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Kevin Young: Hillary Clinton and the Crisis of Liberal Feminism

The exclusionary version of feminism reflected in Clinton’s politics contrasts with more holistic and robust feminisms practiced around the world   by Kevin Young and Diana C. Sierra Becerra   Source: Against the Current   Assuming Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016, much of her popular support will be based on her image as Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Iran, Israel and the Question of Nuclear Threat

Nasir Khan, March 9, 2015 – On March 3, 2015, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel delivered his speech before a joint session of the US Congress. His reception was of a kind, which has amused very many of us around the world. Still, we may ask: For what was Netanyahu accorded such a heroic Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: “New York’s 200-Year Conspiracy for Peace”

As a scholarly specialist on the American peace movement, I am sometimes telephoned for background information by journalists writing articles about current demonstrations against war or against nuclear weapons.  Almost invariably, they have no idea that the American peace movement has a rich history.  Or, if they realize that it does have such a history, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: NPR’s John Otis Lies about Venezuela

John Otis tells NPR’s audience “In 2002, Chavez was briefly ousted in a military-backed uprising that he claimed — without proof — was supported by the United States.” That is quite a whopper even by the abysmal standards of the US media. The US government publicly supported the 2002 coup in Venezuela. Bush Administration spokesmen Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: More Sloppiness from Reuters’ Caracas Folks

Reuters tells us that “The decline in oil prices has slammed his [Nicolas Maduro’s] increasingly cash-strapped and unpopular government in the midst of a deep recession and ahead of important parliamentary elections.” Oil prices have recovered somewhat since January, so saying “increasingly cash-strapped” – if it refers to government export revenues – is wrong. The claim Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Note to Time Mag (Girish Gupta) About Venezuela

Hi Girish: You (or perhaps your editors) wrote “Hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods have Venezuelans angry—and looking for new leadership” Venezuela doesn’t have anything close to hyperinflation – a rate of at least 30% per MONTH. Last year the Guardian conceded this point and corrected an article, so should TIME. You said NOTHING about Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Review of Lauren Coodley’s Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual (University of Nebraska Press, 2013)

Can a dedicated socialist have a significant impact upon American life?  Lauren Coodley’s biography of prominent socialist novelist and agitator Upton Sinclair shows that, with a lot of talent and fortitude, that kind of influence is possible. Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore in 1878―the son of a railroad baron’s daughter and a whiskey wholesaler.  Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Unbridled Bigotry of British TV Journalists

1) A former CIA official advocates Muslim on Muslim genocide. 2) A Muslim condemns beheadings perpetrated by a UK citizen who joined ISIS, but says practices of British security services contributed to his radicalization. Who was treated with deference by a TV journalist and who was aggressively attacked? Unsurprisingly, number 1 was treated with deference. Number Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Was it fair to say a Reuters article encouraged coup in Venezuela?

Some feedback I had to this post was odd. It was conceded that this article was appalling piece of pro-coup garbage, but it was also argued that it was unfair to call it a “Reuters article”. I’ll happy clarify – again – that this rubbish was not written by Reuters’ Caracas-based reporters. If was written Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Bloomberg gets Desperate with the Venezuela Default Hype

An honest headline to this recent Bloomberg article would have been “Traders and Analysts Back Away from Venezuela Default Claims”. Regardless, the global downturn of 2008 / 2009 should have taught everyone not to give a damn what “traders and analysts” say, or even what most professional economists say.  The nonsense about Venezuela being on the brink of Read more…

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