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Week 16 // 18 Apr – 24 Apr 2022

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Why Are Humans Fighting Other Humans when We Are Facing Extinction as a Species?

Howard Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service

How can the absurdity of humans fighting humans lead to solutions while physics, chemistry and biology have us slated for extinction?  How can we contribute to rethinking and reinventing ourselves? An idea: a Pedagogy  of the Rich, conceived as a companion volume to Paulo Freire´s ‘The Pedagogy of the Oppressed.’  It could also be called ‘The Pedagogy of the Unoppressed.’

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Monopoly – Who Owns the World? [MUST SEE]

Documentary by Tim Gielen – TRANSCEND Media Service

This incredibly eye opening documentary reveals how a small group of super rich criminals have been buying virtually everything on earth. From media, health care, travel, food industry to governments, they seek to impose a New World Order: Bill Gates, Klaus Schwab, George Soros, etc. The names of the two companies that virtually own the world are Vanguard and BlackRock.

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The Origins of the Ukraine Crisis and the Need for Collective Security between Russia and the West

Tom Sauer | Global Policy, Wiley Library – TRANSCEND Media Service

This paper tries to explain the origins of the Ukraine crisis. It posits that it is only a symptom of a wider conflict between two major powers (or power blocs), whose origins can only be understood by assessing the post-Cold War security architecture in Europe. Instead of having integrated Russia in a collective security organization on an equal level, the West kept NATO alive.

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Nuclear Weapons and Cranial Winter

Robert C. Koehler | Common Wonders – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Apr 2022 – “The defense industry mobilized a small army of at least 718 lobbyists and doled out more than $67 million dollars pressuring Congress for increased weapons spending generally.”

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Countries Currently at War–2022

World Population Review – TRANSCEND Media Service

As of 13 April 2022

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How Movements Can Maintain Their Radical Vision while Winning Practical Reforms

Mark Engler and Paul Engler | Waging Nonviolence – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Apr 2022 – Forty years of struggle by Brazil’s landless workers movement offers lessons on engaging the system without being co-opted.

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Towards Inclusive Multi-Massacre Memorials to Victims of Conflict

Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service

Interrelating the Opponents, Perpetrators and Victims of Human Tragedy — Known and Unknown

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Dr. Vandana Shiva: ‘The Evolved Mind Sees Earth as One Family’

David Marks interviews Vandana Shiva | The Defender – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Apr 2022 – Environmental champion shares her perspective on how the degradation of the planet can be reversed by returning to traditional organic farming practices and compassionate community organization.

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“Peace”: The Odyssey of the Relentless Pursuit of Humanoids of an Elusive Philosophy (Part 1)

Prof Hoosen Vawda – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Apr 2022 – The concept of peace was first introduced into academic literature by the Norwegian pioneer of peace research Johan Galtung, who distinguished between two types of peace: positive peace and negative peace. Defining Peace itself is an arduous process and Galtung, the patriarch of formal Peace Research, has formulated the “Mini Theory of Peace”.

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Einstein and Freud’s ‘Why War?’ Revisited: Why Anti-War Efforts Go Nowhere

Robert J. Burrowes, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

In 1932, Sigmund Freud and Albert Einstein exchanged letters, later published under the title ‘Why War?’ However, whatever insight these two giants of an earlier era brought to our understanding of war, the reality is that a great deal has been learned since they corresponded.

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Submission to the Disability Rights Commission of New Zealand: COVID Vaccination Mandates

Emanuel E. Garcia, M.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Apr 2022 – I and my colleagues in the New Zealand Doctors Speaking Out for Science would be happy to participate in a debate with the government ministries on the scientific and ethical points in this submission. To date the government has ignored our pleas for transparency and dialogue, opting to represent itself, incredibly enough, as a ‘single source of truth.’ This position is as ludicrous as it is harmful.

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Complexities of the Ukraine War

Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Apr 2022 – This war can be characterized thus:
– Level One: Russia vs. Ukraine
– Level Two: USA vs. Russia
– Level Three: Ukrainian nationalism vs. Russian-oriented separatism

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Notes from Wartorn Ethiopia

Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Apr 2022 – I’m writing from Ethiopia, where the war that began in November 2020 continues, with the US backing their former puppet, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation, which ruled Ethiopia with an iron fist from 1991 to 2018, when they were finally overthrown by a popular uprising.

