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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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Envisaging a Comprehensible Global Brain–as a Playful Organ
Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

The argument follows from the controversial assertion recently made by President Macron of France with respect to the “brain death” of NATO and the potential implications for any “global brain”. The question that is obviously raised with respect to the brain metaphor is the nature of the “brain waves” which might be detectable as indicative of life and intelligence in any global collective such as the United Nations or in any “think tank” (originally termed a “brain box”).

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Trump Signs Hong Kong “Democracy” Bill
Nick Beams | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

29 Nov 2019 – Entitled the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”—and passed by the US Congress with only one dissenting voice, making it veto-proof—the legislation has nothing to do with either.

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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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(Português) O próximo passo de Israel é o verdadeiro perigo contido na decisão dos EUA de normalizar assentamentos ilegais
Ramzy Baroud | Monitor do Oriente Médio – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

26 nov 2019 – A decisão dos EUA de desafiar o direito internacional sobre assentamentos não é perigosa porque viola o direito internacional, pois este último quase nunca foi motivo de preocupação para Washington. O perigo está no fato de que a política externa dos EUA em relação à ocupação israelense se tornou um mero carimbo de borracha que permite ao governo de extrema direita de Israel determinar sozinho o destino do povo palestino e plantar as sementes da instabilidade e da guerra no Oriente Médio por muitos anos.

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Health and Human Rights in Gaza: Shame on the World
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

27 Nov 2019 – I take alarmed note of the refusal of the mainstream media to accord attention to the misery so long endured by the people of Gaza. If ever the norm of ‘the responsibility to protect’ was applied according to humanitarian need, Gaza would be at the top of the list, but of course there is no list, and if ever there were one, given the present international atmosphere, Gaza would remain among the unlisted! This neglect of the people of Gaza is so acute as to extend the web of criminal complicity far beyond the borders of Israel.

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(Português) Bolsonaro culpa ator Leonardo DiCaprio por incêndios na Amazónia
Jornal de Notícias – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

29 nov 2019 – “DiCaprio é um bom sujeito, não é? A dar dinheiro para incendiar a Amazónia”, disse hoje Bolsonaro a apoiantes, à saída do Palácio do Alvorada, em Brasília. A organização ambiental de DiCaprio, que é uma das vozes mais ativas em prol da defesa ambiental, prometeu cinco milhões de dólares (4,5 milhões de euros) para ajudar a proteger a Amazónia, após grandes incêndios terem destruído, em julho e agosto, uma grande parte daquela que é a maior floresta tropical do mundo.

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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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Julian Assange: An Appeal from International Lawyers
Fredrik S. Heffermehl – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Britain should follow the proud example of Iceland. That small nation firmly defended its sovereignty against a U.S. attempt in 2011 to exercise undue jurisdiction, when it expelled a huge team of FBI detectives that had entered the country and had started to investigate WikiLeaks and Assange without permission of the Icelandic government. The treatment of Julian Assange is below the dignity of the great nation that gave the world the Magna Carta in 1215 and the Habeas Corpus. To defend its national sovereignty and obey its own laws, the present British government must set Assange free immediately.

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ICE Arrests 90 More Students at Fake University It Created in Michigan
Niraj Warikoo | Detroit Free Press – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

27 Nov 2019 – A total of about 250 students have now been arrested since January on immigration violations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of a sting operation by federal agents who enticed foreign-born students, mostly from India, to attend the school that marketed itself as offering graduate programs in technology and computer studies. Attorney: Fake Farmington University Sting by ICE Was Entrapment

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(Français) Non au coup de force des USA contre les Palestiniens et contre le droit international
Le Mouvement de la Paix – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

A Paris, le 20/11/2019 – Depuis plusieurs semaines, D. Trump et son administration contribuent à massacrer le droit international. Lachâge lamentable des Kurdes, soutien au coup d’Etat en Bolivie, accord de Paris déchiré, c’est maintenant au tour des Palestiniens de subir la foudre incontrôlée et illégitime tout autant qu’illégale de Trump par l’annonce de son secrétaire d’Etat M. Pompéo déclarant que «l’établissement de colonies de civils israéliens en Cisjordanie n’est pas en soi contraire au droit international».

