Thursday, November 06, 2008

News you don't normally read

Interesting but unsurprising article by Eric Sommers who noted how mainstream Western media ignores or censors certain news stories:


- A recent survey found 52 percent of eastern Germans believe the free market economy is "unsuitable" and 43 percent said they wanted socialism rather than capitalism, as reported by Reuters (all original links can be found in Sommers' write-up).

- 'The U.S. has plundered world wealth with dollar...' made it into the Reuters wire service. The article proposed that, as a starting point, all trade transactions between Asia and Europe should be settled in Euros, Pounds, RMB, and Yen.

- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez promised to nationalize Venezuela's' banks if the world financial crisis should become acute in his country. He also promised not to give away even 'one penny' of tax money to the banks. He also questioned why the U.S. government could find billions for the U.S. banks and financial institutions but money was not available to help poor and working people.

- European Parliament's bestowed the annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought on Hu Jia, a Chinese human rights activist. But not one story mentions a key fact: His legal troubles began after the organization he was associated with received one million RMB (US$170,000) from The National Endowment for Democracy. NED receives thirty million U.S. per year from the U.S. Congress; and its primary work is attempting to destabilize governments, from Venezuela to Russia, which the U.S. state wishes to modify or eliminate.

[DS: According to Allen Weinstein, one of the founders of NED, "A lot of what we [NED] do today was done covertly 25 years ago by the CIA" (Blum, Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower, 2000, p. 180). NED has principally supported candidates with strong ties to the military and who support the rights of U.S. corporations to invest in those countries with minimal restriction. The NED has not supported candidates who oppose investments by U.S. corporations or who promise restrictions on investment rights of U.S. corporation Wikipedia

- The western media was stunningly silent when the U.S.-backed government of Georgia invaded South Ossetia. Only after Russia responded by using military force to push the invading Georgians out of South Ossetia did the western media spring to attention, running articles emphasizing the 'Russian attack', with scant attention to the reality that Georgia had initiated the conflict with a military invasion clearly violating internationally recognized agreements regarding South Ossetias status as an independent entity.

[DS: Report by the BBC on 28 Oct: "The BBC has discovered evidence that Georgia may have committed war crimes in its attack on its breakaway region of South Ossetia in August". BBC

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