Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Project Censored

At the end of each year, the Project Censored website lists their selections for the years’ top 25 censored news stories. These stories received no mention in the mainstream media or were presented by the networks with limited and often misleading information. Details of these newsworthy items could be found on the internet, but in that way, not particularly accessible to the majority of the world’s population who receive their news from mainstream media outlets.

You can view the full list of censored stories at:
http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/category/y-2009/

Below are three that I found most pertinent and alarming.

El Salvador’s Water Privatization and the Global War on Terror
In July 2007, community leaders and residents who were demonstrating the privatization of El Salvador’s water supply and distribution systems, were arrested by Salvadoran police and held in custody for almost a month. Fourteen people were charged as “terrorists” under El Salvador’s anti-terrorism laws, modelled on the USA Patriot Act. As Project Censored points out, criminalization of political expression and social protest presents a serious danger to the peace and human rights of Salvadorans that were secured after a twelve-year civil war.

Members of El Salvador’s water workers union (SETA) state that privatization of the country’s water would have the same devastating effect on the population as when the telecommunications and electricity sectors came under private ownership. Many workers were fired and forced to reapply for the same positions at lower pay and without benefits. But it seems that the ability to protest such actions of government will not be tolerated under US-backed Salvadoran authority. Salvadorans insist that fighting for water is a right, not a crime - but the quest for global domination by corporation is extending at a rapid rate that only spells doom for those caught in the middle.


Worldwide Slavery
Project Censored reports that twenty-seven million slaves exist in the world today – more than at any time in human history. Globalization, poverty and greed facilitate the growth of slavery and it is not simply confined to the Third World. According to the US Department of Justice, 17,500 new victims are trafficked across American borders every year, with about 800,000 trafficked across international borders. Slavery now rivals drug trafficking and illegal arms trading as the most lucrative criminal enterprise on the planet.

‘Bonded labor’ continues to be the most common form of this insidious racket. An individual can fall under the control of a wealthy person by simply accepting a loan. In impoverished circumstances, it is not that difficult to understand how easy this can happen. When the wealthy patron continues to increase interest and add inflated expenses to the original loan, an individual can remain servile their entire life – sometimes passing the debt onto family members. Despite the efforts of non-governmental abolitionists in liberating slaves, the mainstream media has tip-toed around this problem for some time, seemingly unable to accept that (yes, I’ll say it again) there are more slaves on the planet than at any time in human history.


Japan Questions 9/11 and the Global War on Terror
In the Japanese Parliament in January 2008, during a live television broadcast, Parliament member Yukihisa Fujita openly questioned the validity of the War on Terror and insisted that an investigation into the catalyst – 9/11 – be conducted by Japanese authorities. Even though twenty-four Japanese citizens were killed on 9/11, Fujita made the comment that no mandated criminal investigation had been carried out by the Japanese government.
The Parliament was meeting to debate Japan’s renewed ‘anti-terror laws’, which would result in a commitment of logistical support for coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Fujita felt it was timely and appropriate to discuss the ‘suspicious information’ being uncovered by independent journalists on the internet. Fujita presented slides to demonstrate these arguments and detailed such events of that infamous day including the lack of evidence of a plane crash at the Pentagon, the odd collapse of WTC7 and the preceding day’s insider trading – all details well known to “9/11 Truth” researchers. Incidentally, it was reported by Project Censored last year that the FBI had “no hard evidence linking Osama Bin Laden to 9/11”. This would be hard to accept for most Americans constantly fed statements by the mainstream media for the last seven years that told the contrary.

Author Ed Haas contacted the FBI to ask why Bin Laden’s connection to 9/11 was not mentioned in his profile on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List. Haas was promptly told that there was no evidence that could be presented to a grand jury that would convict Bin Laden of the crime! Haas posed the question as to the authenticity of the Bin Laden “confession tape”, released to the public on December 13th 2001. If the tape were authentic, it would provide enough evidence for a conviction. However, the FBI doesn’t seem to think that this is the case, throwing serious doubt on the tape itself, those who presented it as ‘evidence’ and the ethics of the seemingly corrupt mainstream media who continuously flogged the tape on air as proof and justification for the invasion of Afghanistan to “flush out Bin Laden”.

by Max Drake
(Freelance writer and artist for GritFX.)

7 comments:

  1. none of this surprises me, I already knew about the FBI Bin Laden, one reason why there are these weird laws regarding terrorists,
    one day there will be only the wealthy and servants, that day is not far away

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  2. also, it was not so long ago, not called slavery, but in the U.S., there's an old song that says I owe my soul to the company store, which was true of most, and also a form of slavery, anytime one is indebted to another, or entity, for life technically that is slavery, so I would think there are far more than the 27 million whom are enslaved outright as servants, much like the Irish were who immigrated to the United States who had no way to pay for the travel and indentured sold themselves during the famine, and were slaves, even after black slavery had been abolished, which ironically before racism and the Jim Crow laws, the Irish were the lowest on the totem pole in America, which led to the formation of gangs and gangsters, The Kennedys who are a powerful family originally made all there money boot legging in the prohibition of alcohol, etc, Slavery and injustice leads to radical change with extreme violence

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  3. Hey Shea,
    You're quite right man - by your definition, half of the world's population could be classified as 'slaves'...we are all slaves to money and the corporate merry-go-round.

    One day very soon, as you say, there will only be the wealthy and the rest of us...there doesn't seem to be much we can do about it though, unless some Che Guevara-type figure stands up and begins a worldwide revolution. But then, people are far too complacent and preoccupied to care - which means they would easily accept any branding of such a figure as a terrorist.

    So what do we do?

    Thanks for the comment, as usual.

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  4. Hi all to GritFX blogger!

    Happy New Year and all the best for 2009!
    Thank you for being Stories of Picture friend throughout 2008!
    I hope we will see each other again in 2009!

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  5. Shea, it almost seems like we are there now with the rich and the not rich being the two sides we see. I don't know that there is really a middle class anymore but I agree with you. Thanks for all the love I get from the team at Gritfx and a special shout out to Manz.

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  6. do you guys listen to Alex Jones?

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  7. Hi Bill...I've never heard Alex's radio show, except a few excerpts on YouTube...I could probably link to his webcast, but it's a pain in the rear...

    I've seen some of his videos and I agree with most of what he has to say...HOWEVER, he is so sensationalist and his manner so obtuse, that he'll never reach a larger audience...

    People like him are on the right track exposing some truths, but they also make it difficult for the majority to accept or even listen to what they have to say...they are still in the 'conspiracy business' - still trying to make a buck, and still peddling new stuff everyday to keep their audience happy...somewhere in there, objectivity gets thrown out the window...

    Here endeth the rant.

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