The Top Censored Stories From 2009-2010 by Project Censored

11 October, 2010 — Global ResearchProject Censored

Censored 2011- New Book Release on 9/15

Project Censored’s “Censored 2011: The Top Censored Stories of 2009-2010″ is now available for pre-order here! This year’s volume is truly Media Democracy in Action. Not only does it cover the most under-reported stories the corporate media ignore, but this year’s Censored Deja Vu, Junk Food News and News Abuse, Signs of Health, and FAIR’s 10th anniversary of Fear and Favor in the News Room. A full Truth Emergency section debuts this year for “Censored 2011? to address State Crimes Against Democracy as well as analysis of the corporate media spin that led to the Iraq War and continues to hide US allied atrocities in the Middle East. Project Censored now has over 30 college and university affiliates contributing on our expanding websites and we introduce this year the Project Censored International section of the book, reviewing global trends in media control and censorship. Former director Peter Phillips and new director Mickey Huff describe the new directions of the Project and research methodology plus an update from Dave Mathison on Being the Media, London’s Index on Censorship and much, much more! From now to September 15th, anyone donating $30 or more to the Project will receive a signed copy of “Censored 2011? by the editors. Regular orders can be sent through the store on the Project Censored website for $19.95 plus $3 shipping and handling. Mail orders can be sent to Media Freedom Foundation, P.O. Box 571, Cotati, CA 94931. Thank you for your support of Project Censored and for helping fight media censorship. available for pre-order here!

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Creating a Public Sphere By Dan Hind interviewed by Samuel Grove

11 October, 2010 — New Left Project

Dan Hind was a journalist and publisher until 2009, when he left publishing to focus on campaigning for media reform. He is the author of The Threat to Reason and, most recently, The Return of the Public. He spoke to Samuel Grove about his proposals for popular participation in the process of commissioning and publishing the information on which substantively democratic political activity depends – in short, for the creation of a genuine public sphere.

Why don’t you start by explaining what the central thesis of your new book is?

OK, here goes.

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The ‘Big Society’ and the strong state

12 October, 2010 — Lenin’s Tomb

What is the ‘Big Society’ for? Is there any evidence that it is a response to popular sentiments, that it actually resonates with any underlying political feeling, for example? The polling would suggest not. Most people have not heard of it, and most don’t know what it means. There is little enthusiasm for the idea when it’s explained to them. Certainly, the majority aren’t anxious to volunteer for any ‘Big Society’ programmes – why should they perform for free what public servants can perform for a wage? I would hypothesise that the ‘Big Society’ idea isn’t really supposed to resonate, and people aren’t supposed to know what it’s about. It is a deodorant, precisely intended to “decontaminate the Tory brand”, surrounding it in a fragrant pot-pourri of sweet nothings. It does not explain the main policies advanced under its rubric, nor does it provide a coherent policy mix. At most it places a new inflection on old policies. We’ll come back to this.

There is, of course, an intellectual penumbra surrounding the ‘Big Society’. Nathan Coombs’ dissection of Philip Blond [pdf] would suggest that at least one of its major advocates is an occult medievalist. As far as the Conservative Party apparatus goes, it would appear to derive from the ‘compassionate conservatism’ of Marvin Olasky, and its exemplars drawn from a whole range of corporate philanthropists, latterly including Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Childrens’ Project, who bashed the teaching unions at Tory conference this year. More on this in a moment. But is the ‘Big Society’ a Thatcherite idea?

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Video: Looting the Holy Land

11 October, 2010 — URUK Net – Al Jazeera

Since 1967 countless artifacts have been unearthed and removed from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Many are displayed in Israeli museums and private collections, while others are sold to tourists. Al Jazeera searches through the evidence, unearthing the facts and exposing a power struggle in which every stone has meaning.

The Ecuadorian Coup: Its Larger Meaning By James Petras

10 October, 2010 — Global Research

The abortive military-police coup in Ecuador, which took place on September 30, has raised numerous questions about the role of the US and its allies among the traditional oligarchy and the leftist social movements, Indian organizations and their political parties.

