rn: Most Censored Stories


Jan Slakov

From: "Janet M Eaton" <•••@••.•••>
Date: Wed, 5 Apr 2000 14:54:16 +0000
Subject: Most censored stories of 1999  ca. TNC's, NATO , IMF, WB

Definitely  worth reading  and forwarding !!
Note - many of the stories focus on Globalization and its ironfist 
Militarism -   many of which  we first read about on GSN
- stories about profligate profits of major energy transationals 
profiting from brutality;  pharmaceuticals  profiting from Viagra 
while ignoring diseaases rampant in developing world; The Hague 
Appeal for Peace (HAP) Conference Setting World Agenda for Peace;  
American Sweatshops Sewing  U.S. Military Uniforms;  NATO Defending 
Private Economic Interests in the Balkans; The US and NATO 
Deliberately Starting the War with Yugoslavia as Rambuillet and later 
lack of evidence of pre-war genocide showed;  
and most topical with the April 16th protests   [...] in Washington 
about the IMF and World Bank Contributing  to Economic Tensions in 
the Balkans; and World Bank's Resettlement Programs  Displacing  
Millions  !!

Remember - 1998's most censored story -   the MAI !!
all the best,

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Hi folks,

This just in. Please forward widely. The whole thing is 37k, so I deleted
the write-ups for several of them. For the whole listing, check out:


or directly at: http://www.projectcensored.org/cyearbook.htm

I also recommend their listserv. Peace, Daniel.

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Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2000 12:14:24 -0700
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Subject: Press Release

Embargoed Until March 29th

Project Censored Press Release
Censored 2000 Stories to be released March 29th

        For twenty-four years, Project Censored has been compiling a list
of the top 25 undercovered news stories in the United States. 1999 was an
international year for the United States and for Project Censored. The most
under-covered "censored" news stories for 1999 have a strong international
flavor, with an emphasis on untold stories of Kosovo (6, 10, 12, 20, 22),
foreign policy (5, 17, 21, 23), and international corporate power abuse (1,
13). Emerging this year are a number of stories on the mainstream media
itself (7, 14, 16). With the advancement of spin techniques, mainstream
media now tends to place emphasis on particular perspectives of news
stories to enhance their entertainment value. In some cases, today's media
may also be deliberately spinning stories for their own
political/commercial purposes. Many of our old favorites are present as
well, including stories on the environment (9, 11), race issues (9, 16),
labor (4), US military (8, 21, 25), and health concerns (2, 3, 15, 19).
        Project Censored students and staff screened several thousand
stories from 1999, and selected some 500 to be evaluated by faculty and
community experts. The top ranked 200 stories were then researched for
national mainstream coverage by the Media Censorship class in the Fall. A
final collective vote of all students, staff and faculty occurred in early
November, and finally, the top 25 stories were ranked by our national
        This year we have a short 200-300 word synopsis on each of the 30
runners-up. As the media consolidates, we are finding a significant
increase in news stories that are left uncovered by the corporate press.
These runners-up deserve notice as well as the top 25. In many cases only a
few votes separated the two groups.
        While selection of these stories each year is a subjective,
judgmental process. We have grown to trust this collective process as the
best possible means of fairly selecting these important news stories. This
we believe gives us an annual summary list of the most important
under-covered news stories in the United States. We hope you agree.

#1      Multinational Corporations Profit from International Brutality
        Source: Dollars and Sense, May/June 1999

