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Most Underreported Stories of 2007

Started by clore, January 02, 2008, 07:54:23 am

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clore

News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

Just a few of the stories that should have received more and better
coverage in the media. I encourage readers to add other examples. (Drawn
from the archives of the Smygo list I run.)

*****

2007

US forces raid Iraq Freedom Congress -- again and again.

You might think the US government would like a secular, democratic,
libertarian, progressive, non-violent, anti-Ba'athist, anti-Islamist,
and anti-nationalist, group like the Iraq Freedom Congress. You might
think that, but you'd be wrong. US forces have repeatedly attacked the
IFC, and have assassinated the head of their Safety Forces, whose
patrols in Baghdad neighborhoods (population 5,000) have reduced
sectarian killings there to zero.

The mainstream media has entirely failed to cover the IFC, and most
alternative media has done just as badly.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8381
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9327
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9476
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9497
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9506

More IFC News

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10295
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10482
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10545
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10626

Iraq's Civil Resistance

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10550

Bans on Feeding the Homeless

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10118
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10187
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10215

Christian Terrorists

But they never get referred to as terrorists in the mass media or
charged with terrorism-related offenses.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9484
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9509
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9569

Neo-Nazi Terrorists Murder Protestor at Eco-Camp

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9554

Every serious analysis supports Ron Paul's opinion on the causes of 9/11

The 9/11 Commission, CIA analysts, Middle East experts, etc., all agree
that harmful US government interventions in countries like Iraq,
Israel/Palestine, and Somalia created the motivation for Islamist
terrorists. Nonetheless, the mass media reduce coverage of the issue to
soundbites, so that those who make serious analyses do not have time to
explain them, and so (in Noam Chomsky's words), sound like they came
from Neptune. The media's wingnuts further pounce on Paul on others to
misrepresent them as saying that they believe 9/11 was justified, that
the civilian victims deserved it, etc.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9091
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9149
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9158
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9160
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9190
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9262

The growth of worker-owned-and-controlled businesses.

Supposedly There Is No Alternative (TINA) to corporate capitalism, but
some are determined to build the structure of the new society in the
shell of the old:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8669
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8901
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9094
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9181
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9255
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9388
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9530
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9688
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9801
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10027
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10130
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10222
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10240
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10328
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10460

Ethiopian invasion of Somalia results in quagmire

The US-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia has resulted in a
Vietnam/Iraq-style quagmire. The Ethiopian occupiers have now been in
Somalia more than four times as long as planned (three months), with no
end in sight. They have also used WMDs against civilians.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8894
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9381
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9461
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9576
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9660
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10293
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10359
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10564
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10607

Kansas Mutual Aid shunned from disaster relief.

Anarchist group Common Ground Collective did an excellent job providing
disaster relief after Katrina, far better than the government. The
government isn't going to let that happen again.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9199
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9289

Terrorist arson attack against Sedition Books

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8850
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8836

*Who* hates our freedoms?

Pro-war counter-protestors attack peaceful anti-war protestors.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8863
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8865
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9724
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10029

Inside the CIA's Notorious "Black Sites"

The CIA routinely tortures individuals allegedly suspected of terrorism
or links to terrorists in secret sites around the world.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/10574

State infiltration of activist groups in New Zealand

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9201

Bombs over Cambodia

The US carpet bombing of Cambodia, already known to have targeted this
small country with one of the most enormous bombing campaigns in
history, turns out (based on records released by Bill Clinton) to have
been even more enormous. American planes dropped more than 2,756,941
tons of bombs on the country in the "secret" bombing, more than the US
dropped in all of WWII.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/9133

Wal-Mart, corporate-welfare queen

Though often cited as an example of the free market in action, Wal-Mart
has actually received more than a billion dollars in state subsidies.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo/message/8921

*****

Note:

Apart from the Smygo list, some of the best sources for underreported
news include the following:

http://antiwar.com/
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/
http://news.infoshop.org/
http://www.alternet.org/
http://www.strike-the-root.com/
http://mediamatters.org/

--
Dan Clore

My collected fiction: _The Unspeakable and Others_
http://tinyurl.com/3akhhr
Lord We├┐rdgliffe & Necronomicon Page:
http://www.geocities.com/clorebeast/
News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

Skipper: Professor, will you tell these people who is
in charge on this island?
Professor: Why, no one.
Skipper: No one?
Thurston Howell III: No one? Good heavens, this is anarchy!
-- _Gilligan's Island_, episode #6, "President Gilligan"