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  • Part 1: Bob Parry RIP - The Reporter Who Broke the Iran-Contra Story
    • An independent journalist who never got the credit he deserved.
  • Part 2: A Tribute to Robert Parry: Independent Journalism at Its Best
    • To one extent or another, nearly all major US news outlets had bought into the imperial neoconservative vision of an all-powerful United States that operates outside of international law.

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Part 1: Bob Parry RIP = The Reporter Who Broke the Iran-Contra Story

An independent journalist who never got the credit he deserved.

Jefferson MorleyAlterNet 

https://www.alternet.org/sites/default/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/robert_parry.jpg?itok=aAcrqVpc January 30, 2018 | Bob Parry, the veteran journalist who died Saturday at age 68, was a reporter’s reporter, a cheerful, dogged, independent fact-gatherer who didn’t give a damn about respectable Washington. More than any other reporter, Parry uncovered the national scandal that would become known as the Iran-contra affair. Yet he received little credit and no glory for his achievement

I first met Parry in 1985 when I was an assistant editor at the New Republic (TNR) in search of writers who knew something about the civil wars of Central America. After Congress approved the so-called Boland Amendment in 1984, barring military aid to counterrevolutionary forces in Nicaragua, Reagan administration officials—and their apologists in the press—were open about their intention to flout the law.

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Part 2: A Tribute to Robert Parry: Independent Journalism at Its Best

To one extent or another, nearly all major US news outlets had bought into the imperial neoconservative vision of an all-powerful United States that operates outside of international law.

Jim  Naureckas, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting

January 29, 2018 | Journalism lost one of its most valuable investigators when Robert Parry died from pancreatic cancer on January 27, at the age of  68. He was the first reporter to reveal Oliver North’s operation in the White House basement (AP, 6/10/1985), and the co-author of the first report on Contra drug-smuggling (AP, 12/21/1985). He did some of the most important work investigating the 1980 Reagan campaign’s efforts to delay the return of US hostages held in Iran, a scandal known as the October Surprise.

After breaking his first big stories with the Associated Press, Bob moved on to Newsweek and then later PBS‘s Frontline. Frustrated with the limits and compromises of corporate media—he was once told that a story on Contra financial skullduggery had to be watered down because Newsweek owner Katharine Graham was having Henry Kissinger as a weekend guest (Media Beat, 4/23/98)—Bob launched his own online outlet, Consortium News.

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Net Neutrality Fight Shifts To The States

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Lindsay Chestnut protests near the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, D.C., last month. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality rules, prompting officials in a growing number of states to fight back with lawsuits and proposed legislation. Carolyn Kaster, Associated Press (AP)

  • Some state officials want to take action to protect their residents against the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality.
  • The Internet Association, a trade group that represents tech companies such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, has announced that it too will join the upcoming legal fight.

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01/25/2018 | While Congress wrestles with whether to restore net neutrality rules after the Federal Communications Commission scrapped them last month, a growing number of states have decided to take on the issue themselves.

Legislators in at least 15 states, from California to Rhode Island, have introduced bills that would create state net neutrality laws or use other approaches to require that internet service providers follow net neutrality requirements in some way to ensure an open and equal internet.

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Senate Dems One Vote Shy of Net Neutrality Revival. Tell Your Senators How to Vote Now. Countable 

  • https://d15oah1tzzrs2i.cloudfront.net/snack/image/60076/large_60076-1516128561.jpgEfforts to rescind the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality have reached a crucial pivot point. There are now 50 votes guaranteed in the Senate to block the repeal. They only need one more vote! If you support net neutrality, Now is the time to reach out to your senators and make sure they know how you expect them to vote.
  • Related: The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.

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Senate Dems One Vote Shy of Net Neutrality Revival. Tell Your Senators How to Vote Now.

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Efforts to rescind the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality have reached a crucial pivot point. There are now 50 votes guaranteed in the Senate to block the repeal. They only need one more vote! If you support net neutrality, Now is the time to reach out to your senators and make sure they know how you expect them to vote.
Related: The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.

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January 16, 2018 | Half the Senate - forty-nine Democrats and independents, one Republican - plan to co-sponsor Sen. Ed Markey's (D-MA) legislation that would undo the FCC's repeal of net neutrality.

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission voted to dismantle net neutrality regulations, allowing internet providers to speed up – or slow down – access to apps and websites.

Markey’s bill, if made law, would reverse that ruling.

Under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), Congress can nullify recently passed legislation with a simple majority.

Countable helps you make your voice heard by contacting your reps about issues that matter. Check out your reps!

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The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them, Take Action Now, The Nation 

  • Here's how it happens.
  • Related: Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials

 

 

 

The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.

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  • Here's how it happens.
  • Related: Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials

 

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  • January 3, 2018 | To save net neutrality, we need to get every member of Congress to promise to vote to overrule the FCC vote. Use this page to track them, call them and tweet them.

    Soon we'll begin tracking which members of Congress have cosponsored a "Congressional Resolution of Disapproval" to overrule the FCC. Right now, we know which ones have come out against the FCC's plan, and which have supported it. We need to try to move all of them, but here are the priorities.

