The Avalanche – Snapshot 40 – July 1, ’19

Mind if I play through? (Michael de Adder)

“Canadian Cartoonist Fired After His Trump Cartoon Goes Viral” by Scarce (Crooks And Liars)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

I’ve used ‘fired’ in the headline, but more accurately [Michael] de Adder had his contract terminated with the Brunswick News, a privately-held publishing company that operates in New Brunswick, Canada. The sole owner, James K. Irving is one of the wealthiest people in Canada and he and his family have a vast array of interests and holdings, many of them dependent on access to the United States. So, when their little newspapers published a political cartoon that went viral completely excoriating the vile and hateful border practices of Trump something had to give.

© REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

“‘Nazis using dog whistles’: Internal Google email goes after Ben Shapiro, Jordan Peterson & PragerU” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

An embarrassing new leak shows Google employees discussing disabling features for YouTube creators they describe as ‘Nazis,’ even as the company denied allegations of political bias based on earlier leaked documents.

In an email published on Tuesday by the conservative watchdog Project Veritas, one member of the Google transparency and ethics team, identified only as Liam, tells others that Prager University, Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro are “Nazis using the dog whistles you mention.”

© REUTERS/Carlos Barria

“Insider exposes Google’s efforts to influence 2020 election against Trump” by ? (RT News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Google interferes with search results, censors conservative views and even directly manipulates facts in the name of ‘fairness’, according to internal video and documents a whistleblower has turned over to Project Veritas.

The internet giant has a near-monopoly on web searches globally and owns the most popular video sharing site, YouTube. The alarming information provided to the conservative transparency activists shows the company’s executives putting their thumb on the scale in an effort to “prevent the next Trump situation,” as one of them put it.

Monday’s expose includes an undercover video of Jen Genai, Google’s head of ‘Responsible Innovation’, outlining the measures already being taken to fight the US president in the upcoming 2020 election. The video was later blocked on YouTube.

From Newser:
In this 2015 file photo, Elizabeth Holmes speaks at the Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

“Disgraced Tech CEO Plans Unusual Legal Strategy” by ? (Newser)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

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Elizabeth Holmes goes on trial next year on charges of criminal fraud, and Bloomberg reports that her legal team is working on an unexpected legal strategy. They’re going after reporter John Carreyrou, whose investigative pieces in the Wall Street Journal led to the unraveling of Holmes’ blood-testing company, Theranos. Holmes plans to argue that Carreyrou didn’t just report on Theranos, but urged sources to file formal complaints against the company and exerted influence “on the regulatory process in a way that appears to have warped the agencies’ focus on the company and possibly biased the agencies’ findings against it,” according to a court filing obtained by Bloomberg’s Josh Rosenblatt.
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“So Who Is Reporting That Trump Sanctions Have Killed Thousands of Venezuelans?” by Joe Emersberger (FAIR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

I wrote on June 14 about Reuters burying (for over a month) a study (CEPR, 4/25/19) by prominent economists Jeffrey Sachs and Mark Weisbrot that links economic sanctions President Donald Trump imposed on Venezuela in August 2017 to an estimated 40,000 deaths by the end of 2018…

Below is a list of English-language outlets that, according to the Nexis news database, mentioned the study as of June 17. They are overwhelmingly non-US outlets:

CE Noticias Financieras (English) (4 mentions)
Sputnik News Service (Russia) (3)
Iran Daily (2)
Bangladesh Government News
China Daily
China Daily (US Edition)
Crikey (Australia)
Edmonton Sun (Canada)
Eurasia Review (US)
Kashmir Times (India)
Newsbank (Washington news sources)
PM News (Nigeria)
Press TV (Iran)
Pressenza International Press Agency (Ecuador)
States News Service (US)
The Nation (US)

Jonathan Cook

“The Danger of Getting Sidetracked” by Jonathan Cook (Consortium News)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

I really do not wish to write about Mark Field, the British government minister who assaulted a climate change activist last week, grabbing her by the neck and violently marching her out of a City of London dinner while all the hundreds of other wealthy diners watched either impassively or approvingly. But whatever my wishes, it seems I must.

