Wicked Leaks – Part 2: How The Media Quarantined Evidence On BP And Cancer In Iraq

Friday, 28 October 2022 — Media Lens

In Part 1, we described how state-corporate media non-reporting of evidence relating to the sabotage of the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines on September 26 was an example of how the truth on key issues is increasingly being quarantined from public awareness by ‘mainstream’ media.

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Further Allegations of US War Crimes in Fallujah By Felicity Arbuthnot

24 January 2014 — williambowles.info

The United States Marine Corps … its hallowed rituals, and its unbending code of honor… — Thomas E. Ricks, Making the Corps, 1997

As the US-unleashed Grim Reaper continues to cull Iraqis in ever rising numbers, this month of the 23rd anniversary of the 1991 US-led onslaught on Iraq and just weeks away from the 11th woeful wake for the 2003 illegal invasion, yet another atrocity in a litany of those under the illegal US-UK occupation has come to light.

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Media Lens: ‘Damning Evidence’ Becomes ‘No Clear Evidence’: Much-Delayed Report On Congenital Birth Defects In Iraq By David Cromwell

19 September 2013 — Media Lens

In a 2010 alert, ‘Beyond Hiroshima – The Non-Reporting Of Fallujah’s Cancer Catastrophe’, we noted the almost non-existent media response to the publication of a new study that had found high rates of infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city. The dramatic increases in these rates exceeded even those found in survivors of the atomic bombs dropped by the United States on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The Independent’s Patrick Cockburn was a lone exception in reporting these awful findings. 

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From Iraq, a tragic reminder to prosecute the war criminals By John Pilger

27 May 2013 — John Pilger

The dust in Iraq rolls down the long roads that are the desert’s fingers. It gets in your eyes and nose and throat; it swirls in markets and school playgrounds, consuming children kicking a ball; and it carries, according to Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, “the seeds of our death”. An internationally respected cancer specialist at the Sadr Teaching Hospital in Basra, Dr. Ali told me that in 1999, and today his warning is irrefutable. “Before the Gulf war,” he said, “we had two or three cancer patients a month. Now we have 30 to 35 dying every month. Our studies indicate that 40 to 48 per cent of the population in this area will get cancer: in five years’ time to begin with, then long after. That’s almost half the population. Most of my own family have it, and we have no history of the disease. It is like Chernobyl here; the genetic effects are new to us; the mushrooms grow huge; even the grapes in my garden have mutated and can’t be eaten.” 

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The BBC and Iraq Ten Years On By David McQueen

2 April 2013 — New Left Project

The tenth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq was marked in Baghdad with a wave of deadly bombings that killed at least sixty people and injured over two hundred. In Britain the anniversary brought on a wave of retrospectives and handwringing recollections by the likes of the BBC’s John Simpson. Simpson and other media pundits who gave credence to the government’s claims on WMD a decade ago have yet to apologise for their role in building the case for invasion. Continue reading

The Children of Iraq: “Was the Price Worth It?” By Bie Kentane

19 February, 2013 — BRussells Tribunal and Global Research 7 May 2012

The Children of Iraq: "Was the Price Worth It?"“…Line up the bodies of the children, the thousands of children — the infants, the toddlers, the schoolkids — whose bodies were torn to pieces, burned alive or riddled with bullets during the American invasion and occupation of Iraq. Line them up in the desert sand, walk past them, mile after mile, all those twisted corpses, those scraps of torn flesh and seeping viscera, those blank faces, those staring eyes fixed forever on nothingness.

 This is the reality of what happened in Iraq; there is no other reality….” — Chris Floyd, December 17, 2011[1] Continue reading

Book with Joe Bageant’s best essays now available

4 March 2012 — Joe Bageant

For those who prefer a real book rather than reading on a computer screen, a book with 25 of Joe Bageant‘s best essays is now available for pre-order on Amazon. Waltzing at the Doomsday Ball: The Best of Joe Bageant will be available for distribution in the USA April 1. This book was first published last November in Australia by Scribe.

