Thursday, May 13, 2010

Fantasyland Media:

http://www.fantasylandmedia.org

Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want keep from the public eye.

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BBC News:
"The US airbase at Bagram in Afghanistan contains a facility for detainees that is distinct from its main prison, the Red Cross has confirmed to the BBC.

Nine former prisoners have told the BBC that they were held in a separate building, and subjected to abuse.

The US military says the main prison, now called the Detention Facility in Parwan, is the only detention facility on the base. However, it has said it will look into the abuse allegations made to the BBC.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said that since August 2009 US authorities have been notifying it of names of detained people in a separate structure at Bagram."
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/05/11-2

-->Closing Guantanamo only to set up a second torture facility in Afghanistan at Bagram? Another US setback for human rights, and The New York Times didn't cover the story. Obummer!

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The New York Times:
"Wall Street has always put its money where its interests and beliefs lie. But it is far less common that so many financial heavyweights would adopt a social cause like charter schools and advance it with a laserlike focus in the political realm."
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/10/nyregion/10charter.html?hp

-->Left out of The New York Times coverage is one small but familiar detail: corporate profit making. According to Juan Gonzalez, "Wealthy investors and major banks have been making windfall profits by using a little-known federal tax break to finance new charter-school construction. The program, the New Markets Tax Credit, is so lucrative that a lender who uses it can almost double his money in seven years."
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2010/05/07/2010-05-07_albany_charter_cash_cow_big_banks_making_a_bundle_on_new_construction_as_schools.html

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Common Dreams:
"Agents of the United States are openly trying to assassinate Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, a US citizen, while he is in hiding in Yemen. Despite what the apologists for assassination argue this is illegal, immoral and unwise.

Assassinating Awlaki in the US would be murder, a capital crime, punishable by life in prison or even the death penalty. Morally, few would argue that agents of the FBI or the CIA could murder the cleric in the US. If it is illegal and immoral to kill a Muslim cleric in the US why would it be legal, moral or wise to do so in Yemen?"
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/05/10-1

-->The New York Times did its own "People Magazine" piece on al-Awlaki. Although we get his story from cradle to anticipated grave in this long article, there is never any questioning of his need to be assassinated without a trial. When it comes to the rights of US citizens, The New York Times is always the first to champion the views of the Pentagon.

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