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‘I Can’t Fall Asleep’: The Trauma of Israeli Raids on Palestinian Homes

Oren Ziv | +972 Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

2 Dec 2020 – A new report by human rights groups highlights the arbitrary nature and psychological harm of the Israeli army’s home invasions on Palestinian families.

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Even for the West Bank, This Is a Shocking Story

Gideon Levy and Alex Levac | Haaretz – Reader Supported News, 1 Apr 2019

A young Palestinian’s attempt to help a stranger shot by Israeli troops costs him his life

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Australia: Desperate Refugee Sets Fire to Himself in a Bank

Peter Byrne | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2016

22 Nov 2016 – A young Rohingya who fled Burma as an unaccompanied teenager four years ago doused himself with petrol and set himself alight in a branch of the Commonwealth Bank. Nur Islam, 21, had been living in acute poverty at Melbourne. He was on a temporary bridging visa, which not only denied him refugee status but blocked basic social and political rights, including to work.

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The Lie that Prosecuting Bank Fraud Will Destabilize the Economy Is What Is REALLY Destroying the Economy

Washington’s Blog – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Dec 2012

Failing to Prosecute White Collar Crime Guarantees a Weak and Unstable Economy … and Future Financial Crashes – After all, the main driver of economic growth is a strong rule of law.

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SPIEGEL Staff, 1 Feb 2009

The bailout packages aimed at shoring up financial markets in Europe are getting increasingly expensive. A creeping depreciation of currency is inevitable and state bankruptcies can no longer be ruled out. Could the euro zone also fall victim to the global financial crisis? "There’s a rumor going around that states cannot go bankrupt," German Chancellor […]

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Women and the 21st Century

Johan Galtung, 20 Dec 2010 - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Dec 2010

Feminism has made an enormous contribution by identifying patriarchy as a pattern underlying capitalism and militarism…. Making patriarchy visible through brilliant feminist articulation is a transcending contribution, reminiscent of the marxist focus on another deep structure hidden to the unguided eye: the interface of means and modes of production. Or Lenin and others on imperialism, Gandhi and many others on colonialism. Race. And agism: like placing people above 67 etc. in a ghetto called retirement (or children in a ghetto called schools?).

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Israel’s Sociocide, Genocide, Ecocide in Palestine

Prof. Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2022

Sociocide is the killing of a society’s capacity to survive, to reproduce itself, should become equally prominent a crime against humanity. The USA and Israel were born the same way, as God’s chosen people with promised lands, using sociocide and genocide. With no policy change they may also decline and fall the same way. Even soon.

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Socialism and Ecological Survival: An Introduction

John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark | Monthly Review – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Aug 2022

1 Jul 2022 – Capitalism has brought the world to the edge of the abyss. We are approaching a climate Armageddon making the earth unlivable for the human and other species. Such a catastrophe is still avoidable with a revolutionary-scale reconstitution of the systems of production, consumption, and energy usage, though the time is rapidly running out.

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The Martyrs of Apartheid in pre-1994 South Africa: Steve Biko (Part 3)

Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Jul 2022

The Targeted, Severe Torture and Brutal Murder of Political Activists by the Agents of the South African Apartheid Regime

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The Worst Is yet to Come: When the Center Cannot Hold

Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

15 Jul 2022 – This is an attempt to connect my despair about developments in the USA with wider global systemic tendencies. It is not hopeful about the future, yet its central message is that we should continue to struggle for a future we can believe in given that we live at a time of radical uncertainty.

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1980s US Central America Wars

Virginia S. Williams, Roger Peace and Jeremy Kuzmarov | US Foreign Policy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jul 2022

Updated January 2022 – Less than a decade after U.S. troops were withdrawn from Vietnam, the United States became deeply involved in Central America. The catalyst was a popularly supported leftist revolution in Nicaragua led by the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN).

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(Italiano) Medio Oriente e giornalismo mancante su conflitto e pace

Johan Galtung | Centro Studi Sereno Regis - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jul 2022

8 Luglio 2022 – Due immagini di affari internazionali, affari umani a dire il vero, due discorsi: l’approccio securitario e l’approccio pacifista; che competono per la nostra attenzione trattando la stessa preoccupazione per la violenza ma in modo diametralmente opposto.

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A Panorama of Global Challenges ©

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2022

A Compilation of Situational, Acute, and Chronic Global Challenges–A Journey into Brain, Mind, Meaning, and Doubt

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The Cost of War: 23 Million Afghans Suffer Acute Hunger, 95% Don’t Eat Enough Food

Baher Kamal | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

24 Mar 2022 – Following 20 long years (2001-2021) of brutal war on Afghanistan by the US-led military coalition, 23 million Afghans now face severe and acute hunger, economic bankruptcy, healthcare system collapse, unbearable family indebtedness, and devastating humanitarian crisis.

