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Project Censored - 2017-04-20 - Original post - cached version

Today’s show is devoted to the US drone warfare program, its consequences for targeted populations, and activists’ efforts to stop it. Selay Ghaffar with the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan joins in by phone from Kabul, and explains who the actual victims of drone strikes are. And three...

Project Censored - 2017-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Project Censored’s Andy Lee Roth will be giving a talk on “Citizenships and Censorships in a Digital World” as part of the 26th Annual Kenneth S. Devol First Amendment Forum at California State University, Northridge on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. This year’s Devol Forum—which examines the...

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According to a July 2016 Department of Defense Inspector General (DODIG) report, $6.5 trillion of Army Spending allocated to the Pentagon have no paper trail and no audit has been made by the Department of Defense (DOD) for the past two decades to resolve this issue. In other words, David...

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On January 20, 2017, as Donald Trump was being sworn in as President of The United States protests were taking place a short distance away. Washington, D.C. Police arrested over 200 individuals and charged them under felony riot laws and took phones away as evidence.  AlterNet’s Sarah Lazare,...

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Daniel Moattar, writing for The Nation, and Sarah Lazare, a journalist at AlterNet, report how chemical weapons, including several types of tear gas, are being used against prisoners in the United States, despite the fact that the international Chemical Weapons Convention of 1997 bans their use...

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Insurance companies are developing new ways to deny health coverage to customers who have preexisting medical conditions. Insurance companies are partnering with Qualcomm Life to develop a special program, which allows insurance companies to monitor customers’ activity via wearable fitness...

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Against a backdrop of national concern over the militarization of police, Brian Dolinar reports for Truthout that a judge has approved a 2015 lawsuit against 232 Illinois Department of Corrections officers to proceed to the discovery phase. As Dolinar writes, “less is known beyond prison walls...

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Julia Angwin, Terry Parris, Jr., and Surya Mattu report that, since 2012, Facebook has been buying sensitive data about users’ offline lives from data brokers and using this information in combination with the data it collects about users. In turn this allows Facebook to sell the information to...

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In February 2017, Al Jazeera reported that Israeli lawmakers had proposed a ban to effectively outlaw BDS activists and foreign supporters of the Pro-Palestinian human rights movement. According to Al Jazeera journalist Nigel Wilson, the Israeli government advanced this agenda, “based on a 2011...

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Governments around the world shutdown Internet access over fifty times in 2016, Lyndal Rowlands reported for the Inter Press Service (IPS) in December of that year. Around the world, governments shutting down Internet access limited freedom of speech, swayed elections, and damaged economies. “In...

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In March 2017, The Conversation published an article by Courtney Parker about the troubles facing Latino immigrants in finding healthcare, and how the use of traditional, or indigenous, medicine can help. Many Latino immigrants in the US are disadvantaged when it comes to finding healthcare due...

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The oil industry has spent $122 million in the past six years to shape regulation and legislation in the state of California, Michael J. Mishak of the Center for Public Integrity reported in the Nation in February 2017. California is the third largest oil-producing state in the nation, behind...

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In January 2017, Republicans in the US Congress introduced the “Heartbeat Protection Act,” which proposed that any doctor performing an abortion must check for a heartbeat beforehand. As Moira Weigel wrote in the Atlantic, “Opponents of the heartbeat bills have pointed out that they would...

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For most people, work isn’t just about money. Fulfilling work also provides purpose and structure for our lives. It helps us feel part of the collective experience with shared goals and meaningful roles in our communities.  But today, work isn’t working for many Americans. Wages haven’t...

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With the 49th anniversary of the MLK assassination recently past, Mickey Huff and guest co-host Kenn Burrows welcome attorney and author William Pepper to the program. Pepper discusses his latest book, “The Plot to Kill King,” much of it based on evidence unavailable at the 1999 civil trial,...

Project Censored - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Peter Thiel, founder of Palantir Technologies and current defense advisor to President Donald Trump, is setting up for a September 2017 launch of his $20 billion data mining firm newest and possibly most controversial creation to aide Trump’s ambition to deport millions of people living...

