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Eco activist charged for protest stunt

Activist Tim DeChristopher charged for failing to pay oil bid from Huffington Post

Campaign cash behind the Afghanistan escalation from Inst. for Southern Studies

Morocco silences the pens of its journalists from Committee to Protect Journalists

‘Too few funds’ to rebuild Iraq, inquiry told from The Independent

75,000 copycats of US newspaper content per month from Editor & Publisher

Twitter credited for record site traffic on Seattle Times manhunt coverage

Afghan politician: Surge can only magnify crimes against Afghan people

WGXC: Change in the air of the Hudson Valley

Jesse Ventura: New show Conspiracy Theory; MSNBC paid him off in 2003

Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News magazines sold

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Dems who voted against public option got $19m from healthcare firms

Banning a book near you from Truthout

End of FCC censorship of the airwaves may come by Marjorie Heins

Inside look at how Goldman Sachs lobbies Senate by Matt Taibbi

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Pentagon spokesman was Bush domestic propaganda official from Raw Story

ACORN legislation could defund top contractors from Project on Govt. Oversight

Drowning out the right-wing noise machine by Megan Tady

Broad new FBI surveillance rules are unconstitutional from ACLU

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Banned Books Week

Banned Books

Banned Books Week is this week September 28 – October 3, 2009. Check out info from American Library AssociationNOW on PBSChristian Science Monitor and even Movie Licensing USA..

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Attorney Tom Kelley chairs a citizens group called the Colorado Freedom of Information Council. Along with coalition partners like the Bar Association, League of Women Voters and Common Cause, Kelley said, “we act as aggressively in keeping after government as possible.” While Kelley’s coalition is not a press organization, they do provide FOI resources and put together occasional free events.

Last night, Kelley introduced a public forum hosted by Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver and attended by over 50 people. The event featured Denver Post editor Greg Moore, Knight Digital Media Center fellow Wendy Norris, University of Denver journalism and new media professor Adrienne Russell, Ari Armstrong a blogger and Dominic Graziano, a journalism student.

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In an unusual live Wednesday morning broadcast, I finally produced the 2nd episode of Digital Crossroads of the year. I’ve been reading and highlighting and writing about Gaza. This show is about thinking critically before you trust what you read in the news.

Funeral at UN school struck by Israel

Funeral at UN school struck by Israel

Below you can click to listen to the 30-minute show as it aired on Boise Community Radio and Radio Free Moscow. If you make it all the way through the show, please check out the additional 10 minutes I did live this morning on RadioBoise.org covering Obama’s support from the “defense lobby” as well as reports inside Gaza. Hear from Vittorio Arrigoni, an Italian human rights activist, and from Sameh Habeb, a Palestinian photographer. More links and photos after the jump.

To download or stream the show, click here- Gaza: Wake Up America (mp3)

Check out an additional 10 minutes here- DC 2009 B-Side (mp3)

In a story published Jan. 9th by Alternet from New America Media, Shane Bauer covers “What You’d Know About Israel if you Watched Al Jazeera TV.”

He writes, the 350 reporters who descended on Israel when the conflict began are stuck at the border between Israel and Gaza. Instead of giving their viewers up-close pictorial evidence of what is occurring in Gaza, television networks have been restricted to showing their viewers plumes of smoke as they rise in the distance.

“There is nowhere safe in Gaza,” an enraged John Ging, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency in Gaza told Al Jazeera’s Sherine Tadros in front of the Al Shifa hospital Thursday. Those words came after the Israeli Defense Forces bombed a UN school that was being used as a refuge. Later in the day, a second UN school was struck by the Israelis, killing at least 40. Ging insisted, “Everyone here is terrorized and traumatized and they have the right to be because there is no safe haven… This violence needs to stop now. Neither side can wait for the other to stop first.”

Meanwhile the world’s only live coverage of the tragedy is kept away from American eyes. While Al Jazeera English competes with CNN and BBC as one of the largest networks in the world, no major American cable provider has been willing to carry the channel since it launched in 2006. But Al Jazeera is finding its way around the problem. Today, Americans can download Livestation, a free program that wil let viewers watch Al Jazeera English and other international networks.

Here’s a timeline looking back at news you likely haven’t seen if you have depended on US network TV and corporate newspapers over the past 2 weeks…

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