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What’s Joker’s Joke?
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

The joker’s joke is no joke at all. It is deadly serious. When Arthur Fleck says, “I used to think my life was a tragedy, but now I realize it’s a comedy,” and unleashes his murderous violent rage with a Joker’s smile, he was turning into those he condemned as his oppressors. Their nihilism became his own; their violence his. The film asks us to contemplate such a marriage of seeming opposites, its dialectic, and not turn away from the faces in the mirror.

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A Tight Grip on Our Nuclear Toys
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

6 Nov 2019 – The interests of the planet as a whole could easily disappear as anything but idealistic, ignorable abstractions. Disarmament? Give me a break. Not when regional powers are “challenging American hegemony.” Add to this the transnational, corporate interest in militarism. There’s no money in peace, a black hole, the lull between wars. Money doesn’t start to flow until the bullets and the bombs start to fly.

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Rwanda: Victoire Ingabire Endures Relentless Interrogation
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

30 Oct 2019 – Rwanda’s democratic opposition leader says “there is no space for people to speak freely and peacefully and engage in real democratic process in Rwanda.”

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Choose Your Constitution!
Joe Kandra (cartoonist) and Kathie MM - Engaging Peace, 11 Nov 2019

Then & Now…

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U.S. Global Pirate!
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

What is OUR OIL doing under THEIR sand? “We’re keeping the (Syrian) Oil,” says Trump. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney plundered Iraq’s oil. Barack Obama looted the Libyan oil fields.

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US and Israel Were Lone Votes against UN Resolutions Opposing Space Arms Race and Nuclear Middle East
Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

8 Nov 2019 – The only two countries that voted consistently against UNGA draft resolutions calling for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East and to stop an arms race in outer space.

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Ending Violence, Exploitation, Ecological Destruction and War: Creating a Culture of Peace
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

For those of us concerned with the struggle to create cultures of peace or, even, a world culture of peace, there are some fundamental questions to consider including the classic question discussed by two of humanity’s greats, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud–‘Why War?’ Peace entails far more than simply a state without military (including terrorist) violence and war. Beyond these forms of violence, many exponents of peace seek the end of other dimensions of what I call ‘visible’ violence.

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Our Vanishing World (Part 3): Insects
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

About 12,000 years ago, late Stone Age humans precipitated the Neolithic (agricultural) revolution that marked the start of the steady rise to civilization. Coincidentally, this occurred at the same time as the beginning of what is now known as the Holocene Epoch, the geological epoch in which humans still live. However, since the industrial revolution commencing in about 1750, just 270 years ago, humans have been destroying Earth’s biosphere with such tremendous ferocity that the Earth we inherited at the beginning of the Holocene Epoch is vanishing before our eyes. And life is vanishing with it.

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Experts Say Beijing Is NOT Engaged in ‘Debt Trap Diplomacy’, but Anti-China Propaganda Is Relentless
Darius Shahtahmasebi - RT, 4 Nov 2019

30 Oct 2019 – A new report has shed some light on predominantly western critiques of China’s foreign policy strategy, particularly in the Pacific; and it has put to rest an issue which has dominated media discourse for some time now.

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Pillow Talk
Joe Kandra (cartoonist) and Kathie MM – Engaging Peace, 4 Nov 2019

There you go again…

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‘This Charge Is 100% False’: Grayzone Editor Max Blumenthal Arrested Months after Reporting on Venezuelan Opposition Violence
Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

28 Oct 2019 – The Grayzone editor Max Blumenthal has been arrested on false charges after reporting on Venezuelan opposition violence outside the DC embassy. He describes the manufactured case as part of a wider campaign of political persecution.

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Today’s Protests Indicate the Scale of Troubles in Our Paradise
Slavoj Zizek - RT, 4 Nov 2019

28 Oct 2019 – Anti-establishment protests are popping up all over the world, in countries with different political systems, and various levels of wealth. We may be entering an era of widespread civil unrest. It is all too easy to claim that these outbursts – Hong Kong, Catalonia, Chile, Ecuador, Lebanon, not to mention the Yellow Vests – cannot be reduced to a common denominator.

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Why Do So Many People Hate the U.S.?
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

1 Nov 2019 – The US illegal invasion of Iraq based on phony claims of weapons of mass destruction by Bush & co. led to the creation of ISIS. It has been endless regime-change wars, torture, rendition, and covert Special Ops in numerous countries. Hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed; millions wounded and displaced. No wonder so many people around the world hate the U.S. and see America as the greatest threat to peace on earth.

