22/05/2019

Stop a U.S. War on Iran!

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By James Albertini | Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action – TRANSCEND Media Service

US Bombers & War Ships ring Iran as IRS & Lawyers encircle Trump!

Watch for staged events to “justify” a U.S. attack to distract –- pointing to external enemies as the “real threat!”.

How dare they put their country so close to U.S. bases!

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22/05/2019

Ethiopia, Where Humanity Began Its Long March

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By Fernando Ayala*

It all started in Africa. It all started in Ethiopia. It all started with Lucy.

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It all started with Lucy
It all started with Lucy | Image from Wall Street International.
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21 May 2019 (Wall Street International)* – 3.2 million years ago Lucy, our first known ancestor, was born of a simian mother differentiating herself from her thanks to the evolution of her genes that allowed her to stand on two feet and start walking. This happened in Africa, in Hadar in the Awash Valley, 159 kms from Addis Ababa, in today’s Ethiopia.
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We all descend from Lucy, including the slavers, colonialists and white supremacists of yesterday and today.
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22/05/2019

The Faux Revolution of Mindfulness

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By Ronald Purser*

McMindfulness is the new capitalist spirituality.

Thai Ronald McDonald | Flickr/Daniel Grosvenor. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

19 May 2019 (openDemocracy)* — According to its backers we’re in the midst of a “mindfulness revolution.” Jon Kabat-Zinn, recently dubbed the “father of mindfulness,” goes so far as to proclaim that we’re on the verge of a global renaissance, and that mindfulness “may actually be the only promise the species and the planet have for making it through the next couple hundred years.”

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22/05/2019

Apocalypse!

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By Dr. Naresh Jotwani – TRANSCEND Media Service

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A Martian on reconnaissance mission to earth may well include the following in the report to HQ:

Conflicts rage amongst human beings almost all over Planet Earth. At any given time, many of these conflicts simmer just under the surface, while others flare out in the open. The root cause of conflicts is always land or other resources – such as oil, natural gas, human labour, water, minerals and so on.  

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22/05/2019

Tripoli Violence Could Spark ‘Long and Bloody War’ across Region – Top UN Official Warns Security Council

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The damage done to Libya will already take “years to mend” but unless fighting around the capital Tripoli stops, the country risks “descending into a civil war which could lead to the permanent division of the country”.

UN Photo/Loey Felipe | Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), briefs the Security Council on the situation in Libya. (21 May 2019)
That was the blunt assessment of UN Special Representative to Libya, Ghassan Salamé,  who also heads the UNSMILSupport Mission, briefing the Security Council on Tuesday [21 May 2019], following weeks of intensifying conflict in and around the outskirts of Tripoli, instigated by the self-styled Libyan National Army forces of General Khalif Haftar who also leads a parallel administration based in the eastern city of Benghazi.

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21/05/2019

UN’s Mandate to Protect Human Rights Takes Another Hit

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UNITED NATIONS, May 20 2019 (IPS) The UN’s longstanding mandate to promote and protect human rights worldwide –- undermined recently by right-wing nationalist governments and authoritarian regimes – has taken another hit.

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The Geneva-based Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says six of the UN’s 10 treaty bodies are being forced to cancel their sessions this year due to financial reasons.

The situation has been described as “an unprecedented consequence of some UN member States delaying payments due to the Organisation.” Continue reading

21/05/2019

Attacking Iran Would Mean Global Disaster

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By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

On Monday, 13 May 2019, the New York Times posted an article with the title “White House Reviews Military Plans against Iran in Echoes of Iraq War”. Besides the aircraft carrier and other naval forces already sent to the Persian Gulf, plans include sending as many as 120,000 US troops to the region. There is a great danger that an attack on Iran might be sparked by a Gulf-of-Tonkin-like false flag incident involving Saudi oil ships.

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John Scales Avery

Why is this threat especially worrying? Such a war would completely destabilize the already-unstable Middle East.

In Pakistan, the unpopularity of the US-Israel alliance, as well as the memory of numerous atrocities, might lead to the overthrow of Pakistan’s less-than-stable government.

Israel’s response might be a preemptive attack on Pakistan’s nuclear installations. Russia and China might also be drawn into the conflict. There would be a grave danger of escalation into a full-scale nuclear war. Continue reading

21/05/2019

Children in Crisis-Torn Eastern Ukraine ‘Too Terrified to Learn’ amid Spike in Attacks on Schools

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Schoolchildren are bearing long-lasting mental and physical scars of eastern Ukraine’s conflict, the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Monday [20 May 2019], as the agency warned of an “alarming” increase in attacks on schools during the first four months of 2019.

UNICEF/Filippov | Sonia’s classmate and friend Oleksii also remembers the date his school was shelled for the first time, because it was his father’s birthday…
Since the start of eastern Ukraine’s five-year conflict, more than 750 educational facilities on both sides have been damaged or destroyed, UNICEF said, explaining that there has been a four-fold increase in attacks on schools during the first four months of the year, compared to the same period in 2018.
21/05/2019

Targeting Iran

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By Chandra Muzaffar – TRANSCEND Media Service*

A dangerous flashpoint has emerged in world politics at the moment. There is widespread fear that the United States and its allies might launch a military operation against Iran at any time.

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A US aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers are already deployed in the region.

The alleged sabotage of four oil tankers, two of them Saudi, and the attack on a major oil pipeline are being linked in certain circles without an iota of evidence to Tehran. There is no need to repeat that scenarios of this sort are often manufactured to justify military aggression.

For more than a year now since unilaterally repudiating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal forged between Iran and six world powers, the US has not only re-imposed economic sanctions upon Iran but has also forced other states that trade with Iran to reduce drastically their interaction with Tehran. Continue reading

21/05/2019

Understanding NATO, Ending War

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By Robert J. Burrowes*

DAYLESFORD, Australia, 20 May 2019 On 4 April 2019, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, better known as NATO, marked the 70th anniversary of its existence with a conference attended by the foreign ministers of member nations in Washington DC. This will be complemented by a meeting of the heads of state of member nations in London next December.

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Robert J. Burrowes

Coinciding with the anniversary event on 4 April, peace activists and concerned scholars in several countries conducted a variety of events to draw attention to, and further document, the many war crimes and other atrocities committed by NATO (sometimes by deploying its associate and crony terrorist armies – ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al Nusra – recruited and trained by the CIA and funded by Saudi Arabia, other Gulf countries and the US directly or through one or other of its many agencies: see ‘NATO – No Need – NATO-EXIT: The Florence Declaration’), the threat that NATO poses to global peace and security as an appendage of the US military, and to consider ways that NATO might be terminated.

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