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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 01:47 AM
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Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006
The M$M can shove it.

#1 Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media

Throughout 2005 and 2006, a large underground debate raged regarding the future of the Internet. More recently referred to as network neutrality, the issue has become a tug of war with cable companies on the one hand and consumers and Internet service providers on the other. Yet despite important legislative proposals and Supreme Court decisions throughout 2005, the issue was almost completely ignored in the headlines until 2006.1 And, except for occasional coverage on CNBCs Kudlow & Kramer, mainstream television remains hands-off to this day (June 2006).2

#2 Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran

According to journalist Jason Leopold, sources at former Cheney company Halliburton allege that, as recently as January of 2005, Halliburton sold key components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development company. Leopold says his Halliburton sources have intimate knowledge of the business dealings of both Halliburton and Oriental Oil Kish, one of Irans largest private oil companies.

Additionally, throughout 2004 and 2005, Halliburton worked closely with Cyrus Nasseri, the vice chairman of the board of directors of Iran-based Oriental Oil Kish, to develop oil projects in Iran. Nasseri is also a key member of Irans nuclear development team. Nasseri was interrogated by Iranian authorities in late July 2005 for allegedly providing Halliburton with Irans nuclear secrets. Iranian government officials charged Nasseri with accepting as much as $1 million in bribes from Halliburton for this information.

#3 Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger

Oceanic problems once found on a local scale are now pandemic. Data from oceanography, marine biology, meteorology, fishery science, and glaciology reveal that the seas are changing in ominous ways. A vortex of cause and effect wrought by global environmental dilemmas is changing the ocean from a watery horizon with assorted regional troubles to a global system in alarming distress.

According to oceanographers the oceans are one, with currents linking the seas and regulating climate. Sea temperature and chemistry changes, along with contamination and reckless fishing practices, intertwine to imperil the worlds largest communal life source.

#4 Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US

The number of hungry and homeless people in U.S. cities continued to grow in 2005, despite claims of an improved economy. Increased demand for vital services rose as needs of the most destitute went unmet, according to the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors Report, which has documented increasing need since its 1982 inception.

The study measures instances of emergency food and housing assistance in twenty-four U.S. cities and utilizes supplemental information from the U.S. Census and Department of Labor. More than three-quarters of cities surveyed reported increases in demand for food and housing, especially among families. Food aid requests expanded by 12 percent in 2005, while aid center and food bank resources grew by only 7 percent. Service providers estimated 18 percent of requests went unattended. Housing followed a similar trend, as a majority of cities reported an increase in demand for emergency shelter, often going unmet due to lack of resources.

#5 High-Tech Genocide in Congo

The worlds most neglected emergency, according to the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, is the ongoing tragedy of the Congo, where six to seven million have died since 1996 as a consequence of invasions and wars sponsored by western powers trying to gain control of the regions mineral wealth. At stake is control of natural resources that are sought by U.S. corporationsdiamonds, tin, copper, gold, and more significantly, coltan and niobium, two minerals necessary for production of cell phones and other high-tech electronics; and cobalt, an element essential to nuclear, chemical, aerospace, and defense industries.

#6 Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy

Special Counsel Scott Bloch, appointed by President Bush in 2004, is overseeing the virtual elimination of federal whistleblower rights in the U.S. government.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC), the agency that is supposed to protect federal employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse is dismissing hundreds of cases while advancing almost none. According to the Annual Report for 2004 (which was not released until the end of first quarter fiscal year 2006) less than 1.5 percent of whistleblower claims were referred for investigation while more than 1000 reports were closed before they were even opened. Only eight claims were found to be substantiated, and one of those included the theft of a desk, while another included attendance violations. Favorable outcomes have declined 24 percent overall, and this is all in the first year that the new special counsel, Scott Bloch, has been in office.

# 7 US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released documents of forty-four autopsies held in Afghanistan and Iraq October 25, 2005. Twenty-one of those deaths were listed as homicides. The documents show that detainees died during and after interrogations by Navy SEALs, Military Intelligence, and Other Government Agency (OGA).

These documents present irrefutable evidence that U.S. operatives tortured detainees to death during interrogation, said Amrit Singh, an attorney with the ACLU. The public has a right to know who authorized the use of torture techniques and why these deaths have been covered up.

