Posts Tagged ‘TeleSUR’

US Thanksgiving, debunking the myth

2017-11-23

Shop till you drop! Black Friday! On the last Thursday in November the US celebrates its Thanksgiving. This farcical yarn cleansed of its bloody origins, sanitised, has been spun for generations of US children who, as parents should be better informed and more responsible, would then continue to perpetuate the myth – not quite using the day for  un-programmed socialising, truly celebrating life among family and friends and even welcomed strangers. (more…)

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Corporate MSM and the grab for Venezuela’s resources

2017-08-27

The role of corporate media in promoting the conquest and submission of non-compliant nation-states has never been more evident. Indeed, they no longer see the need to feign adherence to any semblance of standards of journalism, especially in the case of a country rich in resources that considers its resources the patrimony of all its citizens. (more…)

At the guarimbas, democracy blazes

2017-07-30

Or where responsible journalism is again abandoned to promote an agenda, and where it becomes no more than full-throated propaganda to support ‘régime change’ – the overthrow of yet another ‘insubordinate’ sovereign nation-state, one with massive reserves of hydrocarbons. (more…)

Social media, and uniting indigenous nations

2016-10-12

The times, they do change. With the corporate media then in totally unchallenged dominance, the voiceless were just that, and an awkward irritant best left ignored. However, with the advent of social media, nations and their peoples that have long existed, but studiously ignored, now have their voices heard. With the corporate media, the plunder of resources – with assorted intimidating murders of community or tribal leaders – would be rationalised as deterring ‘terrorists’ (or evil Communists in another era) from depriving their disadvantaged people of the benefits of ‘civilisation’. The times have changed, as ‘legacy’ media are increasingly being treated with the opprobrium deserved, well-deserved. (more…)

Saint Domingue ou Haïti – L’enfer?

2016-10-10

Haiti, a cursed country? Une nation des damnés? Les damnés de la Terre? It surely seems so. But, its people, truly ‘resilient’?

As if liberating itself from France (to which it was compelled to pay ‘reparations’ until 1947 for its victory and freedom from slavery) were not costly enough, it would be victim to the forces of nature, hurricanes and earthquakes – and recently the United Nations (and its Nepalese soldiers), not to mention home-grown remarkably corrupt despots, courtesy its northern neighbour, who would do their ‘fair bit’ of pillaging, repression and murder. Haiti is a country with a poverty rate of some 60% and with its one percent as rich as the poorest 45% of the population. (more…)

13August, and a Happy 90th

2016-08-14

Cuba and the world celebrate the 90th birthday of Fidel Castro. As TeleSUR reports, Tribute to Fidel Castro on His 90th Birthday

An excerpt, (more…)

4July in the US, another day in history

2016-07-04

The myth, the ‘narrative’, repetition to inculcate the myth, and an ever compliant corporate media. The advent of alternative media, its increasing reliability and credibility, would offer another perspective, providing background to issues. The 04July, US Independence Day (first Brexit?), would be no exception.

For those who still cling to some romantic notion, RT gives us, 5 myths debunked by Howard Zinn (and others) about America’s ‘Independence Day’.

In TeleSUR, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz views the day through the eyes of the indigenous peoples,  July 4th: No Time for Celebration for Indigenous Peoples in US. A snippet, (more…)

Comes a noteworthy birthday, Che

2016-06-14

Today marks the birthday of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, enduring hero of not just oppressed peoples world over.

TeleSUR provides us a brief photo history of a remarkable man, Remembering Ernesto “Che” Guevara   A brief description, (more…)

A Sunday read: Cuba, its struggles for its dignity

2016-04-17

Today, 17April, is yet another day in the history of the United States and its involvement in the affairs of weak countries, especially those of the region.

As is known, Cuba was the country run by a very corrupt dictator, Fulgencio Batista, a country where the criminal organisation, the Mafia, had the run of the land. Cuba’s poor, and in their millions, were of no consequence as their social and economic situation continued to worsen – until Fidel Castro and his revolutionaries came along. That surrogates of the US should be so unceremoniously dispatched would be an affront that would not be allowed to go unpunished. (more…)

Thank goodness for that 13Apr

2016-04-11

Today, 11Apr15; ‘yesterday’, 11Apr02.

To remember is that Venezuela is, and has been, a country rich in natural resources, the benefits of which would always flow to foreign corporations and to the Venezuelan oligarchy. Poverty, illiteracy and hopelessness would be the crumbs thrown at the rest of the population – and then along came (the Caracazo and) Hugo Chávez and with him the rekindled hopes of the abandoned and dispossessed masses.

Predictably, such a turn of events was completely unacceptable, even as the results of such an election were too indisputable to overturn. The only reliable option that would guarantee success, a return to the status quo ante, was an old friend, the coup, a golpe blanco. And a coup it was – however short-lived – with US involvement.

TeleSUR takes us back, Anniversary of Venezuela’s 2002 Coup

On April 11, 2002 the Venezuelan right, with the help of media power, created a tense situation to pit Venezuelans against each other, leading to a coup for 48 hours against President Hugo Chavez.

TeleSUR’s series of reports and analyses on the event also shines a light on the role of complicit corporate media, especially of the US. And, yes, as recently as 2014 14Apr2013 there was that desperate, concerted, violent and deadly attempt at destabilisation, La Salida with its guarimbas.

To be remembered is that in March 2016, the US  President, and for the second straight year, has declared Venezuela a threat, yes, to the existence of the US – the height of cheek.

So Venezuela continues to struggle not only against droughts, a drastic fall in oil prices, hoarding or smuggling of subsidised food and essentials across the border into Colombia, and some weak economic policies; not only against such challenges, but also against the unrelenting machinations of the US with its loyal local allies – despite the recent electoral reverses for the Chavistas.

And the disadvantaged of Venezuela and the country’s neighbours and against such odds? During the administration of the late President Chávez, ‘minor’ accomplishments such as health care available to all, millions lifted out of poverty, lifted out of illiteracy, free education, and increased economic opportunities. And Alba for many of its neighbours.

Thanks to information technology, alternative media and blogs, the unremitting propaganda of US corporate establishment media and oligarchy-controlled media in such countries as Venezuela is fast, but not fast enough, becoming less effective, less credible, less acceptable even among the somewhat inattentive.