Thursday, December 20, 2018

NY Books:
"The Pro-Israel Push to Purge US Campus Critics. There are signs that we’ve reached a tipping point in US public recognition of Israel’s suppression of the rights of Palestinians as a legitimate human rights concern. Increasingly, students on campuses across the country are calling on their universities to divest from companies that do business in Israel. Newly elected members of Congress are saying what was once unsayable: that perhaps the US should question its unqualified diplomatic and financial support for Israel ...

At the same time, discussions on college campuses about the complexities of freedom, history, and belonging in Israel and Palestine are under increasing pressure and potential censorship from right-wing entities. In fact, new policies adopted by the US and Israeli governments are intended to eliminate any rigorous discussion of Israeli–Palestinian politics in university settings. Not since the McCarthyite anti-Communist purges have we seen such an aggressive effort to censor teaching and learning on topics the government disfavors. 

Especially chilling, the US Department of Education recently adopted a new definition of anti-Semitism, one that equates any criticism of Israel with a hatred of Jews."

-->When is the pro apartheid NYT going to cover the new McCarthyism on college campuses? There is so much to talk about, yet our "newspaper of record" sticks to the Zionist script.    

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Common Dreams:
"As Grassroots Momentum Surges, Over 300 Local Officials From 40 States Declare Support for Green New Deal. With support for a Green New Deal growing rapidly at the grassroots, in Congress, and among potential 2020 presidential candidates, over 300 local elected officials from 40 states threw their support behind the bold proposal in an open letter released on Friday, declaring that it is 'time to end the era of fossil fuel production and build our clean energy future together.' ...

The decision by dozens of mayors, state legislators, and city council members to back a Green New Deal comes as people in the United States and around the world are pressuring their leaders to abandon incremental approaches to the climate crisis and adopt ambitious policies that are in line with the latest science."

-->To the the NYT, the "Green New Deal" isn't even worthy of one story. It leaves over news sources like AP to cover popular movements to save our planet. The NYT remains part of the problem rather than part of the solution on climate change.

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Common Dreams:
"The United States was a near global outlier Monday at the United Nations General Assembly in rejecting a framework to bolster international cooperation on refugees.

Only Hungary—headed by far-right Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose administration has been accused of carrying out 'a full-frontal assault on migrants and refugees'—joined the U.S. in voting 'no' on the Global Compact on Refugees (pdf). One hundred eighty-one nations voted to approve it, while three—the Dominican Republic, Eritrea, and Libya—abstained. ...

According to U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi, the compact 'provides long overdue recognition that countries hosting large numbers of refugees provide a huge service to our shared humanity and sets out ways through which the rest of the world can help share the load.' "

-->The NYT has long considered itself the cheerleader for the image of the US abroad. It didn't cover this story. All the propaganda that is "fit to print"?

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