About Z Blogs

Hello,

Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments beneath and search options, etc. Blogs facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.

 

Creating Blog Posts

You can click here to create a new post.

Or, here is the whole procedure...

  1. Log into ZNet. Use your email and password. The system can send you a new password if you need one. If you haven't logged in at all, as yet, to start you need to request a new password.
  2. After loging in, on the left side of the admin bar at the very top of the page, you will see a plus symbol with the word New next to it, that looks like "+ New". Role your mouse over the symbol and click "ZBlog". This will take you to the admin page to upload a new blog. This is the most convenient access, as you can do it from anywhere on the site, anytime. You can also click this link: add a blog post.
  3. Add a blog title, fill the body content area (you can edit the source code/html by clicking the Text option on the Visual/Text tab in the editor). You can choose from among many formatting options, and embedding media.
  4. Once done editing your blog, in the top right "Publish" box, you can choose to save your blog as a draft or you can publish it immediately.
  5. After saving your blog as either Published or Draft, you can choose to view your post by selecting the "View post" link above the title or "Preview Changes" in the "Publish" box.
  6. You can edit your published blog either from your admin dashboard by clicking "ZBlogs" in the left side menu, or by viewing your blog and clicking the "Edit ZBlog" from the top admin bar.

Navigating and Using Blogs

Each Z author can post. Z Sustainers can also post. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet and can be found via searches, etc.

Comments on blogs follow the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content from everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.

For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.

One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place. When doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.

One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.

Searches allow even more variables and refinements.

Recent Blogs

fernando_santamaria: A song of Andres Calamaro about trust and oppression

This song by Andres Calamaro is titled “Alta suciedad.” There’s a pun between Spanish word for “dirtiness” (“suciedad”) and the Spanish word for “society” (“sociedad”). It claims you can only trust in dirty people, the lowest layers of society. “High dirt! (high dirt garbage)   You can not trust anyone else …” Repeats the chorus. Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: What Democratic Socialism Is and Is Not

In recent weeks, Donald Trump and other Republicans have begun to tar their Democratic opponents with the “socialist” brush, contending that the adoption of socialist policies will transform the United States into a land of dictatorship and poverty.  “Democrat lawmakers are now embracing socialism,” Trump warned the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in early March.  Read more…

fernando_santamaria: On politically correct thinking, gender violence, prostititution and (may be) the #me too movement

Institutional propaganda that becomes motto and emblem of the initiatives of public administrations in Galicia, and  in most of the”civilized world”,  I guess, most of the time  borders on the absurd. In Galicia, which comes from a matriarchy and is traditionally little exposed to violence against women, public advertising campaigns against gender violence have acquired Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Waking up to War Against Venezuela

We the people should stop trusting the same ‘journalists’ that cajoled us into the invasion of Iraq, Libya, ect. Large numbers of us protested then, perhaps we now sulk that if our protests didn’t stop it then, why should we try again? But we have got to wake up, instead of waiting for another huge Read more…

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Antonio Carty: Conscience Over Profit

Palestine needs Europe and the world’s solidarity in effective ways, so its good to hear a union in my own abuela Beazcochea’s Basque country has voted against its company’s attempted collaboration with the internationally condemned Israeli occupation. The workers council of Spanish train manufacturer CAF voted last month against participation in the Jerusalem light rail tramway Read more…

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Zoran Andelkovic: Support Serbia’s “One In Five Million” movement, but for the right reasons

Coming from Serbia, but living in Germany for more than 10 years, it is easy to lose perspective. Every time I visit my home town of Belgrade I wonder if it is only my view which is getting distorted, or the country is indeed continuously deteriorating. However, it seems I am not the only one Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Should the U.S. Government Abide by the International Law It Has Created and Claims to Uphold?

