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Joe Emersberger: If Venezuela is becoming “authoritarian“ then what is the rest of the world? A Response to Gabriel Heltland

Any analysis of Venezuela’s violent protests which doesn’t highlight the April 2002 coup which briefly installed a dictator, Pedro Carmona, who abolished its democratic institutions entirely, facilitates a repeat of that coup. Human Rights Watch failed to denounce the 2002 coup. Washington was obviously pleased with the coup and funded groups involved in it before Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Direct and indirect responsibility for violence in the name of religion

Nasir Khan Some much-needed words of wisdom, especially for Pakistani Muslims: “Not all Muslims become involved in acts of violence. Yet all might be held culpable. This is because that section of Muslim–in fact, the majority–who are not personally involved, neither disown those members of their community who are engaged in violence, nor even condemn Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Pakistan and Religion

What became of Mr. Jinnah’s vision of a truly democratic state of Pakistan where religion had nothing to do with the affairs of the state? — Nasir Khan, April 25, 2017 Many Pakistanis, especially those indoctrinated by Islamists and clerics, have their own views on the origin of Pakistan and the role of Islam in Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Transcript of Girish Gupta, Reuters Venezuela reporter, on the BBC radio

Since I took the time to transcribe this recent “chat” Reuters’ Girish Gupta had with the BBC, I thought I may as well post it here with some comments. You’ll notice there is no mention in this Gupta-BBC discussion of the 2002 coup against Hugo Chavez in which numerous opposition leaders who are very prominent today Read more…

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Nasir Khan: Unity of Pakistani State and Islamism

 Nasir Khan The Pakistani state, its educational and judicial institutions that are deeply influenced by a flimsy religiosity and phoney piety present some ghoulish contradictions for any modern democratic state. How can we combine theocracy with democracy and call it the Islamic Republic of Pakistan? This spectacle continues to defy any clear understanding of the Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The real blackout on news about Venezuela is perpetrated by the international media and NGOs

Girish Gupta of Reuters, to his credit, publicly called bullshit on claims made by some in the Venezuelan opposition, including one politician, that the government had used chemical weapons on protesters. Given the way the opposition has been coddled by the international press for the last 15 years (basically since US relations with Venezuela’s government went sour) it isn’t surprising that Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Why Is There So Little Popular Protest Against Today’s Threats of Nuclear War?

In recent weeks, the people of the world have been treated to yet another display of the kind of nuclear insanity that has broken out periodically ever since 1945 and the dawn of the nuclear era. On April 11, Donald Trump, irked by North Korea’s continued tests of nuclear weapons and missiles, tweeted that “North Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: The Emerging Worldwide Alliance of Parties on the Far Right, Led by Putin and Trump

  Political parties on the far right are today enjoying a surge of support and access to government power that they have not experienced since their heyday in the 1930s. This phenomenon is particularly striking in Europe, where massive migration, sluggish economic growth, and terrorism have stirred up zealous nationalism and Islamophobia.  In France, the Read more…

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Don Fitz: Green Time TV: Human Rights Are Environmental Rights

Green Time TV Human Rights Are Environmental Rights by Don Fitz Is it often said that one of the endangered species most in need of protection is humanity. May 2017 Green Time episodes explore how human/environmental rights are threatened by fossil fuel pipelines, imprisonment, and marijuana criminalization and how very young humans can be protected Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Leftwing Governments of Latin America Respond to Trump’s Attack on the Syrian Army

Most Translations by Lucas Koerner Nicaragua  Vice-President Rosario Murrillo: “The only path for Syria and other countries encumbered by war – in order to avoid more suffering and continuing humanitarian catastrophe ­– is dialogue and the seeking of agreements. We demand the peaceful solution of conflicts, respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.” Ecuador  Read more…

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