Thursday, February 05, 2009

Fantasyland Media:

News fashioned by the people in charge, the corporations and your government. Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine.


"Leaders in Davos line up to blame bonuses for collapse of trust.

The head of HSBC has blamed excessive pay for a collapse in trust in the financial sector, as executives lined up at the World Economic Forum in Davos to stress that the economic crisis would prompt curbs on boardroom rewards.

Stephen Green, HSBC's chairman, said there had been a 'huge and growing disparity between different levels of income,' and that one positive aspect of the current crisis was that the problem would now be addressed."

--->But to the NY Times, the leaders in Davos weren't blaming business executives for their excessive greed. They were just "buzzing about the growing controversy over Wall Street bonuses." The board of the NY Times is full of such greedy CEO's whose feelings might be hurt if their newspaper reported such things.


"Besides F-16 fighter planes, the Israelis also used a wide array of U.S. weaponry, including Apache helicopters, M60 battle tanks, armoured personnel carriers and heavy artillery.

Frida Berrigan, a senior research associate with the Arms Trade Resource Centre at the World Policy Institute, points out that the bulk of Israel's current arsenal is composed of military equipment supplied under U.S. assistance programmes.

Israel, she said, has been supplied with 226 F-16 fighter planes and attack jets, more than 700 M60 battle tanks, 6,000 armoured personnel carriers and scores of transport planes, attack helicopters and utility and training aircraft, bombs and tactical missiles of all kinds."

--->The NY Times, as expected, has done a very poor job letting Americans know of the breadth and sophistication of US arms shipments to Israel. In many ways, the US has both armed and funded the Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza.


"There is evidence that Israel committed war crimes during its 22-day campaign in the Gaza Strip and there should be an independent inquiry, U.N. investigator Richard Falk said on Thursday.

The mental anguish of the civilians who suffered the assault is so great that the entire population of Gaza could be seen as casualties, said Falk, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Falk, speaking by phone from his home in California, said compelling evidence that Israel's actions in Gaza violated international humanitarian law required an independent investigation into whether they amounted to war crimes...

'To lock people into a war zone is something that evokes the worst kind of international memories of the Warsaw Ghetto, and sieges that occur unintentionally during a period of wartime,' Falk, who is Jewish, said, referring to the starvation and murder of Warsaw's Jews by Nazi Germany in World War Two."

--->The NY Times doesn't do war crimes when it comes to Israel. Mr. Falk's comments were not covered, despite the fact that he is the UN Rights Envoy for Palestine.

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