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It's the Little Lies That Torpedo the News Stars - As Brian Williams Has Found to His Cost Last Week
Embellishment and bravado are often punished more harshly than the untruths that cause wars
BY PATRICK COCKBURN
The exposure of fake or exaggerated tales of journalistic derring-do by Brian Williams, the anchor of NBC Nightly News now suspended without pay, will ignite a small glow of satisfaction in the breasts of many foreign correspondents. The arrival of anchors, editors or “celebrity” correspondents in the middle of a crisis, war, or at any other time, has always been the bane of reporters on the ground. I remember a friend on Time magazine, in the days when it was a power in the land 40 years ago, vainly trying to explain to his bosses why he was having difficulty arranging their fact-finding tour of Kuwait in the middle of Ramadan.
Full article: http://www.unz.com/pcockburn/its-the-little-lies-that-torpedo-the-news-stars-as-brian-williams-has-found-to-his-cost-last-week/
Posted by polly7 | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 08:14 AM (0 replies)
By Compassion in World Farming
Monday, Feb 16, 2015
Posted by polly7 | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 07:53 AM (10 replies)
by Jack A. Smith / February 16th, 2015
The religo-fascist Islamic State’s penchant for beheading opponents and innocents, and its intentional burning to death of a Jordanian pilot captured after his jet was downed is, of course, horrific, as is its slaughter of prisoners, the torture and murder of fellow Muslims and others, and its abduction and violation of women. Most recently, IS released a video showing the beheadings by its militants of 21 Egyptian Christian immigrant workers in Libya.
There is, after all, the matter of history. It is important to remember that the Islamic State is a direct outcome of the unjust and illegal U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq in 2003. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference Feb. 8, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan acknowledged the correlation between the Iraq War and the growth of IS.
Full article: http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/02/stop-all-the-horror/
And no, I'm not excusing for one second the horror caused by ISIS ......... but stopping the funding for them, particularly from Saudi Arabia and the constant 'war on terror' (that includes NATO, of which Canada is also a member) that's producing more hatred and barbarians than it's stopping, and we'll be doing a lot more to end this than anything else. Why are we even over there???
Posted by polly7 | Tue Feb 17, 2015, 07:38 AM (3 replies)
By Pepe Escobar, OpEdge
Saturday, Feb 14, 2015
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) talks to France's President Francois Hollande during a meeting with the media after peace talks on resolving the Ukrainian crisis in Minsk, February 12, 2015. (Reuters / Grigory Dukor)
Germany holds the key to where Europe goes next. A fragile deal may have been reached on Ukraine, but there’s still no deal with Greece. In both cases, there’s much more than meets the eye.
Full article: http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_69361.shtml
Posted by polly7 | Mon Feb 16, 2015, 10:20 AM (2 replies)
By Staff Writers, teleSUR
Sunday, Feb 15, 2015
Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras of Syriza, waves as he leaves a polling station in Athens January 25, 2015 | Photo: Reuters
With the left-wing Syriza government not backing down on its electoral mandate to tackle austerity policies, despite ongoing pressure from other European governments, progressive movements across Europe are expressing their solidarity with Greece this weekend.
Huge anti-austerity protest near Colosseum, Rome
In Germany, whose government has been accused of being the most insistent in maintaining austerity measures, dozens of leading trade unionists have signed a declaration calling Syriza’s victory “an opportunity...for a fundamental reassessment and revision of EU economic and social policy.” The trade unionists explain that “The billions of euros that have flowed into Greece have been used primarily to stabilise the financial sector. At the same time, the country has been driven into deep recession by brutal cutbacks in government spending” creating “a social and humanitarian crisis.”
Posted by polly7 | Mon Feb 16, 2015, 10:08 AM (0 replies)
Decentralising Power in a Sharing Society
by Rajesh Makwana / February 15th, 2015
At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society – from the local to the global.
In an era of politics characterised by unconstrained corporate lobbying, a well-oiled ‘revolving door’ between industry and government, and an endless stream of campaign contributions from dirty oil and other lucrative industries, is the long-championed ideal of a truly democratic state now a lost cause? Should concerned citizens and activists turn their attention instead to establishing sustainable economic alternatives within their towns and communities? Or should we all be doing much more to ensure that “government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth”, as Abraham Lincoln once avowed?
Full article: http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/02/beyond-the-market-state/
Posted by polly7 | Mon Feb 16, 2015, 09:26 AM (2 replies)
By John Pilger and Michael Albert
February 16, 2015
1. Why would the U.S. want venezuela’s government overthrown?
Full article: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/john-pilger-interviewed-by-michael-albert-2/
Posted by polly7 | Mon Feb 16, 2015, 08:46 AM (4 replies)
Friday, February 13, 2015
bySarah Lazare, staff writer
Decision 'amounts to judicial sanction of immunity for Israeli military forces when they commit injustices and human rights violations,' said Corrie's family
(Photo: Robert Shetterly/Americans Who Tell the Truth)
The family of Rachel Corrie—the 23-year-old U.S. activist crushed to death by an Israeli military bulldozer while nonviolently protesting a home demolition in Palestine 12 years ago—was denied justice by Israel's top court on Thursday.
The rejection is the latest stage in the family's decade-long legal battle to hold Israel liable for Corrie's death, on charges that the military either killed her deliberately or was negligent.
Corrie, who hailed from Olympia, Washington, had been volunteering with the International Solidarity Movement for two months in Gaza when she was run over and killed by Israeli forces near the Rafah crossing in 2003. Her death sparked international outrage at Israeli human rights abuses, as well as accolades for Corrie's life and legacy.
Since her killing, Corrie's parents—Cindy and Craig—have continued their daughter's work for global justice.
However, they have so far not seen justice in Israel's courts.
Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/13/rachel-corries-family-denied-justice-israels-highest-court
Posted by polly7 | Sun Feb 15, 2015, 11:51 AM (10 replies)
Saturday, February 14, 2015
byInter Press Service
byDenise Fontanilla, Chris Wright
Farming in Kenya. (Photo: C. Schubert, Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security/flickr/cc)
While food security is a core objective of the U.N. climate convention, it has traditionally been discussed in relation to adaptation.
“Ask any African country what’s adaptation about – they’re going to say agriculture,” said Teresa Anderson of the international charity ActionAid. She added that 90 percent of countries who developed national adaptation plans identified agriculture as the key element.
Food security is referenced throughout the latest draft of the new climate agreement, which was released Feb. 12. One proposal for adaptation recognises the need “to build resilience of the most vulnerable linked to pockets of poverty, livelihoods and food security in developing countries.”
“What we have learned from the biofuel land grab, it is always the hungriest, the poorest, the most marginalised who suffer the most. In the end, they get pushed off their land and thrown into poverty as they can’t afford the price of food.”
Full article: http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/02/14/keeping-food-security-table-un-climate-talks
Posted by polly7 | Sun Feb 15, 2015, 11:47 AM (0 replies)
By Lucas Koerner
February 15, 2015
In a speech from Miraflores Palace on Saturday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced that his government would begin to implement its newest social program, known as the Great Household Mission of the Nation.
Full article: https://zcomm.org/znetarticle/new-anti-poverty-mission-households-of-the-nation-gets-underway-in-venezuela/
Posted by polly7 | Sun Feb 15, 2015, 08:52 AM (3 replies)