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Haiti: 1,000 dead, who cares?

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  • Haiti and media hypocrisy
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  • Haiti: The white curse
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Sokari Ekine, New Internationalist

A leaked email from a BBC editor highlights the Western media’s lack of interest in Haiti.

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David Edwards writes:

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“The whistleblower’s editor had listed several stories which he described as “not that interesting”, followed by the comment: “Dull stories - every one of them, don’t you think?” These were the stories:

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  • “The leading anti-drugs judge in Afghanistan has been assassinated.
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  • “There’s been an angry reaction in France following the magazine publication of photos of Taleban fighters displaying trophies they’d stripped from French soldiers killed in an ambush.
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  • “The authorities in Haiti say the number of those killed in the wake of Tropical Storm Hanna has risen to more than sixty.
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  • “A United Nations report says the world’s wealthiest countries are failing to deliver on their promises to boost development aid.”
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Haiti: The white curse, Eduardo Galeano, New Internationalist
Haiti is a country that has been thrown away, as an eternal punishment of its dignity. There it lies, like scrap metal. It awaits the hands of its people.

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Caving in and turning over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies

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  • Call and help stop the Waxman Net Neutrality cave
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  • Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power
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Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Will Shapira

Urgent news -- it's hard to believe, but Representative Henry Waxman may be about to cave and turn over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies.

The National Journal is reporting that Waxman just cut a deal that would kill Net Neutrality -- the First Amendment of the Internet -- and he's pushing House leaders to hold a vote this year.

The Washington Post is calling it a "big win for the Bells and cable." But ending the Internet's level playing field and letting big corporations control whose opinions get heard more online would make the rest of us big losers.

House leadership can stop this bill. Can you call Speaker Pelosi and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen? Tell them the worst thing for Democrats before a big election is another cave to corporations -- and they should kill Waxman's bill. Click here for the numbers and a script.

A world without Net Neutrality means that free speech online is replaced with speech for the highest bidder. Is that more likely to be you or Fox News?

The National Journal reports that under Waxman's bill, "nondiscrimination language does not apply to wireless providers" -- meaning, phone and cable companies could kill free speech on that little thing known as wireless internet (aka the future of the Internet).

The bill "leaves open their ability to block applications" and actively blocks the FCC's request to "allow the government to impose rules designed to preserve the Internet's openness."

At a time when Democrats need to inspire people to vote, a bill that caves and gives control of the Internet to big corporations is about the worst idea possible. Let's make that clear!

Can you call Speaker Pelosi and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen? Tell them to use their clout to kill Waxman's bill -- click here for the numbers and a script.

Thanks for being a bold progressive,

Jason Rosenbaum, Adam Green, Julia Rosen, Stephanie Taylor, and the rest of the PCCC team

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Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power, Eliza Krigman, Tech Daily Dose

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  • The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.
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  • Jim Hightower: The fight for net neutrality
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Updated: Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power

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  • Caving in and turning over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies
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  • The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.
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  • Jim Hightower: The fight for net neutrality
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Eliza Krigman, Tech Daily Dose

The FCC will not have rulemaking authority under a network neutrality bill that key House Democrats plan to introduce soon, according to a recent draft obtained by Tech Daily Dose.

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Instead, the commission will deal with enforcement on a case-by-case basis. Broadband providers who violate the law will face a maximum penalty of $2 million by the FCC, under the bill.

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The absence of the rulemaking authority, along with other provisions of the bill, is consistent with information reported by Tech Daily Dose last week (Sep 19-25).

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Caving in and turning over the free and open Internet to the big phone and cable companies, Progressive Change Campaign Committee

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  • Call and help stop the Waxman Net Neutrality cave
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  • Net Neutrality Bill Gives FCC No New Rulemaking Power
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FCC Chief Concedes Slow Pace,  Amy Schatz, Wall Street Journal | NY

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  • Key parts of the Obama administration's technology agenda are stalled at the Federal Communications Commission, its chairman acknowledged Monday (Sep 27), but he said he's impatient to move forward on them as soon as possible.
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  • Julius Genachowski took over the FCC 15 months ago with an ambitious to-do list, including a plan to improve U.S. broadband service and a promise that he would prevent phone and cable companies from interfering with Internet traffic.
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Jim Hightower: The fight for net neutrality, Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown
Big biz wants to own the information superhighway while We the People bump along the backroads

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Move to cancel U film's airing draws backlash

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  • U delays debut of film on Mississippi River pollution
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  • The documentary on farming and river pollution was criticized as unfair, but backers disagree.
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Tom Meersman, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Paul Oman

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The executive producer of a documentary about farming, pollution and the Mississippi River said Monday that the University of Minnesota made a rash mistake in canceling its broadcast on public television.

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Barbara Coffin, head of the film unit at the U's Bell Museum of Natural History, spoke for the first time about what she called "our messy internal confusion."

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U delays debut of film on Mississippi River pollution, Minnesota Daily

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(University vice president of relations Karen Himle, who canceled the airing) lists her husband’s public relations firm, Himle Horner Inc.,  as an outside source of income on her University-required conflict of interest form. The company has represented the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council,  which lobbies for agribusiness. (Ed note: Himle's husband has an affiliation with big agribusiness as well as candidate Tom Horner.)

