PROJECT CENSORED 2012 - Page 5

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

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7. THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF COOPERATIVE

Can something really be censored when it's straight from the United Nations? According to Project Censored evaluators, the corporate media underreported the UN declaring 2012 to be the International Year of the Cooperative, based on the coop business model's stunning growth. The UN found that, in 2012, one billion people worldwide are coop member-owners, or one in five adults over the age of 15. The largest is Spain's Mondragon Corporation, with more than 80,000 member-owners. The UN predicts that by 2025, worker-owned coops will be the world's fastest growing business model. Worker-owned cooperatives provide for equitable distribution of wealth, genuine connection to the workplace, and, just maybe, a brighter future for our planet.

 

8. NATO WAR CRIMES IN LIBYA

In January 2012, the BBC "revealed" how British Special Forces agents joined and "blended in" with rebels in Libya to help topple dictator Muammar Gadaffi, a story that alternative media sources had reported a year earlier. NATO admits to bombing a pipe factory in the Libyan city of Brega that was key to the water supply system that brought tap water to 70 percent of Libyans, saying that Gadaffi was storing weapons in the factory. In Censored 2013, writer James F. Tracy makes the point that historical relations between the US and Libya were left out of mainstream news coverage of the NATO campaign; "background knowledge and historical context confirming Al-Qaeda and Western involvement in the destabilization of the Gadaffi regime are also essential for making sense of corporate news narratives depicting the Libyan operation as a popular 'uprising.'"

 

9. PRISON SLAVERY IN THE US

On its website, the UNICOR manufacturing corporation proudly proclaims that its products are "made in America." That's true, but they're made in places in the US where labor laws don't apply, with workers often paid just 23 cents an hour to be exposed to toxic materials with no legal recourse. These places are US prisons. Slavery conditions in prisons aren't exactly news. It's literally written into the Constitution; the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, outlaws " slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted." But the article highlighted by Project Censored this year reveal the current state of prison slavery industries, and its ties to war. The majority of products manufactured by inmates are contracted to the Department of Defense. Inmates make complex parts for missile systems, battleship anti-aircraft guns, and landmine sweepers, as well as night-vision goggles, body army, and camouflage uniforms. Of course, this is happening in the context of record high imprisonment in the US, where grossly disproportionate numbers of African Americans and Latinos are imprisoned, and can't vote even after they're freed. As psychologist Elliot D. Cohen puts it in this year's book: "This system of slavery, like that which existed in this country before the Civil War, is also racist, as more than 60 percent of US prisoners are people of color."

 

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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