Friday, July 24, 2009

Fantasyland Media:

http://www.fantasylandmedia.org

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.

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"The international group of right-wingers who staged the coup d'├ętat against the democratic government of Honduras on 28 June are watching their plot fast unravel.

For some of the plotters it is their second attempt to overthrow an elected reformist government in Latin America: the group includes prominent figures involved in the 2002 ousting of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who was kidnapped for 48 hours and sent to a Caribbean island before being restored to office after widespread popular protest...

The focus of attention in the campaign against Mr Zelaya is now on the office of Senator John McCain, the defeated US presidential candidate, who is chairman of the IRI, takes an interest in telecoms affairs in the US Congress and has benefited handsomely from campaign contributions from US telecoms companies - which are said to have funded the abortive 2002 coup against Mr Chavez."
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/democracy-hangs-by-a-thread-in-honduras-1752315.html

-->The US public is being left completely in the dark as far as Honduras. It takes a British newspaper to reveal the inner workings of the US government's support for the military coup there. Clinton and Obama won't even call it a coup, the the NY Times talks about "rivals" for power. Meanwhile, the US continues military aid to the generals, and keeps training the Honduran military in the School of the Americas. To get an accurate view of Honduras, you have to look at media outside this country.

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"For the winning punters chancing their luck at Hawaiian Gardens' charity bingo hall in the heart of one of California's poorest towns, the big prize is $500. The losers walk away with little more than an assurance that their dollars are destined for a good cause.

But the real winners and losers live many thousands of miles away, where the profits from the nightly ritual of numbers-calling fund what critics describe as a form of ethnic cleansing by extremist organizations.

Each dollar spent on bingo by the mostly Latino residents of Hawaiian Gardens, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, helps fund Jewish settlements on Palestinian land in some of the most sensitive areas of occupied East Jerusalem, particularly the Muslim quarter of the old city, and West Bank towns such as Hebron where the Israeli military has forced Arabs out of their properties in their thousands.

Over the past 20 years, the bingo hall has funnelled tens of millions of dollars in to what its opponents — including rabbis serving the Hawaiian Gardens area — describe as an ideologically-driven strategy to grab land for Israel, as well as contributing to influential American groups and think tanks backing Israel's more hawkish governments.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/jul/19/us-bingo-funding-israeli-settlements

-->Again, it takes a foreign paper to reveal the extent of US tax exempt support of the settlements in the West Bank. Muslim charities are shut down while Zionist ones escape any regulation at all. And you certainly won't read about it in the NY Times.

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"Joseph Stiglitz and Linda J. Bilmes: Adding up the true costs of two wars...
U.S. barely has begun to face the enormous financial bill for the war. By our accounting, the U.S. has already spent $1 trillion on operations and related defense spending, with more to come -- and it will cost perhaps $2 trillion more to repay the war debt, replenish military equipment and provide care and treatment for U.S. veterans back home. Many of the wounded will require indefinite care for brain and spinal injuries. Disability payments are ramping up and will grow higher for decades. The stress of extended, multiple tours to Iraq means that a whole generation of U.S. military men and women may now be suffering from long-term mental health issues. The suicide rate in the Army is at its highest level since record-keeping began.

This wartime spending undoubtedly has been a major contributor to our present economic collapse. The U.S. has waged an expensive war as if it required little or no economic sacrifice, funding the conflict by massive borrowing. As we've observed in the past, you can't spend $3 trillion on a reckless foreign war and not feel the pain at home."
http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-bilmes2-2009jul02,0,1621172.story

-->The NY Times rarely covers Joseph Stiglitz because his view often bring up the unpleasantness of empire. Paul Krugman was writing about his own newspaper when he blogged recently: "Joe Stiglitz stands out because in addition to being on the progressive wing, he’s also, as I said, a giant among academic economists. But I think the real story is more about excluded points of view than excluded people."

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