Wednesday, March 14, 2018

"The Israeli parliament has passed a law that allows the minister of interior to revoke the residency rights of any Palestinian in Jerusalem on grounds of a 'breach of loyalty' to Israel. ...

Under the new measure, Israel's Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, leader of the ultra-Orthodox political party Shas, will be able to strip the residency documents of any Palestinian whom he deems a threat. Hanan Ashrawi, a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO), described the law as "an extremely racist piece of legislation. 

'By unethically stripping the residency of Palestinians from Jerusalem and depriving the rights of those Palestinians to remain in their own city, the Israeli government is acting in defiance of international law and is violating international human rights and humanitarian laws,' said Ashrawi."

-->The ethnic cleansing of Jerusalem is about the same as the ethnic cleansing of the entire West Bank. No mainstream US media reported this, including the NYT. No wonder Americans don't know about Israeli war crimes.


Common Dreams:
"Citing a raging humanitarian crisis as well as constitutional law, more than three dozen legal scholars, human rights advocates, and former officials urged  the U.S. Senate on Thursday to back a proposal that would end U.S. involvement in the war in Yemen.

Yale Law School professor Bruce Ackerman, Nobel Peace Laureates Jody Williams and Tawakkol Karman, and former U.S. ambassador Stephen Seche were among the experts who sent a letter to every senator asking them to support a resolution proposed by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Mike Lee (R-Utah) to remove U.S. forces from the conflict in Yemen, as no military action there has been authorized by Congress.
'We strongly encourage you and your Senate colleagues to co-sponsor and vote for S.J. Res 54, which defends the constitutional linchpin of Congress's sole authority to declare war and promises to help end what aid groups consider the worst humanitarian crisis in the world,' the letter stated."

-->The NYT didn't think this story was worth printing. Our "newspaper of record" has a hard time coming out against US military action, even though the bombing of Yemen is approaching a genocide. 


The Guardian UK:
"Nearly half of US arms exports over the past five years have gone to the war-stricken Middle East, with Saudi Arabia consolidating its place as the world’s second biggest importer, a report has shown.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) said on Monday that global transfer of major weapons systems between 2013 and 2017 rose by 10% compared with the five-year period before that, in a continuation of an upward trend that began two decades ago. 

The US, which is the world’s biggest exporter, increased its sales between those two periods by 25%. It supplied arms to as many as 98 states worldwide, accounting for more than a third of global exports."

-->Oh how sweet those wars in the Middle East are to US weapons makers. Billions are being made on the backs of homeless families and starving children. A virtual heaven on earth for Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Bechtel, Textron to name the top six US firms. Why spoil the gravy train by reporting this story? The NYT, notoriously in bed with these weapons makers, didn't print this study. 

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

972 Mag:
"Christian leaders announced that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the holiest sites in all of Christianity, will be closed indefinitely to protest a Knesset bill that will allow the government to seize church land, as well as a plan to tax church property.

In a statement released Sunday, the heads of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Armenian churches, the bodies responsible for governing the Holy Sepulcher and other Christian holy sites, denounced what they are calling 'a systematic' and 'offensive' campaign 'against the Churches and Christian community in the Holy Land, in flagrant violation of the existing Status Quo.' "

-->The NYT doesn't carry too many stories critical of Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank. It omitted this one too.


Common Dreams:
"The non-partisan RAND Corporation's sweeping new analysis on gun policy in the U.S. reveals that gun violence would be reduced with stricter laws restricting access to firearms—but also stresses that efforts to complete research on the issue have often been stymied by a lack of resources, due to a funding freeze that was pushed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) decades ago.

Despite the lack of research to draw from, RAND's findings did point to the conclusion that laws to prevent children from accessing firearms can decrease suicides and unintentional injuries or deaths and that universal background checks would lead to a drop in suicides and violent crimes. Concealed-carry and stand-your-ground laws—both backed by the NRA—were also found to increase violent crimes. ...

The RAND Corporation points to a 1996 measure passed by Congress, known as the Dickey Amendment, which slashed $2.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) budget shortly after the agency published a study on the risks associated with having a gun in the home."

-->Amazing that the funds for studying gun violence were slashed by the NRA. Not amazing to readers of the NYT because the story wasn't carried. 


Common Dreams:
"Pushback on the left to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continued on Friday with a trio of groups launching a campaign directed at DCCC chairman Ben Ray Luján demanding the political committee 'stop undermining progressive values.'

'Right now,' said Heidi Hess, co-director of CREDO Action, 'the DCCC's advice to candidates and its failure to fully embrace candidates of color is standing in the way of progress. That's why we're demanding that the DCCC immediately stop its shortsighted and unhelpful attacks on progressive values.' ...