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The Metamorphosis of the Deep State
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

2 Nov 2019 – To think that the deep state is government employees just doing their patriotic duty is plain idiocy and plainer propaganda, just as denying its existence was. It is a trick, not the treat it is made to seem.

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Leon Trotsky (7 Nov 1879 – 21 Aug 1940)
Robert V. Daniels | Encyclopædia Britannica - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Nov 2019

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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The Olive Tree–Not Just an Ordinary Tree
Mazin Qumsiyeh | DesertPeace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

21 Oct 2019 – It is hard to describe to non-Palestinians what the olive tree means to us. My thoughts wonder to the Palestinians who lost their olive groves to the colonial settlement activity (over 1 million trees have been uprooted). The olive harvest is after all a ritual that borders on an act of worship (and maybe it is). Palestinians over the past 5000 years have cultivated olive trees and derived great benefit from these wonderful hardy trees.

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

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

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Investment Key Variable, though Not Any Type of Investment
Roberto Sansón Mizrahi | Opinion Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

It is claimed that investment is a key variable in every development process, but, beware, not any type of investment. There are investments that contribute to the pursued development and others that hurt it or do not impact on the chosen path. Therefore, it is not right to talk about plain investment without delving into such heterogeneous universe and discerning which investment to make and who does it. Those are two intimately related critical issues.

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Why Are the American People so Passive and Accepting of War?
Dave Alpert | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

23 Oct 2019 – We have not experienced war on our soil since the Civil War. The closest we came was the destruction and deaths caused by the 9/11 attack, a homegrown incident to gather support for US military action in the Middle East as it “does battle against terrorism”. The reality we refuse to recognize is that it is the US that is the biggest and most dangerous terrorist on the planet.

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Returning to Obama’s Plan
Amos Gvirtz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

21 Oct 2019 – If Israel wants to survive, then it must return to the Obama plan: to choose the road of peace while we still enjoy the support of the United States, so that we can arrive at a peace agreements that will dramatically reduce the security threat to our existence and our dependence on the superpowers.

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What If the Government Abolished the Military?
Jørgen Johansen and Brian Martin | Journal of Resistance Studies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Oct 2019

25 Oct 2019 – Imagine that government leaders make an announcement: “We’re going to abdicate responsibility for defense. Over the next few years, our military forces will be phased out. They are too dangerous and counterproductive. It will be up to everyone to figure out how to defend us all without violence.” As entrenched as the military is in our society and minds, civilians can defend a society without using violence.

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Assange Subjected to Torture & Violations of Due Process Rights – UN Envoy
RT – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

16 Oct 2019 – WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange has been subjected to “psychological torture”– that’s a medical assessment–and his due process rights have been “systematically violated” by all the states involved, according to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer.

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When Time Stands Still
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

I am finding that far too much of what is being published about our world situation is doing little good. We need different approaches. Here’s one.

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Switching to Plant-Based Diet from Animal-Based Food
Robert Smith | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

Hunger in the world continues to grow, as do the number people are overweight. Suboptimal diets were responsible for more deaths than any other single cause, including smoking tobacco. In addition, switching to a primarily plant-based diet from a diet that includes unhealthy animal-based food (red meat and processed meat) is good for your health and for the environment.

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Catalonia ‘Separatists’ Bad, HK ‘Pro-Democracy Protesters’ Good: Orwell’s 1984 Becomes User’s Manual for Western ‘Free Media’
George Galloway - RT, 21 Oct 2019

15 Oct 2019 – When supporters of Catalan leaders jailed advance on Barcelona airport, media make a fuss over ‘separatists’ causing chaos. When the same tactics are used in Hong Kong, it’s a ‘pro-democracy’ protest. In George Orwell’s 1984, The War Ministry was renamed the Ministry of Peace. Truth was Lies, Hate was Love. Alice in wonderland…

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China & India Aren’t Best Friends – but Agreed Strategic Adjustment Might Prevent WAR between Asian Superpowers
Sreeram Chaulia - RT, 21 Oct 2019

12 Oct 2019 – Asia’s No.1 and No.2 powers have longstanding conflicts of interest, but are seeking common ground through “strategic communication” between their leaders. The goal – stability – is pursued with a heavy dose of personal diplomacy.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report #15 (Oct 2019)
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D., Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’. At the time of today’s report, we have signatories in 105 countries. We also have 118 organizations/networks from 39 countries. Here is another report of the activities of individuals and organizations who are your fellow Charter signatories.

