Tuesday, December 28, 2004

In These Times publishes story Procter & Gamble tried to censor; Klein: "Yes, You Must Pull Out -- But Also Pay for the Damage"; Democracy Now!

Two additional stories in this morning's New York Times worth noting.

Scott Shane's "Through the Revolving Door, a Pot of Gold Still Awaits" (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/28/politics/28washmemo.html?oref=login)
deals with the revolving door issues that bother so many.

That's on A16 which also has a story about Salinas, California closing down all three of their libraries (http://www.nytimes.com/2004/12/28/national/28steinbeck.html): "Hometown of Steinbeck Is Closing Its Libraries." This is the Bully Boy's America. (And it's time we took it back through the power of our "yes" and the power of our "no.")

Naomi Klein has a new article in The Guardian. You can click on "Naomi Klein" in our permanent link section and it will take you to her web site No Logo or you can just click on this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,3604,1379892,00.html Guardian link or on this link from The Nation http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20050110&s=klein to read "Yes, You Must Pull Out -- But Also Pay For the Damage":

Let's start with the idea that the US is helping to provide security. On the contrary, the presence of US troops is provoking violence on a daily basis. The truth is that as long as the troops remain, the country's entire security apparatus - occupation forces as well as Iraqi soldiers and police - will be exclusively dedicated to fending off resistance attacks, leaving a security vacuum when it comes to protecting regular Iraqis. If the troops pulled out, Iraqis would still face insecurity, but they would be able to devote their local security resources to regaining control over their cities and neighbourhoods.

Democracy Now! focuses in depth on the tsunami resulting from the earthquake. There is no transrcipt posted for that segment. If one is posted later, this post will be corrected to note it. But at this point, while the tsunami segments is LW (listen or watch) only today's healines are LWR (listen, watch, read):

Headlines for December 28, 2004

- Tsunami Death Toll Tops 40,000
- UN: Tsunami is "Worst Natural Disaster in Recent History"
- 28 Die In Iraq Violence, Including 18 Police Officers
- Sunni Political Party Drops Out of Iraq Election
- Official: 10,000 Held in U.S.-Run Jails in Iraq
- Blackwell Refuses to Answer Questions Over Ohio Election
- Colombia's Uribe Signs Law To Allow Him To Run Again
Tsunami Death Toll Tops 40,000; UN Launches Biggest Relief Effort Ever

We go to Indonesia, India and the Maldive Islands for on-the-ground reports on the world's deadliest tsunami in 120 years. Sri Lanka's , Permanent Representative Ambassador Bernard Goonetilleke for to the United Nations also joins us in the studio.

Lastly, I want to stress that the new issue of In These Times is a must read but there's one story in particular you should seek out.

From their press release on this issue:

"Although the feature is relevant, well-researched and well-written, it cannot be used for Childbirth Forum at this time based on a directive from the newsletter's sponsor, Procter & Gamble. . . The information about mercury and fish must be written in a larger context of diet during pregnancy, and is too 'controversial' to feature as it is."

With these words, Proctor & Gamble informed Sandra Steingraber that her article, "Mercury in Pregnancy: Eat Fish with Caution," would not be published in Childbirth Forum, a newsletter read primarily by nurses who work in childbirth education. The newsletter is underwritten by Pampers, a Proctor & Gamble product.

In its cover story, In These Times publishes the censored article now titled, "How Mercury-Tainted Tuna Damages Fetal Brains," with an original introduction, conclusion and updated information by Steingraber.

This is a pretty important article in and of itself. The fact that P&G doesn't want you to read it, should only add to your desire to read it. For more details, please go to In These Times' home page (http://www.inthesetimes.com/). For the In These Times article "How Mercury-Tainted Tuna Damages Fetal Brains" please click on http://www.inthesetimes.com/site/main/article/1787/.

[Note: This post has been edited. The Nation link for Naomi Klein's article has been added. Quotation marks have been fixed on the In These Times press release. A direct link to Sandra Steingraber's article from In These Times has been added as well.]