Thursday, March 17, 2011

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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Guardian UK:
"In Europe, Israel has historically enjoyed a high level of support, not least because it was perceived as a progressive democracy in a sea of Arab backwardness. At the same time, most Europeans knew very little about the Israel-Palestine conflict: as recently as 2004, the Glasgow University Media Group found that only 9% of British students knew that the Israelis were the illegal occupiers of Palestinian land...

However, according to a new poll by ICM for the Middle East Monitor, Europeans' perception of Israel has changed decisively, and their understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict, while still giving some cause for concern, has improved significantly. The survey of 7,000 people in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain reveals only a small minority (10%) now believe their countries should support Israel rather than the Palestinians...

This decisive shift appears to be primarily a consequence of Israel's violation of international law, specifically its actions in Gaza, the 2010 attack on the humanitarian flotilla, its settlement expansion programme, and the construction of the separation wall."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/14/europe-israel-palestine-european-disconnect-public

-->The NY Times did not cover this story of growing European awareness of Palestinian rights. Readers of The NY Times have often had to go elsewhere for knowledge of the Israel-Palestine conflict.

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Vanity Fair:
"CNBC's Larry Kudlow: 'Human Toll' vs. 'Economic Toll'

Earthquake. Tsunami. Nuclear meltdowns. But, more importantly, what about your investment portfolio?
In these tough economic times, isn’t it nice to know that calamitous natural disasters needn't have an adverse affect on your investment portfolio? After the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in Japan failed to induce a market nosedive, CNBC’s Larry Kudlow expressed his relief in terms that seemed to appall even his fellow cheerleaders for capitalism: 'The human toll here,' he declared, 'looks to be much worse than the economic toll and we can be grateful for that.' "
http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/03/larry-kudlow-devalues-human-life-with-japan-earthquake-freudian-slip.html

-->Larry Kudlow later used his Twitter account to apologize for his comment, writing that he had "flubbed the line." But the financial empire has always treated human suffering as a very minor impediment to the pursuit of profit.

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Associated Press:
"Promises, Promises: Obama Rebuffs Invites to Stand with Workers. Will Workers Stand with Obama Again in 2012?

Union leaders urged Vice President Joe Biden during a White House meeting last month to go to Wisconsin and rally the faithful in their fight against Gov. Scott Walker's move to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

Request rebuffed, they asked for Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. So far, however, the White House has stayed away from any trips to Madison, the state capital, or other states in the throes of union battles. The Obama administration is treading carefully on the contentious political issue that has led to a national debate over the power that public sector unions wield in negotiating wages and benefits.."
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/03/13

-->Obama giving labor another kick in the teeth while he relaxes on the golf course? The NY Times doesn't like to remind its readers of how national politicians have betrayed the labor movement. It didn't carry the story.

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