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Targeting Iran
Chandra Muzaffar - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

18 May 2019 – How and why Saudi and Israeli elite interests and ambitions are intertwined in the US push against Iran is not highlighted in the media; only a small fraction of the public understands the escalation of tensions in West Asia. It is largely because the media conceals and camouflages the truth. Or as Malcolm X once put it, “If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”

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American Empire Defined
The Peace Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

Informative, educational

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Escaping Extinction through Paradigm Shift
Nafeez Ahmed | INSURGE Intelligence – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

10 May 2019 – The driving motor of this destruction is the ‘endless growth’ paradigm of our current global economy, a paradigm that has seen human populations and cities grow exponentially across the world, in turn driving the exponential growth in consumption of resources, raw materials, food and energy. That accelerating expansion of industrial civilization-as-we-know-it has ravaged natural ecosystems, leading to the decline of numerous species that are critical for the continued healthy functioning of natural services providing food, pollination and clean water that are essential to sustain our own civilization.

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Patterning Intuition with the Fifth Discipline
Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

Critical Review of the Conclusion of the 5-Fold Patterning Instinct – Review of the concluding section of The Patterning Instinct: a cultural history of man’s search for meaning (2017) by Jeremy Lent.

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Long Life to Their Majesties, the Bees!
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

20 May 2019 – Amazingly organised social communities, bees ensure food chain. ‘Bee’ grateful to them… at least in their World Day! And always remember that they are working to ensure your food, your health and, by the way, alleviate the huge suffering that homo sapiens is causing to Mother Nature!

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(Français) “Notre problème, c’est l’obéissance civile”, par Howard Zinn
Howard Zinn | Les Crises – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

1 May 2019 – “Le problème n’est pas la désobéissance civile. Notre problème, c’est l’obéissance civile.”

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Stop a U.S. War on Iran!
James Albertini | Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

“Iran and Venezuela are both in the gun sights of U.S. imperialism. Sound the alarm and take action to stop these reckless and disastrous wars before they begin. Military personnel should prepare to refuse illegal orders to commit aggression against nations that are no threat to the U.S.”
— Gerry Condon, President, US Veterans for Peace

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(Castellano) Cuba regala al mundo la vacuna contra el Cáncer de Pulmón
Razones de Cuba – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

21 marzo 2019 – Luego de 25 años de estudio y de ensayos clínicos se ha demostrado la seguridad y efectividad de la vacuna contra el cáncer de pulmón el Centro de Inmunología Molecular de Cuba desarrolló.

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Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

15 May 2019 – Why criminal? Because such violence would violate both the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles. There is no hope at all for the future unless we work for a peaceful world, governed by international law, rather than a fearful world where brutal power holds sway.

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(Français) Gaza a fait son choix: toujours elle résistera!
Haidar Eid | The Palestine Chronicle – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

7 Mai 2019 – Nous avions déjà passé des nuits blanches sous les bombardements israéliens – en 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014 et 2018. Samedi [4 Mai], le régime israélien d’apartheid a décidé de lancer une nouvelle campagne meurtrière de bombardement contre l’une des régions les plus densément peuplées de la planète. Encore une fois, les victimes étaient des enfants et des femmes.

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UN Health Agency Highlights Lifestyle Choices That Can Prevent Onset of Dementia, as Millions More Succumb Each Year
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

14 May 2019 -Key lifestyle choices such as getting regular exercise, not smoking or drinking too much, can reduce the risk of dementia and cognitive decline, the UN health agency said today. Today, around 50 million people globally suffer from dementia and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year.

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Rohingya refugees and supporters endorse UN’s call for withdrawal of financial support to Myanmar
Free Rohingya Coalition – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

15 May 2019 – Rohingya refugees and international supporters welcome and endorse UN Fact-Finding Mission’s timely call for withdrawal of financial and other support to Myanmar.

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Buddhist Hotdog
Anonymous – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

Say, what?

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The Art of Being Alone: May Sarton’s Stunning 1938 Ode to Solitude
Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

“There is no place more intimate than the spirit alone.”

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Julian Assange: The 2011 60 Minutes Interview
60 Minutes – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

1 May 2019 – It’s only recently re-emerged on the Internet, but a lengthy 2011 interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is worth watching if you’re trying to filter through the propaganda maze that now follows the Australian publisher everywhere he goes. Or doesn’t go, more to the point.

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Animal Matters: Episode 3
The Intercept – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

What Are the Philosophical Premises for Why Animal Life Has No Value or Is of Less Worth?

