Thursday, December 06, 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.


"An old man in Gaza held a placard that reads: 'You take my water, burn my olive trees, destroy my house, take my job, steal my land, imprison my father, kill my mother, bombard my country, starve us all, humiliate us all but I am to blame: I shot a rocket back.'

The old man's message provides the proper context for the timelines on the latest episode in the savage punishment of Gaza. They are useful, but any effort to establish a 'beginning' cannot help but be misleading.

The crimes trace back to 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled in terror or were expelled to Gaza by conquering Israeli forces, who continued to truck them over the border for years after the official cease-fire. The persecution of Gazans took new forms when Israel conquered the Strip in 1967. From recent Israeli scholarship we learn that the goal of the government was to drive the refugees into the Sinai, and if feasible the rest of the population too."

-->Mainstream media would never print such words, even thought they were said recently by America's foremost intellectual, Noam Chomsky. His searing insight into the ways of empire are just considered to toxic for the average American reader.


Common Dreams:
"An analysis by advocacy group Oil Change International and Earth Track, found that 'fossil fuel subsidies in rich countries are, on average, five times greater than those same countries' pledges towards climate finance—support to developing countries to address climate change and its impacts.'

During the COP18 climate conference in Doha, Qatar, activists from less affluent countries have called upon G20 leaders to help poorer nations cope with climate change—in the form of compensation for their greater greenhouse gas emissions.
But according to the Oil Change International report released this week, fossil fuel subsidies in 2012 are likely to total $775 billion—although an exact figure will not be known because governments are 'hiding their handouts to oil, gas and coal.'

G20 leaders have taken 'very little concrete action in phasing out fossil fuel subsidies,' the report continues.."

-->The mainstream media, including The NY Times didn't touch this story. Why are the rich countries continuing to subsidize big oil and other fossil fuels? Safer for the media not to even ask this question. 


NY Times:
"Last spring, when the Vatican issued a harsh assessment of the group representing a majority of American nuns accusing them of 'serious doctrinal problems,' Sister Sherman, 60, said she responded the way she always does when she feels something deeply. She wrote a song.

The words popped into her head two days after the Vatican’s condemnation, as she was walking down the hallway in her order’s ministry center, feeling hurt and angry: 'Love cannot be silenced,' she thought. 'It never has. It never will.' She went into the center’s dining room and tried out the lyrics on some of her sisters. They liked the message."

-->We like The NY Times for printing this story. Here is the song she wrote, and we would like to dedicate it to Fr. Roy Bourgeois, founder of the SOA campaign to close the School of America's. He was dismissed from the priesthood last week for his activism on human rights.

SONG: Sister Sherman...Love Cannot Be Silenced