#8 Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act

The Department of Defense has been granted exemption from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In December 2005, Congress passed the 2006 Defense Authorization Act which renders Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) operational files fully immune to FOIA requests, the main mechanism by which watchdog groups, journalists and individuals can access federal documents. Of particular concern to critics of the Defense Authorization Act is the DIAs new right to thwart access to files that may reveal human rights violations tied to ongoing counterterrorism efforts.

#9 The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall

Despite the 2004 International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision that called for tearing down the Wall and compensating affected communities, construction of the Wall has accelerated. The route of the barrier runs deep into Palestinian territory, aiding the annexation of Israeli settlements and the breaking of Palestinian territorial continuity. The World Banks vision of economic development, however, evades any discussion of the Walls illegality.

The World Bank has meanwhile outlined the framework for a Palestinian Middle East Free Trade Area (MEFTA) policy in their most recent report on Palestine published in December of 2004, Stagnation or Revival: Israeli Disengagement and Palestinian Economic Prospects.

#10 Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians

There is widespread speculation that President Bush, confronted by diminishing approval ratings and dissent within his own party as well as within the military itself, will begin pulling American troops out of Iraq in 2006. A key element of the drawdown plans not mentioned in the Presidents public statements, or in mainstream media for that matter, is that the departing American troops will be replaced by American airpower.

Were not planning to diminish the war, Seymour Hersh quotes Patrick Clawson, the deputy director of the Washington Institute, whose views often mirror those of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. We just want to change the mix of the forces doing the fightingIraqi infantry with American support and greater use of airpower.

#11 Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed

Several recent studies confirm fears that genetically modified (GM) foods damage human health. These studies were released as the World Trade Organization (WTO) moved toward upholding the ruling that the European Union has violated international trade rules by stopping importation of GM foods.
  • Research by the Russian Academy of Sciences released in December 2005 found that more than half of the offspring of rats fed GM soy died within the first three weeks of life, six times as many as those born to mothers fed on non-modified soy. Six times as many offspring fed GM soy were also severely underweight.
  • In November 2005, a private research institute in Australia, CSIRO Plant Industry, put a halt to further development of a GM pea cultivator when it was found to cause an immune response in laboratory mice.1
  • In the summer of 2005, an Italian research team led by a cellular biologist at the University of Urbino published confirmation that absorption of GM soy by mice causes development of misshapen liver cells, as well as other cellular anomalies.
  • In May of 2005 the review of a highly confidential and controversial Monsanto report on test results of corn modified with Monsanto MON863 was published in The Independent/UK.

#12 Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines

The Bush administration plans to resume production of antipersonnel landmine systems in a move that is at odds with both the international community and previous U.S. policy, according to the leading human rights organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Nearly every nation has endorsed the goal of a global ban on antipersonnel mines. In 1994 the U.S. called for the eventual elimination of all such mines, and in 1996 President Bill Clinton said the U.S. would seek a worldwide agreement as soon as possible to end the use of all antipersonnel mines. The U.S. produced its last antipersonnel landmine in 1997. It had been the stated objective of the U.S. government to eventually join the 145 countries signatory to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, which bans the use, production, exporting, and stockpiling of antipersonnel landmines.

The Bush administration, however, made an about-face in U.S. antipersonnel landmine policy in February 2004, when it abandoned any plan to join the Mine Ban Treaty, also known as the Ottawa Convention. The United States will not join the Ottawa Convention because its terms would have required us to give up a needed military capability, the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Political-Military announced, summing up the administrations new policy, The United States will continue to develop non-persistent anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines.

#13 New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup

New studies from both sides of the Atlantic reveal that Roundup, the most widely used weedkiller in the world, poses serious human health threats. More than 75 percent of genetically modified (GM) crops are engineered to tolerate the absorption of Roundupit eliminates all plants that are not GM. Monsanto Inc., the major engineer of GM crops, is also the producer of Roundup. Thus, while Roundup was formulated as a weapon against weeds, it has become a prevalent ingredient in most of our food crops.

Three recent studies show that Roundup, which is used by farmers and home gardeners, is not the safe product we have been led to trust.

A group of scientists led by biochemist Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini from the University of Caen in France found that human placental cells are very sensitive to Roundup at concentrations lower than those currently used in agricultural application.

#14 Homeland Security Contracts KBR To Build Detention Centers in the US.

Halliburtons subsidiary KBR (formerly Kellogg, Brown and Root) announced on January 24, 2006 that it had been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps in the United States.