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67 Years Late: Machinations of the Lynching Law

Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

“Lynching was pure terror to enforce the lie that not everyone belongs in USA, not everyone is created equal.”

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Resisting Militarism: Mission Impossible?

Sean Howard | Cape Breton Spectator – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Apr 2022

30 Mar 2022 – “I don’t think the country should be militarized… but we live in the moment when the Army matters.” — Ukrainian peace activist Nataliya Gumenyuk. But denying millions the right to conscientiously object or leave the country is criminal. Overall problem: war. Pseudorealities lead to war. All lines lead to the war. It may be a mission impossible, but can pacifism help lead us back?

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Ending Poverty by Rethinking Thinking

Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Mar 2022

Ending poverty would benefit everyone. It would be relatively inexpensive. It would open paths to sustainability. Rethinking thinking is needed to see why ending poverty is feasible…

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USA: The Post-Cold War Era, 1989-2001

Brian D’Haeseleer, Jeremy Kuzmarov and Roger Peace | US Foreign Policy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Jan 2022

Imperial Self-Deception: There is no shortage of books, articles, and websites addressing the history of US foreign policy. There is nevertheless, within the USA, a dearth of understanding and often knowledge about the subject. This is due in part to popular nationalistic history, which tends to obscure, overwrite, and sometimes whitewash actual history.

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Mind &/or Brain

Michael Brenner - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Nov 2021

8 Nov 2021 – The question of what constitutes ‘thinking’ overlaps the issues of MIND/BRAIN. Defining, delineating and explicating self-awareness, rationality, and logic has been a perplexing challenge since time immemorial. ‘’Discovery’ of the subconscious has enormously complicated these tasks. Advances in neurology add a new dimension to the discourse.

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The Syrian Charity Scam

Paul Larudee | CovertAction Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

20 Oct 2021 – Americans want to feel good about themselves by giving money to charities that claim to be helping the Syrian people. But they are being duped into supporting terrorist forces that have brought misery and violence to the country—while crippling U.S. sanctions accentuate the humanitarian crisis.

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‘In the Spirit of Mandela’: International Tribunal Seeks to Charge U.S. Government with Crimes Against Humanity

Bob Lederer and Matt Meyer | Covert Action Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

18 Oct 2021 – An historic International Tribunal on U.S. Human Rights Abuses Against Black, Brown and Indigenous Peoples will take place in New York City on October 22-25, 2021. It is designed to propel this and related issues into the forefront of public consciousness.

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A Propaganda Model

Edward Herman and Noam Chomsky – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

Excerpted from Manufacturing Consent, 1988 – The Five Filters:
1. Size, ownership, and profit orientation of the mass media
2. The advertising license to do business
3. Sourcing mass-media news
4. Flak and the enforcers (according to the authors, Freedom House is a flak)
5. Anticommunism as a control mechanism

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Shell Shocked in Amhara, Ethiopia: “I don’t even want to hear the word ‘America’”

Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

6 Oct 2021 – A displaced person in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region told photographer and human rights investigator Jemal Countess that he didn’t want to talk to him because he was American and “didn’t even want to hear the word America” because of all the damage America has done in Ethiopia.

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Afghan Crisis Must End America’s Empire of War, Corruption and Poverty

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Sep 2021

30 Aug 2021 – Even as UN agencies warn of an impending humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the U.S. Treasury has frozen the Afghan Central Bank’s $9.4 billion in foreign currency reserves, depriving the new government of funds that it will desperately need in the coming months. Under pressure from the Biden administration, the IMF decided not to release $450 million to Afghanistan to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Tokyo Tribunal: Precedent for Victor’s Justice II

Prof. Bishnu Pathak – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

This paper aims to find out the situations of the investigation, prosecution and punishment, and analyse the preference for justice: victor’s justice or victim’s justice. During World War II, anti-communist Emperor Hirohito actively led Japan decorated by the Army’s uniform but pretended to be a ceremonial Emperor making scapegoats to his opponents.

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Brazil: Struggles of the Roofless

Mario Sergio Conti interviews Guilherme Boulos | New Left Review - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

Jul/Aug 2021 – With Lula currently holding an overwhelming lead in opinion polls for the 2022 presidential election, the stakes are high. Latin America has started to roll back the gains of the right of recent years. Could his return to power make the region a beacon of non-conformity once again? Guilherme Boulos—coordinator of Brazil’s Sem Teto and PSOL presidential candidate—speaks to Mario Sergio Conti about the political crisis, bairro psychoanalysis, and the politics of impeachment.

