2020-01-24: News Headlines

RT (2020-01-24). Lee Camp straightens out 'sewage' NYT article that claims Russian bots 'sowed confusion' in South America (VIDEO). rt.com American comedian Lee Camp issued a scathing retort to a New York Times piece alleging that Russian bots stoked tensions in South America, jokingly noting that it would take several years to fully dissect the baseless report. | The host of Redacted Tonight marveled at how the piece, titled "As Protests in South America Surged, So Did Russian Trolls on Twitter, US Finds," was based on data provided by not-very-objective State Department 'analysts'. For Camp, this raised a number of obvious red flags. | He argued that, contrary to the US government-sourced piece, Washington and its cheerleaders in the media are…

Ben Norton (2020-01-24). While Trump cuts food stamps, USAID bankrolls Venezuela regime change with half a billion in tax dollars. thegrayzone.com The Trump administration has spent $654 million in "aid" to try to overthrow Venezuela's government, including $435 million through USAID…

Nino Pagliccia (2020-01-24). Venezuela Must Remain Vigilant and on Guard Against US Hybrid Warfare. counterpunch.org A meme circulating on social media shows the distraught gaze of Venezuela's opposition member Juan Guaidó with a caption that says in part, "he is not a head of State, he has no army, he has no ministers, he never participated in presidential elections, he was a 'guarimbero' [violent rioter] and he is called interim

Staff (2020-01-23). "The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia. democracynow.org President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations — Libya, Iran, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela — from entering the United States. Politico reports that the expanded ban could implement immigration restrictions on seven more countries: Belarus, Burma, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania, according to two sources. We speak with acclaimed actor, director and activist Tim Robbins, whose recent work has focused on immigration to the United S…

Vijay Prashad (2020-01-23). What the Right Wing in Latin America means by democracy is violence. mronline.org It was a curious exchange. Frustrated by the attacks on his party—the Movement for Socialism (MAS)—former president of Bolivia Evo Morales made an audio recording in which he called upon his supporters to form militias. Maximilian Heath of Reuters went to Argentina to speak with Morales about this leaked recording. |

Lauren Smith (2020-01-23). An Epic Act of Resistance and Trial of Our Times. "The Venezuela Embassy Protectors Collective" globalresearch.ca On February 11th, four American peace activists, known as the

Macarena Gómez-Barris (2020-01-23). They cannot steal our joy. zcomm.org Authoritarianism and collective effervescence in Chile…

Alan MacLeod (2020-01-23). Bolivia: As Elections Near, US-Backed Interim Government Mobilizes Military, Arrests Opposition Leaders. globalresearch.ca Interim President of Bolivia Jeanine Añez has ordered troops to the streets and forced opposition candidates to organize abroad for fear of arrest ahead of the country's first elections since a US-backed coup last November. | *** | Wednesday, January 22 marks …

Lucas Koerner (2020-01-22). How Western Left Media Helped Legitimate US Regime Change in Venezuela. fair.org In Jacobin ( It's been a year since Juan Guaidó began his US-anointed mandate as "interim president" of Venezuela. | Following the opposition leader's

Staff (2020-01-22). Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil. democracynow.org In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Delegates arrive in Venezuela on eve of World Anti-Imperialist Congress. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – Hundreds of delegates arrived in Caracas from around the world, January 21, the eve of the World Anti-Imperialist Congress. The Congress is being held January 22-24 in Caracas and is hosted by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Venezuela's governing party, which has been under sharp attack by U.S. imperialism. | The congress is bringing together a broad range of anti-imperialist organizations, movements and governments from around 100 countries. At the congress they will exchange views and experiences and will strategize about strengthening the struggle against U.S. imperia…

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Syrian ambassador to Venezuela with FRSO delegation. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – Members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation Sarah Martin and Jim Byrne, with Syrian Ambassador to Venezuela Khalil Bitar, attending World Anti-Imperialist Congress in Caracas.

