Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mondoweiss:
"The New York Times’ decision to run an op-ed by imprisoned Palestinian political leader Marwan Barghouti in its international edition raised many eyebrows and sparked a vigorous reaction. The article, penned to commemorate hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners on Palestinian Prisoners Day, pulls no punches against the regime that has imprisoned Mr. Barghouti. Barghouti assails Israel’s imprisonment of near 40 percent of Palestinian men, its systematic violation of the laws of war, and the lack of basic due process in Israel’s military tribunals.

The backlash that ensued included the former Israeli ambassador accusing the Times of being complicit in terrorism, while the Israeli prison authorities moved Barghouti into solitary confinement. Under intense lobbying pressure, the New York Times updated the article by describing Barghouti’s convictions in the Israeli court system following his abduction by the Israeli military. Now, readers of the article are introduced to Barghouti’s insightful perspective alongside a byline that slanders him as a convicted terrorist and a murderer. There is no mention of the fact that Barghouti’s convictions, although carried out through a civilian rather than military court, similarly lacked basic process-related protections and was widely viewed by observers as a political show trial that violated the guarantees of international law. Further, Barghouti’s defiant refusal to accept the legitimacy of the Israeli court proceedings–an act of civil disobedience–is left unexplained."
http://mondoweiss.net/2017/04/israelpalestine-contributors-doesnt/

-->The NYT gets slammed and changes its story on Barghouti to make him out as a convicted terrorist.

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Vanity Fair:
"Chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are a group of pesticides that are a big money-maker for Dow Chemical, with the company selling approximately 5 million pounds of chlorpyrifos in the U.S. each year, according to the Associated Press. ...

Luckily for Dow, the E.P.A. is now run by climate-change skeptic and general enemy of living things Scott Pruitt, who last month said he would reverse 'an Obama-era effort to bar the use of Dow's chlorpyrifos pesticide on food after recent peer-reviewed studies found that even tiny levels of exposure could hinder the development of children's brains.' Plus, Dow Chemical C.E.O. Andrew Liveris is good buddies with President Donald Trump. So, you can see how the company, which the AP reports also spent $13.6 million on lobbying last year, might feel like it is in the clear."
http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/04/dow-chemical-endangered-species

-->Dow paying to pollute, even though children's brains will pay the price. Why didn't the NYT do an article on this corporate corruption of our political process?

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Common Dreams:
"The Massachusetts Democratic Party has been plunged into turmoil by a proposed resolution stating that Israel's illegal settlements in the West Bank are an obstacle to peace between Israel and Palestine, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

Carol Coakley of Millis, Mass., proposed the resolution that reads in part: 'the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee affirm our support for the long-standing U.S. policy of the State Department and every administration from President Lyndon Johnson to President Barack Obama, that Israel's settlements in the occupied West Bank are obstacles to peace.' Coakley has been a member of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee for 18 years, the Globe notes.

'This resolution targets a hypocrisy in the position of the national Democratic Party which says it supports a two-state solution, but gives huge aid and backing to Israel and very little to Palestinians,' said Cole Harrison, Massachusetts Peace Action.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/21/massachusetts-dems-turmoil-over-proposal-condemn-west-bank-settlements

-->The NYT does not like to remind readers of how the Democratic Party has been bought off by the Israel Lobby. It didn't carry this story.

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