Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The New York Times:
The recent NYT article, "Yemen’s War Is a Tragedy. Is It Also a Crime?," stresses suffering and famine but fails completely when it comes to whose crimes may be involved. 

->The closest our newspaper of record gets to mentioning the US military, financial, and diplomatic support for the genocidal bombings is a mention of the "Saudi led coalition." Who is in the coalition? The NYT hopes its readers don't ask.

No action verbs here either. The Yemenis are "starving" rather than being starved. Yemen is "on the brink of famine" rather than being blockaded. When it comes to decimating the health care sector, "war" is the culprit, not the refueling of Saudi bombers by the US Air Force.

Finally, The NYT article asks "Will anyone be held accountable?" It is a rhetorical question because it never mentions the planes and bombs sold to Saudi Arabia by the US. In fact, it doesn't even mention the Saudis, except to say that the country is blocking a formal inquiry by the International Criminal Court.

The NYT is in it's usual role as apologist for imperial genocide. 

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The Guardian:
"Rules of war 'need urgent review' as civilian deaths hit record high. Germany and Austria urge UN member states to tackle ‘devastating harm’ caused by airstrikes and bombs in urban areas.

The record number of civilians killed or injured by explosive weapons in worldwide conflicts last year has prompted calls for UN member states to conduct an urgent review of military rules of engagement. ...

More than 32,000 civilian deaths or injuries were caused by explosive weapons in 2016, which represents 70% of all deaths and injuries, according to a paper submitted by Germany to the UN’s convention on certain conventional weapons (CWW)."

-->Why wouldn't the NYT cover this story, given the number of countries the US is now bombing. Obviously, the Pentagon does not want an urgent review of military rules of engagement. Just as obviously, the NYT almost always supports the empire. 

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Mondoweiss:
"Liberal Israeli leaders were contemplating genocide in Gaza already in 1967. That is what Israeli Prime Minster Levi Eshkol said in 1967 about Gaza, as revealed in newly declassified documents from the time. Ofer Aderet of Haaretz reported about this today.   

As I have already written, Eshkol, the leftist ‘liberal Zionist,’ was very willing to send Palestinians to the moon: 'I want them all to go, even if they go to the moon', he said. 

As is widely known, the standard UN definition of Genocide includes 'Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part'.

These newly declassified documents reveal that the genocidal policy was indeed there already in 1967. This is important, because it sheds light on later policies, such as Israel’s siege of Gaza, which is part of an ‘incremental genocide,’ as historian Ilan Pappe has been calling it since 2006, and it puts the notion of a 'huge concentration camp', the term Haaretz journalist Amira Hass has used for Gaza, in historical perspective."

-->Almost no US media covered this story. Like with Saudi Arabia's genocide, every attempt is made to hide the facts. Is the American media in love with murderous theocracies in the Middle East?

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