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The Plot to Kill Venezuela
Vijay Prashad | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

13 May 2019 – Weisbrot and Sachs say that these illegal sanctions “fit the definition of collective punishment,” as laid out in the Hague Convention (1899) and in the Geneva Convention (1949). Tens of thousands of Venezuelans are dead. Tens of thousands more are under threat of death. Yet, no one has stood up against the grave breach of the convention in terms of collective punishment. There is not a whiff of interest in the UN Secretary General’s office to open a tribunal on the accusations of collective punishment against Venezuela.

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What Lies Behind the Race toward War with Iran?
William R. Polk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

12 May 2019 – Assuming control of the energy sources of the Gulf, “decisions on the Gross National Product of China will be made in Washington.” This is the key to understanding what is otherwise the current and seemingly meaningless conflict with Iran: Iran is the missing pillar in an American policy of imperium in imperio toward China. One way or another – threat, surrender, regime change or war – Trump believes that Iran must be brought into line.

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Myanmar: Conflict Resolution at ‘Total Standstill’, Military Commanders Must Answer for Crimes against Humanity
UN News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

14 May 2019 – Myanmar’s military commanders must answer charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in a credible court, a United Nations Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar (FFM) said today, urging the international community to cut off all financial and other support to them.

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The Message of Ramadan
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

15 May 2019 – This is the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the most sacred month in Islamic culture. It is in this month that Muslims, about one fifth of the world’s population, undergo a rigorous fast (not even a drop of water or spittle passes their throats).

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Vandana Shiva Talks Poison Cartel, Farmers’ Rights and Ecofeminism
Melissa Pasanen | Seven Days/Navdanya – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

3 May 2019 – Dr. Vandana Shiva, 66, the high-profile organic agriculture and environmental activist and author from Delhi, India, has received many awards and accolades over decades of advocacy work spanning organic agriculture, biodiversity, climate change and social justice. Shiva talks about bio-imperialism, the power of women, and bad curry.

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Registration Gives Many Rohingya Refugees Identification for the First Time
Alex St-Denis | UNHCR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

17 May 2019 – More than 270,000 stateless refugees from Myanmar provided with identity cards in an ongoing registration drive.

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Apocalypse!
Dr. Naresh Jotwani – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

In the original, secular sense of the word, ‘apocalypse’ means ‘revelation’ – something which was previously unknown becomes known. When Archimedes discovered a certain law of Physics in his bathtub and jumped out shouting ‘Eureka!’ he experienced an ‘apocalypse’. Due to the influence of scriptures, however, it has also come to mean ‘widespread destruction or disaster’, or even ‘end time’ – although this latter meaning has no relationship to the original meaning of the word in Greek.

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71 Years of Nakba: Palestinians Continue to Suffer ‘The Catastrophe’
teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

15 May 2019 – Nakba or catastrophe is not just an event of history but an “ongoing process aimed at the erasure of Palestinian memory and history.”

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Kaulana Na Pua – (Hawai’ian Music Video of the Week)
ProjectKULEANA – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

KULEANA – Written by Ellen Keho’ohiwoakalani Wright Pendergast in 1893. This was a mele of opposition to the annexation of Hawai’i to the United States. Originally this mele was titled Mele ‘Ai Pōhaku (The Stone Eating Song) and was also known as Mele Aloha ‘Āina.

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Venezuela: Amnesty International in Service of Empire
Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

18 May 2019 – AI fails to put its claims against the Maduro government in the context of a concerted regime-change campaign. The US is waging an illegal war against Venezuela and AI’s broadside leaves out this inconvenient fact, even omitting any mention of sanctions. This is not the first time AI has shown an imperial bias as it has regarding US-backed regime-change projects in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Nicaragua.

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Moon Landings: Magnificent and Deviously Contrived Propaganda
Emanuel E. Garcia, MD | AULIS Online – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

13 May 2019 – The lunar surface is an extraordinarily hazardous environment. Temperatures fluctuate widely from above boiling point to far below freezing. Radiation abounds. Micrometeorites pummel the terrain ubiquitously. The vacuum of space would suck the life out of an insufficiently insulated liquid – or human being. Watching the Apollo astronauts frolic and cavort on this forbidding surface one would think they hadn’t a care in the world. They played golf. They used the Lunar Rover as a hot rod, and they hopped, skipped and jumped around.

