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November 9, 2007


Censored 2008 –
The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006-07
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by Project Censored

#11 The Scam of “Reconstruction” in Afghanistan

Tomdispatch.com, Aug. 27, 2006
Title: “Why It’s Not Working in Afghanistan”
Author: Ann Jones

CorpWatch, Oct. 6, 2006
Title: “Afghanistan Inc: a CorpWatch Investigative Report”
Author: Fariba Nawa

A report issued in June 2005 by the non-profit organization Action Aid reveals that much of the US tax money earmarked to rebuild Afghanistan actually ends up going no further than the pockets of wealthy US corporations.

#12 Another Massacre in Haiti by UN Troops

HaitiAction.net, Jan. 21, 2007
Title: “UN in Haiti: Accused of Second Massacre”
Authors: Haiti Information Project

Inter Press Service
Title: “Haiti: Poor Residents of Capital Describe a State of Siege”
Authors: Wadner Pierre and Jeb Sprague

Eyewitness testimony confirms indiscriminate killings by UN forces in Haiti’s Cité Soleil community on Dec. 22, 2006, reportedly as collective punishment against the community for a massive demonstration of Lavalas supporters in which about ten thousand people rallied for the return of President Aristide in clear condemnation of the foreign military occupation of their country.

#13 Immigrant Roundups to Gain Cheap Labor for US Corporate Giants

Truthout, Jan. 27, 2007
Title: “Which Side Are You On?”
Author: David Bacon

The Nation, Feb. 6, 2007
Title: “Workers, Not Guests”
Author: David Bacon

Foreign Policy in Focus, Feb. 26, 2007
Title: “Migrants: Globalization’s Junk Mail?”
Author: Laura Carlsen

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) flooded Mexico with cheap subsidized US agricultural products that displaced millions of Mexican farmers.

#14 Impunity for US War Criminals

Congressional Quarterly, Nov. 22, 2006
Title: “A Senate Mystery Keeps Torture Alive—and Its Practitioners Free”
Author: Jeff Stein

A provision mysteriously tucked into the Military Commission Act (MCA) just before it passed through Congress and was signed by President Bush on Oct. 17, 2006 (see story #1), redefines torture, removing the harshest, most controversial techniques from the definition of war crimes, and exempts the perpetrators — both interrogators and their bosses — from prosecution for such offences dating back to November 1997.

#15 Toxic Exposure Can Be Transmitted to Future Generations on a “Second Genetic Code”

Rachel’s Democracy & Health News, October 12, 2006
Title: “Some Chemicals are More Harmful Than Anyone Ever Suspected”
Author: Peter Montague

Research suggests that, contrary to previous belief, our behavior and our environmental conditions may program sections of our children’s DNA. New evidence about how genes interact with the environment suggests that many industrial chemicals may be more ominously dangerous than previously thought.

#16 No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11

The Muckraker Report, June 6, 2006, and Ithaca Journal, June 29, 2006
Title: “FBI says, ‘No Hard Evidence Connecting Bin Laden to 9/11’”
Author: Ed Haas

Osama bin Laden’s role in the events of Sept. 11, 2001 is not mentioned on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” poster.

#17 Drinking Water Contaminated by Military and Corporations

Environment News Service, March 24, 2006
Title: “Factories, Cities Across USA Exceed Water Pollution Limits”
Author: Sunny Lewis

AlterNet, August 4, 2006
Title: “Military Waste in Our Drinking Water”
Authors: Sunaura Taylor and Astor Taylor

Water is essential to life, contributing to blood circulation, digestion, metabolism, brain activity, and muscle movements. Yet reliably pure water is growing scarce, even in the United States.

#18 Mexico’s Stolen Election

AlterNet, August 2, 2006
Title: “Evidence of Election Fraud Grows in México”
Author: Chuck Collins and Joshua Holland

Revolution, September 10, 2006
Title: “Mexico: The Political Volcano Rumbles”
Authors: Revolution Newspaper Collective

Overwhelming evidence reveals massive fraud in the 2006 Mexican presidential election between “president-elect” Felipe Calderón of the conservative PAN party and Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the more liberal PRD.