The Trump administration’s campaign to topple the government of Venezuela raises the issue of whether the U.S. government is willing to adhere to the same rules of behavior it expects other nations to follow. During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, U.S. foreign policy was characterized by repeated acts of U.S. military intervention in Latin Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Amnesty International modifies its position on US sanctions and threats against Venezuela

Last year, I asked Amnesty International for its position on US economic sanctions against Venezuela. I also asked Amnesty’s position on the threats US officials have made against Venezuela’s government, including open encouragement of Venezuela’s military to perpetrate a coup. Last year, Amnesty replied that it took “no position” on US economic sanctions. Regarding US Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Don’t Expect Rulers of Nuclear-Armed Nations to Accept Nuclear Disarmament―Unless They’re Pushed to Do So

At the beginning of February 2019, the two leading nuclear powers took an official step toward resumption of the nuclear arms race.  On February 1, the U.S. government, charging Russian violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, announced that it would pull out of the agreement and develop new intermediate-range missiles banned by it.  Read more…

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Antonio Carty: ‘Populism’ is a deliberately meaningless term

Use of the term ‘Populism’ is a deliberately vague misdiagnosis of our world’s problems. It lumps all change that might threaten the status quo as the same chaos, the danger of populism. Every politician must be elected by popular vote, so to diagnose some as populist is meaningless. It is to spook the very idea Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: As Nations Get Ready for Nuclear War, Their Governments Work to Create the Illusion of Safety

Ever since the U.S. atomic bombings of Japanese cities in August 1945, a specter has haunted the world―the specter of nuclear annihilation. The latest report from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, issued on January 24, reminds us that the prospect of nuclear catastrophe remains all too real.  Citing the extraordinary danger of nuclear disaster, Read more…

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Tapani Lausti: British media’s role as the guardian of elite interests

By Tapani Lausti David Edwards & David Cromwell, Propaganda Blitz: How the Corporate Media Distort Reality. Foreword by John Pilger. Pluto Press 2018. The heated debate about fake news supposedly separates “real journalists” from writers who try to confuse people’s views about what is really happening in the world. If only it was that simple. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Was that the Onion or Reuters Quoting Mike Pompeo on Venezuela?

This Reuters article says “The Maduro regime is illegitimate and the United States will work diligently to restore a real democracy to that country,” Pompeo told reporters in Abu Dhabi, where he is on a tour of Middle East countries. ” [emphasis added]   The Onion might have simply changed “countries” above to “dictatorships”  or, Read more…

fernando_santamaria: More about the connection “seats”/“votes”, this time at the Spanish Congress…

Something about  the connection among “seats” and “votes” at the Spanish Congress. Scroll to “results” and look at the distribution of seats, in relation to the votes at the Spanish general election held in 2015: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Spanish_general_election Unless the data in the English Wikipedia are wrong, which rarely happens, the results are even more frightening: x Read more…

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Dave Markland: Farewell to bblum6

Bill Blum passed away early last month in Virginia. Many Z Net readers will know his canonical book, Killing Hope: US Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII, or remember his regular newsletter Anti-Empire Report. My first contact with Bill came in 1995 when I wrote him about something he had written on the Cold War. Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Do We Really Need Billionaires?

According to numerous reports, the world’s billionaires keep increasing in number and, especially, in wealth. In March 2018, Forbes reported that it had identified 2,208 billionaires from 72 countries and territories.  Collectively, this group was worth $9.1 trillion, an increase in wealth of 18 percent since the preceding year.  Americans led the way with a Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: Exploring the institutional drivers of gender bias

The Social Institutions and Gender index (SIGI) was first launched in 2009, and then updated in 2012 and 2014. The fourth edition of the SIGI was launched in December 2018. The index uses these four dimensions to measure the institutional effects on gender parity: Discrimination in the family Restricted physical integrity Restricted access to productive Read more…

fernando_santamaria: The connection between “votes” and “seats” in the Galician Regional Elections held in June, 2016.

I’ve been having a look at the results of these elections as they appear in the Galician Wikipedia, in the chart just under the title “RESULTS.” https://gl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eleccións_ao_Parlamento_de_Galicia_2016#Resultados It appears that: The sum of the votes achieved by En Marea, the Socialists Party of Galicia (PSdeG-PSOE, in the chart), the Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG) and Citizens Read more…

fernando_santamaria: A simple check: something that surely could be applied to Trump’s policies.

