Venezuela
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

25 Jan 2019 – After winning re-election in 2018, President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela was recently sworn in for a second term. However, Trump has taken the extraordinary step of declaring the elections void. He also arranged to have National Assembly head Juan Guaidó name himself the country’s new leader. This has spurred the Venezuelan right wing onto the streets to try to force Maduro out of office, leading to the deaths of 14 people. On Trump’s support for regime change in Venezuela, the “resistance” media are lining up shoulder to shoulder with the president.

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James W. Douglass Talks about Gandhi and the Unspeakable: His Final Experiment with Truth
Introduction by Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948 but the spirit of his nonviolent experiments with truth live throughout the world in individuals and groups. The writer and peace-activist James Douglass, a guide to such experiments with truth and author of many books on nonviolence and the meaning of political assassinations, recently travelled to Gandhi’s home district in India and delivered the following talk. It begins at 26:58 minutes into the video.

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US Regime Change in Venezuela: The Documented Evidence
Tony Cartalucci | Land Destroyer Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jan 2019

25 Jan 2019 – Venezuela faces dangerous destabilization with USA and some allies having recognized opposition figure Juan Guaido as “president” and declaring actual Venezuelan president – Nicolas Maduro – no longer recognized. According to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – the impetus for Washington’s sudden interest in Venezuela is the suffering of the Venezuelan people. Why Venezuela?

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126 Years of Illegal US Occupation of Hawai’i
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

On January 17, 1893 a coup d’état was carried out against Queen Lili’uokalani and the Hawaiian Kingdom by foreign business interests with U.S. Marines. An illegal U.S. occupation of Hawai’i has continued ever since. Today, occupied Hawai’i is home to more than 100 U.S. military installations. Native Hawaiians, 20% of the population, make up the majority of homeless and 60% of the prison population in their own homeland.

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(Castellano) Reflexiones sobre 2018, Pronósticos 2019
Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

31 diciembre 2018 – En muchos sentidos es doloroso reflexionar sobre el año 2018, un año de oportunidades vitales perdidas cuando tanto está en juego. Ya sea política, militar, social, económica, financiera o ecológicamente, la humanidad dio algunos grandes pasos hacia atrás mientras dejaba pasar un sinfín de oportunidades para hacer una diferencia positiva en nuestro mundo.

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Response to US Global Bullying: Iran, India Ditch Dollar to Continue Trading Oil despite Sanctions
Darius Shahtahmasebi – RT, 21 Jan 2019

14 Jan 2019 – In an effort to circumvent US-imposed sanctions, India and Iran have reportedly ditched the US dollar and are trading oil in rupees. The reason becomes clear after considering the dynamics at play in the region.

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Martin Luther King Day and the Unspeakable
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

21 Jan 2019 – “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous,” warned Dr. King, “than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” How true those words. For the government that honors Dr. King with a national holiday killed him. This is the suppressed truth behind the highly promoted day of service. It is what you are not supposed to know. It is what Thomas Merton, as quoted by James W. Douglass, called The Unspeakable.”

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Human Beings Are Destroying Life on Earth but Deluding Ourselves That We Are Not
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Jan 2019

Despite the obvious fact that it is human beings who are inflicting all of this violence, it is virtually impossible to get people to pay attention to this simple and incontrovertible fact and to ask why, precisely, are human beings behaving in such violent and destructive ways? And can we effectively address this cause?

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Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! (Part 2)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – Consortium News, 21 Jan 2019

“Hotel Rwanda” is a touchstone of interventionist ideology. Debunking that script helps show why the closure of the assassination case against Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame serves Western interests.

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A New Spectre Is Haunting Europe
Roberto Savio | Other News - Human Wrongs Watch, 21 Jan 2019

17 Jan 2019 – After Teresa May’s defeat in the British parliament it is clear that a new spectre is haunting Europe. It is no longer the spectre of communism, which opens Marx’s Manifesto of 1848; it is the spectre of the failure of neoliberal globalisation, which reigned uncontested following the fall of the Berlin Wall, until the financial crisis of 2009.

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Time for a New Paradigm
Roberto Savio | Other News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

Foreword to Riccardo Petrella’s In the Name of Humanity – Riccardo is a central point of reference for those who have not yet given up on seeing the governance of globalisation in terms of values and ideals. He has behind him a long series of struggles for a different economy and has denounced the dangers of neoliberal globalisation from the outset. We owe it to him if the theme of “commons” began to be debated, in particular that of water as a public good.