'Their consultant-driven strategy seems to prefer milquetoast candidates who they believe can appeal to moderate Republicans over progressive candidates of color. This is what systemic racism looks like,'  Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats."

-->The NYT did not report this story, probably because our "newspaper of record" prefers corporate Democrats to real progressives. It likes the Dems just the way they are.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

The Guardian:
"The risk of dying as a newborn in the US is only slightly lower than the risk for babies in Sri Lanka and Ukraine, according to Unicef.

A report by the UN children’s agency found that five newborn babies die around the world every minute – a total of about 2.6 million a year. The figure was described as 'alarmingly high', not least because 80% of the deaths were from preventable causes. ...

But a country’s income explains only part of the story. In Kuwait and the US, both high-income countries, the newborn mortality rate is respectively 4.4 and 3.7 deaths for every 1,000 live births, only slightly better than Sri Lanka and Ukraine, where the respective rates are 5.3 and 5.4."

-->The NYT often avoids this type of bad news story. What if people started demanding universal healthcare to protect their newborns? CNN did the story, but focused on the most dangerous countries to be born in. 


Common Dreams:
"Bottled water companies have relied on predatory marketing practices and exorbitant lobbying efforts to sell Americans on the inaccurate belief that pre-packaged water is cleaner and safer than tap water—a notion that is costing U.S. households about $16 billion per year.

In a new report entitled 'Take Back the Tap,' Food & Water Watch explains that 64 percent of bottled water comes from municipal tap water sources—meaning that Americans are often unknowingly paying for water that would otherwise be free or nearly free. A gallon of bottled water costs about $9.50—nearly 2,000 times the price of tap water for municipal taxpayers. ...

The bottled water industry has an enormous environmental footprint, using about four billion pounds of plastic for packaging in 2016—which required an energy input equal to at least 45 million barrels of oil."

-->The big bottling companies use predatory marketing? The NYT doesn't print  anti-corporate stories like this. Most of the US mainstream media didn't cover the report either.


The Guardian:
"The head of the main United Nations agency supporting Palestinian refugees has warned that the organisation is facing the most severe funding crisis in its history, threatening its support to an estimated 5.3 million people, including more than 400,000 inside Syria.

Pierre Krähenbühl, commissioner general of the UN Relief and Works Agency, added that cuts in support to the already impoverished and demoralised population his organisation supports – many of them victims of recent conflict – risked radicalising a new generation of young Palestinians.

The UNRWA, which provides education, medical care and emergency assistance to Palestinian refugees, is facing a shortfall of almost one-third of its budget, in large part because of the Trump administration’s decision to withhold much of its funding."

-->The US threatening to starve millions of Palestinians? The NYT didn't print this story. One has to read the foreign press to understand some of the worst crimes of the American empire.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Guardian:
"Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, together with Everytown for Gun Safety, launched a campaign on Friday which it says will 'empower voters to find out where candidates stand on gun safety'.

'Throw them out' will target members of Congress who are 'beholden to the gun lobby', Moms Demand Action said. They’ve set up five steps people can follow to pressure lawmakers, including how to get politicians on the record as committing to stricter gun control and a tool to encourage friends to vote.

The campaign uses a Washington Post interactive to help people track donations by the National Rifle Association. It means voters can understand which of their representatives have received money from the lobbying organization. Moms Demand Action is aiming to elect politicians who will fight for gun safety and 'throw out' those who oppose stricter gun laws.

-->The NYT ran a story about emotional support, how parents of murdered children seek peace through connection with other grieving parents. Another story points to activism as a way for survivors to cope. But does either story discuss the new activism that is sweeping the country, identifying who gets the money from the NRA? "Throw them out" wasn't mentioned; too close to real political activism that our newspaper of record often keeps from its readers. 


The Guardian:
"As dignitaries and civil society gather in The Hague this week to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the Court stands poised to demonstrate its maturity as it weighs a request to investigate members of the US Central Intelligence Agency and the US armed forces for torture and other serious crimes committed in Afghanistan or in Eastern Europe in the so-called 'war on terror.'

A criminal investigation of US torture – and other serious crimes in Afghanistan – is long overdue.

In November, the ICC prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, lodged a request to open a formal investigation following a decade-long preliminary investigation into possible international crimes committed in Afghanistan since it became a member of the court in May 2003, as well as to related crimes in other member states since July 2002."

-->The ICC about to investigate the US for war crimes? A big story, but not covered by the NYT or much of the US media. Sure, the NYT carried an AP - Asia Pacific story on its website. But that is often the way the newspaper buries news critical of the US empire. 


Common Dreams:
"Two and half weeks after President Donald Trump rejected the idea of peace talks with Taliban, the militant group published an open letter to the American people urging them to pressure their government to end the occupation of Afghanistan, now in its 17th year, and engage in peace talks.

