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PEACE JOURNALISM PERSPECTIVE
Johan Galtung – TRANSCEND Media Service
The violence pandemic continues, unabated, particularly in the USA. There is interest in peace but not much in doing anything about it. And even less in what this column recommends with 60 years experience: identify and solve underlying conflicts, concile underlying traumas. Not easy. But feasible, if the will is there. A 2-point agenda.
Leeds Beckett University – TRANSCEND Media Service
Dr Jake Lynch, former BBC newsreader, Political Correspondent for Sky News and Sydney Correspondent for the Independent. Jake is now the Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and is one of the most published authors in the field of Peace Journalism.
FEATURED RESEARCH PAPER
Prof. Johan Galtung - TRANSCEND Media Service
1974 – The goal of this very simple exploration has been not to lose contact with the socially relevant. One socially relevant factor is what might be called structural imagination, where a look at a textbook of organic chemistry and a textbook of, say, sociology, gives a clear indication of where this factor is more developed. Social scientists talk about human and social variety, the specialists in organic chemistry not only talk about it, but present it and produce it. In this there is much to learn, but there is also much to learn from the way chemistry has managed to integrate empirical and constructive approaches.
TMS PEACE JOURNALISM
Abbas Aroua | Cordoba Foundation of Geneva – TRANSCEND Media Service
Training journalists in the concepts and techniques of peace journalism, is to promote access to properly established information, to make people understand the causes and issues of conflict, and finally to encourage the participation of society in the peaceful transformation of these conflicts.
Antonio C. S. Rosa | Editor - TRANSCEND Media Service
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— John Scales Avery, Ph.D. – Chairman, Danish National Group, Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs (Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1995), Foreign Member, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Sciences
United Nations General Assembly – TRANSCEND Media Service
Resolution 71/189 adopted by the General Assembly on 19 Dec 2016
BY TRANSCEND MEMBERS
David Adams | Transition to a Culture of Peace – TRANSCEND Media Service
1 May 2018 – Johan Galtung predicted the crash of the Soviet empire within one year, and he predicts the end of the American empire within the next two years. If he is correct, the crash of the global economy is likely to come before the threatened wars, before the full development of fascism, and before the full effects of global warming. And if he is correct, it will provide us with a window of opportunity in the next two years to refound the global political system.
David Krieger – TRANSCEND Media Service
The U.S. should take him up on this offer. As the two most powerful nuclear powers on the planet, with enough nuclear weapons to end civilization as we know it and possibly the human species, the two countries need to be engaged in productive and good-faith negotiations to end the nuclear weapons threat to each other and to all humanity.
Mazin Qumsiyeh – TRANSCEND Media Service
2 May 2018 – Decades of Zionist colonialism transformed the Palestinian people from among the most economically and educationally advanced in Western Asia to
its most dependent and desperate. It is the world’s sole remaining unresolved case of colonialism, and it will be settled in the same manner as it has been in more than 140 other countries: by sharing the land and agreeing to coexist. Until this freedom and equality is achieved, Palestinians will continue to resist.
Rick Sterling – RT
4 May 2018 – When McLaren falsely claimed that “Over 1,000 Russian athletes were complicit in doping,” it was front-page news in Western media. Now that Russian athletes are being acquitted of doping violations, and relatively few are found guilty, the Western media is silent.
Uri Avnery | Gush Shalom – TRANSCEND Media Service
5 May 2018 – Ben-Gurion said about her: “The only thing Golda knows how to do is to hate!” Golda Meir did not hate me. That would be an understatement. She detested me. The way I speak, the way I dress, the way I look. Everything.
C R Abrar – The Daily Star (Bangladesh)
5 May 2018 – The charade is exposed when the UK UNSC representative told BBC in Burma on May 1 that there is no difference between Burma’s domestic investigation and international investigation as long as Aung San Suu Kyi accepts and launches the investigation with the help of the Security Council. What could be crueller for the victims of genocide than the SC openly lending its collective assistance to the genocidal government to conduct such investigation into its own crimes?
