Understanding the latest leaks is understanding the rise of a new fascism By John Pilger

20 June 2013 — John Pilger

In his book, ‘Propaganda’, published in 1928, Edward Bernays wrote: “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organised habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.”

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Monsanto Protection Act Signed By Obama, GMO Bill “Written By Monsanto” Signed Into Law

25 May 2013 — planetsave.com

The Monsanto Protection Act, essentially both written by and benefiting Monsanto Corporation, has been signed into law by United States President Barack Obama. The infamous Monsanto Corporation will benefit greatly and directly from the bill, as it essentially gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the federal courts, among other things.

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The Global Water Grab: Meet the “New Water Barons” By Shiney Varghese

8 February, 2013 — IATP.org

Writing in National Geographic in December 2012 about “small-scale irrigation techniques with simple buckets, affordable pumps, drip lines, and other equipment” that “are enabling farm families to weather dry seasons, raise yields, diversify their crops, and lift themselves out of poverty” water expert Sandra Postel of the Global Water Policy Project cautioned against reckless <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>land and water-related investments in <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>Africa. “[U]nless African governments and foreign interests lend support to these farmer-driven initiatives, rather than undermine them through <strong class=’StrictlyAutoTagBold’>land and water deals that benefit large-scale, commercial schemes, the best opportunity in decades for societal advancement in the region will be squandered.”

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 17 January 2013: How the media let Israel get away with murder

17 January 2012 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Resident’s Body Found Under Collapsed Tunnel
IMEMC – Thursday January 17; Palestinian rescue teams located the body of a resident who went missing last week when a siege busting tunnel on the border with Egypt collapsed on him due to heavy rain. …

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Video: Monsanto / GM: The Hidden Email the White House Hopes to Keep Under Wraps By Dr. Mercola

012 — Dr. Mercola

  • Americans are finally waking up to the reality of genetically engineered food—what it is, and its many dangers to human health and the environment.
  • Genetically engineered (GE) foods are also known as genetically modified (GM), or as genetically modified organisms (GMO).
  • In the video below, activist Adam Eidinger proposes a GMO shareholder resolution at Monsanto’s 2012 annual shareholder meeting.   
  • He tries to make the board and shareholders more aware of the dangers of Monsanto’s pesticides and GMOs, the company’s questionable practices, and the growing consumer backlash.

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Fukushima, the Criminal Complicity of Governments & What May Be in Store for US Reactors

28 February 2012 — Boiling Frogs

The EyeOpener- Marks to Market: America’s Nuclear Bombs

During the nuclear catastrophe at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan‘s northeast last March, the world watched in horror as conditions in the plant deteriorated by the day. Despite public reassurances that the situation was under control, we now know that three of the plant’s reactors actually began meltdown within hours and that plans were being made at the highest levels of the Japanese government to evacuate Tokyo, the world’s most populous metropolitan area.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 January 2012: Witnesses: In Palestine, to Exist Is to Resist

24 January 2012VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Residents Detained in Hebron
IMEMC – On Tuesday Morning, the Israeli army kidnapped two Hebron residents near Ibrahim Mosque, and moved them to undisclosed location, the Palestinian news agency, Ma’an, reported. …

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Could Hack Scandal Spell Trouble for Murdoch’s U.S. TV Licenses? By Peter Hart

11 July 2011 — FAIR Blog

As noted by an account on the TVNewser blog (7/11/11), on ABC’s This Week panel there was some talk of Rupert Murdoch losing his U.S. television licenses over the News of the World phone hacking scandal. There is a ‘character clause’ for broadcast licensees, and the current scandal would go a long way towards demonstrating a certain type of bad behavior. Here’s how panelist Steven Brill put it:

News Corp has a lot of FCC licenses. There’s still a clause in the federal communications law that requires that you have to be of good character to have such a license, and I was reading last night just in the approval that they gave Comcast to take over NBC, there was actually some guy who challenged the character of Comcast because when they installed a cable system somewhere they had hurt his building, and didn’t pay for it. And this became a big legal proceeding, action.

So here I am reasonably certain that someone, maybe someone from the political left or whoever, is going to make a big deal of whether they are fit to have their FCC licenses under the current management.

Once upon a time, Extra! raised this issue with General Electric’s NBC licenses, in ‘Felons on the Air: Does GE’s Ownership of NBC Violate the Law?‘ (11-12/94). GE’s record at the time including defrauding the Pentagon, fraud and money laundering. All that, unfortunately, didn’t disqualify them from getting valuable licenses to control a hefty share of the public airwaves.