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On December 23, 2016 outgoing president Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2017. The law included a section titled “Countering Foreign Propaganda and Disinformation Act” and authorized $160 million dollars to be used fight propaganda deemed unfavorable to US interests...

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A PEN America article titled “Aggressive Interrogation of Artists and Writers at U.S. Border” reported that in response to the Trump administrations immigration policies, artist and intellectual travelers have been detained and subjected to traumatic interrogations at American airports....

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In March 2017, Mintpress News reported on a declassified CIA report that exposes that, contrary to popular belief, the US government has had plans to initiate regime change in Syria as far back as the 1980s. The report is entitled “Syria: Scenarios of Dramatic Political Change” and was written...

Project Censored - 2017-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Project Censored director, professor Mickey Huff, recently gave a keynote presentation for the 3rd Annual Social Justice Week events at Sonoma State University. His talk was on “Critical Media Literacy Education: The Antidote to ‘Fake’ News, Propaganda, and Censorship in a Post-Truth World.”...

Project Censored - 2017-04-08 - Original post - cached version

In February 2017, Rick Sterling, writing for Consortiumnews, reported on a documentary about a supposedly humanitarian Syrian organization, the White Helmets. The Netflix documentary, The White Helmets, featuring the Syrian civil defense organization of the same name, won an Oscar for best short...

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President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning immigration to the United States by people from six Muslim–majority countries has big implications for Syrians, who have no guarantee of survival in their own nation. Syria is unstable, and civilians there suffer at the hands of President...

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In 2015, World Health Organization head Margaret Chan cautioned that antibiotic- resistant superbugs may “mean the end of modern medicine as we know it.”  According to data analysis by the UK Sepsis Trust, superbugs now cause more deaths than breast cancer. While the exact figures cannot be...

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On July 25th, 2016, Election Justice USA (EJUSA) released a hundred-page report compiling evidence of massive election fraud during the 2016 Democratic primaries. Election Justice USA is a non-partisan organization that consists of attorneys, technologists, journalists, statisticians, and...

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Despite his loss to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, and five months after Donald J. Trump’s electoral college victory over Clinton, Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is more popular than any Democrat. In fact, most polls suggest the Vermont socialist has...

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The earth has reached a breaking point on the amount of greenhouse gases the atmosphere can handle. According to 350.org, in March 2017, “the world’s carbon dioxide atmosphere levels surpassed 400 parts per million.” Scientists around the world have come to an agreement that safe levels of CO2...

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On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. As Sarah Lazare reported for AlterNet, the 2017 NDAA included a provision to create a new federal center with “sweeping” surveillance powers to counter foreign “propaganda and disinformation.” The Global...

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Since opening in 1978, Ben and Jerry’s has been globally recognized as one of the best and most socially conscious businesses in the world. Priding itself on three missions, including social, economic, and product, Ben and Jerry’s sets the standard on super premium ice cream. Lately however,...

Project Censored - 2017-04-06 - Original post - cached version

Rightwing computer scientist and hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer was the top donor to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He contributed $13.5 million and laid the groundwork for what is now called the Trump Revolution. Mercer also funded Cambridge Analytica (CA), a small data analytics...

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More than 400,000 Afghan children are expected to stop attending school this year—approximately 1,100 every day—according to a March 2017 report by Save the Children. As Shereena Qazi and Fatima Faizi reported for Al Jazeera, expanding insecurity in Middle Eastern countries has a direct impact...

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In the first days of his presidency, Donald Trump and his White House team sent an email directing about 2,000 scientists in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) to suspend release of “public-facing documents,” including news releases and photos.” The ARS focuses on scientific research into...

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Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments enable access to all content regardless of the source. Ajit Pai is President Donald Trump’s pick for chairman of the FCC. A former lawyer for Verizon, Pai has been quoted as saying he is in favor of the idea of Net...

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In March of 2017, Arkansas Representative Kim Hendren introduced House Bill 1834 to the state assembly which sought to ban any works written by, or relating to, historian Howard Zinn. The bill is entitled “An Act to Prohibit a Public School District or Open-Enrollment Public Charter School from...