The letter, published on the group's website, denounces the Bush administration's justification for launching the invasion, as well as the Trump administration, which 'again ordered the perpetuation of the same illegitimate occupation and war against the Afghan people.'

'No matter what title or justification is presented by your undiscerning authorities for the war in Afghanistan, the reality is that tens of thousands of helpless Afghans including women and children were martyred by your forces, hundreds of thousands were injured and thousands more were incarcerated in Guantanamo, Bagram, and various other secret jails and treated in such a humiliating way that has not only brought shame upon humanity but is also a violation of all claims of American culture and civilization,' the letter states.

-->Ouch! such bitter truths about our invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. The NYT times keeps such divisive condemnations out of the public eye by not printing this letter to the American people. The US empire thrives on endless wars, and our media plays its part by hiding peace initiatives like this. 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Guardian:
"California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show. Officers expressed sympathy with white supremacists and sought their help to target counter-protesters after a violent 2016 rally, according to court documents.

California police investigating a violent white nationalist event worked with white supremacists in an effort to identify counter-protesters and sought the prosecution of activists with 'anti-racist' beliefs, court documents show.
The records, which also showed officers expressing sympathy with white supremacists and trying to protect a neo-Nazi organizer’s identity, were included in a court briefing from three anti-fascist activists who were charged with felonies after protesting at a Sacramento rally. ...

Defense lawyers said the case at the state capital offers the latest example of US law enforcement appearing to align with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups while targeting anti-fascist activists and Donald Trump protesters after violent clashes."

-->Police aligned with neo-Nazis? You would think that the NYT would cover this story, but it didn't. Our "newspaper of record" joins the California police force in letting neo-Nazis off the hook, while demonizing ant racist and anti fascist protesters.


Common Dreams:
"Siding With Monsanto, GOP Threatens to Cut Off WHO Funds Over Glyphosate Finding. ...'Fundamentally, this hearing is about the ability of a public health agency to call a carcinogen a carcinogen, even if it makes a huge amount of money for a powerful corporation.'  —Jennifer Sass, Natural Resources Defense Council

During a House Science Committee hearing on Tuesday, Republican lawmakers sided with the chemical industry in questioning the International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IARC) classification of glyphosate—the key ingredient in the Monsanto-produced weedkiller Roundup—as a probable carcinogen and threatened to cut off the agency's funding.

IARC, a branch of the World Health Organization, immediately came under fire from industry groups and right-wing lawmakers after arguing in 2015 that the scientific literature shows glyphosate 'probably' causes cancer in humans."

-->The NYT didn't cover this story of Big Ag trying to cover up the fact that Roundup is a cancer causing product. Much of the mainstream media is similarly in bed with Monsanto. Hardly any media picked up this AP story.


The Intercept:
"Lie after lie: what Colin Powell knew about Iraq 15 years ago and what he told the UN.

As much criticism as Powell received for this — he’s called it 'painful' and something that will 'always be a part of my record' — it hasn’t been close to what’s justified. Powell, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush, was much more than just horribly mistaken: He fabricated 'evidence' and ignored repeated warnings that what he was saying was false.

Unfortunately, Congress never investigated Powell’s use of the intelligence he was given, so we don’t know many of the specifics. Even so, what did reach the public record in other ways is extremely damning. While the corporate media has never taken a close look at this record, we can go through Powell’s presentation line by line to demonstrate the chasm between what he knew and what he told the world. As you’ll see, there’s quite a lot to say about it."

-->Our mainstream media, on the contrary, has absolutely nothing to say about Powell's fabrication of evidence and outright lies. Examples of US imperialism always goes down the memory hole, leaving most citizens unaware of how our government lies to us when we go to war.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Popular Resistance:
"In 2017, U.S. Special Operations forces, including Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets, deployed to 149 countries around the world, according to figures provided to TomDispatch by U.S. Special Operations Command.  That’s about 75% of the nations on the planet and represents a jump from the 138 countries that saw such deployments in 2016 under the Obama administration.  It’s also a jump of nearly 150% from the last days of George W. Bush’s White House. ...

'Most Americans would be amazed to learn that U.S. Special Operations Forces have been deployed to three quarters of the nations on the planet,' observes William Hartung, the director of the Arms and Security Project at the Center for International Policy. 'There is little or no transparency as to what they are doing in these countries and whether their efforts are promoting security or provoking further tension and conflict.' ...

'Since 9/11, we expanded the size of our force by almost 75% in order to take on mission-sets that are likely to endure,” SOCOM’s Thomas told the Senate Armed Services Committee in May.  Since 2001, from the pace of operations to their geographic sweep, the activities of U.S. Special Operations forces (SOF) have, in fact, grown in every conceivable way. On any given day, about 8,000 special operators — from a command numbering roughly 70,000 — are deployed in approximately 80 countries.' "

-->The staggering sweep of US military operations in the rest of the world never makes it into our national media. In fact, this vast empire is beyond the comprehension of most of its citizens. 