Fight Back (2020-01-22). Opening plenary kicks off World Anti-Imperialist Congress. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela – On January 22, hundreds of international delegates from 52 countries heard from leaders from Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil to kick off the World Anti-Imperialist Congress. | Starting with a professor from Syria who remarked that U.S. imperialism assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani because the U.S. fears it is losing its grip on the Middle East, the crowd shouted "Viva Soleimani!" He added that, with the help requested by Syria from Russia, Iran and others, the Syrians have bravely declared "No pasarán!" | After the Syrian professor, an official from the Cuban Communist Party sha…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-22). Brazil's Right-Wing Gov't Charges Journalist Glenn Greenwald with Cybercrimes. mintpressnews.com The Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro has charged investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes— offenses he allegedly committed while reporting on the government's own high-level corruption. Prosecutors

John McEvoy (2020-01-22). Charges against Glenn Greenwald are a threat to press freedom everywhere. thecanary.co On 21 January, Brazilian federal prosecutors Lava Jato: | Greenwald is co-founder of the Intercep…

Ken Klippenstein (2020-01-22). Why Glenn Greenwald's Prosecution Is an Outrage. thenation.com Why Glenn Greenwald's Prosecution Is an Outrage…

Brian Mier (2020-01-21). Netflix, Iran and the Documentary as Geopolitical Weapon. fair.org Netflix's Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy | Like The Mechanism before it, Netflix's new series Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy is an entertainment product that advances US interests through character assassination of a popular left-wing Latin American leader. | "Try saying this," the director said: "'In the '80s, Rio de Janeiro was a land of the haves and the have nots. I was a have not.'" In 2016, I was working as a fixer on an episode of a Netflix documentary crime series, and the main character was not cooperating with the script. | He was Afro-Brazilian, but he was not the…

Fight Back (2020-01-21). FRSO Delegation Visits Bolivarian University of Venezuela. fightbacknews.org Caracas, Venezuela—A Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation visited the Bolivarian University of Venezuela on January 20, speaking to political science classes. | "Students asked about the movements for change in our country. They definitely had the impression people are protesting Trump, and movements are growing stronger. They are excited that socialist ideas are becoming popular in the U.S.," said Brad Sigal, a delegation member from Minneapolis. | Sigal continued, "Many of the students are attending the university because of the Bolivarian Revolution and the opportunities it opens up fo…

Susan Price (2020-01-21). Bolivia: New election date announced amidst persecution and threats. greenleft.org.au

Fight Back (2020-01-20). Embassy Protectors speak out in Fort Lauderdale. fightbacknews.org Fort Lauderdale, FL — Over 60 people from South Florida's tri-county area gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation Church of Fort Lauderdale to hear a panel and question-and-answer session featuring anti-war activists Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers. Zeese and Flowers are two of the four Embassy Protector activists who spent 37 days protecting international law and peace within the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, D.C. They are currently facing bogus federal charges brought by the Trump administration that, if convicted, would mean up to one year in prison and $100,000 fines each. | Also on th…

Orlenys Ortiz (2020-01-20). Cómo Juan Guaidó perdió el control de la Asamblea Nacional en Venezuela. thegrayzone.com øNo entiendes lo sucedido el 5 de enero en la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela? Echemos un vistazo cronológico al fracaso…

Alan Macleod (2020-01-20). Bolivia: As Elections Near, US-Backed Interim Gov't Mobilizes Military, Arrests Opposition Leaders. mintpressnews.com Interim President of Bolivia Jeanine Añez has ordered troops to the streets and forced opposition candidates to organize abroad for fear of arrest ahead of the country's first elections since a US-backed coup last November.

Ben Norton (2020-01-17). Brazil's far-right government backed terror plot against Venezuela, top newspaper reveals. thegrayzone.com Brazil's extreme Bolsonaro government backed an attack on Venezuela in a plot to overthrow its elected president. The shocking terror…

The Real News (2019-12-28). Chileans Demand New Constitution as Protests Continue. zcomm.org For two months, Chileans have been protesting all over the country on a daily basis…

Luiz ignacio lula Da silva (2019-12-28). Prison gave me a greater will to fight. zcomm.org Interview on the reality that Brazil is experiencing and the social protests that have occurred in several Latin American countries…

Joe Emersberger (2019-12-20). Notes on a private TV newscast in Bolivia. The contrast with Venezuela is clear as day. zcomm.org In August, I took detailed notes a news broadcast on one of Venezuela's largest TV networks. I summarized these notes in an interview I did with the Real News Network making the point that Venezuela's private media (which reaches 60-90% of households) is remarkably free — most especially when you consider the US is openly

