Alternative Press Review
Alternative Press Review Weekly News & Views Roundup
(March 28 - April 3, 2010)
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The war on WikiLeaks and why it matters
Glenn Greenwald, Salon
In 2008, the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Center prepared a secret report -- obtained and posted by WikiLeaks -- devoted to this website and detailing, in a section entitled "Is it Free Speech or Illegal Speech?", ways it would seek to destroy the organization. It discusses the possibility that, for some governments, not merely contributing to WikiLeaks, but "even accessing the website itself is a crime," and outlines its proposal for WikiLeaks' destruction.
Intelligence Agencies Allegedly Going to Extremes to Suppress Video Confirming Pentagon Massacre Cover-up
Scott Thill, Alternet
Disturbing allegations have surfaced around WikiLeaks' promise to release a video April 5 at the National Press Club confirming a war-time massacre.
Leaked Document Discloses CIA Plans to Target European Public Opinion over Afghan War
Tom Burghardt, Dissident Voice
CIA media operations are fully consonant with the aims and methods employed by U.S. war planners; indeed, the manipulation of public opinion by battalions of public relations specialists, pollsters and former high-ranking military officers, often employed by giant defense and security corporations with “dogs in the hunt,” are part of the secret state’s army of “message force multipliers.
Life After Growth
Richard Heinberg, MuseLetter
What if the decades-long era of economic growth based on ever-increasing rates of resource extraction, manufacturing, and consumption is over, finished, and done? What if the economic conditions that all of us grew up expecting to continue practically forever were merely a blip on history’s timeline?
What works: community
Guy R. McPherson, Nature Bats Last
As we continue into the decades-old, but only recently acknowledged era of destruction and extinction, it’s apparent the current model is not working. Truth has fallen and taken liberty with it. A vast majority of Americans are aware the industrial economy clings by the barest of threads but, too fearful of individual retribution to disrupt the industrial culture that is making us crazy and killing us, we hang tightly to the only system we’ve every known.
How the Left Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the FBI
Anthony Gregory, Independent Institute
What kind of world is it when the very media figure who denounced Bush’s “preemptive war” and Obama’s adoption of Bush’s “pre-crime” approach to imprisoning “enemy combatants” in “prolonged detention” before they commit violence is happy to see a group indicted on federal charges of talking about committing violence—talk that we can safely guess was likely incited by the very FBI that had been infiltrating this group for months?
Say it loud: I’m childfree and I’m proud
Lisa Hymas, Grist
Here's the dirty little secret that we're never supposed to say in mixed company: There are a lot of perks to childfree living.
Hidden History of Cooperation in America
Kathy McMahon, Energy Bulletin
For the American living before 1800, a ‘wage slave’ was a mere step removed from an actual slave. To be an employee was one step above indentured servitude. You did it when necessity demanded, but only for as short a period of time as possible, and then returned to become more independent—your own boss. The story of how we became ‘wage slaves,’ and the multiple revolts against this station, is a fascinating one, and part of our ‘untold history.’
Journalists Under Attack in Israel
Alex Kane, Indypendent
Journalists fleeing a country out of fear of arrest, media workers being “attacked and detained” by people who enjoy the full backing of the state, and soldiers accused of attacking journalists? Sounds like Iran’s post-election scene, but this time it’s Israel.
How Bias at the New York Times Helped Kill ACORN
Laura Flanders, CounterPunch
When right-wing journo-hucksters released videos appearing to show ACORN workers offering advice to people posing as a pimp and a prostitute, the Times fell for an editing trick. The videos gave the impression that two hucksters were dressed in outlandish costumes when they visited ACORN offices. They weren't. Video transcripts also contradicted what the video makers claimed, namely that ACORN staffers appeared to endorse talk of using underage girls as prostitutes. The Times also fell for that.
The conviction of ex-Nazi Boere and Washington’s war crimes
Bill Van Auken, WSWS
The reality is that Obama, Panetta and Gates, just like Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & Co. before them, are guilty of war crimes. The individual atrocities, assassinations, acts of torture and collective punishment are the inevitable byproducts of waging wars of aggression, the principal offense for which the surviving Nazi leaders were tried at Nuremberg.
An Unaccustomed Truth: American Commander Admits Afghan Atrocities
Chris Floyd, Empire Burlesque
Now, what would the authorities say if you or I shot "an amazing number of people who have never proven to be a threat?" Why, they would call us murderers -- even mass murderers. Yet this is precisely what "the senior American and NATO commander in Afghanistan" has just declared, on videotape.
"The evil scourge of terrorism": Reality, construction, remedy
Noam Chomsky, Chomsky.info
If we seriously want to end the plague of terrorism, we know how to do it. First, end our own role as perpetrators.
Becky Akers, The New American
A preoccupation with legislative permission characterizes tyrannies, perhaps because it protects those responsible from prosecution should justice resurrect one day. The Nazis are notorious for legalizing their plunder, kidnapping en masse, and murder. No wonder, then, that Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and nine co-sponsors have introduced legislation they might have cribbed from the Third Reich.
Drug War Shame: Severely Ill Man Fired, Cut from Health Care
Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, Antiwar Blog
The fact that a Godzilla company like Wal-Mart, which shamelessly professes “family values” and offers this phony-baloney glossy-photo understanding for families struggling through the financial crisis, can arbitrarily fire a model employee, ignore state law (which was adopted by a referendum of the people!) and rip away his long-awaited enrollment into a legitimate health care plan — is nothing short of an abomination.
The case for legalizing marijuana
Steve Chapman, Reason
In November, Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that would make it legal not only to use marijuana but to grow and sell it.
The Power of Porn Stars: Why We Love, Hate, Fear and Want Them
Virginie Despentes, Alternet
Girls involved with paid sex, who gain benefit from their position as females while remaining independent, are feverishly desired, yet punished for their "transgressions."