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by GraceReid Mon Jun 20th, 2005 at 07:06:39 PM EST

Top Ten News Sources: Top > Society > Issues > Warfare and Conflict > Specific Conflicts > Iraq > News and Media


Number One.  URUKNET.INFO ITALY  www.uruknet.info

I just received this e mail message from my editor in Italy, Paola of Uruknet.  Uruknet has tonight taken the number one spot for news of the war in Iraq. We are dancing.  She is in her office, and I am in my kitchen.

You might remember a diary I did about a week ago "Censorship of the News in America -- Google Shuts Off Uruknet."   Well, it is true, Google de-listed the number one News Source about the war in Iraq for 6 and a half days, from the 4th of June through the 10th of June, 2005.  More about that below.

Uruknet Italy
Tuesday, June 21, 2005 12:51 AM

Dear Grace,

wow, I cannot believe my eyes!



Top > Society > Issues > Warfare and Conflict > Specific Conflicts > Iraq > News and Media

Most Popular In News and Media

The most visited sites in all 'News and Media' categories.

1. Uruknet.info

 www.uruknet.info -

2. CNN: War in Iraq

 www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq -

3. Los Angeles Times: After the War

 www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/iraq -

4. New York Times: A Nation at War

www.nytimes.com/pages/world/worldspecial/index.html -

5. Kevin Sites Blog

 www.kevinsites.net -

6. Electronic Iraq

 electroniciraq.net -

7. Iraqi News

 www.iraqinews.com -

8. Iraq Today

 www.iraq-today.com -

9. BBC News: Iraq in Transition

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/middle_east/2002/conflict_... -

10. CBS News: Iraq - After Saddam


Top Story Running On Uruknet Now:

If I Have a Chance to Invade..."

Old News Indeed: In 1999, Bush Craved Opportunity to Attack Iraq

GARY LEUPP, CounterPunch

June 20, 2005

Some time between January and May 1999 presidential aspirant George W. Bush was talking with Mickey Herskowitz, a former Houston Chronicle sports columnist who'd been signed on to ghostwrite his autobiography. And the future president spoke unto Herskowitz, saying:

"One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade---if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

Top Story Uruknet; Gary Leupp

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Earlier this year Uruknet was delisted as a result of these two articles by Michelle Malkin.

Michelle Malkin: GOOGLE NEWS: NOT SO FAIR AND BALANCED By Michelle Malkin • February 05, 2005 06:49 PM ... Yes, and especially so when you see that LGF is excluded from Google News sources while uruknet.info, ...Malkin

Michelle Malkin: THE ITALIAN HOSTAGE JOB By Michelle Malkin • March 07, 2005 06:24 AM ... sympathizers include the World Socialist Web Site and the pro-Saddam propagandists at uruknet.info. Malkin

As a result of these two articles, Google gave in to pressure and de-listed Uruknet until so much pressure from readers’ complaints forced Google to re-list again. But what happened between the 4th and 10th of June was even more serious, as the articles between those dates were ghosted altogether. Even tonight if you typed Uruknet into your news search on Google, you would not find any articles listed between those dates, but if you were in Italy they would be listed.

Google has different practices in its news listing for different countries. In China the word “democracy” is disallowed by Google. There is a lot of dangerous news that Chinese citizens are not allowed to read.

The net news public in the US finds it inconceivable that Google, a Blue company would practice any sort of censorship of the news in US. But the media in the US is managed. A case in point is how readership of UK news has skyrocketed since the 1st of May when the Times printed the first of the Downing Street Minutes, and subsequent articles and memos.

The Michael Smith article RAF bombing raids tried to goad Saddam into war, May 29, 2005, was reported in the UK on the 29th of May. It has NEVER been reported in the US. That’s now 30 days, and the news of illegal war Iraq is still not being reported

this is a happy night for my editor and for me.  the news is getting through, in spite of extraordinary resistance.  thank you, european tribune !!
by GraceReid on Mon Jun 20th, 2005 at 07:07:55 PM EST
I have bookmarked Uruknet.info

To thine ownself be true. W.S. CANADA
by sybil on Wed Jun 22nd, 2005 at 06:55:50 AM EST
Okay, please forgive me if I seem too blunt here (and do accept my congratulations for your achievement, as it sounds as if you have worked hard to get there), but I for one would appreciate it if we can avoid self-promotion in the diaries. It's kind of a turn-off. What I think would be very much appreciated, would be if Uruknet could regularly contribute more lengthy pieces to the European Tribune, that relate to European and international issues, that gets people here to think and discuss. It will help build this "European Tribune" community, I believe...and hope.

Thanks...look forward to reading your work. Cheers!

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia

by whataboutbob on Wed Jun 22nd, 2005 at 11:02:22 AM EST

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