According to a press release posted on the Halliburton website, The contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs. The contingency support contract provides for planning and, if required, initiation of specific engineering, construction and logistics support tasks to establish, operate and maintain one or more expansion facilities.

#15 Chemical Industry is EPAs Primary Research Partner

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research program is increasingly relying on corporate joint ventures, according to agency documents obtained by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The American Chemical Council (ACC) is now EPAs leading research partner and the EPA is diverting funds from basic health and environmental research towards research that addresses regulatory concerns of corporate funders.

Since the beginning of Bushs first term in office, there has been a significant increase in cooperative research and development agreements (CRADAs) with individual corporations or industry associations. During Bushs first four years EPA entered into fifty-seven corporate CRADAs, compared to thirty-four such agreements during Clintons second term.

#16 Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court

Ecuador and Mexico have refused to sign bilateral immunity agreements (BIA) with the U.S., in ratification of the International Criminal Court (ICC) treaty. Despite the Bush administrations threat to withhold economic aid, both countries confirmed allegiance to the ICC, the international body established to try individuals accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

On June 22, 2005 Ecuadors president, Alfredo Palacios, vocalized emphatic refusal to sign a BIA (also known as an Article 98 agreement to the Rome Statute of the ICC) in spite of Washingtons threat to withhold $70 million a year in military aid.

Mexico, having signed the Rome Statute, which established the ICC in 2000, formally ratified the treaty on October 28, 2005, making it the 100th nation to join the ICC. As a consequence of ratifying the ICC without a U.S. immunity agreement, Mexico stands to lose millions of dollars in U.S. aidincluding $11.5 million to fight drug trafficking.

On September 29, 2005 the U.S. State Department reported that it had secured 100 immunity agreements, although less than a third have been ratified.

#17 Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda

According to a report from journalist, Greg Palast, the U.S. invasion of Iraq was indeed about the oil. However, it wasnt to destroy OPEC, as claimed by neoconservatives in the administration, but to take part in it.

The U.S. strategic occupation of Iraq has been an effective means of acquiring access to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). As long as the interim government adheres to the production caps set by the organization, the U.S. will ensure profits to the international oil companies (IOCs), the OPEC cartel, and Russia.

#18 Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story

Research into the events of September 11 by Brigham Young University physics professor, Steven E. Jones, concludes that the official explanation for the collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings is implausible according to laws of physics. Jones is calling for an independent, international scientific investigation guided not by politicized notions and constraints but rather by observations and calculations.

In debunking the official explanation of the collapse of the three WTC buildings, Jones cites the complete, rapid, and symmetrical collapse of the buildings; the horizontal explosions (squibs) evidenced in films of the collapses; the fact that the antenna dropped first in the North Tower, suggesting the use of explosives in the core columns; and the large pools of molten metal observed in the basement areas of both towers.

#19 Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever

New developments in satellite imaging technology reveal that the Amazon rainforest is being destroyed twice as quickly as previously estimated due to the surreptitious practice of selective logging.

A survey published in the October 21 issue of the journal Science is based on images made possible by a new, ultra-high-resolution satellite-imaging technique developed by scientists affiliated with the Carnegie Institution and Stanford University.

With this new technology, we are able to detect openings in the forest canopy down to just one or two individual trees, says Carnegie scientist Gregory Asner, lead author of the Science study and assistant professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Stanford University. People have been monitoring large-scale deforestation in the Amazon with satellites for more than two decades, but selective logging has been mostly invisible until now. While clear-cuts and burn-offs are readily detectable by conventional satellite analysis, selective logging is masked by the Amazons extremely dense forest canopy.

#20 Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem

Consumers spend a collective $100 billion every year on bottled water in the beliefoften mistakenthat it is better for us than what flows from our taps. Worldwide, bottled water consumption surged to 41 billion gallons in 2004, up 57 percent since 1999.

Even in areas where tap water is safe to drink, demand for bottled water is increasingproducing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy, reports Earth Policy Institute researcher Emily Arnold. Although in much of the world, including Europe and the U.S., more regulations govern the quality of tap water than bottled water, bottled water can cost up to 10,000 times more. At up to $10 per gallon, bottled water costs more than gasoline in the United States.

