Friday, March 23, 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 to keep from the public eye.


Common Dreams:
"France has announced today that it is imposing a new temporary ban on Monsanto's MON810 maize in the interests of protecting the environment.

The announcement comes from French Agricultural Minister Bruno Le Maire who said the decision was a 'precautionary measure.'

The move restates a 2008 ban, which was overturned by the country's highest court in November.

Last month France asked the European regulators to suspend the authorization to plant Monsanto's genetically modified MON810 corn saying the decision was based on studies showing GM crops 'pose significant risks' for the environment."

-->The NY Times never reports that the rest of the world is questioning Monsanto and its genetically modified seeds. Even its "Science" section, glosses over or omits any negatives such as destruction of the environment or the dramatic increase in weed killers used on GM food crops.


Citizens for Legitimate Government:
"Afghan tribal leaders say the recent massacre of Afghan civilians by US troops has been pre-planned and not carried out by a lone soldier, Press TV reports.

The tribal leaders of the southern province of Kandahar said on Monday that several US forces, not a single soldier, contributed to the brutal carnage of Afghan civilians and that the violent action had been planned previously. They said the carnage was in retaliation against a deadly bomb attack on the US troops in the Zangabad district in the town of Panjwaii in the province of Kandahar, which inflicted serious damage on the American military forces.

Following the blast, the American forces summoned local Afghans and tribal leaders of the region and vowed a bloody revenge on their children and wives, Kandahar tribal leaders added."

-->This is only one of a number of stories coming out of Afghanistan questioning the "lone gunman" theory of the civilian massacre. Of course, all we read in the US media is the story of a brain damaged and disturbed individual soldier. How many stories coming out of Iraq and Afghanistan have been grossly distorted like this one by our media and its pro-war propaganda?


Common Dreams:
"Israeli Settlers Stealing Essential Water from Palestinians, UN Reports. 'Intimidation, threats and violence' used to control water in West Bank.

The UN's Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a report showing that Israeli settlers in the West bank have taken over dozens of natural springs from Palestinians there, preventing access to essential water sources.

The report shows that Palestinians are kept from accessing the springs by acts of 'intimidation, threats and violence perpetrated by Israeli settlers.' "

-->No sign of this story in The NY Times, which routinely leaves out stories of Palestinian suffering in the West Bank and Gaza.


Electronic Intifada:
"Israel is criticized for violating the right to equality in a new report by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

An advance version of the CERD report indicates that racial prejudice can be found in almost every facet of Israeli life.

CERD is a body of legal specialists who monitor the implementation of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, which states that any doctrine of superiority based on racial differentiation is scientifically false, morally condemnable, socially unjust and dangerous."

-->Another story that has not made it into the pages of The NY Times.

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