Joe Emersberger (2019-12-16). Francisco Rodriguez answers some questions I asked about Venezuela. zcomm.org Venezuelan economist Francisco Rodriguez, formerly of Torino Economics, answered a few questions of mine about his country. He was the economic adviser to Henri Falcon, the second place finisher in the May 2018 presidential election. His updated estimate for 2019 is that Venezuela's real GDP will contract by 25% . That's horrific, but less severe

Joe Emersberger (2019-12-15). 128 Reuters articles on Bolivia since October 20, 2019 election with no mention of expert criticism of OAS audit UPDATED. zcomm.org Bolivia ¥s foreign minister says Mexico appeal to International Court 'a mistake' Bolivia's YPFB strikes transition deal with Petrobras to extend natural gas exports Bolivia is not a Mexican colony, acting foreign minister Longaric tells El Pais Mexico says Spanish diplomats' cars blocked by Bolivia at La Paz embassy Mexico appeals to international court as diplomatic

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2019-12-02). Ecuador: From the middle of the world to the end of the world. zcomm.org Demonstration in Quito Ecuador, by Fabiana Lando/Shutterstock.com As its very name suggests, Ecuador is geographically located in the middle of the world. And now, from all appearances, neoliberalism has decided to carry out its end-of-the-world maneuvers in this country. That is perhaps the reason it is coming to the realization that the Ecuadorean people are

CounterSpin (2019-11-15). Alex Main on Bolivia Coup. fair.org Media…

2020-01-24: Social Media Postees

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While Trump cuts food stamps, USAID bankrolls Venezuela regime change with half a billion in tax dollars
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-24
The Trump administration has spent $654 million in "aid" to try to overthrow Venezuela's government, including $435 million through USAID…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/23/usaid-venezuela-regime-change-trump/

What the Right Wing in Latin America Means by Democracy Is Violence
Vijay Prashad | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
It was a curious exchange. Frustrated by the attacks on his party–the Movement for Socialism (MAS)–former president of Bolivia Evo Morales made an audio recording in which he called upon his supporters to form militias. Maximilian Heath of Reuters went to Argentina to speak with Morales about this leaked recording; Morales said,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/what-the-right-wing-in-latin-america-means-by-democracy-is-violence/

Lee Camp straightens out 'sewage' NYT article that claims Russian bots 'sowed confusion' in South America (VIDEO)
rt.com | 2020-01-24
American comedian Lee Camp issued a scathing retort to a New York Times piece alleging that Russian bots stoked tensions in South America, jokingly noting that it would take several years to fully dissect the baseless report. | The host of Redacted Tonight marveled at how the piece, titled "As Protests in South America Surged, So Did Russian Trolls on Twitter, US Finds," was based on data provided by not-very-objective State Department 'analysts'. For Camp, this raised a number of obvious red flags. | He argued that, contrary to the US government-sourced piece, Washington and its cheerleaders in the media are…
rt.com/usa/479076-lee-camp-nyt-russian-bots-venezuela/

Venezuela Must Remain Vigilant and on Guard Against US Hybrid Warfare
Nino Pagliccia | counterpunch.org | 2020-01-24
A meme circulating on social media shows the distraught gaze of Venezuela's opposition member Juan Guaidó with a caption that says in part,…
counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/venezuela-must-remain-vigilant-and-on-guard-against-us-hybrid-warfare/

"The New Colossus": In New Play, Tim Robbins Tackles Immigration & Xenophobia
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-23
President Trump said Wednesday that he would expand his highly controversial travel ban, which already bars citizens from seven countries, most of which have Muslim-majority populations

What the Right Wing in Latin America means by democracy is violence
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-01-23
It was a curious exchange. Frustrated by the attacks on his party–the Movement for Socialism (MAS)–former president of Bolivia Evo Morales made an audio recording in which he called upon his supporters to form militias. Maximilian Heath of Reuters went to Argentina to speak with Morales about this leaked recording. | Source…
mronline.org/2020/01/23/what-the-right-wing-in-latin-america-means-by-democracy-is-violence/

An Epic Act of Resistance and Trial of Our Times. "The Venezuela Embassy Protectors Collective"
Lauren Smith | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-23
On February 11th, four American peace activists, known as the Embassy Protectors Collective, will be tried before the U.S. empire for "interfering with certain protective functions" of its Federal government for their occupation of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, …
globalresearch.ca/resistance-trial-times/5701515

