Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Common Dreams:
"Sparking concerns that party leadership is making the same mistakes that have rendered them increasingly powerless and without an inspiring vision, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is reportedly carrying out a massive staff shake-up in which veteran progressives are being purged and 'left out in the cold.'

"This doesn't bring the party together, it deepens the divide at a time we need all hands on deck," James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute and prominent Sanders supporter who was ousted from the DNC Executive Committee, wrote on Twitter Thursday. ...

According to Alex Seitz-Wald of NBC News, Zogby is hardly alone. '[S]everal key longtime officials have lost their posts since the staff changes began,' Seitz-Wald writes, a fact that many have interpreted as 'retaliation for their opposition to DNC Chairman Tom Perez.'

-->The neoliberal faction of the Democratic Party is getting rid of progressives, and the NYT didn't think it newsworthy. Our newspaper of record likes the corporate wing of the party. Why tell on them?

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Common Dreams:
"Documents Reveal Active U.S. Support of Indonesian Mass Killings in 1960s.
While some describe the newly-released cables as showing the U.S. 'stood by' as atrocities were committed, documents show American support amounted to active involvement.

Newly declassified files from the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta confirm the extent to which American officials supported the killings of hundreds of thousands of Indonesians in the 1960s, as the U.S. worked to keep Southeast Asia from falling into Communist control.

This narrative emboldened the Indonesian military, paramilitaries and others to oversee the killings of 500,000 Indonesians who were suspected Communists, including students and union members."

-->The NYT takes stories like this and sends them down the memory hole. No wonder most Americans see US foreign policy as benevolent. The rest of the world knows better.

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Common Dreams:
"Carnage in Somalia Was 'Revenge' for Children Killed in US Raid: Report
Suggesting blowback, investigators say bomber may have had very personal reason for attack: the killing of civilians by U.S. forces earlier this year.

New details emerged Tuesday about the possible motivations behind a bomb attack that killed more than 300 people in the Somalia capital of Mogadishu over the weekend—the deadliest such violence in the nation's history—with the information suggesting the bombing may been in direct retaliation for a raid by U.S. soldiers this summer that left 10 civilians, including children, dead."

-->The NYT never reports stories like this. If the real reasons were given print space, the US empire might begin looking like the cause of world terrorism rather than the solution. 

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