Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Common Dreams:
"As the tribes suffer the latest in a string of legal defeats, however, the fight against DAPL has been winning a series of major victories in different territory: the pipeline's financial backing.

Campaigns to divest from the pipeline and thus starve it of funding have been growing across the U.S. and around the world. Large cities such as San Francisco and Seattle have divested billions of dollars, and similar campaigns have emerged in New York, Albuquerque, N.M., and Raleigh, N.C., among other U.S. cities. ...

Other cities have already severed those ties. 'Between Davis, [Calif.,] Santa Monica, and Seattle alone—the three cities that have opted to sever their ties with Wells Fargo—the campaign will ultimately deprive Wells Fargo of more than $4 billion in deposits, fees, and more,' writes Jimmy Tobias in The Nation.

In Norway, meanwhile, indigenous Sami people last week convinced the country's second-largest pension fund to divest from the pipeline. The Green Party in the UK has also urged British banks to stop funding the pipeline."

-->Leave it to our newspaper of record to leave out any mention of Dakota Access Pipeline and the campaign to divest from banks like Wells Fargo. Why don't you divest?

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Common Dreams:
"US Pressures G20 Into Dropping Climate Reference from Joint Statement. ... Finance ministers for the Group of 20 (G20), which comprises the world's biggest economies, dropped a joint statement mentioning funding for the fight against climate change after pressure from the United States and Saudi Arabia.

A G20 official taking part in the annual meeting told Reuters that efforts by this year's German leadership to keep climate funding in the statement had hit a wall.
'Climate change is out for the time being,' said the official, who asked to remain anonymous.

At the last G20 meeting in July 2016, the group's financial leaders urged all countries that had signed onto the landmark Paris climate accord to bring the deal into action as soon as possible. But President Donald Trump, who has referred to global warming as a 'Chinese hoax,' took office vowing to remove the U.S. from the voluntary agreement."

-->Why didn't the NYT cover this story? Maybe because it makes the empire look too bad. But is protecting the image of the empire more important than readers getting accurate information? 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mint Press News:
"On Thursday, China’s State Council Information Office released a human rights report on the U.S., noting that while that country continues to act as 'the judge of human rights it continues to ignore its own terrible problems.' ...

On the domestic front, the report highlighted the prison industrial complex which has led to the U.S. having the second highest incarceration rate in the world, with almost 1 in 3 adults having a criminal record. ... The report also noted that in 2016 'The colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remained a serious challenge,' where 'Police killings were reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching.' ...

The report noted that the U.S. air campaigns in Syria and Iraq had killed between 4,568 and 6,127 civilians and that since 2009, its illegal drone program had left 800 dead in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia."

->The truth hurts! But the readers of the NYT can avoid the anguish because the paper didn't print this story. Always protective of the empire's good name.

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The Guardian:
"Just before his torturers pushed him out of the van, barely conscious, on to the Nairobi pavement, Abdi was told he was one of the lucky ones: 'You were supposed to die tonight.' The security operatives who picked him up were Kenyan, but new research from the Angaza Foundation for African Reporting suggests they are part of a US-funded counter-terrorism strategy across Africa that is leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

Since Kenya invaded Somalia in 2011 in an effort to dislodge the Islamist militant group al-Shabaab, thousands of ethnic Somalis like Abdi living in Kenya have been detained, many on dubious grounds.

The security forces, in particular the Kenyan Defence Force, which continues to receive significant US funding, and the anti-terrorism police unit, have been accused of torture and summary executions."

-->More bad news about US human rights violations. The NYT, of course, didn't report the story. 

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The Age:
"Half a century after United States B-52 bombers dropped more than 500,000 tonnes of explosives on Cambodia's countryside Washington wants the country to repay a $US500 million ($662 million) war debt. The demand has prompted expressions of indignation and outrage from Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. ...

Over 200 nights in 1973 alone, 257,456 tons of explosives fell in secret carpet-bombing sweeps – half as many as were dropped on Japan during the Second World War. According to one genocide researcher, up to 500,000 Cambodians were killed, many of them children.

The bombings drove hundreds of thousands of ordinary Cambodians into the arms of the Khmer Rouge, an ultra-Marxist organisation which seized power in 1975 and over the next four years presided over the deaths of more than almost two million people through starvation disease and execution."

-->No news of this reached NYT readers either. No wonder US citizens view the empire as so benevolent. It is just ignorance, aided and abetted by the US media.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The Guardian UK:
"Israel’s main government watchdog has criticised the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, in a damning report on the 2014 Gaza war, saying the country was badly prepared for the threat of Hamas tunnels, and that many senior cabinet members were kept in the dark about vital information.