This is the main part of a mail I sent days ago to The WHO (The World Health Organization, https://www.who.int/home ), to the  Health Financing Department: https://www.who.int/health_financing/tools/en/ Serious problems about Governmental management of the Health Service have recently appeared and drawn the attention of progressive Parliamentary Parties. I wonder if it would be possible the GHO made Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The United States is First in War, But Trailing in Crucial Aspects of Modern Civilization

Maybe those delirious crowds chanting “USA, USA” have got something.  When it comes to military power, the United States reigns supreme.  Newsweek reported in March 2018:  “The United States has the strongest military in the world,” with over 2 million military personnel and vast numbers of the most advanced nuclear missiles, military aircraft, warships, tanks, Read more…

fernando_santamaria: A (probably well-known) problem (or fallacy) about Parliaments: the Galician model.

  According to the English Wikipedia page about the Galician Parliament https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_of_Galicia, the Parliament of Galicia has amongst its functions “to exercise legislative power,” and “to control the executive branch or Xunta de Galicia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xunta_de_Galicia “. The problem is that the party (every party) that wins the, in this case,  Galician Regional Elections, held every Read more…

fernando_santamaria: The STATUTES of the UDNG: on the search of political excellence.

  In April 2001 I was mandatorily retired by the Department of Education of the Galician Administration, (then leaded by General Franco’s former minister, Manuel Fraga Iribarne, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manuel_Fraga?wprov=sfti1), due to “serious mental issues.” Some time later, on June 14th, 2006, I legalized and registered in the Political Parties Registry of the Spanish Ministry of Interior a Read more…

fernando_santamaria: About the Environmental Impact Assessment made by the Galician Government (Xunta de Galicia) for the Alcoa Inespal S.A. Plants in Galicia (Environmental Regulations in an autonomous community of the Spanish Kingdom)

(Some previous warning: A careful reading should reveal the state of Environmental Law in Galicia, in contrast, for instance, with steps taken by George W. Bush administration about Alcoa´s Aluminium Plants in US; also the Francoist  hands on which Enviromental Evaluations depend. It’s possible to skip the technical part,  it is most of it “copy Read more…

fernando_santamaria: The Sale of Galician Saving Banks

On the merger of Galician saving banks: (a possible connection of the President of the Galician Xunta, Alberto Nuñez Feyjoo, and former Spanish President, Mariano Rajoy with the Venezuelan opposition, and an example of Spanish Political Corruption) I read in “En Marea’s” Telegram (a Left-wing electoral coalition in Galicia, Spain [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/En_Marea]) that the National Spokesman, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Reviving the Nuclear Disarmament Movement: A Practical Proposal

In late November 2018, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned public intellectual, remarked that “humanity faces two imminent existential threats:  environmental catastrophe and nuclear war.” Curiously, although a widespread environmental movement has developed to save the planet from accelerating climate change, no counterpart has emerged to take on the rising danger of nuclear disaster.  Indeed, this danger―exemplified Read more…

Anton Glaving: Debunking the Times on Bush I:s foreign policy record

Below is a list of the most blatant pieces of deception concerning George H.W. Bush’s foreign policy record, reported in Adam Nagourney’s commemorative NYT piece. Nagourney writes that ”Environmental groups praised Mr. Bush’s record on climate change and the environment. As president, he signed the United States to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: “No Deal” Brexit predictions, GDP, average incomes, austerity and the CLIMATE CRISIS

If Bill Gates walks into a room full of factory workers then the average income of everybody in the room skyrockets. It would skyrocket even if everybody else in the room were going bankrupt as Gates entered. Similarly, the average income of the people in the room would plummet as Gates walked out the door even Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Elected Constituent Assembly in Venezuela provoked International Outrage, not the illegal handpicked one in Ecuador

