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PEACE JOURNALISM PERSPECTIVE EDITORIAL[image: Prof. Johan Galtung] A Pope,
a Patriarch, a Spiritual Revolution
Galtung, 7 Mar 2016 - TRANSCEND Media Service
The first editorial, “50 Years of Fidel Castro” 3 March 2008, celebrated a
political revolution that changed the world, and spelt the end of
US-Western imperialism. This editorial celebrates a spiritual revolution
that may also change the world, spelling the end of Western materialism,
and spread from there. Again, Cuba played a major role, as meeting place
between two major parts of Christianity, Catholic and Orthodox.
NOBEL LAUREATES Nobel-Prize Economist Condemns Obama’s ‘Trade’ Deals
Zuesse, Washington’s Blog – TRANSCEND Media Service
3 Mar 2016 – The Nobel-Prize-winning former chief economist of the World
Bank, and Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to the U.S.
President, Joseph Stiglitz, went to England to warn the British public, and
Parliament, that “no democracy” can support U.S. President Barack Obama’s
proposed trade-deals, because all of these have a feature built into them,
called Investor State Dispute Resolution, or ISDS, which will establish a
OTHER COMMENTARIES BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS How Neoliberalism Really Works: A
Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service
27 Feb 2016 – Along with several million, I suffer from the eye disease
known as glaucoma. It can be managed, rather than cured, by taking eye
drops several times a day.
The Impossibility of Politics – And How to Make Politics Possible
Richards – TRANSCEND Media Service
The thesis that politics today is impossible (or stated a bit less briefly,
that the goals that politics sets out to achieve are unattainable) is so
far more a provocation than a hypothesis. To make it into a meaningful
claim I have to assign meanings to the word “politics” and to the word
Refugees Per Kiloton: RPK as a Complement to GDP
Judge – TRANSCEND Media Service
The indicator might have the additional advantage of focusing debate on an
equivalent to the Polluter Pays Principle, namely on a Provider Pays
Principle, as adapted to bombing — a Bomber Pays Principle. This could
reframe financial responsibility for the integration of refugees.
Who Is My Neighbour?
<https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/who-is-my-neighbour/> John Scales
Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service
Among the symptoms of loss of solidarity is the drift towards violence,
racism and aggressive foreign policy that can be seen in the United States.
Another warning symptom is the inhospitable reception that refugees have
received in Europe and elsewhere.
Read more... <https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/who-is-my-neighbour/>
A Forever Imminent Threat?
Kowalczyk – TRANSCEND Media Service
Two towering exclamation points have been writ high on the sky, each an
indelible imprint on human consciousness. Hiroshima! Nagasaki! And yet, 70
years later, through the countless wars that have followed WWII, on the
surface of the fracturing social, economic and political global landscape,
humanity dreams on, unaware and unforgiven.
Make Monsanto Pay
Vandana Shiva – Asian Age
Herbicide tolerance, which goes hand in hand with Monsanto’s Glyphosate
based RoundUp herbicide, has failed across the world at controlling weeds,
creating super weeds. Glyphosate, classified by the World Health
Organisation as a carcinogen, is already being used across India and we are
seeing an explosion of cancers in villages where Glyphosate is used.
Read more... <https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/make-monsanto-pay/>
Can We Give Meaning to the Destruction of Syria?
Oberg - Transnational Foundation for Peace & Future Research
In 2011 when it all began, an educated conflict analyst or otherwise
conflict competent person would have said about the conflict in Syria that
it was a very complex thing, caused by history, environment, traumas,
external factors, the economic situation, etc. And that al-Assad and his
government was certainly an important reason but far from the only one.
International Day of Women: The Goddess of March
Wadlow – TRANSCEND Media Service
March 8 is the International Day of Women and is placed under the sign of
the goddess of the month of March — Minerva. Minerva derives her name from
the Latin mens (mind), and so she has a special relation to teachers and
CONFLICT RESOLUTION / MEDIATION No Standards in Mediation
Erdmann – World Mediation Organization
Before starting a reflection on this content, we might have to understand
that mediation itself is not a newly developed healing procedure for
society, but it forms part of human civilization from the very beginning of
NONVIOLENCE 10 Things to Know about Nonviolent Struggle
Sun, PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service
4. There are more than 200 methods of nonviolent action, including marches,
demonstrations, rallies, boycotts, strikes, sit-ins, blockades,
noncooperation, civil disobedience, work stoppages and slowdowns, refusal
to provide services and much more.