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Nanomaterials Are Changing the World – But We Still Don’t Have Adequate Safety Tests for Them
Shareen Doak, Martina G. Vijver and Martin Clift – The Conversation, 14 Jan 2019

10 Jan 2019 – Nanotechnology and materials are the source of countless innovations, but we don’t accurately know how they are affecting humans and the environment.

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“Evacuate the Coffee”: A White Supremacist Classic
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

9 Jan 2019 – US troops have been dispatched to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the results of presidential balloting are still unknown. Are they there to make sure that Joseph Kabila, the president they installed and kept in power for 18 years, cedes power to former Exxon-Mobil executive Martin Fayula, their new horse to ride?

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Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

11 Jan 2019 – In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump’s claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat’s shared belief in American benevolence toward other peoples, in Washington’s alleged right and duty to decide other countries’ fates, and in the forever war the US supposedly has to wage in the Middle East.

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From Child Refugee in Mozambique to School Principal in the United States
Marta Martinez | UNHCR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

Growing up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bertine Bahige was studying hard to become a doctor. At 13, he had his life figured out. Or so he thought. Resettlement gave Bertine Bahige a new chance in life. The former Congolese refugee would have never imagined he would one day call Wyoming home.

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Study: U.S. Newspapers Are More Than Twice as Likely to Cite Israeli Sources in Headlines than Palestinian Ones
Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 14 Jan 2019

12 Jan 2019 – The study analyzed 50 years of news headlines on the Israel-Palestine conflict and found an overwhelming slant toward the Israeli point of view.

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What Are We Working for “At Eternity’s Gate”?
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jan 2019

Vincent, responding to Gauguin, a former stock broker, when he urged him to paint slowly and methodically, said, “I need to be out of control. I don’t want to calm down.” He knew that to be fully alive was to be vulnerable, to not hold back, to always be slipping away, and to be threatened with annihilation at any moment. When painting, he was intoxicated with a creative joy that belies the popular image of him as always depressed.

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Time to Get Out of Afghanistan
Robert D. Kaplan – The New York Times, 7 Jan 2019

The United States is spending beyond its means on a mission that might only be helping its strategic rivals.

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Christmas Colors Light Up a Diverse Syria as Peace & Stability Return – And the West Barely Noticed
Vanessa Beeley - RT, 7 Jan 2019

31 Dec 2018 – Christmas celebrations have literally radiated out across Syria and western media was curiously silent in the face of such displays of unity and solidarity among Syria’s diverse peoples.

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Liberté, Égalité, Impérialisme! Vive la France in Black Africa! (Part 1)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2019

2 Jan 2019 — Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s troops most likely shot down a plane carrying two African presidents, igniting genocides that killed millions. Geopolitics trumped international justice again—just in time for Christmas. On December 21, a French court closed the long-running case against Kagame for assassinating Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira.

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Game Theory and Disarmament: Thinking Beyond the Table
Max Willner-Giwerc | E-IR, Northeastern University – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jan 2019

18 Dec 2018 – Game theory and disarmament have a long and rich history together. Though the logic of game theory has been used for millennia, it was not formalized until the violence of World War II, and the nascent field was popularized extensively during the Cold War. Indeed, it was pursued mainly for military purposes, especially to model the nuclear arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States. These models were studied “exhaustively” during the Cold War, and they led to a rich body of literature and theory that has become integral to economics, philosophy, mathematics, international relations, business, and evolutionary biology.

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Afghanistan in 2019: Fewer US Troops, More CIA Torture and Killings
William Boardman - Reader Supported News, 7 Jan 2019

3 Jan 2019 – Perhaps it’s just another sign of American psychic numbing, but the Times story seems to have provoked little response from other media, from politicians of any stripe, or from the public. More American war crimes in some Muslim country? Well, Happy New Year!

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Giuliani Says Assange Should Not Be Prosecuted
Joe Lauria – Consortium News, 7 Jan 2019

31 Dec 2018 – Donald Trump’s lawyer said today that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange should not be prosecuted and he compared WikiLeaks publications to the Pentagon Papers.