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Oikonomia: Bringing the Economy Back to the Earth
Prof. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Today’s Big Money is also anti nature. It is based on a paradigm of hyper anthropocentrism; of the continued assumption that nature is dead matter, and domination, conquest and control over the earth through violent tools and technologies is the “civilizing” mission of the men with Big Money. It is based on owing life though patents, privatization and enclosures of the commons, and the hubris of trying to engineer the planet through geo engineering.

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Knowledge & Belief
The Mind Unleashed – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Wisdom

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Is Peace Possible?
Charles Webel | UNYP – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Most of us think we know what peace is, but people often have very different definitions of this apparently simple word. And although almost everyone would agree that some form of peace—however it is defined—is desir¬able, there are often forceful, even violent, disagreements over how to obtain it. Peace is like the human project itself—a work (and a word) in progress.

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Drug Taxis and Impotent Police: The Avalanche of Cocaine Hitting Europe
Der SPIEGEL Staff *– TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

28 Nov 2019 – Drug syndicates are flooding Europe with very pure cocaine. Consumers need only send an encrypted text and a dealer will show up at their doorstep. And the authorities are all but powerless to stop them.

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

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

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Oxford Campaign to Defend Julian Assange
Jake Lynch | LRC Oxfordshire – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Campaign to Defend Julian Assange Conference, 7 Nov 2019

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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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An Open Letter from Doctors: Julian Assange “Could Die in Prison”
WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

24 Nov 2019 – The following letter was authored by more than 65 eminent medical doctors from the UK and around the world, calling for urgent action to protect the life of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder and journalist Julian Assange.

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The Lies about Assange Must Stop Now
John Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

24 Nov 2019 – Newspapers and other media in the United States, Britain and Australia have recently declared a passion for freedom of speech, especially their right to publish freely. They are worried by the “Assange effect”. It is as if the struggle of truth-tellers like Julian Assange and Chelsea Manning is now a warning to them: that the thugs who dragged Assange out of the Ecuadorean embassy in April may one day come for them.

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Criticism of Israel Is Not Antisemitism
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

We can acknowledge the great contributions of Jewish culture and brilliant Jewish individuals and at the same time criticize the state of Israel. There is much to criticize. The international community was unanimous in condemning apartheid in South Africa, but the state of Israel has pursued a policy of apartheid as cruel as that of South Africa – or perhaps even worse.

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Thoughts about Thoughts: Journey into Machine Mind
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

We seek respite from a relentless assault of information bombarding our senses. An onslaught of daily life trials, media, commercials, TV/radio/music, ambient noise levels, demanding response. Consciousness, conscience beg retreat.

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Imagine
Stefan Schindler – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

A Meditation on Education, History, and Tomorrow

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Hong Kong Is Scared – of the Rioters
Andre Vltchek | New Eastern Outlook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Now, the citizens of Hong Kong are scared. Not of the “government”, not of the police, or Beijing: they are frightened of the so-called protesters, of ninja-like looking young people with covered faces and metal bars in their hands.

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Israel’s Next Move: The Real Danger in the US Decision to Normalize Illegal Jewish Settlements
Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

28 Nov 2019 – The US decision to defy international law on settlements is not dangerous because it violates international law, for the latter has hardly ever been a concern for Washington. The danger actually lies in the fact that US foreign policy regarding the Israeli occupation has become a mere rubber stamp that allows Israel’s extreme right-wing government to determine single-handedly the fate of the Palestinian people and sow the seeds of instability and war in the Middle East for many years to come.

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Kahlil Gibran on Silence, Solitude, and the Courage to Know Yourself
Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

“In much of your talking, thinking is half murdered. For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.”

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Boycott Myanmar Campaign
Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

We urge you to stand with the country’s oppressed national minorities.

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US Immigration Revisited
Anonymous – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Oops!

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‘My Dream Was Destroyed’: Home Demolitions Soar in East Jerusalem
Judith Sudilovsky | +972 Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

25 Nov 2019 – A spike in both home demolitions and settlement building in East Jerusalem is forcing Palestinians out of their houses — and jobs. On 5 Nov Muatasem Abbasi’s home, which he shared with his parents, joined the ranks of the 155 Palestinian houses in East Jerusalem demolished so far this year. The reason: it had been built without a permit. Abbasi, whose home was built in 2011, said they had been trying to get a building permit for years.

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Contra Israeli Apartheid
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

1 Dec 2019 – This is a modified version of remarks made at the opening plenary session of the “1st Global Conference on Israeli Apartheid: Dimensions, Repercussions and the Means to Combat It,” 29-30 Nov 2019, Istanbul.

