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

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

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1918 Pandemic (H1N1 virus)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin and spread worldwide during 1918-1919. It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide.

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Bob Dylan’s Midnight Message to JFK’s Ghost
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

If you listen to Dylan’s piercing voice and follow the lyrics closely, you might be startled to be told, not from someone who can be dismissed as some sort of disgruntled “conspiracy nut,” but by the most famous musician in the world, that there was a government conspiracy to kill JFK, that Oswald didn’t do it, and that the killers then went for the president’s brothers.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 16 (Apr 2020)
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D., Anita McKone, and Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

Defending Humanity against the Elite Coup – In lieu of the usual six-monthly report of the activities of signatories of the Nonviolence Charter, which would normally go out in April, we are sending this very brief report and invitation to action, in response to the events taking place around the world at the moment.

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Not Letting Covid-19 Crisis Go to Waste? US Ramps up War on Drugs… Focusing on Venezuela’s Maduro
RT - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

1 Apr 2020 – Trump has announced a massive naval deployment in the Caribbean to prevent drug cartels from ‘exploiting’ the Covid-19 pandemic, singling out Venezuela as a major threat to America. Hard pass on the Noriega remix? US narcotrafficking charges against Maduro straight out of Panama playbook

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Is the US a Civilized Nation?
Ron Forthofer | Countercurrents - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

We have continued with savage and barbaric policies in, for example, Korea, Vietnam, Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, Syria, Libya, Iraq. We have also imposed sanctions on a number of nations that don’t comply with our policies, and these cruel and brutal sanctions are crimes against humanity. This unnecessary and illegal killing by the US of untold numbers while devastating countries and populations that were not a threat to it were hardly acts of a civilized nation.

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Creative Empathy in a Pandemic
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

18 Mar 2020 – Of all the disruption, paradox and chaos that have been unleashed by the coronavirus, this is the most stunning: It has something to teach us that we could never learn on our own. My God, we are one planet — one people. This isn’t idealism; it’s the most pragmatic social organizing principle possible. Just as all of us are, of necessity, isolated from each other, we are all participants, via our creative empathy, in this shift in human consciousness. What examples of this empathy have you noticed? Let’s share.

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Defending Humanity against the Elite Coup
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

28 Mar 2020 – In last week’s TMS Editorial, I reported existing evidence on the way in which COVID-19 is being used to implement, but also divert attention from, initiatives being taken by the global elite to consolidate and expand its power in significant ways and perhaps to make the final drive to take total control of global society. The struggle to restore our rights, economic well-being and freedoms will not be won easily. I intend to do everything I can to ensure that we succeed. I hope that you will too.

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Can COVID-19 Take Down NATO?
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

25 Mar 2020 – The Pentagon insisted on going ahead with provocative NATO war games near Russia’s borders, despite the coronavirus epidemic, but Germany pulled its forces out and closed its roads to troop movements. The US is doing a poor job of helping its own population. Europeans are figuring out that the US is a morally and spiritually bankrupt nation and that’s no doubt dawning on Americans who see the scarcity of medical equipment and the abundance of lethal weapons here.

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Observing Elites Manipulate Our Fear: COVID-19, Propaganda and Knowledge
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

While humans stand on the brink of precipitating our own extinction, virtually everyone remains unaware of the critical nature of our plight. The ongoing human death toll from the activities that are generating this crisis numbers in the many millions each year while the number of species driven to extinction is estimated at 200 per day. In contrast, a virus that is killing a very small proportion of the minuscule number it has infected is causing panic in many countries around the world, devastating the travel and tourism industries while emptying supermarket shelves of food and that apparently most vital of commodities: toilet paper.

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Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Bolsonaro’s Brazil Begs for Cuban Doctors–After Expelling Them
Ben Norton | Grayzone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

17 Mar 2020 – Brazil’s far-right government requested the return of thousands of Cuban doctors to help fight the coronavirus. Months ago, President Jair Bolsonaro smeared the doctors as “terrorists” and expelled them.

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The Coronavirus Is Not the Plague: The Plague Is US
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

21 Mar 2020 – Intuition tells me that although the emperor has no clothes and a vast PSYOPS occupation is now underway, too many are too grown-up to see it. It’s an old story continually updated. Like ‘The Plague. ‘

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American Empire Defined
The Peace Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Mar 2020

Then->Colonialism – Now->Military Bases

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War, Profit and the Coronavirus
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020

11 Mar 2020 – If you want expertise, don’t bother reading any further here. I know as much about coronavirus as any stunned disbeliever with a sudden, irresistible urge to touch his face.