In the name of commerce, huge multinational corporations collaborate with
repressive governments, and in the process, support significant human
rights violations. Corporations often argue that their presence and
investment will  improve human rights. This practice is referred to as
"constructive  engagement".
        Major international energy corporations such as Mobil, Exxon,
Enron, and UNOCAL have engaged in major business ventures in countries
known as major human  rights violators. Major U.S. governmental grants, as
well as corporate capitol  investment, have funded the suppression of
media, political opposition, and  personal rights in Turkmenistan, India
and Burma.
        The myth of "constructive engagement" has failed to improve human
rights, and yet has been endorsed both by international corporations and
the U.S. government. Since the release of this information, BP Amoco and
Statoil have  taken positive steps toward addressing human rights issues.
Programs are being developed in the U.S. and abroad to deal with the
conduct of energy companies globally.
        For more information contact author: Arvind Ganesan, Human Rights
Watch, 1630 Connecticut Ave, NW Suite 500, Washington, DC 20009
Tel:(202)612-4329,  Fax: (202)612-4333,   Email: •••@••.•••

#2      Pharmaceutical Companies Put Profits Before Need
        Source: The Nation

Multinational pharmaceutical companies focus their research and development
on high profile, profit-making drugs like Viagra instead of developing
cures for life threatening diseases in poorer countries. Viagra earned more
than one billion dollars its first year, for instance. Though
representatives of the  Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of
America claim that some funds are directed toward eliminating tropical
diseases, neither they nor individual firms are willing to provide
        Research into Third World tropical diseases is not being
extensively considered or produced. A recent and effective medicine for
African sleeping sickness was pulled from production, while older remedies
are no longer available because they are not needed in the US.  AIDS
continues to  receive the most attention in the Third World, mainly because
the disease also  remains a threat to the First World.
        Since the release of this story, Doctors Without Borders won the
Nobel Prize and announced an international campaign to increase access to
key drugs.
        For  more information contact author:  Ken Silverstein  Tel: (202)
462-3130,  Email: •••@••.•••

#3      Financially Bloated American Cancer Society Fails to Prevent    Cancer
        Source: International Journal of Health Services, Volume 29, #3,

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is growing increasingly wealthy, thanks
to donations from the public and funding from surgeons, drug companies, and
corporations that profit from cancer cures. More than half the funds raised
by the ACS go for overhead, salaries, and fringe benefits for its
executives and other employees, while most direct community services are
handled by unpaid volunteers. The value of cash reserves and real estate
totals over $1 billion,  yet only 16 percent of funds go into direct
services for cancer victims.
        Conflicts of interest affect ACS's approach to cancer prevention.
With a philosophy that emphasizes faulty lifestyles rather than
environmental hazards, the ACS has refused to provide scientific testimony
needed for the regulation of occupational and environmental carcinogens.
The Board of Trustees includes corporate executives from pharmaceutical
industries with a vested interest in  the manufacture of both environmental
carcinogens and anti-cancer drugs.
        For More information contact author: Samuel Epstein, School of
Public Health, University of Illinois, Chicago Medical Center, 2121 W.
Taylor Chicago, IL 60612-7260, Tel: (312)996-2297,  Fax: (312)996-1374,
Email: •••@••.•••

#4      American Sweatshops Sew U.S. Military Uniforms
        Source: Mother Jones, May/June 1999

The Department of Defense (DoD) has $1 billion invested in the garment
industry, making it the country's fourteenth largest retail apparel outlet.
Lion Apparel contracts with the DoD to produce military uniforms, yet the
company's workplace conditions are dismal and remain virtually unregulated
by the U.S. government. Lion employees are mostly women who are paid as
little as $5.50 per hour.
        According to records obtained by Mother Jones, through a Freedom of
Information request, OSHA cited Lion Apparel 32 times for safety and health
violations in the past 12 years. Employees in a Kentucky plant are
subjected to formaldehyde fumes that cause shortness of breath, headaches,
and skin rashes.  Efforts to unionize workers have failed because, union
leaders claim, the company managed to evade a federal law prohibiting the
threat of plant closures. The military continues to refuse to sign the
garment industry's anti-sweatshop  code of conduct.
        Despite the coverage provided by this article, the author estimates
that there are still 10,000 American women sewing government uniforms,
often in unsanitary, unsafe conditions.
        For more information contact author: Mark Boal, 43 Fifth Avenue
#114, New York, NY 10003, Tel: (212)366-4348