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Boycott Fox "News" Advertisers

FOX isn't "news," it's propaganda. It was created by Australian billionaire Rupert Murdoch to promote his right-wing agenda. FOX News tries to divide Americans by smearing blacks, latinos, muslims, gays, liberals, and Democrats. FOX News openly supports the Republican Party, including a $1 million contribution in 2010. Its host Glenn Beck also created the Tea Party to revive the GOP after Bush.

Bob Fertik, Democrats.com

Fox News isn't a news channel; it's a 24 hour/day political operation. If Fox News' willful lies, editing deceptions, bigotry, vitriol, smears and incitement to violence didn't already make this point clear enough, their recent $1 million donation to the Republican Governor's Association does.

How long do we have to continue to endure these indignities and the consequences of Fox News' reckless? The answer is simple: As long as we choose to.  Fox News refuses to take the responsible action here, so we're asking their sponsors to cease subsidizing their political machinations, bigotry and incitement to violence.

The first group of companies that we're asking to cease sponsoring Fox News is: Orbitz, Amazon.com and FoodSaver.  Please email, tweet and/or post messages on their Facebook pages asking them to cease sponsoring Fox News' political operation.

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Boycott FOX News Advertisers, Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
Dear FOX News Advertiser, I am writing to inform you that I will not purchase your products as long as you advertise on FOX News.

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News Bias' and the Media Battle over the Meaning of 9/11

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  • Nine years after 9/11, the battle over the meaning of what happened to our city, our country and our world on that fateful blue-crystal morning continues unabated.
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  • Media rife with anti-Muslim bigotry in lead up to 9-11 anniversary
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Rory O'Connor,  RoryOConnor.org, in AlterNet<http://www.alternet.org>

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Nine long years after 9/11, the battle over the meaning of what happened to our city, our country and our world on that fateful blue-crystal morning continues unabated, with the battleground still the swirling nexus of news and politics. As usual, all sides in this cultural clash are employing the very media they consistently accuse of ‘news bias’ to promote their competing visions. Like the “Global War on Terror” spawned by the attacks, the ongoing struggle to interpret 9/11 now appears to be a war without end.

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As we approach the 9/11 “anniversary,” bigotry and smears against both Muslims and their “militant, anti-Semitic” faith have become distressingly common in prominent media outlets ranging from the New Republic to CNN and Fox News, and from the Washington Post to the Washington Times. Here’s just a taste of mainstream media’s anti-Muslim rhetoric from the past few weeks, as compiled by Media Matters For America.

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Media rife with anti-Muslim bigotry in lead up to 9-11 anniversary, Media Matters For America.
As the nation prepares to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, numerous media figures have propagated anti-Muslim rhetoric, often smearing Muslims as "terrorists," "jihadists," and "extremists," and dismissing Islam altogether as a "militant" and "anti-Semitic" faith.

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Quran Burning Story: This Is How The Media Embarrass Themselves

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  • The story of how one lone idiot, pimping an 18th-century brand of community terrorism, held the media hostage and forced some of this nation's most powerful people to their knees to fitfully beg an end to his wackdoodlery is an extraordinary one.
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  • Top Stories More Important than Quran-Burning Nut Job
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Jason Linkins, Huffington Post

Yesterday (September 9) afternoon, the leader of a microscopic cult of idiots who announced plans to stage an "international" day of Quran burning in Gainesville, Florida held a press conference, for a rapt media which decided that his moronic plans were the single most important thing going on in America. At that press conference, in front of "9/11 Truther" signs, this cult leader lied to everyone who was watching, telling them that he was going to call off his 9/11 book burning festival because he had successfully reached a deal with the people behind the Park51 community center in Lower Manhattan, in which they would move their facility away from the site of the World Trade Center.

Not a word of this was true, but it was amazing, all the same -- at one fell swoop, we had finally knit up the strands of a season of irrationality into one big, shiny, synergized knot. This was supposed to be the end of Recovery Summer? More like Relapse Summer.

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Top Stories More Important than Quran-Burning Nut Job, Juan Cole, JuanCole.com

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Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski

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The horrible era of anti-Muslim bigotry in the United States yielded a one-day silly season on Thursday (Sep 9), covered wall-to-wall by the US cable news channels. The weird cultist Terry Jones, fired from his church in Cologne, Germany last year for abusing his congregants, preaching hate-filled sermons, and demanding absolute obedience, was favored by an unprecedented telephone call from Secretary of Defense Robert Gates asking him not to burn the Quran, the Muslim scripture, on Saturday. Jones, who can’t seem to get even 50 people to follow him in Gainesville and is a nobody with a nasty stunt, is nevertheless getting millions of dollars worth of free advertising for his lunacy courtesy Time Warner, Newscorp, etc. If there were any responsible adults left in the producers offices of the major television news shows, they would have long since pulled the plug on this non-story. Then Imam Mohammad Musri of central Florida came out and announced that he and Jones would be flying to New York to see Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf on Saturday. Jones seemed to be under the impression that he was in a position, by calling off the Quran-burning, to force Abdul Rauf to move his proposed inter-faith community center. Then Abdul Rauf came out and said he’d had no contact with Musri or Jones and though he was glad the book-burning had been called off, he wasn’t going to have the issue toyed with. Jones replied that he had been lied to and was only suspending the Quran burning and reserved the right to go ahead with it.

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