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Abby Martin: Sabotage, Not Socialism, is the Problem in Venezuela.

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To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. 

Abby Martin, teleSUR English / Dandelion Salad

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June 17, 2017 | Today in the corporate media, Venezuela’s economic problems are used to paint the country as a failed state, in need of foreign-backed regime change.

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To get the Bolivarian government’s side of the crisis, Abby Martin interviews Venezuela’s Minister of Economic Planning, Ricardo Menéndez. 

They discuss shortages, oil dependency, the role of the US-backed opposition movement and more.

The Empire Files joined him in Cojedes, Venezuela, where he was speaking to mass community meetings, organizing the population to fight against what he calls an economic war.

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Australian Journalist’s Devastating Take On Trump At G-20 Goes Viral

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  • The U.S. president “managed to diminish his nation and to confuse and alienate his allies,” Chris Uhlmann says.
  • Related: Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump
  • Related: Corporate Media to US: Trump Teasing Mika Brzezinksi is Worse than Him Killing Children

Doha Madani, HuffPost 

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https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DEQpAYjVoAQCzqF.jpg 07/09/2017 | Chris Uhlmann, political editor for the Australian Broadcast Corporation, didn’t mince any words when reporting on President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit. 

The newsman’s two-minute broadcast centered entirely on the president’s awkward performance at the international conference and what it meant for the United States as a world power. To Uhlmann, it means nothing good. And the clip, which the Australian outlet tweetedhas resonated soundly with a lot of people. 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Doha%20Madani.jpgDoha Madani is a trends reporter for HuffPost. She has a M.A. in International Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and has been published in The Daily Star and The Tampa (FL) Tribune.

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Henry A. Giroux | War Culture, Militarism and Racist Violence Under Trump, Henry A. Giroux, Truthout

http://www.truth-out.org/images/Images_2016_12/2016_1214trump.jpg Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a campaign rally in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on October 4, 2016. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

We must disrupt the "common sense" that is produced in mainstream cultural apparatuses and that serves as glue for the rise of right-wing populism. This is not merely a call for a third political party. Any vision for this movement must reject the false notion that capitalism and democracy are synonymous. Democratic socialism is once again moving a generation of young people. We need to accelerate this movement for a radical democracy before it is too late.

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Corporate Media to US: Trump Teasing Mika Brzezinksi is Worse than Him Killing Children, Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project

  • http://thefreethoughtproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/trump-media-mika-696x366.jpgAs the mainstream media goes up in arms over Trump's comments about Mika Brzezinksi, their silence on his war crimes proves their role, distract and conquer.
  • “Which is worse? Trump blowing hundreds of girls faces to pieces in Yemen or Trump mentioning the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski’s facelift?” --Julian Assange

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U.K.’s Corbyn Told Truth about Terrorism

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  • Analysts credit the Labour Party’s strong showing in the U.K. election to economic issues, but its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, also told voters the truth about how the West’s Mideast wars have spread terrorism, notes Lawrence Davidson.
  • From the Archives | 'You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism' 

Lawrence Davidson, Consortium News

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June 10, 2017 | On May 26, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of British Labour Party, made a speech which dealt in large part with security and foreign policy. Much of his presentation was surprisingly accurate. Here is what he said:

—There is a cause-and-effect relationship “between wars our governments supported and fought in other countries and terrorism here at home.” For instance, the May 22 Manchester bombing, which killed 22 people, may well be connected to the United Kingdom’s involvement in the overthrow of the Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi and the subsequent civil wars.

—This cause-and-effect relationship is not a matter of speculation. “Many experts, including professionals in our intelligence and security services, have pointed to these connections.”

Lawrence Davidson is a history professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He is the author of Foreign Policy Inc.: Privatizing America’s National Interest; America’s Palestine: Popular and Official Perceptions from Balfour to Israeli Statehood; and Islamic Fundamentalism.

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From the Archives | 'You Cannot Use Military Force to Wipe Out Terrorism' Janine Jackson, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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  • But the problem is, as long as you’re doing the military, the others don’t work. You can’t be bombing people and at the same time think that you’re going to succeed at, quote, “persuading” them, which is one of the great things the Obama administration has talked about wanting to do, persuading them that ISIS is not their friend. Well, it might be easier to persuade them of that if you weren’t killing them. You know, it’s — there’s something illogical there.
  • Janine Jackson interviewed Phyllis Bennis about ISIS attacks for the July 8, 2016, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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The $110 billion arms deal to Saudi Arabia is fake news

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None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

Bruce Riedel, Brookings

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Bomb%20with%20US%20Flag.jpgMonday, June 5, 2017 | Last month, President Trump visited Saudi Arabia and his administration announced that he had concluded a $110 billion arms deal with the kingdom. Only problem is that there is no deal. It’s fake news.

I’ve spoken to contacts in the defense business and on the Hill, and all of them say the same thing: There is no $110 billion deal. Instead, there are a bunch of letters of interest or intent, but not contracts. Many are offers that the defense industry thinks the Saudis will be interested in someday. So far nothing has been notified to the Senate for review. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the arms sales wing of the Pentagon, calls them “intended sales.” None of the deals identified so far are new, all began in the Obama administration.

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