Wednesday, March 07, 2018

972 Mag:
"Christian leaders announced that the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, one of the holiest sites in all of Christianity, will be closed indefinitely to protest a Knesset bill that will allow the government to seize church land, as well as a plan to tax church property.

In a statement released Sunday, the heads of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Armenian churches, the bodies responsible for governing the Holy Sepulcher and other Christian holy sites, denounced what they are calling 'a systematic' and 'offensive' campaign 'against the Churches and Christian community in the Holy Land, in flagrant violation of the existing Status Quo.' "

-->The NYT doesn't carry too many stories critical of Israel's illegal occupation of the West Bank. It omitted this one too.


Common Dreams:
"The non-partisan RAND Corporation's sweeping new analysis on gun policy in the U.S. reveals that gun violence would be reduced with stricter laws restricting access to firearms—but also stresses that efforts to complete research on the issue have often been stymied by a lack of resources, due to a funding freeze that was pushed by the National Rifle Association (NRA) decades ago.

Despite the lack of research to draw from, RAND's findings did point to the conclusion that laws to prevent children from accessing firearms can decrease suicides and unintentional injuries or deaths and that universal background checks would lead to a drop in suicides and violent crimes. Concealed-carry and stand-your-ground laws—both backed by the NRA—were also found to increase violent crimes. ...

The RAND Corporation points to a 1996 measure passed by Congress, known as the Dickey Amendment, which slashed $2.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) budget shortly after the agency published a study on the risks associated with having a gun in the home."

-->Amazing that the funds for studying gun violence were slashed by the NRA. Not amazing to readers of the NYT because the story wasn't carried. 


Common Dreams:
"Pushback on the left to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee continued on Friday with a trio of groups launching a campaign directed at DCCC chairman Ben Ray Luján demanding the political committee 'stop undermining progressive values.'

'Right now,' said Heidi Hess, co-director of CREDO Action, 'the DCCC's advice to candidates and its failure to fully embrace candidates of color is standing in the way of progress. That's why we're demanding that the DCCC immediately stop its shortsighted and unhelpful attacks on progressive values.' ...

'Their consultant-driven strategy seems to prefer milquetoast candidates who they believe can appeal to moderate Republicans over progressive candidates of color. This is what systemic racism looks like,'  Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats."

-->The NYT did not report this story, probably because our "newspaper of record" prefers corporate Democrats to real progressives. It likes the Dems just the way they are.

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