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URGENT CALL FOR DONATIONS
Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

Dear Friend, when people in power promote war and violence, it’s the Media’s duty to question, resist, confront. TRANSCEND Media Service gives voice to those of us calling for peace, resisting war and demanding accountability.  I’m turning to you to help this coverage continue. If you haven’t had a chance to donate to TMS, consider doing it now. Any amount makes a difference to keep up our Peace Journalism mission. Thank you for responding!

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(Português) Holocausto: Galinhas lutam para andar, respirar e recorrem ao canibalismo em fazendas de criação
ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

Presas em ambientes insalubres, sujos e superlotados, as aves mal conseguem sustentar o peso do próprio corpo, caindo umas sobre as outras, enquanto as que morrem são deixadas junto com as demais. Imagens angustiantes divulgadas na segunda feira 13 de maio de 2019 em fazendas de criação fornecedoras de grandes mercados.

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Remote Island Chain Has Few People — But Hundreds of Millions of Pieces of Plastic
Christopher Joyce | NPR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

16 May 2019 – When a marine biologist from Australia traveled to a remote string of islands in the Indian Ocean to see how much plastic waste had washed up on the beaches, here’s just part of what she found: “373,000 toothbrushes and around 975,000 shoes, largely flip-flops. And that’s only what was on the surface.

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The Cocoyoc Declaration
Johan Galtung, et al. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

October 8-12, 1974 a symposium on “Patterns of Resource Use, Environment and Development Strategies” was convened in Cocoyoc, Mexico by the directors of UN Environment Programme and the UN Conference on Trade and Development. The Rapporteurs were Barbara Ward and Johan Galtung. The Cocoyoc Declaration is reproduced below, with certain sadness: it is as valid today, more than 40 years later. The two directors received a three-feet-long cable, from the US State Department, rejecting the declaration entirely. Signed by Henry Kissinger.

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On My 88thBirthday: A Reflection
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

Poem at Springtime

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (25 May 1803 – 27 Apr 1882)
Ann Woodlief, Virginia Commonwealth University – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

Emerson had become quite famous, a major figure in the American literary landscape, a celebrity which brought both adulation and satire. He had been a profound inspiration for many writers, especially Henry Thoreau and Walt Whitman.

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Man and Praying Woman
Emanuel E. Garcia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

The white clay clumped and,
Hardening, needed to be worked
Quickly

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The Problem Is Civil Obedience
Howard Zinn | Zinn Reader – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

I start from the supposition that the world is topsy-turvy, that things are all wrong, that the wrong people are in jail and the wrong people are out of jail, that the wrong people are in power and the wrong people are out of power, that the wealth is distributed in this country and the world in such a way as not simply to require small reform but to require a drastic reallocation of wealth. I start from the supposition that we don’t have to say too much about this because all we have to do is think about the state of the world today and realize that things are all upside down.

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When Identity Documents and Registration Produce Exclusion: Lessons from Rohingya Experiences in Myanmar
Natalie Brinham | London School of Economics and Political Science – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

10 May 2019 – State practices relating to registration and documentation since 1978 have played a significant part in multiple mass state-directed expulsions to Bangladesh . Such practices include the confiscation, destruction, nullification and targeted non-issuance of identity documents. Registration processes have become increasingly repressive, coercive and abusive since the mid-1990s, making survival for Rohingya in Myanmar more and more difficult. This bureaucratic cleansing has produced a steady stream of people out of the country since the 1990s.

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Required Reading on Palestine
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

Stone Men: The Palestinians Who Built Israel, by Andrew Ross, Verso; 2019 – Andrew: “… it would be no exaggeration to say that the ‘stone men’ of Palestine have built every state in the region except their own.” My final assessment: no matter how much you think you know about Palestine, you do not know enough until you have read this book.

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Neo-Cons: Origin of the Species
Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

18 May 2019 – Before embarking on an etymological exploration, a few prefatory remarks are in order. One, neo-conservativism is as much a state of feeling as it is a state-of-mind. Two, such logical thinking as occurs among its devotees is deductive – downplaying empirical data and encouraging ad hominem conclusions and pronouncements. Finally, it is a highly adulterated species of doctrine. It has interbred with several other intellectual and ideological entities to produce a hybrid.

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Indian Philosophy of Vedantic Advaita: Concepts of Peace, Equality, Duty, Harmony, Freedom
Dr Ravi Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

The well-known Indian epic Bhagwad Gita tells us not to covet material objects, not to be attached to the material wealth. All of us require material goods but we should not over emphasize this aspect. Gandhi reiterated this maxim in his commentary on Gita that he called anasakti yoga (Yoga of non-attachment). The fundamental theme of this epic is that people should overcome a tendency to be attracted to the material world.