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Bestselling Pentagon Fiction: Beware of Defense Secretaries Pledging Reform
William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger – TomDispatch, 14 Oct 2019

The pentagon is pledging to reform itself. Again. It Won’t. The new secretary of defense, a former Raytheon lobbyist, won’t even pledge not to go back through the revolving door. With a budget totaling more than $1.4 trillion for the next two years, the department is riding high, even as it attempts to set the stage for yet more spending increases in the years to come.

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

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

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Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional and Extinction-threatening
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

Perhaps ending human violence is impossible. If that is true, then human extinction is inevitable and it will occur as a result of one cause or another. Moreover, it will happen in the near term. But every person who believes that human violence can be ended, and then takes strategic action to end it, is participating in the most important undertaking in human history: a last ditch strategy to fight for human survival.

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How Israeli Doctors Enable the Shin Bet’s Torture Industry
Ruchama Marton - +972 Magazine, 14 Oct 2019

7 Oct 2019 – From approving brutal interrogation techniques to writing false medical reports, doctors in Israel have taken an active role in the torture of Palestinian prisoners.

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Major Media Bury Groundbreaking Studies of Pentagon’s Massive Carbon Bootprint
Joshua Cho – FAIR Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, 14 Oct 2019

10 Oct 2019 – US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported.

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In Media Newspeak, a ‘Peace Plan’ for Palestine/Israel Is Anything US Proposes
Joshua Cho | FAIR Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

30 Sep 2019 – The corporate media’s coverage of Kushner’s “Vision for Peace” transmitted the perspective of US official sources, constantly referring unironically to the proposal as a “peace plan,” “peace initiative” or “peace process.” The more difficult and honest approach to reporting—by analyzing the plan on its predictable outcomes, rather than its professed objectives—wasn’t taken, despite the media’s own reporting indicating how the plan could never lead to peace.

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Cuba’s Venceremos Brigade at 50: Challenging Empire, Uplifting Solidarity since 1969
Diana Block | Portside – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

As the U.S. ramps up its global efforts to protect genocidal racial capitalism, it is a crucial time for a new generation to study and learn from Cuba’s 60-year effort to build an alternative socio-economic system.

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70th Anniversary of the People’s Republic of China Shows Beijing’s Communism May Be the Most Viable
George Galloway - RT, 7 Oct 2019

1 Oct 2019 – While mistakes of the Soviet Union put it in the museum, China’s capacity to adapt and reinvent itself could soon make it the most important country in the world. Last weekend, I addressed a 70th anniversary commemoration of the victory of the Chinese revolution. I joked to the Chinese diplomats present that I had spoken at the 70th anniversary of the October Revolution in Russia too and look what happened after that!

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Public Notices/Private Questions/Musical Dreams
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

3 Oct 2019 – Throughout our days we all notice many things that elicit questions that quickly pass through us as in a dream. Here are some questions that I caught on the fly before they melted from my mind, and when I asked myself what the answers were, only songs came to me, songs that didn’t exactly answer the questions but set me to dreaming. This is an invitation to dream along.

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(Castellano) El Movimiento Climático Mundial está fracasando: ¿Por qué?
Robert Burrowes | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

Aunque estoy encantado de que estas campañas hayan logrado finalmente movilizar a un número significativo de personas en torno a la amenaza existencial que la catástrofe climática representa para la vida en la Tierra. Me gustaría plantear brevemente algunas cuestiones para su consideración por parte de cada uno de los que participan en el movimiento climático, así como de los que están considerando la posibilidad de participar.

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

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

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Rwanda: Murder of Dissidents Continues as Migrants Are Shipped in
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Oct 2019

2 Oct 2019 – Sylidio Dusabumuremyi, a member of the Rwandan opposition party, was murdered on Sep 23, the day before Rwandan President Paul Kagame addressed the UNGA. During the same week, 500 African migrants were shipped from Libya to Rwanda, thanks to an agreement between the EU, the AU, and the UNHCR.

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The Global Climate Movement Is Failing: Why?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

25 Sep 2019 – It has been satisfying to note the response to two recent climate campaigns: the Global Climate Strike by school students inspired by Greta Thunberg and the climate actions by Extinction Rebellion. While delighted that these campaigns have managed to mobilize significant numbers of people, I would like to briefly raise some issues for consideration by each of those involved in the climate movement as well as those considering involvement.