#19 People’s Movement Challenges Neo-liberal Agenda

Trade Matters, American Friends Service Committee, May 3, 2006
Title: “Is the US Free Trade Model Losing Steam?”
Author: Jessica Walker Beaumont

International Herald Tribune, Dec. 28, 2006
Title: “Economic Policy Changes With New Latin American Leaders”
Author: Mark Weisbrot

International Affairs Forum, March 31, 2007
Title: “Is Hugo Chavez a Threat to Stability? No.”
Author: Mark Weisbrot

The US Free Trade model is meeting increasingly successful resistance as people’s movements around the world build powerful alternatives to neo-liberal exploitation.

#20 Terror Act Against Animal Activists

Vermont Journal of Environmental Law, March 9, 2007
Title: “The AETA is Invidiously Detrimental to the Animal Rights Movement (and Unconstitutional as Well)”
Authors: David Hoch and Odette Wilkens

Green is the New Red, Nov. 14, 2006
Title: “US House Passes Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act With Little Discussion or Dissent”
Author: Will Potter

Earth First! Journal, November 2006
Title: “22 Years for Free-Speech Advocates”
Author: Budgerigar

The term “terrorism” has been dangerously expanded to include acts that interfere, or promote interference with the operations of animal enterprises.

#21 US Seeks WTO Immunity for Illegal Farm Payments

Oxfam International, June 29, 2006
Title: “US Seeks ‘Get-Out Clause’ for Illegal Farm Payments”

Financial Times UK, Jan. 9 2007
Title: “Canada Launches WTO Case on US Subsidies”
Author: Eoin Callan

On July 24, 2006, after nearly five years of global trade negotiations, talks at the meetings of the World Trade Organization collapsed — perhaps permanently, say some economic analysts.

#22 North Invades Mexico

TomDispatch.com, Sept. 19, 2006
Author: Mike Davis
Title: “Border Invaders: The Perfect Swarm Heads South”

The visitor crossing the Mexican border from Tijuana to San Diego these days is immediately confronted by a huge sign, “Stop the Border Invasion!” Sponsored by allies of the anti-immigrant vigilante group, the Minutemen, the same signs insult Mexican citizens at other border crossings in Arizona and Texas. The ultimate irony is that a crisis invasion is indeed occurring, but the signs, it seems, may be pointed the wrong direction.

#23 Feinstein’s Conflict of Interest in Iraq

North Bay Bohemian, Jan. 24, 2007
Title: “Senator Feinstein’s Iraq Conflict”
Author: Peter Byrne

Dianne Feinstein — the ninth wealthiest member of congress — has been beset by monumental ethical conflicts of interest. As a member of the Military Construction Appropriations Subcommittee (MILCON) from 2001 to the end of 2005, Sen. Feinstein voted for appropriations worth billions of dollars to her husband’s firms.

#24 Media Misquotes Threat From Iran’s President

Global Research, Jan. 20, 2007
Title: “Wiped Off The Map—The Rumor of the Century”
Author: Arash Norouzi

Information Clearing House, May 9, 2006
Title: “Full Text: The President of Iran’s Letter To President Bush”
Translated by Le Monde

Across the world a media story has spread that Iran’s President Ahmadinejad has threatened to destroy Israel, by saying that, “Israel must be wiped off the map.” Contrary to general belief, this statement was actually a misinterpretation.

#25 Who Will Profit from Native Energy?

LiP Magazine, June 5, 2006
Title: “Native Energy Futures”
Author: Brian Awehali

Energy on Native American land is becoming big business.

Project Censored is a media research group out of Sonoma State University which tracks the news published in independent journals and newsletters. From these, Project Censored compiles an annual list of 25 news stories of social significance that have been overlooked, under-reported or self-censored by the country's major national news media. Dr. Carl Jensen, professor emeritus of Communications Studies at Sonoma State University, launched this national research effort in 1976. Upon Jensen's retirement in 1996, leadership of the project was passed to associate professor of sociology and media research specialist, Dr. Peter Phillips.

For more information, visit www.projectcensored.org.

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