Wednesday, May 18, 2022

YouTube:

Weapons 4 Ukraine (& Military Industrial Complex). 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3pnFR7DeZA


-->This video has you laughing until you cry. This video is about how the weapons lobbyists repeat their message endlessly on news programs, both in Britain and the US. Such sympathy for the the suffering in Ukraine! So intent on squeezing the last billion out of our national budgets for the weapons makers. Here is an "expert" tied to Rathion. Enjoy the video!


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Common Dreams:

"During a rally in support of U.S. House candidate Summer Lee on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders called out super PACs bankrolled by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and billionaire donors for spending big to crush progressives in Pennsylvania and elsewhere across the country, efforts that the Vermont senator decried as 'pathetic' and corrosive to democracy.


'If they are successful, they will carry this into November,' Sanders warned at the event in Pittsburgh, which was held days before the May 17 Democratic primary in Pennsylvania's 12th Congressional District. 'They have billions of dollars at their disposal.'


'We need a strong progressive like Summer in the Congress,' Sanders added. 'But honestly it is even more important that we tell these billionaires that we will not allow them to buy elections and control this democracy.' "

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/05/13/rallying-summer-lee-sanders-rips-aipac-trying-buy-elections


--Bernie Sanders exposing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee for corrupting the democratic process with their billions. Haaretz covered the story in Israel, but the NYT won't touch it. Another indication of how pervasive AIPAC's influence is in US politics. 


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Common Dreams:

"A group of international progressives on Friday released a declaration demanding an urgent withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine, a global end to 'rampant militarism,' and the forging of a collaborative movement to ensure lasting peace and a planet safe from climate catastrophe.


The Athens Declaration was unveiled at a press conference in the Greek capital by Turkish author Ece Temelkuran; British Member of Parliament and former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn; and former Greek finance minister and leader of the MeRA25 party Yanis Varoufakis. The three are all Progressive International council members.


'Our purpose here,' said Corbyn, 'is to bring about.. a voice for peace. With these thoughts in mind, we call upon democrats across the world to join forces in a New Non-Aligned Movement. In this context, we view non-aligned, democratic and sovereign nations working together as the route to lasting peace and a world that can avert climate catastrophe and bequeath to the next generation a decent chance at creating the conditions for globally shared prosperity.' "

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/05/13/athens-declaration-calls-end-ukraine-war-and-creation-lasting-peace


-->Politico covered this story, but not the NYT. One would never know, reading our "newspaper of record" that there was a strong push in non aliened nations for an end to the US/Russian Cold War. The US media seems stuck in the war mentality.


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Jacobin:

"With Abortion Rights Under Attack, Nancy Pelosi Is Siding With an Antiabortion Democrat. Even in the wake of news that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, the Democratic leadership is backing right-wing Texas representative Henry Cuellar against his primary opponent, Jessica Cisneros, a Berniecrat who favors abortion rights. ...


Pelosi is not alone in this madness. No matter how much of a liability Cuellar becomes, establishment Democrats seem determined to stick with him. House majority whip Jim Clyburn, too, travelled to South Texas’s Twenty-Eighth Congressional District to appear at a rally for Cuellar the day after the news about the Supreme Court leaked to Politico, and dismissed the idea that Democrats should not support an abortion opponent right now as 'pretty sophomoric.' ...


But with the Right spoiling for a civil war to maintain traditional gender hierarchies — and making alarming progress — these are not ordinary times, and supporting an antiabortion Congressional candidate against a progressive challenger is tone-deaf and politically suicidal for the Democrats this year."

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2022/05/abortion-roe-cuellar-pelosi-democrats-cisneros-primary?mc_cid=39b1286183&mc_eid=487355f8cb


-->The top Democrats use abortion rights in the same way they use the peace movement. Sounds good on the campaign trail, but elected they return to the right wing, corporate fold. Getting rid of Pelosi and Jim Clyburn should be the Democrats' first priority. The NYT didn't cover Pelosi's duplicity. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Common Dreams: 
"US Double Standard on Display in Tepid Response to Israel's Theft of Palestinian Land. Washington is attempting to reshape the entire world so as to get Putin back out of Ukraine, and we see exactly what it looks like when an illegal occupation is genuinely unacceptable to the White House.


The Deputy Spokesperson for the State Department, Jalina Porter, on Friday condemned the Israeli government’s announcement that it would build 4,000 further housing units in the Palestinian West Bank, i.e., it would steal land owned by Palestinian families and bring in squatters from Israel to squat on that land.