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Behind the Smokescreen: West’s China Cold War Agenda

Gordon Dumoulin, Jan Oberg and Thore Vestby | TFF - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Aug 2021

An Analysis of the West’s Destructive China Cold War Agenda and Why It Must Stop

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Bless the Traitors

Chris Hedges | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Jul 2021

12 Jul 2021 – Daniel Hale exposed the widespread and indiscriminate murder of noncombatants in the global US drone war. For his heroism, he faces ten years in prison while those who oversee these war crimes continue their killing spree.

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US-led NATO in Afghanistan: Crimes against Humanity Call for Accountability

Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

7 Jul 2021 – After 9/11, America led NATO’s invasion of Afghanistan was a revulsion against truth as it was in complete disconnect to the living consciousness of global community. When falsehood goes unchallenged, it attracts shallow and puppets accomplices into the fold. Pakistan military ruler General Musharraf and many puppet Arab dictators were conveniently hired to promote the bogus war on terrorism.

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“Narrative Breakthrough”: Is the Tide Turning on the Representation of the Palestinian Struggle?

Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

If media contribute to agenda-setting and the framing of issues in public discourse, then patterns of media representation constitute a significant arena in their own right. The most fundamental distinction in the Peace Journalism model is whether a conflict is reported in a “violence-oriented” manner, in “restricted space and time”, as a series of big bangs – or, on the other hand, “peace and conflict-oriented”, investigating “the formation of the conflict”, with “causes and solutions looked for everywhere, also in history and culture”.

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Believe Your Eyes: Becoming a Snitch–If You See Something, Say Something

Gary G. Kohls, MD | Duty to Warn – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

11 Jul 2021 – The reality of snitching on others has been around for a long time. Just think Adolf Hitler’s or Joseph Stalin’s totalitarian police states where free thought and free speech was a punishable crime against the state. The same thing happened in every war that America has ever entered. The corporate propaganda machinery behind all those wars had their ways to ferret out dissenters.

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Chris Hedges Speaks on ‘American Sadism’ (video)

Chris Hedges | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

Chris Hedges gave this talk on American Sadism at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, New York on Sunday June 27.

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Have We Learned Nothing? Biden Backs Mass Murder in the Middle East

Connor Freeman | The Libertarian Institute - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

18 Jun 2021 – The Gaza Strip, measures only 25 miles long and five miles wide. It is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. Since 2007, Israel has imposed a full blockade on Gaza from the air, land, and sea. The two million Palestinians living there are trapped in an open air prison where food, potable water, electricity, medicine, building materials, etc. are severely restricted by the Israeli authorities.

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Whither Palestine? Whither Israel? After the Violence Spike, after the Abraham Accords, after Netanyahu

Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

13 Jun 2021 – The changing circumstances in Israel/Palestine over the last six weeks. Two questions that will shape the Palestinian destiny: Will the post-Netanyahu government push harder the political agenda of the right-wing settler movement? Will the aftermath of the IDF military operation, Guardian of the Walls, increase Palestinian resistance and global solidarity?

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Palestine Is Winning the Legitimacy War

Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

19 May 2021 – This piece attempts to contextualize the current violence directed against Gaza in earlier Israeli provocations and takes note of Israel’s reliance on excessive force upon a helpless Gazan civilian population of over two million people trapped inside a crowded and unlawfully blockaded enclave. I find it appropriate to recall Gandhi’s famous observation along these lines: “First, they ignore you, then they insult you, then they fight you, then you win.”

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The Fascinating Memoir of a “Citizen Pilgrim”: Q&A with Richard Falk

Busra Cicek and Daniel Falcone | CounterPunch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

7 May 2021 – Richard Falk, the well-known international relations scholar, taught at Princeton University for four decades. Starting in 2002 he has taught Global and International Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Falk is also a chair for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. This lengthy interview is about his latest book, a memoir, Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim, that explores his career as an academic, activist, rapporteur, political theorist, and professor.

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News from Palestine: The Messenger Refuses to Be Killed

David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 May 2021

15 May 2021 – The Israeli government has bombed the headquarters of Associated Press and Al Jazeera in Gaza, trying to limit messages from the Palestinian people to describe their suffering. But the messenger refuses to be killed.  Here are some of the messages I have received from people in Palestine.

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Nepo-India Territorial Disputes Transformation by Dialogue Means

Bishnu Pathak - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

March 2021 – A territorial dispute occurs when official government representative of one country release explicit statement(s) claiming sovereignty and integrity over a specific portion of territory that is claimed or administered by another country. It is an explicit contention between two or more nation-states over a specific piece of the terrestrial territory. The ‘Issue Correlates of War Project’ identifies over 800 territorial disputes occurred internationally since 1816.

