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“For ages, I’ve dreamed of a United States where Project Censored isn’t necessary, where these crucial stories and defining issues are on the front page of the New York Times, the cover of Time, and in heavy rotation on CNN. That world still doesn’t exist, but we always have Project Censored’s yearly book to pull together the most important things the corporate media ignored, missed, or botched.” –Russ Kick, author of You Are Being Lied To, Everything You Know Is Wrong, and the New York Times bestselling series The Graphic Canon.
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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.)
“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.
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“Project Censored brings to light some of the most important stories of the year that you never saw or heard about. This is your chance to find out what got buried.” –Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System.
“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
“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.
“Activist groups like Project Censored . . . are helping to build the media democracy movement. We have to challenge the powers that be and rebuild media from the bottom up.” —Amy Goodman
“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
“Project Censored continues to be an invaluable resource in exposing and highlighting shocking stories that are routinely minimized or ignored by the corporate media. The vital nature of this work is underscored by this year’s NSA leaks. The world needs more brave whistle blowers and independent journalists in the service of reclaiming democracy and challenging the abuse of power. Project Censored stands out for its commitment to such work.” —Deepa Kumar, author of Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire and associate professor of Media Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at Rutgers University
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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
“[Censored] offers devastating evidence of the dumbing-down of main-stream news in America. . . . Required reading for broadcasters, journalists, and well-informed citizens.” —Los Angeles Times

5. GUATEMALAN BLOOD ON U.S. HANDS

The Bush administration has significantly strengthened ties with the Guatemalan military at the same time that human rights violations by the military are rising sharply. This increased cooperation with the Guatemalan military inevitably puts a stamp of tacit U.S. approval on ongoing military oppression.

According to the 1989 review by Human Rights Watch, U.S. military involvement in Guatemala includes: sale of 16,000 M-16 rifles to the Guatemalan army; construction by U.S. Army and Guatemalan military of a road circling Lake Atitlan, an area of active insur­gency; training of Guatemalan paratroopers by U.S. Green Berets; parachute and jungle-­survival training by U.S. Special Forces for Guatemala’s elite Kaibil counter-insurgency troops; and a series of civic action exercises by armed and uniformed National Guard units from Kentucky, Georgia, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Hawaii, mostly in Chimaltenango, a prov­ince with considerable rebel activity.

In November, 1989, Amnesty International reported to the General Assembly of the Organization of American States that: “Abuses of human rights have increased in Guate­mala since 1988, with a sharp increase in the number of disappearances and extra judicial executions by security forces, uniformed or in the form of death squads.”

From 1986 to 1989, extra judicial executions per year almost doubled and kidnap­pings/disappearances more than tripled. A total of 2,638 extra judicial executions, as well as 857 kidnappings and disappearances and 655 injuries from attacks were recorded.

Meanwhile, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, in Washington, D.C., reported on the fate of a U.S. citizen which received little U.S. press coverage. On Novem­ber 2, 1989, a United States citizen, Sister Diana Ortiz, 31, of the Ursuline order based in Maple Mount, Kentucky, who was working as a teacher in Guatemala, was kidnapped, beaten, tortured, and sexually molested by three men, one of whom was a uniformed Guate­malan police officer.

The Human Rights Watch contends this should have triggered a suspension of U.S. training programs for the Guatemalan police, at least while an investigation was carried out. But the State Department said that the U.S. didn’t register a protest because the case fell under Guatemalan jurisdiction and the Guatemalan police were investigating. Compare this with the response by the Bush administration to the alleged sexual threatening of a U.S. lieutenant’s wife by Panamanian armed forces. Bush used the latter to partially justify the invasion of Panama by 26,000 U.S. troops.

Yet, in spite of growing evidence implicating Guatemalan security forces in human rights violations, U.S. military assistance and presence in Guatemala continues to increase. In fact, in 1989, Guatemala ranked tenth out of 90 countries receiving U.S. economic assis­tance.

SSU CENSORED RESEARCHER: WENDY STRAND

SOURCE: GUATEMALA UPDATE PO Box 31903, Seattle, WA 98101, DATE: February 1990

TITLE: “US AID SAID TO ENCOURAGE RIGHTS VIOLATIONS”

AUTHOR: JANA SCHROEDER

SOURCE: GUTEMALA HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION/USA 1359 Monroe Street NE, Washington, D.C. 20017, DATE: 1/24/90

TITLE: “U.S. CITIZEN KIDNAPPED AND TORTURED IN GUATEMALA”

AUTHOR: JOANNE HEISEL

COMMENTS: Jana Schroeder, of Guatemala Update, points out that while Guatemala has the largest population and economy of all Central American Countries and the most U.S. economic investment, it “receives even less news coverage than other Central American countries.” She adds that the “escalating level of direct U.S. military involvement in Guate­mala is unlikely to be reported when the civil war there is not openly acknowledged.”

The Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA (GHRC/USA) sent information about Sister Diana Ortiz’s kidnapping and torture to the major news media, some members of Congress, human rights and religious organizations, the UN, the OAS, and the U.S. State Department. Yet, according to Joanne Heisel, of GHRC/USA, the story of Sister Ortiz “most certainly DID NOT receive sufficient exposure in the mass media in 1989! As far as we know, it was covered only by National Public Radio (NPR), The Washington Times (NOT the Post!), National Catholic Reporter, and local Kentucky media. It was NOT covered by the ‘newspapers of record,’ the major newsweeklies (Time and Newsweek), or any national network broadcast news media (to our knowledge).” Heisel adds that “If a U.S. citizen (a nun, no less!) can be kidnapped, beaten, sexually abused and tortured without public outcry, imagine what must be happening to the tens of thousands of Guatemalan peasants who have absolutely no voice with which to speak out.”

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