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Our Vanishing World (Part 6): Oceans
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020

15 Mar 2020 – Every person on Earth depends directly on the ocean. It covers 71% of the Earth’s surface and contains about 97% of the Earth’s water. It generates 50 percent of the oxygen we need and is home to up to 80 percent of all life. Yet human activity is destroying it. You can make choices that make a difference. Or leave it to others.

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Toilet Paper Is the People’s Vaccine
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020

14 Mar 2020 – The coronavirus panic has resulted in hordes of people running after toilet paper in the USA and Australia.  Such actions are the flip side of running with the bulls, except that I suspect those who run with the bulls have some sense of why they do it.  I imagine the thrill is a bit different, even if the goal is similar.

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Supermassive Black Hole Causes Biggest Cosmic Explosion in Recorded History, Leaving Dent That Could Fit 15 Milky Way Galaxies
Human Wrongs Watch | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

28 Feb 2020 — The biggest cosmic explosion in recorded history was detected about 390 million light years from Earth in a supermassive black hole in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which made a dent in surrounding space that could fit 15 Milky Way galaxies inside.

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USA Announces New Humanitarian Assistance for Displaced Rohingya
Morgan Ortagus | US State Department - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

5 Mar 2020 – On March 3, the United States announced more than $59 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Rohingya refugees and host communities in Bangladesh and internally displaced Rohingya and members of other affected communities in Burma. This funding will help address the emergency needs of more than 900,000 refugees in Bangladesh, many of whom are Rohingya women and children from Rakhine State, Burma, as well as the needs of Bangladeshi host communities.

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The Final Chapter Has Still Not Been Written: Remembering the 2004 Coup in Haiti
Robert Roth | Haiti Action Committee - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

On February 29, 2004, the democratically elected government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti was overthrown by a violent coup.  This was the second U.S.-sponsored coup against a popularly elected Aristide government, the first one taking place in 1991 after he had served only eight months in office. 

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

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

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David Ray Griffin’s The Christian Gospel for Americans: A Systematic Theology
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

There are very few writers who have done more to try to open the public’s mind to the evil nature of the American empire than David Ray Griffin. His series of books on the false flag attacks of September 11, 2001 will endure for a long time, and they will one day, when it is safe to do so, be recognized as seminal texts exposing the traitorous conspiracy of elements within the Unites States’ government to launch the endless so-called war on terror.

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Assange Extradition Hearing Is Damocles Sword over Journalists’ Heads. But UK Mainstream Media Participate in His Crucifixion
George Galloway - RT, 2 Mar 2020

26 Feb 2020 – Assange extradition hearing should be the top story for the British media as it’s a dagger at their throat, but the majority of mainstream press either don’t care, or are actively participating in WikiLeaks’ founder crucifixion. If Julian Assange is sent into the dungeons of America, free journalism, free speech and even democracy itself will have been murdered in plain sight. On the British mainstream media watch.

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Trump Pardons White Collar Ruling Class Elite Criminals
Patrick Martin | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

20 Feb 2020 – Trump issued 11 pardons on Tuesday [18 Feb], expunging the lawbreaking records of billionaire financier Michael Milken, the “junk bond king,” and billionaire real estate magnate Edward J. DeBartolo Jr., former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. He also pardoned former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, convicted of tax fraud and perjury, and commuted the 14-year jail term of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, impeached and then convicted on multiple corruption counts, including attempting to sell the Senate seat of Barack Obama after Obama’s election to the presidency in 2008.

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How COVID-19 Spreads
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

17 Feb 2020 – Current understanding about how the virus that causes coronavirus disease spreads is largely based on what is known about similar coronaviruses. On 11 Feb the WHO announced an official name for the disease that is causing the current outbreak of coronavirus disease, COVID-19. CDC will be updating our website and other CDC materials to reflect the updated name.

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Painting a True Christ
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

A Review of Terrence Malick’s Film “A Hidden Life”- Franz, a devout Roman Catholic, is deeply disturbed by the rise of Hitler and the thought of participating in his immoral killing machine.

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Trump Budget Gives Top Priority to New Generation of Nuclear Weapons
Patrick Martin | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

11 Feb 2020 – The most ominous feature of the new budget document issued yesterday by the Trump administration is the prominent place given to the development of a new generation of nuclear weapons, including so-called low-yield weapons, smaller than the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which are widely regarded as more likely to actually be used in combat.