The full lack of seriousness in the US government on this issue is obvious if we compare the steps Mr. Biden has taken to deal with the illegal Russian occupation of portions of Ukraine."

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/05/08/us-double-standard-display-tepid-response-israels-theft-palestinian-land


-->How rarely does our media ever point out this obvious double standard towards the illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing we witness in Palestine. Our major media likes to keep Israel's war crimes out of our attention, so that we can concentrate on reviving the new Cold War. 


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Public Citizen:

"WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp, announced their quarterly profits. At a moment when consumers face historically high prices at the pump, Exxon doubled its profits to $5.5 billion. Chevron quadrupled its profits to $6.3 billion as compared to the same quarter in 2021.


In early April, Public Citizen, Friends of the Earth, and BailoutWatch reported that oil and gas companies have authorized spending a combined $45 billion for purchasing and retiring their own stock, directly enriching insiders and other shareholders.

In response to the windfall profits, Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, issued the following statement: 'With prices rising at the pump, Exxon, Chevron and Big Oil profits are soaring so high they don’t know what to do with all the money, so they are going to waste it on stock buybacks.'


'Consumers should not get punched in the face so that Big Oil can stuff its overflowing coffers. ... There’s a straightforward solution to windfall profits: a windfall profits tax. Congress should act immediately to adopt a windfall profits tax, as proposed by Sens. Whitehouse, Sanders and others, with the tax revenues returned directly to consumers. This shouldn’t be controversial and it shouldn’t be delayed.' "

https://www.citizen.org/news/windfall-profits-for-exxonmobil-and-chevron-while-consumers-pay-the-price-at-the-pump/


-->Any discussion of a windfall profits tax at our "newspaper of record"? Nope. That bastion of pro corporate thought didn't even raise the question for its readers.


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Common Dreams:

"Investigation Shows Hundreds of US Cops Being Trained by Far-Right Extremists. Hundreds of cops across the United States have been taught by individuals who espouse far-right extremist views, according to a new investigation that was published Friday to sound the alarm on a burgeoning and unregulated private training industry.


Reuters identified five law enforcement trainers who have been hired by police and sheriffs' departments nationwide despite their support for right-wing militia groups, including the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys, and Three Percenters; the QAnon conspiracy, which baselessly claims that Democrats and Hollywood stars belong to a cabal of Satanist pedophiles and cannibals; and former President Donald Trump's 'Big Lie' that the 2020 election was stolen.


Some use bigoted instructional materials that promote racism, misogyny, and transphobia, and many endorse the constitutional sheriff philosophy, which maintains that county sheriffs should refuse to uphold any law they find unconstitutional."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/05/06/investigation-shows-hundreds-us-cops-being-trained-far-right-extremists


-->This Reuters story wasn't carried by the major media in the US. Perhaps newspapers like the NYT, with close ties to Wall Street, don't want more scrutiny of the police. As long as establishment money is protected, why worry about what happens to protesters?


Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Common Dreams:
"Sometimes one decision speaks volumes. And so it was when the Congressional Progressive Caucus—with 98 members in the House—recently chose to have its PAC endorse a corporate 'moderate' against the strong progressive candidate Nina Turner. In the process, the Progressive Caucus underscored its loyalty to establishment Democrats while damaging its credibility among progressives nationwide.


The endorsement of Congresswoman Shontel Brown against Turner in their upcoming May 3 rematch came just five months after Brown took office following last year's special election in a Cleveland area district. In last August's Democratic primary, Brown defeated Turner with the help of funding from big corporate, Republican and hawkishly pro-Israel donors—as well as support from Republicans who voted for Brown in Ohio's open primary. (Brown's two most notable national endorsers were Hillary Clinton and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.).


Brown is such an establishment politician that she didn't just join the Progressive Caucus—she also quickly joined the rival New Democrat Coalition, an alliance of the most corporate Democrats in the House. By siding with Brown against Turner, the Progressive Caucus appears to be operating like much of official Washington does—as an incumbent protection racket."

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/04/27/what-cpcs-failure-endorse-nina-turner-tells-us


-->What a shame that establishment (read corporate funded) Democrats will end up destroying any hope of defeating the Republicans this fall. Oh, but didn't those Democrats pony up for tens of billions for Ukraine? Nothing for working people, everything for the ridiculously rich weapons makers. That's what the Democrats are offering?


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Economic Policy Institute:

"The inflation spike of 2021 and 2022 has presented real policy challenges. In order to better understand this policy debate, it is imperative to look at prices and how they are being affected.


