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Biden’s Failure to End Trump’s War on Cuba Is Threatening Lives

Danny Glover | The Nation - TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

29 Jun 2021 – Imagine a country developing and producing Covid-19 vaccines enough to cover its entire population, but being unable to inoculate everyone because of a syringe shortage. Cuba has already vaccinated about 2 of its 11 million people, and hopes to have 70 percent of the population vaccinated by August. Yet, because of the 60-year US embargo the country is facing a shortage of millions of syringes. Biden promised to return to Obama’s policies of engagement with Cuba, but the embargo and other Trump-era restrictions remain in place.

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Assange Turns 50 in Jail–A Reminder of a Western Democracy Paradox He Exposed: Non-Freedom Gives a Sense of Freedom

Slavoj Žižek | RT - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

3 Jul 2021 – Today, WikiLeaks co-founder Assange is celebrating his 50th birthday, being held at the Belmarsh maximum-security prison in London as Washington seeks his extradition to the US, where he could be jailed for up to 175 years if found guilty. That reminds us of the dark aspects of the ‘Land of the Free’ and most of Western democracies.

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Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara (14 Jun 1928 – 9 Oct 1967)

Encyclopædia Britannica – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

Ernesto Guevara de la Serna, theoretician and tactician of guerrilla warfare, prominent communist figure in the Cuban Revolution (1956–59), and guerrilla leader in South America, Guevara was a medical doctor specialized in leprosy. Traveling around South America, he observed conditions that spurred his revolt against poverty and capitalist exploitation, adopting Marxist ideology, theory and practices. He is revered by many as a martyred cultural hero, having become an iconic cult figure as a symbol of anti-imperialist struggles everywhere.

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US-Funded Belarusian Regime-Change Activist Arrested on Plane Joined Neo-Nazis in Ukraine

Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

27 May 2021 – Belarusian regime-change activist Roman Protasevich, whose arrest on a grounded plane caused a global scandal, joined Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov Battalion and was cultivated by the US government’s media apparatus.

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Many Civilian Airplanes Hijacked by States before Lukashenko’s

Petri Krohn | Moon of Alabama – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

24 May 2021 – While the incident unfolded yesterday I amused myself with reading the know-nothing responses from several European prime ministers and officials.

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Manufacturing Consent for War: 70 Years of CIA Coups, Assassinations, False Flag Operations and Mass Murder

Jeremy Kuzmarov | CovertAction Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

21 May 2021 – A Review of Vijay Prashad’s book, Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations, with foreword by Evo Morales (New York: Monthly Review Press, 2020).

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U.S. and Its Allies Try to Split the World in Two

Eric Zuesse - TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 May 2021

17 May 2021 – The USA’s response to the increasing economic success of China and other nations that until recent decades were impoverished former colonies is to organize its own allies–especially the English-speaking countries–to become a totally separate global economic trading and military alliance standing against that “third world”–and thereby force all non-aligned nations to have to either choose to be allied with the United States or else.

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Earth Democracy: Recognising the Rights of Nature, Respecting Human Rights

Prof. Vandana Shiva | Jivad – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Apr 2021

21 Apr 2021 – Earth Democracy is a world view, paradigm and practice that is based on the recognition that everything is interconnected, the Earth Is Living, the Earth has rights, that we have duties to care for the Earth , and regenerate her soil, seeds and biodiversity, her water and food systems. Our rights flow like a spring from our duties.

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(Français) Le néo-colonialisme, la suprématie blanche et le défi de la Chine

Franklin Frederick | Investig'Action - TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Apr 2021

12 Avr 2021 – Un récent article de l’Atlantic Council, influent think tank occidental, fait une référence sans détour à la guerre froide pour définir la politique à mener à l’égard de la Chine. Franklin Frederick remonte pour nous les racines de ce cercle d’influence. Elles prennent leur source dans une idéologie raciste et réactionnaire qui fait consensus auprès de l’élite impérialiste.

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Antiquities, Monuments, Statues, Heritage Sites and Colonial Legacy versus Divergent Cultures, Philosophies, Ethnic Nationalism and Religious Beliefs

Prof. Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Apr 2021

1 Apr 2021 – A Global Dilemma between Preservation of the Past and the Destruction of Human History – The bottom line is that the oppressed must not transform themselves into the oppressors.  This philosophy was espoused by the first democratically elected President Nelson Mandela of South Africa in 1994, in a bloodless transformation of power from the previous oppressive white minority government.

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U.S. Joins “Rules-Based World” on Afghanistan

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

The U.S.A. asked the United Nations to lead peace negotiations for Afghanistan. Could U.S. leaders finally be opening a door to the “rules-based world” of the UN and international law, which they claim to uphold but in practice routinely ignore and violate?

