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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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“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
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“[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
“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.)
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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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“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.
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“[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
“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

Afghan Women: After Eight Years of War

It has been eight years since the Taliban has theoretically been removed from power, yet women’s rights have not improved for the larger population.  In 2004 the Constitution proclaimed equality for sexes under the law, yet abuse, rape, arrests, and inadequate schooling for women are still issues that have not been fixed.  The United Kingdom’s The Guardian stated that 52% of women are affected by physical violence, while only 17% of women disclosed instances of sexual violence. Human Rights Watch claims that the majority of women held in Afghan prisons were accused of “moral crimes,” which include adultery or running away from one’s home or from a spouse. Half of the marriages within the state are of women 16 years or younger, which is illegal under the law, and in 80% of marriages the young wife does not consent.  In April of 2009, President Karzai signed a bill that gave sexual control to married men, essentially legalizing rape within a marriage.  The law also allowed the husband to deny the wife food if she does not consent to sexual acts every four days and did not allow divorce or guardianship of their children.  Under pressure from foreign diplomats, Karzai reviewed the bill, altered it slightly, and reinstated it as a law with few outside objections.

Farangis Najibullah of Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty stated that another bill has been presently in the works for many years by Afghan activists, yet changing centuries of tradition for the men and women of the country will be a large feat.  Since 2004, the gender discrimination law was passed, yet women are still beaten by husbands, not allowed out of their homes, and scorned in public.  Activist MP Fawzia Kofi states that, “I believe all our leaders want democracy for their neighbours, and not themselves.” Women have mentioned that Afghan citizens believe that this new law may not have any changing effect in the patriarchal society.  Ann Jones, a journalist for The Nation and author of “Remember the Women?” spent eight years working with Afghan women.  She states that Afghan women are more concerned with their physical safety then their rights.  Women in the past who have tried to participate in political discourse have been assassinated or have had family members, most commonly their husbands, assassinated.

Although the recent insurgency of troops and Obama’s updated security system have made mainstream news; however, information concerning the plight of the Afghan women and the brutality they still face even after the fall of the Taliban remains under reported.  Seventy percent of the women living in Afghanistan are illiterate and living in poverty; therefore, they have no real way of achieving success without the help of the government.  The increase in numbers of schools for women has been hailed by both Afghani and western politicians as a positive change, yet young women make up only 11% of the population. Humans Rights Watch recommend in the Women’s Rights in Afghanistan (2009), that the Afghan government, International donors, and the Supreme Court publicly condemn and hold those accountable for their actions against women, increase schooling, and administer justice in order for the women to survive.

Student Researchers: Claire Apatoff, Erin Kielty, Tom Rich

Student Evaluator: Meryl Altman, Professor of English and Women’s Studies, DePauw University

Student Instructor: Kevin Howley


NPR: Observers: Plight of Afghan women are often overlooked

Afghanistan-Online: The Plight of Afghan women

The UK Guardian: Plight of Afghan women may worsen as war effort is stepped up, warns report

BBC: What are we fighting for?

Human Rights Watch: We Have the Promise

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