Alternative Press Review
Alternative Press Review Weekly News & Views Roundup
April 10, 2010
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The Onion: Pope Vows To Get Church Pedophilia Down To Acceptable Levels
Wikileaks Reveals Video Showing US Air Crew Shooting Down Iraqi Civilians
Pentagon identifies WikiLeaks as threat to national security
The REAL Terrorists: US Military Massacre Caught on Tape
Interview with Julian Assange, co-founder of WikiLeaks, and Glenn Greenwald, constitutional law attorney and political and legal blogger for Salon.com
Iraq Killings and Media Indifference
A leaked videotape of a 2007 U.S. helicopter attack in Baghdad that killed a dozen Iraqis was unveiled on April 5 by the website WikiLeaks. To much of the corporate media, though, it was either not worth reporting at all, or an unfortunate incident to be defended.
Why All the Shock Over "Shock and Awe"
Elaine Brower, OpEdNews
We cannot honor the warriors under ANY circumstances. It is an oxymoron to say "honor the warrior and not the war." No such thing exists. The warriors are the war, they choose to fight and kill people, with much fervor I might add. They like it; they get a kick out of it, and then get away with it because it is justified genocide.
Iraq War Vet: "We Were Told to Just Shoot People, and the Officers Would Take Care of Us"
Dahr Jamail, Truthout
What is happening in Iraq seems to reflect what psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton calls "atrocity-producing situations." He used this term first in his book "The Nazi Doctors."
Confirmed: Obama authorizes assassination of U.S. citizen
Glenn Greenwald, Salon
In Barack Obama's America, the way guilt is determined for American citizens -- and a death penalty imposed -- is that the President, like the King he thinks he is, secretly decrees someone's guilt as a Terrorist. He then dispatches his aides to run to America's newspapers -- cowardly hiding behind the shield of anonymity which they're granted -- to proclaim that the Guilty One shall be killed on sight because the Leader has decreed him to be a Terrorist.
"Managing" Data and Dissent: Where Big Brother Meets Market Fundamentalism
Tom Burghardt, Antifascist Calling
Repression doesn't come cheap, just ask the FBI. As the securitization of daily life increase at near exponential rates (all to keep us "safe," mind you) the dark contours of an American police state, like a pilot's last glimpse of an icy peak before a plane crash, wobbles into view.
Al-Nakba Denial: Concealing Catastrophe
Tammy Obeidallah, Palestine Chronicle
This is by far the most damning evidence that not only is Israel is an oppressive state that routinely violates international humanitarian law, but also an Orwellian state not content to simply eradicate Palestinians from the map, but to obliterate the memory of their existence.
Clerically Institutionalized Pedophilia: Another Nail in Civilization's Coffin
Carolyn Baker, carolynbaker.net
The problem with the Catholic Church is not the pope or pedophile priests; the problem with the Catholic Church is the Catholic Church--one of the most toxic systems in human history which has unflinchingly colluded with corporate capitalism and the worst of humanity's repressive regimes for gargantuan profit and the standardization of power and domination as a way of life.
A Legal Win for Sexting Teens
Julie Hilden, Counterpunch
On March 17, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit delivered a win -- but a narrow win -- to teens who are determined to protect their First Amendment rights, and parents who support them in doing so.
Shocking Censorship at Google News and the Future of Net Neutrality
David DeGraw, Media Channel
For those of you who want to know what the internet will end up like when the Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Time Warner interests take it over, you need to look at this shocking new case of censorship by Google News.
Life Without the Web: My (Probably Crazy) Plan To Give Up the Internet
James Sturm, Slate
Over the last several years, the Internet has evolved from being a distraction to something that feels more sinister.