#5      Turkey Destroys Kurdish Villages with U.S. Weapons
        Source: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, March/April 1999

In 1995, the Clinton Administration recognized that the Turkish government
used American arms in domestic military operations where human rights
abuses occurred.
        In fact, Turkey has forcibly evacuated, leveled and burned more
than 3,000 Kurdish villages in the past decade. Most of the atrocities,
which have cost over 40,000 lives, took place during Clinton's first term
in office.
        As an ally of the U.S. through NATO, Turkey receives U.S. weapons,
from dozens of companies, including Hughes, Boeing, Raytheon, and General
Dynamics.  Despite a horrifying report of violent abuse by Amnesty
International, the State Department passed arms deals with Turkey. The war
in Turkey represents the greatest use of U.S. weapons in combat anywhere in
the world today.
        For more information contact: Kevin McKiernan, Access Productions,
1216 State Street #304, Santa Barbara, Ca 93101  Tel: (805)966-9770,
Email: •••@••.•••

#6      NATO Defends Private Economic Interests in the Balkans
        Sources:Women Against Military Madness, November 1998;  Because
People  Matter, May/June 1999 (Reprinted fromWorkers World  July 30, 1998);
San     Francisco Bay Guardian, 12/16/99

As a result of NATO's success in the military conflicts of Bosnia and
Kosovo,  its member nations have been provided the political and economic
opportunities to partake in the exploitation of the significant mineral
resources in the Balkans. In addition, Western multinational corporations
are now well positioned to access  the lucrative oil refining industry
needed at a terminal end of the pipeline agreement, formally signed last
November by President Clinton and the presidents of four key Caspian-region
        Proposed pipeline routes will divert oil and  gas from the oil-rich
Caspian sea to either Mediterranean or east European  terminals for export
to the Western nations, thus avoiding competing interests  of either Russia
or Iran.
        Successful reestablishment of NATO's military presence in the
Balkans has made real the goal of a leaked 1992 document of a Pentagon plan
to preserve NATO  as the primary instrument for Western security interests
as well as the channel  for U.S. influence and participation in European
        For More Information contact authors:  Diana Johnstone, Paris Tel:
(011)33-1-4223 5211, Email •••@••.•••; Sara Flounders,
International Action Center, 39 West 14th Street, Rm 206, New York, NY
10011, Tel: (212)633-6646, Email: •••@••.•••;  Pratap
Chatterjee, PO Box 14175, Berkeley, CA 94712,  Tel: (510)705-8970,  Email:

#7      U.S. Media Reduces Foreign News Coverage
                Source: American Journalism Review, November 1998

Coverage of foreign news by the U.S. media industry reflects a continuing
downward trend, despite evidence that the American public wants more
international information (and at a time when the U.S. has become the
world's only superpower).
        Pollsters reveal that most Americans rely on TV for national and
international  news. Unfortunately, major network coverage of foreign news
is currently 7-12  percent, and dropping -- a sharp contrast to the at
least 40 percent during heyday of Cronkite, Chancellor, and Reynolds.
        Coverage in print media is also down in large metro-area news
markets. An example is the drop in coverage by the Indianapolis Stars from
5,100 column inches within a 30-day period in November 1977 to 1,170 column
inches in 1997 -- a 23 percent drop over those two decades.
        Despite a critical examination by the Project for Excellence in
Journalism, and the continued campaign of the American Society of Newspaper
Editors, major market editors seem to continue to focus on the production
of a media diet of crime news, celebrity gossip and soft features in an
effort to gain more market share and an increase in  profit margins.
        For more information contact author:  Peter Arnett, Foreign TV Com
Inc., 162 Fifth Avenue, Suite 105A, New York, NY 10010, Tel: (703)847-9374,
Fax: (703)356-1268, Email: parnett348@aol

#8      Planned Weapons in Space Violate International Treaty
        Sources: Earth Island Journal, Winter/ Spring 1999; Toward Freedom,
        September/October 1999

