Thursday, October 12, 2017

The NYT:
"After 78 Killings, a Honduran Drug Lord Partners With the U.S."

-->In a recent front page article, the NYT wonders how the violence got so bad in Honduras. In the long article, there is not one mention of the popularly elected reformer, President Zelaya, who had been overthrown by a military coup in 2009. Nor any mention of the US backed thugs who took over. In fact, there is no mention of the coup at all. Down the NYT memory hole, that always favors militarism and empire building.

For those interested in how the US brought down Zelaya, we would have to look at an outside publication. To the NYT, the story is all about drug lords and US efforts to arrest them. The real story of the US and Hillary Clinton's involvement with setting up a military dictatorship in Honduras has be read in Aljazeera.

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The Guardian UK:
"The US government has declared 'black identity extremists' a violent threat, according to a leaked report from the FBI’s counter-terrorism division.
The assessment, obtained by Foreign Policy, has raised fears about federal authorities racially profiling activists and aggressively prosecuting civil rights protesters. ...

The FBI’s dedicated surveillance of black activists follows a long history of the US government aggressively monitoring protest movements and working to disrupt civil rights groups, but the scrutiny of African Americans by a domestic terrorism unit was particularly alarming to some free speech campaigners.

'When we talk about enemies of the state and terrorists, with that comes an automatic stripping of those people’s rights to speak and protest,' said Mohammad Tajsar, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union. 'It marginalizes what are legitimate voices within the political debate that are calling for racial and economic justice.' ”

-->The mouthpiece of the FBI, our very own NYT, didn't print this story. 

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The Guardian UK:
"The speech by British Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn at last week’s annual party conference included an unequivocal declaration of solidarity with the Palestinians. 'Let’s give real support to end the oppression of the Palestinian people, the 50-year occupation and illegal settlement expansion and move to a genuine two-state solution,' he told delegates as they rose to their feet in applause. ...

In truth, Corbyn’s declaration of support for the Palestinian cause came as sections of his party’s establishment demonstrated once again that they are determined to subvert his leadership. And the issue they have selected as his Achilles’ heel relates directly to the debate about the Palestinians’ future. ... Given that they failed to be rid of Corbyn, sections of the party establishment have concentrated instead on wounding him, in the hope that the injury will eventually prove fatal.

The accusation that has gained most traction, gleefully repeated by a British media openly hostile to the Labour leader, is that, under Corbyn’s watch, anti-semitism has spread like wildfire through the party. On this view, Corbyn’s support for Palestinian rights has unleashed a dormant Jew hatred from the dark recesses of the British left."

-->This nasty story of how the charge of "anti-Semitism" is being used to wound and disable true progressives in the Labour Party wasn't covered in the NYT. Maybe that's because our newspaper of record ignores the same tactics being used in the Democratic Party here at home.

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