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“This entire war with ISIS has been marked by a very slippery slope. … Every time there is an incremental or a meaningful leap in the scope (of a war), it’s usually completely glossed over by the media, and before we know it, we’re engaged in a much broader campaign than what was originally sold to us.”

– Journalist Adam Johnson on the corporate media’s failure to report on America’s deepening intervention in Syria’s civil war

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U.S. Media Buries the Lead in Special Forces Assault Inside Syria

MP3 Interview with Adam Johnson, New York-based journalist; Alternet and FAIR contributing writer, conducted by Scott Harris

syriaA White House briefing on May 16 announced that two dozen American Delta Force commandos had earlier that day launched a raid into eastern Syria, killing a leader of ISIS and an estimated 12 other militant fighters. The raid, which killed the man identified as Abu Sayyaf, purportedly an ISIS military planner and director of the group’s “illicit oil, gas and financial operations,” also captured his wife and an 18-year-old female Yazidi “slave.”  Story continues

Wisconsin Dane County Zoning Board Demands Spill Insurance for Proposed Tar Sands Pipeline

MP3 Interview with Rebecca Craven, program director with Pipeline Safety Trust, conducted by Melinda Tuhus

wisconsinPipeline company Enbridge was responsible for the 2010 spill of diluted tar sands bitumen into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River that has thus far cost more than one billion dollars to clean up, although the job isn’t yet finished. Now the company wants to double the amount of tar sands bitumen it sends through its existing pipeline #61 across Wisconsin so that it would carry 1.2 million barrels of the highly polluting fossil fuel a day – more than the proposed capacity of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  Story continues

Environmentalists Say White House Pollinator Health Task Force Protections Fall Short

MP3 Interview with Peter Jenkins, attorney with the Center for Food Safety, conducted by Scott Harris

honeybeesYears of scientific research has found that a widely used type of insecticide poses a threat on par with that of DDT, endangering the world’s ecosystems. An analysis based on 800 peer-reviewed reports released last year, titled the “Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impact of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems,” focuses on the harmful effects of neonicotinoids to bees and other pollinators — as well as terrestrial invertebrates like earthworms.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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Compiled by Bob Nixon

  • For years, freight trains carried desperately poor migrants from Central America through Mexico towards the border with the United States. It was a dangerous journey as hundreds of young migrants piled on the top of rail cars. Now a crackdown by the Mexican police has forced many Central American migrants to find even more dangerous routes to the U.S. border. (“How the US ‘solved’ the Central American migrant crisis,” In These Times, May 12, 2015)
  • At the peak of the Civil Rights Movement in the late 1950s and 1960s, American Labor unions were a critical ally for the movement in raising funds and helping mobilize for the 1964 March on Washington. Despite their steady decline in membership, the African-American community still has a high regard for unions, with a historic connection that could spark a revival in labor’s rank amid the emerging #BlackLivesMatter movement. (“Union and non-profit leaders: labor should shift its focus to organizing black workers,” In These Times, May 12, 2015)
  • Softball coach Jonathan Smith was surprised a few years back when his 12-year-old son said he felt like a girl. Now, three years later, his youngest child goes by the name Heather, a member of the growing number of transgender teens.(“What it means to be a transgender child,”Christian Science Monitor, May 18, 2015)


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