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Capital, Science, Technology

Raúl Delgado Wise and Mateo Crossa Niell | Monthly Review - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

1 Mar 2021 – The Development of Productive Forces in Contemporary Capitalism – How capitalism has become a parasitic entity with an essentially rentier and speculative function. Underlying this is an institutional framework that favors the private appropriation and the concentration of the products of general intellect.

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#R2P Propaganda for US War in Ethiopia Reaches Anarchists and Black Lives Matter

Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

Shortly after the 13 Mar 2021 Black Alliance for Peace webinar on the Horn of Africa, I came across a radio broadcast featuring “Anarchists from the Horn of Africa.” They were presenting the rebellion of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front as the struggle of a grassroots movement for autonomy being violently put down by the Ethiopian central government with the help of neighboring Eritrea.

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What Does an Ecological Civilization Look Like?

Jeremy Lent | YES! Magazine - TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

Unless we move from a civilization based on wealth accumulation to a life-affirming, ecological civilization, we will continue accelerating toward global catastrophe. A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet communities everywhere are already creating it.

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“America Is Back” – Joe Biden’s US Foreign Policy

Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

26 Feb 2021 – The fact that the US can with impunity punish a third of humanity (39 nations) with illegal sanctions – what the UN calls unilateral coercive measures – is a measure of its hegemonic standing. These sanctions are a form of “hybrid warfare,” which can be just as deadly as outright war. Although Biden is reviewing the sanctions policy, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, he is expected to “keep using [the] US sanctions weapon but with sharper aim,” as reported by Reuters.

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How a Lawbreaking International Coalition Failed to Overthrow Venezuela’s Government

Vijay Prashad and Carlos Ron | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Jan 2021

12 Jan 2021 – Last 15 Jan the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela. That day the Lima Group released a statement saying they did not recognize it and called upon countries to “disregard” it and recognize a former member, Juan Guaidó. The Group called for a “transition process” in Venezuela; in other words, the overthrow of President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.

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Big Pharma’s Finest Hour?

Nick Dearden | Human Wrongs Watch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

9 Jan 2021 – The roll-out of COVID vaccines gives much-needed hope. But without fundamental reform of the drug industry, inequality and mistrust will cost lives both nationally and globally.

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2020 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: The Pink Tide May Rise Again

Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Dec 2020

24 Dec 2020 – The balance between the US drive to dominate Latin America and the Caribbean and its counterpart, the Bolivarian cause of regional independence and integration, tipped portside by year end 2020 with major popular victories, including reversal of the coup in Bolivia and the constitutional referendum in Chile.

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The Planet’s Problem from Hell: Samantha Power

Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

16 Dec 2020 – Just when it seemed that Joe Biden’s coming administration couldn’t be more of a horror show, he’s likely to appoint another monster from the deep, violent know-it-all Samantha Power to head the US Agency for International Development; a perfect position to wield foreign aid as a cudgel for beating foreign heads of state till they bow to US empire.

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The Great Delusion

Chris Hedges | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

20 Dec 2020 – The real lesson we should learn from the rise of a demagogue such as Trump and a pandemic that our for-profit health care industry proved unable to contain is that we are losing control as a nation and as a species. Joe Biden and the systems managers of the deep state and empire are returning to power. Trump and his coterie of buffoons, racists, con artists and Christian fascists are sullenly preparing to leave office.

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The War on Cuba Documentary Tells the Story of the U.S. Embargo

Julia Thomas | NACLA - TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

7 Dec 2020 – The Belly of the Beast collective explains how they are creating responsible media about Cuba and depicting the impacts of U.S. policy.

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The Psychosis of Hegemony

Michael Brenner – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2020

4 Dec 2020 – So pervasive is this consensus that the foreign affairs community has developed something that approximates herd immunity to critical thinking. Political elites, think tankers, and consultancy gurus all sing in chorus from the same hymnal. Such differences as exist are barely noticeable variations on the fundamentally same threat assessments or on tactics for countering those alleged threats.

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Iran in the Crosshairs: Tracing Overt and Covert Action

Eric Walberg | CovertAction Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Prof. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, has seriously complicated any efforts to normalize relations with Iran under a new Biden administration. Walberg contrasts the republican and democratic positions toward Iran while tracing key historical and recent events all in an effort to provide deeper insight into understanding Iran and U.S.-led efforts toward destabilization. — Editor

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Venezuela Presents the UNSC Proposal for an International Association against US Sanctions to Stop Crimes against Humanity

Orinoco Tribune - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

Venezuela’s ambassador to the UN, Samuel Moncada, intervened on 25 Nov 2020 in the Security Council session to denounce the economic aggression of the U.S. against twenty-nine countries of the world, through misnamed “sanctions,” and proposed an International Alliance to stop the crimes against humanity by the USA in violation of human rights and the UN Charter.