While President Correa and all governments in Latin America, and significant sectors of the Ecuadorian public described the violent actions as a coup, the principle organ of Wall Street – The Wall Street Journal – described it as a “police protest”.  Spoke persons for Goldman Sachs and the Council of Foreign Relations referred to the police and military power grab against the democratically elected government as a self-induced “political crises” of the President.  While the coup was underway the “Indian” movement CONAIE, launched a manifesto condemning the government, while the “Indian” party Pachakutik supported the ouster of the President and backed the police coup as a “just act of public servants”.

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Joseph Halevi, "Beijing's Europe"

9 October, 2010 — MRZine

The European tour of Wen Jiabao is taking place while the conflict between the US and China over the yuan/dollar exchange rate is getting worse. At the same time, a similar if less noisy clash exists between China and the Eurozone countries. Last but not least, tensions have also arisen in the Sino-Japanese relations following the Bank of China’s decision last month to purchase Japanese bonds, thereby contributing to the rise of the value of the yen. Tokyo is fighting the nominal revaluation of the yen; thus the Bank of China’s move significantly undermines Tokyo’s objectives.

The widening of the conflict over exchange rates means that major capitalist countries are now trying to ‘solve’ the crisis by grabbing slices of each other’s markets through exports. For the US, though, the official issue is how to reduce the dependence upon the external deficit given that the crisis has highlighted the damage done by the long-standing outsourcing processes undertaken by US multinationals, including large US retailers. Hence, it is Europe and Japan that are the heart of new mercantilism, that is, the strategy aimed at obtaining profits and capitalist growth by means of net exports to the rest of the world.

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Book review by Konrad Read, "A New Vision of Socialist Transition and Development"

11 October, 2010 — MRZine

Michael Lebowitz. The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010.

It is probably fair to say that revolutionary socialism does not come naturally to everyone. Some of the young and curious pick up a grimy, twenty-page manifesto in a second-hand bookstore and never look back, but for myself it was a long, gruelling process full of twists and hesitations. One of the last barriers to overcome was a fairly basic question about the kind of society a revolutionary movement would seek to construct. Even while I understood myself to be somewhere ‘on the left’, and felt certain that the Marxian analysis of the historical development of capitalism was broadly correct, it was difficult to invest my energy in ambiguous hopes about a society based on human need instead of private profit.

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Book review by Konrad Read, “A New Vision of Socialist Transition and Development”

11 October, 2010 — MRZine

Michael Lebowitz. The Socialist Alternative: Real Human Development. New York: Monthly Review Press, 2010.

It is probably fair to say that revolutionary socialism does not come naturally to everyone. Some of the young and curious pick up a grimy, twenty-page manifesto in a second-hand bookstore and never look back, but for myself it was a long, gruelling process full of twists and hesitations. One of the last barriers to overcome was a fairly basic question about the kind of society a revolutionary movement would seek to construct. Even while I understood myself to be somewhere ‘on the left’, and felt certain that the Marxian analysis of the historical development of capitalism was broadly correct, it was difficult to invest my energy in ambiguous hopes about a society based on human need instead of private profit.

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Fareeda by Laal

11 October, 2010 — MRZine

Laal dedicates this song to the diversity, plurality, and all the colours of Islam.

“When the Taliban attacked the shrines of Rahman Baba, Data Sahib, and Abdullah Ghazi Shah, slaughtering hundreds who had gathered for alms or to pray, Laal felt obligated to not only defend the progressive aspects of sufi thought but to discover them for ourselves. We see sufis as the rebels, the revolutionaries of their period.” — Laal

Laal is a left-wing Pakistani band. See, also, “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” (lyrics by Aitzaz Ahsan, music by Laal).

Nuclear whistleblower denied basic freedoms by Israel

12 October, 2010 — RT Top Stories

The whistleblower who revealed details of Israel’s nuclear programme in the 1980s is at the centre of another court case. Lawyers for Mordechai Vanunu are demanding he be allowed to live outside of Israel.

