Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Guardian UK:
"The international movement to boycott Israel over its treatment of Palestinians has received backing from one of the largest Protestant churches in the US, as two other major denominations prepare to vote on whether or not to divest money from the Jewish state.

The United Church of Christ’s general assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in favor of divesting funds at its synod in Cleveland. Further votes by the Episcopal Church and the Mennonite Church USA were expected on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Inspired by the sanctions campaign against apartheid South Africa, the Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS) campaign, encourages organizations and institutions such as universities and churches to divest from Israel until 'the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel' have been recognized.
Anna Baltzer, a Jewish American national organizer with the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, was in Cleveland for the UCC vote. 'To me it’s very symbolic to see that this is not one church, this is not two churches, this is churches of the United States moving on this issue,' Baltzer said."

-->No mention of these church votes in the NYT. Readers will have to go to an English newspaper to find out about US churches that have decided to divest from Israeli apartheid. 

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The Guardian UK:
"The US government is investigating allegations that a hitlist of activists was circulated to special forces units of the Honduran military with instructions to eliminate the targets, including Berta Cáceres, the celebrated environmental campaigner who was later gunned down in her home.

US officials have been in contact with counterparts in the Honduran government, as well as individuals and groups that monitor human rights in the country, to look into the allegations of a hitlist that were first reported in the Guardian.

The US ambassador to Honduras, James Nealon, told the Guardian: 'We take allegations of human rights abuses with the utmost seriousness. We always take immediate action to ensure the security and safety of people where there is a credible threat.' "

-->The US media doesn't take these human rights abuses with much seriousness, however. The bloodbath in Honduras is the product of US military support for another dictatorship, a fact that the NYT avoids. Hillary's bloody fingerprints are all over the killings of human rights activists in Honduras. 

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Common Dreams:
"A new leak provides further confirmation that the pro-corporate TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the U.S. and European Union would result in 'a giant leap backward in our fight to keep fossil fuels in the ground.'

As the 14th round of TTIP negotiations started in Brussels on Monday, the Guardian reported that the latest draft of the agreement 'could sabotage European efforts to save energy and switch to clean power.'
The draft energy chapter obtained by the Guardian 'shows that the EU will propose a rollback of mandatory energy savings measures, and major obstacles to any future pricing schemes designed to encourage the uptake of renewable energies,' wrote reporter Arthur Nelson. "

-->Readers of the NYT will never understand these disastrous trade deals because our "newspaper of record" refuses to report any of the negatives. All the news that Wall Street sees as fit to print.

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