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Each year, the Project Censored team, based at Sonoma State University, Califonia, selects and evaluates thousands of news stories published in the national and international mainstream media as well as in the alternative press. The team ultimately decides on the top 25 most underreported stories. Following is and edited summary of Project Censored's 2009-10 selection.
Global Plans to Replace the Dollar: Nations have reached their limit in subsidizing the military adventures of the US. During metings in June 2009 in Yekaterinburg, Russia, world leaders such as China's President Hu Jintao, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev and other top officials of the six-nation Shanghai Cooperation Organization took the first formal step to replace the dollar as the world's reserve currency.
US Department of Defense: Planet's Worst Polluter: The United States Military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the Planet. In spite of the evidence, the environmental impact of the US military goes largely unaddressed by environmental organizations and was not the focus of any discussions or proposed restrictions at the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
The H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating Data to Enrich Drug Companies: The H1N1 virus has spawned a widespread panic and fear throughout the world. However, upon closer examination, many of the claims made by the Work Health Organization (WHO) seem to be based on weak and incomplete data.
Increased Tensions with Unresolved 9/11 Issues: Several contentious issues still plague the US government and its version of the events of 11 September 2001. Nearly 10 years after the events, there are still many unanswered questions.
Nanotech Particles Pose Serious DNA Risks: Personal products that you may use daily - cosmetics, suntan lotion, socks and sports clothes - and think are harmless may all contain atom-sized nanotech particles, some of which have been shown to sicken and kill workers in the plants using nanotechnology.
1.2 Billion Indians to be Given Biometric ID Cards: Inidia's 1.2 billion citizens are to be issued biometric identification cards. The cards will hold the person's name, age and birth date, as well as fingerprints or iris scans, though no caste or religious identification.
1. Signs of an emerging police state
President George W. Bush is remembered largely for his role in curbing civil liberties in the name of his “war on terror.” But it’s President Obama who signed the 2012 NDAA, including its clause allowing for indefinite detention without trial for terrorism suspects. Obama promised that “my administration will interpret them to avoid the constitutional conflict” — leaving us adrift if and when the next administration chooses to interpret them otherwise.