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The Genocide Convention: The World Court Case Relevant to Myanmar
René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

2 Dec 2019 – The complaint lodged by The Gambia at the International Court of Justice against Myanmar (Burma) is the first time that rape as a weapon of war will be presented to the World Court, based on violations of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. The hearings are scheduled for 10-12 December 2019. Sexual and gender-based violence is an important aspect of the genocide accusation and the discussions should be watched closely.

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I Worked at Capital One for Five Years–This Is How We Justified Piling Debt on Poor Customers
Elena Botella | The New Republic – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

The subprime lending giant is a textbook case in creating a corporate culture of denial… A publicly traded company wasn’t going to sacrifice a meaningful amount of income to avoid destroying lives—unless the law required it… Virtually everyone I worked with was 45 or younger. Most were under 30.

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Bolivia: Post-Coup Update
Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

29 Nov 2019 – In short: rigged ‘elections’ will be held, in which Evo Morales is to be excluded, and in which there will be no repercussions against the U.S.-stooge-regime participants if their side fails to win those ‘elections’. The Bolivian people won’t have any legal right to hang the coupsters. The U.S. regime will see to that.

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Gandhi and Tolstoy
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

As we celebrate the 190th anniversary of Leo Tolstoy and the 150th of Mahatma Gandhi, we are in fact reinforcing the values of truth, nonviolence, simplicity, peace, justice and harmony as promoted by these great personalities. May their beliefs and actions strengthen our resolve to fight the evils in our societies!

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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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Gandhi’s Economics: Practical Ethics for Systemic Transformation
Prof. Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Here the concept of basic cultural structure is used to argue that Gandhi, with deep roots in a different basic cultural structure, is able to offer a deeper and in the end more realistic critique of, and alternative to, neoliberalism than critiques that remain within the basic cultural structure of modernity. Why have moral economies failed to materialize? Is it now too late to prevent inevitable irreparable disastrous ecocide? Is it really true that by practicing the ideals of Gandhi and other great moral exemplars we are contributing to building a peaceful, just and sustainable world?’

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American Exceptionalism Driving World to War – John Pilger
Finian Cunningham | Strategic Culture Foundation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

27 Nov 2019 – John Pilger gives his wide-ranging views on the systematic deterioration of Western mainstream journalism which has come to function as a nakedly propaganda matrix for power and corporate profit.

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Peace Studies: Inspiration, Objectives, Achievement
Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Peace appeals to the heart; studies to the brain. Both are needed, indeed indispensable. But equally indispensable is a valid link between brain and heart. And that, in a nutshell, is what peace studies and peace practice are all about.

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(Português) Indústria da carne é uma das maiores poluidoras do mundo
David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

27 nov 2019 – “As empresas de alimentos não estão apenas em risco devido à escassez de água, elas também são responsáveis por isso”.

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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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The Girl from Ipanema (Music Video of the Week)
Amy Winehouse – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

Amy Winehouse sings Tom Jobim. A Tribute to Both

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Groundswell of Support for WikiLeaks Publisher Julian Assange
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

30 Nov 2019 – Over the past week, a growing groundswell of opposition to the US-led persecution of Julian Assange has come to the surface of political life internationally. Prominent public figures in Britain, Europe and Australia, including doctors, journalists, politicians and United Nations representatives, have condemned the WikiLeaks founder’s imprisonment in the UK’s maximum-security Belmarsh Prison.

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Friedrich Engels (28 Nov 1820 – 5 Aug 1895)
The European Graduate School – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Friedrich Engels was a German author, political theorist and philosopher, most well known for his monumental work with Karl Marx, The Communist Manifesto and Das Kapital.

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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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A New Cycle of Gaza/Israel Violence
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

22 Nov 2019 – Whether this latest cycle of violence has ended as of now is difficult to assess, and it should not be confused with the violence at the Gaza Fence as a result of weekly demonstrations of Palestinians in the course of the Great March of Return, a civil society initiative that has continued since March 30, 2018, a remarkable exhibition of sumud on the Palestinian side and of excessive lethal force on the Israel side.

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(Português) Amazónia Desaparece a um Ritmo de 2000 Campos de Futebol por Dia
Visão – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

22 nov 2019 – Os dados são do Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais brasileiro, que revelou um aumento de 30% em relação ao ano anterior. A maior subida desde 1998.