The long-awaited investigation into Operation Protective Edge from the state comptroller also said the government had for months ignored a growing humanitarian crisis inside Gaza, and failed to consider diplomatic moves that could have averted the outbreak of hostilities, Haaretz newspaper reported.

The war killed 2,251 Palestinians, more than half of them civilians according to UN figures, and 74 Israelis, including six civilians. The intense fighting over 50 days also reduced swaths of Gaza to piles of rubble, making 100,000 people homeless."

-->No printed story in the NYT. Only a Reuters story on the NYT webpage. Always providing cover for Israeli war crimes.

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Common Dreams:
"Berta Cáceres' Murder Linked to U.S.-Trained Soldiers, Leaked Court Docs Show.
Leaked documents add weight to whistleblower's claim that U.S.-trained elite military troops killed prominent Honduran activist.

Leaked court documents obtained by the Guardian and reported on Tuesday appear to corroborate a whistleblower's claim that U.S.-trained special forces within the Honduran military were responsible for the death of prominent Indigenous land defender Berta Cáceres last year.

The whistleblower, a former soldier, alleged that the Honduran army was murdering activists on a secret 'kill list,' as Common Dreams reported. ... [T]he documents reveal that several of the military suspects received U.S. training and visited Cáceres' town multiple times in the weeks leading up to her death, according to the Guardian."

-->The NYT printed an opinion piece criticizing the US for continued military support of Honduras. But where was the US training of the murderers? Down the memory hole of our newspaper of record. 

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The Washington Post:
"Tens of thousands of immigrants detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement were forced to work for $1 day, or for nothing at all — a violation of federal anti-slavery laws — a lawsuit claims.

The lawsuit, filed in 2014 against one of the largest private prison companies in the country, reached class-action status this week after a federal judge’s ruling. That means the case could involve as many as 60,000 immigrants who have been detained.

It’s the first time a class-action lawsuit accusing a private U.S. prison company of forced labor has been allowed to move forward."

-->The NYT did not cover this story of immigrant slaves. Possibly because Obama's detention policies were clearly to blame. The Deporter in Chief still holds the title.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Common Dreams:
"NEW YORK TIMES: DON'T IGNORE THE WAR & FAMINE IN YEMEN!

United Nations and other international aid officials have been warning that Yemen is on the brink of famine. 'Donald Trump’s Shift On Yemen Risks Plunging The Country Into Famine,' the Huffington Post reports, warning that the Trump Administration may be giving Saudi Arabia a green light to attack and close the critical port of Hodeidah, blocking Yemen's food imports. 

'Yemen war causing world's worst food crisis,' Vatican Radio reports.'Time running out: 1.4 million children could die from famine in Africa & Yemen, says UNICEF,' RT reports. But a search of recent stories on the New York Times' website only turns up wire stories, not a regular New York Times article."

-->The NYT and much of the media avoids talk about war crimes in Yemen. Our bombs are being used, and the US is even fueling the attack jets, flown by Saudi Arabia, our willing thug in the Middle East.

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Democracy Now:
"Keith Ellison started out very strong in this race. He received endorsements not only from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but also from Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer, from a wide variety of labor unions. I mean, in a way, he really was the unity candidate in that he had brought together Sanders backers and Clinton backers.

But as the campaign developed, we started to see more and more negative hits pop up in the media. We saw one of the largest donors of the Democratic Party, entertainment tycoon Haim Saban, who’s an Israeli-American businessman, come out and say that he’s an anti-Semite, say that he’s anti-Israel. The Anti-Defamation League called on Keith Ellison to be disqualified. The night before the vote, delegates were getting emails from the American Jewish Congress saying that, you know, Keith will be really bad for the U.S.-Israel relationship and that he shouldn’t be confirmed.

There was a widespread sort of smear campaign targeting Keith Ellison for his view about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is actually quite moderate. You know, he believes in a secure Israel. He’s voted for aid to Israel most of the time. But he also believes in rights for Palestinians. He opposes the blockade on Gaza. He opposes the settlement construction. And he’s been vocal about that. And he’s talked to both sides, and he’s been very close to both the American Jewish community and the American Muslim community."

-->The inside story about the Democratic Party, one that the mainstream media avoids. Zionist billionaires continue to destroy progressive options.

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CounterPunch:
"The New York Times is currently engaged in one of its most ambitious projects: Removing a sitting president from office. In fact, Times columnist Nicolas Kristof even said as much in a recent article titled  'How Can We Get Rid of Trump?'

Frankly, it’s an idea that I find attractive, mainly because I think Trump’s views on immigration, the environment, human rights, civil liberties and deregulation are so uniformly horrible, they could destroy the country. But the Times objections are different from my own. The reason the Times wants Trump removed is because Trump wants to normalize relations with Russia which threatens to undermine Washington’s effort to project US power deeper into Central Asia.

