Thursday, June 14, 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.


Army Times:
"3,000 soldiers to serve in Africa next year...A brigade will deploy to Africa next year in a pilot program that assigns brigades on a rotational basis to regions around the globe, the Army announced in May.
Roughly 3,000 soldiers — and likely more — are expected to serve tours across the continent in 2013, training foreign militaries and aiding locals.
As part of a 'regionally aligned force concept,' soldiers will live and work among Africans in safe communities approved by the U.S. government, said Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, head of U.S. Army Africa."
-->The ever expanding US military presence in Africa wasn't covered by The NY Times. Although the empire is on the move in a new continent, the last thing the Pentagon wants is to have the American people know too much about it.
Common Dreams:
"Humankind is facing an imminent threat of extinction, according to new research released on Wednesday by the science journal Nature. The report "Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere" reveals that our planet's biosphere is steadily approaching a 'tipping point', meaning all ecosystems are nearing sudden and irreversible change that will not be conducive to human life.
The authors describe what they see as a fast paced 'state shift' once the tipping point is reached, which contrasts with the mainstream view that environmental change will take centuries. 'It's a question of whether it is going to be manageable change or abrupt change. And we have reason to believe the change may be abrupt and surprising,' said co-researcher Arne Mooers, a professor of biodiversity at Simon Fraser University in Canada's British Columbia.
'The data suggests that there will be a reduction in biodiversity and severe impacts on much of what we depend on to sustain our quality of life, including, for example, fisheries, agriculture, forest products and clean water. This could happen within just a few generations...' "
-->The NY Times prints a science section every week, but this story about the end of human life on earth didn't make the cut. Instead, the big stories are about artificial sweeteners, and incentives for drivers avoiding traffic jams. Our newspaper of record buried this story on their Green Blog.
Common Dreams:
"The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has questioned the legality of U.S. drone strikes at a news conference in Islamabad today, Agence France-Presse reports.
Pillay stated, 'Drone attacks do raise serious questions about compliance with international law.'
Pillay also highlighted the drones' killing of civilians. 'I see the indiscriminate killings and injuries of civilians in any circumstances as human rights violations.'
Jameel Jaffer and Nathan Wessler also question the legality of the drones and the CIA's sweeping classification of 'all military-age males in a strike zone as combatants' in an op-ed in the Guardian on Wednesday writing, 'direct targeting of noncombatants is a war crime; indeed, it is the prototypical one.' "
-->The NY Times doesn't like to cover war crimes unless they are committed by a regime that America is invading or overthrowing. All the news that the Pentagon sees fit to print.

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