There is no question that clean, affordable drinking water is essential to the health of our global community, Arnold asserts, But bottled water is not the answer in the developed world, nor does it solve problems for the 1.1 billion people who lack a secure water supply. Improving and expanding existing water treatment and sanitation systems is more likely to provide safe and sustainable sources of water over the long term. Members of the United Nations have agreed to halve the proportion of people who lack reliable and lasting access to safe drinking water by the year 2015. To meet this goal, they would have to double the $15 billion spent every year on water supply and sanitation. While this amount may seem large, it pales in comparison to the estimated $100 billion spent each year on bottled water.

#21 Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers

Barrick Gold, a powerful multinational gold mining company, planned to melt three Andean glaciers in order to access gold deposits through open pit mining. The water from the glaciers would have been held for refreezing in the following winters. Opposition to the mine because of destruction to water sources for Andean farmers was widespread in Chile and the rest of the world. Barrick Golds Pascua Lama project represents one of the largest foreign investments in Chile in recent years, totaling $1.5 billion. However, some 70,000 downstream farmers backed by international environmental organizations and activists around the world waged a campaign against the proposed mine.

In the fall of 2005, environmental activists dumped crushed ice outside the local headquarter of Barrick Gold in Santiago. Thousands had marched earlier in the year shouting slogans such as, We are not a North American colony, and handing out nuggets of fools gold emblazoned with the words oro suciodirty gold.

#22 $Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed

More than $8 billion in Homeland Security funds has been doled out to states since the September 11, 2001 attacks, but the public has little chance of knowing how this money is being spent.

Of the thirty-four states that responded to Congressional Quarterlys inquiries on Homeland Security spending, twelve have laws or policies that preclude public disclosure of details on Homeland Security purchases. Many states have adopted relevant nondisclosure clauses to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The reason, state officials say, is that the information could be useful to terrorists.

Further hindering public demand for accountability, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesperson Marc Short confirms, DHS will not release its records on state spending of funds.

#23 US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe

Lobbyists funded by the U.S. oil industry have launched a campaign in Europe aimed at derailing efforts to tackle greenhouse gas pollution and climate change.

Documents obtained by Greenpeace reveal a systematic plan to persuade European business, politicians and the media that the European Union should abandon its commitments under the Kyoto protocol, the international agreement that aims to reduce emissions that lead to global warming.

The documents, an email and a PowerPoint presentation, describe efforts to establish a European coalition to challenge the course of the EUs post-2012 agenda. They were written by Chris Horner, a Washington D.C. lawyer and senior fellow at the rightwing think tank the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has received more than $1.3 million funding from the U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil. Horner also acts for the Cooler Heads Coalition, a group set up to dispel the myth of global warming.

#24 Cheneys Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year

Vice President Dick Cheneys stock options in Halliburton rose from $241,498 in 2004 to over $8 million in 2005, an increase of more than 3,000 percent, as Halliburton continues to rake in billions of dollars from no-bid/no-audit government contracts.

An analysis released by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) reveals that as Halliburtons fortunes rise, so do the Vice Presidents. Halliburton has already taken more than $10 billion from the Bush-Cheney administration for work in Iraq. They were also awarded many of the unaccountable post-Katrina government contracts, as off-shore subsidiaries of Halliburton quietly worked around U.S. sanctions to conduct very questionable business with Iran (See Story #2). It is unseemly, notes Lautenberg, for the Vice President to continue to benefit from this company at the same time his administration funnels billions of dollars to it.

#25 US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region

Five hundred U.S. troops arrived in Paraguay with planes, weapons, and ammunition in July 2005, shortly after the Paraguayan Senate granted U.S. troops immunity from national and International Criminal Court (ICC) jurisdiction. Neighboring countries and human rights organizations are concerned that the massive air base at Mariscal Estigarribia, Paraguay is potential real estate for the U.S. military.

While U.S. and Paraguayan officials vehemently deny ambitions to establish a U.S. military base at Mariscal Estigarribia, the ICC immunity agreement and U.S. counterterrorism training exercises have increased suspicions that the U.S. is building a stronghold in a region that is strategic to resource and military interests.