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America’s Hypocrisy over Ukraine and ‘Spheres of Influence’

Katrina vanden Heuvel | Globetrotter – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Apr 2022 – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that he does not recognize “spheres of influence,” and the concept “should have been retired after World War II.” Those are empty words because they obviously do not apply to the Western Hemisphere–or the USA. Take Cuba, for example, or Nicaragua, Venezuela… Hypocrisy is common in international relations.

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The Pimps of War

Chris Hedges | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Apr 2022 – The coterie of neocons and liberal interventionists who orchestrated two decades of military fiascos in the Middle East and who have never been held to account are now stoking a suicidal war with Russia.

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Russia, Ukraine, and the USA: Trapped in a Cultural Script

Kristin Y. Christman – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Apr 2022 – Compassion for Ukrainians victimized by Russia’s violence demonstrates that human hearts care. However, beneath the visible current of compassion there’s an alarming, dangerous dynamic at play.

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Michigan Bomb Plot: FBI Scheme to Create False ‘Domestic Terror’ Cabal Exposed in Court

Jeremy Kuzmarov | CovertAction Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Apr 2022 – Jury finds FBI agents fabricated a kidnapping threat against Michigan governor so they could be heroes by foiling a “crime” of their own creation. FBI director’s use of entrapment is part of a strategy designed to sow public fear and render support for draconian anti-terrorist legislation.

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The Righteous, the Black Sheep, and the Sacrificial Lamb

Stephanie Hiller – TRANSCEND Media Service

16 Apr 2022 – “Countries in the developing world with large populations like Indonesia, Brazil, and India do not support the sanctions against Russia because of the behavior of the USA, which they recognize as ‘moral hypocrisy.’” Specifically the difference between our response to the white Europeans of Ukraine and our behavior in Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Give War a Chance

Matt Taibbi | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Apr 2022 – More and more, we’re told outright war isn’t just necessary and right, but the thing that will solve U.S. existential problems.

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From Mosul to Raqqa to Mariupol, Killing Civilians Is a Crime

Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Apr 2022 –The lies and double standards that corrupt the Pentagon’s latest effort to whitewash its criminal non-compliance with the Geneva Conventions. North Americans have been shocked by the death and destruction of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but the US has waged war in country after country for decades, carving swathes of destruction through cities, towns and villages on a far greater scale than has so far disfigured Ukraine.

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The Censorship Campaign against Western Criticism of NATO’s Ukraine Policy Is Extreme

Glenn Greenwald | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Apr 2022 – Preventing populations from asking who benefits from a protracted proxy war, and who pays the price, is paramount. A closed propaganda system achieves that.

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Dutch Journalist: ‘We Are Here, in Donbass, to Awaken Westerners Deluded by Propaganda’

Ekaterina Blinova | Internationalist 360º – TRANSCEND Media Service

6 Apr 2022 – There are only a handful of Western journalists on the ground in Donbass, while the Western mainstream press is rubber-stamping fake news about the Ukrainian crisis using the same templates it previously exploited in Iraq, Libya and Syria, says Dutch independent journalist Sonja van den Ende.

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Siding with Ukraine’s Far-Right, US Sabotaged Zelensky’s Peace Mandate

Aaron Maté | Substack – TRANSCEND Media Service

10 Apr 2022 – In 2019, Zelensky was elected on an overwhelming mandate to make peace with Russia. As Stephen F. Cohen warned that year, the US chose to side with Ukraine’s far-right and fuel war.

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Ukraine, Russia and the Easter of Insanity

Mahboob A. Khawaja, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Apr 2022 – We, the People witnessing a planned scheme of things to exterminate humanity with superior weapons hitting targeted civilian towns and daily bloodbath as a new normal. Have we not learned any lessons from the European nationalistic wars of First and Second World Wars?

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The Dangerous ‘Truth’ of the Kashmir Files

Sanjay Kak | Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Apr 2022 – The popular Bollywood film, powered by a visceral demonisation of the Kashmiri Muslim, attempts to construct the truth about Kashmir out of the carcasses of facts.

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Venezuela’s Great Housing Mission Achieves Major Milestone of Delivering 4 Million Homes

Peoples Dispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

On 7 Apr 2022, the socialist government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro celebrated the delivery of a record 4 million homes to its citizens as part of a social housing program called the Great Housing Mission of Venezuela launched by Commander Hugo Chávez in 2011.

