Thursday, December 29, 2011

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.


Daily Mail UK:
"Two American missiles struck a village in south-west Iran early today. The news was given in a report by the country's Islamic Republic News Agency...

CORRECTION. This story was reported as news by

But the actual date of the story in the Daily Mail was 2003. Thanks to a listener for catching this error.


Inter Press Service:
" 'Haiti is open for business.' That's what President Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly said at a recent ceremony as he and former U.S. president Bill Clinton laid a cornerstone for a giant industrial zone being built in northern Haiti.

Across the country and abroad, Martelly, his government, and their advisors – like Clinton – have been pushing the island nation as a foreign investor's dream come true...

Factory owners claim they can't pay more because of they did, their international clients...would pick up and move out. And so the Haitian government – with the full backing of the U.S. government, as recent Wikileaked cables revealed – remains the lowest wage in the hemisphere-wide 'race to the bottom.'

A study by HGW of assembly workers' expenses in the capital and at the Haiti-Dominican Republic border revealed that on an average day, workers spend more than 50 percent of an average day's wages just getting to work and back and eating their midday meal.

A recent study by the U.S.-based Solidarity Center, which is linked to the AFL-CIO trade union federation, determined that a 'living wage' for a worker with two children is 749 dollars a month – almost five times the average monthly wage."

-->Bottom feeder Bill Clinton extolling the race to the bottom in Haiti? Slave wages the result of US occupation? You won't read such stories in the US media, including The NY Times.


The Australian:
"NEW YORK - Fourteen frustrated members of the UN Security Council pointed a finger at the US yesterday for blocking any condemnation of Israel's accelerated settlement construction in Palestinian territory.

In a move that Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin called historic, diplomats from almost all regional blocs represented on the council stepped to the microphone after closed council consultations on the Middle East to condemn the lack of progress towards a solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mr Churkin, the council president, said the frustration over the impasse in Israeli-Palestinian talks spilled out in statements from the four European Union council members, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab group and the group of emerging powers that included India, Brazil and South Africa."

-->The NY Times coverage of this story says a lot about our newspaper of record. Entitled "Israel Accuses 4 Countries of Meddling in Its Affairs," the news article stresses Israel's objections rather than the condemnations themselves. Hamas, as always, is characterized as "sworn to Israel's destruction." Why doesn't The NY Times characterize Israel as "sworn to expanding its apartheid state"?

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