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India Targets Climate Activists with the Help of Big Tech

Naomi Klein | The Intercept - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

27 Feb 2021 – Tech giants like Google and Facebook are aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian climate activists. The real threat that the toolkit represented to Modi and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was always, at root, about the power of the farmers’ movement.

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Cancel Culture, Where Liberalism Goes to Die

Chris Hedges | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Feb 2021

15 Feb 2021 – Elites and their courtiers who trumpet their moral superiority by damning and silencing those who do not linguistically conform to politically correct speech are the new Jacobins.

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Bill Gates and Neo-Feudalism: A Closer Look at Farmer Bill

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr | Children’s Health Defense – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

4 Feb 2021 – Bill Gates has quietly made himself the largest owner of farmland in the United States. For a man obsessed with monopoly control, the opportunity to also dominate food production must seem irresistible. “Gates has a Napoleonic concept of himself, an appetite that derives from power and unalloyed success, with no leavening hard experience, no reverses.” — Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson, presiding judge in the Gates/Microsoft antitrust-fraud case

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MLK’s Warning of America’s Spiritual Death

Gary G. Kohls, MD | Consortium News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

From the Archive: A half century ago, The New York Times accused Martin Luther King Jr. of “slander” for decrying the Vietnam War and The Washington Post detected “unsupported fantasies” in his speech, recalled more favorably by Gary G. Kohls–originally published on 19 Jan 2014; slightly edited for time element.

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US Must Remove Sanctions and Allow Syria to Rebuild – UN Expert

UN Human Rights Council - TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2021

29 Dec 2020 – “The sanctions violate the human rights of the Syrian people, whose country has been destroyed by almost 10 years of ongoing conflict,” said Douhan, UN special rapporteur on the negative impact of the unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights.

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How Biden Can Restore Multilateralism Unilaterally

Joseph E. Stiglitz, Nobel Economics Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Jan 2021

31 Dec 2020 – After four years of the Trump administration undermining global governance, Joe Biden will certainly have his work cut out for him. Nonetheless, there are several actions the new administration can take immediately to reaffirm America’s commitment to multilateral institutions and the rule of law.

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Grand Illusions

Pankaj Mishra | The New York Review – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Nov 2020

19 Nov 2020 issue – Today, those who insisted that there was no practical alternative to Western-style liberal democracy and capitalism have no concepts with which to explain how China, a Communist-ruled country, became central to global networks of trade and finance. It’s time to abandon the intellectual narcissism of cold war Western liberalism.

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Israel’s Army of Archaeological Looters

Dima Srouji | +972 Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

1 Oct 2020 – On a recent summer night, equipped with a large flatbed truck and jeeps, Israeli soldiers entered the Palestinian village of Taquu near occupied Bethlehem to remove a Byzantine baptismal stone font. Using archaeology to validate its claim to the land, Israel is displacing artifacts from the occupied West Bank and erasing Palestinian identity.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report 17 (Oct 2020)

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D., Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

Dear fellow signatories of the Nonviolence Charter, this is the latest six-monthly report on progress in relation to ‘The People’s Charter to Create a Nonviolent World’. And welcome to our most recent signatories and organizations!

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India’s Hindu Right Are Willing to Bury Democracy

Arundhati Roy | Scroll - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Oct 2020

Two Conspiracies and a Cremation: Let’s keep voting for the people who are leading us into penury and war, tearing us apart limb from limb. While India’s rulers downplay the brutal murder of a Dalit teenager by an upper-caste gang and acquit Hindu nationalists guilty of historic crimes, they are concocting another show trial of Muslims and progressive activists to intimidate dissenters.

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New Silk Road and the Asian Century: India, China and the Empire

Devdan Chaudhuri | Countercurrents - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

29 Sep 2020 – For the much of human history on planet earth – till the 18th century – India and China were the two largest economies in the world and periodically interchanged the top position amongst themselves. An Asian century means that from a unipolar hegemonic world order dominated by the empire, a multi-polar world order – more diverse and representative – will emerge.

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Facts about Covid-19

Swiss Policy Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Sep 2020

Sep 2020 – According to the latest immunological studies, the overall lethality of Covid-19 in the general population ranges between 0.1% and 0.5% in most countries, which is comparable to the medium influenza pandemics of 1957 and 1968.

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A Conversation at the Edge of the Human Future

Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

12 Sep 2020 – I am posting below a long interview with Konrad Stachnio on wide-ranging questions, which stretched by knowledge past its breaking point, especially in assessing where the technological innovations on the horizons will lead us. It is one of 17 conversations published by Clarity Press under the title, Civilization in Overdrive: Conversations at the edge of the Human Future.

