Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Guardian UK:
"A senior UN official has said Israel’s killing of a Palestinian wheelchair user protesting against Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was 'incomprehensible', as Israel said the man had not been targeted.

A statement issued by Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh was shot in the head by Israeli security forces close to the Gaza border fence on Friday.

Hussein said there was nothing to suggest Abu Thurayeh posed an imminent threat when he was killed, and 'the facts gathered so far by my staff in Gaza strongly suggest that the force used against [him] was excessive. ... Given his severe disability, which must have been clearly visible to those who shot him, his killing is incomprehensible – a truly shocking and wanton act.' ”

-->The NYT does not print stories about wanton murders committed by Israel. Our newspaper of record did not carry this assassination, severely limiting the reporting of this murder by the rest of the US media.

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The Guardian UK:
"A United Nations independent expert presented a searing indictment of the wealth gap in the United States, saying that 'contrasts between private wealth and public squalor abound' and that the Republican tax plan 'is essentially a bid to make the U.S. the world champion of extreme inequality.'

The recent statement by Philip Alston, U.N. Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, follows his two-week visit to Alabama, California, Georgia, Puerto Rico, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.. Based on the fact-finding mission, he said, 'The American Dream is rapidly becoming the American Illusion as the U.S. ... now has the lowest rate of social mobility of any of the rich countries.'

Regarding the tax plan Congress is considering, Alston said, 'The dramatic cuts in welfare, foreshadowed by the President and [House] Speaker Ryan, and already beginning to be implemented by the administration, will essentially shred crucial dimensions of a safety net that is already full of holes. It is against this background that my report is presented.' "

-->This unvarnished account of US billionaires stealing from the poorest of Americans didn't make it into The NYT. Criticizing Trump is OK, but the newspaper can't escape its long history of being a propaganda tool of the empire. 

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The Guardian UK:
"Rogue Nations Prevail as US Vetoes UN Attempt to Nullify Trump's Jerusalem Move. It's true that Trump just isolated the U.S. for the perceived benefit of Israel: strange behavior for an 'America First' adherent. But it's also true that the US has been isolating itself for decades for the benefit of Israel.

The U.S. once again found itself pitted against the international community on Monday when it single-handedly killed a U.N. Security Council resolution that sought to nullify President Donald Trump's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Trump's move, which further normalized the occupation, sparked protests across the globe and earned the condemnation of Middle Eastern and European nations. The 14-1 vote on Monday—with every member of the Security Council uniting against the Trump administration—further solidified the status of the U.S. and Israel as 'rogue nations,' critics argued.

-->What rogue nation? The NYT didn't print this story about how America's biased support for Israel has isolated our country from the rest of the world.

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