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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
“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
“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
“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
“Project Censored is one of the organizations that we should listen to, to be assured that our newspapers and our broadcasting outlets are practicing thorough and ethical journalism.” —Walter Cronkite
“Those who read and support Project Censored are in the know.” —Cynthia McKinney
“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
“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.
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
“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.
“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.)
“Hot news, cold truths, utterly uncensored.” —Greg Palast
“At a time when the need for independent journalism and for media outlets unaffiliated with and untainted by the government and corporate sponsors is greater than ever, Project Censored has created a context for reporting the complete truths in all matters that matter. . . . It is therefore left to us to find sources for information we can trust. . . . It is in this task that we are fortunate to have an ally like Project Cen-sored.” —Dahr Jamail
“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.
“Project Censored shines a spotlight on news that an informed public must have . . . a vital contribution to our democratic process.” —Rhoda H. Karpatkin, president, Consumer’s Union
“[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
“[Censored] should be affixed to the bulletin boards in every newsroom in America. And, perhaps read aloud to a few publishers and television executives.” —Ralph Nader
“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.

5. WORST RADIATION SPILL IN NORTH AMERICA STILL SPREADING

The 6th anniversary of Three Mile Island, March 28, 1985, received more U.S. press attention than the worst radiation spill in North America which is slowly killing more than 200 Mexican citizens.

Eight years ago, a group of doctors at the Centro Medico, in Juarez, Mexico, bought a cancer therapy unit, the Picker 3000, from an x-ray equipment company in Fort Worth, Texas. Under Mexican law, the Picker 3000 should have been registered with the country’s National Commission for Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, but wasn’t. Instead, the unit was abandoned in an empty warehouse for seven years until late December, 1983, when a local worker removed a tungsten wheel from the unit to sell as scrap. The wheel contained the unit’s radioactive source: 6010 tiny pellets each containing 70 microcuries of cobalt-60. The worker sold the unit to a nearby junk dealer for ten dollars. At the junk yard, the wheel was picked up with an electromagnet and scattered the pellets throughout the yard. The spill was undetected. The yard’s 60 employees and every piece of metal in the yard was dusted with lethal doses of radiation. Later, when one of the town citizens parked a pick-up truck from the junkyard in his driveway, some 200 citizens in Juarez also were contaminated with a lethal dose of cobalt­60. They received significant doses of gamma radiation ranging from 1 to 50 rem. (The highest exposure a bystander at Three Mile Island could have received was about 100 millirem, or a tenth of a rem.).

Most of the contaminated scrap metal and pellets were trucked 220 miles south of Juarez to a smeltering plant. The metal was then melted down, contaminating more than 5000 tons of steel. An estimated 700 tons was contracted for use in kitchen table legs and reinforcement beams some of which entered the U.S. (When discovered, there was a brief flurry of publicity which died down after U.S. NRC officials said they believe that any metal trucked into this country has been returned to Mexico for burial.)

Much of the remaining 4300 tons of contaminated steel was used for foundation supports in homes throughout Mexico. But all this metal may never retrieved, according to some officials who propose to recycle the metal for use in dams and bridges, where human exposure is considered minimal. Another popular idea among NRC officials and Mexican nuclear officials is to build nuclear power stations with the beams.

The entire tragedy might never have been known if it hadn’t been for an accidental event. A truck delivering some of the contaminated steel bars to a construction site in the Los Alamos National Lab, New Mexico, made a wrong turn and headed past a radioactive materials control station, tripping off the alarm. What is now known is that the sixty junkyard employees are expected to die of cancer or leukemia and an estimated 200 other citizens in Juarez are also expected to die or display signs of cancer or leukemia within the next few years. And the crisis is not over, for not all of the spilled material has been accounted for, and some Mexicans are still being irradiated unknowingly.

SOURCES:

SCIENCE, Vol. 223, 3/16/84, “Juarez: An Unprecedented Radiation Accident,” by Eliot Marshall, pp 1152-1154; GUARDIAN, 6/20/84, “Worst Radiation Spill in North America’ Still Spreading,” by Robby Newton and Ellen Kahaner, p 17.

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