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John Pilger Speaks Out: “Today It’s Julian Assange, Tomorrow It Could Be You”
World Socialist Website – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

31 May 2019 – Investigative journalist, broadcaster and film maker John Pilger told the media outside the Westminster Magistrates Court that Julian Assange’s “‘crime’ here, is the crime of good journalism, and every journalist who practices their craft in a conscientious way, and in a truthful way, and who investigates the power that imposes itself on people, be it the government or their vested interests, should be deeply concerned about this.

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CRDI’s Statement on AI’s Report
Canadian Rohingya Development Initiative – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

30 May 2019 – Amnesty International’s latest report, “No one can protect us” is an evidence-based, persuasive detailing of the most recent military violence in Rakhine state against ethnic Rakhine and Rohingya.

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Success & Self-Determination
Mazin Qumsiyeh | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

1 Jun 2018 – What distinguishes a healthy successful human being (or animal for that matter) from apathetic pathetic creatures who make excuses for their failures in life? Those who succeed are precisely those who have self-confidence to decide to work hard to change their circumstances and not take things for granted.

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8 June–International Day of the Oceans: World Citizens Call for Renewed Efforts to Resolve Asian Maritime Delimitations Dispute
Rene Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

Factions in both Japan and China are playing a “nationalist card” concerning the maritime delimitations disputes, no doubt for reasons which go beyond the specific aspects of the disputes. Although the Chinese “nationalist” focus is directed toward Japan, there is a vision among some Chinese that the USA is the cause of the continuing problems with Taiwan and Japan.

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The Worst Enemy a Person Can Have Is His or Her Own Uncontrolled Mind
Radhanath Swami – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

Our mind works like a television set. A television set is just some plastic, metal, and glass fitted with circuits inside. This box can tune into waves of energy transmitted by a satellite to produce images and sounds. The pleasure that we are looking for in this world is compared to the energy emitted by the satellite. Satellites can transmit energy that can be received through millions of television sets, but not every television is tuned into same channel.

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Renaming the Earth’s Geological Time Scale: An Alternative Spiritual Description of Our Earth
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

While not contesting the scientists’ proposal to rename the present epoch as Anthropocene because of the factors that demonstrate the footprint of people in clear terms, I also wish to present an alternate description of our condition. This may be termed as Indian spiritual Advaita principle based on the Vedic philosophy. Let me explain.

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Roadmap for Peace Activism
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

1 Jun 2019 – In this month’s bulletin of CPNN we try to identify those to whom we can look for peace leadership in these turbulent times. Let us consider their actions and advice. Let’s listen first to the new generation of youth activists.

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Technotyranny: The Iron-Fisted Authoritarianism of the Surveillance State
John W. Whitehead | The Rutherford Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

29 May 2019 – Red pill or blue pill? You decide. We are living the prequel to The Matrix with each passing day, falling further under the spell of technologically-driven virtual communities, virtual realities and virtual conveniences managed by artificially intelligent machines that are on a fast track to replacing us and eventually dominating every aspect of our lives. Science fiction has become fact.

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Hair: Let the Sunshine In (Music Video of the Week)
TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

Musical scene of the movie Hair where a hippie changes place with a soldier, is sent to the Vietnam War by mistake and dies in battle. A Classic!

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Rohingya repatriation: UNHCR, UNDP signs extension of MoU with Myanmar
The Daily Star [Bangladesh] – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

28 May 2019 – The UN High Commissioner for Refugees and UN Development Programme today signed extension of a memorandum of understanding with Myanmar for one year aimed at creating conducive conditions for voluntary and sustainable repatriation of the Rohingya from Bangladesh. “UN agencies have not even consulted the Rohingyas, the survivors of genocide,” said Ro Nay San Lwin, coordinator of Free Rohingya Coalition from Germany over phone.

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Kenya’s Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o Is Recipient of Erich-Maria-Remarque Peace Prize 2019
Kimpa Vita Press – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

28 May 2019 – Every two years, the city of Osnabrück , Germany, has awarded the Peace Prize named after writer Erich Maria Remarque, born there. Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o essays, collected in his anthology Decolonising the Mind, determine the discussion of the continuing consequences of the colonisation of Africa to this day. Since 1984, he has been writing his literary texts only in his mother tongue, Kikuyu (Gikuyu), which he then translates into English.

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Manufacturing War with Russia
Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

3 Jun 2019 – Despite the Robert Mueller report’s conclusion that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 presidential race, the new Cold War with Moscow shows little sign of abating. The demonization of Putin and Russia was designed to poison bilateral relations, boost U.S. war industry profits and make détente impossible.

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Modern Monetary Realism
James K. Galbraith | Project Syndicate – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

Is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) a potential boon to economic policymakers, or, as Harvard’s Kenneth Rogoff recently argued, a threat to “the entire global financial system” and the front line of the “next battle for central-bank independence”?