Venezuela Must Remain Vigilant and On Guard Against US Hybrid Warfare
Nino Pagliccia | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-23
A meme circulating on social media shows the distraught gaze of Venezuela's opposition member Juan Guaidó with a caption that says in part, "he is not a head of State, he has no army, he has no ministers, he never …
globalresearch.ca/venezuela-remain-vigilant-guard-against-us-hybrid-warfare/5701458

They cannot steal our joy
Macarena Gómez-Barris | zcomm.org | 2020-01-23
Authoritarianism and collective effervescence in Chile…
zcomm.org/znetarticle/they-cannot-steal-our-joy/

Bolivia: As Elections Near, US-Backed Interim Government Mobilizes Military, Arrests Opposition Leaders
Alan MacLeod | globalresearch.ca | 2020-01-23
Interim President of Bolivia Jeanine Añez has ordered troops to the streets and forced opposition candidates to organize abroad for fear of arrest ahead of the country's first elections since a US-backed coup last November. | *** | Wednesday, January 22 marks …
globalresearch.ca/bolivia-elections-near-us-backed-interim-government-mobilizes-military-arrests-opposition-leaders/5701496

How Western Left Media Helped Legitimate US Regime Change in Venezuela
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2020-01-22
In Jacobin ( 2/5/19)… | It's been a year since Juan Guaidó began his US-anointed mandate as "interim president" of Venezuela. | Following the opposition leader's failure to secure reelection as National Assembly president this month, Washington and its corporate media stenographers have hysterically decried a "coup" (FAIR.org, 1/10/20) against the coup…
fair.org/home/how-western-left-media-helped-legitimate-us-regime-change-in-venezuela/

Opening plenary kicks off World Anti-Imperialist Congress
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Caracas, Venezuela – On January 22, hundreds of international delegates from 52 countries heard from leaders from Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Brazil to kick off the World Anti-Imperialist Congress. | Starting with a professor from Syria who remarked that U.S. imperialism assassinated Iranian General Qassem Soleimani because the U.S. fears it is losing its grip on the Middle East, the crowd shouted "Viva Soleimani!" He added that, with the help requested by Syria from Russia, Iran and others, the Syrians have bravely declared "No pasarán!" | After the Syrian professor, an official from the Cuban Communist Party sha…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/opening-plenary-kicks-world-anti-imperialist-congress

Delegates arrive in Venezuela on eve of World Anti-Imperialist Congress
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Caracas, Venezuela – Hundreds of delegates arrived in Caracas from around the world, January 21, the eve of the World Anti-Imperialist Congress. The Congress is being held January 22-24 in Caracas and is hosted by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), Venezuela's governing party, which has been under sharp attack by U.S. imperialism. | The congress is bringing together a broad range of anti-imperialist organizations, movements and governments from around 100 countries. At the congress they will exchange views and experiences and will strategize about strengthening the struggle against U.S. imperia…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/delegates-arrive-venezuela-eve-world-anti-imperialist-congress

Syrian ambassador to Venezuela with FRSO delegation
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-22
Caracas, Venezuela – Members of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation Sarah Martin and Jim Byrne, with Syrian Ambassador to Venezuela Khalil Bitar, attending World Anti-Imperialist Congress in Caracas.
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/22/syrian-ambassador-venezuela-frso-delegation

Brazil's Right-Wing Gov't Charges Journalist Glenn Greenwald with Cybercrimes
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-22
The Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro has charged investigative reporter Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes– offenses he allegedly committed while reporting on the government's own high-level corruption. Prosecutors claim that the American journalist "helped, encouraged and guided" a group of hackers to gain access to cell phone messages between top government figures, using the information to undermine the image of Brazil's anti-co…
mintpressnews.com/brazil-charges-journalist-glenn-greenwald-cybercrimes/264260/

Why Glenn Greenwald's Prosecution Is an Outrage
Ken Klippenstein | thenation.com | 2020-01-22
Why Glenn Greenwald's Prosecution Is an Outrage…
thenation.com/article/greenwald-brazil-bolsonaro-press/

Charges against Glenn Greenwald are a threat to press freedom everywhere
John McEvoy | thecanary.co | 2020-01-22
On 21 January, Brazilian federal prosecutors charged American journalist Glenn Greenwald for "cybercrimes". The prosecutors claim that Greenwald "helped, encouraged and guided" a group of hackers who leaked deeply embarrassing information about the Brazilian government. The move has shocked journalists and press freedom advocates worldwide. | Lava Jato: | Greenwald is co-founder of the Intercep…
thecanary.co/global/world-analysis/2020/01/22/charges-against-glenn-greenwald-are-a-threat-to-press-freedom-everywhere/

