Joe Emersberger: Reuters covers for Colombia and the USA – the standard practice

This article by Alexandra Ulmer of Reuters says Venezuela will allow 1500 recently deported Colombians to return and legalize their status. She added “It remains to be seen whether the shaken deportees will want to return to Venezuela, which is mired in a spiraling economic crisis where basic goods such as toilet paper and bottled Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Don’t be fooled by “leftists” who mimic the Right in Ecuador

A piece that Raul Zibechi wrote about Ecuador early this year has been circulating on Twitter recently as leftists around the world try to understand anti-government protests by a few groups claiming to be of the left. Zibechi depicts the indigenous federation CONAIE as being engaged in a noble struggle against Rafael Correa’s government. Zibechi makes the Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Human Rights Watch – much less than truthful on Ecuador

Daniel Wilkinson – managing director of the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch (HRW) – wrote a piece entitled “Environmentalists Under Siege in Ecuador” Environmentalists are so “under siege” in Ecuador that they are given lengthy interviews on big private networks with extremely sympathetic TV journalists. In this TV interview –  one that Wilkinson refers Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Amnesty Still Asks US and Saudi Governments to ensure only the good Syrian Rebels are armed

In 2012 an Amnesty official explained to me why Amnesty calls for an arms embargo on all Palestinian armed groups but makes no such call regarding the Syrian rebels. The key quotes from Amnesty’s 2012 correspondence with me follows: “ …it is evident that these Palestinian armed groups have a proven track record, over many years, Read more…

Joe Emersberger: More default hype from Bloomberg regarding Venezuela

In early September of 2014, an op-ed by Ricardo Hausmann and Miguel Angel Santos set off a stampede of articles in the international press saying that Venezuela was on the brink of defaulting on its foreign bonds.  Contrary to what Bloomberg claims in this article today, Hausman did not merely say in that op-ed that Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Washington Post tells whoppers about Greece and Argentina

This WAPO article by Michael Birnbaum and Anthony Faiola said “But Argentina differs from Greece in deep ways. Argentina is one of the world’s top 25 economies, a commodity-rich nation that exported its way to growth with soybeans, corn and heavy industries such as steel and cars. “ Aside from putting forth the the magic soybean Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Ignoring its own reporting – Guardian EU editor lets Jean-Claude Junker off the hook for his lies -UPDATED

EU Commission chief, Jean-Claude Junker, held a press conference today in which he claimed that Greece’s vicious EU overlords never demanded that Greece’s Syriza government cut wages and pensions. In fact, he claimed the lenders were on the verge of offering debt relief when Alexis Tsipras, the Greek PM,  “betrayed” them by calling a referendum. Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Reuters on PSUV primaries in Venezuela

The following line stands out, in a bad way, in Alexandra Ulmer’s report on the ruling party’s internal elections. “The revolution doesn’t work like it used to. You don’t feel that emotion anymore,” said a teacher at a state-run school in a low-income part of Caracas, who is disappointed with President Nicolas Maduro, the former Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Politico article on Argentina and Greece is grossly inaccurate UPDATED: Politico replies

Argentina defaulted on its foreign debt in December 2001. Its example (along with Iceland’s and Ecuador’s) offer important lessons for Greece which looks poised to default on debt owed to the IMF.  Naturally the corporate press can’t help but lie about Argentina’s example. The article by Zeke Turner says “It took more than five years Read more…

Joe Emersberger: Nick Miroff Smears Venezuela’s Democratic Process – as usual

Nearly four months ago I said, at the end of this blog post, that Venezuela’s parliamentary elections would be held in December.  The head of Venezuela’s electoral authority, the CNE, announced a few days ago that elections would be held on December 6.  Nick Miroff  reported the CNE’s announcement as a victory for jailed opposition Read more…

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