Vanunu spent 18 years in jail, including 11 years in solitary confinement.

Even after his release in 2004, his lawyers say he was denied basic freedoms of speech and movement, and was repeatedly arrested for violating prohibitions. This happened despite the fact that the information Vanunu has is either outdated or already widely-known.

Chairman of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian & Israeli Studies, and former member of the Knesset, Issam Makhoul labels Israel’s will to persecute Vanunu even after serving his prison term as “a great absurd”.

“This is a policy, which aims to terrorize any Israeli who tries to question or criticize the Israeli nuclear policy. I am sure that Vanunu does not endanger the security of Israel, he endangers the policy of the Israeli establishment on the nuclear issue. That’s why they are trying to push him into a corner once and again,” Makhoul told RT.

UK unions and greens demand one million climate jobs

8 October, 2010 — Climate and Capitalism

New pamphlet calling for ‘One Million Climate Jobs’ will be launched at the House of Commons, 6pm Thursday 14 October.

NEWS RELEASE (October 8, 2010) The economic crisis threatens to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of workers. Already, in towns and cities across Britain there are too few available jobs for those looking for work [1].

We also face a worsening environmental crisis. Increasingly scientific evidence is demonstrating that climate change is not only a reality, having the potential to wreck havoc on the lives of people across the globe, costing economies billions of pounds. Inaction, as Sir Nicolas Stern argued in 2006 could risk ‘losing at least 5 percent of global GDP each year, now and forever’ [2].

The solution is to create climate jobs. At its 2010 Congress in Manchester, the Trades Union Congress called for the creation of ‘1 Million Green Jobs’ to solve the economic and environmental crises.

This jobs – in renewable energy, refitting buildings, public transport, industry and education are the key to drastically reducing emissions of Greenhouse gases and helping avoid irreversible climate change.

The ‘Million Climate Jobs’ pamphlet has sold thousands of copies across the Trade Union movement, receiving the backing of the PCS, TSSA, UCU and CWU unions. Its editor, Campaign Against Climate Change international secretary, Jonathan Neale said ‘Austerity plans that sack people won’t solve the problem of mass unemployment. Fine words won’t solve the environmental crisis. We need to create new jobs and put people to work doing what must be done to save the planet from climate catastrophe’.

Chris Baugh, Assistant General Secretary of the PCS added ‘With the government intent on imposing austerity measures to make us pay for the economic crisis, the campaign for one million climate jobs aims to build mass support for a real alternative that puts people and the planet first.’

Caroline Lucas MP, John McDonnell MP, Chris Baugh (PCS) and Jonathan Neale will speak at a launch meeting for the updated and expanded ‘Million Climate Jobs Now’ pamphlet at 6pm on Thursday 14th October 2010, Committee Room 10, House of Commons.

For further information please contact Martin Empson (Campaign Against Climate Change) on 079 585 35231 or Richard Simcox (PCS press officer) RICHARD@pcs.org.uk

More information from contacts above or http://www.climate-change-jobs.org

[1] www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/2010/10/214000-reasons-why-people-in-london-cant-find-work/

[2] The Stern Review 2006″

Information Clearing House Newsletter 12 October, 2010: US Rescue Team Killed British Aid Worker?

12 October, 2010 — Information Clearing House

US Rescue Team Killed British Aid Worker?
By The Independent
An investigation was launched today into the death of a British aid worker in Afghanistan after it emerged that she may have been killed by a grenade thrown by US special forces trying to rescue her.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26560.htm

The New York Times Defends Assassinations
By Patrick Martin
The apologia for killing begins with a blatant lie about the US assassination program using missiles fired from CIA-operated drone aircraft flying along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26563.htm

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 11 October, 2010: Israel’s ethnic cleansing drill a result of nationalists adopting the two-state solution

11 October, 2010 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Asad Slams Israel’s New Citizenship Law
IMEMC – 11 Oct 2010 – Tuesday October 12, 2010 – 01:41, Syrian President, Bashar Asad, strongly denounced on Monday the new Israeli citizenship law requiring all non-Jews in the country to pledge allegiance to Israel as a “Jewish democratic state”. Asad said this law Is part of a long-standing plan Israel is steadily applying.