The price of just about everything in the U.S. economy can be broken down into the three main components of cost. These include labor costs, nonlabor inputs, and the “mark-up” of profits over the first two components. Good data on these separate cost components exist for the nonfinancial corporate (NFC) sector—those companies that produce goods and services—of the economy, which makes up roughly 75% of the entire private sector.


Since the trough of the COVID-19 recession in the second quarter of 2020, overall prices in the NFC sector have risen at an annualized rate of 6.1%—a pronounced acceleration over the 1.8% price growth that characterized the pre-pandemic business cycle of 2007–2019. Strikingly, over half of this increase (53.9%) can be attributed to fatter profit margins, with labor costs contributing less than 8% of this increase. This is not normal. From 1979 to 2019, profits only contributed about 11% to price growth and labor costs over 60%

https://www.epi.org/blog/corporate-profits-have-contributed-disproportionately-to-inflation-how-should-policymakers-respond/


-->An interesting study showing that corporate profits are driving the inflation. But the story didn't get picked up by that most corporate of all newspapers, the NYT. 


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Global Times:

"In the run-up to the current conflict in Ukraine, the US and its allies insisted on the 'principle' that sovereign countries had the right to freely join any military alliances they chose, and their neighbors would not have veto power over that. As it very quickly turned out, that was not a principle at all, just something they made up to suit the circumstances at the moment. This was just demonstrated beyond all doubt by the US and its allies - Australia in this instance - in the case of the Solomon Islands.


Whereas Ukraine is literally right on the border with Russia, the Solomons are an island chain some 1,800 kilometers northeast of Australia. Yet the reaction from Canberra and Washington to the government in Honiara contemplating a security pact with China was far more hysterical than anything coming out of the Kremlin regarding Kiev - up until February 24, anyway.


According to documents leaked by the Australian intelligence, Beijing would be able to send police and even troops to the island nation 'to assist in maintaining social order,' while Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy warships could dock in the local ports - something Canberra fears would lead to China building a permanent military base there."

https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202204/1260572.shtml


-->Readers will have to go to a Chinese publication to expose the gross hypocrisy of the US and Australia when it comes to the Solomon Islands. The US has 800 military bases all over the world. China can't have one in the tiny Solomon Islands? The US is even hinting at military action against the Solomons. Isn't that just like Russia invading Ukraine? One has to stop thinking to be a patriot of the American Empire!


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Democracy Now: 
"AMY GOODMAN: In the U.S. media, you have — it’s a redefinition of general news, right? News from the generals on all of the military tactics. But we want to talk to you about diplomacy. What do you think is a possible path to peace at this point? Do you think there is one?

PETER ZALMAYEV: At this point, I don’t think so. ..."

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/4/19/russia_launches_new_offensive_in_donbas


-->Peter Zalmayev seems to be the voice of authority when it comes to Democracy Now's take on Ukraine. But why is he even on the show at all? He has been on Canadian Broadcasting, CNN, BBC, and many other mainstream media spreading an anti-peace message. Yet our Amy Goodman never challenges his assessments, nor takes the time to alert listeners to Zalmayev's dubious background.  


Zalmayev has received payments from the Council on Foreign Relations, a gathering of Elites and Cold Warriors. He has worked as a policy advisor to the Joint Staff at the Department of Defense, and the Directorate of Strategic Stability, Strategic Deterrence, and Nuclear Policy Division. He has also represented the Joint Staff in "supporting the chairman’s 'military advice' to senior leaders" (Columbia University Alumni & Postdoc Notes). 


In addition, he is a board member of the National Endowment for Democracy, described as "an agency for regime change and/or and an instrument of US foreign policy following the particular ideologies and interests of the United States government. The history of the organization shows that it was created in order to assume some activities the CIA used to do before around the world (Wikipedia).


Finally, Zalmayev seems to have been secretly paid $100,000 for his work with the American Jewish Committee in branding another man, Ashot Egiazaryan, a former Russian politician and businessman, as an antisemite (Think Tank Watch). 


Peter Zalmayev is not a reliable voice for Democracy Now. He is a corrupted, establishment voice. Shame on Amy Goodman for interviewing him. 


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Common Dreams:

"The progressive caucus of North Carolina's state Democratic Party is revoking its endorsement of state Sen. Valerie Foushee, citing her acceptance of thousands of dollars from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the anti-Palestinian rights group which has been influential in U.S. politics for decades.


