Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mondoweiss:
"The New York Times has published an important front-page attack on the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement on campus. The long article asserts that BDS is allied with anti-Semitism, beginning with its title, 'Campus Debates on Israel Drive a Wedge Between Jews and Minorities.'

The heart of the article is the claim that BDS is exploiting resentment on the part of disenfranchised minorities toward privileged Jews to push its cause (Palestinian solidarity), but it is only stirring up anti-Semitic rancor and will achieve nothing.

Reporters Jennifer Medina and Tamar Lewin ignore all the Jews who support BDS, as the most powerful newspaper in the country seeks to frame BDS as a 'hostile' force. The piece is important because it reflects the growing success of the BDS movement."

-->BDS is on the move. Campuses all over the country are debating Israeli apartheid. Sadly, The NY Times reports on BDS to paint Jewish students on campus as the victims.

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Common Dreams:
"What better way to advertise military culture—and recruit teenagers—than by staging heartfelt salutes to 'hometown heroes' at professional football games in front of thousands of fans?

That, apparently, is what Department of Defense officials thought when they shelled out at least $5.4 million of U.S. taxpayer' money to 14 NFL teams between 2011 and 2014—to pay them to promote the military on and off the field. ...

But Matt Stys, an Iraq veteran and member of Iraq Veterans Against the War based in Colorado, told Common Dreams that the revelations point to something far more insidious: the permeation of military propaganda into every aspect of U.S. life."

-->The NY Times didn't cover this story, and rarely covers Pentagon propaganda. But there may be more than pro football involved:

"Don't want to go to college? All Things Considered had the answer today: join the military. All the interviews were with recruiters and with soldiers thrilled to be in the Armed Services. It's good money, and you can choose what training you want! Or so this poorly produced piece would have high school graduates believe.

As a veteran, I am ashamed that NPR didn't bring up the possibility of sexual assault, PTSD, or being wounded in America's endless wars. Recruiting contracts do NOT guarantee that you will get the training you sign up for. Moreover, one out of every three homeless men are veterans, and veterans commit suicide at twice the civilian rate. Is the Pentagon the new cosponsor of All Things Considered? That might account for this shabby piece of journalism."
-Fred Nagel, letter to NPR

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Common Dreams:
"Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers’ use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers.

GMO corn and soybeans have been genetically engineered to withstand being blasted with glyphosate – an herbicide that the World Health Organization recently classified as 'probably carcinogenic to humans.' The proximity of many schools to fields blanketed in the chemical puts kids at risk of exposure. But it gets worse.

Over-reliance on glyphosate has spawned the emergence of 'superweeds' that resist the herbicide, so now producers of GMO crops are turning to even more harmful chemicals. First up is 2,4-D, a World War II-era defoliant that has been linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Parkinson’s disease and reproductive problems. Young children are especially vulnerable to it."

-->Monsanto and Israel enjoy a privileged status at The NYT. Unfavorable news like this is often just left out of the reporting.

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