03 Jul 2010

BP, Government Block Press from Reporting Their “Ballet at Sea”

Adm. Thad Allen has issued a directive further restricting media access. This comes days after the ACLU of Louisiana wrote a letter urging an end to blocking of the press and censorship of information.

02 Jul 2010

America Speaks, But Not for Cuts to Social Programs

Video interviews with Margaret Flowers of PNHP and Katie Robbins of Healthcare-Now! on the deficit cutting agenda being pushed by AmericaSpeaks through “town hall meetings.” Last weekend, 21st Century Town Hall Meetings were held involving citizens in discussion and debate on the budget and economy, allowing citizens to talk about what they would like to cut so economic problems in this country could be properly addressed and solved.

16 Jun 2010

Obama’s Oval Office Address: Is the Gulf Half-Empty or Half-Full?

The positive, calm, and collected nature of the address was not necessarily what Americans wanted to hear. Given the increasing scope of the disaster and the reality that there is no end in sight, many wanted specifics, wanted to know how the administration plans to really gain control of a situation that BP is manipulating and covering up. But, they did not get the healthy skepticism that could have been a part of the address.

15 Jun 2010

US Social Forum: Storytelling for Real and Lasting Change in America

Karlos Guana Schmieder, communications director for the Center for Media Justice, discusses the Center’s plans for the U.S. Social Forum and why movements need to tell a good story to be successful and ultimately create real and lasting change in America and the world.

08 Jun 2010

World Oceans Day: Soon to Be World Dead Zones Day?

The Ocean Project, which consists of over one thousand aquariums, zoos, museums and conservation organizations, has designated June 8th “World Oceans Day.” This day, which earned official recognition from the United Nations General Assembly as the result of a resolution passed in December 2008, is a new celebrated day, and, as oil continues to gush at perhaps 100,000 barrels a day into the Gulf of Mexico (which connects to the Atlantic Ocean), this day carries even more significance.

07 Jun 2010

When Warriors Commandeer Freedom Flotillas

I wasn’t one of the Americans who watched a parade of
military and civilian officers on Memorial Day one week ago just hours after Israeli
commandoes attacked the Freedom Flotilla. I did not go to a march and celebrate the past
histories of American wars and the soldiers who had fought in them, but let’s
suppose for one moment that I had.

02 Jun 2010

Israel’s Campaign to Discredit Attacked Humanitarian Convoy

Israel has mounted a media blitz specifically aimed at creating this belief that the Freedom Flotilla had intentions that were not exactly humanitarian. The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center is circulating talking points suggesting the IHH, which the Free Gaza Movement counts as a supporting organization, is affiliated with Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and/or al Qaeda so the IDF raid was entirely justified.

01 Jun 2010

Israeli Raid Censored: Journalist Ban Gives Israel’s Official Story “Head Start”

Immediately following a deadly attack by Israeli commandos on the Freedom Flotilla, a humanitarian aid convoy seeking to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza, Israeli authorities put in place, according to Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF), a ban on media preventing any information about the dead and wounded taken to hospitals in Israel from being reported by journalists.

27 May 2010

Oil Leak Press Conference: Must Domestic Oil Production Continue?

President Obama held a press conference this afternoon and gave the White House press corps an opportunity to gain more information on the oil leak in the Gulf. Obama announced four key oil explorations/operations moratoriums (both temporary and possibly permanent) during the press conference. He did not, however, announce a permanent end to offshore drilling or an end to domestic oil production.

26 May 2010

Gen. Petraeus’ Directive: Another Example of American Empire’s Fetish for Black Operations

News of Gen. Petraeus’ directive for secret Pentagon operations would be a huge revelation if history didn’t indicate that departments handling foreign and domestic defense or security operations have claimed the authority to engage in covert activity time and time again. From the Bush Administration to the Kennedy Administration, covert operations have been standard operating procedure, so long as those in power can get away with it.