*edit, April 10, 2019 – I just noticed that a small comment I left on a Real News show (April 9) was accepted. Make up your mind losers!
An excerpt from the above linked-to show follows:
DONALD TRUMP: Russia has to get out.
SHARMINI PERIES: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore.
And that was President Trump after he met with Fabiana Rosales de Guaido, the wife of opposition leader in Venezuela. President Trump’s comments were in reference to the Russian military presence in Venzuela. The Russian military in Venezuela is nothing new. There are bilateral treaties and relations that predates this current crisis. Further, Russian support for the current crisis, the support for Maduro’s government in particular, has been multidimensional. It has assisted the Venezuelan people with humanitarian aid that includes medicine and food. Russia is also assisting Venezuela dealing with U.S. economic sanctions by providing substantial investments in financial form by way of loans, and also in terms of interest in the oil industry and oil production.
As far as we know, the military assistance being provided is to ensure that the Venezuelan military is equipped, trained, and prepared to use the military wares purchased from Russia by Venezuela…
VIJAY PRASHAD: Well, yes, indeed, planes have arrived that took off in Russian military airport, landed in Caracas. They brought a hundred Russian troops into Venezuela. They were accompanied by the chief of staff of Russian ground forces, Colonel Vasily Tonkoshkurov. They also came with 35 tons of material. Not clear exactly what that material is. You know, Venezuela and Russia had a considerable experience of mutual military exercises. In December two Russian bombers came into Venezuela.
So you know, this is not something that is totally abnormal. It’s not exactly the same as when Russia intervened militarily in Syria in 2015, when large numbers of aircraft entered the country, troops entered the country, and so on.
My online (TRNN), disappeared comment follows:
“I’d care more about Vijay Prashad says if he had not referred to the liberation of Aleppo as the fall of Aleppo (https://www.alternet.org/2016/11/end-syria/).” Alternet is fakey as well.”
I include this example of TRNN disappearing my comments not because there’s anything earth-shattering about my comment, but just to make readers aware that TRNN now disappears ‘all’ of my comments. They’ve banned me but they have done it silently. I’ve emailed them about it, to no avail. If this is the real TRNN, then all that I can say is They don’t deserve donations from progressives and progressives don’t deserve them. Interestingly, the piece I quoted from the show, above, shows Prashad at it again, bashing Syria. It’s mild enough and I might not have thought much of it if it weren’t for the fact that he was caught doing this crap before, as I noted in my comment. I also noted before, in a previous blog post, that TRNN looked like it was failing. The TRNN shows I watch are okay, but I’m no longer a fan. I’m not a fan of any progressive org that disappears me silently.
Russia was just as invited into Syria as it was invited into Venezuela. And readers might recall that the US and its allies unleashed mid east terrorists on Syria, which is on Russia’s doorstep. Because Syria is both an ally, and on Russia’s doorstep, Russia’s involvement in Syria is not nefarious. Maduro can invite Russia into his country but Bashar al-Assad cannot? The inestimable Prashad doesn’t provide that context when he snipes, Does he?
As I do with RT News, where I’m regularly disappeared, I won’t blog about every instance. I’m too busy for that. I may post something now and then. That’s all. It’s up to progressives seeking info to pay enough attention to TRNN to be able to decide for themselves whether TRNN deserves their respect and donations.