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Questioning Covid-19: Why I Will Never Trust the Medical Establishment about Respiratory Disease. My Case History

Anita McKone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Aug 2020

28 Aug 2020 – If you are interested in finding out the truth about the Covid19 scare, you can look for information in many areas. Understanding the corporate (profit-driven) and petrochemical-based history of the medical establishment helps…

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Weaving Pain in Silence: Gender Based Violence (GBV)

Irene Dawa – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Aug 2020

The Lives of Refugee Women in Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, Arua, Uganda – In contemporary conflict, as much as 90% of causalities are among the civilians, most of whom are women and children. For most women, the end of war and conflict is marked by the excessive effects of trauma and shame as a result of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

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Critiques on the Tribunals and The Hague Court

Prof. Bishnu Pathak – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jul 2020

27 Jul 2020 – This critique is a review of heinous crimes. It assesses to connect with perpetrators, victims, people and institutions and change professed through the works of the Tribunals and The Hague Court and share the feeling with the concerned ones. The objectives of the paper are three-fold: (1) to study the situations of the investigation, prosecution and punishment on accountability; (2) to analyze the preference for justice: victors’ justice or victims’ justice; and (3) to access the critiques on violations of human rights and humanitarian law beyond the borders.

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Facts about COVID-19: July 2020 Update

Swiss Policy Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

10 July 2020 – Fully referenced facts about Covid-19, provided by experts in the field, to help our readers make a realistic risk assessment.

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Cornel West’s 2017 Harvard Convocation Address

Cornel West | Harvard Divinity School – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

First, we normalize mendacity and naturalize criminality. We make our lies look like the normal order of things. Second, we encourage callousness and reward indifference. We make mean-spiritedness look manly and mature. Third, we trump the moral and spiritual dimensions of our lives and world by applauding our short-term gains and superficial successes.

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Yavne: A Jewish Case for Equality in Palestine-Israel

Peter Beinart | Jewish Currents - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

7 Jul 2020 – What makes someone a real Jew today? In Haredi circles it means adhering to religious law. In leftist Jewish spaces, it means championing progressive causes. But in the broad center of Jewish life—where power and respectability lie—being a Jew means, above all, supporting the existence of a Jewish state. In most Jewish communities on earth, rejecting Israel is a greater heresy than rejecting God. 

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My Student Comes Home

Chris Hedges | Scheerpost – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

29 Jun 2020 – When Lawrence Bell, an orphan living in an abandoned house in Camden, New Jersey, went to prison he was 14-years-old. Barely literate and weighing no more than 90 pounds, he had been pressured by three Camden police detectives into signing a confession for a murder and rape he insisted at his trial he did not commit. It made no difference. He would not be eligible to go before a parole board for 56 years. It was a de facto life sentence. 

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Failing to Succeed

Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

28 Jun 2020 – In a time of quarantine, isolation and anxiety, most literate isolates already have plowed through Decline & Fall, War & Peace, the complete set of Shakespeare’s dramas, and the Iliad. So, now the choice is between you and Paradise Lost – which is not everybody’s cup of tea. Widespread social disorder can be the expression of various conditions: civil war, sectarian strife, economic collapse, natural disasters, external incursions, etc. All of these situations are explicable by the application of some kind of causal logic.

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The Pillage of India

Christopher de Bellaigue | New York Review of Books - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2020

11 Jun 2020 issue – The company was transformed into an instrument of imperialism under Robert Clive, a terse, pugnacious delinquent from Shropshire. After arriving in Madras as a writer in 1744, Clive distinguished himself on the battlefield, making up in daring what he lacked in experience. In 1752 he and a fellow officer led a company force that took prisoner almost three thousand troops from the Compagnie des Indes, for which he was rewarded with a lucrative sinecure.

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Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

Edward Snowden’s book is not a ‘coming-of-age’ saga. It is necessary to say that at the outset. One of the peculiarities of our times is the penchant for rendering everything in terms of so-called ‘human interest.’ The most profound events, the most penetrating analysis, the most stirring ideas – all are reduced to personality. Whether it is the personality of the author, a representation of the subject, or some background character.

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Prostitution, the Sex Trade, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Melissa Farley | Logos Journal - TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 May 2020

Spring 2020 – The pandemic reveals the exploitation and violence in all forms of prostitution, including sugar daddy/sugar baby prostitution, cell phone/escort prostitution, massage parlor prostitution, street prostitution, webcam prostitution (Moran & Farley, 2018; Farley, 2016). A San Francisco group mainstreaming prostitution as work admitted, “People who are doing street-based sex work may not be able to stop doing sex work to survive,”

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Listen to Your Mother: Nobody Should Be Too Rich or Too Poor

Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

The super-rich have become so adept at distracting and dividing the rest of us to keep us mired in clashes over all kinds of injustices—wars, racial oppression, patriarchy, partisanship, environmental degradation–that we often overlook the lust for power and profit at the root of every one of these evils. Hence, our most fundamental task is to make sure nobody is too rich or too poor.