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How Russiagate Replaced Analysis of the 2016 Election
Rick Sterling – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

18 May 2019 – An honest and accurate analysis of the 2016 election is very relevant to the current election campaign. Yet over the past two years, Russiagate has dominated media and political debate and largely replaced a serious analysis of the factors leading to Trump’s victory… Blaming an outside power is a good way to prevent self analysis and positive change. It’s gone on far too long.

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Answering the Mysterious Call of an Artist’s Spiritual Vocation
Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Resistance, by Carolyn Forché – If you are like me, you will be inspired by what the poet Char called “wisdom with tear-filled eyes.” This book is just that. It is a call to Americans to face the truth and resist.

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Futilely Trying to Expose Big Pharma’s Vaccine Cartel with Facts
Gary G. Kohls, MD | Duty to Warn – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

14 May 2019 – Explaining, with easy-to-understand charts, why Autism Spectrum Disorders could soon reach an incidence of 50% among fully-vaccinated children in America (and some of the other half of the over-vaccinated children). They are at risk of developing the already escalating vaccine-induced disorders such as Autoimmune Disorders, Asthma, Allergies, the ASIA Syndrome, Macrophagic Myofasciitis and Type I Diabetes Mellitus.

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Then and Now
Christine Barie and Kathie Malley-Morrison | Engaging Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 May 2019

For the record…

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(Castellano) Los 10 Mandamientos para Salvar el Planeta, la Humanidad y la Vida
Evo Morales Ayma [by Leonardo Boff] – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

5 mayo 2019 – El presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales Ayma, se ha destacado mundialmente por proponer los 10 mandamientos para salvar el planeta, la humanidad y la vida. Proclamó estos 10 mandamientos en un famoso discurso en la ONU cuando se aprobó unánimemente que este día, el 22 de abril, no sería simplemente el Día de la Tierra sino el Día de la Madre Tierra.

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Assange and Beyond: Pray and Weep
Karen Kwiatkowski | LRC – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

7 May 2019 – “[Julian Assange] is presently under close observation in prison hospital because he has suffered ‘severe transient psychotic episodes.’ My source(s) indicate these episodes occurred after two sessions of coercive interrogation at the hands of UK and US officials. The source(s) stated the HUMINT interrogators used psychotropic drugs in the course of the sessions.” The agenda is to destroy Assange as a human being, and they may well succeed. In doing this evil deed, in all of our names, America herself – whether we put her first, last, or somewhere in the middle – will have dug her own grave.

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Who to Blame: “Donald Trump” or the “American People”?
Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

9 May 2019 – Donald Trump is the duly elected President of the USA — elected by the American People according to well-defined electoral procedures. It is currently irrelevant whether those procedures are in any way in question. Trump is therefore the legitimate representative of the American People. He is variously acclaimed and recognized as the leader of the world’s greatest superpower.

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Report: Leaked Draft of Trump’s Peace Plan Reveals Creation of ‘New Palestine,’ Promises to Join Israel in Next War in Gaza if Palestinians Reject
Allison Deger | Mondoweiss – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

7 May 2019 – If the PLO accepts the plan and Hamas or Islamic Jihad in Gaza reject it, the document warns “the U.S. will back Israel to personally harm leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad” in a future escalation, and will hold Hamas’ leadership “responsible in another round of violence between Israel and Hamas.”

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(Italiano) Perché Julian Assange è così importante
David Adams | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Il controllo dell’informazione è diventato un mezzo cruciale per la cultura dei guerra – esnza il quale non può sostenersi. In passato, solo alcuni dei segreti e delle bugie degli US e dei loro alleati sono state rivelate. Ma grazie a Julian Assange e alla sua organizzazione WikiLeaks, ne abbiamo appreso molti di più negli ultimi pochi anni. Come reagiscono i governi?

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Cameroon: Moving Fast When There Are Short Windows of Opportunity
René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

11 May 2019 – There are two separate and not directly related crisis areas in Cameroon. One is a spillover of instability and conflict in Nigeria and the Central African Republic. The second crisis area concerns the Anglophone area of Cameroon to the south and west on the frontier with Nigeria.

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Venezuela’s Crisis: A View from the Communes
Federico Fuentes | Green Left Weekly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

10 May 2019 – Within hours of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó calling for street mobilisations to back his attempted military coup on April 30, his supporters had looted and set fire to the headquarters of the Indio Caricuao Commune. Venezuela’s communes seek to bring together communal councils that encompass 200–400 families in urban areas and 20–50 families in rural areas, to tackle issues such as housing, health, education and access to basic services. Decisions about problems to prioritise and how to tackle them are made in citizens’ assemblies. Grassroots power.