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Kamala and Joe [Satire]

Vithal Rajan – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

‘Kamala, now that we have a moment to ourselves, let me offer you my own personal congratulations for a glorious victory! The victory is as much your doing.’ ‘No, Joe, no! You are too modest! The Glory is all yours!’

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First Comes a Rolling Civil War

Pepe Escobar | Asia Times/Global Research - TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

10 Nov 2020 – Biden is on a double precipice of the worst-ever economic depression coupled with imminent explosions of social rage. The massive psyops is ongoing. This is a live exercise. Yet no one knows exactly how it will end.

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Earth — Some Unusual Features

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Nov 2020

The Amazon River passes through six different countries in South America — starting from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Brazil and then it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at three different exit points. The river is one of the longest in the world — about 6,400 km long.

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Human Rights, Terrorism and Organized Crime

Stephen Sefton | Tortilla con Sal - TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Nov 2020

27 Oct 2020 – One way or another, governments and corporate interests fund their accomplices in the Western human rights industry, universities, and corporate and alternative media. They are all guilty to one degree or another of promoting terrorism and covering up organized crime.

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The U.S. Did Not Defeat Fascism in WWII, It Discretely Internationalized It

Gabriel Rockhill | CounterPunch - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

16 Oct 2020 – One of the founding myths of the contemporary Western European and American world is that fascism was defeated in WWII by liberal democracies, and particularly by the United States. With the subsequent Nuremburg trials and the patient construction of a liberal world order, a bulwark was erected—in fits and starts, and with the constant threat of regression—against fascism and its evil twin in the East. American culture industries have rehearsed this narrative ad nauseum, brewing it into a saccharine ideological Kool-Aid and piping it into every household, shack and street corner with a TV or smartphone, tirelessly juxtaposing the supreme evil of Nazism to the freedom and prosperity of liberal democracy.

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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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The USA Has No Allies, Only Hostages

Caitlin Johnstone | RT – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

25 Oct 2020 – The US-centralized empire functions like a giant blob that absorbs nations and turns them into imperial client states. Once absorbed, it is rare for a country to escape and rejoin other genuinely sovereign nations. The new president-elect of Bolivia, Luis Arce, has told the Spanish international news agency EFE that he intends to restore the nation’s relations with Cuba, Venezuela and Iran.

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(Français) Bolivie : le triomphe du MAS, c’est le triomphe d’un projet collectif des organisations sociales

Denise Godoy | NODAL - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

21 oct 2020 – Ce dimanche 18 octobre, la Bolivie a enfin tenu ses élections présidentielles. Elles avaient été reportées à trois reprises. Les décomptes indiquent une victoire retentissante de Luis Arce avec plus de 51% des voix. Le journaliste bolivien Julio Peñaloza Bretel explique les raisons de cette victoire historique après le putsch contre Evo Morales s’était lancée dans une campagne acharnée contre le MAS.

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Evo Morales’s Party’s Massive Victory Is a Rebuke to US Elites Who Hailed the Coup

Shawn Gude | Jacobin - TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Oct 2020

19 Oct 2020 – Immediately after last year’s right-wing coup in Bolivia, US elites, including many liberals, celebrated or excused the putsch against Evo Morales. Yesterday’s resounding electoral win for Morales’s party is a rebuke to all of their bloviating nonsense — and a massive triumph for democracy in Bolivia.

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Che Guevara Is Assassinated on 9 Oct 1967

History – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

53 year ago, socialist revolutionary and guerilla leader Che Guevara, age 39, was killed by the Bolivian army. The U.S.-military-backed Bolivian forces captured Guevara on October 8 and executed him the following day. His hands were cut off as proof of death and his body was buried in an unmarked grave.

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To Rebel against Necessity and More

Edward Curtin – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

“I am convinced that it would be a waste of time to show a people of intimidated slaves a different manner of speaking, a different manner of gesticulating; but perhaps it would be worthwhile to show them a different way of living. No word and no gesture can be more persuasive than the life, and if necessary, the death of a man who strives to be free, loyal, just, sincere, disinterested: a man who shows what a man can be.” Che Guevara did that. Now it’s up to us.