Netanyahu Offers Freeze In Return For Recognition Of Jewish State
IMEMC – 11 Oct 2010 – Monday October 11, 2010 – 23:58, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, offered on Monday a new temporary freeze of settlement activities in the West Bank in exchange for an official Palestinian recognition of Israel as the State of the Jewish People.

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Afghanistan: Global NATO’s First Ground War In Its Tenth Year by Rick Rozoff

11 October, 2010 — Global ResearchStop NATO – 2010-10-10

The military alliance that 61 years ago identified its core mission as to “promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area” is now embroiled in the tenth year of a war in Afghanistan launched by its dominant member, the United States.

South Asia is as far removed from the North Atlantic Ocean as possible while remaining in the Northern Hemisphere.

After “promoting stability and well-being” in the Balkans in the last decade by conducting a three-week bombing campaign against the Bosnian Serb Republic (Republika Srpska) in 1995 and a 78-day air war against Yugoslavia four years later, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization intervened in Macedonia in 2001 and shortly thereafter invoked its founding treaty’s Article 5 – “The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and…each of them…will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith…such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force” – on September 12, 2001.

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“We will not be citizens of a fascist state purporting to be Israel” say hundreds of Israeli academics and public figures.

10 October, 2010 — Gush Shalom

A protest rally against the government’s “Loyalty Oath Bill” was held outside the Tel Aviv house where Ben-Gurion read the 1948 the Declaration of Independence. There, today, the “Declaration of Independence from Fascism” was signed.

“We are citizens of the Israel which was depicted in the Declaration of Independence, a peace-seeking country based on the principles of equality and civil liberties. We do not intend to be the citizens of a state purporting to be Israel which stops being democratic and embarks on becoming a fascist state,” proclaimed intellectuals, public figures, and Israel Prize laureates who gathered this afternoon for a protest rally against the “Loyalty Oath Bill” approved by the government. A protest rally was held on Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard, in front of the museum building where David Ben Gurion had read the Declaration of Independence in 1948.

Beneath the statue of Meir Dizengoff, first mayor of Tel Aviv, actress Hanna Meron read out from that Declaration of Independence: “The State of Israel will be based on based on Liberty, Justice and Peace, as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants, irrespective of religion, race or gender; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations”. She noted that, sixty-two years later, the reality of Israel is very different than what the country’s Declaration of Independence envisaged. At the end of the rally, a “Declaration of Independence from Fascism” was signed (see full text below).

Among participants in the initiative were Shulamit Aloni, Uri Avnery, Alex Ansky, Shery Ansky, Menachem Brinker, Ran Cohen, Ruth Cohen, Yaron Ezrachi, Galia Golan, Haim Guri, Sna’it Gisis, Yoram Kaniuk, Dani Karavan, Yehoshua Knaz, Elia Leibowitz, Alex Libak, Hanna Meron, Sammy Michael, Merav Michaeli, Sefi Rachlevsky, Gabi Solomon, David Tartakower, Micha Ullman, and many others.

Following is the full text of the Declaration of Independence from Fascism:

A state which forcibly invades the hallowed realm of the individual citizen’s conscience, and which imposes punishment on those whose opinions and beliefs do not fit the authorities’ opinions and the prescribed “character” of the state, stops being a democracy and embarks on becoming a fascist state.

Behind these stairs where we stand, the state of Israel was proclaimed. The state which increasingly takes Israel’s place – a state which fills the country with a variety of racist legislation, promoted by the Knesset and the cabinet – is excluding itself from the family of democratic nations. Therefore we, citizens of the Israel envisaged in the Declaration of Independence, hereby declare that will not be citizens of a country purporting to be Israel and which violates its basic commitment to the principles of equality, civil liberty and sincere aspiration for peace – principles upon which the State of Israel was founded.