Monday, September 19, 2016

Common Dreams:
"It has been revealed that the maker of a powerful, addictive opioid drug is bankrolling the opposition to the effort to legalize and regulate marijuana for recreational use in Arizona.

The Phoenix New Times reported Thursday that Insys Therapeutics, the company behind the fentanyl-based medication Subsys, made a $500,000 donation to the group Arizonans for Responsible Drug Policy (ARDP), which is leading the campaign against Proposition 205. On the ballot in November, Prop. 205 would allow people 21 years of age or older to possess up to one ounce of marijuana ...

'You have a company using profits from the sale of what has been called the most potent and dangerous opioid on the market to prevent adults from using a far less harmful substance," Holyoak said [chair of the Prop. 205].

-->Big Pharma trying to keep people addicted to narcotics? The story didn't interest the NYT, which often protects the pharmaceutical industry.

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The Guardian UK:
"The rate of serious injuries caused by police and private security increased nearly 50% from 2001 to 2014, according to a new study from Harvard public health researchers that looked at emergency room visits.

An article published this week reviewed hospital emergency room data to analyze non-fatal injuries following 'legal intervention' – defined in this study as a wound inflicted by police officers or private security guards. In the 14-year period examined, the rate of these injuries per 100,000 people increased by 47.4%. The analysis is one of few that can provide a longitudinal study of police use of force over time, according to lead author Justin Feldman.

The article also concluded that black civilians, and particularly black men, are significantly more likely to be injured by police than their white counterparts, a trend carried over in numerous analyses of police killings and fatal shootings."

-->Why wouldn't the NYT carry this story? Our newspaper of record sees it's role as protecting the establishment. In this case, it didn't want to make the cops look worse than they already do. We have to go to a foreign newspaper to read research done on American cops by Harvard University.

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The Guardian UK:
"Former secretary of state Henry Kissinger jeopardized US efforts to stop mass killings by Argentina’s 1976-83 military dictatorship by congratulating the country’s military leaders for 'wiping out' terrorism, according to a large trove of newly declassified state department files.

The documents, which were released on Monday night, show how Kissinger’s close relationship to Argentina’s military rulers hindered Jimmy Carter’s carrot-and-stick attempts to influence the regime during his 1977-81 presidency."
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/09/henry-kissinger-mass-killings-argentina-declassified-files

-->The NYT doesn't cover Kissinger war crimes. Why remind readers how terrible he was since he is Hillary's role model?

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The Guardian UK:
"The aging former head of Argentina’s air force has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the abduction and disappearance of a married couple of young activists during this country’s bloody 1976-83 dictatorship. ...

At the time of her abduction, Roisinblit, a 25-year-old medical student, was eight months pregnant. She was kept alive by her captors for several weeks, then murdered after she gave birth. Her newborn baby boy was handed over to air force intelligence operative Francisco Gómez and his wife Teodora Jofre to raise as their own.

Roisinblit’s son, Guillermo Pérez Roisinblit, only found out his true identity at the age of 21 and was a plaintiff in the trial. Gómez, the man who he grew up believing was his father, was sentenced to 12 years for his part in the affair."

-->Of course, these are the types of crimes that Kissinger was particularly fond of. The mainstream media generally hides these stories, although ABC news did cover it.

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