Media Disinformation: Washington's "Regime Change Hit List": Iran versus Honduras Part 1 by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

7 October, 2010 — Global ResearchMRzine – 2010-10-05

It would be hard to find a better test of the integrity of the establishment U.S. media than in their comparative treatment of Iran and Honduras over the past couple of years (2009-2010).

Iran has been on the United States’ regime-change hit list for many years.  Since the first-half of 2003 (and overlapping its soon-to-be-discredited lies about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction”), the United States has worked hard to inflate the alleged threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program and to enlist allied governments as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Security Council in the same cause.  This U.S. and U.S.-allies’ focus on Iran’s nuclear program bore tremendous fruit throughout most of the past decade.  A survey that we once published in MRZine[1 ] of wire-service and newspaper reports’ focus on ten states’ nuclear programs for the seven-year period from 2003 through 2009 found that the amount of media attention paid to Iran’s dwarfed that of any of the other nine states (i.e., 36,778 print and wire-service items mentioning Iran’s nuclear program, compared to 6,237 for second-place India’s).  More strikingly, the ratio of media attention paid to Iran’s versus Israel’s nuclear program was 114-to-1 (92-to-1 on the pages of the New York Times) — astounding ratios, as Iran’s nuclear program has never been determined to be anything other than in accord with its Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations, while Israel steadfastly rejects joining the NPT, and remains the only state in the Middle East with nuclear weapons (perhaps 200-300) as well as the means of delivering them.[2 ]  Thus by the spring of 2009, with Iran’s June 12 presidential election fast approaching, Iran’s nuclear program had been kept on the agenda of major U.S.-dominated multilateral bodies and media for six consecutive years, and a harsh Western media and intellectual focus on its incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had accompanied this U.S. agenda since the time he took office in the summer of 2005.

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Media Disinformation: Washington’s “Regime Change Hit List”: Iran versus Honduras Part 1 by Edward S. Herman and David Peterson

7 October, 2010 — Global ResearchMRzine – 2010-10-05

It would be hard to find a better test of the integrity of the establishment U.S. media than in their comparative treatment of Iran and Honduras over the past couple of years (2009-2010).

Iran has been on the United States’ regime-change hit list for many years.  Since the first-half of 2003 (and overlapping its soon-to-be-discredited lies about Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction”), the United States has worked hard to inflate the alleged threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program and to enlist allied governments as well as the International Atomic Energy Agency and the UN Security Council in the same cause.  This U.S. and U.S.-allies’ focus on Iran’s nuclear program bore tremendous fruit throughout most of the past decade.  A survey that we once published in MRZine[1 ] of wire-service and newspaper reports’ focus on ten states’ nuclear programs for the seven-year period from 2003 through 2009 found that the amount of media attention paid to Iran’s dwarfed that of any of the other nine states (i.e., 36,778 print and wire-service items mentioning Iran’s nuclear program, compared to 6,237 for second-place India’s).  More strikingly, the ratio of media attention paid to Iran’s versus Israel’s nuclear program was 114-to-1 (92-to-1 on the pages of the New York Times) — astounding ratios, as Iran’s nuclear program has never been determined to be anything other than in accord with its Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations, while Israel steadfastly rejects joining the NPT, and remains the only state in the Middle East with nuclear weapons (perhaps 200-300) as well as the means of delivering them.[2 ]  Thus by the spring of 2009, with Iran’s June 12 presidential election fast approaching, Iran’s nuclear program had been kept on the agenda of major U.S.-dominated multilateral bodies and media for six consecutive years, and a harsh Western media and intellectual focus on its incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had accompanied this U.S. agenda since the time he took office in the summer of 2005.

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Information Clearing House Newsletter 9 October, 2010: Weekend Edition – Israel and Monty Python's Dead Parrot

9 October, 2010 — Information Clearing House

America’s Third World Economy
By Paul Craig Roberts
The ladders of upward mobility that made American an “opportunity society” have been dismantled.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26544.htm

The Secret Big-Money Takeover of America
By Robert Reich
Not only is income and wealth in America more concentrated in fewer hands than it’s been in 80 years, but those hands are buying our democracy as never before – and they’re doing it behind closed doors.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26549.htm

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IDF Soldier Belly Dances Beside Bound Palestinian

9 October, 2010 — The Real News Network

Newsy: Video of an Israeli soldier dancing around a bound female prisoner causes outrage

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Report: Haiti Recovery 'Paralyzed'

8October, 2010 — Common Dreams

Refugees International says agencies co-ordinating Haitian relief efforts are “dysfunctional” and “inexperienced”.