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Reflections on 2018, Forecasting 2019
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2018

Whether politically, militarily, socially, economically, financially or ecologically, humanity took some giant strides backwards while passing up endless opportunities to make a positive difference in our world. Let me, very briefly, identify some of the more crucial backward steps.

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Organ Theft, Staged Attacks: UN Panel Details White Helmets’ Criminal Activities, Media Yawns
Eva Bartlett – RT, 31 Dec 2018

25 Dec 2018 – Utter silence. That is the sound of Western corporate media days after a more than one-hour-long panel on the White Helmets at the United Nations on December 20.

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(Português, Castellano) ‘Peço Silêncio’ – “Pido Silencio”
Pablo Neruda - Revista Prosa Verso e Arte, 31 Dec 2018

“Pido Silencio”, o poema que traduz os sentimentos mais profundos do poeta. Leia e ouça na voz do poeta.

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A Spiritual Special Ops Team’s Christmas Gift
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Dec 2018

24 Dec 2018 – “It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning, they shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid general applause from all the wits, who believe that it is a joke.” — Soren Kierkegaard, Either/Or

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(Castellano) En defensa del individuo humano
Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

Trágicamente, es la más sagrada de las instituciones -la escuela- que yo llamo “prisión para niños”, donde se produce gran parte del daño. Diseñada para aterrorizar a los niños para que obedezcan y se conformen, sobre la base de que “una sola talla sirve para todos”, la escuela destruye las capacidades físicas, sensoriales, intelectuales y emocionales de los niños, produciendo individuos con una capacidad casi nula de sentir algo profundo, pensar creativamente y comportarse poderosamente con integridad.

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Of Cockroaches and Humans
Roberto Savio | IPS - Human Wrongs Watch, 17 Dec 2018

16 Dec 2018 – Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach.

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In Defense of the Human Individual
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Dec 2018

12 Dec 2018 – Tragically, it is that most hallowed of institutions – school – which I call ‘prison for children’ where much of the damage is done. Designed to terrorize children into obedience and conformity on the basis that ‘one size fits all’, school destroys the physical, sensory, intellectual and emotional capacities of children churning out individuals with near-zero capacity to feel anything profound, think creatively and behave powerfully with integrity.

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(Português) Relembre grifes e estilistas que abandonaram produtos de origem animal em 2018
Julia Cortezia- ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais, 17 Dec 2018

15 dez 2018 – Grandes marcas abandonaram peles e pelos em suas futuras coleções em 2018, marcando um grande avanço para a causa animal.

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William Blum (6 Mar 1933 – 9 Dec 2018), Renowned U.S. Foreign Policy Critic, Dead at 85
Chris Agee and Louis Wolf – CovertAction Magazine, 17 Dec 2018

William Blum died in Virginia early this morning on December 9, 2018 after falling in his Washington D.C. apartment and sustaining serious wounds 65 days ago. Blum left the State Department in 1967 and became a founder and editor of the Washington Free Press, the first “alternative” newspaper in the capital. In 1969, he wrote and published an exposé of the CIA in which were revealed the names and addresses of more than 200 CIA employees.

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Washington Using Legal Cover to Conceal Economic Banditry
Finian Cunningham - RT, 17 Dec 2018

12 Dec 2018 – The blatant arrest of a Chinese telecoms executive in Canada on behalf of the US is shrouded in obscure legalistic claims. But the bottom line is clear; the US is abusing the legal process to pursue lawless economic interests. Increasingly in the eyes of the world, it is a renegade state which absurdly justifies its criminality with lofty claims of rule of law.

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Revolution in Ukraine? Yes, please! Revolution in France? Rule of law!
Danielle Ryan - RT, 10 Dec 2018

3 Dec 2018 – When violent protests shook Kiev in 2013, Western analysts and leaders quickly threw their support behind the anti-government ‘revolution’ — but after weeks of Yellow Vest protests in France, the reaction has been very different.

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

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

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(Castellano) El engaño humano y nuestra destrucción de la biósfera: ¡Ni siquiera lo estamos intentando!
Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

3 diciembre 2018 – ¿Ha escuchado la expresión “cambio climático”? Esa encantadora expresión que sugiere unas vacaciones en un lugar con un clima más agradable… La extinción nos llama. La elección es suya.

