Thursday, May 29, 2014

Common Dreams:
“More than 11 years after their 23-year-old daughter was crushed to death by an Israeli bulldozer while trying to prevent the destruction of Palestinian homes, the parents of peace activist Rachel Corrie are still seeking justice.

Their legal battle to get accountability took a significant (jump) on Wednesday when their appeal was heard before the Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem.

The move comes 9 years after the Corrie family first filed suit against the state of Israel and its armed forces over their responsibility for Rachel's death. But in 2012, a district court in Haifa rejected the suit — a decision widely condemned as a denial of justice. …

‘During the past nine years, we have sought accountability in the Israeli courts for Rachel’s killing but were handed a verdict that showed blind indifference to the rights of the victim and little interest in seeking truth and justice,’ Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father, said in a statement.”

—>The NYT didn’t cover this story of the Israeli Supreme Court hearing a case about the murdered American peace activist, Rachel Corrie. Few reports about Israel’s human rights abuses ever appear in our newspaper of record, even when they involve the death of American citizens.


Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR):
"Another horror story from Israel, where IDF soldiers arrived early in the morning to uproot over 1,500 fruit trees at the longtime Nassar farm just west of Bethlehem in the Occupied West Bank - a farm now surrounded by illegal settlements that the Nassar family has owned since the days of the Ottoman Empire, has fought to keep for decades, and has turned into the Tent of Nations educational farm offering an array of programs to local Palestinian kids aimed at ‘building bridges between people, and between people and the land.’ 

The soldiers arrived as the family's latest legal battle to keep their land was still unfolding in court, and right before international volunteers were scheduled to arrive to harvest the apples, apricots and grapes. 

There was no warning. On May 5, the family lawyer had appealed an Israeli warning declaring the 100-acre farm ‘state land’; when family members had previously produced registration papers for the farm dating back centuries, Israeli authorities responded with the claim they had ‘papers from God.’

—>The NYT doesn’t do stories about ethnic cleansing when it comes to Israel. The newspaper we depend on for freedom of the press in America serves as a propaganda machine for the Zionist right wing. 


Common Dreams:
“Tide is Turning as Oregon Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban of GE Crops … In a victory for sustainable food advocates everywhere, two counties in Oregon on Tuesday voted to ban the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Despite an onslaught of spending by agribusiness giants such as DuPont and Monsanto, voters in Jackson County and Josephine County overwhelming took a stand for measures protecting ‘seed sovereignty and local control’ of food systems. The Jackson Measure 15-119 passed 66-34 percent, while the Josephine County Measure 17-58 passed 58-42 percent.

‘It's a great day for the people of Oregon who care about sustainability and healthy ecosystems!’ GMO Free Oregon wrote on their Facebook page after receiving the final tally. …

Calling the bans a ‘tremendous victory’ for the citizens and farmers of the counties, as well as for the national anti-GMO movement, Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), said the votes are further proof that, when given a voice, citizens will choose a sustainable food system over corporate-dominated agribusiness.”

—>The NYT has long been in the pocket of the agribusiness giants. It didn’t report this story.

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