Tag: censorship

American Internet Companies Are Privatized Instruments of US Geopolitical Power, and They’re Not Even Hiding It

Perhaps the one positive thing that’s come out of RussiaGate is that no one believes Silicon Valley’s global utopianism anymore.

By Yasha Levine

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Syria war lobby that hosted genocide advocate campaigns to censor book exposing its operations

Neocon-backed pro-war lobby group the Syrian American Council pressured the independent DC bookstore Politics and Prose to “postpone” an event with anti-intervention journalist and Grayzone founder Max Blumenthal.

By Ben Norton

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Why Is YouTube Censoring Content Critical of Israel?

In November 2015, Abby Martin’s Empire Files interviewed me about the Israeli right’s consolidation of control over the country’s institutions and the predominance of racist attitudes in Jewish Israeli society. It was a fairly straightforward discussion that covered many of the same subjects I touched on in my book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.

The video published by Empire Files did feature a shockingly genocidal tirade, but not from me; it concluded with footage of an Israeli soldier barking through a megaphone to the residents of the Palestinian town of Beit Ummar in the occupied West Bank: “Go home, or we will gas you until you die!”

Last week, I learned that YouTube had blocked Martin’s interview of me in 28 countries, asserting some vague legal mandate to do so. It also limited the sharing functions of the video in many others, but without explanation.  Continue reading “Why Is YouTube Censoring Content Critical of Israel?”

McCarthyism Inc: Introducing the counter-terror ‘experts’ hyping Russian threats and undermining our civil liberties

Revelations about Russia’s use of social media in the 2016 elections are being used as a pretext for suppressing dissent by some dubious counter-terror “experts.”

By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet

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Lawsuit by brutal Israeli ex-general against journalist David Sheen signals Israel’s war on free speech

Now an eccentric millionaire, former Israeli general Israel Ziv is suing journalist David Sheen for reporting on his sordid relationship with South Sudan.

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Meet Clint Watts, dubious Russia meddling ‘expert’ lobbying US gov to ‘quell information rebellions’

With a sketchy past in the counterterror swamp, supposed “Russia expert” Clint Watts has suggested media censorship as a remedy to Kremlin interference.

By Max Blumenthal / AlterNet

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