"... the Time journalist’s nightmarish narrative of Orwellian state censorship flies in the face of basic empirical facts that are readily apparent to anyone who has spent any time in Venezuela."

FAIR report: There’s Far More Diversity in Venezuela’s ‘Muzzled’ Media Than in US Corporate Press

The international corporate media have long displayed a peculiar creativity with the facts in their Venezuela reporting, to the point that coverage of the nation’s crisis has become perhaps the world’s most lucrative fictional genre. Ciara Nugent’s recent piece for Time (4/16/19), headlined “‘Venezuelans Are Starving for Information’: The Battle to Get News in a Country in Chaos,” distinguished itself as a veritable masterpiece of this literary fad.

The article’s slant should come as no surprise, given Time’s (and Nugent’s) enthusiastic endorsement (2/1/19) of the ongoing coup led by self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaidó. Time’s report is based on a trope oft-repeated by corporate journalists for over a decade (Extra!, 11–12/06), namely that Venezuela’s elected Chavista government is an “authoritarian” regime that brutally suppresses freedom of expression. Corporate outlets frequently speak of “Chávez’s clampdown on press freedom” (New York Times, 4/30/19), “a country where critical newspapers and broadcast media already have been muzzled” and “much of Venezuela’s independent press has disappeared” (NBC, 2/3/19, 5/16/19), or the Maduro “regime” controlling “almost all the television and radio stations” (Bloomberg, 1/29/19).

Read the whole article.

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Video: Max Blumenthal debunks White Helmets myths, when challenged by Syria regime-change activist

Max Blumenthal debunks White Helmets myths, when challenged by Syria regime-change activist

Max Blumenthal debunked corporate media myths about Syria's White Helmets, after a regime-change activist challenged him in a Q&A at a showing of his film Killing Gaza. (Max's response begins at 1:53.)

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Excellent video statement by Jeremy Scahill: "Why You Should Care About Trump’s War on Whistleblowers"

Why You Should Care About Trump’s War on Whistleblowers

By the time President Barack Obama left office, his Justice Department had indicted eight journalistic sources under the Espionage Act, more than all U.S. presidents before him combined. Among these cases was U.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake, and NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. In some of these cases, people were sentenced to lengthy prison terms. In others, the government ruined the lives of the targets.

Then Donald Trump took power and immediately began using the playbook refined and sharpened by his predecessor, President Obama. ...

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The first thing you should realize is that vaccines are a multi-multi-multi-billion dollar industry. Then what?

Look, vaccines are brought to us by the exact same people who bring us all the other drugs, many of which end up being pulled from the market due to their poisonous impacts, including often deaths, many of them.

Therefore, when anyone tells you to shut off your mind and simply take the jab or swallow the medicine without reading the insert or checking anything else about the drug, don't do it. You should read the insert and definitely check into issues raised by those who don't get paid to push the drug.

The total-safety-of-vaccines notion is no better than the statements by the tobacco institute back in the day that smoking being a health problem is not certain and by the carbon industries today claiming that burning their products is not certainly causing global warming. People lie for money, and vaccine manufacturers are not immune to doing that.

The real point is that the smartest thing to do is find out what natural methods there are that promote increasing the immune system. Vaccines and other mainstream pharmaceuticals should be used only after more natural methods are already being used (if there's time and you have the resources) and found wanting and where the vaccines and such are taken in an informed manner, not simply because industry shills tell you to mindlessly trust them and just take them.

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Concerning Venezuela: Wow, fake progressives and fraudulent legal experts never stop twisting and lying by omission

Don't be fooled by fakes. All progressives support Maduro against Guaido and the Trump-Pence neocon-fascist administration.

Here's an article by a fake progressive, Liz Rebecca Alarcón. She backs the fascists in Venezuela while calling herself a progressive. Yes, Juan Guaido is the figurehead of the return-to-fascism movement in Venezuela. All you have to do to know that is read the history. The same fascists who tried to overthrow Chavez are at it now trying to overthrow Maduro and for the exact same reasons: money.

To back her position, she points to this trashy work: Guaidó, Not Maduro, Is the De Jure President of Venezuela

That thing leaves gigantic holes in the history, in the events, that got us where we are. It makes zero mention of the election fraud committed by members of the National Assembly and that the Venezuelan Supreme Court ruled correctly, constitutionally, that the members who were guilty of that fraud must not be allowed to vote on legislation but should be removed from the Assembly for cause. The Assembly refused. The Court then correctly ruled that all legislation claimed to be passed into law while those sitting illegally and voting is, therefore, null and void.