ACTIVISM What Everyone Should Know about Filming (and Sharing) Injustice on
van Moessner, PolicyMic – TRANSCEND Media Service
25 Feb 2016 – Armed with mobile devices and social media, citizen
journalists around the world have become essential agents of democracy,
bearing witness to criminal behavior and abuses of power that might
otherwise remain obscured and unseen. That genie’s not going back in the
IN FOCUS Lift the Ban! – Kofi Annan on Why It’s Time to Legalize Drugs
Annan – Der Spiegel
Drugs are dangerous, but current narcotics policies are an even bigger
threat because punishment is given a greater priority than health and human
rights. It’s time for regulations that put lives and safety first, argues
former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
How a Little Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower
McCoy – Foreign Policy In Focus
24 Feb 2016 – After fighting the longest war in its history, the United
States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be
possible? American military technology transformed remote, landlocked
Afghanistan into the world’s first true narco-state.
HUMAN RIGHTS 2015: When Global Governments Trampled Human Rights in Name of
Germanos – Common Dreams
24 Feb 2016 – Governments worldwide in 2015 capitalized on supposed
national security threats to trample over human rights. That’s Amnesty
International’s assessment of global human rights in its latest report.
SPOTLIGHT Top Psychologist’s Personal History of MK-ULTRA: “The CIA-LSD
Story in Retrospect”
Invictus – TRANSCEND Media Service
MK-ULTRA – In considering the total body of classified research conducted
by or for the CIA that had as its overriding aim the control and
manipulation of behavior, two questions suggest themselves: what motivated
the scientists to work covertly on questionable projects; and what, in the
end, was the yield in knowledge of these studies?
ANGLO AMERICA Why Democratic Party Foreign Policy Fails and Will Continue
Falk – TRANSCEND Media Service
5 Mar 2016 – An earlier version of this essay appeared on March 2, 2016 in
The Progressive Magazine. It tries to explain the entrapment of liberal
Democrats in an iron cage of militarism when it comes to international
ASIA & THE PACIFIC The Rape of East Timor: “Sounds like Fun”
Pilger – TRANSCEND Media Service
25 Feb 20126 – Secret documents found in the Australian National Archives
provide a glimpse of how one of the greatest crimes of the 20th century was
executed and covered up. They also help us understand how and for whom the
world is run. The documents refer to East Timor, now known as Timor-Leste,
and were written by diplomats in the Australian embassy in Jakarta.
EUROPE Brexit and the Failure of the European Union Project
Mammone – Al Jazeera
Granting special powers back to member states essentially mean legitimising
Spain’s Radical Left Podemos Party Refuses to Sell Out
Mackey – The Intercept
During an impassioned speech to parliament, Iglesias said that his radical
left party, which is now Spain’s third largest, would not allow the
“miserable” leader of the more mainstream Socialists, Pedro Sánchez, to
become prime minister because he had adopted the economic policies of the
LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN Twilight of the Idols: Rise and Fall of the
James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service
Over the past three years Latin American leftist leaders, who presided over
heterodox ‘free trade’ and commodity based welfare economies, lost
presidential, legislative and municipal elections and referendums or faced
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA Kurds: Pawns and Kings in Syria and Iraq?
Nashashibi – Al Jazeera
The Kurdish issue is causing tensions within the US-led anti-ISIL coalition.
‘Plan B’ – Not an Enigma: Why the West Is Keen on Dividing the Arabs
Baroud – TRANSCEND Media Service
The Arab world has always been seen in western eyes as a place of conquest,
to be exploited, controlled and tamed. That mindset continues to define the
relationship. While Arab unity is to be dreaded, further divisions often
appear as ‘Plan B’, when the current status quo, call it ‘Plan A’, seems
impossible to sustain.
PALESTINE / ISRAEL In Israel, Racism Is the Law
White – Al Jazeera
Successive Israeli governments since 1948 are responsible for the
institutionalised discrimination against Palestinians. The Palestinians in
the West Bank and Gaza Strip, under military rule within this de facto
single state, are subjected to severe policies of discrimination and
segregation, as well as military brutality and repression.
UN: Israel Demolished 41 Palestinian Homes, a School in 1 Week
– TRANSCEND Media Service
The demolition took place in a Palestinian village called Khirbet Tana,
which is home to approximately 250 people who rely on herding and
agriculture for their livelihood, according to the U.N. report.
