PROJECT CENSORED 2012 - Page 2

The top stories you didn't read in the mainstream media: expanding police state, NATO war crimes, criminalized protests, more

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Another cluster of stories, "Women and Gender, Race and Ethnicity," notes a pattern of underreporting stories that affect a range of marginalized groups. This broad category includes only three articles, and none are listed in the top 10. The stories reveal mistreatment of Palestinian women in Israeli prisons, including being denied medical care and shackled during childbirth, and the rape and sexual assault of women soldiers in the US military. The third story in the category concerns an Alabama anti-immigration bill, HB56, that caused immigrants to flee Alabama in such numbers that farmers felt a dire need to "help farms fill the gap and find sufficient labor." So the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries approached the state's Department of Corrections about making a deal where prisoners would replace the fleeing farm workers.

But with revolutionary unrest around the world, and the rise of a mass movement that connects disparate issues together into a simple, powerful class analysis — the 99 percent versus the 1 percent paradigm popularized by Occupy Wall Street — this year's Project Censored offers an element of hope.

It's not easy to succeed at projects that resist corporate dominance, and when it does happen, the corporate media is sometimes reluctant to cover it. Number seven on the Top 25 list is the story of how the United Nations designated 2012 the International Year of the Cooperative, recognizing the rapid growth of co-op businesses, organizations that are part-owned by all members and whose revenue is shared equitably among members. One billion people worldwide now work in co-ops.

The Year of the Cooperative is not the only good-news story discussed by Project Censored this year. In Chapter 4, Yes! Magazine's Sarah Van Gelder lists "12 ways the Occupy movement and other major trends have offered a foundation for a transformative future." They include a renewed sense of "political self-respect" and fervor to organize in the United States, debunking of economic myths such as the "American dream," and the blossoming of economic alternatives such as community land trusts, time banking, and micro-energy installations.

They also include results achieved from pressure on government, like the delay of the Keystone Pipeline project, widespread efforts to override the US Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, the removal of dams in Washington state after decades of campaigning by Native American and environmental activists, and the enactment of single-payer healthcare in Vermont.

As Dr. Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed writes in the book's foreword, "The majority of people now hold views about Western governments and the nature of power that would have made them social pariahs 10 or 20 years ago."

Citing polls from the corporate media, Ahmed writes: "The majority are now skeptical of the Iraq War; the majority want an end to US military involvement in Afghanistan; the majority resent the banks and financial sector, and blame them for the financial crisis; most people are now aware of environmental issues, more than ever before, and despite denialist confusion promulgated by fossil fuel industries, the majority in the United States and Britain are deeply concerned about global warming; most people are wary of conventional party politics and disillusioned with the mainstream parliamentary system."

"In other words," he writes, "there has been a massive popular shift in public opinion toward a progressive critique of the current political economic system."

And ultimately, it's the public — not the president and not the corporations—that will determine the future. There may be hope after all. Here's Project Censored's Top 10 list for 2013:

 

Comments

Here's 2 versions of the 1st expert showing that the true horror of the NDAA is its backdoor in plain sight (not indefinite detention), which codifies quasi-dictatorial powers secretly claimed by Bush in 2001, and then Obama. So I guess this is an exposure of the censored version of one of the most censored stories in 2012:

http://theglobal99movement.blogspot.com/2012/10/losing-biggest-constitut...

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/10/07/1140438/-Losing-Biggest-Constit...

And to think, some of this all started at UC-Berkeley.

Posted by Christopher M. Tucker on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 5:35 pm

I find it egregious that your paper accuses NATO's well executed operation in Lybia to save hundreds of thousands of lives of being a war crime! You must know the area prior to the uprising. A bloody dictator that had no mercy on his people and finally in the wake of the arab revolts that begun in Tunisia Lybians against all odds rose to liberate themselves from the murderous tyrant but alas without the intervention of France a massive massacre was to ensue. I think it was a job well done considering the misery the Lybians suffered under the tyrant.

Posted by nafiss on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 10:26 pm

Maybe characters in an ancient Greek play? Oh, wait... you mean "NATO" and "Libya", and you're actually serious about the "job well done" part.

Well I guess if the "job" was to liberate Libya's oil for the foreign corporations, then indeed the job was well done.

No denying that Khaddafi was an autocrat. But there's also no denying that:
-Libya had the highest standard of living on the entire continent of Africa, which suggests that quite a bit of oil wealth did find its way down to the people.
-Libya had universal healthcare and was the only country in Africa where life expectancy approached European levels.
-The government kept radical Islam in check. And you know what? Khaddafi turned out to be right when he said terrorists were infiltrating the anti-government militias.
-Libya provided tons of foreign aid for desperately poor African countries. And we're not talking "aid" in the neoliberal sense either, where western governments send in a corporation to rake in big bucks, while the country's government piles on debt. We're talking real development aid.

Khaddafi wasn't a good guy. But if you're trying to sell the idea that ExxonMobil and BP will be better, color me skeptical.

Once the bloody civil war settles down and the Libyan people finish slaughtering each other, and one western-backed warlord emerges victorious over the rest (I'm sure they'll call him "president" or "prime minister" or something western-sounding to make him look appealing), we'll see how the new rulers deal with the rubble of their once-prosperous country.

Posted by Greg on Oct. 10, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

This is perhaps the most urgent subject because not only is the human species endangered, but so are all other species. The World Wildlife Fund's 'Living Planet Report 2012' is a must read. The two most disturbing findings include a loss of 30% global biodiversity and a 50% resource overdraft starting at the tipping point in 1970. I am a retired environmental scientist and I am torn between sounding the alarm and just accepting what I feel is now unavoidable.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 13, 2012 @ 6:28 pm

Whether or not one agrees with the points of this article, you must acknowledge that the news media is complicit in plotting with big industry in ignoring or embellishing certains stories that are commerically sensative.
I sense that there is a struggle going on in mainstream media for change. There are those who cling to the past and the role that media has had in shaping public opinion, vs transparency and factual writing that is honest and fair.
I am waging my own protest by not watching mainstream tv and not reading mainstream newspapers.
I also hold the view that ancient Romans had that politicans, prostitutes and actors were all in the same category. All three painted their faces and told lies to please the vanity of their clients.

Posted by Guest claudia on Oct. 22, 2012 @ 6:44 am

Thank you for finally sharing some tidbits of truth in a mainstream media format. I hope it nudges people to look for more. The mother lode of true investigative journalism today is at www.jimstonefreelance.com. All original research, not regurgitated rumor...and chillingly fleshed out with details, on these topics and many more. Jim Stone is a true reporter, not a repeater.

Posted by Guest Wide Awake on Oct. 23, 2012 @ 3:52 am

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