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Robert Parry: The Reporter Who Broke the Iran-Contra Story - Independent Journalism at Its Best

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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.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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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.

Jenni Bergal, HuffPost

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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.

http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/post-launch-images/2014/12/pct_bergal_km_own/pct_bergal_km_own_16x9.jpg?la=en Jenni Bergal is a veteran journalist who covers the business of government for Stateline. She has been a reporter at Kaiser Health News, the Center for Public Integrity and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, and was supervising senior editor of “Weekend Edition” at NPR. Bergal has spent much of her career doing investigative reporting. She has won numerous national awards.

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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.

Countable

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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

 

Take Action Now, The Nation

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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

-OR-

 

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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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