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Joe Emersberger: Reuters laughs if Capriles laughs – not otherwise

The mocking headline to this Reuters article reads Venezuela’s new plan to beat hunger: Breed rabbits Mockery of the Maduro government in Venezuela routinely catches the approving and mirthful eyes of corporate journalists. The article states Maduro’s critics lampooned the idea. “Are you serious?” asked Henrique Capriles, a state governor and two-time opposition presidential candidate Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: About Lilian Tintori’s op-ed in New York Times

Lilian Tintori is the wife of Leopoldo Lopez – a Venezuelan politician whom the western establishment has quite absurdly hailed as a hero. In her NYT op-ed from the other day Tintori wrote “We have no freedom of speech”. Here is lengthy interview Tintori gave in July on Venevision, a large private TV network that anyone in Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Julio Borges, in one of Venezuela’s largest newspapers, brags abour rallying EU governments against Maduro

In this op-ed from today in El Universal, a newspaper the international corporate media and NGOs like the Committee to Protect Journalists have depicted as having been taken over by the government in 2014, Julio Borges talks about his trip to Europe which was aimed at ramping up international pressure and condemnation of Venezuela’s government. Borges Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Distortions and Whoppers in an Aljazeera (Lucia Newman) interview with the President of Venezuela’s ANC

Some whoppers were slipped into this transcript of an interview between Aljazeera’s Lucia Newman and the president of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (and former Foreign Minister) Delcy Rodriguez. Aljazeera says the “adapted” transcript has been “edited for clarity and brevity”. That’s an Orwellian way to put it. *** *** In the interview (the video) Rodriguez correctly Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Alleged Political Prisoner Yon Goicoechea makes a really wild claim in an NYT op-ed

Alleged Venezuelan political prisoner (more on that below), Yon Goicoechea, had an op-ed published in the New York Times that made the following claim: A health minister was fired for releasing his department’s annual report, revealing that infant mortality has returned to 1950 levels. In 1959, Venezuela’s infant mortality rate (IMR) was 61.9 deaths per Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Associated Press doesn’t even blink when Lilian Tintori says banks won’t deal with her

RE Venezuela bars opposition activist from traveling to Europe  An AP article reported the following today about the wife of jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. She is now part of a criminal investigation after 200 million Bolivares in cash were found in a car she owned. “Tintori said she kept such a large sum in Read more…

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Nasir Khan: The role of Mr Jinnah in a historical perspective

Nasir Khan, September 3, 2017 For many historians of the Indian subcontinent Mr Jinnah’s role both as a leader and a statesman in pre-partition India is controversial. Personally, I have never accepted even for a second his communalist perspective that led to the demand for Pakistan. Right from the start, the “Two Nation Theory” was Read more…

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Don Fitz: Missouri Green Party Convention Gets Weird

Missouri Green Party Convention Gets Weird by Don Fitz Happenings at the first Missouri Green Party (MOGP) convention since it obtained ballot status were unusual, to say the least. They issue warnings to state Green Parties across the US as well as for any group that seeks to empower members to make decisions collectively. While Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Some thoughts on killing and eating animals

— Nasir Khan, September 1, 2017 “A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite.” — The great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) In this saying, the greatest Russian writer of all time had Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Jesus sided with the oppressed and exploited people

Nasir Khan, The message of Jesus of Nazareth (c. 7-2 BC – c. 30-33 AD) was viewed as a challenge to the Roman Empire and a threat to the Jewish religious establishment. Jesus was a great teacher and revolutionary of those times. Even though our knowledge of this unique person is limited due to the Read more…

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