Trump’s decision to normalize relations with Moscow poses a direct threat to Washington’s broader imperial strategy to control China’s growth, topple Putin, spread military bases across Central Asia, implement trade agreements that maintain the dominant role of western-owned mega-corporations, and derail attempts by Russia and China to link the wealthy EU to Asia by expanding the web of pipeline corridors and high-speed rail that will draw the continents closer together creating the largest and most populous free trade zone the world has ever seen."

-->Trump removed because he is trying to avoid war? That's an opinion that you will never hear or read in the mainstream media. Our media is often little more than Pentagon propaganda. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Most Americans would probably be astounded to realize that the president who has been painted by Washington pundits as a reluctant warrior has actually been a hawk. ... While candidate Obama came to office pledging to end George W Bush’s wars, he leaves office having been at war longer than any president in US history. He is also the only president to serve two complete terms with the nation at war.

President Obama did reduce the number of US soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but he dramatically expanded the air wars and the use of special operations forces around the globe. In 2016, US special operators could be found in 70% of the world’s nations, 138 countries – a staggering jump of 130% since the days of the Bush administration. ...

Obama authorized over 10 times more drone strikes than George W Bush, and automatically painted all males of military age in these regions as combatants, making them fair game for remote controlled killing."

-->The NYT and major media doesn't talk about Obama as a war president. Hillary would have been worse, of course. That fact is never mentioned either.

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Common Dreams:
"Planting Seed for Strikes in the Trump Era, #Strike4Democracy Sweeps Nation. Planting the seed for future large-scale walk-outs, hundreds of events are taking place coast-to-coast on Friday as part of a national 'strike for democracy.' ...

Strike4Democracy describes itself as 'a broad umbrella for coordinated national actions on Friday, 2/17, which will serve as an opening blow in a campaign to stand up for America's democratic principles.'

Galvanized in response to the Trump administration's attacks on immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, and the environment, Friday's action 'amplifies a new chapter of nonviolent resistance ushered in over the last six weeks by calling for strikes that grow in number and power,' the statement reads, pointing to other strike actions planned for March 8 and May 1, as well as 'a heightening resistance throughout the summer.' "

-->The NYT doesn't do nationwide strikes. To our newspaper of record, it is always Democrats fighting Republicans, or the other way around. A workers movement would be unthinkable. 

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The Guardian UK:
"Veterans at Standing Rock see police retribution after arrest and charges. Charges against military veterans on their way to Standing Rock have raised concerns that they’re being targeted for aiding Native American activists.

Police have filed charges against two US veterans supporting Standing Rock, holding one in jail for several days, raising concerns that law enforcement is trying to prevent them from aiding activists at the Dakota Access pipeline.

Officers in North Dakota and South Dakota have pulled over and searched at least four veterans on their way to the camps at Standing Rock in recent days, charging two of them for medical cannabis. Police confiscated one veteran’s car and also seized what officials called 'protester gear', which included camping supplies."
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/13/standing-rock-veterans-police-arrest-north-dakota

-->Although the nation's media finally covered the US veterans at Standing Rock, there is no mention of this latest round of police harassment.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said he will not be 'intimidated' from speaking in West Virginia's McDowell County, 'one of the poorest areas in one of our poorest states,' after officials pulled the plug on a Monday town hall event. 'If anyone in West Virginia government thinks that I will be intimidated from going to McDowell County, West Virginia, to hold a town meeting, they are dead wrong,' declared Sanders in a Facebook post on Sunday after the state's National Guard announced the meeting ... would not be able to take place at the Welch National Guard Armory two days before it was scheduled to occur.

'If they don't allow us to use the local armory, we'll find another building. If we can't find another building, we'll hold the meeting out in the streets,' vowed the Vermont independent. 'That town meeting will be held. Poverty in America will be discussed. Solutions will be found.' ...

An upcoming speech in Topeka, Kansas on Feb. 25th had to be moved to a larger venue after more than 1,500 tickets were sold in one week. In the West Virginia state capital of Charleston, where U.S. President Donald Trump won 57 percent of the vote, Sanders addressed a crowd of over 2,000 people on Sunday evening."
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/13/after-cancellation-sanders-vows-hold-wv-town-hall-streets

-- >The NYT and major media just doesn't cover the Bernie revolution. Like corporate owned media in prewar Germany, our newspaper of record prefers a fascist to a politician who would challenge the system.