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Fighting for America’s Soul
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Today there is a deep split in public opinion in the United States. Democratic institutions are in danger from racism and neo-fascism. Progressives are fighting to save the values and institutions on which their country was founded. They are fighting to save America’s soul.

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After Evo, the Lithium Question Looms Large in Bolivia
Vijay Prashad | Peoples Dispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

The overthrow of the elected leader cannot be understood without a glance at the nation’s massive reserves of this crucial mineral.

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(Português) Brasil: Manchas de Petróleo Derramado Chegam à Costa do Rio de Janeiro
MadreMedia / Lusa – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

23 nov 2019 – As manchas de petróleo que desde o final de agosto se arrastam pelo litoral do Brasil chegaram hoje ao estado do Rio de Janeiro. O crude alcançou 724 praias de 120 municípios dos nove estados do nordeste, mais o Espírito Santo. 143 animais, na sua maioria tartarugas marinhas, foram encontrados com vestígios de crude, das quais 98 morreram.

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Pax Gandhiana: The Political Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

In a world where mainstream studies of peace and politics are dominated by what passes for realism and for world order, the distinguished Gandhi scholar Anthony Parel has derived from a close study of Gandhi’s works a political philosophy that promises in the long run to be more realistic than the so-called realists. It rests on a deeper order, an order in the human soul, than the global political and economic order established after World War II whose current disintegration mainstream scholars are now lamenting.

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Bullfighting in 60 Seconds Flat
PETA-People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Could you step into the life of a bull at a bullfight for just one minute? Each year, thousands of bulls are slaughtered in bullrings around the world. From the moment that they enter the ring, they don’t stand a chance. They may be weakened by beatings, have their horns shaved to keep them off balance, or have petroleum jelly rubbed into their eyes to impair their vision. The Running of the Bulls supports bullfighting as well. Most tourists don’t know that all the bulls that run in the streets of Pamplona, Spain, are later killed in the bullring…

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(Português) Como Tirar Seus Sonhos do Papel–e Ser Feliz no Processo
Felipe Zamana – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Não importa a dimensão, mas todos nós temos um sonho. Sonhamos em comprar uma casa nova, dar a volta ao mundo, encontrar um novo amor ou atingir a iluminação. Porém, quando Martin Luther King Jr. disse a famosa frase “Eu tenho um sonho…”, provavelmente ele não sabia necessariamente como realizá-lo. Foi preciso muita reflexão e observação para encontrar as respostas que procurava.

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Upholding Freedom of Conscience and Belief at the UN
René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

25 November is the date anniversary of the U.N. General Assembly resolution in 1981 to proclaim the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief. The Declaration is a development of Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights highlighting freedom or thought, conscience, religion or belief. The 1981 Declaration is now recognized as articulating the fundamental right of freedom of conscience, religion, and belief.

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Monsanto Is Not Gandhi: Crimes against Nature and Society Are Not “Satyagraha”
Prof. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

In June 2019, Monsanto lobbyists announced that farmers will illegally plant Bt Brinjal as a “Satyagraha”. This is outright criminal action. Farmers acting on behest of Monsanto are criminals and will be treated as such.

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Oil Spill Hits 643 Areas in 116 Cities in Northeast and Southeast Brazil
Igor Carvalho | Brasil de Fato – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – A report by the Brazilian environmental agency shows that 643 areas have been hit by an oil spill that has been washing up thousands of kilometers of the country’s coastline since early September. Oil stains have been found in 116 cities in all northeastern states, as well as Espírito Santo, in the Southeast of Brazil.

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Bruce Lee (27 Nov 1940 – 20 Jul 1973)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Bruce Lee was a revered martial artist, actor and filmmaker known for movies like ‘Fists of Fury’ and ‘Enter the Dragon,’ and the technique Jeet Kune Do.

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Evil Hour in Honduras: A Banana Republic Lives On
Joseph Grosso | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

23 Nov 2019 – To find callous and hypocritical American statecraft one would have no shortage of choices. From the betrayals of the Kurds, to the support for the House of Saud, including in its brutal war in Yemen, to the billions of dollars pumped into dictatorship in Egypt, to the continual dispossession of the Palestinians. However, in terms of pure cynicism the answer is found closer to home in Central America.