Criminalizing Reporting: Glenn Greenwald Faces Cybercrime Complaint After Exposing Scandal in Brazil
Staff | democracynow.org | 2020-01-22
In Brazil, federal prosecutors have filed a criminal complaint against journalist and Intercept co-founder Glenn Greenwald in connection to a major investigation he spearheaded that exposed misconduct among federal prosecutors and a former judge. Called "The Secret Brazil Archive," the series of pieces published in The Intercept and The Intercept Brasil used a trove of documents to offer new and damning insight into the sweeping anti-corruption campaign that brought down former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and paved the way for the election of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro. The investigation used pre…
www.democracynow.org/2020/1/22/glenn_greenwald_cybercrimes_charges_brazil

FRSO Delegation Visits Bolivarian University of Venezuela
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-21
Caracas, Venezuela–A Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO) delegation visited the Bolivarian University of Venezuela on January 20, speaking to political science classes. | "Students asked about the movements for change in our country. They definitely had the impression people are protesting Trump, and movements are growing stronger. They are excited that socialist ideas are becoming popular in the U.S.," said Brad Sigal, a delegation member from Minneapolis. | Sigal continued, "Many of the students are attending the university because of the Bolivarian Revolution and the opportunities it opens up fo…
www.fightbacknews.org/2020/1/20/frso-delegation-visits-bolivarian-university-venezuela

Netflix, Iran and the Documentary as Geopolitical Weapon
Brian Mier | fair.org | 2020-01-21
Netflix's Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy | Like The Mechanism before it, Netflix's new series Nisman: The Prosecutor, the President and the Spy is an entertainment product that advances US interests through character assassination of a popular left-wing Latin American leader. | "Try saying this," the director said: "'In the '80s, Rio de Janeiro was a land of the haves and the have nots. I was a have not.'" In 2016, I was working as a fixer on an episode of a Netflix documentary crime series, and the main character was not cooperating with the script. | He was Afro-Brazilian, but he was not the…
fair.org/home/netflix-iran-and-the-documentary-as-geopolitical-weapon/

Bolivia: New election date announced amidst persecution and threats
Susan Price | greenleft.org.au | 2020-01-21
Bolivia coup Fernando MolinaIssue 1250 Bolivia 2020 Bolivian elections Movement Towards Socialism (MAS)January 21, 2020Bolivians will return to the polls on May 3, almost fi…
greenleft.org.au/content/bolivia-new-election-date-announced-amidst-persecution-and-threats

Embassy Protectors speak out in Fort Lauderdale
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-01-20
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Cómo Juan Guaidó perdió el control de la Asamblea Nacional en Venezuela
Orlenys Ortiz | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-20
øNo entiendes lo sucedido el 5 de enero en la Asamblea Nacional de Venezuela? Echemos un vistazo cronológico al fracaso…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/20/juan-guaido-asamblea-nacional-venezuela/

Bolivia: As Elections Near, US-Backed Interim Gov't Mobilizes Military, Arrests Opposition Leaders
Alan Macleod | mintpressnews.com | 2020-01-20
Interim President of Bolivia Jeanine Añez has ordered troops to the streets and forced opposition candidates to organize abroad for fear of arrest ahead of the country's first elections since a US-backed coup last November.
mintpressnews.com/bolivia-election-government-mobilizes-military-arrests-opposition-leaders/264240/

Brazil's far-right government backed terror plot against Venezuela, top newspaper reveals
Ben Norton | thegrayzone.com | 2020-01-17
Brazil's extreme Bolsonaro government backed an attack on Venezuela in a plot to overthrow its elected president. The shocking terror…
thegrayzone.com/2020/01/17/brazil-paper-reveals-bolsonaro-terror-plot-venezuela/

Chileans Demand New Constitution as Protests Continue
The Real News | zcomm.org | 2019-12-28
For two months, Chileans have been protesting all over the country on a daily basis…
zcomm.org/zvideo/chileans-demand-new-constitution-as-protests-continue/

Prison gave me a greater will to fight
Luiz ignacio lula Da silva | zcomm.org | 2019-12-28
Interview on the reality that Brazil is experiencing and the social protests that have occurred in several Latin American countries…
zcomm.org/zvideo/prison-gave-me-a-greater-will-to-fight/