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BREAKING !! URUKNET TAKES NUMBER ONE SPOT -- NEWS ILLEGAL WAR IRAQ

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

(Source: ALEXA BROWSE)

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.

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ATTENTION: READ THE RULES -- The Ethics of Journalism

by GraceReid Sun Jun 19th, 2005 at 08:42:34 PM EST

"Humanity, in the late 20th Century is moving like the woodworm.

"Propelled only by it's consumption and defecation, it eats it's way through history on a steady diet of media fabrications.

"The pity is this movement has no meaning, leaves no monuments -- no intelligible works of literature, history or art.

"Unlike the woodworm, the pattern humanity leaves behind is death and destruction.

"Unlike the woodworm the pattern left behind by humanity in the latter part of the 20th Century is not worth preserving -- the worm's path has more beauty and is of greater interest."

Rose Selavie, 1976; "Books I Cannot Print"

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JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED -- Downing Street Minutes Hearings

by GraceReid Sun Jun 19th, 2005 at 10:22:51 AM EST

This one is pretty hard to write.  The title comes from Martin Luther King's 1963, "Why We Can't Wait."  That, and his "Letter from a Birmhingam Jail" also 1963 are the sources for the quotes here.

It has probably occurred to very few that the struggle to seek justice in the matter of the illegal war in Iraq, and the seeking of a Resolution of Inquiry into the impeachable offenses of GWB in the illegal war Iraq, have any correlations with the Civil Rights movement of the late 1950's and 1960's.  There are more correlations than you might imagine.

"There is a right side and a wrong side in this conflict (civil rights)and the government does not belong in the middle."  -Why We Can't Wait 1963


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CENSORSHIP of NEWS in AMERICA -- Part 2 -- RAF Bombing

by GraceReid Tue Jun 14th, 2005 at 06:47:07 AM EST

A few days on dKos ago I ran a diary about censorship of the news in America.  A poll attached to the piece asked the readers if they thought there was censorship of the news in America.  Three hundred and seventy people voted, and 95% of them said yes, there is.  (As to whether Google practices censorship, there was no poll, but I think I can safely say that more of half of the commenters said no, Google does not censor the news in America.)  This discussion carried over into the European Tribune.  A reader said:

Nope

"I'm going to have to disagree with this one. There is certainly BIAS in the mainstream media in the US, but that's not the same as censorship. Plenty of publishers openly print anti-government material. And the Internet has very broad (perhaps not very deep, though) content. My shortwave radio doesn't detect jamming of stations from other countries.


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LETTER TO MY EDITOR

by GraceReid Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:33:57 PM EST

The following is the letter I wrote to my editor, at a newssource that wants my stuff, but wants me to conform to the rule of "Just The Facts, Ma'am."  He said he would run the stories, minus the advocacy.  Fair Enough!

Dear Editor,

"Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom...of the press."

"I would humbly offer that if we give people the knowledge, the republic will be saved. The media is the only entity in America that has complete freedom to hold government accountable."

Do I want you to run my stories?  Yes.  Can I curb myself?  Yes.  But does it bother you that other articles of mine are gettting printed in other places for other publications with other agendas?  No problem.  I write under so many names now I could use a rolodex.

I didn't know I was such an advocate.  I have said sign this letter and go with this organization.  I have mentioned support of Congressman Conyers, and join the AfterDowningStreet.org Coalition.  But that's because I was writing for dKos. These things I can take out no bother.

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CENSORSHIP OF NEWS IN AMERICA -- Google Turns Off Uruknet

by GraceReid Sun Jun 12th, 2005 at 11:13:29 PM EST

Sure There's Censorship of the News in America

By Grace Reid

for European Tribune

June 13, 2005

This morning Sheila, an Irishwoman, asked me why my eyes looked so tired and my face so strained. I explained that I had been staying up all night writing articles about a story that broke in the UK on the 20th of March, but still hadn't been reported in the US news by the first week in June. "Sure, there's censorship of the news in America, isn't there?" she said. "I mean, everybody knows that there are stories about the war in Iraq that you can't print in America." This came as the biggest news of the day to me, that censorship of the news is a state policy. "Can't you get in trouble with the US government for writing stories like this? Will the FBI be paying us a call?" I told her that I was not too concerned, as the stories came from the BBC and that is about as establishment as you get. All I have been doing, I told her, is finding the news from here and delivering it over there.

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