That's why Maduro form the Constituent Assembly, which is a constitutional body under Venezuelan law.

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UN council rejects Russian request for a meeting on Ukraine's turn toward fascism and greater ethnic bigotry, etc.

"The U.N. Security Council rejected a Russian request Monday to hold a meeting on a new language law in Ukraine," says an Associated Press (AP) report. That report goes on to echo every negative statement concerning Russia's request but didn't mention anything concerning why Russia is concerned about the "new language law in Ukraine." The report didn't say what the new language law in Ukraine even is or covers. It does say that China, South Africa, Equatorial Guinea, and the Dominican Republic agreed with Russia that the meeting should be held. Why did they agree? Didn't the AP ask them? If not, why not? If it did ask them, why didn't it state what they said?

This is indicative of major news agencies not reporting the news but only echoing US propaganda no matter how awful and deceptive the propaganda.

Try searching via the main US search engine on Ukraine's new language law.

Critics call upon the UN, the OSCE, and the Council of Europe to bring the law in line with international standards. The protection of national minorities is ultimately a sovereignty issue and varies considerably across the EU, despite the fact that the principle is part of the EU conditionality for membership and enshrined in EU law. While the Ukrainian law does not contradict EU law per se and is not an exception when compared to EU member state practice, it nevertheless goes against the spirit of the minority protection principle enshrined in international and European conventions.

Ukraine’s Poorly Timed Education Law

Things hardly stop there concerning Ukraine's fascistic push against all things Russian. However, the AP is the US Empire's mouthpiece. The AP won't inform you concerning all the things Ukraine's fascists have done and are working on doing to trash Russia and to build up upright fascism in Ukraine.

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The Green New Deal: Biden's campaign doesn't know Biden, or Biden doesn't remember?

... Biden's campaign said it was seeking a "middle ground" on the issue.
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"I've never been middle of the road on the environment," Biden later contended ....

Bernie Sanders: 'Beating Trump is not good enough'

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Tulsi Gabbard, Iraq War veteran & US Presidential candidate, gets deliberately stingy MSM exposure calling out Trump and his neocon administration for huge, foolish saber rattling toward Iran

He [Trump] says he doesn't want it [war with Iran], but the actions of him and his administration, people like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, tell us a very different story. They are setting the stage for a war with Iran that would prove to be far more costly, far more devastating and dangerous than anything that we saw in the Iraq war.

White House 2020 hopefuls turn to foreign policy, slam Trump on Iran

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What a laugh: "Education Is Socialism’s Only Antidote." More like more brainwashing.

The following is utter nonsense spewed by one who loves the wage slavery and poverty of others:

If there is such a thing as democratic socialism, it means you vote once or twice before the socialists in power begin to erode the institutions of law and democratic representation as they suffocate enterprise and control the use of property. Democracy withers as socialism grows; they will not coexist for long. When the tipping point is reached, democracy quickly gives way to restrictions on freedom, and ultimately outright dictatorship.

Look, Lenin and Mao were never democrats, and the "famine in Venezuela" isn't. The shortages in Venezuela are caused not by socialism but by capitalists from the outside clamping sanctions on the country.

There's tons of socialism in the world that works just fine. Every employee-owned, democratically controlled enterprise is socialism in action. Every commune is socialism. Every religious enterprise of the Hutterites has been socialism. Venezuela would be doing just fine had there been more socialism rather than reliance on oil exports.

Fracking came along and sank the price of oil. The Saudis dumped oil on the market to hurt the US, Russia, and Iran but also hurt Venezuela.

Venezuela has some of the most difficult crude to refine in the world. Nevertheless, the greedy in the US want it because it's good for something they do. They want to sink the Venezuelan government (the democratic people of Venezuela) owning the resource so that they, the greedy in the US, can rush in, take over, and control the oil resources (and other resources) privatized not for the sake of the Venezuelans but solely for themselves.

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Video: Lowkey: Trump and Netanyahu are RACIST MURDERERS+Why Everyone Should Boycott Israel's Eurovision!

His arguments are sound.

We speak to Hip-Hop star and activist Lowkey on why the world should boycott Eurovision 2019, Israel as a sanctions-proof state, the history of Israeli human rights violations and more! Lowkey also plays us out with his new song Long Live Palestine Part 3.

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