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Project Censored Top 25 List of 2010

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I would add unprecedented G20 arrests in Canada as one of the biggest stories.

That said, here are the 25 stories from Project Censored:

In Guantánamo, the notorious but seldom-discussed thug squad, officially known as the Immediate Reaction Force (IRF), deployed by the US military remains very much active. Inside the walls of Guantánamo, the prisoners know the squad as the Extreme Repression Force. In reality, IRF is an extrajudicial terror squad, the existence of which has been documented […]

A little more than a year before he was fired on June 23, 2010, for making potentially insubordinate remarks in a Rolling Stone profile, General Stanley McChrystal was appointed by President Barack Obama as commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan. He had been formerly in charge of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) […]

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has become history’s first global army. Never before have soldiers from so many states served in the same war theater, much less the same country. At the eighth anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan, the world is witness to a twenty-first-century armed conflict waged by the largest […]

India’s 1.2 billion citizens are to be issued biometric identification cards. The cards will hold the person’s name, age, and birth date, as well as fingerprints or iris scans, though no caste or religious identification. Within the next five years a giant computer will hold the personal details of at least 600 million citizens, making […]

Speaking in advance of the climate summit in Copenhagen, Rajendra Pachauri, the United Nation’s leading climate scientist, warned that Western society must enact radical changes and reform measures if it is to avoid the worst effects of climate change. Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told the Observer that Western society […]

Charter schools continue to stratify students by race, class, and sometimes language, and are more racially isolated than traditional public schools in virtually every state and large metropolitan area in the country. Charter schools are often marketed as incubators of educational innovation, and they form a key feature of the Obama administration’s school reform agenda. […]

On April 24, 2009, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner hosted meetings with finance ministers from the world’s top economies to discuss increased oversight of the global financial system in the wake of the meltdown. The meetings preceded semi-annual gatherings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington, DC. The April G20 meeting […]

Chevron’s 2008 annual report to its shareholders is a glossy celebration heralding the company’s most profitable year in its history. Profits of $24 billion catapulted Chevron past General Electric to become the second most profitable corporation in the United States. The oil company’s 2007 revenues were larger than the gross domestic product (GDP) of 150 […]

Nanotech Particles Pose Serious DNA Risks to Humans and the Environment Personal products you may use daily and think are harmless—cosmetics, suntan lotion, socks, and sports clothes—may all contain atom-sized nanotech particles, some of which have been shown to sicken and kill workers in plants using nanotechnology. Known human health risks include severe and permanent […]

In October 2009, under great pressure from the United States, the government of Spain decided to limit its own jurisdiction in cases of genocide and crimes against humanity, thus closing one of the last windows of accountability for the most serious crimes committed by the most powerful nations on Earth. Under international law, such crimes […]

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Around midnight on December 2, 1984, the citizens of Bhopal, India, a city of over 500,000 people in central India, were poisoned by approximately forty tons of toxic gases pouring into the night air from a largely abandoned chemical insecticide plant owned by the US-owned Union Carbide Corporation (UCC). The long-predicted gas leak at UCC […]

Several contentious issues still plague the US government and their version of the events of September 11, 2001. Those in political power along with media elites would like to see the ongoing grassroots debates surrounding unanswered 9/11 questions and discrepancies disappear, despite the mountains of evidence that suggest that American citizens were told little about […]

President Obama’s decision to increase military spending this year and in the future will result in the greatest administrative military spending since World War II. This decision is being made in spite of continued evidence of extreme waste, fraud, abuse, and corporate welfare in the military budget. At the same time, spending on “non-security” domestic […]

Cuba was the first to come into Haiti with medical aid when the January 12, 2010, earthquake struck. Among the many donor nations, Cuba and its medical teams have played a major role in treating Haiti’s earthquake victims. Public health experts say the Cubans were the first to set up medical facilities among the debris […]

The H1N1 virus has spawned widespread panic and fear throughout the world. However, upon closer examination, many of the claims made by the World Health Organization (WHO) seem to be based on weak and incomplete data. The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created and used data to grossly exaggerate the need […]

In a continuous flow of money, American tax dollars end up paying members of the Taliban and funding a volatile environment in Afghanistan. Private contractors pay insurgents with the hope of attaining the very safety they are contracted to provide. Concurrently, US soldiers pay at checkpoints run by suspected insurgents in order to get safe […]

The Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa (HSRC) has released a study indicating that Israel is practicing both colonialism and apartheid in the occupied Palestinian territories. The HSRC commissioned an international team of scholars and practitioners of international public law from South Africa, the United Kingdom, Israel, and the West Bank to conduct the […]

On World Environment Day, June 5, 2009, Peruvian Amazon Indians were massacred by the government of Alán García in the latest chapter of a long war to take over common lands—a war unleashed by the signing of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Peru and the United States. Three MI-17 helicopters took off from the […]

Resource exploitation in Africa is not new, but the scale of agricultural “land grabbing” in African nations is unprecedented, becoming the new colonization of the twenty-first century. State violence against Kenyan indigenous pastoralists and Nigerian civilians in oil-rich regions has heightened, leaving thousands dead as the military burns whole communities to the ground and police […]

Despite national legislative health reform, health care in the US will remain dismal for many Americans, resulting in continuing deaths and personal tragedies. A recent Harvard research team estimates that 2,266 US military veterans died in 2008 due to lack of health insurance. The figure is more than fourteen times the number of deaths suffered […]

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At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda operatives inside and outside Pakistan. The Blackwater […]

Agents of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are holding thousands of US residents in unlisted and unmarked subfield offices and deporting tens of thousands in secret court hearings. “If you don’t have enough evidence to charge someone criminally but you think he’s illegal, we can make him disappear.” Those chilling words were spoken […]

Following in the steps of its predecessor, the Obama administration is expanding mass government surveillance of personal electronic communications. This surveillance, which includes the monitoring of the Internet as well as private (nongovernmental) computers, is proceeding with the proposal or passage of new laws granting government agencies increasingly wider latitude in their monitoring activities. At […]

The US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions or proposed restrictions at […]

Nations have reached their limit in subsidizing the United States’ military adventures. During meetings in June 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, world leaders such as China’s President Hu Jintao, Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev, and other top officials of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organisation took the first formal step to replace the dollar as the world’s reserve […]

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The End of the Internet As We Know It

As we progressives are well aware, THEY own the media which, in large part, includes access points to the Internet.

“They” being folks like Rupert Murdoch (Fox, NewsCorp), the Asper clan (once CanWest), the Peladeaus (Quebecor, Sun Media) and so on.

These stories, however, paint a very real portrait of things to come.

It’s bad enough that bloggers are posed to be considered the world’s biggest threat to economic and democratic stability since the Lenin years (aka ‘blogging terrorists’).

Now, we’re going to be shunted into the halls of oblivion, never to be seen or heard from as long as the douches at Microsoft and other corporations have their way.

Here are some sample stories to digest:

This map shows us just how few companies and organizations hold their fingers on the ‘delete’ button, threatening any act of dissent.

Folks, we have to get very serious about what the Internet means to us.

Battles like Net Neutrality and access are just the tip of the iceberg and are actually meaningless and miss the point.

The real point is that we have to get ready to start building our own public internet or THEY will take it away from us.

If only we could get George Soros to start investing in real infrastructure.  That would be COOL!

Canada: Another Notch in the Fascist Belt

Plebs within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs have deemed diplomatic missions to Cuba to be pushing a "left-wing anti-globalization think tank" agenda, while it’s almost implied that Avi Lewis is some kind of Al Qaeda sympathizer because some of his reports are covered through Al Jazeera.

Here’s a link to the story that the Toronto Star printed related to this issue . I’ll copy/paste some of the details below, just in case the story disappears.

Getting back to the issue: These are the decisions of public servants and Harper cronies as they decide who gets funds and who doesn’t when it comes to support from the federal government. Messages are supposed to reflect ‘mainstream’ Canadian opinions and philosophy.

Our ‘new’ government is getting very, very stale. And it’s getting very, very insulting.

For some insane reason, these bureaucrats have taken on the opinion of less than one-third of the population of Canada and applied it to all of us. To make matters worse, they are now dictating foreign policy according to speculation about what they think these organizations are all about. They fail to make an effort to actually appreciate a strategy for any of these organizations and their motives.

This arbitrary process is fascist. Plain. Simple.