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In 1991, a 28-minute documentary titled “Climate of Concern” was produced and distributed by Shell, the self-described “global group of energy and petrochemical companies.” The film addressed the possibly drastic consequences of climate change, while commenting that “global warming is not yet...

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The White Helmets is a non-governmental organization formed in 2013 in the heat of the Syrian civil war, which describes itself as being committed to “saving lives on all sides of the conflict,” while remaining “unarmed and neutral.” Following the production and release of the self-titled, Oscar...

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In the 2013 case Holder v. Shelby County, the Supreme Court struck down sections 4 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This decision meant that states with a long history of voter suppression are no longer subject to federal government approval to changes in their voting laws. It also made...

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In April 2016, the new cruise ship “Fathom,” owned by one of the large corporate players in the overseas travel industry, Carnival Cruises, was released for its first trip ever, to the Dominican Republic. Aboard this vessel were hundreds of customers waiting to experience the joy and fulfillment...

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Global demand for seafood has risen steeply in the past decade, with the US alone consuming an average of 5 billion pounds of seafood a year. This insatiable global appetite is leading to mass loss of biodiversity, as well as increased costs to human wellbeing and economic activity. A recent...

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In the United States, upwards of 400,000 rape kits go untested annually, while 63% of all sexual assaults go unreported. For every 1,000 perpetrators of rape, 994 walk free. Out of 1,000 perpetrators of assault and battery, 967 walk free. These figures represent the failure of the justice system...

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On March 10, 2017, thousands of Indigenous Americans and their allies gathered in Washington, DC, to affirm “the necessity to respect Indigenous Nations and their right to protect their homelands, environment and future generations.” When corporate news media covered the march, they focused...

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The Trump campaign successfully elected Donald Trump as president of the United States on November 8, 2016. This may have been in part due to their reliance on behavioral data-analytics of the American citizenry through “microtargeting.” Microtargeting is a technique that uses computers and...

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During the 2016 election season, private prisons and pharmaceutical companies made a number of donations towards anti-marijuana legalization campaigns across the United States in hopes of furthering their agendas. In November 2016, the legalization of recreational marijuana was put up to a vote...

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“When it comes to sexual assault and rape, the norm for universities and colleges is to downplay the situation and the numbers,” said University of Kansas law professor Corey Rayburn Yung, in a 2015 Think Progress article. Two years later, US colleges and universities continue to downplay the...

Project Censored - 2017-04-05 - Original post - cached version

The Pentagon paid a British PR firm over $660 million to run a top secret propaganda program in Iraq from May 2007 to December 2011, Crofton Black and Abigail Fielding-Smith reported for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in October 2016. The UK-based PR firm Bell Pottinger produced short TV...

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An investigation conducted by an Australian animals rights charity, Animals International, has revealed that live exported animals from European Union (EU) countries have been facing severe abuse. Undercover videos show EU cattle and sheep being beaten, given electric shocks, and inhumanely...

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The employees of Robertson Winery and other vineyards in South Africa endure long working hours, low wages, and “abysmal” working conditions, according to a November 2016 CorpWatch report. Vineyard workers are paid below the legal minimum wage, discouraged from unionizing, and work in...

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2016 employment statistics revealed that people with disabilities in the UK were being assessed as “fit to work” when in reality they were not, Martin Williams reported in the Guardian in February 2017. Government officials have sought to narrow the employment gap between people with...

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Between 1995 and 2000, the number of psychotropic drugs prescribed to children in the US doubled, according to a 2005 documentary film, The Drugging of Our Children. As Justin Gardner reported for the Free Thought Project in March 2016, a new study—titled “Influence of Relative Age on Diagnosis...

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Thousands of women in Poland are opposing plans for a new law that would effectively ban abortion, Christian Davies reported for the Guardian in October 2016. On September 23, 2016, pro-choice activists called a nationwide strike, or “national absence campaign”, by women in protest against the...

Project Censored - 2017-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Looking back at the history of forced sterilization throughout Europe under the rule of the Nazi and even in the United States in the 20th century, one would hope not to hear of such abuse being perpetuated on women anymore. However, from the 1970s to the 2000s, thousands of Roma women have come...

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