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On the Coming Decline and Fall of the US Empire

Prof. Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

[Paper written in 2015] -> Empires have different profiles. The US Empire has a complete configuration, articulated in a statement by a Pentagon planner: “The de facto role of the United States Armed Forces will be to keep the world safe for our economy and open to our cultural assault. To those ends, we will do a fair amount of killing”. In other words, direct violence to protect structural violence legitimized by cultural violence.

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As His Extradition Trial Drags On, Media and Rights Groups Are Still Ignoring Julian Assange

Alan MacLeod | Intrepid Report - TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

28 Sep 2020 – The extradition case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange continues in London. Many mainstream rights groups and media organizations have a mixed history when it comes to opposing Washington’s agenda. This case has been no exception even though widely seen as setting an important precedent for freedom of speech and of the media worldwide.

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Johan Galtung’s Conflict Transformation Theory for a Peaceful World

Bishnu Pathak, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

The paper highlights how the contributions of Johan Galtung has been able to change the institutional and individual attitudes, conviction systems, psychological understandings, and lifestyle of behaviors through applying transcend technique of conflict transformation.

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Nuremberg Tribunal: A Precedent for Victor’s Justice

Prof. Bishnu Pathak – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2020

21 Sep 2020 – The specific objectives of the paper are to identify the situations of the investigation, prosecution and punishment to the Nazi war criminals on accountability for justice and to analyse the preference for justice: victors’ justice or victims’ justice. Experiences on Transitional Justice, Human Security, and Human Rights, among others, touched, inspired and motivated the author for this pioneering paper.

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Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations

Monthly Review – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Sep 2020

Washington Bullets is about the bullets sent by various U.S. administrations to crush revolutions, assassinate democratically elected leaders—to destroy hope. Historian and journalist Vijay Prashad delivers a scathing indictment of U.S. imperialism, from the 1953 CIA-sponsored coup in Iran, to the twenty-first-century ousters of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil and Evo Morales in Bolivia.

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(Norsk-Norwegian) Hvordan vi blir bedratt

Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

Mange kjenner uttrykket ”verden vil bedras”, gjerne med tillegget ”la den derfor bedras”. Opprinnelsen er tilskrevet den romerske satirikeren Gaius Petronius Arbiter (ca. 27–66), forfatter av novellen Satyricon. Uansett beskriver uttrykket dagens mediesituasjon, der folk flest ikke har annet valg enn å tro på det de hører og ikke vet hva de ikke hører. Mange blir lurt av falske eller villedende historier og akronymer, forkortelser som skjuler virkeligheten for ”uinnvidde”. Forfatteren gir en rekke eksempler på hvordan makthavere skjuler seg bak institusjoner vi ikke har noe forhold til.

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Refuting the Official Narrative: An Essential Reading List of Banned Resources to Better Understand the COVID-19 “Pandemic”

Compiled by Gary G. Kohls, MD | Duty to Warn – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

12 Sep 2020 – This short list of important censored-out items has been put together to make more understandable what has been going on behind the scenes of the COVID-19 “pandemic”. This partial list of resources reveals unwelcome truths that are never discussed in the Mainstream Media – which is totally controlled by the despised Wall Street corporations that will benefit most.

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Operation Condor: The Cold War US Conspiracy That Terrorized South America

Giles Tremlett | The Guardian - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

3 Sep 2020 – During the 1970s and 80s, eight US (Henry Kissinger)-backed right wing military dictatorships jointly plotted the cross-border kidnap, torture, rape and murder of hundreds of their left wing political opponents. Now some of the perpetrators are finally facing justice.

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The OAS Accusation of Electoral Fraud against Evo Morales Is Bullshit — and Now We Have the Data to Prove It

David Rosnick | Jacobin - TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Sep 2020

5 Sep 2020 – The day after the Bolivian election, the Organization of American States suggested the result was fraudulent — then took months to provide any proof. Last month, it finally released its data — and researchers at the Center for Economic and Policy Research found a basic coding error that destroys the OAS’s case against Morales.

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Trump’s Record on Foreign Policy: Lost Wars, New Conflicts and Broken Promises

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

1 Jul 2020 – The corporate media and much of the public still take Trump at his word when he says he wants to end the endless wars and bring U.S. troops home. But he’s been in office for 3-1/2 years and he hasn’t done it. What is the reality behind the smoke and mirrors?

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(Norwegian-Norsk) Rettssaken mot Julian Assange: hvorfor er han viktig for vår framtid?

Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

I 2006 opprettet den australske redaktøren Julian Assange WikiLeaks for å publisere hemmeligstemplet materiale og lekkasje fra varslere. Den 18. desember 2018 trykket Klassekampen et utfyllende intervju med Julian Assanges far John Shipton om USAs utleveringskrav og den henlagte voldtektssaken i Sverige.  Assange risikerer 175 års fengsel i USA, og professor Jake Lynch forklarer hvorfor Assanges framtid er viktig for oss alle.