The caucus said Sunday it had unsuccessfully urged Foushee to reject $165,000 in funding from individuals associated with AIPAC due to its support for more than three dozen Republican politicians who objected to the certification of the 2020 presidential election results ...


AIPAC's donations to Foushee's campaign represented more than half of her total quarterly fundraising, according to campaign finance disclosures cited by the progressive caucus. 'AIPAC is a single-issue organization that sees nothing wrong with supporting insurrectionists in the U.S. as long as those insurrectionists continue to align their congressional votes with AIPAC goals,' said the group. 'We denounce AIPAC for its support of those who acted to destroy our democracy.' "

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/04/19/citing-aipac-ties-nc-progressives-yank-endorsement-dem-house-candidate


-->Criticism of AIPAC is rare in our media. Always eager to protect Israel's image, The NYT didn't print this story either.


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Common Dreams:

"87% of IMF Loans Forcing Austerity on Crisis-Ravaged Nations. 'This epitomizes the IMF's double standard: It is warning rich countries against austerity while forcing poorer ones into it.'


The conditions of nearly 90% of the International Monetary Fund's pandemic-related loans are forcing developing nations suffering some of the world's worst humanitarian crises to implement austerity measures that fuel further impoverishment and inequality, an analysis published Tuesday by Oxfam International revealed. Oxfam found that "13 out of the 15 IMF loan programs negotiated during the second year of the pandemic require new austerity measures such as taxes on food and fuel or spending cuts that could put vital public services at risk.


This stands in stark contrast with IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva's admonition to the European Union last year that the wealthy bloc should not endanger its economic recovery with 'the suffocating force of austerity.' "

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/04/19/87-imf-loans-forcing-austerity-crisis-ravaged-nations-analysis


-->Racist austerity measures threatening poor countries? The US media didn't bother covering this story of how big banks rob impoverished people in the Third World. 


Thursday, April 21, 2022

Jacobin:

"On Wednesday, President Joe Biden made headlines pledging to support Amazon workers trying to unionize the nation’s largest retailer, declaring 'Amazon, here we come' and boasting that 'I created the White House task force on worker organization and empowerment to make sure that the choice to join a union belongs to workers alone.'


But as campaign cash from Amazon-linked donors and anti-union law firms has flooded into the coffers of Biden and his Democratic Party, the president has so far refused to use his executive authority to actually implement any of that task force’s major recommendations — even though its proposals were far weaker than his 2020 campaign pledges and likely wouldn’t have helped Amazon workers’ union drive.


What might have helped are executive actions Biden continues to avoid. For instance, he has refused to reinstate a Barack Obama–era rule requiring companies like Amazon to disclose all of their spending to crush union drives. Biden has also declined to use his executive authority to halt federal contracts to Amazon amid its union-busting campaign. In fact, Amazon was awarded a $10 billion contract last summer, months after the president promised on the campaign trail to 'ensure federal contracts only go to employers who sign neutrality agreements committing not to run anti-union campaigns.' ”

https://mailchi.mp/jacobinmag.com/immigration-551942?e=487355f8cb


-->Never a publication that questions the progressive motives of mainstream Democrats, the NYT didn't cover this story. In this way, the NYT supports the illusion of a functioning two party system.


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Common Dreams:

"World-renowned dissident and linguist Noam Chomsky highlighted the hypocrisy of U.S. government leaders denouncing and demanding accountability for war crimes allegedly committed by Russian forces waging war on Ukraine during an interview published Thursday. ...


'We're a rogue state, the leading rogue state by a huge dimension—nobody's even close,' Chomsky said of the United States. 'And yet we can call for war crimes trials of others, without batting an eyelash.'


'It's interesting to look at the reaction to all of this in the more civilized part of the world, the Global South,' he continued. 'They look at it; they condemn the invasion, say it's a horrible crime. But the basic response is: What's new? What's the fuss about? We've been subjected to this from you from as far back as it goes. Biden calls Putin a war criminal; yeah, takes one to know one. It's the basic reaction."

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/04/15/chomsky-global-response-biden-calling-putin-war-criminal-takes-one-know-one


-->Our world renowned intellectual, Noam Chomsky, never gets reported on by our subservient media. Especially during times of war, Chomsky is uniformly blacked out. But what a price we as Americans pay for not hearing or reading the truth!


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Common Dreams:

"A coalition of progressive leaders from across the globe demanded Monday that the Biden administration immediately drop all charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently jailed in a high-security London prison as he fights U.S. extradition attempts.