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An Increasing Number of Countries Are Banning E-Cigarettes – Here’s Why
Lorraine Martin and James Reihill – The Conversation, 30 Sep 2019

23 Sep 2019 – More than 20 countries have banned e-cigarettes.

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Interview with Edward Snowden: ‘If I Happen to Fall out of a Window, You Can Be Sure I Was Pushed’
Martin Knobbe and Jörg Schindler - Der Spiegel, 30 Sep 2019

13 Sep 2019 – Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks about how he managed to mislead the most powerful intelligence agency in the world, about his life in Russia and about why the internet must be reinvented.

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Iran: From Survival Struggle to Sphere of Influence
Cristina Cabrejas-Artola – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

30 Sep 2019 – While Iran’s rivals are threatened by nearly two and half millennia of imperial supremacy, they ignore Iran’s historical impact in the world on political, religious, scientific, cultural and philosophical developments that can hardly be interpreted as enemies of the “free world”. Such an international misinterpretation has forced Iran to adopt an offensive foreign policy approach, which offers a theoretical framework for the validation of offensive realism against other realist and neoliberal theories.

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Why Does Chris Hedges Hedge His Bets?
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

27 Sep 2019 – The CIA’s mind control operations need to be exposed, as Hedges does to a degree in this latest article. But revealing while concealing is unworthy of one who condemns “creeps who revel in human degradation, dirty tricks, and murder.” It itself is a form of mind control. Perhaps he will see fit to publicly explain why he has done this.

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The Truth on How Natural Gas & Oil Fit into US Foreign Policy Agenda
Darius Shahtahmasebi – RT, 30 Sep 2019

26 Sep 2019 – The US has apparently learned it can use its leverage over natural resources to pursue a geopolitical chess game which sees it heavily countering Russia’s influence over the future of the energy markets.

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Trump Regime Denies Visas to Members of Russian and Iranian UN Delegations
Stephen Lendman | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

27 Sep 2019 – International protocol obliges host country USA to issue visas for delegation members, attending sessions at UN headquarters in New York. But many of Iranian President Rouhani’s aides and Iranian journalists were denied visa permission to attend the General Assembly session. Russia was offended the same way. Reportedly, 10 members of its UN delegation were denied visas.

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(Français) Les Nouveaux Territoires de l’Agrobusiness
Laurent Delcourt | CETRI – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

25 septembre 2019 – Plus d’une décennie après la crise alimentaire de 2007-2008, l’appel à changer de modèle agricole est resté lettre morte. Mises en cause dans la flambée des prix, les grandes firmes de l’agrobusiness ont poursuivi leur expansion à l’échelle de la planète, imposant leurs modes de production standardisés, socialement excluants et écologiquement destructeurs. Fortes de leur poids économique et de leur capacité d’influence politique, elles ont réussi aussi à imposer leurs priorités sur le terrain du développement durable et de la sécurité alimentaire.

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Washington’s Long War on Syria
Roberto Sirvent | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

25 Sep 2019 – Three hostile foreign powers—Israel, Turkey and the United States—occupy parts of Syria in defiance of international law. “Washington seeks to inflame sectarian divisions to prevent Arabs coalescing as an independent political force.”

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The Advance of Designer Viruses in Agriculture
Martin Schlak – Der Spiegel, 30 Sep 2019

24 Sep 2019 – Scientists believe designer viruses created in the laboratory can help the agricultural industry deal with pathogens and extreme weather. A vast experiment is currently being planned. But can the viruses be controlled?

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Leon Trotsky’s Four Fateful Years in Prinkipo: 1929-1933
David North | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

23 Sep 2019 – Review of the political struggle conducted by Trotsky during his four years on the Turkish island of Prinkipo to oppose the bureaucracy headed by Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union. Trotsky arrived in Turkey, along with his wife Natalia Sedova, in February 1929 as a political exile, deported by Stalin’s GPU. “Unable to answer Trotsky with principled arguments,” North notes, “Stalin was determined to silence him.”

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Climate Change and Consciousness Shift
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Sep 2019

25 Sep 2019 – Climate change: It feels like the approaching End Times. But it’s the secular version thereof, which means that humanity is responsible for both its cause and — if possible — its transcendence. All we need to do is change everything about the way the high-tech, global society functions in the next dozen years.

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Technology Was Supposed to Make Us More Capable. Instead It Has Made Us Scarily Dependent
Helen Buyniski - RT, 30 Sep 2019

25 Sep 2019 – The promise of technology, we were once told, is to liberate us to achieve our true potential. But it’s becoming clear that our current technological direction is only making us hopelessly dependent on technology.

