Thursday, May 28, 2015

The NY Times:
In a Sunday article entitled "The Making of Great Ex-Presidents," Jimmy Carter was included for the work of the Carter Center, but not for his involvement in Israel/Palestine. His groundbreaking book: "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid" was also omitted, possibly to make room for several sentences about his campaign to eradicate the Guinea worm. The only fault The NYT mentions is Carter's approval of the "questionable election processes in Venezuela in 2004." Who questioned the election process? Only the US State Department; the rest of the world judged it to be a fair election.

For proof the election was flawed, The NYT on-line addition turns to Dr. Ricardo Hausmann, Harvard professor and resident critic of Venezuela. Hausmann was the economic advisor to a previous Venezuelan president who's neoliberal policies resulted in great suffering and repression in 1989. He then fled to the US to publish articles about Venezuelan election fraud. Typically, his articles are discredited by international election observers. 

-->So we have Israel's human rights violations omitted, and Venezuela's election process criticized, with a CIA planted academic to back up the charges. All the news that the empire thinks is fit to print.

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Democracy Now!:
"El Salvadoran Archbishop ├ôscar Romero will be beatified Saturday in San Salvador in a step toward sainthood. Archbishop Romero was known as the 'voice of the voiceless,' an advocate for the poor and leading critic of the U.S.-backed Salvadoran military government. 

He was killed March 24, 1980, by members of a U.S.-backed death squad while delivering mass at a hospital chapel. His assassination was ordered by Salvadoran military officer Roberto D’Aubuisson, a graduate of the U.S.-run School of the Americas. An envoy of Pope Francis will lead his beatification before an expected audience of hundreds of thousands of people."

-->The NY Times ran a much longer story about Oscar Romero. Strangely, no mention was made of the US backed death squad that killed him. Roberto D’Aubuisson's link to the US run School of the Americas was left out as well. The US funded and armed the brutal repression in El Salvador during he 1980's, yet our newspaper of record can't bring itself to admit it. It is that important to keep the US citizens unaware of these dirty wars waged in their name?

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Common Dreams:
"Under Shadow of Trade Deal, US Pesticide Lobby Pressured EU to Dump Toxic Pesticide Rules. Report details how corporate lobbyists mobilized to stop the EU from regulating hormone disrupting chemicals known to have significant health and environmental impacts

Under pressure from the U.S. and agrochemical industry lobbyists and amid ongoing negotiations for a controversial trade deal, the European Union dropped planned rules that could have led to the banning of 31 pesticides containing hazardous chemicals, a new investigative report has revealed.

The probe, led by the Brussels-based research and watchdog group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) and French journalist Stephane Horel, exposes how corporate lobby groups like the American Chemistry Council, CropLife America, and the American Chambers of Commerce, mobilized to stop the EU from taking action on hormone (endocrine) disrupting chemicals (EDCs)—known to have significant health and environmental impacts.

-->This story of using trade deals to cut back on environmental protections didn't make it into The NY Times. Obama is attacked for keeping these trade deals secret. What about our newspaper of record? 

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