Category: Guatemala

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Edward Herman: How the NYT Solved the New Guatemala Problem

Newspaper of Record, as an establishment institution and consistent defender of U.S. imperial prerogatives, and it is interesting and amusing to see how it coped. One problem for the paper was to explain and justify U.S. complicity in light of this country’s definitionally good and benevolent qualities. Sometimes this problem has been eased by discrediting Read more…

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Peter Bohmer: Pres. Clinton’s Visit to Central America

President Bill Clinton just completed a four day visit to Central America. In Nicaragua and Honduras, he briefly visited areas most devastated by Hurricane Mitch in late October, 1998. In Posoltega, Nicaragua on March 8, near two villages that were buried by mud, killing 2000 people, he promised small amounts of aid, and announced the Read more…

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Edward Herman: Bombing A La Mode

The U.S. leadership and elite are ready, willing, and often eager to drop bombs on the lesser peoples of the world. They can do this without fear of retaliation because of the huge military advantage of a superpower and the subservience of the "international community." U.S. leaders are also never constrained by any sense of Read more…

James Petras: The New Revolutionary Peasantry

Latin America The New Revolutionary Peasantry The growth of peasant-led opposition to neoliberalism By James Petras   I was invited to give one of the inaugural speeches at the Second Latin American Congress of Rural Organizations (Congreso Latinoamericano de Organizaciones del Campo, CLOC) that took place in Brazil November 3-7, 1997. There were approximately 350 Read more…

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Edward Herman: Their Terrorists and Ours

Their Terrorists and Ours By Edward S. Herman   On July 12 and 13, 1998, the New York Times had successive front-page articles on the career of Luis Carriles Posada, a world class terrorist who had been trained by the CIA in the 1950s in preparation for the Bay of Pigs invasion, and who thereafter Read more…

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Edward Herman: Pol Pot’s Death In The Propaganda System

  The death of Pol Pot on April 15, 1998 unleashed a media barrage of indignation and sanitized history that illustrates well their role as agents in a system of propaganda. While Pol Pot was undoubtedly a mass killer and evil force, and deserves angry condemnation, the U.S. media’s indignation ebbs and flows in accord Read more…

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Elizabeth Martinez: High School Students In The Lead

  Who’s got the power? We’ve got the power. What kind of power? Youth power!" The train was packed with dozens of high school students who had walked out of classes and jumped onto the BART subway without paying. They came from San Francisco, Oakland, Daly City, San Leandro, Hayward, Richmond, Pittsburg, San Leandro. Many Read more…

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Edward Herman: GLOBAL ROGUE STATE

more than they would label it a terrorist state or sponsor of terror, no matter how close the fit. If a country is sufficiently powerful, it naturally assumes the role of global policeman, and as such it designates who are terrorists and rogues. This role is accepted and internalized not only by its own media, Read more…

Mariana Mora: Massacre in Chiapas

The Government’s double headed game unfolds to disclose a strategy of violence and military solutions to the 4 year conflict   "They, our fathers, our mothers will ensure that we reach the dream of justice. Their blood will water our earth, our cornfields, our houses so that peace may awaken and justice shine." On Christmas Read more…

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Edward Herman: The Human Rights Charade

  The business of America is business The Chinese market is huge and its increasing openness to foreign business has caused a global "gold rush" from which U.S. business does not want to be excluded. A powerful business lobby has been organized here to fight for government support for entry into the Chinese market, and Read more…

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