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Why Be a Pacifist?
Sarah Freeman-Woolpert | Waging Nonviolence – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

From developing a pacifist economy to addressing structural injustice, author Tim Gee discusses the challenge and potential of pacifism in the 21st century.

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Dilemma
short.funny – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

Two donkeys are standing at a roadside, one asks the other: So, shall we cross?

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(Castellano) Los humanos aman la violencia: Gandhi y el Foro Económico Mundial
Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

Al conmemorar el 72º aniversario del asesinato de Mohandas K. Gandhi ocurrido el 30 de enero de 1948. Como él, que hilaba los paños de su propia ropa, señaló hace más de 100 años: «La Tierra provee lo suficiente para las necesidades de cada persona, pero no para la codicia de cada persona». Esto es algo que los asistentes al Foro Económico Mundial no pueden entender ya que están demasiado dañados psicológicamente. ¿Y tú?

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The United States of America’s Doll House: A Vast Tapestry of Lies and Illusions
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

3 Feb 2020 – While truth-tellers Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning sit inside jail cells and Edward Snowden lives in exile in Russia, the American people hole up in an illusionary dwelling constructed to reduce them to children afraid of the truth. Or is it the dark? It has become a more sophisticated haunted doll’s house, an electronic one with many bells and whistles and images that move faster than the eye can see. We now inhabit a digital technological nightmare controlled by government and corporate forces intent on dominating every aspect of people’s lives.

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Step to Nuclear Doomsday: US Puts Low-Yield Nukes on Submarines to Counter Made-up Russian ‘Strategy’
Scott Ritter – RT, 10 Feb 2020

5 Feb 2020 – The US has deployed “low-yield” nuclear missiles on submarines, saying it’s to discourage nuclear conflict with Russia. The move is based on a “Russian strategy” made up in Washington and will only bring mass annihilation closer.

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Fragmented Society
Alberto Binder | Opinion Sur – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

13 Jan 2020 – We want to demonstrate a complex phenomenon that produces the “fragmentation” of most social groups that are treated and treat each other as “discriminated minorities,” that measures or makes it difficult the “constitution” of a “majority” and, thus, produces the political effect of making those majorities have an absolute impossibility of acquiring political hegemony and little possibility of producing social policies.

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From Colonization to Kleptocracy: A History of Angola and Isabel dos Santos
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

5 Feb 2020 – Our visual explainer shows you how Africa’s richest woman rose amid a country divided by war and rich in natural resources. Born in 1973 in Azerbaijan, Isabel is the only child of José Eduardo dos Santos, then an exiled guerrilla fighter, and Tatiana Kukanova, a Russian, whom the future Angolan president met while studying petroleum engineering at the Azerbaijan Oil Academy in Baku. The marriage didn’t last, and Isabel was raised by her mother, spending some time in Luanda and her teen and young-adult years in London, where she attended the exclusive St. Paul’s girls’ school.

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Trump and Netanyahu Dictate Terms of Palestinian Surrender to Israel and Call It Peace
Robert Mackey – The Intercept, 10 Feb 2020

29 Jan 2020 – Donald Trump unveiled “a vision for peace,” which permits Israel to annex much of the occupied West Bank, offering the Palestinians only limited autonomy.

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U.S. Marches toward Police State amid Cheers!
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

4 Feb 2020 – Impeached U.S. President, Donald J. Trump, gave his 1 hour and 18 minute “State of the Union” speech today. And they cheered and they cheered! They cheered – Republicans and Democrats alike, when Trump spoke about his regime change campaigns against Cuba, Venezuela and other countries. They cheered when Trump introduced CIA Venezuela coup puppet man, Juan Guaido. They cheered when Trump boasted about spending $2.2 TRILLION on the U.S. military in the 3 years since he became president… (Read on)

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Maneuvering Hell for Our Advantage
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

29 Jan 2020 – When the mainstream media writes about war, even critically, the image that often comes to mind for me is an infant wrapped in plastic. That infant is naked reality, a.k.a., the present moment, suffocating and screaming for its life; the plastic smothering it are the journalistic euphemisms by which murder and terrorism turn into abstract acts of national necessity.

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Who Will Defend the Defenseless?
Amos Gvirtz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Feb 2020

28 Jan 2020 – Throughout Israel’s existence its various governments have regarded members of Israel’s Bedouin population as undesirable citizens: after initially expelling most of them from the country, the state concentrated those that remained in the Sayag area and after that in townships. It is generally assumed that citizenship offers protection to citizens. But what happens when citizenship withholds protection? Where is the civil rights movement in Israel? Where are the civil rights movements in the rest of the world?