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Going to the Gym Is a Sign of Being Gay, Says Malaysian Newspaper
RT – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

A Malaysian newspaper has published a gay-spotter’s checklist. It includes things like being a gym member or having a beard as signs of male homosexuality. Hugging, holding hands, being alone and talking disparagingly about men, meanwhile, are a sure-fire way of telling someone is a lesbian, according to the guide.

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A World Adrift
José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Laureate | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

29 Nov 2018 – As I stared at the picture of seven-year-old Amal Hussain dying of hunger I couldn’t contain my anguish, tears flooding my eyes. Some hours earlier I was wining and dining with friends whom I told about my revulsion at the world’s indifference at the Yemen tragedy, at the hypocrites of the West who shamelessly crawl at the feet of the butcher of Saudi Arabia Mohammed Bin Salman.

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Sometimes a Pair of Pants Can Give You Vertigo
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

6 Dec 2018 – Between my desire for a changed world and the world that seemed to change only for the worse lay the desolation Berger identified. Many people feel it, I know, especially dissidents who fight in various ways against the powerful. But we prefer not to go there, to see what it consists of and how we may transmute it into acts and words that might make a difference.

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Sheikh Sayakh Will Go to Prison, the Disgrace to His Judges
Amos Gvirtz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Dec 2018

5 Dec 2018 – Sheikh Sayakh is about to be imprisoned for not accepting the robbery of his lands and the expulsion of his village members by the state of Israel that expelled them in 1952. He returned to his land and reconstructed it. The state demolished the village 130 times trying to expel Sheikh Sayakh and his people from the village. It has now charged and convicted him for invading the very lands it robbed from him.

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(Português) Imagens angustiantes mostram a realidade dos animais criados para indústria de peles
Julia Cortezia - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais, 3 Dec 2018

Em uma investigação feita pela Humane Society International (HSI), foi revelado as condições em que minks, raposas e cães-guaxinins estão confinados nas fazendas de pele finlandesas.

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230,000 “Jihadists” in 70 Countries: Since 9/11 the Number of Al Qaeda Affiliated Terrorists Has Quadrupled. Study
RT – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

23 Nov 2018 – US taxpayers have already forked over a mind-melting $5.9 trillion to fund the massive and increasingly secretive war – but the noble pursuit of eradicating terrorism has apparently had the opposite effect.

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Human Delusion and Our Destruction of the Biosphere: We Aren’t Even Trying!
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Dec 2018

27 Nov 2018 – Have you heard the expression ‘climate change’? That lovely expression that suggests a holiday in a place with a more pleasant climate… Extinction beckons. The choice is yours.

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Another Crimean War Looms as NATO Provocations Enter Russian Waters
George Galloway - RT, 3 Dec 2018

26 Nov 2018 – A new Crimean War would be the last, but few amongst the general public realize that endless baiting of Russia, the cycle of war games, sanctions, and false accusations could well lead to all-out war between NATO and Russia.

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Has America Become a Plutocracy?
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr - Newsweek, 26 Nov 2018

21 Nov 2018 – America has spent $6 trillion on war since 9/11. It can credibly be argued that America is now, officially, a plutocracy. My grandfather, Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy, warned that America could not be both an imperial nation abroad and a constitutional democracy at home. That unstable configuration, he argued, would diminish the middle class, yield large chasms between rich and poor and erode our constitutional and civil rights.

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New Technology Promises Natural Gas with No Emissions
Alan Neuhauser – US News & World Report, 26 Nov 2018

The development could change the conversation around clean energy.

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United States Will Bring Assange to US in Chains
Ann Garrison – Consortium News, 26 Nov 2018

It appears increasingly likely WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange will wind up in the clutches of the U.S. government.

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(Português) Opções para a Economia Popular
Roberto Sansón Mizrahi | Opinion Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2018

22 nov 2018 – Transição da muito pequena à média escala para empreendimentos da economia popular. Pode ser encarado? Que apoios são requeridos? Temos destacado que a economia popular não é um cercado onde deixar encurralados os pobres e marginalizados mas, pelo contrário, pode se transformar em uma das colunas fundantes de um novo rumo e forma de funcionar orientados ao bem-estar geral e o cuidado ambiental.