In a letter to Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), more than 30 progressive advocates, intellectuals, and former heads of state argued that dropping the Espionage Act charges against Assange would 'send a strong message to the world: that freedom of expression, freedom of thought, and freedom of the press constitute an instrument that can controvert the interests of any government, including that of the United States of America.'


'The cases where there are reports of serious violations of freedom of expression would also be impacted by the dropping of the 18 charges against Assange,' the letter reads. 'It would affirm the defense of this fundamental human right and would undoubtedly represent a clear and robust sign that everyone can express their opinion without fear of retaliation; that all the press outlets can give news to all the citizens of the world, with the certainty that the pluralism of thought is guaranteed.' "

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2022/04/11/global-progressive-leaders-urge-biden-drop-us-charges-against-assange


-->Julian Assange is another truth teller who is banned by our mainstream media. He offered the world proof of US war crimes in the Middle East. No journalist or writer who exposes the US empire will ever be set free. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hdEsGiT2Ls


Wednesday, April 13, 2022

NPR:

"Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York (JFNENY) will host an in-person Ukraine support rally at Temple Israel."


-->That was the lead in to Alan Chartock and Hank Greenberg discussing Ukraine on NPR early morning radio. They talked about how the Jewish Federation has always supported human rights, and that standing against racism has always been part of the Jewish experience in this country and abroad. Alan agreed, and commended Greenberg's recent trip to Poland to study the refuge problem created by the war in Ukraine. 


What wasn't mentioned? Well the fact that Israel treats its 5 million Palestines like dirt in the occupied territories, the West Bank and Gaza. For decades, Palestinians have been beaten and shot for demanding the very same thing that Hank Greenberg so highly recommends for the Ukrainian people. 


Jewish Voice For Peace has raised some other troubling information about how Jewish Federation groups have funded Islamophobia in the US. Far from resisting racism against Muslims, these groups have funneled millions into hate campaigns.


"Despite its stated commitment to 'stand together to say NO to all forms of hate,' the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars between the years 2011-2014 to groups the Southern Poverty Law Center labels 'anti-Muslim fear mongers." -JVP report March 2017


Are there awards for hypocrisy? If there are, then Alan Chartock and Hank Greenberg would surely be among the top contenders. 


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Common Dreams:

"It is exceedingly rare for a major congressional committee to hold hearings on 'corporate greed' leading to corporate profiteering and surging prices on consumer goods. On April 5, 2022, Senate Budget Chairman, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) chartered uncensored territory on corporate avarice with a lead witness, former Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich, now a professor at the University of California, Berkeley.


Although the hearing covered bread and butter issues, the mainstream corporate media ignored it. Massive coverage of the war in Ukraine does not offend advertisers, while the corporate war on consumers directly involves corporate advertisers.


Corporate greed takes hundreds of thousands of American lives every year (think the opioid disaster, the tobacco cancer business, the toxins in the air and water), not to mention injuries and illnesses stemming from corporations that put extra profit over concerns about public health and safety." -Ralph Nader

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2022/04/09/sanders-hearing-corporate-greed-goes-unnoticed-corporate-media


-->Blame Putin and the Russians all the time, rather than looking at corporate greed. That seems to be the formula for Biden and most Democrats. And our mainstream media goes right along with it.


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Mondoweiss:

"In case you missed it, Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) lately issued a report that finds Israel’s treatment of Palestinians on the West Bank amounts to the crime of apartheid. The study, 'Apartheid in the Occupied West Bank: A Legal Analysis of Israel’s Actions' came out on February 28 in the wake of five longer, wider-ranging, apartheid reports published since 2020 – and just before the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the occupied Palestinian territories published another apartheid report on March 21.


Prepared by the law school’s human rights clinic in partnership with Ramallah-based Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association, the report was released without fanfare and received minimal press coverage. And it has, so far, drawn no public condemnation by the Israel lobby. ... Although only 22 pages long, the report includes 130 footnotes that deftly back up the text and let readers drill down further. The narrow focus shines a searching light on the customized legal instruments and processes implemented since 1967 to deprive West Bank Palestinians of their human, civil and political rights.


The precise description of the lawfare by which Israel has, with impunity, intimidated, confused, humiliated, bullied, imprisoned, tortured and killed Palestinians since 1967 generates a compelling cumulative impact. Individual items in the litany are not in themselves news but to see them depicted in their coordinated entirety is to see how the Israeli machine of injustice does its anti-human work."

https://mondoweiss.net/2022/04/harvard-law-school-apartheid-report-leaves-israels-defenders-speechless/


-->Our media, including the NYT deals with news like this by simply burying it until a later date. For example, the NYT has just acknowledged Amnesty's report on Israel being an apartheid state. That story is weeks old, but the delay reveals what the Israel Lobby has done to our country's free press.


