Thursday, April 23, 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.


"Palestinians get less water than Israel-World Bank.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israelis have access to more than four times more water than do Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, the World Bank said in a report on Monday...

Improving conditions for Palestinians is central to peace strategies sponsored by the United States.

Peace talks launched in 2007 have stalled and the new right-leaning Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has so far balked at committing to restart them.

Efforts have been stymied by Israeli settlement expansion in the West Bank and a Palestinian schism over the takeover of Gaza by the Islamist group Hamas."

--->World Bank accusing Israel of taking water from Palestinians? It never happened if you get your news about Israel from the NY Times. The story was left out.


"60 drone hits kill 14 al-Qaeda men, 687 civilians

Of the 60 cross-border predator strikes carried out by the Afghanistan-based American drones in Pakistan between January 14, 2006 and April 8, 2009, only 10 were able to hit their actual targets, killing 14 wanted al-Qaeda
leaders, (and) 687 innocent Pakistani civilians.

The success percentage of the US predator strikes thus comes to not more than six per cent."

--->US forces slaughtering a lot of civilians, this time in Pakistan. No need to mention such things in our newspaper of record, the NY Times. Making the empire look bad is not considered all the news that's fit to print.


C.I.A. interrogators used waterboarding, the near-drowning technique that top Obama administration officials have described as illegal torture, 266 times on two key prisoners from Al Qaeda, far more than had been previously reported.

The C.I.A. officers used waterboarding at least 83 times in August 2002 against Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2005 Justice Department legal memorandum. Abu Zubaydah has been described as a Qaeda operative.

A former C.I.A. officer, John Kiriakou, told ABC News and other news media organizations in 2007 that Abu Zubaydah had undergone waterboarding for only 35 seconds before agreeing to tell everything he knew.

--->We will congratulate the NY Times for covering this story. Of course, had broken the story several days before, putting pressure on major print media in the US. One obvious question was not brought up by the NY Times article. If Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded for only 35 seconds "before agreeing to tell everything he know," why on earth was he waterboarded another 82 times? Maybe such questions just aren't brought up in the heart of the empire. We will put a link on to the FireDogLake petition requesting a special prosecutor to investigate the torture of detainees.


This week's booby prize for reporting goes to PBS's Frontline documentary called "Sick Across America." A whole hour spent on the nation's healthcare crisis, and not one mention of the single payer option that 68% of Americans would prefer. Public broadcasting, corporate controlled.

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