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Joe Emersberger: Owen Jones Should Think Harder about Cuba and the UK

Owen Jones lists many of Cuba’s astonishing achievements in this piece but then insists that “opponents of the embargo need to talk a lot more loudly about democracy in Cuba”. He says that the “embargo is disappearing; so, too, must dictatorship”. It is quite an exaggeration, at this point, to describe the embargo as “disappearing”. As Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: US Support for Terrorism Against Cuba Unexposed & Unnoticed by Reuters

A Reuter’s Caracas based correspondent, Andrew Cawthorne, who was once based in Cuba, wrote a piece entitled “U.S.-Cuba rapprochement exposes Venezuela’s Maduro”. The headline bizarrely suggests a blow was just delivered to Venezuelan president Nicaloas Maduro by Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba. However, contradicting the odd headline, Cawthorne wrote “Though they are unlikely Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Who will be Discredited When Venezuela Doesn’t Default? Nobody.

In this article, Bloomberg (Ye Xie, Katia Porzecanski and Pietro D. Pitts) wonder who will seize Venezuelan assets if the government defaults. A better question would be “How will Bloomberg’s reporting change when Venezuela doesn’t default?” The global economic meltdown that took place a few years ago, and from which we are still recovering, answered Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: USA “Suspicious” of Venezuela’s Role in Drug Trade, Therefore so is Reuters

Massive quantities of illegal drugs are produced in Colombia and consumed in the EU and the USA, but to Reuters it’s obvious that Venezuela is the suspicious one. Who could possibly suspect that corruption within the US, EU and Colombian governments contributes at all to drug trafficking? Not the Reuters journalists in Caracas (Diego Ore, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Anyone out there care that Benghazi is being bombed from the air?

The anonymous blogger at Interventionswatch writes:   The ‘former General’ is Khalifa Haftar, who spent years living in Virginia in the U.S. (i.e. C.I.A. country), but who returned to Libya in 2011 to aid the ‘rebels’, and who was almost certainly a C.I.A. asset at some point in his career. Anyway, this guy is now reportedly bombing Benghazi from Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange with UK Guardian Pundit Alice bell

Dear Alice Bell I understand you recently complained to the BBC about racist behavior on the part of a BBC presenter. Glad you complained, but I wonder if you would comment in the Guardian on the roll racism plays in the results of a ComRes poll last year that found 59% of the UK believes that 10,000 or fewer Iraqis Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Article an Example of Media Complacency and Corruption

Corporate journalists have sometimes complained that I address them with an excessively harsh and undiplomatic tone. Below is an email to Reuters that I sent in response to an article about the latest allegations Human Rights Watch (HRW) made against the Venezuelan government. I was too polite in my email. While Reuters apparently has the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Exchange Between Keane Bhatt, Stephen Zunes and others re. Human Rights Watch

Others chime in at various points as well *** Stephen Zunes I’m losing patience with people who attack the credibility of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other reputable human rights organizations who have no background in international humanitarian law, have no empirical data to counter these groups’ findings, and have never even been to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Keane Bhatt asks Human Rights Watch to correct Venezuela Error

Email below was sent by Keane Bhatt on April 15, 2014  to Daniel Wilkinson, Miguel Vivanco and Ken Roth  – all are Human Rights Watch officials. Email addresses: [email protected] [email protected], [email protected] The NYRB editor’s email is [email protected] Dear Mr. Wilkinson, I have yet to hear from you regarding the false statement I highlighted in your April 9 Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Media Lens VS Owen Jones – a Sterile Debate

Periodically, the Media Lens editors debate UK Guardian (formerly UK Independent) columnist Owen Jones on Twitter.  The Media Lens editors challenge Jones to mention the horrid editorial practices of his employer. Their exchanges go something like this: JONES: I’m reaching a large audience with socialist ideas they would not otherwise hear. ML: But what are Read more…

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