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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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“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.
“[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
Buy it, read it, act on it. Our future depends on the knowledge this col-lection of suppressed stories allows us.” —San Diego Review
“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 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 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
“[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
“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
“One of the most significant media research projects in the country.” —I. F. Stone
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“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 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
“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.)
“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.
“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

Alfred Frederick Andersen’s Idea

Alfred Frederick Andersen dedicated his life to the philosophical pursuit of ideas that became manifest as The Fair Sharing of the Common Heritage. The Fair Sharing of the Common Heritage is an economic principle, which states that income from land, resources, and the inventions of previous generations be shared, fairly and democratically controlled as wealth from the Common Heritage. This overall concern for humans and non-humans is the creation of a “sustained justice for all sentient beings.” Alfred F. Andersen’s ideas are compelling and revolutionary.

Alfred was born on June 27, 1919 in Bridgeport Connecticut. Alfred’s studies in nuclear physics ignited a profound passion to study philosophy and holistic thinking regarding community and global challenges. He received a degree in civil engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and studied philosophy at Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Ohio State and Lincoln University. He is the author of, Liberating the Early American Dream and Challenging Newt Gingrich Chapter by Chapter. He was a teacher and professor educating students in math at the Wilmington Delaware Friends School in the United States and in philosophy at the Simon Fraser University in Canada. And he believed with a great passion that everyone should have a fair stake in what he referred to as the Common Heritage.

 

Alfred’s was a man whose early experience shaped his ideas as he stood by his convictions. For example, during WWI I, a bank seized the family’s home without warning while the family was supporting the war effort by manufacturing piston pins. Alfred refused to support one such economic structure – the IRS – by not paying federal income tax because he did not want to financially support an inequitable and inhumane government.

After the loss of his home, the United States military deprived him of his freedom on the basis of rejecting his Conscientious Objector status. He was sentenced to two years in prison but he did eight months for “good behavior.” These early experiences, the loss of his childhood home, security, and freedom would lead to the development of Alfred’s passion for fair share capitalism and a lifestyle that incorporated community centered living, education and humanitarian values and justice for all living things.

 

After his release from prison, he began attending meetings with the Yellow Spring Friends and other subsequent Friends Meetings. He and his family joined a community of thirty other families at the Tanguy Homesteads in Delaware and then the Ananda Community in Canada. Passion for community centered living extended to his start up of several student residences. His book Liberating the Early American Dream reflects these ideas as he stated, “I felt the need for participation in a community with sights on the whole global scene.”

 

Consistent with this sentiment he participated in a forum of non-governmental organizations associated with the United Nations Special Sessions on Habitat and Human Settlements in Vancouver in 1976. He helped compose a concluding statement proclaiming that housing, basic services, energy, land use, participation, and financial problems can be solved by a global and integral approach that reaches to heart of the matter to transform the economic, social and political structures which causes those problems.

Since Alfred was an avid supporter of and participant in the Friends community, he lived those values his entire life. A friend said, “I have never seen (or imagined) such devotion as his to the principles of justice and community. They were woven into the fabric of his soul; he spoke of them with the utmost depth and centrality of feeling, I know he lived by them and it was always touching to hear him voice how vital and seriously urgent they were for him.”

 

Today, we are thankful for the ideas and activism of the late Alfred F. Andersen and to his wife Dorothy, who, like her late husband, continues to live the Quaker lifestyle. With her support, The Fair Sharing of the Common Heritage Award and Web site join with the Media Freedom Foundation and Project Censored to encourage activism towards a more equitable society.

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