Could Hack Scandal Spell Trouble for Murdoch's U.S. TV Licenses? By Peter Hart

11 July 2011 — FAIR Blog

As noted by an account on the TVNewser blog (7/11/11), on ABC’s This Week panel there was some talk of Rupert Murdoch losing his U.S. television licenses over the News of the World phone hacking scandal. There is a ‘character clause’ for broadcast licensees, and the current scandal would go a long way towards demonstrating a certain type of bad behavior. Here’s how panelist Steven Brill put it:

News Corp has a lot of FCC licenses. There’s still a clause in the federal communications law that requires that you have to be of good character to have such a license, and I was reading last night just in the approval that they gave Comcast to take over NBC, there was actually some guy who challenged the character of Comcast because when they installed a cable system somewhere they had hurt his building, and didn’t pay for it. And this became a big legal proceeding, action.

So here I am reasonably certain that someone, maybe someone from the political left or whoever, is going to make a big deal of whether they are fit to have their FCC licenses under the current management.

Once upon a time, Extra! raised this issue with General Electric’s NBC licenses, in ‘Felons on the Air: Does GE’s Ownership of NBC Violate the Law?‘ (11-12/94). GE’s record at the time including defrauding the Pentagon, fraud and money laundering. All that, unfortunately, didn’t disqualify them from getting valuable licenses to control a hefty share of the public airwaves.

Nuclear Apocalypse in Japan: Lifting the Veil of Nuclear Catastrophe and cover-up By Keith Harmon Snow

18 March 2011 — Global ResearchConsciousBeingAlliance.com

As the sun set over quake-stricken Japan on Thursday 17 March 2011, we learned that four of six Fukushima nuclear reactor sites are irradiating the earth, that the fire is burning out of control at Reactor No. 4’s pool of spent nuclear fuel, that there are six spent fuel pools at risk all told, and that the sites are too hot to deal with. On March 16 Plumes of White Vapor began pouring from crippled Reactor No. 3 where the spent fuel pool may already be lost. Over the previous days we were told: nothing to worry about. Earthquakes and after shocks, tidal wave, explosions, chemical pollution, the pox of plutonium, contradicting information too obvious to ignore, racism, greed — add these to the original Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Conquest, War, Famine and Death. The situation is apocalyptic and getting worse. This is one of the most serious challenges humanity has ever faced. Continue reading

Media Lens: Captive Nation – Egypt And The West

9 February, 2011 — Media Lens

In 1886, Tolstoy wrote:

‘Slavery has long been abolished. It was abolished in Rome, and in America, and in Russia, but what was abolished was the word and not the thing in itself.’ (Tolstoy, What Then Must We Do?, Green Classics, 1991, p.104

In 2011, ‘the thing in itself’ is alive and well in Egypt. What an extraordinary spectacle it is – a dictatorship behaving as though an entire people were its personal property. Henchmen aside, the people have spoken, almost as one, and their demands are very clear. The blunt government response, in effect: We react as we want. If we don’t want to, we don’t have to. Why? Because we have a monopoly of violence.

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GazaFriends – Gone Fishing 25 August, 2008

I sat at the front of the fishing boat, one of six that went out this morning. They are old wooden boats, outfitted with bits and pieces of mechanical parts, rope twisted together and fishing nets. Israel has refused to let Palestinians fish in their own waters for the past 15 months. Even before that, they restricted Palestinian fishermen to around 6 miles. Now, they shoot holes in the boats and in the fishermen if they are caught farther out than about a kilometer.

So today, 19 of us were going along to break a different kind of siege… the denial of Palestinian rights to fish, something every other country bordering the Mediterranean has. Only Palestinians are told they can’t fish for their livelihood, provide for their families and contribute to their own economy. We decided that, since we sailed into Gaza (one fisherman told us we were the first boats to come into the port in 35 years; they have been forced to buy everything from Israel, who charges them exhorbitant fees to buy their own fish back).

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GazaFriends – Mary’s report from Gaza City 25 August, 2008

It was a day of smiles and a day of tears for me here in Gaza City.  Another early press conference, followed by a visit to the hospital which has seen most of the carnage created in Gaza by Israeli bombs and rockets.  The doctor related some of the difficulties faced by the population of Gaza.  That 50 chldren have died because Israel refused to let them enter Israel for treatment.  The reason given by Israel?  The mothers were under 35 years old and could be terrorists.  So the children died.  He told us that so far 242 people have died during the siege because of Israel’s refusal to allow them to get the treatment they need.  And that there have been 300 deliveries at checkpoints, resulting in 69 babies dead.

Next we visited a room whose walls were filled with horrific photographs of injured and dying and dead children and babies.  On the table was a collection of fragments of Israeli artillery — rockets, bombs, shrapnel, bullets…

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