Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Don't Let Me Down

Our press has really let us down. A free press is required in a democracy to act as a watchdog on both government and corporate forces. Unfortunately, the US no longer has a free press. It is, rather, owned and manipulated by the very forces it is supposed to watch. How corrupt have we become? So corrupt, in fact, most people have quit paying attention and have invited the corruption into their personal lives.

What's the press NOT writing about that they should? For one thing, they won't report on any tragedy that’s not Western-centric. For example, the outpouring of fury, despair, and grief by the corporate press over the Paris attacks highlighted the bias of the mainstream media towards Western victims of terrorism. There were two suicide bombings in Lebanon the day before the events in Paris, killing 37 and wounding 180, but they were only mentioned in passing in the sensationalist coverage of France’s tragedy, nor were they mentioned in the minutes’ silences and vigils conducted across the Western world in the aftermath.

From the horrors of the Congo’s bloody civil war to Erdogan’s persecution of Turkish Kurds, from Boko Haram’s ongoing reign of terror in Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon to the plight of Sudanese refugees, the mainstream media picks and chooses which human lives deserve our empathy and which don't.

Have you heard about the Indonesian fires? The Indonesian wildfires that caused devastation to the country’s people and wildlife last year were largely ignored by the mainstream media until several months after the devastating event began. The fires were started by loggers to clear the way for controversial palm oil plantations and caused health problems for over one million people. The World Bank estimates that the fires destroyed 2.6 million hectares (6.4m acres) of rainforest between June and October, costing $16.1bn and causing untold loss of life to the endangered animals who depend on the forests for their survival. Probably one of the biggest stories you heard nothing about because Indonesia is far way and poor.

France slipped into Martial Law and nobody said anything. The truth is, the terrorist attacks in Paris were used as justification by the French, British and German governments to join military strikes in Syria. They were also used as justification by the French government to severely restrict freedoms at home. Immediately after the events of November 13 (2015), the French government began closing down alternative news sites. The President also declared that anyone’s house could be searched without a warrant, websites could be blocked without warning, and citizens could be put under house arrest without a trial. Activists hoping to march in Paris at last month’s Climate Conference were disappointed to learn that France’s state of emergency also included a ban on protests. Some French politicians are pushing to install GPS trackers in rental cars, re-write the Constitution to allow for martial law, block free wifi and Tor, and combine state databases, which would give the state access to citizens’ personal medical records.

Amnesty International, along with many French bloggers, expressed concern that the Government had imposed martial law in response to the terrorist attack. They have a point. Isn’t a restriction of freedoms at home exactly what extremists would want? John Dalhuisen, Amnesty International’s Director of Europe and Central Asia, said in November: “It is a paradox to suspend human rights in order to defend them.”

Many bloggers agreed and said they were scared about the situation in France. One wrote:

I’m currently living in Paris, the city where some fanatics killed people because they were listening to music, watching a football match, or simply enjoy beers in a bar. I was living in the neighbourhood of where those tragic event happened. Now I’m scared.
I’m not scared of terrorists.
I’m scared of my own country.
I’m scared because different is now starting to mean dangerous.

The anonymous blogger goes on:

France’s emergency measures were reported by the mainstream media, but there was little analysis or debate about whether they are justified: the myth we have to trade in our freedoms to get security has become a normal part of everyday life.

When is somebody going to tell the truth about ISIS? A growing body of evidence strongly suggests the Islamic State:

Would not exist at all if it weren’t for the Pentagon’s terrible handling of the 2003 Iraq invasion
- Is funded and armed by Western allies Turkey and Saudi Arabia
- Continues to grow due to oil sales to Turkey
- May have ties to the British government and Israel
- Appears to be part of a bigger geo-political plan by the USA and Britain to destabilize the region, using the corporate press to lie to the public in order to gain popular support for more endless oil wars. (Shades of 9/11!)

Why do they call it ISIS anyway?
I know. Do you?

The mainstream media continues to peddle the tired old narrative that the Western coalition are in Syria specifically to fight ISIS. If this were true, it would be logical for these countries to support Russia in its war against the terrorist organization. Yet coverage of Vladimir Putin in the corporate press continues to be entirely negative, despite the fact Russia single-handedly took out 40% of the Islamic State’s infrastructure in just one week. The revelations above have been completely censored by the corporate press, which is becoming less credible by the day.

You see, the thing is, mainstream is no longer mainstream. The press takes its marching orders from the highest bidder. These days, that is the globalists, the corporatists, the socialists, and the communists. Generally, people in the US seem to have forgotten that communism is the greatest source of death and disorder in modern government.

What's really crazy is that the proponents of socialism admit lives will be lost in the long march toward equality. What they fail to admit is that individual freedom simply can no longer be tolerated and that it will take billions of lives in order to control the destiny of everyone on Earth. And that's what they want to do.

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