Anthony Judge | Laetus in Praesens – TRANSCEND Media Service
Cognitive Challenges of Embodying Reality Otherwise
Christophe Barbey – TRANSCEND Media Service
The best prevention of suicide is to be able to live, in dignity, a serene and gratifying life. To choose to live and to lead a happy life is a personal choice reinforcing this prevention process. – As Such, It Is a State Duty Switzerland Recognized
Walid Salem – TRANSCEND Media Service
The Arab Summit held in Saudi Arabia in the 15th of April passed this year without attracting media attention. Strong decisions about Palestine and Iran, and a deep split regarding Syria. In Israel, there were almost no responses to the Arab Summit resolutions. The Israeli plans in regard to Jerusalem continued as if nothing happened.
Dr Ravi P Bhatia – TRANSCEND Media Service
7 May 2018 – Large number of people around the world are leading stressful, tension prone lives. This is due to several factors – economic, ageing and health related, racial and caste issues, violence and terrorist activities to name few principal ones. A resultant factor is poverty, loneliness and social isolation.
Edward Curtin, Jr. – TRANSCEND Media Service
Those titular words were sent to me by Fr. Daniel Berrigan shortly before he died.
Anthony J. Marsella, Ph.D. – TRANSCEND Media Service
5 May 2018 – Perhaps it would be helpful to keep before us the various aspirations for society’s models supportive of nature and human life. Idealistic? Of course! But, if we deny the possible, then reality fills the gaps with less than laudatory choices.
Franklin Lamb – TRANSCEND Media Service
Law Number 10 sets in motion a massive political and legal overhaul of the government land registry and gives Syrian refugees, whether inside the country or abroad just 30 days to prove ownership of their houses and property. As of today, 4 May 2018, they have one week and if they fail to do so the state will liquidate their titles and seize their holdings.
Richard Falk | Global Justice in the 21st Century – TRANSCEND Media Service
1 May 2018 – It occurs to me that two additional impressions of Indonesia seem relevant enough to be worth a short supplement to my post of a few days ago.
Maged Srour – Inter Press Service-IPS
30 Apr 2018 – Organ trafficking, also defined as ‘illegal organ trade’, ‘transplant tourism’ or ‘organ purchase’ describes the phenomenon of trafficking in persons for the purpose of organ removal, a grim reality in the 21st century. “People who are rich are able to buy organs and it’s the poor who end up being the source of these organs.”
Prof. James Petras – TRANSCEND Media Service
In recent years US imperial strategy has sought to lessen the cost of defeating and overthrowing independent countries.
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould – Consortium News
29 Apr 2018 – With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the creation of the so called Wolfowitz Doctrine in 1992 during the administration of George Herbert Walker Bush, the United States claimed the mantle of the world’s first and only Unipower with the intention of crushing any nation or system that would oppose it in the future. The New World Order, foreseen just a few short years ago, becomes more disorderly by the day.
Paul Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Gould – Consortium News
How Neo-Conservatives, Behind the Scenes, Took Control of U.S. Foreign Policy
Anya van Wagtendonk | Youth Today – TRANSCEND Media Service
30 Apr 2018 —The inspiration comes from ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ by Nobel Peace Prize nominee, dramaturge Augusto Boal, a ramification of Paulo Freire’s seminal book, ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed.’ Both educators were Brazilian.
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA
Juan Cole | Informed Comment – TRANSCEND Media Service
1 May 2018 – Netanyahu even seems to have provoked the White House to issue a communique falsely stating that Iran has a weapons program presently, which it promptly had to retract. The incident shows how easy it is to manipulate the erratic Trump and his not-ready-for-prime-time staff.
Gareth Porter - Consortium News
3 May 2018 – Benjamin Netanyahu’s stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too.
PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Jakob Reimann – New Matilda
30 Apr 2018 – Over the past month, Israel has slaughtered almost 50 unarmed Palestinians protesting the theft of their land and the oppression under which they live.
