Thursday, February 21, 2019

Common Dreams:
"In a 'landmark' ruling on Thursday, a federal court in North Dakota tossed out a "baseless" case against Greenpeace and other environmental and Indigenous activists who organized protests against the deeply controversial Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), which drew thousands of people to the Standing Rock Indian Reservation in 2016.

District Judge Billy Roy Wilson dismissed (pdf) all claims against all defendants in a lawsuit brought by fossil fuel giant Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), which sought to hold the water protectors liable under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for millions of dollars in alleged damages.

'This is what happens when greedy corporations go after Indigenous women grounded in the power of prayer, the power of relationship building, and the power of collective organizing.' —Krystal Two Bulls, defendant."

-->The NYT let Reuters cover the story and didn't print this victory over baseless lawsuits against environmental activists. Our congratulations goes out to Krystal Two Bulls, who was interviewed recently on Activist Radio!

"New legislation passed in the Senate seeks to legalize the right of individual state governments to force American companies to certify they won’t engage in economic boycotts of Israel as a condition for receiving government contracts.

Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, if signed into law, would allow states to withhold government funding from entities unwilling to certify they will not boycott Israel. ...

But only 22.5% of American adults favor anti-boycott measures. A new representative IRmep poll conducted through Google Surveys finds that 74.9% of Americans oppose forcing government contractors to forswear boycotts.

-->The NYT doesn't really care if most Americans are against a proposed law outlawing boycotts. Out newspaper of record is too busy smearing Representatives Ms. Omar and Ms. Tlaib as antisemites to print stories about what most citizens want.


Common Dreams:
"With Trump Pushing Regime Change in Venezuela, Critics Warn News Outlets Failing US Viewers Once Again. ...

According to Johnson [contributor to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting], 'The self-aggrandizing, 'factchecking' brigade that emerged to confront the Trump administration is suddenly nonexistent as it rolls out a transparent, cynical PR strategy to delegitimize a Latin American government it's trying to overthrow. ... If the U.S. had a major state TV network it would sound exactly like this. 100% pure, uncritical cheerleading. CNN, which markets themselves as brave truth-tellers in the age of Trump, read off the Trump admin script word for word.' "

-->Yes, our media is little more than Pravda when it comes to cheerleading U.S. interventions abroad. Pentagon propaganda is all we ever get from the NYT on down.

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