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On ‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus

Tony Judt | New York Review of Books – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2020

Camus’s insistence on placing individual moral responsibility at the heart of all public choices cuts sharply across the comfortable habits of our own age. His unwavering grasp of the difference between good and evil, despite his compassion for the doubters and the compromised, for the motives and mistakes of imperfect humanity, casts unflattering light upon the relativizers and trimmers of our own day. And his controversial use of a biological epidemic to illustrate the dilemmas of moral contagion succeeds in ways the writer could not have imagined.

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The Coronavirus Pandemic as Opportunity in the Midst of Suffering: For a Future of Global Solidarity

Dr. Evelin Lindner | Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 May 2020

2 Apr 2020 – Where do we stand, as humankind? We have dug ourselves into a multitude of perilous crises, both despite and because of what we call progress or economic growth. In service of profit, we practice strategies of development that shred our social fabric while simultaneously plundering our planet – fuelling a toxic combination of sociocide and ecocide that leads to intractable cycles of systemic humiliation. The coronavirus pandemic is one manifestation of this dire predicament.

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‘Tip of the Iceberg’: Is Our Destruction of Animals and Nature Responsible for Covid-19?

John Vidal | The Guardian, Age of Extinction - TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Apr 2020

18 Mar 2020 – As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics.

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Haiti on the Precipice as Coronavirus and US-Imposed Leadership Take Their Toll

Jeb Sprague and Nazaire St. Fort | The Grayzone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

30 Mar 2020 – While Haiti’s widely despised, US-backed government officially promotes social distancing to suppress Covid-19, the stark reality is that most of the population is likely heading toward herd immunity, where many must get infected in the street rather than die by hunger at home.

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Do Not Be Afraid…. All Will Be Well….

Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

If this virus has done anything, it has reminded us that we are only human and very vulnerable; we need each other to survive and thrive. If anything, this virus hopefully will cement the opinion that we are All One, brothers and sisters; what affects one affects all. Hopefully, it will create a greater sense of community and solidarity within the human race in addition to respect for each other, for nature and the universe. We will become more aware that we are interconnected, interdependent, cooperation and solidarity being key to human and environmental survival.

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Messianic Zionism – The Ass and the Red Heifer

Moshé Machover | Monthly Review – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

1 Feb 2020 – The relation between Zionism and Judaism (the Jewish religion) is paradoxical and complex. In its early days, Zionism was apparently a thoroughly secular political movement. Apparently. In reality, while its ego was secular, its id has always been religious. And in recent times, the latter has emerged from its hidden recess and is parading in full view. A form of religious Zionism has gained influence in Israel, which shares with militant Christian evangelism and Islamic jihadism the character of political movement with fundamentalist religious ideology.

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Our Vanishing World (Part 6): Oceans

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Mar 2020

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

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Traces of Poison: Israel’s Dark WMD History Revealed

Salman Abu Sitta | Ahram Weekly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

Israel, not Iraq, holds that distinction of being the first country in the region to use weapons of mass destruction with genocidal intent. We dig into the dark history.

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‘All We Can Offer Is the Chain’: The Scandal of Ghana’s Shackled Sick – Exposé

Tracy McVeigh – The Guardian, 17 Feb 2020

3 Feb 2020 – For the families of Ghanaians with mental health or substance abuse issues, shackling their loved ones can seem the only option, as faith healers compete to fill the mental health void.

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On 41st Anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, Has Trump’s Belligerence Strengthened the Iranian Government?

Farhang Jahanpour | Informed Comment – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Feb 2020

11 Feb 2020 – The current impasse in Iran will either result in a much more hard-line government, similar to the one led by President Mahmud Ahmadinezhad, or even in a military coup led by the IRGC. Either scenario will push back the possibility of democratization in Iran by many years, and might even lead to a devastating war. The neocons who have been pushing Trump to pursue these policies have not served him, the United States or Iran well.

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The Psychiatric Drug-Induced Suicide of Robin Williams–Six Years Later

Gary G. Kohls, MD | Duty to Warn – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

And the Perils of Being a Drugged-Up Insomniac Celebrity Who Gets Sucked into Mainstream Psychiatric Care – The Parallel Paths of Artistic Geniuses like Hemingway, Robin Williams, Michael Jackson and Prince – 59 years ago (July 2, 1961) an American literary icon, Ernest Hemingway, committed suicide after being discharged from a psychiatric ward at the Mayo Clinic.

