Activist Radio has the following guest on this week:
GUEST: Melvin A. Goodman, author, senior fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC, former CIA analyst, and professor of international security at the Department of Defense’s National War College, talks about the warmongering of Henry Kissinger.
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Activist Radio’s Fantasyland Media:
Each week, we cover the stories that are just left out of the US propaganda machine. News that the people in charge, the corporations and your government want to keep from the public eye.
“Hundreds of Google employees have signed a petition sent this week to the CEO of parent company Alphabet asking the tech titan to stop supporting right-wing politicians and groups destroying reproductive freedom, and to protect and expand workers’ rights in the post-Roe v. Wade era.
‘We, the undersigned, recognize that all Alphabet workers, of all genders, are impacted by the overturning of Roe v. Wade and are disappointed in Alphabet’s response and influence on this ruling,’ the petition to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai—which is signed by more than 650 Google workers—states.
In order to ‘protect our government against corporate influence,’ the petition asserts that ‘Alphabet must stop lobbying politicians and any political organizations, through NetPAC or any other means, because these politicians were responsible for appointing the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe v. Wade and continue to infringe on other human rights issues related to voting access and gun control.’ “
–>Although several US news sources carried this story, the NYT did not. Perhaps our newspaper of record doesn’t want to encourage worker rights, or go against one of the most powerful companies in the US.
“Amid heightened scrutiny of the U.S. Secret Service over missing text messages related to the January 6, 2021 attack, an independent watchdog revealed Wednesday that the agency waited until after the insurrection to notify Capitol Police of a threat against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
That revelation comes from a batch of documents obtained by the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). At roughly noon on the day of the attack, then-President Donald Trump began a speech in Washington, D.C. that included his ‘Big Lie’ that the 2020 presidential election was stolen by Democrats, according to an NPR timeline published earlier this year. …
The CREW documents reveal that the Secret Service—which came across the threat against Pelosi on January 4, 2021—didn’t send an email notifying Capitol Police of online threats against Pelosi until two days later, at 5:55 pm, around when police had started to clear rioters from the building.”
->Why wouldn’t the NYT carry this story? Does it reveal how broken the Secret Service really is? Or is the NYT covering up the extent of the January 6 plot against our democracy?
The Guardian UK:
“Young children living near fracking wells at birth are up to three times more likely to later develop leukemia, a new peer-reviewed study conducted by the Yale School of Public Health finds.
The alarming report, published on Wednesday in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal, looked at over 400 cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia out of a sample of about 2,500 Pennsylvania children ages two to seven. The form of leukemia is the most common type of cancer in children, and though the survival rate is high, it frequently leads to other health problems later in life, like cognitive disabilities and heart disease.
Hydraulic fracking is the process by which oil and gas are extracted from deep beneath the Earth’s surface, and the number of wells proliferated in the 2000s in Pennsylvania and across the country as the industry boomed. More than 10,000 fracking wells were drilled in Pennsylvania between 2002 and 2017, and about one-third are located within 2km (a little over a mile) of a residential groundwater well, the study states.”
–>Always a friend of Big Oil and fracking, the NYT lets its readers down with this story. It didn’t cover this important study about fracking and childhood leukemia.
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Breaking the Addiction to Secrets and Secrecy
There is no question that the government must protect its sources and methods in the collection of intelligence. Regarding substance, however, I believe that, with the exception of details on weapons systems as well as on sensitive negotiations, there are few legitimate secrets and almost none that must remain classified for more than ten years at most. The secrecy that surrounded the Iran-Contra affair probably saved the Reagan presidency over the short term, but greater transparency would have prevented Iran-Contra from ever getting off the ground in the first place.
Harvard’s Kennedy School: Key Part Of The Military-Industrial Complex
Harvard’s Kennedy School’s denial of a fellowship to Kenneth Roth, the former head of Human Rights Watch, because of his criticism of Israeli policies in the West Bank and Gaza is only the latest example of the corporate role played by Harvard’s most prestigious think tank on public policy. Roth, who has spent the last three decades at HRW defending human rights around the world, was offered a senior fellowship at the School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. It was quickly withdrawn.