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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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(Français) Interview d’Evo Morales: La Bolivie sous la dictature, le pouvoir réel des Etats-Unis

Stella Calloni | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

18 Juin 2020 – Un peu plus de six mois après le Coup d’Etat du 10/11 novembre 2019 en Bolivie contre le Président Evo Morales, actuellement réfugié en Argentine, ce dernier nous met en garde sur la situation désastreuse de son pays, soumis à un gouvernement de fait dirigé par la présidente autoproclamée Jeanine Anez qui non seulement réprime la population, provoquant des massacres, pourchassant et emprisonnant les dirigeants et militants politiques, mais détruit aussi de manière systématique le modèle social, économique et les avancées réalisées par le gouvernement renversé du MAS.

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Feeding the People in Times of Pandemic: The Food Sovereignty Approach in Nicaragua

Rita Jill Clark-Gollub, Erika Takeo and Avery Raimondo | Council on Hemispheric Affairs - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jun 2020

22 Jun 2020 – In the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere there are no hunger flags flying. The market stalls are stocked, customers are buying,  and prices are stable. Nicaraguan small farmers produce almost all the food the nation consumes, and have some leftover for export. We will examine how this is possible.

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(Português) A Transição Ecológica para uma Sociedade Biocentrada

Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

19 jun 2020 – Cientistas já advertiram que poderemos, dentro de pouco, sofrer com um ataque ainda mais feroz, caso não tenhamos aprendido a lição de cuidar da natureza e de desenvolver uma relação amigável para com a Mãe Terra. Elenco aqui algumas alternativas, pois os senhores do capital e das finanças estão numa furiosa articulação entre eles para salvaguardar seus interesses, fortunas e poder de pressão política.

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(Norwegian-Norsk) Hvordan vi blir bedratt

Marilyn Langlois - TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Jun 2020

Mange kjenner uttrykket ”verden vil bedras”, gjerne med tillegget ”la den derfor bedras”. Opprinnelsen er tilskrevet den romerske satirikeren Gaius Petronius Arbiter (ca. 27–66), forfatter av novellen Satyricon. Uansett beskriver uttrykket dagens mediesituasjon, der folk flest ikke har annet valg enn å tro på det de hører og ikke vet hva de ikke hører.

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The Path beyond Extinction and Escape: Return to Earth, Regenerate and Share

Prof. Vandana Shiva | Navdanya International– TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2020

Message for World Environment Day, 5 Jun 2020 – On 31st May, while people were dying during the Corona Pandemic, while millions had lost their livelihoods and were going hungry during the “lockdown”…, billionaire Elon Musk launched Space X. For me this was a brutal display of the hubris, indifference and power of the 1% who have pushed ecosystems, communities, countries and humanity to the brink.

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Leading by Example: Cuba in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Helen Yaffe | Resumen - TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Jun 2020

4 Jun 2020 – That a small island nation, subjected to hundreds of years of colonialism and imperialism and, since the Revolution of 1959, six decades of the criminal United States blockade, can play such an exemplary role is due to Cuba’s socialist system. The central plan directs national resources according to a development strategy which prioritises human welfare and community participation, not private profit.

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In the West: Propaganda, Hysteria and Truly Foul Breath!

Andre Vltchek | New Eastern Outlook - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

26 May 2020 – If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be laughable: the political brigands in US and Europe are fuming, spitting and rolling their eyes upwards. They are pointing fingers in all directions, shouting incoherently “China!”, “Russia!”, “Venezuela and Cuba!”, “Iran!”; “You, You, YOU!”. China and Russia are quietly building a new world, which includes brand new infrastructure, factories and entire neighborhoods for the people.

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Snowden

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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Deforestation, Oil Spills, and Coronavirus: Crises Converge in the Amazon

Rachel Ramirez | Grist - TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Jun 2020

29 May 2020 – Brazil recently became the country with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, trailing only the United States. Its daily number of reported deaths was double that seen in the U.S. this week. The country has suffered roughly 400,000 confirmed cases and 25,000 deaths.

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Corporate Media Don’t Think Americans Paid to Invade Venezuela Count as Mercenaries

Joshua Cho | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting - TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 May 2020

11 May 2020 – In recent reports regarding the Bay of Pigs–style invasion the term “mercenary” was accompanied by scare quotes, as if these men could only be seen that way from the perspective of an Official US EnemyTM (whose perspective is always illegitimate in the eyes of corporate media). It is clear that the men behind the La Guaira invasion aren’t described as mercenaries because the US government and media alike favor regime change in Venezuela.

