Thursday, April 12, 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.


Electronic Intifada:

"The European Commission has released a document that lists projects it funded that were destroyed or damaged by the Israeli military between May 2001 and October 2011.
The list documents 82 such instances, amounting to a monetary loss of ($65.6 million), ($40 million) of which came directly from European aid.
The list was made available to Chris Davies, a British member of the European Parliament, following his inquiry to the European Commission. Davies subsequently published the findings on his webpage where he stated that the list was 'the most detailed response I have ever received from the European Commission.' ”
-->The NY Times doesn't bother reporting most of Israel's human rights abuses against Palestinians. Its reporters are hopelessly biased because of their close ties to the Israeli state.
Wired Magazine:
"A top adviser to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned the Bush administration that its use of 'cruel, inhuman or degrading” interrogation techniques like waterboarding were 'a felony war crime.'
What’s more, newly obtained documents reveal that State Department counselor Philip Zelikow told the Bush team in 2006 that using the controversial interrogation techniques were 'prohibited' under U.S. law —  'even if there is a compelling state interest asserted to justify them.'
Zelikow argued that the Geneva conventions applied to al-Qaida — a position neither the Justice Department nor the White House shared at the time. That made waterboarding and the like a violation of the War Crimes statute and a  felony, Zelikow tells Danger Room. Asked explicitly if he believed the use of those interrogation techniques were a war crime, Zelikow replied, 'Yes.' "
-->The NY Times is distinctly disinterested in war crimes being committed by the empire. It hasn't printed the story.
Guardian UK
"A report released today shows that worldwide opposition to the biotechnology giant Monsanto and 'the agro-industrial model that it represents' is growing.
La Via Campesina, Friends of the Earth International, and Combat Monsanto, the groups who issued the report, show that small farmers, groups and communities in every continent are rising up to resist Monsanto's products and environmental harm. While Monsanto's -- and other giant agribusinesses' -- approach, including genetically modified crops, has been shown to hurt biodiversity, local food knowledge and the environment, the report shows that 'food sovereignty is a real and feasible alternative.'
'This new report documents the intense opposition to this powerful transnational company, which peddles its genetically modified products seemingly without regard for the associated social, economic and environmental costs,' said Martin Drago, Friends of the Earth International's Food Sovereignty programme coordinator."
-->The NY Times has long been in bed with Monsanto. Even The NY Times Science Section usually sings praises for genetically modified food. Our newspaper of record would never print a report like this.

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