Project Censored & Environmentalists Against War – 2010-09-19 00:07:33
The Top 25 Censored
Stories of 2009-2010
EAW salutes the winners of the latest Project Censored Awards. We are pleased to note that EAW covered six of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories:
#3: Toxic Waste behind Somali Pirates
+ Roots of the ‘Somali Pirate Crisis.'”
Feb 14, 2009. The Environmental Roots of the “Somali Pirate Crisis” — exploiting Somali fish resources illegally and even dumping toxic waste into the sea.
+ Somalis Accuse EU Firms on Dumping Wastes.
Oct 11, 2008 … Somali pirates have accused European firms of dumping toxic waste off the Somali coast and are demanding an $8 million ransom for the return …
# 9. US Arms Used for War Crimes in Gaza
+ ACTION ALERT: Protest US Arms Transfers to Israel.
Apr 4, 2009. Investigate Misuse of US Weapons in Gaza And Stop Arms Transfers to Israel. Asks officials to present our evidence of Israeli war crimes in Gaza.
+ Environmentalists Against War: Action Alerts: Protest US Arms Transfers to Israel (Amnesty International)
ALERT: Ask Sec. of State Clinton to Investigate Potential War Crimes in Gaza.
+ ACTION ALERT: Ask Secretary of State Clinton to Halt Further Arms Sales to Israel.
Environmentalists Against War
Feb 24, 2009. An investigation into Israel’s use of US arms in Gaza… found evidence of war crimes and other serious violations of international law by Isreal.
+ Amnesty International Condemns Massive US Arms Shipment to Israel
Apr 4, 2009. “Legally and morally, this US arms shipment should have been halted by the Obama administration given the evidence of war crimes resulting from Isreal’s illegal use of weapons in Gaza.
# 13. Katrina’s Hidden Race War
+ Land Grab in New Orleans: Was It Planned?
Environmentalists Against War
Sep 11, 2005. The levee ruptures in New Orleans did not take place during Hurricane. But, as it turns out, the people shot to death on the Danziger Bridge.
#17. The ICC Facilitates US Covert War in Sudan
+ Apocalypse in Central Africa: Ongoing Repression, War Crimes, and US Involvement (keith harmon snow / Z Magazine) US tax dollars are supporting brutal conflicts.
+ Over Five Million Dead in Congo? Environmentalists Against War
Feb 4, 2008. keith harmon snow / OpEdNews. The International Rescue Committee in late January 2008 released a new report on the mortality in the war-torn.
+ Are USAID Funds Being Used for Covert Operations in Sudan?
Sep 30, 2007 … keith harmon snow is an independent war correspondent and photographer … Rights International and the United Nations (Ethiopia and Sudan).
# 18. Ecuador’s Constitutional Rights of Nature
+ Ecudaor’s New Eco-Constitution Bans Militarism; Gives Rights
Oct 10, 2008. The constitution also declares Ecuador to be a “pacifist state,”… of the most notable features is the granting of legal rights to nature.
# 25. Fast Track Oil Exploration in Western Amazon
+ Big Oil Makes War on the Earth
Environmentalists Against War
Jul 20, 2010. None of this would surprise inhabitants of either the Niger Delta or the Amazon rain forest.
+ A Fight for the Amazon That Should Inspire Environmentalists
Jun 24, 2009. But the indigenous people have seen what has happened elsewhere in the Amazon when the oil companies arrive. Occidental Petroleum are facing legal action.
THE PROJECT CENSORED
1. US Congress Sells Out to Wall Street
Truthout, October 2, 2008. Title: “Lax Oversight? Maybe $64 Million to DC Pols Explains It,” Greg Gordon, Capitol Eye, February 10, 2009. Title: “Congressmen Hear from TARP Recipients Who Funded Their Campaigns,” Lindsay Renick Mayer, Rolling Stone, March 19, 2009. Title: “The Big Takeover,” Matt Taibbi.
2. US Schools are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s
Source: The Civil Rights Project, UCLA, January 2009. Title: “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge,” Gary Orfield, Southwest Minnesota State University. Schools in the United States are more segregated today than in the 1950s.
3. Toxic Waste Behind Somali Pirates
Sources: Al Jazeera English, October 11, 2008. Title: “Toxic Waste behind Somali Piracy,” Najad Abdullahi, Huffington Post, January 4, 2009. Title: “You Are being Lied to about Pirates,” Johann Hari, Wardheer News, January 8, 2009. Title: “The Two Piracies in Somalia: Why the World Ignores the Other,” Mohamed Abshir.