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

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

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Netanyahu Lost Israeli Vote, but Palestinians Were Bound to Lose Whoever Won
George Galloway - RT, 23 Sep 2019

18 Sep, 2019 – Vladimir Lenin is said to have opined that the only thing certain about British elections is who is going to lose. He meant the British working class, at a time when they were effectively unrepresented in the political system. Equally, whatever the outcome of the Israeli elections, the Palestinians will be the big losers.

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The Struggle for Peace in Afghanistan: Is Community Engagement the Key?
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

19 Sep 2019 – I have just read a superb book by Mark Isaacs, ‘The Kabul Peace House: How a Group of Young Afghans are Daring to Dream in a Land of War,’ which records in considerable detail the struggle, both internal and external, to generate a peaceful future in Afghanistan… Allow yourself to be inspired by a group of young people, each of whom has lived their entire life in a country at war both with itself and with foreign countries, but has refused to submit to the predominant delusion that violence is the way out.

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Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen’
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

In 150 NYT, CNN and Fox articles, ‘oligarch’ seems reserved for Slavic billionaires.

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(Castellano) Liderazgo Político Comparativo: Gandhi vs. Líderes Contemporáneos
Robert Burrowes | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

El 2 de octubre de 2019 se cumple el 150º aniversario del nacimiento de Mohandas K. Gandhi en Gujarat, India. Me gustaría reflexionar sobre el liderazgo visionario que Gandhi ofreció al mundo, comparándolo brevemente con algunos líderes nacionales de hoy en día, e invitarlos a emular el liderazgo de Gandhi.

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Will NPR Now Officially Change Its Name to National Propaganda Radio?
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

Back in the 1960s, the CIA official Cord Meyer said the agency needed to “court the compatible left.” He knew that drawing liberals and leftists into the CIA’s orbit was the key to efficient propaganda. Right-wing and left-wing collaborators were needed to create a powerful propaganda apparatus that would be capable of hypnotizing audiences into believing the myth of American exceptionalism and its divine right to rule the world.

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Why War?
Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

Letters between Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud, 1932

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9/11 Whistleblowers: Michael Springmann
The Corbett Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

That so many of the visas were issued from a single office may seem like a minor footnote at first glance, but it is not. In fact, the Jeddah Consulate is not just another US Consular Office. It has a history of issuing visas to terrorists at the request of the CIA. This is the story.

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Get Out of My Face! Facial Recognition Technology Could Enslave Humankind like Never Before
Robert Bridge – RT, 16 Sep 2019

12 Sep 2019 – Advertised as the latest tool to give shoppers more convenience, facial recognition comes with deep costs to privacy and security. Indeed, can anyone remember Silicon Valley asking for permission to use your face?

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War on the World: Industrialized Militaries Are a Bigger Part of the Climate Emergency Than You Know
Murtaza Hussain – The Interept, 16 Sep 2019

15 Sep 2019 – Not only do conflicts leave a poisoned landscape in their wake, but the U.S. military has a larger carbon footprint than most countries on earth.

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How Animal Researchers Stay Out of the News
Martha Rosenberg | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

10 Sep 2019 – Perhaps you know a lot more about how farm animals are treated on factory farms than dogs, primates and other animals are treated in US labs. It is no coincidence. Exposure of what occurs behind the Plexiglass Curtain would be so damaging to university research contracts that millions are spent to prevent transparency. The animal-research industry is a vast, macabre enterprise.

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US Military Encircling Venezuela: Regime Change Preparations?
Darius Shahtahmasebi – RT, 16 Sep 2019

12 Sep 2019 – While protests in Hong Kong and the debacles in the UK under Boris Johnson pushed Venezuela out of the media, a recent troop detachment indicates Caracas may be back in the crosshairs. The US has a long history of encircling rivals and adversaries with military bases with two notable goals: to prevent it from expanding its sphere of influence, and regime-change.

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(Castellano) Nuestro Mundo que se Desvanece: Glaciares
Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

Algo está causando que los glaciares y los campos de hielo de las montañas del mundo se derritan. Y, a pesar de su primer pensamiento, no es la catástrofe climática en curso.

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Comparative Political Leadership: Gandhi vs. Contemporary Leaders
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

On 2 October 2019, it will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mohandas K. Gandhi in Gujarat, India. I would like to reflect on the visionary leadership that Gandhi offered the world, briefly comparing it with some national leaders of today, and to invite you to emulate Gandhi’s leadership.

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Commission Against Impunity (CICIG) Suspended in Guatemala
Cristina Cabrejas-Artola – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

4 Sep 2019 – In a country where economic growth and democratic institutions are jeopardized by high levels of corruption, the Commission Against Impunity was created as an anti-corruption independent body of investigators, to assist Guatemala’s judicial institutions in the fight against organised crime.

