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Project Censored: Top 25 stories ignored by media in past year

Ok, this list should be pretty old news by now, but — by definition — the content of it is not. Because... it's simply not in the news:

The Top 25 stories ignored by media in past year (via Project Censored):

  • Future of Internet Debate Ignored by Media
  • Halliburton Charged with Selling Nuclear Technologies to Iran
  • Oceans of the World in Extreme Danger
  • Hunger and Homelessness Increasing in the US
  • High-Tech Genocide in Congo
  • Federal Whistleblower Protection in Jeopardy
  • US Operatives Torture Detainees to Death in Afghanistan and Iraq
  • Pentagon Exempt from Freedom of Information Act
  • The World Bank Funds Israel-Palestine Wall
  • Expanded Air War in Iraq Kills More Civilians
  • Dangers of Genetically Modified Food Confirmed
  • Pentagon Plans to Build New Landmines
  • New Evidence Establishes Dangers of Roundup
  • Homeland Security Contracts KBR to Build Detention Centers in the US
  • Chemical Industry is EPA’s Primary Research Partner
  • Ecuador and Mexico Defy US on International Criminal Court
  • Iraq Invasion Promotes OPEC Agenda
  • Physicist Challenges Official 9-11 Story
  • Destruction of Rainforests Worst Ever
  • Bottled Water: A Global Environmental Problem
  • Gold Mining Threatens Ancient Andean Glaciers
  • $Billions in Homeland Security Spending Undisclosed
  • US Oil Targets Kyoto in Europe
  • Cheney’s Halliburton Stock Rose Over 3000 Percent Last Year
  • US Military in Paraguay Threatens Region

Full list with more details here...

(via Boing Boing)

Al Gore Speech on Unlawful Wiretapping, Imprisonment, and Torture by US President Bush

Al Gore

Al Gore, former vice president of the US, has given a very, very interesting and impressing speech on Martin Luther King Day a few days ago.

He states very clearly a huge number of (unlawful, illegal, or immoral) things the current US president Bush and/or his administration have done. For example:

  • illegal wiretapping of American citizens
  • illegal imprisonment of American (and other) citizens
  • illegal torture by the CIA
  • illegal kidnapping of people
  • suppression of free speech by threatening NASA scientists
  • and lots more

A quote of Al Gore, from a small Reuters summary of the speech:

We still have much to learn about the NSA's domestic surveillance. What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and insistently.

Transscripts are available from The Raw Story and the Washington Post, and there's also a full audio recording of the speech (MP3, 48 MB).

Although I'm not very political usually (or at least I don't write too much about it), this is really something I highly recommend listening to. I cannot imagine why a president of a democratic country can still be in charge, after all these things have become publically known...

(via Tim Pritlove)

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