Before he died one year ago, Joe and I had talked about such a book, even though he initially had doubts that people would pay for something that’s available for free on the web. But, many emails from his readers convinced Joe that enough people wanted the essays in book form to make the project worthwhile. After Joe died, Henry Rosenbloom, Joe’s friend and Australian publisher, asked me to select and edit essays for the book.

Stop NATO News: December 17, 2011

17 December 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Pentagon Commends Turkey For NATO Radar Site
  • Turkey: U.S. NATO Ally On Missiles, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Kurds
  • Pentagon Appoints Turkey To Police Iraq, Confront Iran
  • Turkey’s Top Military Council Prepares For War
  • Iraq: Fallujah Celebrates U.S. Troop Exit, Honors The Slain
  • U.S. Rallies NATO Support For Georgia’s Accession
  • Georgia Hosts Meeting Of NATO Centers In Former Soviet States
  • Georgia Increases Troop Strength For NATO’s Afghan War
  • Pakistan: Squeezed NATO Supply Line Runs Dry
  • Belgium: NATO Conducts 29-Nation Cyber Warfare Exercise
  • Chicago: Protesters Cry Foul Over NATO, G8 Restrictions
  • Afghanistan: NATO’s Iron Man Versus Frankenstein’s Militarized Monster

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Stop NATO News: December 16, 2011

16 December 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Missile Shield To Destroy Strategic Balance: Russian Defense Minister
  • U.S. Receives Final Approval To Deploy Missiles In Romania
  • U.S.-NATO Missiles: Russian Baltic Radar Fully Operational In 2014
  • Syria, Iran, Russia Targeted: Pentagon Chief Strengthens Military Ties With Turkey
  • Global Turmoil Set To Worsen In Coming New Year
  • Iraq: Fallujah Residents Celebrate Last Of U.S. Occupiers
  • Pentagon Shifts From Broader Middle East To Confronting China
  • Australia-Japan-U.S. Military Axis Deepened, Expanded
  • Noose Around China: Australia, South Korea Boost Military Cooperation
  • Malacca Strait: U.S. Marines In Malaysia, Singapore Exercises

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Media Lens: Fallujah, Iraq 2004 – Misrata, Libya 2011

5 May 2011 — Media Lens

Operation Phantom Fury

In November 2004, the UN‘s Integrated Regional Information Network reported the impact of Operation Phantom Fury, a combined USUK offensive, on Iraq’s third city, Fallujah:

‘Approximately 70 per cent of the houses and shops were destroyed in the city and those still standing are riddled with bullets.’ (‘Fallujah still needs more supplies despite aid arrival,’ http://www.irinnews.org, November 30, 2004)

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NYT Calls for Protecting Libyan Civilians by Escalating War–Like in Fallujah By Peter Hart

8 April 2011 — FAIR Blog

Afraid of NATO killing civilians in Libya? The New York Times editorial page (4/8/11) sees the way forward by ramping up the war:

There is a much better option: the American A-10 and AC-130 aircraft used earlier in the Libya fighting and still on standby status….

But no other country has aircraft comparable to America’s A-10, which is known as the Warthog, designed to attack tanks and other armored vehicles, or to the AC-130 ground-attack gunship, which is ideally suited for carefully sorting out targets in populated areas.

AC-130s were used frequently in the Iraq War, particularly in the bloody fight in the city of Fallujah–which was not often characterized by the careful sorting of targets. The Times established a record of downplaying the civilian deaths there, which might help explain why their editorial page has such faith in the careful sorting properties of these aircraft.

Media Lens: Beyond Hiroshima – The Non-Reporting Of Fallujah’s Cancer Catastrophe

7 September, 2010 — MEDIA LENS: Correcting for the distorted vision of the corporate media


Compassion is sometimes a central theme of media reporting. On August 25, journalists across the UK described how a British woman, Mary Bale, had been filmed dropping a cat into a wheelie bin. The cat was later released unharmed. The Guardian reported and commented on the story on August 24 and 25. Matt Seaton wrote: Continue reading