I don’t wish to write about Mark Field, because the media have constructed a debate that is limited to one matter only, even if there are apparently innumerable variations of that one issue to be raised…

There is a reason why the corporate media quickly escalate simple stories like Mark Field’s into such apparently elaborate and polarizing public discussions. And the reason is to stop other kinds of debates, much more vital ones, from taking place that these stories would naturally provoke if we had a truly free media. We are being offered the modern version of bread and circuses.

Marc Steiner and Shir Hever

“German Bank Closes Account of Jewish Voices for Peace Over BDS Support” by Shir Hever and Marc Steiner (TRNN)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

MARC STEINER Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Marc Steiner. Twice since the Nazis ruled Germany, a German bank has closed the account of a Jewish organization. It happened in 2016— same bank, same Jewish organization once again. The bank is called the Bank for Social Economy, which operates accounts for many civil society organizations, and it’s considered a progressive banking institution. Nonetheless, they closed the account of Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East. Jewish Voice— as it’s known— is a German organization promoting solidarity with Palestinian rights. We covered this here at The Real News before, describing how it was part of a worldwide campaign to demand that the Bank for Social Economy refrain from discrimination against its Jewish customers. The bank ceded and the bank reopened the account. This year, things heated up again. The bank then commissioned an external expert to investigate whether the Jewish Voice is an anti-Semitic group. Although eventually, the expert refused to conduct such an investigation. Then Jewish Voice proceeded to win the Göttingen Prize. Shortly afterwards, the bank posed an ultimatum to them— renounce BDS or we’ll close your account…

SHIR HEVER Well, the bank conducted a negotiating process with us, with Jewish Voice for a Just Peace in the Middle East and—

MARC STEINER Were you part of that? Were you part of that? The negotiation?

SHIR HEVER No, no. Other members of the board participated in the negotiation process and basically, we were quite optimistic about this negotiating process. We came with a very positive outlook to it and we thought the bank is actually willing to apologize for blaming us of anti-Semitism and arranging this investigation against us. The bank was also, understandably, under a lot of international pressure and also pressure inside Germany to close our account because it was generally understood that if a Jewish organization loses its account for supporting the BDS Movement, then every organization in Germany will have to. All the other organizations will have to announce that they reject BDS, otherwise their accounts will be closed as well in a very McCarthyistic way.

NPR depiction (6/11/19) of Haitian protester. (photo: Dieu Nalio Chery/AP)

“In Haiti, Washington Meddling Missed by Press” by Jane Regan (FAIR)

An excerpt from the above linked-to article follows:

Tens of thousands marching in the streets nationwide to denounce government corruption, reports of police and gang violence and murder and a downwardly spiraling economy. Calls for the government to step down.

If this were Venezuela, as recent FAIR analyses pointed out, elite media journalists and commentators would be all over the story. After all, they’ve been endorsing Washington’s blatant and repeated imperialist designs and interventions in that country for over a decade.

But this is not Venezuela. It’s Haiti.

Not that Washington has always opposed regime change in the world’s first black republic. A decade ago, presidents Bush père et fils approved and backed coup d’états twice, in 1991 and 2004, against Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a left-wing populist chosen in the country’s first free elections. As with Iran and Venezuela, those were what The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill (2/20/19) called “Regime Change We Can Believe In.”

But unlike Aristide, and unlike Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, President Jovenel Moïse is Washington’s “man in Port-au-Prince.” He was hand-picked by Michael “Sweet Mickey” Martelly, the previous Washington-approved president, and had pledged to follow his “Haiti Is Open for Business” neoliberal policies.

Is that why corporate media are not calling for the replacement of the Haitian government? In any case, they’re doing very little to inform US audiences of the increasingly dire crisis in that country, caused in no small part by the two Aristide-overthrows and a series of harmful US-imposed “free trade” policies starting back in the 1980s.

“A Loud Whoompfing Sound”

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