Mark Zeitoun and Ghassan Abu Sitta – The Conversation
27 Apr 2018 – Undrinkable drinking water is just one example of how blockades and war have permeated an entire ecosystem. A combination of repeated Israeli attacks and the sealing of its borders by Israel and Egypt have left the territory unable to process its water or waste.
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish – TRANSCEND Media Service
2 May 2018 – The ‘ultimate deal’ is the realization of the Holy Land is the land of peace. In partnership, Palestinians and Israelis can all live in this land – Muslims, Christians and Jews – as equal citizens of Abrahamic faiths. Heal the wounds, and wipe the tears. Do not look backwards – look forward and learn the lessons.
Gregory Shupak | FAIR-Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting – TRANSCEND Media Service
30 Apr 2018 – Corporate media help set the terms of debate about the issues they cover by pointing toward specific sets of questions and ignoring others. When news outlets highlight particular points of contention, they encourage audiences to see these as the central aspects of the story and discourage consideration of other facets of the topic. Recent reporting on the Palestinians’ Great Return March offers a case study in how news media establish truncated, distorted parameters of discussion.
Niles Niemuth | WSWS – TRANSCEND Media Service
4 May 2018 – Global military spending hit a record of more than $1.7 trillion in 2017, the highest level since the Cold War, according to figures published yesterday by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The report gives some idea of the scale of the squandering of resources for destructive ends.
Philip M. Giraldi | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service
30 Apr 2018 – Today’s false flag operations are generally carried out by intelligence agencies and non-government actors including terrorist groups. There is nothing honorable about them as their intention is to blame an innocent party for something that it did not do. There has been a lot of such activity lately. The CIA has developed a capability to mimic the Internet fingerprints of other foreign intelligence services. False flags can be involved in other sorts of activity as well.
SOCIALISM - MARXISM
Nigel Gibson – The Conversation
4 May 2018 – Marx viewed capitalism as a living hell that chewed up human life. It was the workers’ way of knowing, their self-organisation, that interested him as it spoke to the necessity of a dual movement: uprooting capitalism and developing a new society based on human needs. Thinking with Marx on his 200th birthday means recognising the importance of thought in this confrontation.
Michael Hudson – CounterPunch
Speech at Peking University’s School of Marxist Studies, May 5-6, 2018 – Volumes II and III of Marx’s Capital describe how debt grows exponentially, burdening the economy with carrying charges.
Emily Kawano | The Next System Project – TRANSCEND Media Service
1 May 2018 – This paper presents a vision of an alternative economic system that puts people and the planet at its core. More than an academic model, Solidarity Economy is an organizing strategy that seeks to transform all sectors of our economy by proliferating and connecting existing practices outside the mainstream of capitalism. The goal is to ultimately move the system away from a focus just on what works for homo economicus and towards an economy grounded in solidarity, equity, participatory democracy, sustainability, and pluralism.
Gary Brumback | Dissident Voice – TRANSCEND Media Service
2 May 2018 – This article burrows into a sector that I call the “underworld of banksters.” A bankster is a bank or banker that relies on illegal or unethical wrongdoing in their financial dealings. The wrongdoing to be found in their underworld is monumental and incalculable in size and harm done.
New Matilda – TRANSCEND Media Service
War. What is it good for? Well, the economy, stupid. And conversely, if the prospects of war reduce, you can pretty much guess what happens to the fortunes of major defence companies.
Doyle Rice - USA Today
4 May 2018 – Carbon dioxide — the gas scientists say is most responsible for global warming — reached its highest level in recorded history last month, at 410 parts per million. This amount is highest in at least the past 800,000 years, according to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography.
ANIMAL RIGHTS - VEGETARIANISM
Glenn Greenwald – The Intercept
4 May 2018 – With the agricultural industry’s “ag-gag” laws dying in court, it appears to be turning to new tactics to silence activists and journalists who expose its abuses. This article includes graphic images and video some readers may find disturbing.