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Lions Are Starving to Death in Sudanese Park and a Global Campaign Has Begun to Rescue Them
Jisha Joseph | Upworthy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

22 Jan 2020 – Although the images spread like a wildfire across social media feeds around the world with the hashtag #SudanAnimalRescue, it was already too late for at least one lioness, which died Monday [20 Jan].

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The US’s Inalienable Right to Violence
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

21 Jan 2020 – Even when critical of US actions, media commentary on recent US bombings and assassinations in the Middle East is premised on the assumption that the US has the right to use violence (or the threat of it) to assert its will, anytime, anywhere. Conversely, corporate media coverage suggests that any countermeasure—such as resistance to the US presence in Iraq—is inherently illegitimate, criminal and/or terroristic.

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Humans Love Violence: Gandhi and the World Economic Forum
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

We approach the 72nd anniversary of the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi on 30 January 1948. Wearing his own homespun cloth, he noted more than 100 years ago: ‘Earth provides enough for every person’s need but not for every person’s greed.’ This is something that those attending the World Economic Forum are too psychologically damaged to understand. And you?

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Read the Luanda Leaks Documents
Will Fitzgibbon and Mago Torres | International Consortium of Investigative Journalists – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

19 Jan 2020 – We’ve published emails, contracts, organizational charts, meeting videos, loan agreements and more from our investigation into Isabel dos Santos.

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Hovering in Cyberspace
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

24 Jan 2020 – We live in a fabricated reality where the visible world became nearly meaningless once the screen world became people’s “window on the world.” An electronic nothingness replaced reality as people gleefully embraced digital wraparound apparitions. These days people still move about in the physical world but live in the electronic one. The result is mass hallucination.

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Russian Political Earthquake: Putin Sets out Plan for Kremlin Departure & Medvedev Resigns
Bryan MacDonald - RT, 20 Jan 2020

15 Jan, 2020 – A seemingly routine ‘state-of-the-nation’ address by Vladimir Putin unexpectedly turned into one of the most memorable afternoons in recent Russian political history. Today, Russia’s government resigned. Dmitry Medvedev departed the political frontline, Vladimir Putin effectively confirmed he will leave the presidency at the end of his present term, and Mikhail Mishustin became the new Russian prime minister.

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Luanda Leaks: How Africa’s Richest Woman Exploited Family Ties, Shell Companies and inside Deals to Build an Empire
Sydney P. Freedberg, Scilla Alecci, Will Fitzgibbon, Douglas Dalby and Delphine Reuter - The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 20 Jan 2020

19 Jan 2020 – Isabel dos Santos made a fortune at the expense of the Angolan people, Luanda Leaks reveals. She spun a story the world wanted to believe: a self-made billionaire who had risen in a male-dominated business world in an African country ravaged by civil war and poverty.

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Under US Pressure, Social Media Companies Censor Critical Content and Suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian Accounts
Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2020

12 Jan 2020 – As the US escalates its hybrid wars, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are suspending accounts and censoring content that conflicts with Washington’s pro-war narrative. We spoke to several people silenced in these social media purges.

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Will We Always Be This Way?
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2020

8 Jan 2020 – “The people do not want war!” Perhaps this sanguinary legacy is why, in survey after international survey, the United States is perennially voted the world’s greatest threat to peace in most of the world’s nations. After Soleimani’s assassination, Trump boasted that ‘his bloody rampage is forever gone.’ If only the same were true of Trump. . .

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Human Extinction Now Imminent and Inevitable? A Report on the State of Planet Earth
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

There are at least four distinct paths to imminent (that is, within five years) human extinction: nuclear war (possibly started regionally), biodiversity collapse (already well advanced and teetering on the brink), the deployment of 5G (commenced recently) and the climate catastrophe. Needless to say, each of these four paths might unfold in a variety of ways.

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For Western Press, the Only Coup in Venezuela Is against Guaidó
Lucas Koerner | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

10 Jan 2020 – The international corporate media have entered crisis mode following the replacement of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as head of the country’s National Assembly. In headline after headline, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro “Takes Over”, “Claims Control of” or “Seizes” parliament, and “Ousts” Guaidó in the process. However, the elementary if inconvenient fact is that Guaidó failed to secure the necessary votes from his own coalition’s deputies to continue as president of the legislature.