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Venezuela: An Invasion in the Midst of a Pandemic

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar | JUST - TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 May 2020

Cuba, like Venezuela, is also the victim of all-encompassing economic sanctions initiated and imposed by the US. It is remarkable that in spite of the sanctions, both Cuba and Venezuela have managed to protect their people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed they have done a million times better than the nation that has punished them with sanctions which incidentally has the highest number of fatalities and infections in the world.

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Deception? Deception?

Marilyn Langlois – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

How many of us are deluded and deceived Amanda Wingfields, clinging to the hope of the proverbial “gentleman caller”—in the guise of a bold new president, a gallant billionaire philanthropist, a miracle vaccine—solving all our problems and sweeping us off to a fantasy world where those who work hard and follow the rules might have the opportunity–if they’re lucky–to enjoy democracy, freedom and good health?

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Trump Sends Gun Boats to Venezuela While the World Partners to Fight a Deadly Pandemic

Vijay Prashad, Paola Estrada, Ana Maldonado, and Zoe PC | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

3 Apr 2020 – On April’s Fools Day, U.S. President Donald Trump gave a press conference where he announced a new “counter-narcotics effort” by U.S. Southern Command. “We’re deploying additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircrafts and helicopters, Coast Guard cutters…doubling our capabilities in the region,” he said. On 26 March, less than a week before Trump’s announcement, the U.S. Department of Justice indicted several members of the Venezuelan government for narco-trafficking. An indictment is not a verdict of guilt, merely a note—in this case – prepared by the U.S. government against an adversary.

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Gandhi: The Soul Force Warrior

Bill Bhaneja – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Apr 2020

Gandhi: The Soul Force Warrior by Pascal Alan Nazareth with foreword by HH The Dalai Lama, New Delhi: Wisdom Tree, 2019, pp. 135 – Peace Studies scholar Johan Galtung cited in Nazareth’s book states: “Gandhi was certainly a revolutionary, much more revolutionary than the piecemeal revolutionaries of Western civilisation, starting with the bourgeois revolution, then the workers’ socialist revolution, then the feminist revolution. Gandhi was all of this and even more, including revolutionising revolution itself.”

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The World Rediscovers Cuban Medical Internationalism

Helen Yaffe | Le Monde Diplomatique - TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Apr 2020

30 Mar 2020 – Just weeks ago, US Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders was vilified by the US establishment for acknowledging education and healthcare achievements in revolutionary Cuba. Now, as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps the globe, the island’s medical prowess is back in the spotlight.

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The Fate of the Planet Rests on Dethroning the IMF and World Bank

Johanna Bozuwa and Thomas M. Hanna | In These Times - TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

A Global Green New Deal could herald a new era of international cooperation to curb the climate crisis, based on genuine international solidarity and climate reparations.

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Systematic Global Treachery and Betrayal

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens - TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Mar 2020

9 Mar 2020 – In the Light of Donald Trump’s Condemnation of Traitors and Pardoning of the Convicted

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Turkey Now Claims Syria’s Idlib Province as Turkish Territory

Eric Zuesse – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Mar 2020

On February 26th, Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s President, told his Islamist political party that Idlib, which is the most heavily jihadist of all of Syria’s provinces and the province where Syria had been sending jihadists who had been defeated but not killed by the Syrian army elsewhere in the Syrian war, is now permanently under Turkey’s protection, and belongs to Turkey — Turkish territory.

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The United States of America’s Doll House: A Vast Tapestry of Lies and Illusions

Edward Curtin | Behind the Curtain – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

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

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Trump, Racism, and Fascism – More than Just Personality Disorders

Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Feb 2020

Trump has been reprehensible in pandering to white racism. But the Republicans have no monopoly on this franchise. We should remember the legacy of Jim Crow and Dixiecrat Democrats in high office including six US senators and two Supreme Court justices who were members of the Ku Klux Klan. FDR, arguably the most liberal US president and a Democrat, force relocated and incarcerated in concentration camps 120,000 Japanese Americans, including orphaned children and people with as little as 1/16th Japanese ancestry.

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Now Three Years into the Reign of Trump, What’s Left? Class Trumps Partisan Differences

Roger D. Harris – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

22 Jan 2020 – The campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Tulsi Gabbard, and before them Occupy, point to a popular insurgency. Mass protests of the dispossessed are rocking France, India, Colombia, Chile, and perhaps here soon.

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(Português) Entenda as Causas e as Consequências dos Incêndios na Austrália

Bruna Araújo | ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

21 jan 2020 – O prejuízo para a fauna e flora são inestimáveis. Estudos afirmam que mais de 1 bilhão de animais foram mortos.

