The Avalanche – Snapshot 35 – May 11, ’19

plundering Honduras

“Media silence over mass protests in Honduras shows how corporate media ‘serves the global economic elite’” by John McEvoy (The Canary)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

The Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa has seen massive protests this week against controversial president Juan Orlando Hernández. Many Hondurans are angry that their government, which gained power through a reportedly fraudulent election in 2017, had planned a major wave of privatisations. The US government has also played a key role in the destabilisation of Honduras since 2009 (and for many decades before that), which seems to explain why events in the country have received little to no coverage in the corporate media.

“Calls to ban the Muslim Brotherhood aim to criminalise US Muslim dissent, not counter terrorism” by Sahar F. Aziz (The New Arab)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

When America’s founders passed the First Amendment, protecting the right to dissent was the objective.

Having experienced a repressive English state, they understood the hallmark of authoritarianism lies in the absence of freedom of thought, speech and association.

Yet, Trump’s promise to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation runs contrary to these fundamental American values. The consequence could be devastating for American Muslims’ civil liberties…

Although the dictators and Islamophobes have different targets in mind, their goal is the same – to criminalise dissent and quash political opposition.

Middle East dictators seek US approval for their violent crackdown against their strongest political opposition movement – the Muslim Brotherhood.

American Islamophobes want to criminalise Islam. The designation could unleash material support to terrorism prosecutions of non-violent, religious American Muslim activists who challenge unconditional US support for Israel, oppose Islamophobe’s anti-Sharia campaigns, and defend religious freedom rights of Muslims…

If Trump goes through with designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, the grounds of criminality will not be engaging in or directly supporting terrorism. Rather, it will be political beliefs. The government, therefore, would be unfettered in criminalising a wide range of views it disfavours…

Ultimately, the freedom to dissent guaranteed by the First Amendment will not apply to Muslims. This totalitarian outcome is not accidental.

I have zero use for Islam. I have zero use for all of organized religion, none of which, I believe, has God’s approval. The Muslim Brotherhood is awful. It is behind a lot of terrorism. But the author is right about this. This isn’t about terrorism. This is the usual counterrevolution. This is part of the global pacification of the people that is underway. All challenges, or potential challenges, to the status quo will be crushed by the war-making State within the gangster Corporatocracy. Also, The author uses the conventional term for anti-Islamic people, namely Islamophobes. It’s simply wrong to refer to anti anything as fear. They are two different things, as different as ‘climate change’ is from ‘climate crisis’, but (bad and relatively good) people are perverse, uncaring and arrogant. Ralph Nader recently wrote an article in which he pleads with enviros (who care about the environment) to please stop calling ‘climate crisis’ climate change. He shouldn’t even have to, but… And David Swanson wrote an article recently in which he laments the way normal people often latch onto a wrong idea and, even when they get that it’s wrong, they stubbornly refuse to adjust their language accordingly. The world is ruined.

“Digital Purge: Facebook Unpersons Alex Jones, Farrakhan And Others With Draconian Full-Content Ban” by Tyler Durden (ZeroHedge)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Facebook has unilaterally banned a handful controversial figures from its platform – while lumping conservative pundit Alex Jones, who has been criticized by white nationalists for not “naming the Jew” – in with documented anti-Semite Democrat ally, Louis Farrakhan…

What’s more, anyone who shares Infowars content on Facebook also faces a permanent ban…

Also noteworthy is that several mainstream publications labeled Farrakhan as a “far-right” leader, despite the fact that he is a strong ally to the Democrats.

Durden (which, I assume is not this blogger’s real name) implies that it is ‘very’ wrong to call the Democrats (Democratic Party) far rightists. He’s wrong. If it’s right to suggest that the Democrats don’t display some of the trappings of the far right (openly white supremacist, willing to sport swastikas, openly racist), it hardly matters. The Democrats are ‘not’ leftwing. Not even close. Here I see a hint of why some refer to ZeroHedge as rightwing. Even so, Tyler Durden has posted many great articles online, which is why real leftwing orgs pick pick them up or refer to them.

From Mint Press News:
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, flanked by national security adviser John Bolton, left, and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, right, listen during the meeting between President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, April 26, 2019. Susan Walsh | AP

“Having Admitted to “Lying” and “Cheating” while CIA Director, Pompeo Drops Another Whopper after Failed Venezuelan Coup” by Whitney Webb (Mint Press News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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WASHINGTON — Just a week after the former CIA director and now secretary of state admitted that the agency prior to and under his direction “lied,” “cheated” and “stole,” Mike Pompeo has delivered another claim that, despite his recent admission of dishonesty, has been regurgitated with little scrutiny by a variety of media outlets.

In what Venezuelan government officials claimed was an attempt to provide cover for the failure of Tuesday’s U.S.-backed coup attempt to gain any traction, Pompeo claimed that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had been ready to flee to Havana, Cuba amid the early morning chaos of Tuesday’s failed military uprising, but had been convinced to stay by the Russian government…

Neither CNN nor Fox chose to question the veracity of Pompeo’s claims or ask for any proof of them, even though Pompeo had stated to an audience in Texas just a week prior that when he “was a CIA director, we lied, we cheated, we stole… like, we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.” In fact, the vast majority of mainstream outlets — including the Miami Herald, NPR, The Week and Bloomberg, among others — all failed to place Pompeo’s recent statement regarding the coup in the context of his recent statements about his time in the CIA.
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“MintPress, Grayzone journalists endure US govt blackout and siege at Venezuelan embassy in DC” by Mnar Muhawesh (The Grayzone)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

MintPress News journalist Alexander Rubinstein and a reporter for The Grayzone, Anya Parampil, are besieged inside the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, DC, and have been since April 30, in an egregious attack against press freedom.

On the evening of Wednesday, May 8, events took a turn for the worse as the Metropolitan DC police cut off the power and water to the building — a violation of international law under the Vienna Diplomatic Conventions, Article 25, which reads, “The receiving State shall accord full facilities for the performance of the functions of the [diplomatic] mission.”

There is little doubt that this blackout and the other illegal punitive measures taken against the activists and journalists inside the embassy — which have been described by the activists as sanctions — were intended to silence journalists covering the Embassy Protection Collective‘s efforts to protect the Venezuelan embassy from fascist, pro-coup protesters.

On Wednesday night, after the power was cut, I spoke with Rubinstein, who said he had 5 percent battery left on his phone.

Members of the collective are living inside the embassy at the invitation of the elected government of Venezuela and show no signs of backing down.

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