#9      Louisiana Promotes Toxic Racism
        Source: Southern Exposure, Summer Fall 1998

#10     The US and NATO Deliberately Started the War with Yugoslavia
                Source: The Village Voice, May 18, 1999; Extra, July/August
1999; In These  Times, August 8, 1999; Covert Action Quarterly,
Spring-Summer 1999;             Democracy Now, Pacifica Radio Network,
Summer 1999

The US and NATO pushed for war with Yugoslavia by demanding full military
occupation of the entire country as a condition of not bombing. Belgrade
could not accept the U.S. drafted two-part Rambouillet ultimatum, not only
because it was a thinly veiled plan to detach Kosovo from Serbia, but also
because it contained provisions even worse than loss of that historic
province, provisions no sovereign country in the world could possibly
        Unreported in the mainstream media was the fact that, when Serbia
rejected the treaty, they also passed a resolution declaring their
willingness to negotiate Kosovo's self management. For months, the Serbian
government offered to negotiate. High level government teams made many
trips to Pristina to hold talks with Ibrahim Rugova and other non-violent
ethnic Albanians. The Albanians refused to negotiate, for fear of going
against the rising rebel movement, the Kosovo Libertarian Army (KLA), which
was hostile to any compromise and ready to assassinate "traitors" who dealt
with Serbs.
        For more information contact authors: Diana Johnstone, 65 rue
Marcadet, 75018 Paris, France, Tel & fax: 011-33-1-4223 5211, Email
•••@••.•••; Jason Vest, 1805 Belmont Road NW, #305,
Washington, DC  20009, Tel: 202-518-9023, Email: •••@••.•••; Seth
Ackerman, FAIR, 130 West 25th Street, New York, NY 10001, Tel:
212-633-6700; Amy Goodman, Tel: 212-209-2812.

#11     America's Largest Nuclear Test Exposed Thousands
        Sources: Terrain, Fall 1999; In These Times, August 8, 1999

#12     Evidence Indicates No Pre-war Genocide in Kosovo and Possible
US/KLA Plot to  Create Disinformation
        Source: Covert Action Quarterly, Spring/Summer 1999; The
Progressive Review,     June 1999; El Pais, 9/23/99

According to the New York Times, the "turning point" in NATO's decision to
wage war on Yugoslavia occurred on January 20, 1999, when U.S. diplomat
William Walker led a group of news reporters to discover a so-called Serb
massacre of some 45 Albanians in Racak, Kosovo. This story made
international headlines and was later used to justify the NATO bombings.
        The day before the "massacre," Serb police had a firefight with KLA
rebels that was covered by an AP film crew. At the end of day, the village
was deserted. William Walker arrived at noon with additional journalists,
and expressed his outrage at a "genocidal massacre" to the world press.
Walker's  story remains shrouded with doubt. "What is disturbing," remarks
war  correspondent Renaud Girard, "is that the pictures filmed by the AP
journalists radically contradict Walker's accusations."
        Belarussian and Finnish forensic experts were later unable to
verify that a massacre had actually occurred at Racak.
        For more information contact authors: Mark Cook, 33 Indian Road
#1F, New York, NY 10034, Tel & fax: 212-567-5724; Email •••@••.•••:
Sam Smith, Tel: 202-835-0770, fax: 202-835-0779, Email: •••@••.•••

#13     U.S. Agency Seeks to Export Weapons Grade Plutonium to Russian
Organization    linked to Organized Crime
        Sources: In These Times, Oct. 17, 1999; Counterpunch, Vol. 6, No.
16,     September 16-30, 1999