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What the Right Wing in Latin America Means by Democracy Is Violence

Vijay Prashad | Independent Media Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Jan 2020

22 Jan 2020 – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—a body of the pro-U.S. Organization of American States—reported in December 2019 that there have been a series of massacres conducted by the armed forces of the current interim government in Bolivia. The use of the word “massacre” in this report is significant; these were not clashes or conflicts, but the targeted murder of civilians who supported MAS and Morales.

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From Resistance to Assistance: Little Pushback to Trump’s Iran Assassination

Alan MacLeod | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jan 2020

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

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A World without the Nation-State

David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jan 2020

2 Jan 2020 – The state is a culture of war. In this case the state is the United States and their culture of war is shown in their role in the overthrow of President Morales of Bolivia (precisely because he was promoting a culture of peace) and their threat to punish Julian Assange (precisely because he revealed the secrets of their culture of war.) Not to mention that the states of the world are unable to seriously attack the problem of global warming, and the USA is the worst in this regard.

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Billionaires’ Wealth Surged in 2019

Barry Grey | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

28 Dec 2019 – The wealth of the world’s 500 richest people rose 25 percent in 2019, reaching a combined net worth of $5.9 trillion. To place this figure in some perspective, these 500 individuals control more wealth than the gross domestic product of the United States at the end of the third quarter of 2019, which was $5.4 trillion.

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We the People, We the Humanity are Victims of Political Insanity

Mahboob A. Khawaja, PhD. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

22 Dec 2019 – “We have let the government’s evil-doing, its abuses, power grabs, brutality, meanness, inhumanity, immorality, greed, corruption, debauchery and tyranny go on for too long. We are approaching a reckoning. This is the point, as the poet W. B. Yeats warned, when things fall apart and anarchy is loosed upon the world.”

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AMLO is Bringing New Hope to Mexico

Rick Sterling – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Dec 2019

17 Dec 2019 – Jeremy Corbyn lost the election but one of his political friends, the progressive Mexican leader named Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has been in power for one year. He is carrying out the plans and priorities described in his 2018 book, New Hope for Mexico.

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2019 Latin America in Review: Year of the Revolt of the Dispossessed

Roger Harris | COHA – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

2019 has not been an entirely bullish year for US imperialism, notwithstanding the hard turns to the right in Brazil, Bolivia, and Ecuador. Powerful winds against neoliberalism are gusting in Brazil, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, and even in the US “Commonwealth” of Puerto Rico. Regime-change operations failed in Venezuela, Cuba, and Nicaragua.

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Latin America: The Conservative Offensive and the Return of Class War

Antoine Pelletier interviews Franck Gaudichaud | CETRI – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

15 Dec 2019 – Several countries in Latin America are currently experiencing very powerful class conflicts and extremely violent repression on the part of reactionary forces and the state. The following is an overview of the situation in various countries and the dynamics of their struggles.

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The Real Interest of the United States and Transnational Corporations in Latin America and the Caribbean

Enrique Moreno Gimeranez | Granma – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

13 Dec 2019 – What are the real interests of the U.S. and corporations in the region? Freedom, democracy, human rights? No. Their goal is to preserve imperialist domination of our natural resources. Our America is again suffering escalating aggression by U.S. imperialism and local oligarchies.

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(Castellano) Evo Morales: El Indio Fuera de Lugar

Boaventura de Sousa Santos | CETRI – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Dec 2019

4 diciembre 2019 – Los dramáticos acontecimientos en Bolivia han seguido un guion imperial que los latinoamericanos empiezan a conocer bien: preparar el cambio de régimen de un gobierno considerado hostil a los intereses de los Estados Unidos (o mejor de las multinacionales norteamericanas). Lo hacen montando un plan doble: anular una victoria electoral “enemiga” y consolidar rápidamente el nuevo régimen que toma medidas que no son propias de un gobierno de transición.

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(Italiano) Pax Gandhiana: La Filosofia Politica del Mahatma Gandhi

Howard Richards | Centro Studi Sereno Regis – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

In un mondo in cui gli studi prevalenti di pace e politica sono dominati da ciò che passa per realismo e ciò che passa per ordine mondiale, l’emerito studioso di Gandhi Anthony Parel ha derivato da un attento studio delle opera di Gandhi una filosofia politica che promette di essere alla lunga più realistica di quella/e dei cosiddetti realisti.