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How Democracies Die

Chris Hedges | Truthdig – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jan 2020

13 Jan 2020 – The United States’ descent toward tyranny mirrors the experience of Germany and Italy in the 1930s.

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Families Fleeing from Guatemala: A Case of Corporate and State Aggression

Marc Pilisuk, Jennifer Rountree and Rebecca Ferencik | Council of Hemispheric Affairs – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

23 Dec 2019 – In its attempt to stem the number of Latin American men, women, and children traveling to the U.S. seeking asylum, the Trump administration has pushed Guatemala and other countries in the region to sign “safe third country” agreements. The U.S. is bound by law to receive asylum seekers and this new agreement is an attempt to avoid this obligation by declaring Guatemala as a safe third country. However, an agreement does not make it so.

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USA Military Veteran Plight: Macro- and Micro-Level Considerations

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

The tragic plight of USA military veterans is discussed within the context of four critical and reciprocal macro-level determinants followed by a descriptive equation of micro-level considerations in military veteran quality care.

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Inside the Archive of an LSD Researcher with Ties to the CIA’s MKUltra Mind Control Project

Tom O’Neill and Dan Piepenbring – The Intercept, 2 Dec 2019

24 Nov 2019 – On the night of July 4, 1954, San Antonio, Texas, was shaken by the rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl. The man accused of these crimes was Jimmy Shaver, an airman at the nearby Lackland Air Force Base with no criminal record. Shaver claimed to have lost his memory of the incident… Despite the outrage of congressional leaders and more than three years of headlines about the brutalities of the program, no one — not the “Black Sorcerer” Sidney Gottlieb, nor senior CIA official Richard Helms, nor Jolly West — suffered any legal consequences.

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India: Intimations of an Ending

Arundhati Roy – The Nation, 25 Nov 2019

22 Nov 2019 – The rise of Modi and the Hindu far right. While protest reverberates on the streets of Chile, Catalonia, Britain, France, Iraq, Lebanon, and Hong Kong, and a new generation rages against what has been done to their planet, I hope you will forgive me for speaking about a place where the street has been taken over by something quite different.

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Popular Resistance in Palestine

Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

“This is a timely and remarkable book written by the most important chronicler of contemporary popular resistance in Palestine. Mazin Qumsiyeh brilliantly evokes the spirit of Mahatma Gandhi, Edward Said, Rachel Corrie and many others, to tell the unvarnished truth about Palestine and Zionist settler colonialism. With its focus on ‘history and activism from below’, this is a work of enormous significance. Developing further his original ideas on human rights in Palestine, media activism, public policies and popular, non-violent resistance, Mazin Qumsiyeh’s book is a must read for anyone interested in justice and how to produce the necessary breakthrough in the Israel-Palestine conflict.” — Prof. Nur Masalha

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Let Me Know When It’s Over

Charles Hugh Smith – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

15 Oct 2019 – Maybe it’s my cheap seat or my general exhaustion, but the whole staged spectacle is beyond tiresome; I’ve had my fill. Let me know when it’s over–yes, all of it: the impeachment, the trade dispute with China, U.S. involvement in Syria, the manic stock market rally and the 2020 election.

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US Democrats Cultivated the Barbarism of ISIS

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

18 Oct 2019 – There is something profoundly deceitful in the way the Democratic Party and the corporate media are framing Donald Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria. One does not need to defend Trump’s actions or ignore the dangers posed to the Kurds, at least in the short term, by the departure of US forces from northern Syria to understand that the coverage is being crafted in such a way as to entirely overlook the bigger picture.

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Nonviolence Charter: Progress Report #15 (Oct 2019)

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D., Anita McKone & Anahata Giri – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Oct 2019

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

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Uninhabitable: Gaza Faces the Moment of Truth

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

13 Oct 2019 – Israel has ignored warnings by the UN that Gaza is about to become uninhabitable, acting as if Palestinians there can be caged, starved and abused indefinitely. Now crises are unfolding on all fronts – social, economic, political and humanitarian. The Dahiya Doctrine: “We will apply disproportionate force on [any area resisting Israel] and cause great damage and destruction there. From our standpoint, these are not civilian villages, they are military bases. This is not a recommendation. This is a plan.”

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Palestinians Need to Learn from South Africa’s Mistakes

Ramzy Baroud – Al Jazeera, 7 Oct 2019

4 Oct 2019 – Palestinians who look up to post-apartheid South Africa have to critically examine its many failures.

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State Responses to the Torture of Julian Assange, Morally Disengaging Media, and What It Means for Us All

Dr Lissa Johnson – New Matilda, 16 Sep 2019

Talk to the totalitarian hand: While Julian Assange rots in prison for publishing journalism, clinical psychologist Dr Lissa Johnson explains some of the science behind how we got here, and also how we push back.