“CONAIE and CREO direct the new National Electoral Council“  announces a headline yesterday in the rightwing Ecuadorian newspaper El Universo. CONAIE is a self-declared “left” federation representing indigenous peoples in Ecuador. CREO is the party of the “defeated” right wing presidential candidate in 2017. I put “defeated” in quotes because CREO’s electoral defeat – which they stupidly Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: An unhandsome toil

Here are poetic tangents – mine with Lorde’s and Rukeyser’s – to a podcast I heard last night: a tribute paid to Eqbal Ahmad by his friend, Edward Said. Said contrasted his personal ‘filiation’ with his ‘affiliation’ in relation to Ahmad and the world of idea(l)s, Ahmad’s unceasing commitment to the creative versus mere politics, Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Lurching Toward Catastrophe: The Trump Administration and Nuclear Weapons

In July 2017, by a vote of 122 to 1, with one abstention, nations from around the world attending a United Nations-sponsored conference in New York City voted to approve a treaty to ban nuclear weapons.  Although this Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons received little coverage in the mass media, its passage was Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Open Letter to the CBC Ombudsman (Esther Enkin) about Venezuela

Dear Esther: I reply below to your review of my complaint about Evan Dyer’s “analysis” piece about Venezuela. Your review begins as follows: COMPLAINT You took issue with a story published on the cbcnews.ca website entitled “Why some Venezuelans fear Maduro is selling them out to China” written by Ottawa-based reporter Evan Dyer.  You corresponded Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: Palestine: Fadwa Tuqan’s poems and data on women’s education

And here is my second attempt at bridging the three areas: poems, justice and data visualization. This time, it’s the Palestinian poet, Fadwa Tuqan, whose poems I have highlighted alongside some charts depicting the progress over the years on a number of women’s education indicators in the West Bank and Gaza. (Earlier, I had used Read more…

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Gerry Mohan: The Real Problem with the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

A Question of Style The current events in Istanbul say nothing at all about the medieval regime in Saudi Arabia we didn’t already know. It would be hard to guess that, given the uproar in media and government about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a furore that tells us a lot more about our western Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Transcript of a talk I gave on fighting the media’s propaganda campaign against Venezuela’s govenment

Below is a slightly edited (and rushed) transcript of a talk I was asked to give. It was part of the webinar series organized by the Venezuela Solidarity Group and the Alliance for Global Justice.  There were some minor technical glitches with the sound level but the recording is here. *** Ok we’re here to Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Will The IMF Censure Itself Over Its Wild Unemployment Estimates for Venezuela?

The IMF says unemployment in Venezuela is at about 30% It claims it was 27% in 2017and that it will average 33% in this year. How wild are these claims? A group of anti-government academics whose surveys are often cited in the international press estimated unemployment to be 9% in 2017. Torino Capital’s chief economist, Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: Poems, Justice and Data Visualization

I have long been entertaining the possibility of somehow tying together the three areas: poems, social justice and data visualization. It has been tricky, but here is my first attempt. The 10 poems by Audre Lorde and Muriel Rukeyser (wellsprings of poetic sensibility) are intended to provide context for the accompanying data visualization on gender Read more…

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Mina Khanlarzadeh: Dreaming political concepts in Iran and the US: Huey Newton and Ali Shariati, through the movie Black Panther

Dreaming political concepts in Iran and the US: Huey Newton and Ali Shariati, through the movie Black Panther       In the movie Black Panther, N’Jobu is residing in Oakland, California as a Wakandan spy when he’s troubled by the racism faced by black Americans. T’Chaka, the king of Wakanda, considers N’Jobu’s plot of Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: What’s Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans?