The Washington-based Non-Proliferation Trust (NPT) proposes that the US
sell  nuclear waste to Russia. NPT's plan would make Russia the world's
dumping ground for nuclear waste including weapons-grade plutonium. NPT's
partner in this endeavor is MinAtom, Russia's ministry of atomic energy.
NPT is headed up by Daniel Murphy (former deputy director of the CIA),
Bruce Demars (former head of the Navy's nuclear  program), and William
Webster (former director of the CIA and FBI). Although NPT is set up as a
non-profit organization, its principals stand to make huge profits off
consulting and sub-contracting.
        On the list of potential sub-contractors is Halter Marine in
Gulfport Mississippi, a company to which U.S. Senator Trent Lott has close
links. Yevgeny Adamov, the head of MinAtom, estimates that the operation
could produce $150 billion in revenue, making it the most lucrative
operation in Russia. MinAtom is also alleged to have links to corrupt
government officials and the Russian Mob.
        For more information contact authors: Alexander Cockburn, Tel:
800-840-3683  Email: •••@••.•••;  Jeffrey St. Clair, Tel:
800-840-3683,  Email: •••@••.•••

#14     U.S. Media Ignores Humanitarian Aspects of Famine in Korea
        Source: Peace Review, June 1999

#15     Early Puberty Onset for Girls May be Linked to Chemicals in the
Environment     and Increases in Breast Cancer
      Source: Environmental Health Monthly; Pediatrics, Dec. 1998,  
     Vol 11, No 3

#16     Media Distorts Debate on Affirmative Action
        Sources: News Watch, Summer 1999

#17     World Bank's Resettlement Program Displaces Millions
        Source: World Rivers Review, December 1998

The World Bank funds large dam projects, but does little to help the
displaced millions who are forced to relocate. A recent report by the World
Bank's Operations Evaluation Department (OED) shows the Bank's failure to
implement its own resettlement policy. The most recent data available
indicate that 1.9 million people are being displaced by projects in the
Bank's current portfolio and that these numbers continue to grow.
        One of the biggest concerns aroused by the authors of the OED
report is the Bank's inability to restore the incomes of those resetteled.
The report recommends that the Bank move away from its policy of offering
replacement land for lands lost to a project. "In reality, resettlers lose
the best land in the  area, river valley land, and it's replaced with the
most awful land around, because that is what is left."
        For more information contact: Lori Pottinger, 1847 Berkeley Way,
Berkeley, CA 94703, Tel: 510-848-1155, Fax: 510-848-1008, Email:

#18     Minors of California Being Tried as Adults in the Criminal Justice
        Source: The San Francisco Bay Guardian, January 27, 1999

#19     Bacterium in Cow's Milk May Cause Crohn's Disease
        Source: Cleveland Free Times, June 16-22, 1999

#20     IMF and World Bank Contributed to Economic Tensions in the Balkans
        Source: THIS, July/August 1999

The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) were leading
contributors to economic tensions in the Balkans that stimulated the
break-up of Yugoslavia. Declassified documents from 1984, reveal that a
U.S.. national  security decision directive, entitled "United States Policy
Towards Yugoslavia,"  set a policy for destabilizing the Yugoslavian
        In the early 1980s, the World Bank and IMF provided loans to the
former Yugoslavia to supposedly "fix" the economic hardship of the region.
The loans from these two organizations included mandated macroeconomics
restructuring that rather than helping, in fact, destroyed the industrial
sector and dismantled the welfare state.
        In 1990, the IMF and the World Bank delivered a new "financial aid
package" that required new extensive expenditure cuts by the federal
government.  The IMF and World Bank involvement led to the impoverishment
of the population,  which in turn led to hatred, confusion, and
        For more information contact author: Michel Chossudovsky, 81 1st
Avenue, Terrasse Vaudrevic, J7V3T5, QE, Canada, Tel: 613-562-5800 x1415,
Fax: 514-425-6224

#21     The Vatican's UN Status Challenged
        Source: Ms. Magazine, October/November 1999

#22     US and Germany Trained and Developed the KLA
        Source: The Progressive, August 1999