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What You See Is Not What You Get
Richard Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

Poem at Springtime

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The Secret Tripartite Memorandum of Understanding between UNHCR, UNDP & Myanmar
Free Rohingya Coalition – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

28 May 2019 – The MoU was first signed in Naypyiday on June 6 last year, which has been extended for one more year.

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Resurrecting the PLO Is Palestine’s Best Response to the ‘Deal of the Century’
Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jun 2019

29 May 2019 – Palestinian groups, Fatah, Hamas and others should not confine themselves to merely rejecting the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Deal of the Century’. Instead, they should use their resistance to the new American-Israeli plot as an opportunity to unify their ranks.

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Sri Lanka: Sectarian Violence and the Higher Self
René Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

On 14 and 15 May 2019, revenge violence broke out in a number of towns in Sri Lanka against Muslim shopkeepers by Christians motivated by the Easter Sunday attacks on three Christian churches. As has been said, it is difficult to solve problems on the same level from which gave rise to the problem. While Christian-Muslim dialogue is necessary in Sri Lanka, as elsewhere, it is only as the individual person moves beyond their self-identification as Christians or Muslims that a true harmonious society can grow.

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American Militarism Destroying the Future of Humanity
Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

22 May 2019 – The wars of 9/11 continue, with no end in sight. Now, the Pentagon is investing heavily in technologies that will intensify them. By embracing the latest tools that the tech industry has to offer, the US military is creating a more automated form of warfare – one that will greatly increase its capacity to wage war everywhere forever. America or its allies in the Arab Middle East face no formidable enemy except themselves against their own naïve designs of military superiority.

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Walt Whitman Returns. . .
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

May 31, 2019 is the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birth in West Hills, New York. I wonder what Walt Whitman would say if he appeared in our time? I know he would recognize the betrayal of history’s lessons, humanity’s continued infatuation with violence and war, and our limited empathy. He would scold us! Reprimand us! Remind us solutions are to be found in compassion and connection, not metal.

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Jerusalem: A Rock and a Hard Place (Part 1)
Al Jazeera English – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

31 Mar 2019 – During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Jewish forces captured West Jerusalem as the eastern half became part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Almost two decades later, the 1967 Six-Day War would see the Jewish state claim rights to the Golan Heights, the Sinai Peninsula, the West Bank, and all of Jerusalem. Since then, Israel has established over 200 illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land with about 600,000 settlers in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem.

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Understanding NATO, Ending War
Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

On 4 April 2019 NATO marked its 70th anniversary. Coinciding with it, peace activists and concerned scholars in several countries conducted a variety of events to draw attention to, and further document, the many war crimes and other atrocities committed by NATO (sometimes by deploying its associate and crony terrorist armies – ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra – recruited and trained by the CIA and funded by Saudi Arabia, other Gulf countries and the US directly.

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R2P and the Palestinian Ordeal: Humiliating the UN
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

23 May 2019 – The fact that Gaza has not even been discussed at the UN, despite the prolonged, intense victimization of its vulnerable and impoverished civilian population is one more indication of the primacy of geopolitics and the marginalization of international law and morality. Only civil society activism can keep the torch of justice burning in this global climate.

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Varieties of Fake News and Misrepresentation
Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

27 May 2019 – Produced in the light of concern regarding dissemination of “fake news” undermining elections to the European Parliament, of claims regarding the “fake news” purveyed by those seeking election, and in anticipation of an imminent false flag justification for war.

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The Hellish Cycle
Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

15 May 2019 – Indebted, exploited, hunted down, shamed at home… the harsh reality of Southeast Asia’s migrants. The immense human dimension justifies this new attempt to report on an aspect that is deliberately hidden, unwanted to be seen by the new wave of pseudo-politicians in the United States and so far a full dozen of European countries. See what it is about.

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Mainstream Under-Reporting of the Climate Crisis
John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

25 May 2019 – Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world are on the horizon.

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Unusual Events, Unusual Times
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

Every person has experienced unusual events at different times–some interesting, some puzzling and some unpleasant. These events are sketched in the person’s memory.

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The Balkan Wars Created a Generation of Christian Terrorists
Azeem Ibrahim and Hikmet Karcic | Foreign Policy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

24 May 2019 – War radicalized the far-right–and nobody stopped them at home. This failure produced the same kinds of figures and networks of radical extremism on the European right as happened with Islamist terrorism.

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How to Pay for the War
L. Randall Wray | New Economic Perspectives – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

16 May 2019 – I’m going to talk about war, not peace, in relation to our work on the Green New Deal—which I argue is the big MEOW—moral equivalent of war—and how we are going to pay for it. So I’m going to focus on Keynes’s 1940 book— How to Pay for the War—the war that followed the Economic Consequences of the Peace.