The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases.  In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining. Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Anti-Maduro Poll shows a coup in Venezuela would require a horrific death toll

An op-ed in The Hill ran with the headline “Options to get Maduro out are limited and unpleasant” The author, Mark Feierstein, is a “senior advisor” with the Albright Stonebridge Group led by Madeleine “the price is worth it” Albright. Needless to say, no matter how much death and destruction the US and its allies Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: history from below in Pakistan: Mubarak Ali

If anyone can claim the title of “the people’s historian” in Pakistan, it is Mubarak Ali. Some years ago, he put up all his books – Urdu and English – on his website in PDF format. He has been a prolific writer, and although his work in Urdu far outweighs that in English, I thought Read more…

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Huzaifa Zoomkawala: the ten thousand things

Resistance, the flowering fire of memory – Rukeyser, Muriel As we mark the thinness of the ten thousand things, as we go past the halt, the hark of memory, can we shirk off the rock of my mountain’s mountain? as we claim the fire of childspeak, childstone, where will the song of my deadwood ash Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Today’s College Students Are Paying More for Less

Despite the soaring costs of attending American colleges and universities, their students are receiving an education that falls far short of the one experienced by earlier generations. The sharp increase in costs is clear enough.  Between 1978 and 2013, American college tuition rose by 1,120 percent, and became the major source of revenue for higher Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Nicaragua’s Real GDP per Capita since 1980

By 2008 Nicaragua’s real GDP per capita had grown to 23,087 Cordoba’s according to the IMF. The IMF doesn’t list a real GDP per capita value for 1980, the year after US-back dictator was overthrown, because it oddly doesn’t have population figures. However if we take the World Bank’s population figure for Nicaragua in 1980 Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: 45 Reuters Articles about Violent Protests in Nicaragua

1)      OAS approves creation of group to address crisis in Nicaragua (7/30/2018) Reporting by Lizbeth Diaz; Writing by Julia Love; Editing by Sandra Maler 2)      Nicaragua’s Ortega rejects early elections, U.S. rebukes crackdown (7/30/2018) Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington & Oswaldo Rivas in Managua; additional reporting by Diego Ore in Mexico City; editing by Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Amnesty must reverse its policy of not denoucing US officials (and others) who incite violence against Venezuela

BELOW IS AN EMAIL I SENT TO AMNESTY TODAY Drones were just used to drop bombs on a large crowd in an attempt to assassinate Venezuelan President Maduro. In February, I asked Amnesty if it would denounce remarks against Maduro’s government made by Trump, Tillerson and Rubio that could incite violence and Amnesty refused. See below ME: Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Corbyn’s Capitulation: Lessons for the Left from UK Labour’s “anti-Semitism crisis”

This passage below from Stephen Bush’s latest on Jeremy Corbyn’s “anti-Semitism crisis” rings very true regarding Jon Lansman and a segment of the Labour left that lacks the willingness to stand up to Israel’s apologists or to fight for a civilized foreign policy. Lansman is on Labour’s National Executive Committee and also runs Momentum, a Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Awful, But There’s a Better Alternative than the Establishment Version

Since the advent of the Trump administration, American progressives have been aghast at its narrow nationalist approach to world affairs. But many of them are also uneasy at the American Establishment’s defense of its own foreign policy. The Trump “America First” approach has largely dispensed with American-led alliances of the past and, instead, emphasized U.S. Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Let’s Tax the Rich

Whatever happened to the notion that rich people should pay their fair share of the cost for their country’s public programs? Progressive income taxes―designed to fund government services and facilities—go back centuries, and are based on the idea that taxes should be levied most heavily on people with the ability to pay them.  In the United Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: “Early elections” rallying cry of coup supporters in Latin America

“Early elections” were advocated by Washington and US apologists in 2002 to consolidate the coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez. It’s way to sound like you’re for democracy while actually seeking to consolidate the overthrow of a democratically elected government. If you oppose a coup then you demand the restoration of the government that was Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: As Ecuador gets ready to hand over Assange, don’t let Lenin Moreno off the hook

Even as Ecuador looks very ready to hand over Julian Assange to the UK government, and months after Lenin Moreno’s government ruthlessly trampled over Assange’s right to free expression (Assange is an Ecuadorian citizen since about December of 2017), widespread ignorance about Ecuador shields its government from accountability. The only thing Lenin Moreno ‘s government Read more…

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