Inter Press Service:
"BDS Movement for Palestinian Rights Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize. 

'As a member of the Norwegian parliament, I proudly use my authority as an elected official to nominate the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nominating the BDS movement for this recognition is perfectly in line with the principles I and my party hold very dear. Like the BDS movement, we are fully committed to stopping an ascendant, racist and right-wing politics sweeping too much of our world, and securing freedom, justice and equality for all people.

Inspired by the South African anti-apartheid movement and the American Civil Rights movement, the grassroots, Palestinian-led BDS movement is a peaceful, global human rights movement that urges the use of economic and cultural boycotts to end Israeli violations of Palestinian human rights and international law.' -Bjørnar Moxnes is a member of the Norwegian Parliament

-->No US coverage of this story at all, although it did appear in the Jerusalem Post. The NYT covers up most stores that make Israel look bad.


The Intercept:
"In a Major Free Speech Victory, a Federal Court Strikes Down a Law that Punishes Supporters of Israel Boycott. 

A federal Judge on Tuesday ruled that a Kansas law designed to punish people who boycott Israel is an unconstitutional denial of free speech. The ruling is a significant victory for free speech rights because the global campaign to criminalize, or otherwise legally outlaw, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement has been spreading rapidly in numerous political and academic centers in the U.S. This judicial decision definitively declares those efforts — when they manifest in the U.S. — to be a direct infringement of basic First Amendment rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

The enjoined law, enacted last year by the Kansas legislature, requires all state contractors — as a prerequisite to receiving any paid work from the state — 'to certify that they are not engaged in a boycott of Israel.' ”

-->Rather than print this major story on free speech rights, our "newspaper of record" put an AP account of the ruling on the NYT website. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Common Dreams:
"A group of nearly a dozen Senate Democrats is teaming up with President Donald Trump and the GOP in an aggressive push to gut Wall Street regulations, and thanks to a new campaign launched on Friday by the anti-corruption organization Rootstrikers, this group has a name: 'The Bailout Caucus.'

In total, 11 Democratic senators and Angus King (I-Maine) are joining hands with Republicans to push through GOP-crafted legislation (S.2155) that progressive Democrats and Wall Street critics say will undermine crucial post-financial crisis regulations, roll back consumer protections, and open the door to another crash.

'This bill increases the risk of another taxpayer bailout, and I will continue to challenge supporters of this bill—from both parties—to explain why they stand on the side of big banks instead of working families.' —Sen. Elizabeth Warren"

-->No question which side The NYT stands on. This story wasn't covered.


Common Dreams:
"Sen. Bernie Sanders's (I-Vt.) town hall on Medicare for All drew more than one million online viewers in addition to the hundreds of attendees who packed an auditorium at the U.S. Capitol to capacity.

Speaking with multiple panels featuring single-payer healthcare advocates and experts—including Dr. Don Berwick, who oversaw Medicare and Medicaid under President Barack Obama—Sanders moderated a nearly two-hour discussion about the failures of the current U.S. healthcare system and how its costs and outcomes compare to those in countries with universal healthcare. ...

In his closing remarks, Sanders noted that a town hall broadcast exclusively online was necessary to provide viewers with the facts on Medicare for All. Although 53 percent of Americans now support government-funded healthcare for all, he said, corporate media outlets hardly cover the issue.

-->The most popular politician in America has to go online for any coverage at all. Of course, our "newspaper of record" didn't cover this story. It didn't cover Bernie when he ran for president. That is what reporting looks like when newspapers are in bed with the insurance, pharmaceutical, and healthcare industries.


Common Dreams:
"Charles Koch and David Koch, the billionaire industrialists and right-wing mega-donors, stand to save between $1 billion and $1.4 billion in income taxes each year from the tax law passed last month by Republican lawmakers and signed by President Donald Trump, according to a new analysis out Wednesday.
The new report by the Americans for Tax Fairness details how those estimated tax savings would come from a combinations of the Koch's personal liabilities and that of the business empire, Koch Industries. And while based on available financial data, the analysis, the group explained, 'does not count how much the brothers might save in taxes on offshore profits or how much their heirs will benefit from weakening the estate tax.'

What they do save in annual taxes, ATF argues, should be recognized for what it is: a return on investments made by funneling huge amounts of money to Republican lawmakers [who] voted in favor of the law and outside political groups who lobbied on its behalf."

-->Readers of the NYT are spared the venal workings of our nation's kleptocracy. It didn't cover this story.