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(Castellano) La Transformación de la Estructura Cultural Básica (ECB): Nada Menos nos Salvará
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019 – Chile no es un caso único. También se registran ahora mismo conflictos sociales masivos en Argelia, Bolivia, China, Ecuador, Egipto, Estados Unidos, Francia, Guinea, Haití, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iraq, Kazakstán, Kashmir, Líbano, Mozambique, Nigeria, Pakistán, Rusia, Siria, Sud África, Venezuela, Yemen unos cuantos países más. No hay país donde, aunque sea relativamente tranquilo ahora mismo, no se encuentre germinando las semillas de la rebelión.

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Et Tu, Macron?
Khalil Bendib | OtherWords – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

RIP Cold War

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The Yin & Yang of Authentic Being-In-The-World
Stefan Schindler – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

A Buddhist Discourse with New-Age, Interfaith, and Peace-and-Justice Implications

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(Castellano) En Bolivia como en Palestina
Carlos Aznárez | Resumen Latinoamericano – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

20 nov 2019 – Bolivia se está pareciendo a Palestina. Esta dictadura boliviana de hoy, baleando desde helicópteros o tanquetas, torturando y asesinando, tiene además un odio de clase contra quienes gracias a un gobierno popular y revolucionario. En Palestina, el ocupante no solo se apodera de territorios, expulsando a los habitantes nativos, demoliendo sus viviendas y destruyendo sus cultivos, sino que también manifiesta un profundo odio hacia quienes, a pesar de las continuas persecuciones y masacres, mantienen un perfil de resistencia política y sobre todo cultural.

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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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Capitalism’s Suicidal Trajectory Can’t Be Ignored
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

20 Nov 2019 – If we make it out of the climate emergency, we may view the decades that followed WWII as halcyon days – at least relative to now. But the stark reality is that we are in a sinking boat – the sinking boat of capitalism. The hole is growing and water rushing in faster by the day.

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Julian Assange Rape Charge Dropped in Sweden
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – Swedish prosecutors dropped their rape case against Julian Assange, a cofounder of WikiLeaks, it was announced today. Assange waited out the nine-year investigation as prosecutors said the alleged victim’s memory faded.

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China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium
F. William Engdahl | New Eastern Outlook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019 – For several years since the global push to develop mass-scale Electric Vehicles, the element Lithium has come into focus as a strategic metal. Demand is enormous in China, in the EU and in the USA at present, and securing control over lithium supplies is already developing its own geopolitics not unlike that for the control of oil.

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(Português) Imagens Expõem Crueldade da Exportação de Gado Vivo
David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

21 nov 2019 – Depois de um ano de protestos e determinações legais que poderiam ser favoráveis ao fim da exportação de animais vivos no Brasil, imagens chocantes revelam a terrível realidade dos bois transportados em navios para matadouros em países distantes.

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How Western Media Bias Allows Israel to Get Away with Murder in Gaza
Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

17 Nov 2019 – Sadly, US bias regarding Palestine has extended to mainstream media in European countries that were, to some degree, fairer, if not somewhat sympathetic, with the Palestinian peoples’ situation.

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How to Save the Planet and Ourselves
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019 – Roger Hallam, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, understands corporate power and knows how to fight it. It is up to us to act.

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

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

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What Happened (or What Is Happening) to the US Empire?
Satoshi Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

This article refers to Professor Johan Galtung’s claim that the US empire will fall by 2020. Its main purpose is to explore current and recent events that may be related to that claim.

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In Bolivia as in Palestine
Carlos Aznarez | Resumen – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

20 Nov 2019 – Bolivia resembles Palestine these days. This unfolding Bolivian dictatorship, which orders its military and police to repress the indigenous-peasant people, are shooting from helicopters or tanks, torturing and murdering. In Palestine, the occupier not only seizes territories, expelling the native inhabitants, demolishing their homes and destroying their crops, but also manifests a deep hatred towards those who, in spite of continuous persecution and massacres, maintain a profile of political and above all cultural resistance.

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Rising Seas Threaten US Pacific Nuclear Dump
John Braddock | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

23 Nov 2019 – According to reports from the Marshall Islands, plutonium is leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a massive concrete bunker the United States built in the 1950s to dispose of nuclear waste. A potential disaster is looming.

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“They’re Killing Us like Dogs” – A Massacre in Bolivia and a Plea for Help
Medea Benjamin | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

22 Nov 2019 – I am writing from Bolivia just days after witnessing the November 19 military massacre at the Senkata gas plant in the indigenous city of El Alto, and the tear-gassing of a peaceful funeral procession on November 21 to commemorate the dead. These are examples, unfortunately, of the modus operandi of the de facto government that seized control in a coup that forced Evo Morales out of power.

