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Joe Emersberger: More Sloppiness from Reuters’ Caracas Folks

Reuters tells us that “The decline in oil prices has slammed his [Nicolas Maduro’s] increasingly cash-strapped and unpopular government in the midst of a deep recession and ahead of important parliamentary elections.” Oil prices have recovered somewhat since January, so saying “increasingly cash-strapped” – if it refers to government export revenues – is wrong. The claim Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Note to Time Mag (Girish Gupta) About Venezuela

Hi Girish: You (or perhaps your editors) wrote “Hyperinflation and shortages of basic goods have Venezuelans angry—and looking for new leadership” Venezuela doesn’t have anything close to hyperinflation – a rate of at least 30% per MONTH. Last year the Guardian conceded this point and corrected an article, so should TIME. You said NOTHING about Read more…

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Lawrence Wittner: Review of Lauren Coodley’s Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual (University of Nebraska Press, 2013)

Can a dedicated socialist have a significant impact upon American life?  Lauren Coodley’s biography of prominent socialist novelist and agitator Upton Sinclair shows that, with a lot of talent and fortitude, that kind of influence is possible. Upton Sinclair was born in Baltimore in 1878―the son of a railroad baron’s daughter and a whiskey wholesaler.  Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: The Unbridled Bigotry of British TV Journalists

1) A former CIA official advocates Muslim on Muslim genocide. 2) A Muslim condemns beheadings perpetrated by a UK citizen who joined ISIS, but says practices of British security services contributed to his radicalization. Who was treated with deference by a TV journalist and who was aggressively attacked? Unsurprisingly, number 1 was treated with deference. Number Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Was it fair to say a Reuters article encouraged coup in Venezuela?

Some feedback I had to this post was odd. It was conceded that this article was appalling piece of pro-coup garbage, but it was also argued that it was unfair to call it a “Reuters article”. I’ll happy clarify – again – that this rubbish was not written by Reuters’ Caracas-based reporters. If was written Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Bloomberg gets Desperate with the Venezuela Default Hype

An honest headline to this recent Bloomberg article would have been “Traders and Analysts Back Away from Venezuela Default Claims”. Regardless, the global downturn of 2008 / 2009 should have taught everyone not to give a damn what “traders and analysts” say, or even what most professional economists say.  The nonsense about Venezuela being on the brink of Read more…

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Sriram Ananth: Bubbles, the awesome tabby who ushered in the sweet demise of my anthropocentrism.

In the late fall of 2011, on a weekday evening in central Toronto, as the crisp cold was settling in to lay the foundation for the dreary winter to follow, I trudged back home from my then day job as a case manager and counsellor with a non-profit organization that supported marginalized folk with health Read more…

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Aaron Leonard: The Missing Chapter in the History of America’s Sixties Radicals

The RCP, RSB, and its front groups, identified as the VVAW, UWOC, and USCPFA, represent a threat to the internal security of the United States of the first magnitude. —FBI report on the Revolutionary Communist Party, September 6, 1976 The story of sixties radicalism in the US is one largely revolving around a discrete set Read more…

Fred Bourgault-Christie: “Redpills” and Freedom In Relationships: A Project for Feminism

The “redpill” movement’s philosophy is presumptuous and sexist slop that dresses up a very old (and discredited) idea as if it were new and liberating wisdom, and it pisses me off. And it’s just one indication of how we need to craft narratives for people that both empower them to embrace their inner humanity and Read more…

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Joe Emersberger: Reuters Plays Dumb about Coup Attempt in Venezuela – UPDATED II

UPDATE II: The fact that US endorsed the 2002 coup was put back into the article. UPDATE: Today’s Reuter’s article (by Andrew Cawthorne) on Ledezma’s arrest was far more reasonable as I’ll explain in a bit, but, as Joel Gillin pointed out, the article edited out the US government’s endorsement of the 2002 coup that Read more…

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