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Report Finds US Sanctions on Venezuela Are Responsible for Tens of Thousands of Deaths
CEPR-Center for Economic and Policy Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

25 Apr 2019 ― This Year Will Be Much Worse if Sanctions Continue — A new paper by economists Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs, finds that economic sanctions implemented by the Trump administration since 2017 have caused tens of thousands of deaths and are rapidly worsening the humanitarian crisis. “The sanctions are depriving Venezuelans of lifesaving medicines, medical equipment, food, and other essential imports,” said Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR and coauthor of the report.

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(Português) Agropecuária é apontada como responsável por 58% das emissões de gases do efeito estufa
David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

“Evitar o consumo desses produtos [de origem animal] traz benefícios ambientais muito melhores do que comprar carnes e laticínios sustentáveis”

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(Français) Des mercenaires prêts à intervenir au Venezuela
Gustavo Veiga | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

7 Mai 2019 – Comme si l’ingérence des Etats-Unis, la tentative de coup d’Etat de Juan Guaidó et son opération Liberté ne suffisaient pas, une société mercenaire bien connue apparait désormais comme un acteur possible dans la crise vénézuélienne. Erik Prince et Blackwater, la même société meurtrière qui opéra dans la guerre en Irak…

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When Conquer We Must, When Our Cause It Is Just
Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

12 May 2019 – Bellicosity pervades Washington’s ruling circles. Cartoon images of the enemy are disseminated everywhere. He is alien and menacing. The target is portrayed as a clear and ‘imminent’ threat to America who is beyond reason. Fictive provocations are conjured up. No evidence is presented to substantiate the claims – it’s speculation rooted it’s super-secret classified Intelligence. To question is to traffic in ‘fake news’ and disinformation, to serve as ‘useful idiot’ who is handmaiden to the terrible trio of Russia, Syria and Iran… Let’s step back a couple of generations to Vietnam.

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Guaidó’s Supporters Attack Venezuelan Embassy in Washington DC
teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

10 May 2019 – At dawn today, supporters of opposition politician Juan Guaidó, who appointed himself president, entered the Venezuelan embassy in Washington D.C. by force and intimidated volunteers of the ‘Embassy Protection Collective’. Those who illegally broke into the diplomatic building were not arrested by U.S. authorities.

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Malcolm X (19 May 1925 – 21 Feb 1965)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Civil Rights Activist, Minister – African-American leader and prominent figure in the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X articulated concepts of race pride and black nationalism in the 1950s and ’60s.

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‘Primitive People’: The Untold Story of UNHCR’s Historical Engagement with Rohingya Refugees
Jeff Crisp | HPN – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

‘These are primitive people. At the end of the day they will go where they are told to go.’ These were the words of a senior UN High Commissioner for Refugees staff member in 1993. The dismissive tone of the statement was emblematic of the organisation’s engagement with the Rohingya, which for many years showed limited respect for their rights and a readiness to abandon UNHCR’s own protection principles.

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Revitalising India’s Self Help Groups
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

10 May 2019 – We live in a world where impoverished women face gross inequalities and injustice right from their childhood. Since their initiation, self-help groups have come a long way. They have been able to empower the social, economic and political lives of millions of women. The enormous success of the Panchayat Raj is proof of the pudding on the cake.

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What’s Next: War with Venezuela?
Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

8 May 2019 – Mix a little socialism in with the oil and war may be unavoidable. With our trillion dollar military budget, threatening (and waging) war is pretty much the only thing we know how to do as a nation, and by “we” I mean the ones in control, publicly and/or secretly — the ones whose egos have expanded to the size of the nation, who mean themselves when they say “that’s what the United States will do.”

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5G: The Big Picture
Jeremy Naydler | Take Back Your Power – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

6 Apr 2019 – Acclaimed author and philosopher Jeremy Naydler, Ph.D. is our guide as we explore what a full-scale deployment of 5G may mean for humanity at this critical time… and how we can help create a better alternative. “The irony that the ‘connected’ future is one in which dizzying profits stand to be made from technologies that disconnect us more and more from the real world is entirely missed.”

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What Is Wrong with This Photo?
Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Hint: Color sensitive photo op–rebuilding Haiti after Hurricane Matthew.

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Among Poets…
Anonymous – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Ouch!

