This is garbage. And Amy Goodman is a bigot.
Now you'll notice that Human Rights Watch was worthy of a segment on her show yesterday . . . if she could talk Israel and Palestine. Which she does non-stop. Over and over. Is Amy that rooted in the Communism of the last century, where gays and lesbians were forced to hide in the closet in order to become CP party members -- if allowed in and many were not? Is she so rooted in that bigotry and intolerance?
It's past time she was forced to address these issues.
But apparently New York City loves her representing them as homophobic. That's what she does. Day after damn day.
It's past time that she was held accountable for this.
She's always got "full ongoing coverage of this story" -- when it's any story other than an LGBT one. Find one damn story that she's covered, one time when an LGBT person has been targeted in this or any other country. You can't.
Under pressure, she'll do one or two general interest LGBT stories and that's it. And she gets away with that crap. It's shameful. That Pacifica Radio would allow their 'brand' show to traffic in so much homophobia is shameful. But that's what WBAI's been able to pull off for years. That's changing but for now the whole country suffers as the the drain on Pacifica -- the station that Amy and her cronies ran into the ground, nearly bankrupting Pacifica as a result -- gets addressed.
But it's as much the listeners fault as anyone else's because they have made a homophobic bigot a hero. They've allowed her to pull this crap day after damn day and never called her on her homophobia.
The Human Rights Watch report is entitled "'They Want Us Exterminated': Murder, Torture, Sexual Orientation and Gender in Iraq." For the 67-page report [PDF format warning] click here. But don't go to Democracy Now! for any information because Goody's not interested. She never is, so she reduces to a buried in the mix headline, pats herself on the back and pretends she 'covered' something. And everyone's supposed to be okay with that? And it's really past time that we also started asking why we're bored with all this 'health' coverage?
Why are they boring us with this crap?
It's not what Barack's proposed. It's not what Congress has proposed -- in either house. Why are we still talking about this crap?
We've never had an honest discussion of the 'plans' on the table. What we get is hopeful 'it might . . .' They never take the time to address what the plans would do (because the proposals do damn little for the people) but we get a lot of fevered panting over what might happen ten, twenty years on down the line as a result.
Single-payer is not being offered. It should be offered. Those who cover health care should be covering that option. But instead we get a lot of smoke and mirrors and it's really disgusting and all of it is nothing but junk news.
Possibly the reason the protest angle took off so is because the plans are so damn embarrassing and pitiful that there's no point in covering them? And that would include the House proposal with its embarrassing 'public option.'
From Liz Sly's "Iraq's gays face rising persecution" (Los Angeles Times):
The Iraqi LGBT, a London-based group that supports lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders in Iraq, says it has documented 87 killings in Iraq so far this year related to anti-gay sentiments, including six in the last two weeks.
And in a report released Monday, the New York-based Human Rights Watch says the number of Iraqis killed in the last few years because they were gay or suspected of being gay could run into "hundreds." It says the government isn't doing enough to protect the rights of gays in Iraq.
"Murders are committed with impunity . . . with corpses dumped in garbage or hung as warnings on the street," the Human Rights Watch report says. "The killers invade the privacy of homes, abducting sons or brothers, leaving their mutilated bodies in the neighborhood the next day."
Among the tortures described to Human Rights Watch researchers by gays and doctors is the practice of injecting glue into men's anuses. Human Rights Watch says that according to the gays its researchers interviewed, the Mahdi Army, the militia loyal to Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr, "bears primary responsibility and launched the killing in early 2009."
NPR's Mark Memmott covers it here (not an audio link, just text). Click here for Free Speech Radio News' headline on the story. Canada's CBC offers:
The Mahdi Army, a Shia militia run by radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, is suspected of spearheading the killings, Tom Porteous, the London director of Human Rights Watch, told CBC News on Monday.
In an interview from London, Porteous said the Mahdi army has for the most part suspended its military resistance to the U.S. presence in Iraq, but has been eager to show it still has influence over the daily lives of Iraqis.
"One theory is in order to maintain relevance and to gain publicity, they are now taking it upon themselves to run a campaign to -- in the words of some preachers and some media commentators -- cleanse the country of depravity, which again is being interpreted as being brought in by the foreign invasion and occupation," he said.
Alsumaria has the guts to include, "Iraq authorities have done nothing to stop the killing, Human Rights Watch said calling on Iraq's government to act urgently to rein in militia abuses, punish the perpetrators, and stop a new resurgence of violence that threatens all Iraqis' safety." Broadcasting in Iraq, Alsumaria includes that and homophobic trash in NYC can't do a damn thing? Dalila Mahdwai (Lebanon's Daily Star) explains, "Although the violence is mainly concentrated in the Iraqi capital, abuse has also been recorded in other the cities of Basra, Kirkuk and Najaf, Moumneh said. “Murders are committed with impunity, admonitory in intent, with corpses dumped in garbage or hung as warnings on the street,” the report said. " Neal Broverman (The Advocate) provides an overview of the report:
HRW released a report on Monday that documented the terror that gay Iraqis have endured since the end of Saddam Hussein's regime in 2003, including roving militiamen who have hunted and murdered gay men seeking their first taste of freedom.
Based on reports by a United Nations official in Baghdad, hospital officials, and gay Iraqi men, the report states that hundreds of gay men have been killed in Shiite areas of the Muslim nation. Iraqi officials allegedly knew about the murders but have done little to stop future killings. In Monday's Washington Post, Iraq's human rights minister said that the closeted nature of Iraq's gays makes it hard to protect them from the killers.
Now unlike Amy Goodman, I wasn't raised by two semi-closted Communists and encouraged to embrace homophobia because it was politically expedient. But it's the 21st century and her family history is no excuse for Pacifica to allow her homophobia free reign. She's supposedly anchoring "the war and peace report." Gays are being targeted and because of her 'radical' raising she won't call it out. That's shameful and shame on anyone in NYC who listens to WBAI and tolerates that homophobia. Amy Goodman gets five hours a week and can't cover this or any story on the targeting of LGBTs. Quit pretending she's the "Peace & Justice" queen. She's the retro Communist who still can't drag her ass into a time when being gay, lesbian or transsexual is nothing to be ashamed of. Her bigotry is appalling and that she's allowed to repeatedly run with it says a great deal about her fan base.
For any late arrivals, we covered the report at length yesterday and we have repeatedly covered the targeting of Iraq's LGBT community. And we'll cover it again in today's snapshot. The plan was to cover it this morning but I'm so sick of this homophobia on the left and I'm so damn tired of it being flaunted by so-called 'heroes' of the independent media movement. It's sick, it's disgusting and it needs to end but that only happens when it's confronted.
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