Since the early 1990s, Germany and the US collaborated in supporting the
development and training of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) to
deliberately destablized a centralized socialist government in Yugoslavia.
        Undercover support of Kosovo's rebel army was established as a
joint endeavor between the CIA and Germany's Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND).
        Since the mid-1990s there has been a small handful of Pentagon
contractors, or private military companies providing support to the KLA.
One of these contractors is the Military Professional Resources, Inc.
(MPRI). The MPRI employs more than 400 personnel and can access the resumes
of thousands of former U.S. military specialists.
        There has also been a blurring of law enforcement and military
activities of companies like Dyncorp and Science Application International
Corporation (SAIC). One of Dyncorp's UN police monitors was wounded by
pro-Indonesian East Timorese militiamen in the post-referendum violence
that swept the territory. Others, providing police services in
NATO-occupied Kosovo, were attacked by both Serb and Albanian militia
        For more information contact author: Wayne Madsen, 2001 N. Adams
St. #227, Arlington, VA 22201, Tel: 703-841-5425, Fax: 703-841-5425, Email:

#23     International Conference Sets World Agenda for Peace
        Source: Toward Freedom, July, 1999

The Hague Appeal for Peace (HAP) Conference, which took place in the
Netherlands in May 1999, set a "Global Agenda" for world peace in the next
century. Ten thousand peace activists, Nobel peace prize winners, and
celebrities from a hundred different countries met for four days in May of
1999 to voice their suggestions on how to make international peace possible.
        One campaign launched at the conference was the International
Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), which will encourage tracking,
protesting, and publicizing the sales and shipments of weapons. Referring
to the fact that  the US sold $119 billion in arms, (some 45 percent of the
world's total) from  1989 to 1996, Pierre Sane of Amnesty International
stated at the conference that  the US is "becoming the arsenal of the
        The Hague Global Agenda calls for recognition and enforcement of
World Court rulings that over one hundred and fifty countries have
endorsed. The United States has been unwilling to submit to the
international jurisdiction of the World Court.
        A long-term project put in motion at the conference is the Global
Action to Prevent War. Its purpose is to establish a coalition of
organizations that will build a permanent body of NGOs, individuals and
eventually governments to support world peace.
        For more information contact author: Robin Lloyd,  Tel:
(802)658-2523, Email: •••@••.•••

#24     U.S, Nuclear Weapons Controlled by Unstable Personnel
        Source: Mother Jones, November, 1998

Mentally unstable individuals may be in control of U.S. nuclear devices. A
screening process called the Personnel Reliability Program (PRP), set in
place after a near-disaster in 1959, is supposed to guarantee that only
competent, stable, and dependable individuals have access to America's
nuclear arsenal.
        PRP is a two step process consisting of an initial screening and
post-approval monitoring. Screening includes a cursory medical evaluation,
review of the candidate's personnel file, and a background check of
professional, educational, and personal histories. However, no routine
psychological testing is done, and an expelled PRP Marine claimed that
heavy drinking and depression are overlooked. In certain cases, individuals
still had their PRP clearance while in prison for a felony conviction.
        In several cases, PRP-certified people have gone on to commit
murder or suicide, assault, rape, and other serious crimes, exposing
unstable mental conditions in their past and present.
        For more information contact author: Ken Silverstein, Tel: (202)
462-3130, Email: •••@••.•••

#25     U.S. Military Trains Solders to Kill and Eat Tame Animals
        Sources: The Animals' Agenda, July/August l999

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) estimates that more than
l0,000 animals, including chickens, rabbits and goats are used each year at
military installations around the country in military training classes.
"Survival Skills" teaches soldiers to hunt, kill, cook and eat the tame
animals. Transported to training grounds by truck, the soldiers stage an
ambush of the vehicle and release, chase, capture, and kill the animals.
They are "required to  stroke the rabbit to calm it, then bash it on the
head - and the rabbits don't  always die with the first blow."
        Two Air Force bases alone used more than l,500 rabbits each year at
a cost of more than $l0,000, and according to a l997 Department of Defense