4. Nuclear Waste Pools in North Carolina
Source: CounterPunch, August 9, 2008. Title: “Pools of Fire,” Jeffrey St. Clair. One of the most lethal patches of ground in North America is located in the backwoods of North Carolina, where the Shearon Harris nuclear plant is housed.
5. Europe Blocks US Toxic Products
Sources: Scientific American, September 30, 2008. Title: “European Chemical Clampdown Reaches Across Atlantic,” David Biello, Environmental Defense Fund, September 30, 2008.. Title: “How Europe’s New Chemical Rules Affect US,” Democracy Now! February 24, 2009.. Title: “US Lags Behind Europe in Regulating Toxicity of Everyday Products,” Mark Schapiro, Center for Investigative Reporting.
6. Lobbyists Buy Congress
Source: Open Secrets.org. Title: “Washington Lobbying Grew to $3.2 Billion Last Year, Despite Economy,” Center for Responsive Politics. According to a study by The Center for Responsive Politics, special interests paid Washington lobbyists $3.2 billion in 2008.
7. Obama’s Military Appointments Have Corrupt Past
Sources: ConsortiumNews.com, November 13, 2008. Title: “The Danger of Keeping Robert Gates,” Robert Parry Global Research, February 13, 2009. Title: “Obama’s Defense Department Appointees: The 3.4 Trillion Dollar Question,” Andrew Hughes, Democracy Now! January 7, 2009. Title: “Obama Nominee Admiral Dennis Blair Aided Perpetrators of 1999 Church Killings in East Timor.”
8. Bailed-out Banks and Americaâ€™s Wealthiest Cheat IRS Out of Billions
Sources: Bloomberg, December 16, 2008. Title: “Goldman Sachs’s Tax Rate Drops to 1% or $14 Million,” Christine Harper, The Huffington Post, February 23, 2009. Title “Gimme Shelter: Tax Evasion and the Obama Administration.â€
9. US Arms Used for War Crimes in Gaza
Sources: Human Rights Watch, March 25, 2009. Title: “White Phosphorus Use Evidence of War Crimes Report: Rain of Fire: Israel’s Unlawful Use of White Phosphorus in Gaza,” Fred Abrahams, Consortium News, January 18, 2009. Title: “Is Israel’s Gaza War a New War Crime?” Dennis Bernstein Flashpoint Radio ( KPFA).
10. Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate
Sources: Alternet, November 26, 2008. Title: “As Crisis Mounts, Ecuador Declares Foreign Debt Illegitimate and Illegal,” Daniel Denvir Utube, Fall 2008. Title: “Invalid Loans to Ecuador: Who Owes Who,” Producer: Committee for the Integral Audit of Public Credit Foreign Policy in Focus, December 15, 2008. Title: “Ecuador’s Debt Default,” Authors: Neil Watkins and Sarah Anders.
11. Private Corporations Profit from the Occupation of Palestine
Sources: WhoProfits.org. Title: “Who Profits? Exposing the Israeli Occupation Industry,” Authors: The Coalition of Women for Peace, Palestine News Network, August 26, 2008. Title: “US Tax Breaks Support Israeli Settlers,” Workers World Newspaper, February 9, 2009, and Global Research, February 11, 2009. Title: “The Tunnels of Gaza, An Underground Economy and Resistance Symbol,” Sarah Founders, Intifada-Palestine.
12. Mysterious Death of Mike Connell — Karl Roveâ€™s Election Thief
Sources: The Raw Story, September 29, 2008. Title: “Republican IT Consultant Subpoenaed in Case Alleging Tampering with 2004 Election,” Authors: Larisa Alexandrovna and Muriel Kane, The Brad Blog, December 22, 2008. Title: “OH Election Fraud Attorney Reacts to the Death of Mike Connell,” Brad Friedman, Democracy Now! December 22, 2008.
13. Katrina’s Hidden Race War
Sources: The Nation, December 17, 2008. Title: “Katrina’s Hidden Race War,” A.C. Thompson, The Nation, December 18, 2008. Title: “Body of Evidence,” A.C. Thompson Democracy Now! December 19, 2008. Title: “Katrina’s Hidden Race War: In Aftermath of Storm, White Vigilante Groups Shot 11 African Americans in New Orleans.”
