Friday, January 20, 2012

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.


Guardian, UK:
"The European Union should consider legislation to prevent or discourage companies and organisations in member states doing business which supports Israeli settlements, according to a confidential report drawn up by EU diplomats in Jerusalem.

The recommendation is contained in the EU Heads of Mission Report on East Jerusalem, which assesses the impact of settlement growth and other factors on the prospects for Jerusalem as the future capital of two states, Israel and Palestine. It describes the situation as 'deteriorating' and warns that 'the systematic increase in settlement activity... increasingly undermines the two-state solution'.

The 2011 report, leaked to the Guardian, was sent to Brussels on Monday following approval by EU diplomats last Friday. It builds on earlier annual reports, which were also highly critical of Israeli policies in East Jerusalem. It calls on the European commission to consider legislation 'to prevent/discourage financial transactions in support of settlement activity.' "

-- >The NY Times often does not print stories critical of Israel and its illegal settlements in the West Bank. This recommendation that the EU boycott settlement businesses was not covered by our newspaper of record.


Daily Mail UK:
"One of the main entities in the Israeli Intelligence Community has been placing its agents within the CIA to recruit operatives against Iran’s nuclear program, according to a new report.

Mossad officers posed as American CIA agents were recruiting for the Pakistani militant group Jundallah, the report says. The operation - often called a ‘false flag’ operation - occurred during the presidency of George W. Bush. In an explosive article by Foreign Policy, the magazine examines a series of CIA memos that detail the operation, citing six U.S. intelligence officers as sources of information. It details how Mossad officers were equipped with U.S. passports and money, recruiting extremists 'under the nose of U.S. intelligence officers.' "

-- >An English newspaper reports proof that Israeli agents posed as CIA, but The NY Times doesn't cover the story. Again, the story is just too critical of Israel for publication. The NY Times obviously values Israel's image in the US more than it values its readership's right to know.


Common Dreams:
"Growing Support for Global Robin Hood Tax; Obama, UK Obstacles.

Growing support across Europe this week for a new “Robin Hood tax” -- a Financial Transaction Tax-- has given hope to those who have been pushing for US President Obama to support the new tax. But the UK government and President Obama will need to get on board for a new global financial transaction tax to succeed.

Boosted by the Occupy Wall Street movement, two Democrats in the House and Senate -- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) -- introduced a Financial Transaction Tax bill in Congress in November that would easily raise $350 billion over 10 years. DeFazio has said the big threat that the Wall Street apologists have always used to oppose a Financial Transaction Tax is, 'My God, all of our firms will move to Europe.' 'Occupy Wall Street has just reminded a large majority of the American people that our economy was destroyed by gambling on Wall Street. And that the people who destroyed our economy have been amply rewarded and not prosecuted,' said DeFazio."

-- >The NY Times sees no growing support in Europe for the Robin Hood Tax, describing it as "the most diplomatically fragile proposal..." No mention of the tax support here in the US either. Jeff Cohen writes, "What does it tell us about U.S. politics that the conservative president of France – on this issue and others – is way to the left of President Obama?" What does it say about The NY Times that refuses to even bring the issue up?

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