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{What War on Drugs?} US Protection of Afghan Opiates Has Killed 5.2 Million People since 9-11

Gideon Polya – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Aug 2019

11 Aug 2019 – US-imposed Opiate Holocaust

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“Rohingya Refugee Crisis Is a Time Bomb That Must Be Quickly Defused to Avoid any Future Flare-Up”

The Daily Star – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Aug 2019

5 Aug 2019 – Dr. Shamsul Bari, a former Director of UNHCR, talks about the Rohingya refugee crisis, its local, regional and global implications and the possible solutions to the crisis.

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Generations of Transitional Justice in the World

Bishnu Pathak – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

The objectives of the paper are to investigate the axiomatic truth and record the human wrongdoings of the past, deliver justice to the victims at present, make perpetrators accountable and initiate generous change in the rule of law for prosperous, peaceful and harmonious nation. The state-of-the-art paper is prepared based upon literature review, exchanging and sharing, and a practical observation approach rather than theoretical-analytical conception, except Generation.

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India’s Ailing Health Sector

Moin Qazi – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

India’s economy is soaring and is now the world’s envy but its healthcare system remains an Achilles’ heel. For millions of people, the high costs of treatment continue to undermine economic progress. This is largely on account of the country’s dilapidated healthcare system — a major symptom of the dire lack of funding.

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State Terrorism: The Deception and Terrorisation of Populaces from the Era of Gladio to the War on Terror

Adeyinka Makinde – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jul 2019

“You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, unknown people far from any political game. The reason was quite simple – to force the people to turn to the state for greater security.”
–- Vincenzo Vinciguerra

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An Honorable Course in Iran: End Sanctions, Resume Dialogue

Kathy Kelly – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2019

means of aggression, the United States should heed calls for dialogue and negotiation, relying on Albert Camus’s conclusion to his profound anti-war essay following World War II: “The only honorable course will be to stake everything on the formidable gamble, that words are more powerful than munitions.”

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Romantic Peregrinations Searching Peace Activism

Vithal Rajan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jul 2019

‘Ho! Ho! Ho Chi Minh! ‘We Know Who’s Gonna Win!’ – In the 1960s it was most heartening for me to see a small ragged group of young Canadians standing outside the US embassy in Ottawa chanting this slogan, much hated by the American military. Brought up by idealistic parents, I had emigrated to Canada to enter what I thought was ‘the modern world,’ away from feudalistic practices, caste oppression, and gross insensitivity towards women. However, I was shocked to see on TV every evening American war planes bombing the life out of helpless Vietnamese peasants 30,000 feet below.

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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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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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‘Endless Trip to Hell’: Israel Jails Hundreds of Palestinian Boys a Year. These Are Their Testimonies

Netta Ahituv - Haaretz, 6 May 2019

16 Mar 2019 – They’re seized in the dead of night, blindfolded and cuffed, abused and manipulated to confess to crimes they didn’t commit. Every year Israel arrests almost 1,000 Palestinian youngsters, some of them not yet 13.

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The Pentagon’s Long Con

William J. Astore | Bracing Views – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 May 2019

30 Apr 2019 – “War is a racket,” wrote General Smedley Butler in the 1930s. Dwight D. Eisenhower warned at the end of his presidency about the military-industrial complex and its misplaced, anti-democratic power. Martin Luther King Jr spoke against militarism and the “spiritual death” he believed Americans were suffering from in the 1960s… The Pentagon will never be forced to make significant reforms until Americans stop believing in (and consenting to) its comforting lies.

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Operation Condor and the United States: Torture, Death Squads and Echoes in the New Millennium

Edward B. Winslow – Global Research, 1 Apr 2019

25 Mar 2019 – On December 2, 1823 in the wake of rebellions in Latin America that had ended Spanish rule in the Western Hemisphere, US President James Monroe announced that European colonial powers that attempted to assert influence in the region would be an overt threat to the national security of the US. Monroe claimed that European monarchies and colonialism were incompatible with the notions of democracy and republicanism that were featured in the New World. Monroe’s proclamation set the stage for US foreign policies for nearly 200 years: US hegemony over Latin America was a natural extension of the messianic visions of Manifest Destiny and US exceptionalism.

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Total Recall: The People Who Never Forget

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie – The Guardian, 25 Mar 2019

An Extremely Rare Condition May Transform Our Understanding of Memory – If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. What was she doing on 29 August 1980? “It was a Friday, I went to Palm Springs with my friends.

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Artist in Agony: My Step-Father, Stefano

Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Feb 2019

My step-father, Stefano, died in my arms at home at age 66. In the days before his death, he said to me: “The great tragedy of life is so few people have an opportunity to develop their talents.” He knew the agony!

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