http://www.projectcensored.org/censored_2007/index.htm
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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:00 AM
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1. (Self kick)
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fortyfeetunder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:01 AM
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2. K&R
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DrDebug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:48 AM
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3. KBR eh K & R
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 05:55 AM
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4. K&R and bookmarked.
Thanks Nutmegger!
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 05:59 AM
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5. Great post
Bookmarked, kicked and recommended.
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VenusRising Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 06:25 AM
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6. K & R
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FreeStateDemocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 07:41 AM
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7. Thanks.
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SalmonChantedEvening Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 07:50 AM
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8. K&R and saved.
:kick: Excellent Nutmegger, thank you!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:16 AM
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9. Thanks Nutmegger!
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:41 AM
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10. I highly recommend that people pick up the hardcopy of the annual project censored book
Every year Project Censored publishes their top twenty-five stories in a book along with a LOT of other material. You may be able to read the top twenty-five stories online, but you are missing out on so much valuable information if you do not have the book itself. It is seriously one of the best reference books out there for people who want to know what is really going on in the world.

If it is not already on store shelves it should be within the next month, I make sure to pick it up every year it is a very good investment.
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 04:49 PM
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17. Every one of these stories should be in the media daily!
:kick: and R!
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lpbk2713 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:43 AM
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11. Good
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Morgana LaFey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 02:12 PM
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12. Re #25 -- isn't Paraguay where the Bushes have bought so much
real estate, also the site of the world's largest fresh water aquifer?

Yep:
Its all about the water. The bfee's purchase of a large tract of land in Paraguay
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x2942884#2942906
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sweetheart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 02:48 PM
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13. kkick
good stuff
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Pierzin Donating Member (710 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:01 PM
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14. I've got my copy already! thanks - Everyone should know!
The MSM is corrupt, and needs to be broken up as AT&T was back in the day, under the Sherman Antitrust Act. The MSM is a menace to the world.
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AliceWonderland Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:17 PM
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15. Enthusiastic kick! Important stories, thanks for posting. n/t
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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 03:32 PM
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16. The #1 censored story of the year = the voting machines
AGAIN.

Until we get democracy back this will remain the top censored story in my opinion.

This article just indicates how the 06 election was a blessing and a curse. A blessing because the Dems can finally do something to clean up the mess, a curse because everybody thinks you're crazy to suggest that the voting machines were flipping votes in 06 even more than they did in 04 or 02.

Unless we put this back on the radar screen, we're in for some terrible disappointments and the US and the world are in for some terrible times, even worse than we've gone thru up to now.
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 09:55 PM
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19. I am really surprised that did not make the list this year
I know it has made the list in the past, maybe they figured they would leave it off this year because most people who have followed their work are already aware of the issue and they wanted to choose some more obscure stories.

No matter what their reasoning for not putting it on the list again this year I think we can all agree it is a very important story. I also would be shocked if the story does not get a mention in the hardcopy book.
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 05:09 PM
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18. K'd, R'd, + BM'd.
Thanks!
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Synnical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 10:14 PM
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20. Thanks - I know how long it takes to format this on DU
Good Job. K&R
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emmadoggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 10:47 PM
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21. K & R! Wow. Thanks for this.
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Nutmegger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-01-07 11:31 PM
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22. New Year Kick
:kick:

Thanks all for the kicks and recs. People must know because we can't depend on the putrid M$M.

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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 12:12 AM
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23. Cellphones
There are large fortunes to be made in the manufacturing of high-tech electronics and in selling convenience and entertainment to American consumers, but at what cost?

Conflicts in Africa are often shrouded with misinformation, while U.S. and other western interests are routinely downplayed or omitted by the corporate media. The June 5, 2006, cover story of Time, entitled Congo: The Hidden Toll of the Worlds Deadliest War, was no exception. Although the article briefly mentioned coltan and its use in cell phones and other electronic devices, no mention was made of the pivotal role this and other raw materials found in the region play in the conflict. The story painted the ongoing war as a pitiable and horrible tragedy, avoiding the corporations and foreign governments that have created the framework for the violence and those which have strong financial and political interests in the conflicts outcome.

In an article written by Johann Hari and published by The Hamilton Spectator on May 13, 2006, the corporate media took a step toward addressing the true reason for the tremendous body count that continues to pile up in the Democratic Republic of Congo: The only change over the decades has been the resources snatched for Western consumptionrubber under the Belgians, diamonds under Mobutu, coltan and casterite today.

Most disturbing is that in the corporate media, the effect of this conflict on nonhuman life is totally overlooked. Even with a high-profile endangered species like the Eastern lowland gorilla hanging in the balance, almost driven to extinction through poaching and habitat loss by displaced villagers and warring factions, the environmental angle of the story is rarely considered.