More than a million Haitians remain in squalid “emergency phase” camps, nearly nine months after January’s earthquake, and security is still a major problem, a new report says.

The findings from US-based advocacy group Refugees International said that more than 70 per cent of refugee camps in Haiti face daily threats of violence and intimidation.

“The people of Haiti are still living in a state of emergency, with a humanitarian response that appears paralyzed,” the report said. “Gang leaders or land owners are intimidating the displaced. Sexual, domestic, and gang violence in and around the camps is rising.”

It charged that the non-governmental organizations co-ordinating the recovery efforts in the country were often dysfunctional and lacking in experience.

“Action is urgently needed to protect the basic human rights of people displaced by the earthquake,” Refugees International said.

‘Huge job’

The UN has rejected some of the report’s criticisms. Imogen Wall, a spokesperson for the UN’s Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, told Al Jazeera that the word paralyzed, in relation to its operations in Haiti “is completely the wrong word”.

“We have one of the largest-scale humanitarian operations in the world running now … and just keeping that show on the road is a huge job,” Wall said

She said security remained a real concern for t, and that efforts were being made to improve the situation, but that “at the moment, we are struggling to find the capacity to deal with it”.

The massive earthquake, which struck Haiti on January 12 killed some 300,000 people and left millions more homeless.

Findings unsurprising

Little progress has been made to find permanent shelter for those living in the around 1,300 camps ad-hoc camps set up, Refugee International said.

It criticized the International Organization for Migration, which is responsible for co-ordinating and managing the camps in Haiti, and the United Nations operations in the country for not giving priority to actions to protect quake victims.

Al Jazeera’s Sebastian Walker, who has been reporting from Haiti since the earthquake struck, said the organization’s findings were unsurprising to anyone who has spent time there.

“News that the situation in the camps is simply appalling really isn’t anything particularly new. We’ve seen for many months now this very large displaced population of more than a million Haitians living in very basic conditions,” he said.

One example, he said, was the existence of just five toilets at a camp in Port-au-Prince where around 5,000 people reside.

VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 9 October, 2010: Israeli security forces practice dealing with “riots following population exchange”, mass detentions of Israeli-Palestinians

9 October, 2010 — VTJP

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Abbas Hints Dismantling P.A Should Peace Talks Fails
IMEMC – 10 Oct 2010 – Saturday October 09, 2010 – 09:40, During a Friday night meeting with the Arab Follow-up Committee in Sirt Libyan city, Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, cast doubts on the future of the Palestinian Authority should peace talks fail to lead to a Palestinian State.

Israeli Soldiers To Testify Behind Screen In Corrie Case
IMEMC – 10 Oct 2010 – Saturday October 09, 2010 – 07:50, The Haifa District Court on Thursday granted a government request to allow soldiers to testify behind a screen in the lawsuit filed by Rachel Corrie’s family against the State of Israel for her unlawful killing in Rafah, Gaza.

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Jazza Music Festival 12 & 13 October 2010 @ THE SCALA

10 October, 2010

jazza-sm.jpgA reminder that Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 October are the dates for Jazza Music Festival in support of the people of Gaza

275 Pentonville Road, London

www.scala-london.co.uk

See the Guardian writeup:

Guardian Music Choice: Jazza Festival, London

Saturday, October 9, 2010
Jazza Festival, London

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/oct/09/this-weeks-new-live-music

The inimitable British singer-songwriter Robert Wyatt has had a devoted audience for years, and one that crosses many musical territories. Wyatt’s unique downbeat chorister sound is currently being connected to the most unexpected of repertoires for him – the Great American Songbook – and as well as being a benefit and consciousness-raiser for the people of Gaza, the Jazza festival is the launchpad for his new album, For The Ghost Within, a compelling blend of haunting vocal treatments and inspirational arrangement. Wyatt doesn’t sing live any more, so the formidable Cleveland Watkiss takes his place in this glittering lineup, alongside Gilad Atzmon’s Orient House Ensemble and the Sigamos Strings, plus the Jazza All-Stars (with saxophonist Peter King and Polar Bear’s Seb Rochford), singer Sarah Gillespie, folk luminaries Rory Mcleoud and the Unthank Sisters, and more.