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Posts Tagged ‘media

The American Media War on Iran

November 13, 2011

When Washington goes to war or threatens it, America’s media march in lockstep, cheerleading. Fiction substitutes for fact. Some examples: The Wall Street Journal in September, IAEA said “Iran had enriched 4.5 tons of low-enriched uranium – sufficient, with further enrichment, for three or four bombs – and that a third of the uranium had […]

US becoming like old Europe style class based society?

November 6, 2011

To quote Time Magazine, long a tribune of America’s establishment media, we now have “government for the few at the expense of the many.” But let me call another witness from the pro-business and capitalist-friendly press. In the middle of the last decade – four years before the Great Collapse of 2008 – the editors […]

Violence and war overstated in the climate of fear

October 24, 2011

It seems as if violence is everywhere, but historically, we’ve never had it this peaceful. Statistics reveal dramatic reductions in war deaths, family violence, racism, rape, murder and all sorts of mayhem. Prominent Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker Pinker writes: “The decline of violence may be the most significant and least appreciated development in the history […]

Media lynching of Ron Paul underway

September 20, 2011

An opinion expressed by a 22-year CIA veteran, recently retired from the agency The past ten days have seen a spate of pieces on Google News damning Congressman Ron Paul for “blaming” America for the 9/11 attacks. This is just the start of what will become a wave of ever-more shrill and lie-filled attacks on […]

Reverend Jeremiah Wright on the Media

September 19, 2011

The Reverend Jeremiah Wright has become something of an expert on the commercial media since he was psychologically lynched by them. The media, selecting clips to tar him, have plastered him with derogatory labels and shut his voice out of the national discourse. He has, like all of our greatest intellectual and moral dissidents, from […]

9/11 made the US into what we loathe

September 12, 2011

Veteran correspondent Chris Hedges reflects on the 10 years since 9/11: Reporters in moments of crisis like 9/11 collect data, facts, descriptions, basic information, and carry out interviews as swiftly as possible. We make these facts fit into familiar narratives. We do not create facts but we manipulate them. We make facts conform to our […]

Why is Libyan suppression different than Saudi or African oppression?

March 9, 2011

Shades of hypocrisy! Why is Libyan suppression different than Saudi oppression, or oppression in other African nations? For decades the U.S. has looked upon the suffering of millions of Africans with indifference but now they are trying to convince us that it is a “moral imperative” that we intervene in the civil war in Libya. […]

Wael Ghonim on Revolution 2.0 in Egypt

February 12, 2011

Just prior to President Hosni Mubarak and his regime stepping down in Egypt, Wael Ghonim, head of marketing in the Middle East for Google, summed it up: “If you want to free a society, just give them internet access…this is revolution 2.0″ Wael Ghonim became a figurehead of the Egyptian revolution after being taken captive […]

Another viewpoint on the turmoil in Egypt

February 1, 2011

Media ‘pundits’ are eager to blame the timing of the protests in Egypt on economic hardships. Citing Egypt’s jobless and inordinate poverty, they would have us believe that the American ‘social media’ has prompted and aided the protests. They would have us believe that in spite of the fact that the Egyptians cry over the […]

Real power rests with the corporations

January 16, 2011

Power does not rest with the electorate. It does not reside with either of the two major political parties. Power rests with corporations. And corporations gain very lucrative profits from war, even wars we have no chance of winning. The effort to return the US Congress to Democratic control in 2006 and end the war […]