The editorial selectivity of Western mainstream news and the political issues that Western politicians like to shout out to the world is truly astounding. Let’s consider some very bad things that are being done right under our noses. No, it’s not about China, since you are likely to have already been bombarded with those stories on a daily if not hourly basis. Qatar will host the Fifa World Cup next year. In the past 10 years, more than 6,500 migrant workers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have died, many likely having worked on projects tied to a massive infrastructure programme for the World Cup. That’s according to The Guardian newspaper and FairSquare Projects, a labour rights group in the Gulf. The numbers do not include those seriously injured or maimed. There won’t be any call, though, for a boycott of the football matches in Doha. Has the genocidal war in Yemen, led by the Saudis and supported by Washington, ended or at least died down? No, but most corporate Western media have stopped reporting on it. We are all our own worst enemy According to a report released last month by the United Nations Development Programme, the death toll from Yemen’s war will reach 377,000 by the end of this year, 70 per cent of those killed will be children under the age of five. In the past two months alone, 45,000 people have been displaced. Up to 1.3 million people will die by 2030, and that 70 per cent of those deaths will be the result of indirect causes such as loss of livelihoods, rising food prices, and lack of basic services such as health care, if the conflict continues. The number of those suffering malnutrition will surge to 9.2 million by 2030, and those living in extreme poverty will reach 22 million, or 65 per cent of the population. Upside-down thinking Down Under Have you read any US news stories about the ongoing Israeli repression inflicted on the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories? No? That may be because 27 states in the United States have anti-boycott laws, executive orders and/or other deterrent state policies that punish businesses, organisations, or individuals that engage in or call for boycotts against Israel. You literally can’t say something bad about the Israeli treatment of Palestinians in some US states. What about the case of Abu Zubaydah? Who? Watch the latest HBO documentary, The Forever Prisoner . He really makes Peng Shuai a complete non-story. Three cheers for Western propaganda.