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Palestine’s Widening Geography of Resistance: Why Israel Cannot Defeat the Palestinians

Ramzy Baroud | Politics for the People – TRANSCEND Media Service

13 Apr 2022 – If Israel continues to subjugate the Palestinian people under the current system of military occupation and deepening apartheid, Palestinians will surely continue to respond until their oppressive reality is changed.

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Elon Musk Offers $43 Billion in Cash to Buy Twitter in Bid to ‘Save Free Speech’

David Charbonneau, Ph.D. | The Defender – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Apr 2022 – The world’s richest person, Elon Musk, yesterday offered $43 billion — cash — to buy Twitter so he can “unlock” its “potential to be the platform for free speech around the globe.”

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Elon Musk, Twitter’s Largest Shareholder: We Can’t Let Billionaires Control Major Communications Platforms

Victor Pickard | The Nation – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Apr 2022 – Elon Musk, the billionaire Tesla CEO notorious for posting asinine tweets to his 80 million–plus Twitter followers, has purchased himself a position of power within the platform itself by becoming the company’s largest shareholder–and that’s bad news.

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6 Media Companies Control 90% of What You Read, Watch and Hear–Here’s Why You Should Care

Rebecca Strong | Down The Rabbit Hole – TRANSCEND Media Service

12 Apr 2022 – Ever-mounting media consolidation has narrowed the perspectives the public is privy to. Ownership and funding of these corporations are riddled with conflicts of interest and Big Tech companies are outright censoring and demonetizing independent outlets.

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Jingoistic Journalism Is No Friend of Ukraine

Roger Kotila, Ph.D. | Earth Federation News & Views – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Apr 2022 – Propaganda for a bigger and longer Ukraine war is flooding the media on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, NY Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal in attempts to manipulate public opinion.

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‘It Can Get Very Creepy Very Fast:’ John Oliver Exposes Multimillion-Dollar Data Brokering Industry

Susan C. Olmstead | The Defender – TRANSCEND Media Service

11 Apr 2022 – Data brokering is the multi million-dollar industry of collecting personal information and then reselling or sharing it with marketers and others. Data brokers are “the middlemen of surveillance capitalism.” “They know significantly more about you than you might like and do significantly more with it than you might think,” Oliver said.

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The New Capitalist Gold Rush

William Hartung and Julia Gledhill | TomDispatch – TRANSCEND Media Service

17 Apr 2022 – How Pentagon Contractors Are Cashing in on the Ukraine Crisis

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The Role of Capitalism in the War in Ukraine

Richard Wolff | ScheerPost – TRANSCEND Media Service

14 Apr 2022 – To the motives for war in human history, capitalism added another: profit. Ukraine, per se, is not the issue. It is tragically a war-ravaged pawn in a much larger conflict.

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More Than 1 Million COVID Vaccine Injuries, Nearly 27,000 Deaths Reported to VAERS, CDC Data Show

Megan Redshaw | The Defender – TRANSCEND Media Service

15 Apr 2022 – VAERS data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included a total of 1,226,314 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 26,976 deaths and 219,865 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020, and April 8, 2022.

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Marie Howe – TRANSCEND Media Service

After Stephen Hawking

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Sounds — Soft and Aloud

Dr. Ravi P. Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service

Tell me my Dear
What sounds do you hear

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Pedagogy of Positiveness

Prof. Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

A Plea

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Evil Empire

Mr. Fish – TRANSCEND Media Service


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Two for the Road

Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A little child in church for the first time watched as the ushers passed the offering plates.

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Ukraine on Fire (2016 Documentary)

Oliver Stone – TRANSCEND Media Service

Documentary by Oliver Stone about the history of Ukraine, what happened in Kiev in 2014, and the role of western media and USA in what happened on Maidan. Premiered Mar 5, 2022

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Peace Train (Music Video of the Week)

Yusuf/Cat Stevens | Playing For Change – TRANSCEND Media service

Yusuf/Cat Stevens’ timeless anthem of hope and unity was originally released in 1971. This Song Around The World version features more than 25 musicians from 12 countries, and Cat Stevens singing and playing a beautiful white piano in a tranquil open air setting in Istanbul, Turkey.

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“Capitalism and State sovereignty are goners. Bankism rules the world in all respects now.” “Militaries are the ultimate manifestation of direct, structural and cultural violence — a cancer that must be extirpated from humanity.” — Antonio C. S. Rosa

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