Censored 2011

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Mickey Huff, Peter Phillips and Project Censored (eds), Seven Stories Press, £13.99

Censored 2011 highlights and summarises the top 25 news stories of 2009-10 that have been overshadowed or misrepresented in the US corporate media.

The researchers show the perverse logic of profit behind Barack Obama's record budget for the US Department of Defence - now "the worst polluter on the planet". This is a budget that contributes to the future securing of the resource-rich frozen Arctic Ocean while simultaneously accelerating the melting of that ocean, opening it for capture and exploitation.

Other stories provide a frightening insight into increased authoritarian measures inside the US, many of which have been completely ignored by the British media. The Cyber Security Act of 2009, for instance, has given the president the ability to entirely shut down the internet in the US.

While the stories are compelling there is sometimes a disproportionate lingering upon the minutiae of the decade-old 9/11 conspiracy argument. This seems to pale into insignificance alongside information such as that of the new barbaric restrictions on water imposed on the Palestinians. The mistake arises out of a faith in the truth, rather than people, as the key agent of progress.

With this insightful collection of news, and a compelling piece of analysis on the media, Project Censored continues to oppose the co-opting of journalism in all forms. Censored 2011 could be a powerful tool for activists.