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Common Dreams:
"Anti-abortion groups called for 'Defund Planned Parenthood' demonstrations at more than 200 Planned Parenthood locations throughout the United States on Saturday to pressure President Donald Trump to strip the women's health provider of federal funding.

Then, Planned Parenthood supporters got organized. And the response has been massive: Hundreds of different counter-demonstrations, large, small and in between, were held across the country Saturday - overwhelming the anti-choice rallies.

In St. Paul, Minnesota a police commander on scene estimated the original protesters numbered about 500 while the counter-protesters numbered about 5,000 to 5,500. Similar reports are coming in from all around the country."
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/02/11/resist-huge-counter-protests-overwhelm-defund-planned-parenthood-rallies

-- >The NYT printed a small Reuters article about the protests and counter protest. No mention of the size differences between them. The NYT always downplays the resistance in the streets.

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Common Dreams:
"A man who was fired from his job as a pilot on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, after the Guardian revealed that he was charged with a violent crime, was this weekend at the president’s estate in Florida, claiming to be part of his security team.

Vincent Caldara, who was accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, was at the US president’s private resort, Mar-a-Lago. ... The exact nature of Caldara’s responsibilities was unclear. He appeared to be a member of a team of local Republicans voluntarily assisting with the president’s visit, each of whom was wearing lanyards featuring a White House seal. Caldara did not respond to an email seeking comment.

However, the 56-year-old former New York police officer, who was also chairman of the Trump campaign’s 'Florida law enforcement coalition', suggested publicly that he was helping to provide security for Trump."
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/11/vincent-caldara-donald-trump-mar-a-lago-pence-pilot

-- >Criminal police fascists working for the president? Doesn't interest the NYT, which didn't cover the story.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

LA Daily News:
"Federal regulators killed a rigorous examination of cancer in millions of Americans living near nuclear plants because they were convinced the study couldn’t link reactors to disease and would be too costly, newly released records show.
Doubts over the study’s usefulness ran deep at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the agency overseeing America’s aging fleet of nuclear plants. But some study skeptics pushed to save it nonetheless, arguing that modern science could help address public concerns over possible health risks related to the plants. They couldn’t convince their bosses, however, who concluded that the $8 million price tag for the pilot study ... couldn’t be justified.

The push for this new probe was driven by dissatisfaction with the U.S. government’s reliance on an unsophisticated 27-year-old study — employing even older data — to assure Americans there are no health risks associated with living near nuclear power plants.

Several recent European studies found disturbing links between childhood cancers and kids living close to nuclear plants, and NRC staffers traded emails citing them. A senior agency adviser dismissed the methodology used in those studies. “Publish or perish,” she wrote to her colleagues."

-->The NYT and our corporate controlled media do not want to spend one dime looking into links between cancer rates and nuclear plants. This is under the "see no evil" Democrats at the NRC. Of course, few media outlets covered the story.

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Der Spiegel:
"Germany must stand up in opposition to the 45th president of the United States and his government. That's difficult enough already for two reasons: Because it is from the Americans that we obtained our liberal democracy in the first place; and because it is unclear how the brute and choleric man on the other side will react to diplomatic pressure. The fact that opposition to the American government can only succeed when mounted together with Asian and African partners -- and no doubt with our partners in Europe, with the EU -- doesn't make the situation any easier. ...

It is literally painful to write this sentence, but the president of the United States is a pathological liar. The president of the U.S. is a racist (it also hurts to write this). He is attempting a coup from the top; he wants to establish an illiberal democracy, or worse; he wants to undermine the balance of power. He fired an acting attorney general who held a differing opinion from his own and accused her of 'betrayal.' This is the vocabulary used by Nero, the emperor and destroyer of Rome. It is the way tyrants think."

-->Yes, The NYT did print an op-ed piece questioning Trump's tactics and referring to the cover of Der Spiegal, but what was written in German's most prominent magazine was the real story. The story that didn't get printed.

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Common Dreams:
" 'It is hard not to laugh,' [Bernie] Sanders said, 'to see President Trump sitting alongside these Wall Street guys. This guy ran for the President of the United States saying, I'm Donald Trump and I'm gonna take on Wall Street—these guys are getting away with murder... But suddenly he appoints all these billionaires; his major financial adviser comes from Goldman Sachs; and now he's gonna dismantle legislation that protects consumers. This is a guy who ran for president saying, I'm the only Republican who's not going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid—and then he appoints all of these guys who are precisely going to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.' 

And so, Sanders continued, 'I hope those that all of those folks who voted for Mr. Trump—because they thought he would stand up for working people—man... and he's a good showman, I will give him that... but I think he's gonna sell out the middle class and the working class of this country.' "

-->Powerful words to the American people. Of course, the story wasn't printed in the NYT.