Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Common Dreams:
"As Yemen Cholera Cases Reach 500,000, US and UK Condemned for Complicity. The epidemic is a 'man-made disaster driven by national and international politics,' said Oxfam's Katy Wright. ...

Wright went on to single out two world superpowers—the United States and the United Kingdom—that have fueled conflict in Yemen by providing weaponry and intelligence to Saudi Arabia, which has for years been waging a relentless bombing campaign against its neighbor. ...

'In backing this war with billions of dollars of arms sales and military support, the U.S. and the U.K. are complicit in the suffering of millions of people in Yemen.' "

-->The NYT doesn't print stories that make the empire look bad. Our newspaper of record omitted Oxfam's condemnation. 


Common Dreams:
"This Is A Sick Child: Trump Gets A Twice-Daily Folder of Good News About Himself. This Is Not the Onion, Though We Wish It Was.

Thanks to leakers, VICE News reports that twice a day since the start of his unpresidency, Trump has gotten delivery of a folder of admiring tweets, stories, interviews, screenshots and other news about how bigly great he is. According to Politico, we the people pay a flunkie $89,000 a year to dig up the stuff. Sometimes, there are just photos of Trump on TV 'looking powerful.' Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer often did battle to see who got to bring the packet from the 'war room'; in the weeks since their departures, delivery of the 'propaganda document' has been more sporadic.

-->Does our neo-Nazi president have an image problem? More like a whole country with an image problem. The NYT avoided printing this story.


Global Research:
“ 'New data compiled by the World Socialist Web Site, with the assistance of other Internet-based news outlets and search technology experts, proves that a massive loss of readership observed by socialist, anti-war and progressive web sites over the past three months has been caused by a cumulative 45 percent decrease in traffic from Google searches.'

The drop followed the implementation of changes in Google’s search evaluation protocols. In a statement issued on April 25, Ben Gomes, the company’s vice president for engineering, stated that Google’s update of its search engine would block access to 'offensive' sites, while working to surface more 'authoritative content.' ...

'In late May, changes to Google’s algorithm negatively impacted the volume of traffic to the Common Dreams website from organic Google searches,' said Aaron Kaufman, director of development at progressive news outlet Common Dreams. 'Since May, traffic from Google Search as a percentage of total traffic to the Common Dreams website has decreased nearly 50 percent.' ”

-->Is Google deliberately diverting searches away from leftist webpages? And why wouldn't this brazen attack on political expression be of interest to the NYT? Could be that the NYT cares more about pleasing the giant corporations than informing its readers.

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