Now, to be fair and to acknowledge that some of the examples cited don’t deserve funding, I have a proposal: why don’t we stop the tax-free status of all religious organizations because some of them (I don’t have exact numbers, but facts no longer seems to matter in this world of arbitrary McCarthyism) present views that aren’t consistent with my ‘mainstream values’. Some of them represent Right-wing agendas that I think are damaging to the image of Canada. Some of them finance federal government parties that are committed to chaining women to the kitchen, keeping coal and dirty oil as our only source of energy and criminalizing the posession of Vitamin C or the right to choose.

This is what we have to do if we’re going to have a fair and decent government running our lives. If they believe that there are too many institutions on the ‘left’ getting funding from Canadian taxpayers, I believe there are too many institutions on the right that are getting funding as well. Such as the Fraser Institute. The C.D. Howe Institute. Various ‘pro-family’ organizations. The Department of Defense. And so on.

I’ve never thought to call all of this funding into question, but it’s time we did. If the nickels and dimes are going to disappear from the pockets of the hapless left, like they’re actually something to worry about, then we have to cry out for the termination of funding of all political funding for any political position.

Now, is that a realistic position to take on? No. Why? Because a realist will acknowledge that in a democratic and free society, people don’t get the plug pulled on their funding because of their spot on the political spectrum.

And now … here’s a re-print of the Star’s story:

Aug 09, 2008 04:30 AM Ottawa Bureau

OTTAWA–The federal government has scrapped a travel assistance program to promote Canadian culture abroad, suggesting it catered to fringe groups, the well-off and left-wingers.

The decision yesterday to cancel the $4.7 million program offered by Department of Foreign Affairs effective March 31, 2009, drew sharp rebuke from critics, with one calling it yet another example of censorship by the government.

"For me it shows the Conservatives are choosing censorship once again," said New Democrat MP Bill Siksay (Burnaby-Douglas).

"We saw it first with their attack on film and video production in Canada in Bill C-10 and now they are expanding this attempt to impose their ideological beliefs, their personal taste on Canadian through yet another cultural program in Canada," he said.

Bill C-10 would give the federal Heritage Department the power to deny funding for films and TV shows it considers offensive.

An internal government document obtained by the Toronto Star listed several arts promotion program (PromArt) recipients, complete with anonymous comments.

Topping the list was the Holy F. Music group getting $3,000 to give seven performances in Britain. The accompanying notation stated the "group is actually called `Holy F— Music.’"

Gwynne Dyer, who received $3,000 to give lectures in Canadian foreign policy and defence issues in Cuba in March 2007, was described as a "left-leaning columnist and author who has plenty of money to travel on his own."

In another case, the North-South Institute received $18,000 to help co-ordinate a Caribbean-Cuban conference in Havana in December 2006. The institute was described as a "left-wing anti-globalization think tank.

"Why are we paying for these people to attend anti-western conferences in Cuba?" the anonymous author asked.

Former CBC journalist Avi Lewis, now a reporter with Al Jazeera, was described a "general radical" who could easily afford to travel on his own dime.

A production company, Klein Lewis Productions, co-owned by him and his wife, Naomi Klein, an author and social activist, received a grant of $3,500 to promote the film The Take at films festivals in New Zealand and Australia.

"Klein has sold millions of books, and certainly does not need $3,500 from the government of Canada," the note stated.

Other past recipients include:

  • The Canadian Museum of Civilization: $50,000 to take an exhibition of Inuit Art to Brazil.
  • The Royal Winnipeg Ballet: $40,000 for a U.S. tour.
  • Former Supreme Court justice Michel Bastarache: $3,000 to give a lecture in Cuba on the Canadian Charter of Rights.

Kory Teneycke, director of communications for the Prime Minister’s Office, said Canadians have a right to expect their dollars to be spent wisely on groups and individuals who properly reflect their "mainstream" values.

"There is an understandable and reasonable expectation by Canadians that those who will represent Canada abroad are within the mainstream and those who are receiving government funding to represent Canada abroad actually require that money to do so," he told the Star .

The program was the victim of a cost-cutting review.

"People with narrow ideological agendas or people who are rich celebrities or really very fringe groups, we feel and believe that Canadians support not having taxpayers’ dollar go to send these folks abroad on junkets," Teneycke said.

Liberal MP Denis Coderre (Bourassa) said Canadians don’t want the government unilaterally deciding what is culturally acceptable,

"I am totally disgusted," said Coderre, adding the whole thing "smacks of McCarthyism," referring to former U.S. senator Joe McCarthy’s relentless obsession to root out so-called Communists in the U.S. in the 1940s and 1950s.