Thursday, August 26, 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.


"Jerusalem rail firm planning to segregate carriages along gender lines.
Pressure from city's ultra-orthodox Jews has already led to some bus lines confining women to the rear of vehicles...

Under pressure from the influential and growing ultra-orthodox community, some bus lines in Jerusalem have introduced segregation, with women confined to the rear of the vehicle.

The segregation proposal is the second point of tension between the CityPass consortium and the council within a week. The company earlier distributed a consumer survey asking Jerusalem residents if they were 'bothered' that the light railway is to include stops in Arab neighbourhoods en route to connecting to Israeli settlements in East Jerusalem."

-->Women's rights under attack in Jerusalem's city center? The NY Times didn't cover this story because it is about Israeli policy, not about Taliban mistreatment. After all, The NY Times has a war to promote, and an imperialist ally to protect. Notice also that stops in Arab neighborhoods were being questioned. Like whites only buses in the deep south during Jim Crow.


Inter Press Service:
"BOGOTA, Colombia - An unknown number of agribusiness owners and public employees at all levels, as well as far-right paramilitaries, have a common link with rural people who have been forced off their farms or killed in Colombia: the land stolen from the latter group in the armed conflict.

'It was a conspiracy. There were the ones doing the killing, others who would follow behind, buying up the land, and the third wave, who would legalize the new ownership of the land,' said former paramilitary chief Jairo Castillo or 'Pitirri,' who has lived in exile for 10 years and is serving as a key protected witness in the trials of legislators and other political leaders implicated in the 'parapolitics' scandal for their ties to the paramilitary groups."

-->Our media rarely covers stories about corruption and death squad murders under governments that the US government supports with billions of military aid. Columbia has received the most such aid in South America, and its human rights record is by for the worst. Yet, most US citizens are never told about this. The Pentagon has dictated that Chavez is the enemy, and publications like The NY Times are all to willing to provide the propaganda.


Huffinton Post:
"Hamid Karzai: U.S. Taxpayer-Funded Private Contractors Engaging In Terrorist, Mafia-Like Activity...

Afghanistan's embattled president Hamid Karzai said on Sunday that U.S. taxpayers were indirectly funding "mafia-like groups" and terrorist activities with the American government's support of private contractors inside his country.

In a rare U.S. media appearance, Karzai continued to press for the removal of the vast majority of U.S. private contractors by the end of this year. He argued that their continued presence inside Afghanistan was 'an obstruction and impediment' to the country's growth, a massive waste of money, and a catalyst for corruption among Afghan officials."

-->The NY Times covered this story, but omitted references to "mafia-like groups" and terrorist activities being conducted by US contractors. In one story, Karzai favors a "four-month phaseout of all private security companies in Afghanistan." No mention of why at all. Another story suggests that Karzai is simply covering up his own corrupt regime by a reference to an "economic Mafia" of private contractors.

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