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The Answer Is in the End: George Harrison, a Prophet for Our Time
Ben Jolliffe | Resurgence Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

George Harrison died on 29 November 2001 at the age of fifty-eight. After meeting A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, of which he became an active participant, Harrison turned his devotion to Lord Krishna in 1969.

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

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

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Amazon Rainforest Sees Biggest Spike in Deforestation in Over a Decade
Colin Dwyer | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019 – Picture, for a second, just how vast New York City is. All told, including Staten Island, the Bronx and every block in between, the massive metropolis takes up more than 300 square miles. Now, try to picture a hunk of land more than 12 times that size. That’s about how much of the Amazon rainforest was destroyed in just the span of a year, according to Brazilian authorities.

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Somewhere over the Rainbow (Music Video of the Week)
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Israel “Iz” (20 May 1959–26 Jun 1997) was a Hawaiian musician and sovereignty activist. Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Mākua Beach on July 12, 1997. This video documents the event. RIP dear friend, 350 kg of heart.

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Victoire Ingabire Walks a Knife Edge in Rwanda
Ann Garrison | SF Bay View – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – Spanish Human Rights awards shared by Victoire Ingabire, a journalist, and a Mothers of Plaza de Mayo activist. Ingabire walks a knife edge; as her international profile rises, so does Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s rage.

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

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

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Conference at European Parliament Defends Julian Assange
Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

At the European Parliament in Brussels on14 Nov, MEPs and prominent public figures condemned the US-led persecution of the WikiLeaks founder and called for his freedom. Nils Melzer, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, remarked: “Two hundred years ago on this continent we were ruled by people who had absolute power. We decided we didn’t like that. We created states that were to be democracies governed by the people.”

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‘Terror on the Tube: Behind the Veil of 7/7’ – Review of the Book by Nick Kollerstrom
Antony C. Black – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – This is the third in a series of articles (the other two being ‘Operation Gladio: The Unholy Alliance between the Vatican, the CIA and the Mafia’ and ‘The 2001 Anthrax Deception: Review of the Book by Graeme MacQueen’) investigating the notion of ‘false flag’ terrorism in the modern era.

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Palestinians Slam US Policy Reversal on Israeli Settlements
Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – Palestinians, rights groups, politicians and others have sharply criticised the Trump administration after it announced the United States was no longer considering Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank “inconsistent” with international law.

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Festivals and Features Related to Our Moon
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Like the sun, the moon also plays an important role in the lives of people around the world and especially in India. Many poems and songs are recited in praise of the Moon especially on the Poornima and amavasya (Full moon and new moon nights).

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Don’t Call Me a Pessimist on Climate Change. I Am a Realist (Part 1)
William E. Rees | The Tyee – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019 – No one wants to be the downer at the party, and some would say that I am an unreformed pessimist. But consider this — pessimism and optimism are mere states of mind that may or may not be anchored in reality. I would prefer to be labeled a realist, someone who sees things as they are, who has a healthy respect for good data and solid analysis (or at least credible theory).

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Memo from a Climate Crisis Realist: The Choice before Us (Part 2)
William E. Rees | The Tyee – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

12 Nov 2019 – Yesterday I presented the first of two “Am I wrong?” queries regarding the climate crisis. If you accept my facts, I said, you will see the massive challenge we face in transforming human assumptions and ways of living on Earth.

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The 2001 Anthrax Deception: Review of the Book by Graeme MacQueen
Antony C. Black | OffGuardian – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

If the notion that, ‘truth always lies 180 degrees opposite to the direction pointed by the corporate media’ is not yet a modern maxim, it should be. A useful corollary might be added to the effect that, ‘the depth to which an event is consigned to the establishment memory hole is inversely related to its actual significance’.

