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Monday, February 08, 2010


Democracy (and media) watch

A freelance reporter and critic of the Winter Olympics has been denied entry into Canada. The story has received coverage in the Canadian press, but, as far as I can tell, not a word in the American press. The latter has room for, for example, an extensive article in USA Today on security at the Olympics, and even a Reuters article on how the media has been temporarily banned from the snow-starved snowboard venue. But when a reporter is banned from even entering the country? Not a word. [By the way, I waited a day on this post, giving U.S. corporate media a chance to catch up with the story. Guess I didn't wait long enough. Like until hell freezes over.]

In other news of America's "democratic" allies, Israeli forces raided (and trashed) the West Bank offices of the non-violent "Stop the Wall" movement, "confiscating computer hard disks, laptops, and video cameras along with paper documents, CDs, and video cassettes," and also arrested two foreign members of the ISM. Not much point in waiting a day to see if this story appears in the Western corporate media.

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