Martha Rosenberg | Intrepid Report – TRANSCEND Media Service
30 Apr 2018 – Antidepressants were once considered a short-term therapy to help people get over a troubled time. All that changed with the debut of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants, drug ads on TV, and the promotion of the “chemical imbalance” theory of depression.
In a period of rapid change as we face today, it is often difficult to find the right balance between the cultural contributions and needs of the local, the national, and the universal. One way of finding this balance is to look at the life and work of others, who earlier confronted the same challenges. One such person was the poet, writer and cultural reformer Rabindranath Tagore.
Prof. Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service
Al was walking home from school. Suddenly he saw that the boy in front of him had fallen and dropped a large pile of books and other things that he was carrying. Al bent down and helped him pick up the scattered items.
David Krieger - TRANSCEND Media Service
The years of war have numbed us,
grinding us down as they pile up one upon
the other forming a burial mound not only
IN ORIGINAL LANGUAGES
Elena Camino – Centro Studi Sereno Regis
2 maggio 2018 – Con il termine AMOC, acronimo dell’inglese Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation, si intende una delle componenti più importanti del sistema climatico terrestre. E’ comunemente detto anche Sistema della Corrente del Golfo.
Romain Migus | El Medium – TRANSCEND Media Service
El 20 de mayo de 2018, se celebrará la elección presidencial en Venezuela. El sistema mediático ha empezado a crear matrices de opinion negativas contra el sistema electoral con el objetivo de deslegitimizar el proceso electoral. Este artículo es para que puedas comprender la complejidad de la situación en Venezuela.
Thayná Soares - ANDA Agência de Notícias de Direitos Animais
5 maio 2018 – A empresa de engenharia alemã Nat-2 criou recentemente um sapato vegano de alta qualidade, feito de uma mistura de cogumelo e fungos que imita couro animal.
Vijay Prashad | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service
La population du Yémen a désespérément besoin de signes que cette guerre va bientôt prendre fin.
Robert J. Burrowes, Anita McKone & Anahata Giri | Pressenza – TRANSCEND Media Service
23 abril 2018- Nuestro esfuerzo colectivo para construir un consenso mundial contra el uso de la violencia en todos los contextos continúa progresando, ¡incluso en contra de obstáculos abrumadores!
Misión Verdad | Investig’Action – TRANSCEND Media Service
26 Avr 2018 – Les similitudes entre l’escalade de violence qui a été menée à bien au Nicaragua ces derniers jours et les guarimbas organisées par l’anti-chavisme aussi bien en 2014 qu’en 2017 sont nombreuses. Non seulement en ce qui concerne ceux qui financent ces opérations mais aussi dans le mode opératoire, tant dans la rue que dans les médias et sur les réseaux sociaux. Ci-après, sept comparaisons qui le confirment.
David Arioch | Jornalismo Cultural – TRANSCEND Media Service
26 abr 2018 – O renomado músico e ativista vegano Richad Melville Hall, mais conhecido como Moby, abriu hoje uma loja online depois de firmar uma parceria com o mercado online reverb.com para vender mais de 100 peças de seus instrumentos e equipamentos musicais pessoais.
SHORT VIDEO CLIPS
btselem – TRANSCEND Media Service
24 Apr 2018 – Filmed by B’Tselem Volunteers Mu’awiyah Nassar and Ahmad Ziyadah.
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwoʻole – TRANSCEND Media Service
Israel “Iz” Kaʻanoʻi Kamakawiwoʻole, in Hawaiian, The Fearless Eyed was a Hawaiian musician and sovereignty activist. Thousands of fans gathered as his ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Mākua Beach, Hawai’i on July 12, 1997. This video documents the event. RIP dear friend, 350 kg of heart.
EDITORIAL CARTOON / SATIRE
Latuff – MintPress News
JOKE OF THE WEEK
Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service
Dan was a single guy living at home with his father and working in the family business.
“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, M.A.
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