    Your representatives: These are your members of Congress. Start here.

  • Team InternetThese are the other members of Congress who've come out against the FCC plan. Thank them, and ask them to vote for the CRA.
  • UnknownThese are all the members of Congress whose stance we don't know yet. Ask them to vote for the CRA!
  • Team CableThese are the members of Congress who supported the FCC plan. We still might be able to move them

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While the FCC voted to end net neutrality, Congress can reinstate this critical regulation by passing a “resolution of disapproval” to undo the vote. Both Republicans and Democrats have spoken up against the FCC’s plan. Check out where your representatives stand <>, then use Free Press Action Fund’s call tool <>and script to give them a call.

Take Action Now is the activism arm of the Nation magazine. Sign up for Take Action Now here.

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Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Google’s Eric Schmidt Admits Political Censorship Of Search Results
  • Google’s efforts are just one part of a much wider government-corporate drive to assert control over the flow of information over the Internet ... .
  • Part 2: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments
  • As is always true of censorship, there is one, and only one, principle driving all of this: power.

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Google and Facebook on an Internet Censorship Rampage at Request of US, Israeli Officials.

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  • Part 1: Google’s Eric Schmidt Admits Political Censorship Of Search Results
    • Google’s efforts are just one part of a much wider government-corporate drive to assert control over the flow of information over the Internet ... .
  • Part 2: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments
    • As is always true of censorship, there is one, and only one, principle driving all of this: power.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: Google’s Eric Schmidt Admits Political Censorship Of Search Results

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Google has been deliberately altering its search algorithms and taking other steps to prevent people from accessing certain information and specific websites through its search engines.
Google’s efforts are just one part of a much wider government-corporate drive to assert control over the flow of information over the Internet ... .

Niles NiemuthWorld Socialist Website  / Rise Up Times

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November 27, 2017 | Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, confirmed this weekend that the world’s largest Internet company is, in close coordination with the state, manipulating search results to censor sites critical of the US government.

Responding to a question about the “manipulation of information” on the Internet during an appearance at the Halifax International Security Forum, Schmidt announced that Google is working on algorithms that will “de-rank” Russian-based news websites RT and Sputnik from its Google News services, effectively blocking users’ access to either site.

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Part 2: Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

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Glenn GreenwaldThe Intercept / Rise Up Times

December 30 2017 | In September of last year, we noted that Facebook representatives were meeting with the Israeli government to determine which Facebook accounts of Palestinians should be deleted on the ground that they constituted “incitement.” The meetings — called for and presided over by one of the most extremist and authoritarian Israeli officials, pro-settlement Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked — came after Israel threatened Facebook that its failure to voluntarily comply with Israeli deletion orders would result in the enactment of laws requiring Facebook to do so, upon pain of being severely fined or even blocked in the country.

The predictable results of those meetings are now clear and well-documented. Ever since, Facebook has been on a censorship rampage against Palestinian activists who protest the decades-long, illegal Israeli occupation, all directed and determined by Israeli officials. Indeed, Israeli officials have been publicly boasting about how obedient Facebook is when it comes to Israeli censorship orders.

Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Polk Award for national security reporting, is an American columnist, blogger, and author.

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Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet, Week Ending December 23, 2017

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Net Neutrality is now officially on life support. Here’s what happens next. * The Fight for Net Neutrality Is "Not Over" * Net Neutrality: We Need a Better Deal * Three Myths the Telecom Industry is Using to Convince Congress to Repeal the FCC’s Privacy Rules, Busted * Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Net Neutrality is now officially on life support. Here’s what happens next, Aja Romano, Vox <>

December 14, 2017 | The overwhelming majority of the public, including Republicans, support net neutrality. The FCC just voted to end it. Here's what happens next.

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 | Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC Vote
Just hours after the FCC vote, a coalition of activist groups started calling on members of Congress to overturn it.
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Net Neutrality: We Need a Better Deal, Eric Klinker,  Bittorrent Blog

If Internet service providers are allowed to give preferential treatment to certain kinds of traffic, the open Internet will have been paywalled shut. The solution lies in fairer regulation and in better, more people-powered technology.

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(Fair warning: some of these are fairly wonky, so if you’re not the type that gets excited by telecom law, you can always skip to the part where you call your senators and representative and tell them not to repeal the FCC’s ISP privacy rules—because if we raise our voices together, we can stop Congress before it’s too late.)

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Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet, David Culver, Evergreene Digest

Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.

Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

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FCC is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This and Congress Will Pay the Price (2)

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    • Part 1: America is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This Will Pay the Price
    • Residents of Winlock, Washington can barely stream Spotify and Netflix. Changes to Obama’s net neutrality rules are going to make things even worse.
    • Part 2: FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality. Congress Will Pay the Price
    • The FCC Draft Order on Net Neutrality went much further than we ever could've imagined
    • Related: Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

    Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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    Part 1: America is About to Kill the Internet and Towns Like This Will Pay the Price

    Many of the 1,300 residents of Winlock report frustratingly slow connections – with speeds similar to the dial-up days of the 1990s. Alamy

  • Residents of Winlock, Washington can barely stream Spotify and Netflix. Changes to Obama’s net neutrality rules are going to make things even worse.

