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Joe Emersberger: In 2007, acclaimed US physician Paul Farmer pushed for Cuban Medical Brigades to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Today Code Pink is making a push for that. It would be a lock in a civilized world. Click below to here to read Farmer’s letter. In it, he glowingly sums up his decades of working closely with Cuban doctors in Haiti.

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Joe Emersberger: Cuba has maintained a lower infant morality rate than Canada since 2009

According to UNICEF’s latest figures which can be downloaded here. I should add that UN agencies like UNICEF are not biased in favor of states like Cuba that the US  has been trying to destroy for decades.  

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Joe Emersberger: Disgraceful yet illuminating reactions to the 2002 coup that briefly ousted Hugo Chavez: IACHR, CPJ and RSF

The Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) The IACHR claimed in 2009 report on Venezuela that its reaction to the “the attempted coup d’état [of 2002] was immediate and decisive” and that it “warned that these acts constituted an interruption of the constitutional order as defined in the Democratic Charter.” The evidence it offered Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Attempts to whitewash the military coup of April 2002 in Venezuela

Given the overwhelming support opposition voices have been given in western media since Hugo Chavez was first elected in 1998, it is unsurprising that some would have had the audacity to attempt at least a partial whitewash of what the opposition and its foreign allies did in April of 2002. I’ll address some of those Read more…

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Zoran Andelkovic: Do you make more per month than a Roman slave?

What began as a casual lunchtime conversation in the office, turned out to be a very interesting question with surprising answers: do you make more money per month than a slave in ancient Rome? Although at first glance it sounds like an oxymoron, the question is indeed valid, since a slave has a cost, not Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic, America’s Billionaires Thrive and Prosper

Although most Americans currently face hard times, with unemployment surging to the levels of the Great Depression and enormous numbers of people sick or dying from the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s super-rich remain a notable exception. Financially, they are doing remarkably well.  According to the Institute for Policy Studies, between March 18 and April 28, Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Remembering Henri Falcon’s May 2018 Presidential campaign in Venezuela

Henri Falcon was a viable candidate – attacked by his own side  Venezuela’s opposition had a viable candidate in Henri Falcon, a two-time governor of the state of Lara. He was first elected governor of the state of Lara in 2008 as a pro-Chavez candidate.[1] He broke with Chavez in 2010 and was then re-elected Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: If Farmworkers Are “Essential,” Why Are They Treated So Badly?

On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, spurred to action by the coronavirus pandemic, issued a memorandum that identified the nation’s 2.5 million farmworkers as “essential” workers.  Soon thereafter, agribusinesses began distributing formal letters to their farm laborers, also declaring that that they were “essential.” Of course, it shouldn’t have required a Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Help Curb War and Militarism?

Decades ago, when I began teaching international history, I used to ask students if they thought it was possible for nations to end their fighting of wars against one another.  Their responses varied.  But the more pessimistic conclusions were sometimes tempered by the contention that, if the world’s nations faced a common foe, such as Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Coronavirus Pandemic, Like Other Global Catastrophes, Reveals the Limitations of Nationalism

We live with a profound paradox.  Our lives are powerfully affected by worldwide economic, communications, transportation, food supply, and entertainment systems.  Yet we continue an outdated faith in the nation-state, with all the divisiveness, competition, and helplessness that faith produces when dealing with planetary problems. As we have seen in recent weeks, the coronavirus, like Read more…

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