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Special Report | US Media Ignoring and Applauding War on Venezuela

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  • Part 1: Venezuela in the US Press
  • Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel TinkerSalas, and Alfredo Lopez
  • Part 2: US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela
  • The US media chorus (is) whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.
  • Related: Special Report |Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest


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Part 1: Venezuela in the US Press

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Interviews with Chesa Boudin, Dan Beeton, Laura Carlsen, Mark Weisbrot, Miguel Tinker Salas and Alfredo Lopez

CounterSpin, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

March 8, 2019 | This week on CounterSpin: International opinion largely opposes Donald Trump’s current and threatened intervention in Venezuela, but that’s not the impression you get US corporate news media, who appear to be all-in with Trump’s push for the ouster of democratically elected President Nicolás Maduro. (As far as we know, these media still firmly oppose any election meddling in this country, especially by Donald Trump.) In reality, 75 percent of the world’s countries reject the US anointing of Juan Guaidó—whom most Venezuelans hadn’t heard of when Trump declared him their leader. And the UN has formally condemned US sanctions on Venezuela, which a special rapporteur compared to a “medieval siege.”

Corporate media’s fealty to the idea that the United States has the right if not the duty to overthrow other countries’ leadership to suit our—some of our—interests doesn’t begin and end with Venezuela. But the history of coverage of the country is especially illustrative of what it looks like when elite media work strenuously to maintain the storyline on an “official enemy.”

CounterSpin is a production of Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the national progressive media watchdog group, challenging corporate media bias, spin and misinformation.

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Part 2: US Media Ignore—and Applaud—Economic War on Venezuela

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  • The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as a justification forregimechange, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy.
  • Call this elision what it is: war propaganda.

/ Gregory Shupak, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

February 6,2019 | The US media chorus supporting a US overthrow of the Venezuelan government has for years pointed to the country’s economic crisis as a justification for regime change, while whitewashing the ways in which the US has strangled the Venezuelan economy  (FAIR.org, 3/22/18).




A UN rapporteur declares that “sanctions kill” (Independent, 1/26/19)—but few in Western media are listening to his message.



Sister Eugenia Russian, president of Fundalatin, a Venezuelan human rights NGO that was established in 1978 and has special consultative status at the UN, told the Independent (1/26/19):

"In contact with the popular communities, we consider that one of the fundamental causes of the economic crisis in the country is the effect [of] the unilateral coercive sanctions that are applied in the economy, especially by the government of the United States."

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Special Report |Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Venezuela Coup Attempt Proves that Capitalism is a Cancer that Survives Through Violence and Propaganda
As we hope for these factors to restrain the American empire, let’s work to end the capitalist system that let this empire come into existence in the first place.
Part 2: Venezuela
,USAIDand European Charity: Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep’s Clothing
Our government should spend less time lecturing other countries and take care of the army of homeless veterans who are stacking up in cities across America.
Related: 'No War on Venezuela' actions take place in over 100 cities — next up March 16th!


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'No War on Venezuela' actions take place in over 100 cities — next up March 16th!

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These actions provided an immediate and important counterpoint to the war propaganda and the Trump administration's phony "humanitarian aid" stunt. They mark the awakening of a new anti-war movement that is growing by the day. When the news of the coup attempt broke, activists in dozens of cities across the United States immediately responded with picket lines; thousands more have since joined this movement. 



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The situation remains critical. Although the Trump administration has failed to break apart the Venezuelan state forces or provoke the Maduro government at the border, this failure will make the war-makers more aggressive. They're meeting in Colombia today with Mike Pence. Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is calling for military intervention. Senator Marco Rubio tweeted on Sunday an image of Gaddafi just before he was murdered in 2011, a sadistic death threat explicitly calling to turn Venezuela into another Libya. 

The notion that Trump,Penceand Bolton care about the wellbeing of the Venezuelan people would be laughable were it not so dangerous. Nor do they care about the lives of U.S. service members who would be sent in to kill and be killed in another war for oil.

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Special Report | Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpgPart 1: Venezuela Coup Attempt Proves that Capitalism is a Cancer that Survives Through Violence and Propaganda
  • As we hope for these factors to restrain the American empire, let’s work to end the capitalist system that let this empire come into existence in the first place.
  • Part 2: Venezuela,USAIDand European Charity: Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep’s Clothing
  • Our government should spend less time lecturing other countries and take care of the army of homeless veterans who are stacking up in cities across America.

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Special Report | Venezuala: Violence, Propaganda, Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep's Clothing

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  • Part 1: Venezuela Coup Attempt Proves that Capitalism is a Cancer that Survives Through Violence and Propaganda
  • As we hope for these factors to restrain the American empire, let’s work to end the capitalist system that let this empire come into existence in the first place.
  • Part 2: Venezuela,USAIDand European Charity: Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep’s Clothing
  • Our government should spend less time lecturing other countries and take care of the army of homeless veterans who are stacking up in cities across America.
  • Related: 'No War on Venezuela' actions take place in over 100 cities — next up March 16th!

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Venezuela Coup Attempt Proves that Capitalism is a Cancer that Survives Through Violence and Propaganda

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As we hope for these factors to restrain the American empire, let’s work to end the capitalist system that let this empire come into existence in the first place.

Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

February 1, 2019 | America’s recent moves towards a coup in Venezuela are being carried out through the same methods that global capitalism uses to keep itself in place: media propaganda, political sabotage of opponents, and acts of violence.

The Trump administration’s motives for trying to oust Maduro are transparently motivated by corporate profit. This week, Senator Marco Rubio openly explained the business motivations behind the Venezuela coup he supports, having tweeted: “[The] biggest buyers of Venezuelan oil are Valero Energy and Chevron. Refining heavy crude from #Venezuela supports great jobs in Gulf Coast. For the sake of these U.S. workers I hope they will begin working with administration of President Guaido and cut off illegitimate Maduro regime.” Unsurprisingly, Venezuela’s self-declared new “president” Juan Guardio has already tried to privatize Venezuela’s oil operations to benefit the United States.

Rainer Shea uses the written word to deconstruct establishment propaganda and to promote meaningful political action. His articles can also be found at Revolution Dispatch.

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Part 2: Venezuela, USAID and European Charity: Ravenous Wolves Invading in Sheep’s Clothing

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Our government should spend less time lecturing other countries and take care of the army of homeless veterans who are stacking up in cities across America.

Teodrose Fikre, Ghion Journal

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpg / February24,2019 | In one of the most horrific acts of genocide in the history of mankind, the United States committed a holocaust against the indigenous population of America and eradicated entire civilizations. The tragic irony is that Native Americans originally gave true charity to the pilgrims only for their kindness to be returned with malice. Within short order, Cherokee, Seminole, Hopi, Miami and countless nations were decimated and the fraction who survived were either placed in internment camps we now call reservations or forced to assimilate by the whips of indoctrination.



More and more people are finally waking up to this realization: Obama was the biggest hoodwink in the history of America.Yes he con.



What led to the near extinction of Native Americans was a mix of state terror and poisonous offerings. Before the Cherokees were displaced from their homes and led on a Trail of Tears that made the Bataan March look like a summer vacation by comparison, they were given blankets laced with small pox. It takes a truly demented and evil mind to give people hope as a means of burying them in unmarked graves. But this is nothing new; throughout history, charity has been used as a beta test before the product of mass carnage was unleashed by imperialists. If you want to know why Venezuelans and Maduro are resisting the “aid” that the United States is pushing, it’s because they are aware of what America and European powers have done to countries like the Philippines, China, Cuba Vietnam and Iraq.

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'No War on Venezuela' actions take place in over 100 cities — next up March 16th! ANSWER Coalition

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Growing risk of U.S war on Venezuela

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  • The peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean - "Our America" as the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionaries refer to it - are fed up with living under the imperialist boot. To them, Venezuela does not represent a brutal dictatorship, but a glorious future where they can live in freedom. It is worth fighting for.
  • Related: Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela

Sean Orr, Fight Back! News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag_0.jpg / February 22, 2019 | The eyes of the world are on the Venezuela-Colombia border, as the forces of reaction - the Trump administration, the Lima Group led by Colombia and Brazil, and the far-right Venezuelan opposition - attempt to provoke an invasion of Venezuela under the guise of ‘humanitarian aid.’

They are demanding the truckloads of aid provided by the U.S. military (read: guns, bombs and ammo) be allowed into Venezuela, and they plan to drive them in from Colombia on Saturday, February 23. The Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB), unswervingly loyal to the elected president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, has promised to prevent any such event from happening.

Sean Orr: Fight Back! News journalist

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Special Report | US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest
 

  • https://c3.staticflickr.com/1/18/23816010_d1c7a8b608_z.jpgPart 1: Open Letter by Over 70 Scholars and Experts Condemns US-Backed Coup Attempt in Venezuela
  • "… these international actors should instead support negotiations between the Venezuelan government and its opponents."
  • Part 2: Fears of US-Backed 'Coup' in Motion as Trump Recognizes Venezuela Opposition Lawmaker as 'Interim President'.
  • In response to Trump declaration, President Nicolas Maduro gives diplomats from 'imperialist' U.S. 72 hours to leave the country.

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A N.Y. Times Story Just Accidentally Shredded the Russiagate Hysteria, by Lee Camp

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  • It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.
  • Related: The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century.

Lee Camp, Truthdig / Rise Up Times

January 22, 2019 | Every once in a while, one of those stories comes along that makes the mainstream corporate media look like a bunch of middle-school kids filming their “news show” on an iPhone with their neck ties crooked. Recently, one of those stories splashed down into the middle of our cultural zeitgeist like a small meteor landing in the middle of an elite dinner party

It made our mass media pundits look like hardened fools. But they have kept spouting their nonsense anyway, hoping no one notices the soup dripping down their faces.

Lee Camp <> is an American stand-up comedian, writer,actorand activist. Camp is the host of the weekly comedy news TV show “Redacted Tonight With Lee Camp” on RT America.

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The Russia Interference Narrative is McCarthyism Reborn in the 21st Century. Rainer Shea, Ghion Journal

  • At least within the limits of its influence over public opinion, Russiagate has been very effective at propagating militaristic and authoritarian views.
  • Related: Special Project | Russiagate: The American Boogeyman

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