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More Doctors Program: Humanity vs. Fascism in Brazil
The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2018

17 Nov 2018 – In contrast with its economic potential, Brazil occupies the 125th place in the world health ranking. In 2013, given the precariousness of care in the poorest regions, Dilma Rousseff’s government created the More Doctors Program, based on an agreement with the Pan American Health Organization, and driven above all by Cuba’s response based on solidarity.

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Autonomous Weapons Will Be Tireless, Efficient, Killing Machines—And There Is No Way to Stop Them
Andreas Kirsch | Quartz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Nov 2018

The world’s next major military conflict could be over quickly. Our human soldiers will simply not stand a chance. Drones and robots will overrun our defenses and take the territory we are standing on. Even if we take out some of these machines, more of them will soon arrive to take their place, newly trained off our reactions to their last offense.

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Mainstream Media on Gaza: Israelis Get Killed, but Palestinians Merely ‘Die’
Darius Shahtahmasebi - RT, 19 Nov 2018

15 Nov 2018 – After a Twitter backlash, the Guardian was forced to amend a brazenly propagandized headline which sought to undermine the basic rights of Palestinians and elevate Israeli soldiers to levels previously thought unimaginable.

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Gaza Burns Hotter than Hollywood but There’s Nobody to Put the Fires Out
George Galloway - RT, 19 Nov 2018

13 Nov 2018 – The world is fixated by the forest fires in Hollywood burning down stars’ mansions. With supreme irony some of them belong to those who helped raise millions of dollars for the Israeli Army which is now burning the hovels of Gaza.

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Amnesty Strips Aung San Suu Kyi of Its Highest Honor; Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Should Be Next
Danielle Ryan – RT, 19 Nov 2018

16 Nov 2018 – Amnesty International announced it would strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of its top award, saying it was “profoundly dismayed” at her failure to acknowledge the full scale of atrocities against the Rohingya people.

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Et tu, RT? Amplifying Western Disinformation on Rwanda
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

“The institutionalization of the ‘Rwandan genocide’ has been the remarkable achievement of a propaganda system sustained by both public and private power. We’re told that the US failed to stop Rwanda’s 1994 genocide, so we’re now obliged to ‘intervene’ anytime and anywhere another genocide is underway.”

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Phil Ochs and the Crucifixion of President John F. Kennedy
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

Whatever the truth in this age of “not knowing,” I think his story is a parable for our times. Whenever you think you’re getting the straight scoop, think again, and then again. The CIA’s Operation Mockingbird is still singing its siren song to convince us that the crucifixion was a one-time event, when Phil knew otherwise, right from the start and right to the end. I think he tried to warn us and wouldn’t be silenced, even in death.

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(Italiano) La guerra per por fine alle guerre 100 anni dopo: valutazione e riorientamento della nostra resistenza alla guerra
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

L’autore e commentatore sociale britannico H.G. Wells ha forse coniato l’espressione che rese originariamente popolare la 1ª Guerra mondiale: La guerra che porrà fine alle guerre, secondo il titolo del suo libro basato su articoli scritti durante quel vasto conflitto militare. Por fine alla Guerra non è impossibile; tutt’altro, effettivamente. Ma ci vorrà una quantità fenomenale d’intelligente sforzo strategico, coraggio e dedizione.

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Criminal War, Poverty at the Heart of European & US Migration Turmoil
Finian Cunningham - RT, 19 Nov 2018

12 Nov 2018 – Europe has certainly adopted more fortress-like controls against would-be refugees. A concomitant rise in anti-immigrant political parties has in turn fueled popular resentment towards EU institutions. But the debate requires much more than “moral appeals.”

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Cruelty, Cruelty, Cruelty: Nauru, Yemen, Gaza
Stuart Rees – New Matilda [Australia], 19 Nov 2018

6 Nov 2018 – Article 5 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights decreed, ‘No-one shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.’ The Convention on the Rights of the Child had similar aspirations. Those rules and standards seem to have been forgotten or disregarded.

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The New Abnormal
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Nov 2018

“Mass shootings and mass burnings. Welcome to the new America.” Gunfire and wildfire. This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways.

