Decoding language: Insurgents, gambling and war crimes
By Brenda Norrell
When politicians and the media want to sway the public, they use specific words, like "gaming" instead of "gambling" and refer to anyone killed by the United States military as "insurgents."
The word "gaming," brings to mind fun, while the word "gambling," creates thoughts of losing money and possible addiction. Casinos are promoted with the word "gaming" as opposed to "gambling.""Insurgents" is a favorite media word used to refer to anyone killed intentionally or by accident, by the US military.
The national news often refers to Iraqi children or poor farmers in Central Americas as "insurgents." It is meant to relay this message: "They were dangerous and deserved to be murdered."How does one know that a dead Iraqi child or a Mayan farmer in the mountains hoeing his corn was an "insurgent?"
While the words "gaming" and "insurgents" are used for political and commercial purposes to manipulate, a few words are often shunned by the frightened and controlled U.S. media. Those words include "impeachment" and "war crimes" related to the Bush administration.In the news online, the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire rises to the challenge and labels a letter to the editor: "War Crimes."
The Indianapolis Star publishes a letter to the editor stating that "impeach is not a dirty world."Sometimes the name of an agency is so packed with death, torture and cruelty, that it must change its name.The School of Americas was changed to the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" in Fort Benning, Ga. The name change came after its torture manuals became public.
No one is fooled by the name change. Bolivian President Evo Morales announced its military will no longer be trained there, joining the countries of Costa Rica, Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela to withdraw from the U.S. terror training.
There is another word that the Bush administration has attempted to prevent US officials from using. It is the word "genocide," according to John Evans, former Ambassador to Armenia.Professor Julian Kunnie, head of the Africana Studies Department at the University of Arizona, uses another word that frightens the media when he talks about the victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. Kunnie uses the word "Apartheid."
Finally, a two-word name can also bring about immediate censorship by some of the media. That name is Leonard Peltier.
War crimes Dick De Seve, GILMANTON Concord, Monitor (New Hampshire)http://www.cmonitor.com/
Impeach: Indianapolis Star:Constitutional duty calls for us to impeach Bush, Cheney
US Ambassador to Armenia speaks out on genocide and loses job:
Definitions from Merriam-Webster online dictionary:Insurgent: 1: a person who revolts against civil authority or an established government; especially : a rebel not recognized as a belligerent 2: one who acts contrary to the policies and decisions of one's own political party Gaming: 1: the practice of gambling 2 a: the playing of games that simulate actual conditions (as of business or war) especially for training or testing purposes b: the playing of video games
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Censored News is published by censored journalist Brenda Norrell. A journalist for 27 years, Brenda lived on the Navajo Nation for 18 years, writing for Navajo Times, AP, USA Today, Lakota Times and other American Indian publications. After being censored and then terminated by Indian Country Today in 2006, she began the Censored Blog to document the most censored issues. She currently serves as human rights editor for the U.N. OBSERVER & International Report at the Hague and contributor to Sri Lanka Guardian, Narco News and CounterPunch. She was cohost of the 5-month Longest Walk Talk Radio across America, with Earthcycles Producer Govinda Dalton in 2008: www.earthcycles.net/
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