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Drug Taxis and Impotent Police: The Avalanche of Cocaine Hitting Europe

Der SPIEGEL Staff *– TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Dec 2019

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

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Pax Gandhiana: The Political Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi

Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

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

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Evil Hour in Honduras: A Banana Republic Lives On

Joseph Grosso | Countercurrents – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

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

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(Castellano) La Transformación de la Estructura Cultural Básica (ECB): Nada Menos nos Salvará

Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

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

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Capitalism’s Suicidal Trajectory Can’t Be Ignored

Jonathan Cook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

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

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China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium

F. William Engdahl | New Eastern Outlook – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

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

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Conference at European Parliament Defends Julian Assange

Oscar Grenfell | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

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

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The Trials of Julian Assange–and Why He Is Vital to Our Future

Jake Lynch – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

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

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Peoples’ BRICS Summit Closing Statement: “We Demand Changes so We Can Have a Future”

Brasil de Fato – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

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

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Hong Kong out of Hand: As China Supporters Are Set on Fire It Must Be Time for a Full Response from Beijing

George Galloway - RT, 18 Nov 2019

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

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CIA Manual: Instructions for Guerrilla/Urban Terror Activities

CNN – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

10 Feb 2006 – The following document contains excerpts of an instruction manual provided by the CIA for guerrilla fighters. It includes detailed methods of gaining support through propaganda and selective violence. [Replace Guerrilla with Urban Terrorism and fast forward to Hong Kong, Venezuela, Bolivia].

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The Coup That Ousted Morales

Chandra Muzaffar | JUST – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

In this regard, just before he was ousted, Morales, it is reported, decided to partner with Chinese firms to develop Bolivia’s lithium deposits since Western mining companies were not prepared to comply with the terms that the Bolivian government laid out. For Morales, the exploitation of lithium had to benefit the Bolivian people before anyone else. Western companies and the US elite saw the Bolivian president as a hurdle. They were convinced that Morales had to go.

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Deforestation in Brazil Jumped by 80% in One Year: Study

teleSUR – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

7 Nov 2019 – Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon region increased by 80 percent in September compared to the same month last year, according to a private study released yesterday stating that 802 square kilometers of forest was lost in the zone. About 14 percent took place in protected conservation areas and 7 percent in Indigenous territories.

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Brazil: Lula Is Free!

Ana Paula Vargas and Vijay Prashad | Brasil de Fato – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

9 Nov 2019 – Just before 6 p.m. on 8 Nov, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva walked out of prison. Lula was imprisoned in April 2018 on a 12-year sentence. 580 days of prison are now over, as the Federal Supreme Court ruled that inmates who have not yet exhausted their appeals should not be held behind bars. –The Verdict Was Not Directed at Lula, but at the Undemocratic Nature of the Judicial System in Brazil

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US and Israel Were Lone Votes against UN Resolutions Opposing Space Arms Race and Nuclear Middle East

Ben Norton | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

8 Nov 2019 – The only two countries that voted consistently against UNGA draft resolutions calling for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East and to stop an arms race in outer space.

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The Meaning of Chile’s Explosion

Camila Vergara – Jacobin Magazine, 4 Nov 2019

29 Oct 2019 – The ongoing popular upheaval in Chile is the product of thirty years of neoliberal oligarchy and half-hearted democratization. To uproot the existing power structure, the country needs a new constitution.

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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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Human Violence: Pervasive, Multi-dimensional and Extinction-threatening

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Oct 2019

Perhaps ending human violence is impossible. If that is true, then human extinction is inevitable and it will occur as a result of one cause or another. Moreover, it will happen in the near term. But every person who believes that human violence can be ended, and then takes strategic action to end it, is participating in the most important undertaking in human history: a last ditch strategy to fight for human survival.

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Amazon: The Common Wealth of the Earth and Humanity

Leonardo Boff – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Sep 2019

17 Sep 2019 – The Amazonian biome covers an area of 8,129,057 square kilometers in nine countries: Brazil (67%), Peru (13%), Bolivia (11%), Colombia (6%), Ecuador (2%), Venezuela (1%), Suriname, Guyana and French Guiana (0.15%). It has over 37,700,000 inhabitants, of which 2.8 million are Indigenous, from 390 different nations, who speak 240 languages, of the rich matrix of 49 linguistic branches, a unique phenomenon in the history of world linguistics.

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Who’s Responsible for the Ecocide in the Amazon

Juan Manuel Crespo | Open Democracy – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 Sep 2019

9 Sep 2019 – There’s a cause for alarm as the world witnesses how the Amazon forests in Brazil, the Bolivian Chiquitanía and the Paraguayan swamps are being ravaged by uncontrolled fires. And it’s not just Bolsonaro, nor is it just Morales or Correa. There is more to it than meets the eye.

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