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Nigeria’s Worst Day – and No One Noticed

With as many as 2,000 killed and 10,000 fleeing, few in the world are aware of Boko Haram’s most deadly attack to date.

Since two terrorists affiliated with Al Queda attacked the press offices of French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, killing twelve cartoonists/journalists and their security forces, the media has been obsessed with a saturated coverage as the drama played out. While the attacks were horrendous, and justified the world’s unity seen in response, we are left wondering why a blind eye and silent microphone is being given to the horrendous attacks in Nigeria, and why these deaths are no less deserving of attention.

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If they wanted our opinion, they’d give it to us!

Image by Charles Atkeison (Flickr: CNN Atlanta Newsroom) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Image by Charles Atkeison (Flickr: CNN Atlanta Newsroom) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Did you know…

…Congress recently passed financial reform regulations written by CitiGroup?

…That one of America’s current ongoing oil spills has leaked thousands of barrels into an Arkansas community and there is no end in sight?

…Is a game-changing birth control injection and HIV inhibitor being blocked for testing in the US, perhaps by the very pharmaceutical companies who would lose profits from current medications if it were approved?

There’s a lot more our media has not covered, or covered up – for very good reason.

In 1983, over 50 companies owned 90% of news outlets in the United States. The populace had choices and enjoyed being well informed, if they chose to, about issues that would affect their lives. In 2014, the media in our country is controlled by only six corporations, all of which have a vested interest to serve their largest source of revenue, their advertisers.

As a population, we barely read newspapers any more. We get our news from the same place we get our sports and entertainment; the television. Since these media sources are all conglomerated, we no longer receive unbiased, balanced and relevant news. Our agenda is decided, the stories are hand-picked and the journalists who attempt to disrupt this arrangement quickly join the unemployed ranks they just reported on last week.

Current trends in getting real, uncensored news is through internet research from credible sources. Claiming copyright and intellectual property protection, international agreements such as TPP and TTIP devote entire chapters to how this freedom of information needs to be limited to corporate control. Is it any wonder these stories are not covered in your evening news?

Get informed. Stay informed. Help others become informed!

For a list of the top 25 US headlines most people didn’t hear about in 2012/1013, click here!

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