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The Companies behind the Burning of the Amazon
Glenn Hurowitz, Mat Jacobson, Etelle Higonnet, and Lucia von Reusner | Mighty Earth – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

The incentive for the destruction comes from large-scale international meat and soy animal feed companies like JBS and Cargill, and the global brands like Stop & Shop, Costco, McDonald’s, Walmart/Asda, and Sysco that buy from them and sell to the public. It is these companies that are creating the international demand that finances the fires and deforestation.

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Immanuel Wallerstein: An Obituary
Boaventura de Sousa Santos | Portside – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

5 Sep 2019 – Acclaimed Marxist sociologist Immanuel Wallerstein, author of numerous works on capitalism as a world-system, died on 31 Aug at the age of 88. His death is an irreparable loss for the social sciences. He was unquestionably the most remarkable American sociologist of the twentieth century, and the one with greater international projection. RIP

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We Are All Indigenous
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Sep 2019

Can we flip the faux-humanity of Bolsonaro on its head and declare: We want to integrate ourselves into an indigenous global understanding. Doing so involves more than just scientific expertise; it involves transforming our way of life — beyond television, beyond the Internet, beyond domination and exploitation — to an ever-present awareness of the planet we inhabit. Can we set aside our technology and start learning to listen to it?

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New Bases to Counter China? Indo-Pacific Is New Priority Region for the US, Pentagon
Darius Shahtahmasebi – RT, 9 Sep 2019

29 Aug 2019 – After devastating the Middle East through sanctions, warfare, and the backing of extremists to fight proxy wars, the Indo-Pacific region – not the Middle East – is now the Pentagon’s “priority” region.

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(Português) Comissão do Congresso brasileiro aprova emenda à Constituição que permite exploração agrícola de terras indígenas
Rádio Renascença [Portugal] – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

27 ago 2019 – Uma comissão do congresso brasileiro aprovou hoje uma proposta de emenda constitucional para permitir a exploração de agricultura comercial em reservas indígenas, uma prática atualmente proibida. Decisão apoiada pelo Presidente brasileiro surge numa altura em que a comunidade internacional critica a postura do executivo do Brasil face aos incêndios da Amazónia.

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Protectors of Mauna Kea Are Fighting Colonialism, Not Science
Julianne Tveten | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

27 Aug 2019 – Thousands of Native Hawaiians and their supporters have been congregating since July 15 at the base of Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano and mountain on the island of Hawaii… While proposals to compromise might appear fair, protectors say, they dismiss the historical context in Hawaii of colonialism and the usurpation of Indigenous land that continues today. Thus, these suggestions elide the stark power asymmetry between historically disenfranchised and marginalized Native Hawaiians and the billion-dollar, state-backed TMT project.

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What Good Is a New Cold War without a New Arm$ Race?
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

7 Aug 2019 – “Trump is pursuing probably the most aggressive foreign policy that any US president has pursued in a long time… Before leaving office, President Obama announced a trillion-dollar nuclear weapons upgrade… Putin has vowed not to let the arms race bankrupt the Russian Federation as it did the Soviet Union.”

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White Supremacy Is as American as Apple Pie
Robert Scheer - Truthdig, 2 Sep 2019

30 Aug 2019 – Documentarian Robin Cloud discusses her new film, “Passing: A Family in Black & White,” and the lasting legacy of America’s original sin.

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Macron Knows: For Europeans the ‘Problem’ Country Is Not Russia but USA
George Galloway - RT, 2 Sep 2019

28 Aug 2019 – ‘The End Times of Western Hegemony’, I wish this were written by Macron although it might as well have been. He said exactly this after the G7 gathering which could be summed up in Shakespeare’s words as “much ado about nothing.”

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The World Is Burning!
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Sep 2019

28 Aug 2019 – The heart wrenching fires in the Amazon. Africa, Australia, the US continent, Europe, etc. and increasingly right here in Hawaii are not “wild” fires. – Humanity Is on the Path toward Global Destruction through Climate Disaster and/or Nuclear War

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(Italiano) I «biscotti» avvelenati della rete
Matteo Bartocci – Il Manifesto, 26 Aug 2019

Facciamo un esperimento. Immaginate di uscire di casa e di avere alle spalle ogni volta una ventina di tizi mascherati che vi seguono ovunque e prendono nota di tutto quello che fate, di quali vetrine guardate e per quanto tempo, del tragitto che fate. Immaginate di indossare un paio di occhiali che trasmettono in tempo reale a una società sconosciuta delle isole Vergini tutto quello che vedete, fate o scrivete.