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The Bottom Line: Go for the Money
Rivera Sun – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

24 May 2019 – It’s rare to hear business magazines admit the power of nonviolent action. As the editor of Nonviolence News, a service that collects and shares 30-50+ stories of nonviolence in action each week, I often see business journals minimizing the effect of activism. Usually, industry tries to conceal the impact nonviolent action has on their bottom line by chalking it up to market pressures.

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The United Nations General Assembly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

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Newly Revealed Documents Show Syrian Chemical “Attacks Were Staged”
Institute for Public Accuracy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

21 May 2019 – An internal engineering assessment by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons undermines claims justifying U.S. attacks on Syria last year; many claimed that the Syrian government had launched a chemical weapons attack on Douma on April 7. Theodore Postol, professor of science, technology, and international security at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, provided the Institute for Public Accuracy with his initial assessment of the newly revealed OPCW document.

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Germaine de Staël’s Guide to Haters
Maria Popova | Brain Pickings – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

The First Modern Woman on Meritocracy, the Psychology of Why the Masses Rejoice in Tearing Down Successful Individuals, and the Only True Measure of Genius – “The life of man, so short in itself, is still of longer duration than the judgment and the affections of his contemporaries.”

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UN: Bolivia’s Universal Healthcare Is ‘Model for the World’
teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

23 May 2019 – The U.N.’s World Health Organization praised Bolivia’s newly implemented universal health care system, known in the country as the Single Health System. The WHO pointed out that Bolivia’s leftist government has given generous funding and resources to health, ensuring free treatment for all.

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Haiti’s Market Women Resist Global Forces
Leslie Mullin | Haiti Action Committee – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

April 2019 – Haiti’s market system is at the heart of the nation. It is the backbone of the economy, as well as “the center: social, political and economic life rolled together.” Most trade is in the hands of women. In trying to make a life for themselves, market women confront foreign policy-makers, a hostile government and big business interests out to undermine the economic power represented by these resourceful women traders.

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The Western Media Is Key to Syria Deceptions
Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

24 May 2019 – By any reckoning, the claim made this week by al-Qaeda-linked fighters that they were targeted with chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Idlib province – their final holdout in Syria – should have been treated by the western media with a high degree of scepticism. That the US and other western governments enthusiastically picked up those claims should not have made them any more credible.

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Economic Sanctions as Collective Punishment: The Case of Venezuela
Mark Weisbrot and Jeffrey Sachs | CEPR-Center for Economic and Policy Research – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

April 2019 – This paper looks at some of the most important impacts of the economic sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the US government since August of 2017. It finds that most of the impact of these sanctions has not been on the government but on the civilian population.

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Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age
Ellen Brown | Web of Debt – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

25 May 2019 – Banking on the People: Democratizing Money in the Digital Age, by Ellen Brown, Democracy Collaborative (June 1, 2019). Today most of our money is created, not by governments, but by banks when they make loans. This book takes the reader step by step through the sausage factory of modern money creation, explores improvements made possible by advances in digital technology, and proposes upgrades that could transform our outmoded nineteenth century system into one that is democratic, sustainable, and serves the needs of the twenty-first century.

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WAR
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

For Memorial Day USA – 27 May 2019

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(Português) Abaixo-assinado com mais de 2,1 milhões de apoios contra Festival de Carne de Cachorro vai ser entregue na Embaixada da China
David Arioch | Vegazeta – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

25 de maio de 2019 – No dia 12 de junho, às 11h, o movimento Nação Vegana Brasil vai entregar na Embaixada da China, em Brasília, um abaixo assinado com mais de 2,1 milhões de apoios contra o Festival de Carne de Cachorro. O objetivo é mostrar que o Brasil é contra a realização desse evento e que, além de injustificável, prejudica a imagem internacional dos chineses.

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Assange: The Missing Step
Amb. Craig Murray - TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

20 May 2019 – In Sweden, prosecutors have applied to the Swedish courts to issue a warrant for Julian’s arrest. There is a tremendous back story to that simple statement. The European Arrest Warrant must be issued from one country to another by a judicial authority… There is an interesting parallel with the reaction to the work of Reformation scholars in translating the Bible into vernacular languages and giving the populace direct access to its contents, without the mediating filters of the priestly class. It is something worth bearing in mind in trying to understand the depth of the State’s hatred of Julian.

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98.3% of Ghana’s Gold Remains in the Hands of Multinational Corporations
Celina della Croce | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

22 May 2019 – The disproportionate focus on corruption of national leaders distracts from the systemic theft of national wealth by multinational corporations. When local leaders are deemed too much of a threat to multinational corporations’ interests, they are quickly deposed through coups, as we saw in Haiti (2004) and Honduras (2009), or destabilization campaigns, as we see in Venezuela today.