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In Search of Equivalence
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Poem at Springtime

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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry on How a Simple Human Smile Saved His Life
Maria Popova| Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

“Care granted to the sick, welcome offered to the banished, forgiveness itself are worth nothing without a smile enlightening the deed.”

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(Italiano) L’effimera aspettativa di vita delle democrazie autocratiche
Richard Falk | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Le varie democrazie autocratiche ora dominanti il paesaggio politico del mondo sono condannate in quanto forma politica, ma che cosa verrà dopo di esse non si può prevedere. Potrebbe essere un’occasione di celebrazione o di disperazione, o entrambe se società differenti si sposteranno in direzioni opposte, chi verso più profonde democrazie, chi verso una governance fascista.

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The Most Expensive 529 Billion Dollars
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

8 May 2019 – The immense human cost over 260 million migrant workers do pay to rescue their families. Children are being smuggled, sexually abused, maimed, killed for their vital organs, recruited as soldiers or otherwise enslaved. According to the International Labour Organization, forced labour alone (one component of human trafficking) generates an estimated 150 billion dollars in profits per annum.

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The Disintegrated Mind: The Greatest Threat to Human Survival on Earth
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Given that the expression ‘mental disintegration’ describes a shocking psychological state but also one that is so widespread it afflicts virtually everyone, it can be described as posing the greatest threat to human survival on Earth because it caused – and now prevents virtually everyone from thinking, feeling, planning and behaving functionally in response to – the multifaceted threats to humanity and the biosphere.

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El Día Que Me Quieras (Music Video of the Week)
Daniel Barenboim – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Sensual Tango

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John Steinbeck’s Literature Nobel Prize Speech
Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

Such is the prestige of the Nobel award and of this place where I stand that I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession and in the great and good men who have practiced it through the ages. Literature was not promulgated by a pale and emasculated critical priesthood singing their litanies in empty churches – nor is it a game for the cloistered elect, the tinhorn mendicants of low calorie despair.

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(Português) Ativista de 97 anos que frequenta gym/academia todos os dias atribui ao veganismo sua vitalidade
ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

8 maio 2019 – Brenner diz que o verdadeiro segredo de sua vitalidade e disposição que a leva todos os dias a treinar é sua alimentação vegana. Um estudo publicado no mês passado descobriu que pessoas que consumiam uma alimentação predominantemente vegana tinham menos probabilidade de desenvolver certos tipos de doenças crônicas.

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‘Humanitarian’ Concerns Increase Wars, Benefit Only Arms-Producers
Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

11 May 2019 – In a country such as the United States, the constant need for new wars is being constantly driven by investors’ needs for expanding both markets and targets… A more-serious phrase for this is “the Deep State.”

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Blackwater Founder Calling for 5,000 Mercenaries to Topple Maduro
Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

30 Apr 2019 – As if the past months of US push for regime change in Venezuela with officials like Elliott Abrams of Iran-Contra conviction infamy at the helm wasn’t bizarre enough, things just got weirder, as Erik Prince has apparently been pitching a plan around Washington to privatize US coup efforts using his latest Blackwater inspired mercenary empire.

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Airports –Elegance and Artistry
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

7 May 2019 – Most big airports are amazing. They display the variety and diversity of human beings apart from the different size, decors and designs of the buildings of the airports themselves.

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Curing Depression with Spirituality
Stephen Knapp – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

The reason for depression may be different for each person, and there are a variety of causes. So it must be analyzed and understood. What can we do to help cure such an attitude, as long as it is not a biological problem? Spiritually, there are many ways to help take care of this condition. So let us take a deeper look at this.

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Istanbul Elections: A Turkish Constitutional Crisis? Davutoglu’s Manifesto
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

10 May 2019 – Despite all the deficiencies of Turkish political life and democracy, the most important power is the legitimacy of the elections. The most fundamental value of our political future is the voice of the people, and this will be manifested at the ballot box. Regardless of the excuse given and whatever the rationale, what happened after the March 31st election and the decision of annulment by the High Electoral Council has inflicted damage on these core values.

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Money, Media and the Climate Crisis
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

13 May 2019 – Old ideas and old economic indicators can no longer serve us. Seen from an ecological perspective, the gross national product of a country does not indicate how well the economy is doing, but almost the reverse. GNP has become a measure of how fast an economy is destroying the environment. ->A New Book on the Climate Crisis

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D Is for a Dictatorship Disguised as a Democracy
John W. Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

7 May 2019 – What characterizes American government today is not so much dysfunctional politics as it is ruthlessly contrived governance carried out behind the entertaining, distracting and disingenuous curtain of political theater. We have moved beyond the era of representative government and entered a new age. You can call it the age of authoritarianism. Or fascism. Or oligarchy. Or the American police state. Whatever label you want to put on it, the end result is the same: tyranny.

