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“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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“Most journalists in the United States believe the press here is free. That grand illusion only helps obscure the fact that, by and large, the US corporate press does not report what’s really going on, while tuning out, or laughing off, all those who try to do just that. Americans–now more than ever–need those outlets that do labor to report some truth. Project Censored is not just among the bravest, smartest, and most rigorous of those outlets, but the only one that’s wholly focused on those stories that the corporate press ignores, downplays, and/or distorts. This latest book is therefore a must read for anyone who cares about this country, its tottering economy, and–most important– what’s now left of its democracy.” –Mark Crispin Miller, author, professor of media ecology, New York University.
“In another home run for Project Censored, Censored 2013 shows how the American public has been bamboozled, snookered, and dumbed down by the corporate media. It is chock-full of ‘ah-ha’ moments where we understand just how we’ve been fleeced by banksters, stripped of our civil liberties, and blindly led down a path of never-ending war.” –Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare, cofounder of Global Exchange and CODEPINK.
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Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
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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.)
“Project Censored interrogates the present in the same way that Oliver Stone and I tried to interrogate the past in our Untold History of the United States. It not only shines a penetrating light on the American Empire and all its deadly, destructive, and deceitful actions, it does so at a time when the Obama administration is mounting a fierce effort to silence truth-tellers and whistleblowers. Project Censored provides the kind of fearless and honest journalism we so desperately need in these dangerous times.” —Peter Kuznick, professor of history, American University, and coauthor, with Oliver Stone, of The Untold History of the United States

21. THE UNITED STATES AND OUR GLOBAL DUMPING GROUNDS

Each year 2.2 million tons of hazardous waste cross national borders, turning the world into a global dumping ground. Looking at just one toxic target, Taiwan, provides an insight to the enormity of the problem. Shipments of scrap metal, 70% of it from the United States, arrive nearly every day on the docks of Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Harbor. These shipments contain trans­formers filled with PCB-contaminated oil, old electrical equipment insulated with asbestos, and used batteries containing poisonous lead and acid. Because most scrap-metal exports are exempt from environmental controls in the U.S., and other countries, it is left to the importing countries, like Taiwan, to deal with the dangers of recycling this waste. As the search to find more toxic waste dump sites becomes more intense, there is rising concern that the waste now being ex­ported is producing potential Love Canals all over the world.

Eugene Chien, head of Taiwan’s newly formed Environmental Protection Agency, claims that his country’s problem has become so serious, that in the past year, students, in schools near scrap-burning sites, have had to wear masks in the classroom to cope with the pollution.

The situation, in terms of health hazards, is so critical that Taiwan’s EPA decided to phase out the country’s scrap-metal industry by 1993. So far, Chien has met with resistance from government representatives from the United States. Officials from the U.S. Trade Repre­sentative’s office refused his initial plea for help in eliminating export licenses from scrap companies in the U.S. “To our surprise,” Chien said “the U.S. government says that because of the free trade … (Taiwan must) open the door for scrap metal.”

Meanwhile, toxic waste kings, such as Joe Chen, look for new sites to pollute. Chen, owner of Tung Tai Trading Corporation with headquarters just south of San Francisco, con­stantly travels around the U.S. to visit his scrap suppliers and then flies to Asia to supervise deliveries. A major importer of Taiwan’s toxic waste, Chen readily concedes that the scrap­-metal industry has profited at the expense of Taiwan’s rivers, air, and soil. Nonetheless, incensed over Taiwan’s decision to phase out the industry, Chen protests “For the last thirty years, the reason why Taiwan is so rich is by buying this kind of junk. This is what makes Taiwan what it is today.” However, as space becomes limited and opposition increases, Chen has been forced to look elsewhere for dumping locations. His latest target: The People’s Republic of China.

Taiwan and China are not alone in facing the Faustian bargain, receiving much-needed hard currency in exchange for assuming the task of disposing of hazardous waste that the United States and the rest of the developed world does not want. Developing countries as diverse as Nigeria and Brazil face the same bitter choice.

The United States alone generates more than 500 million tons of hazardous waste a year, more than two tons a year for every man, woman, and child in the country, and nearly ten times that of any other nation.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: DAN PARR

SOURCE: Center for Investigative Reporting, 530 Howard St., 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105, DATE: November/December 1990 (Mother Jones Magazine)

TITLE: “Toxics `R Us”

AUTHOR: DAN NOYES

COMMENTS: The “Toxics `R Us” article in Mother Jones was the result of a larger investiga­tion conducted by the San Francisco-based Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) since 1986 concerning the export of hazardous waste around the world. In 1990, CIR’s efforts in this area produced a Public Broadcasting System “Frontline” special hosted by Bill Moyers called “Global Dumping Ground,” and a companion book by the same title. The “Toxics `R Us” article is a special treatment of information contained in both the book and the documentary that resulted from investigative reporting by Dan Noyes, Lowell Bergman, and William Kistner at CIR. This reporting on the global effects of “recycling” was new and original work that had not appeared in the mainstream U.S. press before. Investigative journalist Dan Noyes said that while “The American press and public widely believe that `recycling’ is a major solution to our environ­mental problems with waste disposal, the far-reaching effects of sending U.S. scrap metal wastes to Third World nations for reprocessing has been completely overlooked. After years of sending U.S. waste overseas, particularly to Latin America and Taiwan, for `recycling,’ this story reveals just how dangerous this seemingly benign business can be and how the export of this waste has been debated heatedly by U.S. government officials, who have sided with business and free trade concerns over environmental destruction and harmful health effects.” Noyes believes that “The general public needs to know that their own problems with waste are actually international concerns that could affect relations between countries and the quality of health and the environ­ment worldwide.” The importance of publicizing issues that have been overlooked or under­reported by the mass media was reinforced by what happened since the PBS documentary and the article appeared. As Noyes points out “Since our reporting on battery exports and scrap metal recycling appeared in late 1990, we have received calls from newspapers and television stations nationwide asking for help in following up on the story. We are also negotiating to produce a version of the documentary and book in Great Britain, to be available by mid-1991 in bookstores and to air on the BBC’s Channel Four. The story elicited interest from the United Nations, the U.S. and Taiwan EPAs (where a top official in Taiwan wrote back `to applaud your wonderful program’ and to `hope that enough of the American public have had the opportunity to view it and be informed of the reality of the global dumping ground’), and from other coun­tries.”

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