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From Resistance to Assistance: Little Pushback to Trump’s Iran Assassination
Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

9 Jan 2020 – The allegation is that he targeted US troops or “contractors”—i.e., mercenaries—stationed not at home, but in a region on the other side of the world that the US illegally attacked and has occupied for most of this century. “Soleimani provided effective military resistance to foreign occupying forces,” though, sounds very different from “killed hundreds of Americans.”

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UN – Iran – USA
Alberto Portugheis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

I hope the world will wake up and destroy, bankrupt the Death Industry thus frustrating the ambitions and immorality of many politicians, diplomats and bankers, helping all working in the Military Industry to find other jobs.

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Iran Ends Nuclear Deal Commitments as Fallout from Suleimani Killing Spreads
Martin Chulov and Ghaith Abdul-Ahad – The Guardian, 13 Jan 2020

5 Jan 2020 – Iran has announced that it will no longer abide by any of the limits imposed by the unravelling 2015 nuclear deal, and Iraq’s parliament urged its leaders to expel troops from the US-led coalition, as the aftershocks of the assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani reverberated through the Middle East.

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The Sham of Corporate Social Responsibility
Robert Reich – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

31 Dec 2019 – Boeing recently fired CEO Dennis Muilenburg in order “to restore confidence in the Company moving forward.” Restore confidence? Muilenburg’s successor will be David Calhoun, who allowed Muilenburg to remain CEO after the first 737 Max crash and the jetliner posed an unacceptable risk of accident. It caused the deaths of 346 people. Muilenburg raked in $30 million in 2018. He could walk away from Boeing with another $60 million.

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How a Rising Anti-Mining Movement Is Challenging Portugal’s ‘White Gold’ Rush
Marina Martinez | Waging Nonviolence – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

19 Dec 2019 – Throughout Portugal, people are organizing to stop a boom in lithium mining, as the government rushes to become Europe’s top supplier of the valuable mineral.

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The Searching Life and Enigmatic Death of Albert Camus
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

Albert Camus’ search ended sixty years ago on January 4, 1960, the day he died. Although he had already written The Stranger, The Rebel, The Plague, and The Fall, and had won the Nobel Prize for Literature, he felt his true work had barely begun.

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The Trump Administration Just Killed Iran’s Most Famous Military Commander. We’re Not Ready for What’s Next.
Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 6 Jan 2020

3 Jan 2020 – The assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani may be President Donald Trump’s most reckless foreign policy move to date.

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WaPo’s Afghan Papers Propagate Colonial Narrative of Noble Intentions Gone Awry
Joshua Cho | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

The Afghanistan Papers should also be considered an excellent case study of contemporary colonial propaganda, and yet another example of corporate media criticizing US wars without opposing US imperialism. Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky’s famous analysis of media coverage of the Vietnam War, in Manufacturing Consent, found that questions of the invasion’s “tactics and costs”—to the US—dominated the debate.

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(Italiano) Il nostro mondo che svanisce: fauna e flora selvatica
Robert Burrowes | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

Nel corso della sua storia, la Terra ha vissuto cinque estinzioni di massa. Ora sta vivendo la sesta.

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265 Stories of Haitian Children Abandoned by UN “Peacekeeping” Fathers: ‘They Put a few Coins in Your Hands to Drop a Baby in You.’
Sabine Lee and Susan Bartels – The Conversation, 23 Dec 2019

17 Dec 2019 – The voices of young victims in Haiti can now be heard for the first time thanks to a groundbreaking new research project.

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Militarism: The Delusion Lives
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

18 Dec 2019 – The annual defense budget, passed recently by both the House (377-48) and Senate (82-8), came in at $738 billion for 2020, up from last year a sweet $22 billion. War hits the motherlode every year.

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Our Vanishing World (Part 5): Birds
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

In the nineteenth century, it is estimated that the total number of passenger pigeons in the United States was about three billion birds; it was one of the most abundant birds on Earth. In 1914 it was extinct. … This ongoing assault on birds is well documented in the scientific literature, along with descriptions of long-standing causes as well as those that are more recent.

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Sore Sports: Russia Barred from Olympics for Thwarting Washington’s Geopolitical Game Plan?
Robert Bridge | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

13 Dec 2019 – Clearly, the motivation here is to humiliate, provoke and punish Moscow by any means available – even on the field of dreams.