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Theories of Everything
Rebecca Elson – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2019

When the Lecturer’s Shirt Matches the Painting on the Wall

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Satanic Venezuela vs Saintly America
Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

5 May 2019 – America’s entire political class, its foreign policy community in particular, agrees that Maduro ‘has to go.’ Just as Assad ‘had to go’, Gaddafi ‘had to go,’ and before them Saddam ‘had to go.’ With the Ayatollahs high on the to-do list. The only debate is on the method. Tactics are discussed endlessly on Op Ed pages, on the talk shows, on think tank row without any reference to why he ‘must go’ – with what implications. It’s little different from the agitated post-game yapping about an NBA play-off game: why did team ‘X’ fail to execute their pick-and-roll as planned, why this match-up rather than that, what adjustments will the coach make before the next game.

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Tripoli Reflects a Disintegrated Libya
René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

3 May 2019 – The current situation in Tripoli is a reflection of the past seven years of disintegration. The crucial question remains how to structure a country as diverse in terms of geography and tribal societies. It is not certain that the U.N.-led negotiations can be held in the near future although a good deal of preparatory work was undertaken. There may be some room for Track II-type efforts sponsored by non-governmental organizations.

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative: Towards a Just World?
Chandra Muzaffar – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

1 May 2019 – As globalization’s third wave, One Belt One Road-OBOR is opposed to hegemony. The Chinese leadership sees relationships among OBOR states as a partnership. This was put to the test in the East Coast Rail Link issue which saw Malaysia objecting to various terms of the agreement forged between a Chinese company and the previous Malaysian government that were clearly detrimental to the nation’s interests.

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Squamish Company That Sucks Up Carbon Dioxide to Make Fuel Gets $68 Million Investment
Kenneth Chan | Daily Hive – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

25 Mar 2019 – A major investment will allow a Squamish-based company to scale its innovative technology of converting carbon dioxide into usable fuels. Carbon Engineering says it will allow the company to commercialize and enter mainstream markets with its fully-demonstrated direct air capture technology of capturing and purifying atmospheric carbon dioxide for under USD$100 per tonne.

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(Italiano) La Liberazione e vecchi e nuovi fascismi
Prof. Amedeo Cottino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

27 Aprile 2019 – Cento anni fa, il 15 aprile a Milano, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti arringa una piccola folla di borghesi, di fascisti, di Arditi. Perché ricordare quel giorno a Milano? Perché, a mio modo di vedere, è rappresentativo delle componenti fondamentali del fascismo: la violenza, il disprezzo per la cultura e l’esaltazione della guerra. Ma è anche l’anno in cui nascono molte di quelle donne e di quegli uomini che faranno l’altra Italia. L’Italia della Costituzione repubblicana.

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Plastic in Paradise: The Battle for the Galápagos Islands’ Future
The Guardian – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

3 Apr 2019 – The Galápagos Islands are one of the most pristine locations on the planet, but plastic pollution arriving by sea is threatening this unique habitat. How the archipelago is hoping to lead the worldwide fight against plastic.

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Metaphorizing Dialogue to Enact a Flow Culture
Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

6 May 2019 – Transcending Divisiveness by Systematic Embodiment of Metaphor in Discourse – There is no difficulty in recognizing the extent to which discourse has become problematic, whether in national assemblies, parliaments, or the media (social media or otherwise). The current scene has been described as poisonously divisive.

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(Italiano) La mini naja, che tristezza!
Elena Camino | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

30 Aprile 2019 – Ne avevo sentito parlare, ma non ci credevo: invece – spigolando tra i siti web – eccola qui, la notizia: il 27 marzo 2019 la Camera ha dato l’OK al progetto di legge che prevede un servizio militare di sei mesi su base volontaria per i giovani fra i 18 e i 22 anni, distribuiti fra caserma e studio…. Prendere atto dei veri confini – quelli che la natura ci pone – invece di costruire confini fittizi. Si, la mini-Gaia sarebbe fonte di gioia e di ispirazione, e ci farebbe superare la tristezza suscitata dall’idea della vecchia, bellicosa, obsoleta naja.