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We Are in a War Situation with China!
John Pilger | Going Underground – RT, 26 Aug 2019

22 Aug 2019 – John Pilger describes the current state of global affairs as in a state of world war, warning that the ‘coming war on China’ he warned about has now arrived. He also discusses the Hong Kong protests and US involvement in the unrest, the collapse of the INF Treaty and the beginning of a new arms race with Russia in Washington’s goal to break up the Russian Federation under Putin. He slams sanctions on Venezuela and Iran and also updates us on the condition of WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange, after he visited him recently in UK’s Belmarsh prison.

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Participatory Evolution
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Aug 2019

The core paradox of nonviolent protest against such legally sanctioned immoralities is that, if you block a driveway with your body or simply cross a bridge, you’re depending on the humanity of those you confront, who are armed with the weapons they hold or the vehicles they are driving, to keep them from acting on their anger and harming or killing you. Is this not the essence of courage? You are bringing nothing but yourself, empowered solely by the force of moral compassion — the way the world should be — to a confrontational demand for change.

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Jeffrey Epstein and the Spectacle of Secrecy
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Aug 2019

21 Aug 2019 – When phrases such as “the deep state” and “conspiracy theory” become staples of both the corporate mainstream media and the alternative press, we know the realities behind these phrases have outlasted their usefulness for the ruling elites and for their critics. These phrases are bandied about so often that they have become hackneyed and inane.

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Our Vanishing World (Part 2): Glaciers
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Aug 2019

23 Aug 2019 – Something is causing the world’s glaciers and mountain ice fields to melt. And, despite your first thought, it is not the ongoing climate catastrophe. It does not matter where on Earth the glaciers and mountain ice fields are located, they are all melting. Moreover, the projected timeframe for some of them to disappear altogether is ‘imminently’; that is, within years.

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(Français) Notre monde en voie de disparition: Forêts Tropicales
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

Mais l’Amazonie est immense, on pourrait dire: c’est le cas. Est-il important que nous en détruisions quelque chose pour le soja et l’élevage? Eh bien, une étude récente a suggéré que la déforestation de 20-25% de l’Amazonie serait en train de basculer point après lequel il cesse de fonctionner écosystème de la forêt pluviale et ce, comme on peut s’y attendre, serait catastrophique. De plus, les graves sécheresses récentes semblent avoir “Le premier scintillement de ce point de basculement écologique”; suggère qu’il est déjà imminent.

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What Is Empathy?
Dr Brené Brown | RSA Short – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

What is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? We can only create a genuine empathic connection if we get in touch with our own fragility. Dr Brené Brown is a researcher, professor and author who has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.

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The Insect Apocalypse Is Coming: Here Are Five Lessons We Must Learn
Robert Walker | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

15 Aug 2019 – In a recent report, scientists warn of a precipitous drop in the world’s insect population due to human activity—and that spells trouble for humans. We need to pay close attention, as over time, this could be just as catastrophic to humans as it is to insects.

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Killing Julian Assange Slowly
Stephen Lendman | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

14 Aug 2019 – Since April 11 when unlawfully dragged from Ecuador’s London embassy to captivity, Assange has languished under draconian conditions in a UK dungeon at the behest of the Trump regime, wanting him tried in the US for the “crime” of truth-telling journalism. More on this below.

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Sri Lanka: Starving Elderly Elephant’s Emaciated Body in Buddhist Festival
Joe Roberts | Metro – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

13 Aug 2019 – This starving 70-year-old elephant is made to walk miles every night so people can feel ‘blessed’ at a religious festival, an activist has claimed.

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Kashmir: A Coup against the Constitution and the Kashmiris
People's Union for Civil Liberties | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Aug 2019

7 Aug 2019 – The PUCL condemns the abrogation of key portions of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and the bifurcation of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and taking away its statehood. While the deed by itself is deceitful, the manner in which it was done is even more so.

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Our Vanishing World (Part 1): Rainforests
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

But the Amazon is huge, you might say: Does it matter if we destroy some of it for soy and cattle farming? Well, one recent study suggested that deforestation of 20–25% of the Amazon would be the tipping point beyond which it would cease to be a functioning rainforest ecosystem and this, as you might expect, would be catastrophic. Moreover, recent severe droughts appear to be ‘the first flickers of this ecological tipping point’ suggesting that it is already imminent.

