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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...

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...

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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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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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...

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

Scientists have discovered that using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans of the mind can allow scientists to read and understand brain activity in new, powerful ways. In its current state, fMRI scanning is not accurate or fast enough to be used effectively for anything other than...

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

On August 4, 2006, a policy called the “ICEGangs Database: Data Entry and Use” was established, allowing US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to deport any undocumented immigrants as gang members, based on criteria that are not only ill-defined but also allow for racism. As revealed by...

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

Injustice in the world deserves the fire of our anger, yet anger and blame have an emotional cost and are difficult to carry over time. Our activism should not just be about what we resist, but what we are for–about our hopes and visions for the world. Our vision for the world is more likely...

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

Over the past two decades, South Africa has experienced a slow-moving health crisis brought on by extreme use of Methamphetamine. Reports from the Medical Research Council, based on treatment data, show that in 2002 less than one percent of patients at the Cape Town drug counseling center...

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

“We cannot allow them to take over Richmond. We cannot allow them to take over America,” said Bernie Sanders during a 2014 speech in Richmond, California. Sanders, who came to the blue-collar city while campaigning during the 2016 presidential election, was referring to corporations like Chevron...

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

Is organic food better for us? A growing number of scientific studies suggest that it is. The latest evidence to support this claim is a December 2016 report from the European Parliament, written by scientists at universities across Europe, and one Harvard professor. The team reviewed the...

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

The island of Ghoramara in east India has already been drastically affected by climate change as rising sea levels begin to evict families from their homes. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has already issued warnings to the residents of these Indian and Bangladeshi islands (...

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

President Donald J. Trump’s affection for authoritarians is prompting worried comparisons of our polarized country to the fascism that arose in Germany in the 1920s and ’30s. However, consider the Norwegians, who also experienced extreme polarization, yet managed to remain a social democracy. In...

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

The growing drug epidemic in the United States leaves to police the job of managing drug addicts. This usually means criminalizing their behavior and jailing them. But a former police chief in Gloucester, Massachusetts, had a better idea – to actually help drug addicts instead of throwing them...

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Collaborative tools help local residents come together and shape the political systems and economies within their communities. Participatory Budgeting (PB) allows citizens to meet and decide how a portion of the public funds will be spent. Founded in 2009, the PB Project (PBP) is a non-profit...

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

There are signs that the internet and global technology are reviving the role of citizens in documenting how the world around us is changing by using technology to build collective insight–millions of little observations about the now-warming climate, the now-shrinking numbers of species of...

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Right-wing conservatives are using money and power to influence universities and public policy to suppress student dissent on US college and university campuses. Right-wing conservatives like the Goldwater Institute, funded by conservatives such as Charles Koch and the Mercer family, have...

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What remains of Harvard Kennedy School’s integrity after it hosted Shell Oil-sponsored film screening, which claimed to present a “rational middle” discussion about energy’s issues, in February 2017? As Benjamin Franta and Geoffrey Supran, researchers at Stanford University and Massachusetts...

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with autism every year. Moreover, the CDC has found that white non-Hispanic kids are more likely to receive a thorough evaluation than black and Hispanic children are. While the impulse to assume...

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The world’s largest hedge fund, Bridgewater Associates, is developing software to automate the day-to-day management of the firm, including hiring, firing, and other decision-making. The firm manages $160 billion in global investments for what it calls “sophisticated institutional clients.”...

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Nolan, Nicholas, and Desiree begin the program with a roundtable critique of the corporate-media’s coverage of recent domestic-spying revelations, as well as the issue of whether or not Donald Trump is a political aberration; then Alicia Huartado provides updates on work in progress at Project...

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

Only three months into 2017, eight transwomen of color have been murdered, putting 2017 on course to be another record-breaking year of trans* murders. On February 22, 2017 GLAAD released a statement calling for better media coverage of the rising rates of transgender murders. From 2014 to 2015...

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On March 9, 2017 a group of peasant farmers from Honduras launched a suit in US federal court against the World Bank (WB) Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). The suit alleges the IFC and WB are “knowingly profiting from the financing of murder.” The lawsuit is over the IFC’s...

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

Journalism student Lea Majcen reminded Slovenians, and other democratic nations, of the importance of journalism by revealing an exceedingly unqualified government official. On February 16 2017, Majcen interviewed high-ranking Slovenian government official Tilen Smolnikar after a public hearing...

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