Thursday, September 07, 2017

"The veterans association of the USS Liberty, the intelligence ship attacked by Israel during the 1967 war, issued a press release this week reporting that the American Legion, 'the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization,' approved a resolution at its convention last week calling on Congress to investigate the June 8 attack, which killed 34 sailors and injured scores more. ...

He credited the shift to a general change in American attitudes toward Israel for 'a whole bunch of different little reasons,' including the growth of Jewish groups that question Zionism and the 50th anniversary of the occupation, to the rising awareness among Americans about Palestinian conditions, making it difficult to suppress the truth. ...

Gallo said that Legion leadership has long opposed an investigation because it doesn’t want to rock the boat of US Israel friendship, even if that means overlooking the deaths of 34 Americans."

-- >The US media has long hidden the murders of 34 American sailers aboard the USS Libery in 1967. It is an astounding suppression that symbolizes the control of US media by the Israel Lobby.


Common Dreams:
"The New York Times came under fire on Wednesday for running what critics characterized as 'uncontested propaganda' in the form of an op-ed by notorious war profiteer and Blackwater founder Erik Prince.

As in his other prominent op-eds that ran recently in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, Prince—the brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos—pitched his plan to largely privatize the 16-year war in Afghanistan. Many have denounced this for-profit scheme—which would place the war in the hands of an American 'viceroy' and private mercenaries—as tantamount to 'colonialism.'

On Wednesday, though, commentators began directing their ire at the outlet that 'uncritically' provided a platform for Prince's 'advertorial.' 'Why is the New York Times op-ed page publishing Erik Prince's sales pitch for more mercenaries?' asked The New Republic's Sarah Jones."

-- >The NYT is pitching the neoliberal privatization of even the US military. Have they no shame?


The Guardian UK:
Rouhanicare: Iranian president's unsung domestic success. Healthcare plan has given coverage to millions previous unable to afford a doctor. ...

In the course of the past three years, Rouhani’s health ministry has insured nearly 11 million Iranians, meaning that those who were not previously covered, like the unemployed or the poor, are now protected. ...

'We have taken big steps to protect the social welfare of those with lower incomes and the nationwide healthcare plan’s implementation means all Iranians are now covered by medical insurance,' Rouhani said in his inauguration ceremony last month." 

-- >No NYT coverage of this story. Perhaps it's too shameful for the empire's newspaper to admit that Third World countries can do what we can't, give its citizens universal healthcare.

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