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“The staff of Project Censored presents their annual compilation of the previous year’s 25 stories most overlooked by the mainstream media along with essays about censorship and its consequences. The stories include an 813% rise in hate and anti-government groups since 2008, human rights violations by the US Border Patrol, and Israeli doctors injecting Ethiopian immigrants with birth control without their consent. Other stories focus on the environment, like the effects of fracking and Monsantos GMO seeds. The writers point out misinformation and outright deception in the media, including CNN relegating factual accounts to the “opinion” section and the whitewashing of Margaret Thatcher’s career following her death in 2013, unlike Hugo Chavez, who was routinely disparaged in the coverage following his death. One essay deals with the proliferation of “Junk Food News,” in which “CNN and Fox News devoted more time to ‘Gangnam Style’ than the renewal of Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ law.” Another explains common media manipulation tactics and outlines practices to becoming a more engaged, free-thinking news consumer or even citizen journalist. Rob Williams remarks on Hollywood’s “deep and abiding role as a popular propaganda provider” via Argo and Zero Dark Thirty. An expose on working conditions in Chinese Apple factories is brutal yet essential reading. This book is evident of Project Censored’s profoundly important work in educating readers on current events and the skills needed to be a critical thinker.” -Publisher’s Weekly said about Censored 2014 (Oct.)
“Censored 2014 is a clarion call for truth telling. Not only does this volume highlight fearless speech in fateful times, it connect the dots between the key issues we face, lauds our whistleblowers and amplifies their voices, and shines light in the dark places of our government that most need exposure.” –Daniel Ellsberg, The Pentagon Papers
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12. YASSER ARAFAT’S UNPUBLICIZED PEACE INITIATIVE

Warren Hoge, the foreign editor of THE NEW YORK TIMES, stated in a personal letter to a reader, dated May 29, 1984, “When and if Mr. Arafat calls for mutual recognition and negotiations with Israel, you will read about it prominently displayed on the front page of The New York Times.”

Incredibly, Hoge’s statement was made a month after THE LONDON OBSERVER (4/29/84) published an interview by Patrick Seale with Yasser Arafat which said, in part, “Yasser Arafat, chairman of the PLO, called last week for direct talks with Israel, under the umbrella of the United Nations, to secure ‘a just peace in which there is no victor and no vanquished.”‘

Not only didn’t the story make the TIMES’ front page, it was conspicuous by its absence on any of the TIMES’ pages or the pages of the WASHINGTON POST for that matter.

On May 4, 1984, the French weekly LE NOUVEL OBSERVATEUR quoted Arafat’s offer of “a direct negotiation, the Israelis and ourselves, under UN protection.” Asked about the question of mutual recognition, Arafat stated: “I would be in favor of a mutual recognition between the two states.” Again, not a word in the TIMES.

On may 6, 1984, a UPI news wire story was reprinted in THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, and several other urban dailies, but not THE NEW YORK TIMES nor THE WASHINGTON POST The UPI story said, in part: “PLO leader Yasser Arafat called Saturday for UN-sanctioned negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and urged Israel to work with him for peace in the Middle East.”

Also ignored by America’s leading press was Israel’s response to Arafat’s offer, contained in an AP wire service story of May 5: “Israel officials yesterday rejected what is believed to be a first public offer by the PLO for mutual recognition and direct negotiations on the future of the Israeli-occupied West Bank …”

American soldiers have died by the hundreds in the Middle East. Innocent civilians, foreign and native, have been the objects of kidnapping and terrorism and slaughter. The ostensible cause of all this tragedy and suffering is the ever-simmering Arab-Israeli conflict.

In this context, it is sickening to realize that America’s leading news media have overlooked, ignored, or censored what may have been the first meaningful PLO peace initiative in the history of this conflict. Instead, the press continues to portray Arafat as a fanatic who refuses to consider anything but the destruction of Israel, and speaks of the passionate US-Israel desire for peace, blocked by the bloody Arabs.

SOURCES:

Personal letter from Warren Hogue, Foreign Editor, THE NEWS YORK TIMES, to Mr. Nabeel Abraham, Bloomfield, Michigan, May 29, 1984; I&P: ISRAEL & PALESTINE POLITICAL REPORT, May 1984, “One-Sided Dialogue,” by Maxim Ghilan, p 1.; THE GUARDIAN, 11/14/84, “Reviving Israel’s ‘Pointless legends,”‘ by Noam Chomsky, p 19.

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