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Drums of war: The US media's 'Iranian threat'
We examine US coverage of Iran and ask if a culture of journalism has emerged that ignores the dangers of conjecture.
Listening Post Last Modified: 03 Mar 2012 13:11
Something sounds familiar. 'Long-range nuclear missiles', 'terrorist sleeper cells', 'WMDs': terms which quickly became part of the media's vocabulary in the run up to the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. Fast-forward to 2012 and they are featuring heavily once again, only now it is not about Iraq, but Iran. Last time, the media's saber-rattling followed the Bush administration's lead in selling the attack on Iraq. This time, the so-called 'Iranian Threat' is a narrative being constructed by the US media all by itself - with scant public support from the Obama administration. Our News Divide this week takes a close look at the coverage of Iran and a culture of journalism that seems to have forgotten the very real dangers of hypothesis and conjecture.
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The Fukushima Question
How close did Japan really get to a widespread nuclear disaster?
By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger
Posted Thursday, March 1, 2012,
Fukushima & the Fallacy of the Worst-case Scenario
New Report: “Demonic Chain Reaction” From Fukushima Threatened Tokyo?
500 U.S. deaths from police Tasers; Amnesty calls for strict guidelines
February 19th, 2012
On February 13, Johnnie Kamahi Warren died after a police officer used a Taser on him at least twice outside an Alabama bar. The police had been called when Warren became disorderly and combative at the bar.
Warren's death raises the Taser-related death toll in the U.S. to at least 500.
Warren was unarmed. And that is not uncommon. In fact, a 2008 report by Amnesty International (AI) examined data on hundreds of deaths related to police Taser use and found that an alarming number of those who died were unarmed.
According to the report, "Tasers are frequently deployed in situations where firearms or other weapons would not be an option. For example, police have used Tasers on unarmed people who fail to comply immediately with instructions, who struggle while they are being handcuffed or who try to run or walk away from minor incidents. People who are intoxicated or verbally disruptive, but not committing, or threatening to commit, a serious crime have also had Tasers used against them."
Left out in the cold: Russian official demands full ban on US adoptions
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Published: 29 February, 2012, 22:09
Russia’s children’s rights ombudsman has called for a full ban on US adoptions of Russian children. The move follows an American couple’s shocking decision to abandon baby twins on the cold streets of Saint Petersburg.
Children’s Right Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov demanded “the suspension of the issuance of documents on the adoption of Russian children by US citizens” until a bilateral agreement on child adoptions between Russia and the US is ratified.
His strong words came after a Russian citizen holding a US passport abandoned her adopted children in Saint Petersburg this week.
According to reports, an unidentified man brought the children to a Saint Petersburg custodial organization on Monday with a note saying the kids' "foster mother had given them up."
A search warrant has been issued for the woman, who had concealed the fact that she was a US citizen married to a foreigner when she adopted the children.
"This US citizen's immoral and illegal act is destroying the work done by the US to bring order to adoption issues. Unfortunately, the US is currently unable to protect children adopted in Russia," Astakhov's press service said, Interfax reports.
Saying the two children were adopted by an "absolutely immoral person," Astakhov further went on to say that "people should lose their US citizenship over such actions.”
The latest outrage follows a stream of instances where adopted Russian children were mistreated at the hands of adoptive US parents.
In March 2010, an American couple was arrested for systematically torturing their three adopted daughters.
The same year, Russia suspended adoptions after a Tennessee woman put her unaccompanied 7 year-old adopted son on a flight back to Russia because she didn’t want him anymore.
In your country, people who work hard pay for people who don’t want to... We don’t understand, say parents of Malaysian 'bad Samaritan' riot victim
By SIMON PARRY IN KUALA LUMPUR
Last updated at 10:02 PM on 3rd March 2012
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2109800/In-country-people-work-hard-pay-people-don-t-want--We-don-t-understand-say-parents-Malaysian-bad-Samaritan-riot-victim.html#ixzz1o7yi9n37
Liverpool goalkeeper Reina in racism row
AFP – Thu, Mar 1, 2012
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina on Thursday faced accusations of racism over a television commercial in his native Spain but the insurance company which made the advert denied it was offensive.
The allegations come after Liverpool were widely criticised for their reaction to the eight-match ban handed to Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra.
Reina came under fire from anti-racism campaigners Operation Black Vote (OBV) over the advertisement for the Spanish division of Groupama, showing the player in a jungle being greeted by a spear-carrying tribe and their chief.
With the goalkeeper's name translated as "queen" in Spanish, the chief appears to suggest a sexual relationship with him by saying "You queen, me king" to which Reina raises his eyebrows and sarcastically replies: "I feel safe, la la la."
OBV director Simon Woolley said: "I'm shocked on so many levels.
"Firstly, how would the Spanish feel if the English stereotyped Spanish people as backward, stupid, and animalistic homosexuals?
"Secondly, what does this say about Pepe Reina?
"The Liverpool goalkeeper has lived and worked in the UK for nearly a decade, does he think it's okay to characterise black people this way?
"Does he think his black teammates will laugh at his joke?"
A spokeswoman for the Spanish division of Groupama said it had only received one complaint over the commercial and denied it had been taken off air in response.
"We received complaints from just one association, which is based in England," the spokeswoman said.
"We have not received any other similar comments from anywhere. We have received messages that liked the ad, including some asking for it to be dubbed into English.
"The Spanish division of Groupama does not consider that it has any type of offensive content.
"It is a humorous line that we have been developing for two campaigns, including with other goalkeepers such as (Iker) Casillas.
"There was no intention to hurt anyone's feelings.
"The advert is no longer on television but not because we pulled it but rather because the campaign was planned for February 2-29 and it has already ended."
Liverpool -- who won their first trophy for six years when they lifted the League Cup on Sunday -- were not immediately available for comment but the club was reported to be unaware of Reina's involvement in the commercial.