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The Trials of Julian Assange–and Why He Is Vital to Our Future
Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

Why are the UK authorities so keen to collude in the persecution of Julian Assange? For British officialdom to prostrate itself before the demands of its Washington ally is far from novel, of course. When America says ‘jump’, the British establishment reflex is to ask ‘how high?’ and ‘into what country?’ Inconveniently, WikiLeaks’ most eye-catching revelations include a picture of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which British troops were heavily involved, fundamentally at odds with ministers’ optimistic presentation of ‘our side’ as the ‘goodies’. [Watch Video]

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“We Refuse to be Burned”: 500 Years of Resistance, Colonization, and Coups in Bolivia
Maya Ajchura Chipana | The Red Nation – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

18 Nov 2019 – I am writing this because I don’t see many Bolivian voices represented in the media. Here is my story.

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Remembering JFK: Voices from a Smoldering Grave . . . Memorial Prose Poem
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

I write in memory of a tragic day in history that changed the destiny of the USA and the world. With the assassination of JFK, the path was open for presidential deceit and deception, for abuses of national purpose and moral authority. Say what you will, JFK was our nation’s last hope for principled charismatic leadership capable of inspiring hope and sacrifice for higher purpose. — 22 Nov 2019

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Peoples’ BRICS Summit Closing Statement: “We Demand Changes so We Can Have a Future”
Brasil de Fato – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

12 Nov 2019 – The closing statement of the Peoples’ BRICS Summit was released today in Brasília, the capital of Brazil. The document is the result of two days of discussions between researchers and members of 60 peoples’ organizations from nine countries, before the BRICS Summit by heads of governments.

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

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

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(Castellano) Chile Despertó, pero Chile no Despertó
Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019 – De lo que he podido constatar, participando en unas manifestaciones en la quinta región, y enterándome por los medios y por las redes sociales de lo que pasa en el resto del país, los manifestantes son principalmente jóvenes, sinceros y comprometidos con el bien común, y sin ninguna intención de hacer mal a nadie.  Simplemente quieren una vida digna normal, garantizada en el plano material por una seguridad económica confiable, es decir, no precaria. Otra cosa es la violencia que ha acompañado el despertar. 

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Muslim Nations Bring Genocide Suit against Myanmar over 2017 Expulsion of Rohingya
Radio Free Asia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

11 Nov 2019 – Gambia today filed a lawsuit against Myanmar in the highest court of the United Nations, accusing the Southeast Asia nation of state-sponsored genocide for the brutal military-led crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in 2017 that left thousands dead and drove more than 740,000 across the border into Bangladesh.

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(Français) Ce que vous devez savoir sur les bombardements à Gaza
Mike Merryman-Lotze | Agence Média Palestine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

Le 12 novembre 2019, les militaires israéliens ont assassiné Baha Abu al-Ata, un membre dirigeant du Jihad islamique à Gaza, et sa femme – déclenchant plus de violence à Gaza.

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Industrial Agriculture, Based on War Technologies, Kills Millions of Species: Agroecology Is the Future
Prof. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

It Is Driving the Sixth Mass Extinction – Corporations of the Poison Cartel have given us decades of ecocide, genocide through war chemicals. As the alternative, Agroecology includes all chemical free ecological farming systems, including Organic Farming, Permaculture, Biodynamic Agriculture, and different schools of natural farming.

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(Italiano) Le parole come armi. Spunti per un’etica informatica
Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

La disinformazione su internet – Lunedì 28 ottobre su Rai3 è andato in onda Report, il programma di inchieste di Sigfrido Ranucci, che è stato visto da 2 milioni 100 mila telespettatori (pari al 9 di share).

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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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Engineering or Technology?
Naresh Jotwani | Medium – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

It comes as a slight surprise that the word ‘technology’ has its root in the Greek word tekhne, which meant ‘art’; after all, today we understand art as being quite distinct from technology. It is no surprise, however, that the word ‘engineering’ is rooted in the word ‘engine,’ which is indirectly rooted in the Latin word for ‘intellect’ or ‘inventiveness’. The English word ‘ingenious’ is close to the Latin near-equivalent ingenium. Here–in a light-hearted way!–I try to bring out the difference between the two as I also make some gentle fun of the indecent modern haste to make money out of technology.

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The Importance of Gambia Invoking Genocide Convention against Myanmar
René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

The Government of Gambia on 11 Nov has brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague a complaint against the Government of Myanmar (formerly Burma) for violation of the 1948 Convention on Genocide concerning actions against the Rohingya.

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Will You Contribute $20, $25, $50 or $100 MONTHLY to Help Sustain Our Indispensable Peace Journalism Voice?
Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate: “It is with great pleasure that I write in praise and support of TMS. I look forward to it each week and enjoy reading the articles by Prof. Johan Galtung, peace educationalist, activists, and others from around the world. My thanks and admiration go to editor Antonio C. S. Rosa for the great efforts that he puts into the weekly production of Transcend Media Service…”

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