Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fantasyland Media:

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.


"The Israeli human rights group Breaking the Silence has posted more photos of IDF soldiers abusing or humiliating Palestinian prisoners to prove what many of us suspected - that similar pictures posted earlier on Facebook are the norm, not the exception. Israeli activists say such pictures reflect the inevitable dehumanization wrought by the Occupation. More 'trophy' pictures here. Graphic.
'It encapsulates precisely the feeling among soldiers serving in the territories. At some point, they stop seeing these handcuffed people as human beings.' said Yehuda Shaul of Breaking the Silence."
-->The NY Times didn't cover this story of IDF abuse of Palestinian detainees. Stories critical of Israel are often just left out.
"NATO and the United Nations are cautiously considering a Taliban proposal to set up a joint commission to investigate allegations of civilians being killed and wounded in the conflict in Afghanistan, diplomats in Kabul have told the Guardian.
The Taliban overture, which came in a statement posted on its website, will revive a divisive debate about whether to conduct any formal talks with insurgents who are responsible for the majority of civilian casualties in Afghanistan, and whose assassination campaign now kills one person a day on average.
The Taliban statement called for the establishment of a body including members from the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, UN human rights investigators, Nato and the Taliban."
-->The Taliban trying to cooperate with NATO to limit the killing of civilians? That is not something The NY Times would consider helpful to the US war effort.  Instead, we get a front page article on the Taliban stoning a couple to death for infidelity. 
"Israel is to deploy three submarines equipped with nuclear cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf, the Sunday Times reported on Sunday.
According to the Times report, one submarine had been sent over Israeli fears that ballistic missiles developed by Iran, and in the possession of Syria and Hezbollah, could be used to hit strategic sites within Israel, such as air bases and missile launchers.
Dolphin, Tekuma, and Leviathan, all German-made Dolphin class submarines of the 7th navy Flotilla, have been reported as frequenting the Gulf in the past, however, according to the Sunday Times report, this new deployment is meant to ensure a permanent naval presence near the Iranian coastline."
-->A nuclear confrontation in the Persian Gulf, brought on by nuclear missiles in Israeli submarines. This is the stuff of nightmares, and thankfully, The NY Times didn't trouble their readers with the story.

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