The next step in understanding the exploitation and violence wrought upon the inhabitants of central Africa, fueled by the hunger for high-tech toys in the U.S., is to expose corporations like Sony and Motorola. These corporations dont want protest movements tarnishing their reputations. Nor do they want to call attention to all of the gorillas coltan kills, and the guerrillas it feeds.

It is time for our culture to start seeing more value in living beings, whether gorillas or humans, than in our disposable high-tech gadgets such as cell phones. It is time to steal back a more compassionate existence from the corporate plutocracy that creates destructive markets and from the media system that has manufactured our consent.

It is not just a question of giving up cell phones (though that would be a great start). We must question the appropriation of our planet in the form of a resource to be consumed, rather than as a home and community to be lived in.

High-Tech Genocide and other articles about cell phone technology are available by contacting the author: sprocket@riseup.net.

Everyone needs to read this article

K&R
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 01:20 AM
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24. #2 is very questionable.
I mean, Jason Leopold, didn't we have this argument already?
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Imagevision Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 01:36 AM
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25. Bush & Cheney were clever, - eliminate oversight, have Gonzo-boy handle the legal matters
It worked, actually quite well except with pending investigations about to begin much will be exposed about what actually took place during the six year's of Bush corruption and illegal activities.
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G Hawes Donating Member (440 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 02:06 AM
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26. It's actually called "Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007" not 2006
and it purports to espouse on what might be censored in the coming year, not what has been in the past year.

i don't quite understand how someone can harp on about being "censored" before it even occurs, but maybe that's just me.


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baldguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 04:07 PM
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29. Wrong
from the Project Censored site:

Project Censored is a media research group out of Sonoma State University which tracks the news published in independent journals and newsletters. From these, Project Censored compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country's major national news media.

Between 700 and 1000 stories are submitted to Project Censored each year from journalists, scholars, librarians, and concerned citizens around the world. With the help of more than 200 Sonoma State University faculty, students, and community members, Project Censored reviews the story submissions for coverage, content, reliability of sources and national significance. The university community selects 25 stories to submit to the Project Censored panel of judges who then rank them in order of importance. Current or previous national judges include: Noam Chomsky, Susan Faludi, George Gerbner, Sut Jhally , Frances Moore Lappe, Norman Solomon, Michael Parenti, Herbert I. Schiller, Barbara Seaman, Erna Smith, Mike Wallace and Howard Zinn. All 25 stories are featured in the yearbook, Censored: The News That Didn't Make the News.

http://www.projectcensored.org/about/index.htm
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 04:18 PM
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31. actually, it is headlined Top Censored Stories of 2007
Maybe that's not what it really is, but it is what it says: http://www.projectcensored.org/censored_2007/index.htm

Apart from whether its a prediction of the future or a report on the past (and I think its supposed to be both), my question is whether "censored" is an appropriate description. Underreported (in some instances, grossly so) seems more accurate.
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Jcrowley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 01:09 PM
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27. Kick
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 03:59 PM
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28. Kick.(nt)
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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 04:16 PM
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30. See, here's the thing I don't like about Project Censored.
Edited on Tue Jan-02-07 04:19 PM by yibbehobba
Their snippet about the wars in the Congo asserts that mineral rights and Western corporations are responsible for that conflict, but utterly utterly ignores the other factors involved. Asserting that the Congolese civil wars are about mineral wealth is a bit like saying that the Iraq war is about Oil - it's a big contributing factor, but not the whole truth of the situation. They managed to get through that story without once mentioning the genocide in Rwanda, the political situation in Uganda before the first Congolese Civil War, or the wreck that Mobutu (who was the real western puppet if any of them were) made of the place.

And then there are the bits contributed by that paragon of journalism, Jason Leopold. Project Censored would have more credibility if they actually told the whole truth.
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onenote Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 04:21 PM
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32. I have similar concerns
For example, they headline one of the topics "Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran" -- which sounds like formal legal charges were brought against Halliburton and covered up. Typically, when one uses the word "charged" it refers to a legal action. Headlining the story "Halliburton accused...." would be more accurate, but less dramatic.

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Cessna Invesco Palin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 04:33 PM
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34. Right.
And what's worse is that this is supposed to be a serious critique of the MSM.
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verse18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-02-07 04:27 PM
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33. Domestic terrorists acts committed by RW
is another story that was nonexistent in MSM.
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