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Terra Incognita
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

Sitting dark and tight
In crepuscular light,
You pass the shuttered houses
That line the half-lit streets,

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DRC: I Saw the Unbearable Grief Inflicted on Families by Cobalt Mining–I Pray for Change
Siddharth Kara – The Guardian, 23 Dec 2019

16 Dec 2019 – When Raphael turned 15, he started digging tunnels at the cobalt mine where he worked – two years later he was dead. Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that global tech companies have yet to devote adequate attention and resources to ensure safety, dignity, and decency for those who mine their cobalt in DRC.

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The Stubborn Persistence of the Military-Industrial State: The Pentagon Budget Still Rising, 40 Years Later
William D. Hartung | TomDispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

15 Dec 2019 – It is staggering the number of tax dollars that persistently go into what passes for national security in this country, i.e., subsidizing the U.S. military-industrial complex, year in, year out, at levels that should be (but aren’t) beyond belief. In 2019, Pentagon spending is actually higher than it was at the peak of either the Korean or Vietnam wars and may soon be twice the Cold War average.

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UK to Leave European Union at End of January after Johnson Passes Withdrawal Agreement
Robert Stevens | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

21 Dec 2019 – MPs have backed Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson Withdrawal Agreement Bill. MPs voted yesterday 358 to 234—a majority of 124. The massive majority vote was the first since Johnson defeated Labour by a landslide in last week’s general election.

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US House Approves Bill for Record Military Spending
Patrick Martin | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

12 Dec 2019 – The House of Representatives voted by a huge bipartisan majority, 377–48, to approve the largest US military spending bill in history, providing a record $738 billion for the US war machine. The National Defense Authorization Act passed with 188 Democrats and 189 Republicans supporting it.

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Why Is the UK Registering Companies for Criminals?
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019 – Money laundering, sanctions-busting and fraud: This video is part of an OCCRP investigation into leaked data from Formations House, a London-based formation agent that has registered companies for international fraudsters, the former leader of the Swedish Hells Angels, and individuals with ties to the Italian mafia.

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(Français) Des néonazis ukrainiens parmi les manifestants à Hong Kong
Ben Norton | Investig’Action – The Grayzone, 16 Dec 2019

9 Déc 2019 – Dans les médias occidentaux, les manifestations qui embrasent Hong Kong sont présentées comme un combat honorable pour la liberté et la démocratie. Bizarrement, ce mouvement est ardemment soutenu par des figures notoires de l’extrême droite US. Et depuis, les manifestants hongkongais peuvent même compter sur les conseils de néonazis ukrainiens, venus partager leur expérience et leurs tactiques d’insurrection.

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Quid Pro Quo, Spy the Lie
Joe Kandra (cartoonist) & Kathie MM – Engaging Peace, 16 Dec 2019

Machiavelli Savvy

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The Art of Doublespeak: Bellingcat and Mind Control
Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

The U.S./U.K./NATO propaganda outfit Bellingcat, like all effective war-promoting intelligence agency propaganda, needs the support of left-wing intellectuals to give it credence. The CIA recognized this in the 1950s and created multiple methods to get that support, which it has done effectively up to the present day. This left-wing support is necessary to control the thinking of the portion of the population that considers itself “educated” and in the know, who in turn pass on their compromised “knowledge” to others in a sophisticated game of mind control.”

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Slavoj Žižek: The Trouble Is Not with the Jews, but with My Accusers
Slavoj Žižek - RT, 16 Dec 2019

11 Dec 2019 – My latest article for the Independent provoked a wide campaign against me all around the world; over 50 responses, mostly brutal attacks on me, so I wrote a reply. The paper rejected its publication. I am grateful to RT for their readiness to make my reply available to the public. I remain faithful to the title of my comment: I am against anti-Semitism and FOR THIS REASON I express solidarity with Palestinians.

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(Français) Haïti : « Ce n’est pas une lutte contre le pouvoir ; c’est une lutte contre le système »
Frédéric Thomas interviewe Gilbert Mirambeau Jr. et Pascale Solages | CETRI – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

10 décembre 2019 – Entretien avec Gilbert Mirambeau Jr. et Pascale Solages, figures centrales du groupe Nou pap dòmi [Nous ne dormons pas], l’un des fers de lance des manifestations actuelles en Haïti, réalisé à Port-au-Prince par Frédéric Thomas, chargé d’étude au CETRI.

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Trump Was Right before He Did a 180: NATO Is Obsolete
Medea Benjamin | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

This Cold War relic shouldn’t be reconfigured to maintain U.S. domination in Europe, or to mobilize against Russia or China, or to launch new wars in space. It should not be expanded, but disbanded. Seventy years of militarism is more than enough.