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Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin (30 May 1814 – 1 Jul 1876)
Alan Ryan | Encyclopædia Britannica – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

Bakunin formulated no coherent body of doctrine, and his voluminous and vigorous writings were often left incomplete. Anarchist movements owing allegiance to Bakunin flourished in Italy and especially in Spain, where as late as 1936 the anarchists were the strongest revolutionary party. Bakunin died in Bern, Switzerland as chief propagator of 19th-century anarchism, a prominent Russian revolutionary agitator, and a prolific political writer.

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The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty: Primary Conflicts and Second Order Change
Diane Perlman, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

After almost 50 years, the NPT boasts partial success with horizontal proliferation as we only have four new Nuclear Weapons States: India, Pakistan, Israel and North Korea–not parties to the NPT. However, all NWS are engaged in vertical proliferation with nuclear modernization programs triggering a new nuclear arms race without the benefit of arms control arrangements.

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Jerusalem: A Rock and a Hard Place (Part 2)
Al Jazeera English – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

7 Apr 2019 – A remarkable new two-part documentary special from Al Jazeera English, goes behind the scenes with residents from each of the three monolithic faiths who share one of the world’s most extraordinary cities: Jerusalem.

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Binyavanga Wainaina, Kenyan Author and Activist, Dies Aged 48
Al Jazeera News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

22 May 2019 – Kenyan author and activist Binyavanga Wainaina, winner of the 2002 Caine Prize and once listed as one of Time Magazine’s ‘most influential people’ has died at the age of 48 at a Nairobi hospital following a short illness. Following the passage of a series of anti-gay laws across Africa in 2014, Wainaina publicly announced that he was gay. “I am, for anybody confused or in doubt, a homosexual. Gay, and quite happy,” he tweeted.

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Walt Whitman (31 May 1819 – 26 Mar 1892)
Biography – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

Walt Whitman was an American poet whose verse collection ‘Leaves of Grass’ is a landmark in the history of American literature. Fascinated by this newcomer to the poetry scene, Emerson dispatched writers Henry David Thoreau and Bronson Alcott to Brooklyn to meet Whitman.

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There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s ‘Muzzled’ Media than in US Corporate Press
Lucas Koerner and Ricardo Vaz – FAIR|Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

20 May 2019 – The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation’s crisis has become perhaps the world’s most lucrative fictional genre. Fairy tales about totalitarian state censorship in Venezuela reflect US corporate media regime’s own self-censorship, which is far more efficacious than any so-called “authoritarian” leader could imagine.

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Panchayat Raj: The Harbinger of a Great Female Revolution
Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

In 1993, India introduced the Panchayati Raj (Village Government) Act, mandating a three-tiered structure of local governance at the village, block and district levels with reservation of one third of all posts in gram panchayats–village councils at the bottom tier of India’s decentralized governance system–for women.

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Transition from a Unipolar to a Multipolar Octagonal World
Johan Galtung | World Public Forum, Dialogue of Civilizations – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

Johan Galtung, a professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is founder of TRANSCEND International and rector of TRANSCEND Peace University. He was awarded among others the 1987 Right Livelihood Award, known as the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize. Galtung has mediated in over 150 conflicts in more than 150 countries, and written more than 170 books on peace and related issues, 96 as the sole author. More than 40 have been translated to other languages. He has published more than 1700 articles and book chapters and over 500 Editorials for TRANSCEND Media Service.

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US Sanctions Have Cost Venezuelan Economy $130 Billion
Countercurrents Team – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

22 May 2019 – Sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Venezuela have cost the Bolivarian country billions of dollars while human suffering in the country is increasing, turning the sanctions a crime against humanity.

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Homeless (Music Video of the Week)
Kenyan Boys Choir – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

The Kenyan Boys Choir is a youth group that performs traditional and contemporary African music. It is composed of 25 students aged 13 to 24 from different high schools, colleges and universities, and various Kenyan backgrounds and tribes.

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Cuba Develops First Lung Cancer Vaccine
Moustaide | CubaHeal – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

11 Dec 2018 – Cimavax-EGF is the first worldwide registered therapeutic vaccine for non-small lung cancer developed in Cuba. It is one of two lung cancer vaccines developed there. Racotumomab is the other one, which became available in January, 2013.

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The Florence Declaration: An International Front Calling for NATO-Exit (14 Languages)
Global Research News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2019

The Florence Declaration is now available in 14 languages including Chinese. It was drafted by the Italian Committee No War- No NATO and the Centre for Research on Globalization. The Western mainstream media has not covered the Florence event: Disinformation through Omission. Scroll down for links to the translations.

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

Poem at Springtime

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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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