14. Congress Invested in Defense Contracts
Source: Opensecrets, April 3, 2008. Title: “Strategic Assets,” Lindsay Renick Mayer. The nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics has calculated that more than 151 members of Congress have up to $195 million invested in major defense contractors.
15. World Banks Carbon Trade Fiasco
Source: Upside Down World, February 11, 2009. Title: “The World Bank and Climate Change: Sustainability or Exploitation?” Mary Tharin. In the name of environmental protection, the World Bank is brokering carbon emission trading arrangements that destroy indigenous farmlands.
16. US Repression of Haiti Continues
Sources: Haiti LibertÃ©, September 4, 2008. Title: “UN Military Base Expanding: What is Washington Up To in CitÃ© Soleil?” Kim Ives, Upside Down World, June 25, 2008. Title: “Bush Administration Accused of Withholding ‘Lifesaving’ Aid to Haiti,” Cyril Mychalejko, Upside Down World, August 4, 2008. Title: “RFK Center Releases Documents Outlining US Actions.”
17. The ICC Facilitates US Covert War in Sudan
Sources: Inter Press Service, March 9, 2009. Title: “Aren’t There War Crimes in The US? Legitimacy of Global Court Questioned Over Sudan,” Thalif Deen Dissindentvoice.org, Black Star News, and San Francisco Bay View, March 6, 2009. Title: “Africom’s Covert War in Sudan,” Keith Harmon Snow, Michelcollon.info, April 1, 2009. Title: “The Darfur Crisis.”
18. Ecuadorâ€™s Constitutional Rights of Nature
Source: Upside Down World, September 25, 2008. Title: “Ecuador’s Constitution Gives Rights to Nature,” Cyril Mychalejko. In September 2008, Ecuador became the first country in the world to declare constitutional rights to nature, thus codifying a new system of environmental protection.
19. Bank Bailout Recipients Spent to Defeat Labor
Source: Huffington Post, January 27, 2009 Article: “Bailout Spent to Defeat Labor,” Sam Stein. On October 17, 2008, three days after Bank of America Corporation received $25 billion in federal bailout funds, they hosted a conference call to organize opposition to the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA). Participants, including AIG, were urged to persuade their clients to send “large contributions” to groups working against the EFCA.
20. Secret Control of the Presidential Debates
Sources: Open Debates, September 18, 2008. Title: “Pro-democratic Groups Call on Debate Commission to Make Secret Contract Public,” George Farah, Democracy Now! October 2, 2008. Title: “No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates.”
21. Recession Causes States to Cut Welfare
Sources: Mother Jones, January 15, 2009. Title: “Brave New Welfare,” Stephanie Mencimer, Associated Press, March 26, 2009. Title: “States Consider Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients,” Tom Breen, Southwest Minnesota State University.
22. Obamaâ€™s Trilateral Commission Team
Source: August Review.com, January 30, 2009. Title: “Obama: Trilateral Commission Endgame,” Patrick Wood. Barack Obama appointed eleven members of the Trilateral Commission to top-level and key positions in his administration within his first ten days in office.
23. Activists Slam World Water Forum as a Corporate-Driven Fraud
Sources: AlterNet, March 17, 2009. Title: “Fifth World Water Forum Marked by Violence and Repression,” Jeff Conant, AlterNet, March 18, 2009. Title: “An Inside Peek: Why the World Water Forum Is a Sham,” Jeff Conant, Democracy Now! March 23, 2009. Title: “Water Rights Activists Blast Istanbul World Water Forum as ‘Corporate Trade Show.'”
24. Dollar Glut Finances US Military Expansion
Source: Global Research, March 29, 2009. Title: “Economic Meltdown: The ‘Dollar Glut’ Is What Finances Americaâ€™s Global Military Build-up.” Michael Hudson. The worldwide surplus of dollars is forcing foreign central banks to bear the costs of America’s expanding military empire.
25. Fast Track Oil Exploitation in Western Amazon
Sources: PloS One, August 2008. Title: “Oil and Gas Projects in the Western Amazon: Threats to Wilderness, Biodiversity, and Indigenous Peoples,” Authors: Matt Finer, Clinton N. Jenkins, Stuart L. Pimm, Brian Keane, and Carl Ross, The Guardian, August 13, 2008. Title: “Amazon Rainforest Threatened by New Wave of Oil and Gas Exploration,” Ian Sample, The Guardian.