SYRIA IN DEPTH Why the Arabs Don’t Want Us in Syria
F. Kennedy, Jr, Politico – TRANSCEND Media Service
As we focus on the rise of the Islamic State and search for the source of
the savagery that took so many innocent lives in Paris and San Bernardino,
we might want to look beyond the convenient explanations of religion and
ideology. Instead we should examine the more complex rationales of history
and oil — and how they often point the finger of blame back at our own
ENVIRONMENT No Bliss in This Ignorance: The Great Fukushima Nuclear Cover-Up
Pentz Gunter – The Ecologist
Once you enter a radiation controlled area, you aren’t supposed to drink
water, let alone eat anything. The idea that somebody is living in a place
like that is unimaginable.
The Mercury Doesn’t Lie: We’ve Hit a Troubling Climate Change Milestone
McKibben – The Boston Globe
5 Mar 2016 – Thursday [3 Mar], while the nation debated the relative size
of Republican genitalia, something truly awful happened. Across the
northern hemisphere, the temperature, if only for a few hours, apparently
crossed a line: it was more than two degrees Celsius above “normal” for the
first time in recorded history and likely for the first time in the course
of human civilization.
MILITARISM Afghanistan War: Just What Was the Point?
Paton Walsh - CNN
Fatigue was always going to be the decider. Western fatigue with the
horrors their troops saw, and with the violence inflicted daily on Afghans
themselves. The fatigue of the financial cost, where a power station that
was barely ever switched on cost Uncle Sam a third of a billion dollars.
And the other fatigue — the one felt by the Taliban — mostly distinguished
by its absence; they felt only the tirelessness of their cause.
WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION Dragging Our Feet toward Disaster
Ira Helfand, PeaceVoice – TRANSCEND Media Service
A new policy-making body called the Open Ended Working Group will consider
ways to break the current impasse in efforts to reduce the danger of
nuclear war. The group was established by an overwhelming majority at the
UN. The U.S. and all of the other nuclear weapons states voted against and
are boycotting the meeting. Why?
Scrapping Trident and Transitioning to a Nuclear-Free World
Makwana, Share the World’s Resources – TRANSCEND Media Service
As the illicit trade in nuclear weapons escalates alongside the risk of
geopolitical conflict, it’s high time governments decisively prioritised
nuclear disarmament – and that means scrapping Trident, the UK’s
inordinately expensive nuclear deterrent, which would also facilitate the
redistribution of scarce public resources to fund essential services.
New Nuclear Hysteria in the Middle East
Kamal - Human Wrongs Watch
Now that the so-called P5+1group (US, UK, France, Russia and China, plus
Germany) few months ago concluded an agreement with Iran to prevent the
risk of an eventual military nuclear programme in exchange of lifting
massive Western sanctions, a new wave of nuclear hysteria seems to be in
ISIL and the Poor Man’s Nuke
Coffey – Al Jazeera
It’s only a matter of time before ISIL employs a dirty bomb either on the
streets of the West or in the towns of Syria. It is no surprise that a
terror group such as ISIL, which has declared its intent to acquire weapons
of mass destruction, would be eager to get its hands on enough radioactive
material for a dirty bomb.
RELIGION Grand Jury Finds 50 Priests Raped Hundreds of Philadelphia Children
Politicus USA – TRANSCEND Media Service
The wheels of justice didn’t turn at all in Philadelphia because the Church
concealed the crimes and protected the rapists.
HEALTH The Benefits of Aloe Vera for Your Heart
Edward Group, Global Healing Center – TRANSCEND Media Service
Aloe vera is great for flushing out toxins and waste from the digestive
tract , which in turn helps the body to absorb nutrients more
effectively. This also supports circulation and gets more oxygen-rich blood
to cells throughout the body. Today, we’ll look at how aloe vera supports
New Teflon Toxin Causes Cancer in Lab Animals
Lerner – The Intercept
3 Mar 2016 – The chemical introduced by DuPont in 2009 to replace the
surfactant PFOA causes many of the same health problems in lab tests that
the original chemical did, including cancer and reproductive problems,
according to documents obtained by The Intercept. PFOA, also known as C8,
was a key ingredient in Teflon.
A Chemical Shell Game: How DuPont Concealed the Dangers of the New Teflon
Lerner – The Intercept
3 Mar 2016 – Mark Strynar and Andrew Lindstrom walked down the muddy bank
of the Cape Fear River toward the water, sampling equipment in hand. It was
the summer of 2012, and the scientists, who both work for the Environmental
Protection Agency, were taking the first steps in what would be more than
two years of detective work. On the western bank of the river sits a large
plant built by DuPont.