 

Lucy Rock, The Guardian / Portside

November 21, 2017It’s Saturday morning at a café near the museum in Winlock, Washington, and Michelle Conrow is eating brunch while surfing the internet on her laptop. What might seem a banal activity for many is a luxury for Michelle. The internet at her house just outside the town is primitive by today’s standards, with speeds similar to the dial-up days of the 1990s. It took three days to download Microsoft Office to her new computer.

Many of the 1,300 residents in this rural area, which was once the US’s second largest egg producer, report frustratingly slow connections. There’s no binging on the latest must-watch Netflix show or streaming music on Spotify to suit your mood. No quick downloading of a podcast for your journey to work as you grab your coat. No running several devices simultaneously as parents catch up with internet banking or shopping on Amazon while their children chat on social media and watch YouTube videos.

Lucy Rock is an Observer writer and was previously the news editor.

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Part 2: FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality. Congress Will Pay the Price


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The FCC Draft Order on Net Neutrality went much further than we ever could've imagined in not only reversing Title II, but in dismantling virtually all of the important tenets of net neutrality itself.

Ryan Singel, Wired Opinion / Portside

December 3, 2017 | FCC chair Ajit Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality provisions and reclassify broadband providers from “common carriers” to “information services” is an unprecedented giveaway to big broadband providers and a danger to the internet. The move would mean the FCC would have almost no oversight authority over broadband providers like Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T.

For years, those broadband providers have used lawsuits and agency filings to fight FCC oversight and overturn its authority to prevent net neutrality abuses. But never in those companies’ most feverish dreams did they expect an FCC chair would propose to demolish all net neutrality protections and allow ISPs to extract tolls from every business in the country.

Ryan Singel is media and strategy fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and the CEO/cofounder of Contextly.

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Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet, David Culver, Evergreene Digest
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  • Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.
  • Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

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Urgent: Take Action to Save the Open Internet

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  • Despite massive growing resistance, the FCC just voted to advance rules that could slow down and censor the Internet by allowing ISPs to discriminate when they deliver content. Everyone needs to take action right now.
  • Don't let Comcast and AT&T control the future of the Internet. "Dear FCC, we need real net neutrality. Protect internet users from monopolistic ISPs and don't let companies censor, slow down, or block websites while requiring other sites to pay for faster service. Please stand up for all Internet users and our right to communicate."

Dear Readers,

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Now the FCC has announced plans to destroy net neutrality, the very foundation of an internet-based independent media, before Christmas. Working together we must stop them from doing this and here's how.

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Fighting for net neutrality is not a fool's errand, a waste of time and effort. The FCC's net neutrality repeal has sparked backlash. “People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue, and the real question now is if Congress is listening,” said Evan Greer, the campaign director for the pro-net neutrality group Fight for the Future said.

https://d2omw6a1nm6pnh.cloudfront.net/images/net-neutrality-now-180.png If it seems like this battle has seemingly gone on forever, it has.  Almost from the creation of the Internet, the big telecommunications companies (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast/Xfinity, Time Warner, etc.) have wanted to increase their profits by destroying net neutrality - the democratic, inclusive principle that says everyone is equal to the same level of access to the internet at the same price. The greedy telecoms don't see it that way. They want to create superhighways of data flow for their egalitarian, privileged corporate friends and other members of the 1%, forcing the rest of us to the slower, narrower back roads - if we can get access at all.

We thought we had the battle won in the waning days of the Obama administration. However, the FCC, under the chairmanship of Trump appointee Ajit Pai, a Republican, has rejoined the battle for net neutrality. The battle over net neutrality is as hot as ever.

Much has been published about this issue in the pages of Evergreen Digest, principally in our Media, Government, and Activism sections. Learn more about it by searching terms like "Net Neutrality" and "Ajit Pai" in our search box. Stay up to date by frequently visiting us and the websites of the two organizations leading the fight: Free Press and Fight for the Future.

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Peace and thanx,

Dave and the entire Evergreene Digest crew

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FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash on private data grabs by internet and telecom giants, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1:  FCC's net neutrality repeal sparks backlash
    • People from across the political spectrum are coming out of the woodwork to engage in this issue.
  • Part 2: Help Minnesota protect consumers from private data grabs by internet and telecom giants.
    • Weigh in against possible FCC action that would hinder the Legislature in this area. 
  • Related: The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts

 

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The FCC sabotaged its own Net Neutrality public comments process and distorted the facts, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

  • Part 1:  The FCC sabotaged its own public comments process.
    • Congress needs to stop them from voting to kill net neutrality on December 14
  • Part 2: Fight for the Future statement on Ajit Pai’s ridiculous speech
    • Pai’s distortion of the facts here can only be described as Orwellian. He’s citing free speech as his reason for gutting free speech protections.
  • Related: Special Project | How the Grinch Is Stealing the Internet

 

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