Friday, May 09, 2014

Haaretz:
“Israel on Tuesday condemned claims in a Newsweek report that it engages in massive and aggressive spying on the U.S. The article quoted confidential briefings by American intelligence officials to Congress, in which they said that Israeli espionage operations in the U.S. have 'gone too far.'

... The Newsweek article explained that intelligence officials cite Israel's massive spying as the reason for the failure to provide visa waivers to Israelis entering U.S. ... Israel spies on the U.S. under the cover of trade missions or as part of joint defense technology agreements between the two countries, the intelligence officials reportedly told Congress. 'Israel has crossed red lines,' Newsweek reported the officials as saying.

American counter-intelligence officials told members of the House Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees at the end of January that Israel's espionage activities in America are 'unrivaled and unseemly,' going far beyond the activities of other close allies, such as Germany, France, the U.K. and Japan.
'Their briefing was very alarming, even terrifying,' a congressional staffer familiar with the details of the issue told Newsweek."

—>Not alarming enough to be printed in The NYT, Israel's propaganda unit disguised as America's premier newspaper. 

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Common Dreams:
"Obama Blasted for Lumping Critics of Trade Deal Secrecy with Conspiracy Theorists. 'If the president is concerned that people don't know what's going on in the negotiations then the president should release the text and remove it from being a state secret.'

Critics of the highly-secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations responded with outrage after U.S. President Barack Obama charged they have a 'lack of knowledge of what is going on in the negotiations' and dismissed their concerns as 'conspiracy theories.'

The president made the comments this week during a press conference in Malaysia—one of the stops on his Asia-Pacific tour, aimed at advancing the TPP and the U.S. military 'pivot' to the region. His tour has been met with region-wide protests against the economic and military agenda of the U.S."

-->Readers of The NYT will never see Obama's statements, nor the criticisms of TPP secret deals. Our newspaper of record promotes Wall Street and corporate America over its readership's right to know.

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Independent UK:
"Amid the fast-moving and often confusing daily developments in Ukraine, it has fallen to relatively few journalists and observers to challenge the dominant western media narrative in order to expose that claims made by top policy officials and lawmakers in the U.S. and Europe should not be swallowed whole by those trying to understand the still volatile and unfolding crisis.

According to critics, the tendency of many news outlets, particularly in the U.S., to consistently blame the crisis on Russian interference ignores key historical (facts) and leads to skewed perceptions about the realities taking place on the ground.

Among those critics of the dominant narrative that has been pushed by the U.S. government and given uncritical coverage in many western outlets, Guardian's Seumas Milne pushed back heavily in his column on Thursday. Warning that the 'threat of war is growing' in Ukraine, Milne argues that the western hypocrisy concerning events in the country is made plain when the US and its European allies roundly condemn events now happening in the cities of eastern Ukraine that are 'the mirror image of what took place in Kiev a couple of months ago' which they supported and cheered.”


—>The US media routinely beats the drums of war before any real military conflict. As soon as the Pentagon wants popular support for another risky military adventure, newspapers like The NY Times are there to provide it.

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