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Read This Before the Media Uses a Drowned Refugee Boy to Start Another War

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You are troubled by that picture you saw on Facebook. Good. It means your heart hasn’t been completely hardened by nationalistic and xenophobic indoctrination. But don’t let it make you susceptible to war party manipulation. And don’t just “raise awareness” of it by liking and sharing the tragedy and then forgetting about it in a month. To truly contribute to justice for Aylan, work to set things right.

Dan SanchezAntiMedia

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refugees.jpgSeptember 8, 2015 | A baby boy turned to flotsam. Washed up on the shore, face down in the mud. His family, refugees from Syria’s civil war, had tried to reach Greece, but their over-crowded raft overturned in the Mediterranean Sea and he drowned along with his brother and mother. The viral image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless little body on a Turkish beach has shaken the conscience of the West and wrenched America’s attention to the refugee crisis now rocking Europe.

Newsflash to the oblivious citizenry of the power-projecting “free world”: this is what war looks like. This times ten million. That which is mere “foreign policy” to you and your government is desperation and death to those on the receiving end of it.

Dan Sanchez joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in August of 2015. His topics of interest include anti-imperialism, economic education, libertarian philosophy, peaceful parenting, and police accountability. 

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Glenn Greenwald | NYT Claims US Abides by Cluster Bomb Treaty: The Exact Opposite of Reality

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  • In December 2009 - just weeks after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize - President Obama ordered a cruise missile strike on al-Majala in southern Yemen. That strike 'killed 35 women and children.' Among the munitions used in that strike were cluster bombs, including ones designed to scatter 166 'bomblets.
  • 10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism

Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

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propaganda-lies.pngSep. 3 2015 | The New York Times today has a truly bizarre article regarding the U.S. and cluster bombs. The advocacy group Cluster Munition Coalition just issued its annual report finding that cluster bombs had been used in five countries this year: Syria, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine and Sudan. This is what The Paper of Record, in its report by Rick Gladstone, said this morning about the international reaction to that report (emphasis added):

The use of these weapons was criticized by all 117 countries that have joined the treaty, which took effect five years ago. Their use was also criticized by a number of others, including the United States, that have not yet joined the treaty but have abided by its provisions.

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. His most recent book, No Place to Hide, is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world.

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10 Steps to Wean US Foreign Policy off Militarism, Medea Benjamin, teleSUR 

US progressives are delighted to see the US administration making some progress on the diplomatic front with Cuba and Iran. We should now clearly define what a progressive foreign policy looks like, and push presidential candidates and other officials to move US foreign policy towards one based on respect, cooperation and diplomacy. 

 

 

The government’s authoritarian war on journalism: How a flaccid press enabled this Orwellian disgrace.

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  • Officials launch an all-out assault on free press -- with nary an objection from the Fourth Estate's guardians.
  • Enough Is Enough

Patrick L. Smith, Salon

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nyt_drone-620x412.jpgTuesday, Aug 25, 2015 | Many readers will know, or know of, the Committee to Protect Journalists. It has been around since the early 1980s and does a lot of honorable work. This is what we all know about the C.P.J. But it is not all we need to know. The C.P.J. also exhibits the usual American biases when the big ideological chips are down on the table. This must be said plainly.

Few people in or outside the craft seem to think much about this. But it is not a small problem. It is a symptom of a very big problem that belongs to everybody. What happens when reporters, editors and their news organizations defer at every turn to the preferences of power? Short answer: Rot accumulates. Flaccid work becomes the norm. A slow, daily accretion of bad judgments, or refusals to judge independently, produces a weak institution that no longer understands its responsibilities, to say nothing of fulfilling them.

Patrick L. Smith is Salon’s foreign affairs columnist. A longtime correspondent abroad, chiefly for the International Herald Tribune and The New Yorker, he is also an essayist, critic and editor.

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Enough Is Enough, Charles M. Blow, New York (NY) Times

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  • The media is being trolled on a massive scale and we look naïve and silly to have fallen for it, even if he draws readers and viewers. When people refer to the press as the fourth estate, it shouldn’t be confused with a Trump property.
  • Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism

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Enough Is Enough

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  • The media is being trolled on a massive scale and we look naïve and silly to have fallen for it, even if he draws readers and viewers. When people refer to the press as the fourth estate, it shouldn’t be confused with a Trump property.
  • Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism

Charles M. Blow, New York (NY) Times

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Fake%20Media.jpgAug. 27, 2015 | When Donald Trump’s security escorted the Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a news conference on Tuesday, I decided that I was officially done.

Maybe I should have been long before that.

Maybe I should have been done the one and only time I ever met Trump and his first words to me were a soliloquy about how black people loved him, and he was the most popular white man among black people.

Maybe I should have been done when Trump demanded to see the president’s birth certificate.

Charles M. Blow: Op-Ed Columnist (Politics, public opinion and social justice), New York (NY) Times

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Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism, John Pilger, Consortiumnews.com

  • As the world hurtles toward a new Cold War and possibly a nuclear confrontation over Ukraine, the West’s “free press” is again serving the role of an obedient propaganda service — demonizing Russia, presenting a one-sided narrative and feeding a dangerous belligerence.
  • Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

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Some Things Considered, Mostly by White Men

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  • A new FAIR study finds that NPR‘s regular commentary is dominated by white men, predominantly addresses arts and culture, and almost never touches directly on political issues.
  • TV’s white-guy industrial complex: Sunday morning’s shocking lack of diversity has gotten even worse
  • CBS News Investigative Journalist Explains How Mainstream Media Brainwashes The Masses

Fairness in Accuracy & Reporting (FAIR)

Betto-Arcos.jpgBetto Arcos, one of two people of color who are regular commentators on NPR‘s main news programs. (photo: PRI)

A new FAIR study finds that NPR‘s regular commentary is dominated by white men, predominantly addresses arts and culture, and almost never touches directly on political issues.

This study reviewed transcripts from January 1 to May 31, 2015, looking at regular commentators—that is, voices who were featured twice or more on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday to present their opinions in monologue form.

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) is the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation.

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Fake%20Media.jpgTV’s white-guy industrial complex: Sunday morning’s shocking lack of diversity has gotten even worse, Jack Mirkinson, Salon

If it's Sunday, it's lots of white dudes (and not much else).

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CBS News Investigative Journalist Explains How Mainstream Media Brainwashes The Masses, Arjun Walia, Collective Evolution

Filled with clever marketing tactics designed to tell us what to think and what to buy, mainstream media manufactures public opinion and popular trends. It’s time to really take a look at what’s going on here and consider the type of information we’re being bombarded with.

 

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