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Joe Emersberger: El Nacional, anti-government newspaper, has 11th ranked website in Venezuela; Alexa

I’ve written a lot about how much fierce opposition to the government is regularly expressed in Venezuela’s largest TV networks and newspapers. Western media and big NGOs have been relentlessly pushing the opposite view for almost two decades. Freedom of expression in Venezuela is constantly dying a rapid death according to them. Wouldn’t it be totally Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Luisa Ortega Diaz and the Selectively Curious Corporate Media

A flurry of reports by corporate media today (see below) about Venezuela’s long time former prosecutor, Luisa Ortega Diaz, saying she is working to have President Maduro tried by the ICC. Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor seeks ICC probe into Maduro Venezuela’s ex-chief prosecutor asks international court to try Maduro Venezuela’s president accused of crimes against humanity Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: When Girish Gupta of Reuters goes digging for dirt, guess who always ends up looking clean?

A Caracas-based journalist has expressed frustration to me that people on the Chavista side of the political divide, even those independent of the government, don’t answer his calls, don’t want to talk to him – basically don’t trust him. This piece by Girish Gupta of Reuters, depicting a Venezuelan supreme court judge as corrupt, is a nice illustration Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: With Ed Herman in mind, consider some articles about Venezuela’s “default” today

The death of Ed Herman, co-author with Chomsky of the classic “Manufacturing Consent”, is a tremendous loss but he left behind a body a work to help us carry on his struggle. With Ed Herman’s words (above) in mind, consider some headlines today about Venezuela. Surprisingly one of the least dishonest was provided by Bloomberg News:   A Reuters headline Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Campaign Against the Arms Trade is completely out to lunch on Venezuela

CAAT calls Venezuela a “hybrid regime” by relying on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Democracy Index which also labels the UK a “full democracy” – along with a few others like Canada and Spain. What a joke. In all of those “full democracies”, most of Venezuela’s opposition leaders would have been locked up and never seen or Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: NBC calls Hugo Chavez a dictator. The Guardian cheers an actual dictatorship in Saudi Arabia

An NBC news article on Venezuela stated Thanks to the “free press” how many people would know any better? Even Bernie Sanders’ campaign was ignorant (or dishonest) enough to call the late Hugo Chavez a dictator. Hugo Chavez and current president Nicolas Maduro were both democratically elected, but when Washington (and its accomplices in Ottawa Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Day I First Picketed the White House

  The reckless threats of nuclear war flung back and forth between the North Korean and U.S. governments remind me of an event in which I participated back in the fall of 1961, when I was a senior at Columbia College. At the end of August 1961, the Soviet government had announced that it was Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters on Venezuela: “Socialist bluster”, looming default, and other loose ends

There is useful information in this Reuters article but some comments are worth making: The headline is “Venezuela to restructure foreign debt, default looms as possibility” Reuters reports President Nicolas Maduro vowed to make a $1.1 billion payment on a bond maturing on Thursday, but also created a commission to study “restructuring of all future Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Trudeau Covers for Trump on Venezuela – and the CBC covers for Trudeau

A CBC news article reports that Trudeua’s foreign affairs minister, Chrystia Freeland “steps up diplomatic pressure on Venezuela, warns of refugee crisis” [1] Freeland makes a subtle appeal to xenophobia to justify Canada’s aping of Trump and other right wing governments in the region who want to see Venezuela’s government overthrown. Fortunately for Freeland, she Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Problems of the Super-Rich

Based on recent economic developments, the super-rich don’t have much to complain about. A study just released by UBS, a major global financial services company, has revealed that, during 2016, the total wealth of the world’s billionaires rose by 17 percent―from $5.1 trillion to $6.0 trillion.  Furthermore, the number of billionaires grew by 10 percent Read more…

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