Thursday, April 07, 2022

The Electronic Intifada: 
"NYT finally acknowledges Amnesty’s apartheid report. ... Amnesty issued its groundbreaking conclusion that Israel commits the crime against humanity of apartheid – one of the most serious crimes listed in the International Criminal Court’s founding Rome Statute – on 1 February. But it took until last week for the newspaper of record to even mention it. ...


In fact, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem also found apartheid to be the reality from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Human Rights Watch found that Israel perpetrates the crime of apartheid in the Palestinian territories it occupied in 1967. It concluded however that in Israel – and occupied Palestinian territory – 'the Israeli government has demonstrated an intent to maintain the domination of Jewish Israelis over Palestinians.'


After ignoring it for almost two months, The New York Times has done its readers a further disservice by not going into detail about Amnesty’s report on how Israel commits the crime of apartheid in the land it has seized from Palestinians during and since its founding in 1948. From the way the newspaper has also misrepresented the position of B’Tselem and downplayed that of HRW, it would appear that the goal is doing damage control for Israel rather than accurately informing readers."

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/michael-f-brown/nyt-finally-acknowledges-amnestys-apartheid-report


-->Yes, the NYT did a grave injustice to its readers by hiding this story. And the newspaper did an even greater disservice to our country in using its pages to protect Israeli Apartheid. 


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FAIR:

"How Much Less Newsworthy Are Civilians in Other Conflicts? A lot less, particularly when they’re victims of the US. As US news media covered the first shocking weeks of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, some media observers—like FAIR founder Jeff Cohen (Common Dreams, 2/28/22)—have noted their impressions of how coverage differed from wars past, particularly in terms of a new focus on the impact on civilians.

To quantify and deepen these observations, FAIR studied the first week of coverage of the Ukraine war (2/24–3/2/22) on ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News. ...


Comparing this coverage to that of other conflicts reveals both a familiar reliance on US officials to frame events, as well as a newfound ability to cover the impact on civilians—when those civilians are white and under attack by an official US enemy, rather than by the US itself. ...


In effect, then, US news media have largely allowed US officials to frame the terms of the conflict for viewers. While officials lambasted the Russian government and emphasized 'what we’re going to do to help the Ukrainian people in the struggle' (NBC, 3/1/22), no sources questioned the US’s own role in contributing to the conflict (FAIR.org, 3/4/22), or the impact of Western sanctions on Russian civilians.

https://fair.org/home/how-much-less-newsworthy-are-civilians-in-other-conflicts/


-->All Ukraine war, all the time. The NYT and NPR seem particularly glad to wallow in all that suffering. How the US loves to take the high road. Maybe that is because our country has occupied and committed war crimes in any number of countries in the last decade. 


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Democracy Now:

"Is a Peace Deal Near? Ukraine Won’t Join NATO in Return for Russian Withdrawal, Security Guarantees."

https://www.democracynow.org/2022/3/30/ukraine_russia_peace_deal_peter_zalmayev


-->How refreshing it is to turn to Democracy Now amidst all this war propaganda from our major media. But wait. A recent Democracy Now program (March 30) had all the hallmarks of NPR. The guest roster was limited to only two experts, Ukrain's President Zelensky and Peter Zalmayev, director of the Eurasia Foundation, a think tank funded by the National Endowment for Democracy. No mention of the endowment was offered to listeners, especially its close connection to the CIA and its long term role in spreading US propaganda abroad. Only today, the endowment was spreading its propaganda through Democracy Now. Here is what Peter Zalmayev had to say:


"We’re seeing this campaign of terror that Vladimir Putin has unleashed against the entire country of Ukraine that’s continuing, you know, indiscriminate bombardments of civilian areas and strikes on critical infrastructure objects such as oil depots, transportation hubs and roads and railways. It is clear that Vladimir Putin is — remains to be hell-bent on creating as much misery as he can in Ukraine..."


"Well, I think, from the get-go, for Vladimir Putin, this expansion of NATO has been a red herring. He has used it to justify his attempt to grab land, this 19th century war of conquest that he is prosecuting in Ukraine. So, once again, I think it’s not really what Vladimir Putin is after."


So much for Democracy Now's willingness to diverge from the CIA script. Has our Amy Goodman learned to stop worrying and love the empire?