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American embassy/slave labour–still not news, apparently

October 15, 2007

Hey, remember the guy who claimed that the American embassy in Baghdad was built by slave labour? Remember that? Oh, wait no, of course you don’t remember as it WASN’T REPORTED ANYWHERE.

Here’s the non-newsworthy clip!

Did something else happen on the day of that guy’s testimony to push it off the radar? Even if Britney had given birth to a gay talking hat, I still think this should have been, say, the number 2 story. But no…not a peep from the MSN. Here’s what happens if you search Google News for the story. Two results. TWO! (Update: Kevin Murphy points out that Google News only archives stories for a month, but my point still stands because, in a non-insane world, it’s a story that should have run and run.)

Well, good news! It has, thank God, turned up on the Project Censored Top 25 news stories that didn’t make the news. It’s Number 5! I know, I know, Project Censored, whoop-de-doo, but at least it proves that at least one other person out there thinks that USING SLAVES to build an AMERICAN EMBASSY might, you know, to some degree, at some level, that it might actually be a FUCKING NEWS STORY .

8 comments

  1. Didn’t make The Daily Show, Bill Maher… not even Olbermann? That is a truly buried news story.
    Actually the fact that the US is building the world’s largest embassy in Baghdad is a story in itself, doesn’t seem like the US are intending to keep a low profile in the new Iraq.


  2. Google News only archives stories for a month. This story happened in July.


  3. @ Kevin Murphy

    Some news is worth keeping though, no?


  4. It wasn’t aired because they had propaganda to replace it.

    http://www.adweek.com/aw/national/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001996193
    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article621189.ece

    Freedom of the press my dick.


  5. Sickening, infuriating, frustrating……but most of all, worrying.


  6. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/iraq/article2199263.ece
    and from the Philippines, following some kind of ‘investigation’:
    http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/news/view_article.php?article_id=89524

    The report says broadly “nothing to see here” but reading between the lines, and there are many many articles on the web about this, there are some dodgy practices going on. They admit that based on the company saying so, Filipinos can be flown to Iraq without visas. No suggestions of slavery, however, just western contractors (First Kuwaiti are Washington DC based, like all good military contractors) treating cheap labour like dirt… which is a travesty in itself but so common its never reported.

    First Kuwaiti like Blackwater must have powerful friends, but their luck is turning:
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21214822/
    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hmrLJfBttBSuJiT0K5tiQvlB47dAD8S95V1G0
    Will they have to give the blood money back? Unfortunately I don’t think so.


  7. http://www.reuters.com/article/gc05/idUSN0943534820071009?pageNumber=2

    Damn useless those press ganged Filipino contractors! You just can’t get the staff these days…..


  8. http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/nation/view_article.php?article_id=81948

    Ah the intarweb…



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