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Veterans Day Reflection from 50 Years Ago
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

11 Nov 2018 – Looking back 50 years ago today, I learned two valuable lessons in nonviolence. In Nov 1968, I was teaching at St. Francis School in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. On Veterans Day, two other teachers and myself decided to picket the local Draft Board in protest of the escalating war in Vietnam. We made two strategic mistakes that day:

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Concentration Camps for Kids: An Open Letter
Alberto Manguel, Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, et al. | The New York Review of Books – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

6 Nov 2018 – In Texas, in rows of yellow tents, some 1,600 children ages thirteen to seventeen forcefully taken from their families sleep in lined-up bunks. This generation will be remembered for having allowed for concentration camps for children to be built on “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” This is happening here and now, but not in our names.

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Trump Regime Imposes New Illegal Sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela
Stephen Lendman | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

6 Nov 2018 – Cuba isn’t a US enemy as explained under the 1917 Trading with the Enemy Act. Neither country declared war on the other. The same applies to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Iran and other countries illegally sanctioned by Washington. Yet the same policies persist. On Thursday [1 Nov], John Bolton announced them on Havana and Caracas.

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The Pentagon’s Cunning Plot to Militarize the Economy
William D. Hartung | Democratic World Federalists – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

8 Nov 2018 – Given his erratic behavior, from daily Twitter eruptions to upping his tally of lies by the hour, it’s hard to think of Donald Trump as a man with a plan. But in at least one area — reshaping the economy to serve the needs of the military-industrial complex — he’s (gasp!) a socialist in the making.

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The War to End War 100 Years On: An Evaluation and Reorientation of our Resistance to War
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Nov 2018

British author and social commentator H.G. Wells may have coined the expression that originally popularized World War I as The War that Will End War, as his book, based on articles written during that vast military conflict, was titled. Ending war is not impossible. Far from it, in fact. But it is going to take a phenomenal amount of intelligent strategic effort, courage and commitment.

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(Castellano) La psicología del fascismo
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

El continuo aumento del fascismo en todo el mundo está atrayendo cada vez más la atención, sobre todo porque se necesita un mayor control dentro de las sociedades nacionales que durante mucho tiempo se ha visto que lo han rechazado. Algunos estudios recientes nos han recordado las características de los movimientos e individuos fascistas, particularmente cuando se manifiestan entre fascistas políticamente activos.

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Leon Trotsky (7 Nov 1879 – 21 Aug 1940)
Robert V. Daniels | Encyclopædia Britannica - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Nov 2018

In the struggle for power following Vladimir Ilich Lenin’s death, Joseph Stalin emerged as victor, while Trotsky was removed from all positions of power and later exiled (1929). He remained the leader of an anti-Stalinist opposition abroad until his assassination by a Stalinist agent.

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Capitalism and the Wage System
Bertrand Russell – The Sun Magazine, 5 Nov 2018

The modern growth of monopolies in the shape of trusts, cartels, federations of employers and so on has greatly increased the power of the capitalist to levy toll on the community. This tendency will not cease of itself, but only through definite action on the part of those who do not profit by the capitalist regime.

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Genetically Engineered Viruses May Become the Next Generation of Warfare
Tomasz Pierscionek – RT, 5 Nov 2018

1 Nov 2018 – Many technologies have dual use potential and can be applied to either civilian or defense projects, depending on the intent of those in charge. The urge to use a biogenetic weapon to incapacitate a rising competitor may one day prove too much of a temptation to ignore.

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(Português) Sofrimento performático: Lutadores de artes marciais derrubam touros em espetáculo para entreter turistas
Julia Cortezia - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais, 5 Nov 2018

1 nov 2018 – Uma prática que envolve lutadores de artes marciais combatendo touros tem ganhado destaque entre os mestres de Kung Fu e muitos turistas na China. Para marcar pontos, lutam até derrubarem touros no chão.

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The Apocalypse Not Now
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

“When they will sell you even your rain,” he said sadly. “They sold me a bill of goods. The American dream! What a bad joke, here I am, a college graduate, not a drunk or drug addict, and I’m living in a tent in the woods in a ravine by a golf course. Some nights I think they make it rain on me for fun, as if to say: here’s your free water, you loser.”

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The Psychology of Fascism
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

29 Oct 2018 – The continuing rise of fascism around the world is drawing increasing attention particularly as it takes firmer grip within national societies long seen to have rejected it. Some recent studies have reminded us of the characteristics of fascist movements and individuals, particularly as they manifest among politically active fascists.

