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2018 Media Freedom Summit 2.0: Critical Media Literacy for Social Justice

Join us at COLLEGE OF MARIN OCT 26 & 27, 2018 College of Marin 835 College Avenue Kentfield, Ca 94904 RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! Register Here Panel/Workshop and presentation proposals should be e mailed by June 15 to:   Susan Rahman at srahman@marin.edu, Dawn M Lucier at dlucier@marin.edu, Mickey Huff at mickey@projectcensored.org Project Censored cordially invites you to the The […]

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Washington Post Bans Employees from Using Social Media to Criticize Sponsors

In June, 2017, the Washingtonian reported on a new policy at the Washington Post that prohibits its employees from conduct on social media that “adversely affects The Post’s customers, advertisers, subscribers, vendors, suppliers or partners.” In such cases, according to the policy, Post management reserved the right to take disciplinary action “up to and including […]

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Self-Driving Cars Crash into Decades-Old Ethical Conundrum

On March 19th, 2018, a woman was struck and killed in Tempe, Arizona, by a self-driving vehicle owned and operated by Uber. For a brief period of time, the safety and future of autonomous vehicles was brought into the spotlight. However, with a settlement in the ensuing lawsuit, the story effectively ended. While Uber pulled […]

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Cultural Heritage Sites Under Attack by ISIS to Fund Operations

Historical artifacts and archeological sites dating back to Mesopotamia and the Roman Empire, spanning the region around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, are being systematically destroyed by ISIS. ISIS considers works of art depicting the human form and other objects to be idolatrous. Therefore, museums and other buildings used for religious purposes are raided with […]

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Debate over Threat of North Korean Attack by Electromagnetic Pulse

In March, 2017, The Hill published an opinion piece by R. James Woolsey, who directed the CIA from 1993-95, and Peter Vincent Pry, who had previously served in the House Armed Services Committee and the CIA. In their piece, titled “How North Korea Could Kill 90 Percent of Americans,” Woolsey and Pry underscored existing concerns […]

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Lessons from the 2017 Sonoma County Fires

In October, 2017, wildfires ravaged Sonoma County, California, destroying more than 5,000 structures. In their report, “Built to Burn,” for Reveal, Eric Sagara and Alexandra Kanik link the 2017 Sonoma County wildfires to those that scorched the Sonoma County community of Fountaingrove in 1964. Few of the residents affected by the wildfires in 2017 were […]

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“You Go Girl” Has a Completely Different– and Deadly – Meaning in India

Parveen Khan did not need to read the Telegraph’s 2012 story that girls born in India were almost twice as likely to die before reaching the age of five than boys, according to new UN figures. When Khan kept getting pregnant with girls, her husband, Hameed, was mad enough to bite her face off. It wasn’t so […]

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Can Trump’s ISIS Policy Control Conflicting Interests in the Turkish-Kurdish Blood Feud?

President Trump is new on the world stage but his role of finding an effective yet safe strategy to handle problems between Turkey and the nationless Kurds has challenged leaders since the 19th century. Neither Turkey nor the Kurdish people living in Turkey and Northern Syria have a direct connection to the Islamic State, but […]

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Adoption Agencies a Gateway for Child Exploitation

In Terry Gilliam’s classic dystopian satire Brazil, agents from the Ministry of Information offer Mrs. Buttle a receipt for her husband as they kidnapped him. Then, to ensure there was no question later, handed the befuddled woman a piece of paper. “And this is my receipt for your receipt.” The world has not yet arrived […]

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Is US Factory Farming Any Less Cruel Than South Korea’s Dog Meat?

The 2018 Winter Olympics, held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, served as the hook for a number of critical news stories on South Koreans’ consumption of dog meat. As the Guardian’s Chas Newkey-Burden wrote, “With the Winter Olympics turning attention towards South Korea, dog meat has been put on the media menu. The west has gone […]

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Violence in Homes May Be an Indicator of Future Public Violence

The knee-jerk response of media to mass shootings in the United States is to question whether the perpetrator is Middle Eastern, or insane. But lost in this deadline-driven journalistic template, and the outcry over the accessibility of assault weapons in society, is the correlation between “private” domestic violence and public violence involving guns. Soraya Chemaly, director […]

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Hit and Run: Healthcare Reform Unlikely to Cure Trauma of Workers’ Compensation

Washington is finally grappling with the equity gap in the health system for consumers, and momentum is gaining for a fairer government-run single-payer system. Yet, for all the promise of the “Medicare for All” proposal, there’s surprisingly little discussion on how an overhaul of our health-care system would affect the people delivering our care. Less […]

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US Court Decisions Enable Workplace Age Discrimination and IBM Knows it

In March 2018, a joint investigation by ProPublica and Mother Jones reported on growing leeway and flexibility in interpretation and enforcement of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA). The world’s leading technology firm, International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), appears to be at the forefront of age discrimination within the United States. Mother […]

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FBI Paid Geek Squad Employees as “Confidential Human Source” Informants

New documents released to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) show that the FBI Louisville field office has been paying the Best Buy Geek Squad as informants for over a decade. The Geek Squad, based out of Kentucky, has been violating their customers’ constitutional rights by secretly handing over data found on customer computers to the […]

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Use of Force against Inmates

A report published on November 9, 2017 by the San Francisco Bay View reveals serious problems with the treatment of California inmates. The report explains how inmates are discriminated against, tortured, and dehumanized regularly by correctional officers (COs). The issues raised by the Bay View report connect to larger trends, as documented in Human Rights […]

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Global Decline in Rule of Law as Basic Human Rights Diminish, Study Finds

A 2018 survey conducted in response to global concerns about rising authoritarianism and nationalism shows a major decrease in nations adhering to basic human rights. As the Guardian reported, the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index for 2017-2018 examined legal systems around the world by documenting and comparing the experiences of 110,000 households and 3,000 […]

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Is This the Post-Post-Truth Age?

Truth may not have passed it’s “use by” date after all. In September 2007, the Washington Post reported the counter-intuitive discovery that “our brains are biased to believe in faulty information, and corrections only make that bias worse.” The story, which cited several peer-reviewed scientific articles and experiments, has been revived recently in the aftermath […]

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Electricity Shortages in Gaza Leading to Humanitarian Crisis

The UN and the World Health Organization both warned that Gaza was on the verge of a humanitarian crisis, Rebecca Ratcliffe reported in the Guardian in January, 2018. Under current conditions, electricity is available for three to six hours a day. As a result, health care systems in Gaza are on the verge of collapse. […]

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Trump’s Travel Ban Creates Hardship for Americans and Foreigners Alike

It has been considered a sign of a healthy democracy when politicians who get elected follow through with their campaign promises. But President Donald Trump’s sweeping ban on travel to the United States by entire populations based on region of origin has been a bitter message to many that “Land of the Free” is a […]

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Nestle Makes Millions in Profits Bottling Water Pumped from Disenfranchised Communities

“Between 2005 and 2016, Nestlé has taken over 4 billion gallons of our water for pennies and sold it back to us for huge profits,” Caroline Winters reported for Bloomberg Businessweek in September, 2017. Although the commodification of water is not a new story, Nestlé has taken water commodification to an extreme, as documented by […]

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