Duty To Warn – Big Pharma’s Nefarious Control of Health Care and the
Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
G. Kohls, MD – TRANSCEND Media Service
Everybody should be aware by now of the large amount of control that
for-profit multinational corporations have over both state and federal
legislative bodies. But they also have a lot of control over the major
media, the “defense” spending priorities, educational institutions, many of
our medical schools and even what constitutes post-graduate medical
education for physicians.
HISTORY This Week in History
Ashikaga – TRANSCEND Media Service
Mar 7-13 QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “Our thoughts create our reality – where we put
our focus is the direction we tend to go.” – Peter McWilliams
March: This Month in Nuclear Threat History
W. Mason – Nuclear Age Peace Foundation
March 11, 2011 – After a large magnitude earthquake and a powerful tsunami
struck northeast Japan, three of the six nuclear reactors at Tokyo Electric
Power Company’s (TEPCO) Fukushima Dai-chi facility suffered partial
meltdowns resulting in the evacuation of tens of thousands of nearby
residents. Five years later, the disaster which has claimed more than
15,000 lives so far is an ongoing catastrophe.
POETRY FORMAT Message to Youth
<https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/message-to-youth/> David Krieger –
TRANSCEND Media Service
You are not required
to kill on command, to wear
a uniform, to camouflage yourself,
to place medals on your chest,
Read more... <https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/message-to-youth/>
IN OTHER LANGUAGES (Italiano) Imparare dalla matematica
Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service
Rendere noiosa la Regina è un crimine contro l’umanità. Smettetela.
(Español) Nueva Histeria Nuclear en Medio Oriente
Kamal – Inter Press Service-IPS
Ahora que el Organismo International de Energía Atómica anunció, el 18 de
enero, que había verificado que Irán completó los pasos que aseguran que su
programa nuclear será exclusivamente pacifico, una nueva ola de histeria
nuclear parece haberse desatado ahora en la región. Véase de que se trata.
(Italiano) Spagna: uno Stato, due, o cinque in alternativa?
Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service
Costruire una rete di relazioni verso altre nazioni all’interno e
all’esterno, in una comunità di nazioni, è nello spirito dei nostri tempi.
Imporre nazioni dominanti su altre in uno stato pretendendo l’unità, non lo
è. Né lo è il potere ereditario.
(Español) África crea zona de intercambio para 620 millones de consumidores
Kamal y Fareed Mahdy
24 feb 2016 – Más de 1.500 representantes de sectores financieros privados,
expertos y líderes políticos decidieron el 20 y 21 de este mes lanzar el
mayor bloque de intercambio comercial de África, de 26 países que suman 620
millones consumidores y un PIB de 1.200 billones de dólares.
(Italiano) L’etica della semplicità volontaria
Salio – Centro Studi Sereno Regis
Tratto da: Cinzia Picchioni, Semplifichiamo! Semplicità volontaria in
pillole, Edizioni L’Età dell’Acquario, Torino 2015. In ricordo di Nanni, a
un mese dalla morte… Ciao Nanni!
(Français) Traité transpacifique ou le règne des multinationales
Claude, Le Journal de Notre Amérique - Investig’Action
Le TPP (Accord de partenariat Trans-pacifique), qui a été signé le 5
octobre dernier entre les États-Unis et 11 pays (Australie, Brunei, Canada,
Chili, Japon, Mexique, Malaisie, Nouvelle-Zélande, Pérou, Singapour et
Vietnam) et que la Présidente du Chili, Michelle Bachelet, est sur le point
de ratifier, n’est autre qu’un pas de plus vers le nouvel ordre économique
mondial où les grandes puissances économiques agissent en toute impunité et
jouissent d’un pouvoir sans limite.
(Português) São Paulo, a 1ª Cidade do Brasil a Proibir o Comércio de Peles
Planeta Que Temos – TRANSCEND Media Service
3 Mar 2016 – Depois de receber um abaixo-assinado com cerca de 100 mil
assinaturas, a prefeitura de São Paulo atendeu à reivindicação da população
e pôs fim a duas atividades de extrema crueldade animal: a fabricação e
venda de foie gras e o comércio de peles de animais.
SHORT VIDEO CLIPS Peace Train (MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK)
Stevens/Yusuf Islam – TRANSCEND Media Service
Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) plays Peace Train live on his Earth Tour, 1976.
JOKE OF THE WEEK Map <https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/map/> Ludo
Goderis – TRANSCEND Media Service
You are here.
Read more... <https://www.transcend.org/tms/2016/03/map/>
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