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Millions Die in Congo while the UN ‘Keeps the Peace’
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019 – The UN Peacekeeping Mission has been in Congo for 20 years without protecting the people or the peace. “Rwanda is responsible for what is going wrong in the peace in Congo!”

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#29LEAKS: Inside a London Company Mill
Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019 – What do a Swedish Hells Angels boss, an Iranian state oil company, the Italian mob, and a fake Gambian bank have in common? A company called Formations House at one of London’s most exclusive addresses. For years it has been a front for a vast back-office operation run out of Pakistan that have churned out some 400,000 companies around the globe.

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Inside the Organized Crime Syndicate Known as the CIA
Heidi Boghosian and Michael Steven Smith | CovertAction Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

21 Nov 2019 – Douglas Valentine is an investigator and author with a rare and tenacious approach toward research. His writing results in uniquely incisive and revealing books on the dark side of U.S. intelligence activities and the National Security State. His latest book draws parallels between CIA operations in Vietnam and recent/current operations in Afghanistan, El Salvador, Iraq, Syria, Yemen and elsewhere.

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Our Vanishing World (Part 4): Wildlife
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Let me explain why this is so by touching on the diverse range of forces driving the extinctions, concepts such as ‘co-extinction’, ‘localized extinctions’ and ‘extinction cascades’, the ways in which extinction impacts are often ‘hidden’ in the short term, thus masking the true extent of the destruction, and the implications of all this for life on Earth, including Homo sapiens, in the near term.

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(Castellano) Nuevo diseño del Triángulo de la Violencia: La búsqueda de un lugar para curar el Trauma a través de un Trabajo de Paz
Kirthi Jayakumar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Mediante la presentación del argumento de que la violencia cultural y estructural es un trauma que no ha sanado y no ha sido resuelto, este informe investiga más a fondo y defiende la expansión del contexto presentado por Galtung. Al hacer esto, este informe argumenta a favor del abordaje del trauma sin sanar para así poder abordar tanto los factores estructurales y sistémicos que mantienen a la violencia con vida, así como las manifestaciones directas de violencia.

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Justice Blind or Blinded by Titles? A Tale of Prince Andrew and Julian Assange
George Galloway – RT, 2 Dec 2019

26 Nov 2019 – It is a tale of two cities: Buckingham Palace and Belmarsh Maximum Security Prison. A tale of two individuals: one now a proven liar and one a well attested truth-teller. A tale of two fates: The Prince who became a moral pauper, the other an impecunious journalist who became a moral giant. It is a tale of our times.

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Reflecting on Colonization This Thanks-Taking Day
Krystal Two Bulls and James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

28 Nov 2019 – Dear relatives, as a Native American woman, today is not a day of giving thanks. Most of us who were educated in Western schools were taught that today acknowledges the “Native Americans” saving the lives of the “Pilgrims,” by teaching them how to garden and hunt. They then supposedly shared a meal together, which was the predecessor of the Thanksgiving meal most Americans share today. That is not what happened and that is not what today represents for me.

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Asia-Pacific: Some Serious Security Challenges
José Ramos-Horta | Nobel Peace Laureate, Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

25 Nov 2019 — This is not a hypothetical nightmare scenario. Extreme forms of corruption, impunity, abuse of power, scandalous social inequalities and offensive ostentation, food insecurity, severe malnutrition, hunger, diminishing agricultural lands and extreme water scarcity. Nations will go to war over fresh water and extreme water scarcity will kill hundreds of millions.

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Brazil’s Deepening Malaise
Robert Rotberg - The Globe and Mail, 2 Dec 2019

25 Nov 2019 – With the Amazon burning and politicians regaining impunity after corruption scandals recede, Brazil’s rule of law is suffering sharp blows. Although President Jair Bolsonaro campaigned as an anti-corruptionist, and as someone who would crack down on crime, Brazil slides rapidly into a slough of deceit. Modern day brigands are pillaging Brazil’s environment.

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Brazil’s President Is Blaming Leonardo DiCaprio for the Amazon Forest Fires
Annabelle Timsit | Quartz – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

1 Dec 2019 – In what activists say is an attempt to direct attention away from his government’s actions, Bolsonaro has repeatedly accused nonprofit organizations of purposefully setting fires in the Amazon. Now President Jair Bolsonaro is blaming another unlikely culprit: American actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio.

