Thursday, April 14, 2016

Popular Resistance:
"Exclusive: Mainstream U.S. journalism and propaganda are getting hard to tell apart, as with the flurry of 'corruption' stories aimed at Russia’s Putin and other demonized foreign leaders, writes Robert Parry.

Sadly, some important duties of journalism, such as applying evenhanded standards on human rights abuses and financial corruption, have been so corrupted by the demands of government propaganda – and the careerism of too many writers – that I now become suspicious whenever the mainstream media trumpets some sensational story aimed at some 'designated villain.'

Far too often, this sort of 'journalism' is just a forerunner to the next 'regime change' scheme, dirtying up or delegitimizing a foreign leader before the inevitable advent of a 'color revolution' organized by 'democracy-promoting' NGOs often with money from the U.S. government’s National Endowment for Democracy or some neoliberal financier like George Soros." 

-->The NYT is busy doing the empire's work, using the “Panama Papers” to demonize leaders in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, all members of the BRICS economic system now challenging the dominance of the G-7 and the International Monetary Fund. Is Hillary any less corrupted by the millions flowing in from Wall St?


The Guardian UK:
"As night fell over Paris, thousands of people sat cross-legged in the vast square at Place de la République, taking turns to pass round a microphone and denounce everything from the dominance of Google to tax evasion or inequality on housing estates.

The debating continued into the early hours of the morning, with soup and sandwiches on hand in the canteen tent and a protest choir singing revolutionary songs. A handful of protesters in tents then bedded down to 'occupy' the square for the night before being asked to move on by police just before dawn. But the next morning they returned to set up their protest camp again.

For more than a week, these vast nocturnal protest gatherings – from parents with babies to students, workers, artists and pensioners – have spread across France, rising in number, and are beginning to panic the government. Called Nuit debout, which loosely means 'rise up at night', the protest movement is increasingly being likened to the Occupy initiative that mobilised hundreds of thousands of people in 2011 or Spain’s Indignados."

-->The NYT just hates movements like this that discomfort the 1%. It hasn't printed a story on this French movement yet, although an AP story can be found on the NYT website. 


"The continued operation of the 'decaying' 40-year-old Indian Point nuclear power plant up the Hudson River from New York City 'makes no sense,' said Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders two weeks before the New York State presidential primary.

The two, 1970s-era Indian Point nuclear reactors, situated about 25 miles (40 km) north of New York City and within 50 miles of 20 million residents, have come under increased scrutiny of late as the facility has experienced nine occurrences of technical problems in the past year or so. Four of them were serious enough to shut down the plant, RT's Alexey Yaroshevsky reported in February. ...

'Even in a perfect world where energy companies didn’t make mistakes, nuclear power is and always has been a dangerous idea because there is no good way to store nuclear waste,' [Bernie] Sanders said. 'That is why the United States must lead the world in transforming our energy system away from nuclear power and fossil fuels.' "

-->Bernie's statement on Indian Point never made it into our newspaper of record, or into most of our other national, corporate controlled media. It did appear in some local papers and on WAMC.

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