Thursday, September 13, 2018

Mondoweiss:
"Up till now, the news reporting in the Times on the anti-semitism charges against the British Labour Party had been fair and the opinion pieces noxious, but now the news reporting is lining up with the noxious folk. Yesterday’s article datelined London, says that Jeremy Corbyn’s 'anti-Semitism crisis' is 'largely of his own making' ...

For that is the central issue in the Western debate: The instant Palestinians start getting support from someone who might have real power, the anti-Semite accusation is wheeled out, everyone remembers Who The Real Victims Are, and Palestinians are shoved under the bus.

That is the whole point of these charges. The discourse of anti-semitism is currently the central issue in the Western world for anyone who favors Palestinian rights, and I just wish people would start constantly and consistently pointing to the elephant in the room, which is that these fake anti-Semitism charges are not innocent. They are racist against Palestinians."

-->This refreshing opinion about the use of antisemitism charges to defeat progressive candidates in the US and England can't be read in our mainstream media. Are Zionists simply shills for the corporate elite, who certainly don't want these candidates to win elections?

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Asia Times:
"Hanoi is demanding compensation from US manufacturers of the chemical defoliant Agent Orange, as a last resort to help families still suffering traumatic birth defects almost 50 years after the end of the Vietnam war. ...

From 1961 to 1971, the US dropped more than 75 million liters of Agent Orange and other herbicides over Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in what was then called Operation Ranch Hand, in a scorched-earth policy to strip the terrain of foliage and food supplies in an effort to defeat the Viet Cong. ...

[N]ew generations of the Vietnamese population continue to suffer from prolonged effects of the poison through the food supply as well as deformed children from genetic mutations passed on by their parents. The Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) says more than 4.8 million people were exposed to the herbicide and 3 million of them suffered deadly diseases."

-->The NYT, ever the apologist for the empire's war crimes, didn't print this story.

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Common Dreams:
"With the premiere of his latest documentary film, 'Fahrenheit 11/9,' receiving a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, filmmaker and activist Michael Moore issued a plea to audiences to come away from the movie with an understanding that simply removing President Donald Trump from office won't do away with the circumstances which led to him being there.

'Donald J. Trump did not just fall from the sky,' wrote Moore in a statement on his website. 'His rise to the presidency was not an aberration and should not have come as a shock.' ...

The film examines some of the undercurrents of American culture which Moore has explored in his previous films: the unchecked corporate greed which has led to the decimation of whole communities and the 2008 financial meltdown, the subject of his films 'Roger and Me' and 'Capitalism: A Love Story'; the immense power of private interest groups like the NRA and for-profit health insurance companies, as he explored in 'Bowling for Columbine' and 'Sicko.' "

-->Lucky for the corrupt, corporate political system we are all burdened with, our newspaper of record didn't report Moore's new film.

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