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House of Gods or Plea for Peace
Mitali Chakravarty | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Oh house of Gods! Oh house of Gods!
Temples or Mosques
Churches or Synagogues
Displaced they stand—

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Iraqi Children Born Near U.S. Military Base Show Elevated Rates of “Serious Congenital Deformities,” Study Finds
Murtaza Hussain – The Intercept, 2 Dec 2019

25 Nov 2019 – More than a decade and a half after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, a new study found that babies are being born today with gruesome birth defects connected to the ongoing American military presence there. “The war has spread so much radiation here that, unless it is cleaned up, generations of Iraqis will continue to be affected.”

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(Castellano) Nuestro Mundo que se Desvanece: Insectos
Robert Burrowes, Ph.D. | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Desde la revolución industrial que comenzó alrededor de 1750, hace sólo 270 años, los seres humanos han estado destruyendo la biosfera de la Tierra con una ferocidad tan tremenda que la Tierra que heredamos al comienzo de la Época Holocena se está desvaneciendo ante nuestros ojos. Y la vida se desvanece con ella.

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(Português) Oliveira Mais Antiga de Portugal Nasceu Há 3350 Anos
Carlos Dias | Público [Portugal] - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Um misto de respeito e perplexidade são inevitáveis quando se observa o sêr vivo mais antigo de Portugal. Foi datado como tendo a espantosa idade de 3350 anos pelo Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e Florestas. É uma oliveira, contemporânea do Faraó Ramsés II e de Moisés (1250 anos a.C.). Continua de pé e a produzir azeitonas.

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Con Artist Trick #1: Make Cruel and Inhumane Behavior Sound Morally Justifiable
Joe Kandra (cartoonist) & Kathie MM - Engaging Peace, 25 Nov 2019

Non sequitur?

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10 Years of BRICS: What Keeps 5 Headstrong Powers Together in Times of Global Disunion
Fyodor Lukyanov - RT, 18 Nov 2019

14 Nov 2019 – For the past 10 years, BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa] has navigated dramatic turns in global politics and the economy to emerge as an association of countries that is likely to play a key role in a new world order.

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Hong Kong out of Hand: As China Supporters Are Set on Fire It Must Be Time for a Full Response from Beijing
George Galloway - RT, 18 Nov 2019

14 Nov 2019 – With increasing speculation that the coup which ousted Evo Morales in Bolivia is linked to the lithium contract the country signed with China, the government in Beijing is at a crossroads, and not just in Latin America. Few presidents will now risk the grisly fate of Evo Morales if that is the fate of the friends of Beijing. Watch the video of a China supporter in Hong Kong being set on fire by thugs masquerading as “democracy supporters”.

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Climate Change Is Breaking Open America’s Nuclear Tombs in Marshall Islands and Johnston Island
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

14 Nov 2019 – The Marshall Islands say that plutonium is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from the concrete dome the U.S. built to dispose of its nuclear waste. The U.S. has said The Tomb is now the Marshall Islands’ responsibility.

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Bolivia Coup Led by Christian Fascist Paramilitary Leader and Millionaire–with Foreign Support
Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019 – Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition.

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Rwanda Exports 2,163 kg of Gold, UAE Imports 12,539 kg of It (!?)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

13 Nov 2019 – The final 2019 UN Group of Experts Report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirms that Congo’s eastern neighbor Rwanda remains a haven for smuggling Congolese minerals. “Earlier UN reports said that during the Second Congo War of 1998 to 2003, President Paul Kagame’s government created a ‘Congo Desk’ to organize the illegal exploitation of Congo’s natural resources.”

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Dangers and Questions of the Zuckerberg Era
Roberto Savio | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

14 Nov 2019 — The Internet brought us from the Gutenberg Era to the Zuckerberg Era… Secret algorithms form profiles of each and every one of us…The Chinese government has already given every citizen a digital number, where all their ‘good’ and ‘bad’ behaviours converge… London town now has 627,000 surveillance cameras, one for every fourteen citizens; in Beijing it’s one for every seven…

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The War in Syria
Prof. Richard Falk | TRT – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

24 Oct 2019 – Richard Falk is a member of the TRANSCEND Network, an international relations scholar, professor emeritus of international law at Princeton University, Distinguished Research Fellow, UC Santa Barbara, author of 40 books, and a speaker and activist. In 2008, the UN Human Rights Council appointed Falk to a six-year term as a UN Special Rapporteur on “the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967.” His most recent book is Achieving Human Rights (2009).

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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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