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A World without Walls
Johan Galtung | Academy for Cultural Diplomacy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

Berlin, Nov 2010 – International Conference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in an Interdependent World

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The Problem Is Capitalism
George Monbiot – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

30 Apr 2019 – It is a weapon pointed at the living world. We urgently need to develop a new system. For most of my adult life, I’ve railed against “corporate capitalism”, “consumer capitalism” and “crony capitalism”. It took me a long time to see that the problem is not the adjective, but the noun. Our choice comes down to this. Do we stop life to allow capitalism to continue, or stop capitalism to allow life to continue?

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Blackwater Founder’s Latest Sales Pitch: Mercenaries for Venezuela
Aram Roston and Matt Spetalnick | Reuters – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

30 Apr 2019 – Erik Prince, the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater and a prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, has been pushing a plan to deploy a private army to help topple Venezuela’s socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, four sources with knowledge of the effort told Reuters.

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These Are the Pitfalls of a Cash-Free Society
Rosamond Hutt | World Economic Forum – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

2 May 2019 – An independent report on cash use published in the UK finds that the rush to embrace digital payments risks leaving the most vulnerable people in society behind. Researchers spoke to central bankers, consumer groups and a cross-party commission in Sweden, the most cashless society in the world. They emphasized the importance of planning now, to include everyone in the digital economy.

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Top Executives at Major Opioid Company Found Guilty of Criminal Racketeering
German Lopez | Vox – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

3 May 2019 – Big Pharma Billionaire Guilty of Bribing Doctors to Prescribe Drug – The verdict could send the former executives to prison for years for their role in the nationwide opioid epidemic.

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WiFi
Posted by Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

Really?

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40,000 Dead Venezuelans under US Sanctions: Corporate Media Turn a Blind Eye
Media Lens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

30 Apr 2019 – A new report on April 25 co-authored by Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs for the US-based Center for Economic and Policy Research has estimated that US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in August 2017 have caused around 40,000 deaths. This atrocity has been entirely blanked by the ‘mainstream’ media. Additional sanctions imposed in January 2019 are likely to lead to tens of thousands of further deaths.

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99% of Seabirds Will Have Plastic in Their Guts within Decades
Lorraine Chow | EcoWatch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

In a sweeping 2015 study, researchers calculated that 9 billion tons of the material have been made, distributed and disposed in fewer than 70 years. That’s an astonishing figure, but it’s also one that’s hard to picture.

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Why Julian Assange Is So Important
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

The control of information has become a crucial means for the culture of war – without this control it cannot be sustained. In the past, only a few of the secrets and lies were revealed. But thanks to Julian Assange and his organization WikiLeaks, we have learned about many more secrets and lies in the past few years. How do governments react?

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Statues — Respect and Sacrilege
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

There are tens of thousands if not millions of statues all over the world — of gods, goddesses, religious personalities, princes, scholars, scientists, politicians, and sometimes of sportsmen or even ordinary human beings. At times these personalities are standing with dignity or else sitting peacefully, blessing onlookers. But at other times, as in the case of kings or warriors…

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Катюша [Katusha – Katyusha] (Music Video of the Week)
Ottoman Military Band and Red Army Choir - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

A Russian Classic on Victory Day Celebrations against Nazism/Fascism in Europe, 9 May 1945

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report #14 (Apr 2019)
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

This is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’ together with a sample of news about Charter signatories and organizations. Our collective effort to build a worldwide consensus against the use of violence in all contexts continues to make progress, even against rather overwhelming odds! At the time of today’s report, we have signatories in 105 countries. We also have 117 organizations/networks from 37 countries.

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The Dawn of the Dependence Economy: Your Attention Was Never the Endgame
Jesse Weaver | One Zero – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

26 Apr 2019 – Planned obsolescence isn’t the most powerful problem a company can generate. The most powerful problem is the “I can’t live without it” problem. If a product replaces a human skill, we become dependent on it, and making us dependent is the ultimate long-term growth strategy. Monopolization isn’t just about pushing out the competition. It’s about monopolizing human capability.

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No Direction Home: The Journey of Frantz Fanon
Adam Shatz | Raritan Quarterly, Rutgers University – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

Winter 2019 – Reading Fanon, one sometimes has the impression that mere expository prose cannot do justice to the impulsive movement of his thought. I use the word “movement” advisedly: Fanon did not write his texts; he dictated them while pacing back and forth, either to his wife, Josie, or to his secretary, Marie-Jeanne Manuellan (who has just published a memoir about the experience). This method of composition lends his writings an electrifying musicality: restless, searching, and, as he fell prey to the leukemia that would kill him, otherworldly in its call for a new planetary order, cleansed of racism and oppression.

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