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Kapu Aloha Needed Now More Than Ever to Free Us from Our Addiction to War & Violence
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

6 Aug 2019 – Kapu Aloha is a solemn Hawaiian pledge and commitment to live aloha (love and nonviolence) even under the most adverse circumstances. The U.S. spends 32 million dollars per minute on war – every minute of every hour of every day of the year. The U.S., which represents only 5% of the world’s population, has 45% of the world’s guns. There are 390 million guns in the U.S., more guns than people. This includes 15-20 million military assault weapons, the kind used in the recent mass killings in El Paso and Dayton.

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India Moves to Strip Kashmir of Autonomy, Potentially Setting Up Conflict in Disputed Territory
Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 12 Aug 2019

5 Aug 2018 – Early morning today, the Indian government announced a change to its constitution, revoking the autonomy of the disputed northern state of Jammu and Kashmir and potentially setting the stage for a major new conflict. The change opens the door to a situation similar to Chinese policy in Tibet and Xinjiang and Israeli policy in the West Bank, allowing the Indian government to move huge numbers of settlers into Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority region, thereby forcibly transforming its demographics.

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Trump Regime Aims to Starve Venezuelans into Submission
Stephen Lendman | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

9 Aug 2019 – The Trump regime is waging all-out war by other means on Iran and Venezuela, heading toward a similar policy against China. Their latest shoe to drop against Venezuela occurred Wednesday [7 Aug] when a vessel carrying 25,000 tons of soy cake was illegally seized in the Panama Canal. The ship is “being kept in the Panama Canal due to the criminal blockade imposed by” the Trump regime, explained Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez.

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

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

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A Dreaming Stranger on a Train
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

“Perhaps that’s what I feel, an outside and an inside and me in the middle, perhaps that’s what I am, the thing that divides the world in two, on the one side the outside, on the other the inside, that can be as thin as foil, I’m neither one side nor the other, I’m in the middle, I’m the partition, I’ve two surfaces and no thickness, perhaps that’s what I feel, myself vibrating, I’m the tympanum, on the one hand the mind, on the other the world, I don’t belong to either.” — Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot

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London International Arms Fair
Alberto Portugheis | HUFUD – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

Sands Films Studio, in Rotherhithe, is hosting a series of alternative events to compete with the International Arms Fair 2019 taking place at ExCeL. In one venue, various expressions of protest and opposition to the Arms Fair and all other such Death Fairs anywhere in the world. Series of Alternative Events: Sep 10-14, 2019

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Cuban Compassion: Training Doctors for a Pacific Island Nation Running Out of Time
Robert Huish and Sharon McLennan – The Conversation, 5 Aug 2019

11 Jul 2019 – Cuba is offering a compelling example of how we can take care of each other during the climate crisis with its work training doctors on Kiribati, a nation that is being devastated by climate change.

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China Sees New Era of ‘Shared Destiny’ with US No Longer in the Driving Seat
Darius Shahtahmasebi - RT, 5 Aug 2019

1 Aug 2019 – The release of China’s white paper on defense demonstrates an increasingly confident and more assertive China. “Asia-Pacific countries are increasingly aware that they are members of a community with shared destiny” is perhaps the single-most important sentence of the entire white paper. China is hinting that the region shares the destiny of what will become “the end of a US-led alliance system.”

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Policies That Lead to the Violation of Human Rights
Amos Gvirtz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

1 Aug 2019 – When we struggle for Palestinians’ rights over their landed property, we are struggling against the policies which attempt to confiscate their land. When we struggle for their right to a roof over their heads, we are struggling against the government’s policy of home demolitions. When we struggle against the theft of their water sources, we are struggling against policies which attempt to cause them to leave Area C or Palestine altogether. And so it goes.

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A Brief History of the CIA’s Dirty War in South Sudan
Thomas C. Mountain | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

30 Jul 2019 – With the CIA’s dirty war in South Sudan winding down, it’s time to take a brief but comprehensive look at the origins and history of this most secret of Pax Americana crimes in Africa. It is in the national interests of the USA to deprive China of access to African energy resources, with the Sudanese oil fields being the only Chinese owned and operated in Africa.

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Brazil’s Massive Crime against Humanity in the Amazon Forest
Paul Craig Roberts – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

29 Jul 2019 – The corrupt Brazilian government installed by Washington has decided to destroy the Amazon Rain Forest. This will adversely affect the Earth’s climate by eliminating a massive carbon sink. The beneficiaries of the destruction of the rain forest are the timber loggers who are buddies with Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro.

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