Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Common Dreams:
"As environmental campaigners stress the urgency of a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution recognizing 'the human right to a safe, clean, healthy, and sustainable environment,' reporting out Tuesday spotlights the U.S. and U.K.'s refusal to support the proposal.

The resolution—backed by dozens of countries—is before the 47-member Human Rights Council (HRC), which is in an ongoing session this week. 'This week, the Human Rights Council could recognize the right to a healthy environment for all,' human rights defender Fernanda Hopenhaym tweeted Tuesday. 'This would be an important step forward to protect the environment, address the climate crisis, and provide a better platform for future generations.'

With the Human Rights Council expected to adopt the resolution later this week with broad international support, the U.S. and U.K. are seen as key holdouts."

-->This is one of those "say it ain't so" stories. The UK and US denying environmental rights to the peoples of the world. These two countries are partners in crime. Of course, our supposed newspaper of record, the NYT, didn't print this story.


Common Dreams:

"Facebook removed and suppressed content about 'apparent war crimes' that Israel's apartheid regime committed in May during its deadly assault on Palestinians, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

As Israeli forces illegally banished Palestinians from their homes throughout the Occupied Territories, attacked Islamic places of worship, brutally repressed demonstrators, and bombed civilian infrastructure in the besieged Gaza Strip, many people 'turn[ed] to social media to document, raise awareness, and condemn the latest cycle' of abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) noted.

According to HRW: Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, removed posts, including reposts of content from mainstream news organizations. In one instance, Instagram removed a screenshot of headlines and photos from three New York Times opinion articles for which the Instagram user added commentary that urged Palestinians to 'never concede' their rights. The post did not transform the material in any way that could reasonably be construed as incitement to violence or hatred."

-->The NYT has gone after Facebook a number of times recently. But when Facebook censors stories about Palestinian rights, the NYT is right there to cover up Facebook's transgressions. All the news that's fit to print, for Zionists that is.


Nonprofit Quarterly:

"Police foundations are exactly what they sound like: philanthropic endeavors sponsored by corporate funds that arm and train local police around the country. These foundations partner with companies like Starbucks, Amazon, Target, AT&T, Chevron, Goldman Sachs, and Comcast, among others, and manage million-dollar budgets to work directly with police departments. They do so without accountability and minimal public oversight.

As we previously reported for NPQ, these private foundations are involved in enabling some of the most troubling implicit bias practices by police departments, such as LAPD’s surveillance “predictive risk models” used to identify 'probable offenders' in select neighborhoods. ...

Indeed, the 1970s neoliberal 'experiment' of lifting the 'burden of bureaucracy' from local police has left us with an increasingly militarized police force that works under the mandate of unaccountable corporate donors. One can understand how 'defund the police' takes a wider turn for dismantling an undemocratic philanthropic structure that is a far cry from healthy police-community relations."

-->This important story was carried by some left publications. But why wouldn't the NYT cover how large private corporations are funding what should be our very public police departments.