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(Português) Arábia Saudita Contra o Iémen: A Chacina Que Não Indigna Governos Nem Opiniões Públicas
Sofia Lorena – Público (Portugal), 29 Oct 2018

“Os civis não estão a morrer à fome no Iémen, estão a ser mortos à fome”, diz o secretário-geral do Conselho Norueguês para os Refugiados. A ONU avisa que se a guerra continuar até 13 milhões de civis podem morrer à fome.

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No More Violence!
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

27 Oct 2018 – In recent days, we have learned about the terrorist murders at a Jewish Synagogue, the mailing of package bombs to critics of President Trump, etc. What we haven’t heard as much are the ongoing US wars (is it currently six or seven?) in the Middle East that have resulted in millions killed, wounded or made refugees; covert US “Special Ops” taking place all over the world; and the past US wars and regime changes in Latin America that have created chaos, violence, poverty and a vast number of fleeing refugees and asylum seekers.

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Why You Might Consider the Buddha’s Proposal
Jack Balkwill | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

We live in a world where there are thousands of heroes who go unrecognized, driven by a need to make this world a better place. They are in the shadows, away from the spotlight of mainstream media. Much of what they do is anathema to the teachings of the establishment. War, for example, is glorified by the establishment’s mainstream media, because the powers behind mainstream media make a lot of money from war (through their expanded financial portfolios).

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Congo in the Abyss
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

17 Oct 2018 – A very important critical overview of the mostly ignored atrocities perpetrated by western imperialism in this region. “In Congo, globalized capitalism creates permanent chaos.”

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American “Zersetzung”
Karen Melton Stewart | Activist Post – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

15 Oct 2018 – So, suddenly someone you are related to, someone you know pretty well, or your spouse, begins to have some bad luck, then massive bad luck, then never-ending bad luck… What can you do now that you at least suspect another narrative is possible to explain the torment he/she is going through? Support the person as credible. Finding quality and trustworthy doctors and a lawyer of integrity is essential. The Homeland Security apparatus may try to interfere.

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Slavoj Žižek: Until the Rich World Thinks ‘One World,’ Migration Will Intensify
Slavoj Žižek - RT, 29 Oct 2018

28 Oct 2018 – Migration is, once again, headline news. Columns of migrants from Honduras are approaching the US border through Mexico; African migrants broke through barriers and entered the small Spanish exclave on the northern tip of Africa; Middle East migrants are trying to enter Croatia. The “rich” world urgently needs to address the reasons behind mass migration, rather than its symptoms. And understand we live in one world.

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30th Straight Bloody Friday in Gaza
Stephen Lendman | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Oct 2018

Gazans show no signs of ending their liberating struggle against Israel’s illegal blockade and overall occupation harshness. On Friday [19 Oct], another 275 Palestinians were wounded, including 49 children, three women, three journalists and four paramedics, at least 10 seriously. Since March 30, at least 204 Gazans were killed, well over 22,000 others injured, thousands from live fire at peaceful unarmed demonstrations.

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Trump Says US Will Withdraw from Nuclear Arms Treaty with Russia
Julian Borger and Martin Pengelly – The Guardian, 22 Oct 2018

21 Oct 2018 – Experts warn of ‘most severe crisis in nuclear arms control since the 1980s’ as Trump confirms US will leave INF agreement. “We’ll have to develop those weapons,” the president told reporters in Nevada after a rally. “We’re going to terminate the agreement and we’re going to pull out.”

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The Analects of Confucius
Robert Eno | Indiana University Bloomington – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

The Analects of Confucius is an anthology of brief passages that present the words of Confucius and his disciples, describe Confucius as a man, and recount some of the events of his life. The book may have begun as a collection by Confucius’s immediate disciples soon after their Master’s death in 479 BCE.

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This Is Not Law Enforcement – It Is a War Crime
Amos Gvirtz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Oct 2018

17 Oct 2018 – This one-sided war that the Israeli army is waging against the Khan Al-Akhmar civilian population includes: widespread land robbery; relentless destruction of houses; establishing settlements on stolen land, then expanding them; deportations; stealing water and quarry sources; preventing the return of Palestinians; preventing unification of families; preventing entry of visitors. These are not connected in any way to national security but with Israel’s project of territorial expansion.

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