The Top Ten Underreported News Stories of 2017
The Top Ten Underreported News Stories of 2017 by Neil Clark – Sputnik News
We’ve reached half-time in what has been a very eventful year. It’s revealing to compare the stories that have made the headlines in the western media in the first six months of 2017, with those that haven’t.
There’s been saturation coverage of alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election — and Russian state “hacking” in general — even though no hard evidence of these activities has yet been produced.
The “threat” posed to us all by “the rogue state” of North Korea has also been a regular headliner.
While in April, the “big story” was of a chemical weapons attack in Syria — which was blamed very quickly on the Syrian government, even though its guilt was unproven.
By contrast these very important stories below received nowhere near the same amount of coverage they should have.
The World’s Biggest Humanitarian Crisis Since WWII
No, it’s not in Syria, but in Yemen. In March, the UN warned that up to 20 million people were at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria — with two-thirds of the population of Yemen needing assistance. In June, the World Health Organization said that 1,310 people had died in a cholera epidemic in Yemen and warned that 300,000 people could be infected by the end of August.
Yemen has been bombed for the past two years by staunch western-ally Saudi Arabia, with US and UK not only providing the weaponry, but logistic support. The “humanitarian interventionists” in the western media meanwhile keep schtum. The “responsibility to protect,” it seems, does not apply to civilians in Yemen.
The Yemen situation is very quiet also. Im assuming it is because the damage is being done by UK weapons via Saudi
— Steven o’ Scotland (@StevenOScotland) July 3, 2017
‘Liberated’ Afghanistan in Flames
When the country was “liberated” by the US-led coalition in 2001, there was wall-to-wall coverage. But sixteen years on, the war not only continues but has intensified.
The Taliban, whose defeat was toasted sixteen years ago, now controls between 30-50% of the country. Daesh also has an increasing presence.
There’s been a big spike in terror attacks in 2017, with 90 killed in one incident in Kabul in May — and over fifty killed in separate attacks across the country a week earlier.
But this isn’t news, or at least not big news, on a par with “Russian hacking.” The “liberators” of Afghanistan are too busy trying to “liberate” Syria.
Almost Half a Million Refugees to Their Homes in Syria
Yes, that’s right, refugees are returning to Syria. The UNHCR says that almost 500,000 have gone back to their homes so far in 2017. But they’re returning to areas which are under government-control or liberated from anti-government “rebels,” which rather goes against the official narrative that they were fleeing the Syrian government, doesn’t it?
USUK media for years claimed Syria refugees ‘fleeing Assad’. Yet with rebels now gone, already 500,000 have returnedhttps://t.co/YSP0oJL5jh
— Charles Shoebridge (@ShoebridgeC) June 30, 2017
So, in the legendary words of Leslie Nielsen in Naked Gun, it’s a case of:
“Alright, nothing to see here, please disperse!”
Israel’s Airstrikes on Forces in Syria Fighting al-Qaeda/Daesh/al-Nusra
Israel’s been bombing Syria quite a lotin 2017. But it hasn’t been targeting ISIS/Daesh or al-Qaeda affiliates, the sort of groups which carried out or inspired terror attacks against European civilians in Europe the past year, but the forces fighting ISIS/Daesh and al-Qaeda affiliates.
The strikes have been widely reported in the Israeli media, but the role of Israel in effectively strengthening the position of Daesh/al-Qaeda in Syria, hasn’t received much — if any — real coverage in western countries.
Again, Leslie Nielsen and that famous Naked Gun scene springs readily to mind.
2017: Likely to Be the Fourth Consecutive Hottest Year in History
Trump’s Paris climate accord pull-out made headlines, but apart from that there’s been nowhere near enough coverage of the fact that that the planet continues to get hotter — and the dangers that poses to life on earth.
In March, the World Meteorological Organization warned that we were entering “truly uncharted territory.”
Just a few days ago, temperatures in the Iranian city of Ahvaz reached a mind-boggling 54 degrees Celsius — the hottest temperature ever recorded in June in mainland Asia.
— NASA GISS (@NASAGISS) June 15, 2017
May 2017 meanwhile, was the second hottest since records began.
But hey, let’s focus instead on UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn meeting with some guys from Sinn Fein thirty years ago, shall we? That’s far more important.
UK State Collusion With Radical Islamic Jihadists
The terrorist attacks in the UK in the spring of 2017 of course made the headlines, but what wasn’t up for discussion was the role the UK government and MI5/6 had played in cultivating and colluding with extremist groups — like the LIFG (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group) which Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi was associated with.
“Critical questions — such as why the security service MI5 maintained terrorist ‘assets’ in Manchester and why the government did not warn the public of the threat in their midst — remain unanswered,” wrote John Pilger.