Thursday, February 07, 2019

Common Dreams:
"Adding another chapter to its long history of supporting U.S.-backed coups in Latin America, the New York Times editorial team on Wednesday gave Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó prime op-ed real estate to call on governments of the world stand with him and the Trump administration as they attempt to overthrow elected President Nicolás Maduro 'with the minimum of bloodshed.' ...

'They'll tell you this about restoring democracy and human rights in the South American country,' Peter Certo, editorial manager for the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., wrote of the White House's actions. 'But one look at the administration officials driving the putsch perishes the thought.'

Highlighting the long anti-democratic records of Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and newly appointed Venezuela envoy Elliot Abrams—all of whom have backed authoritarians leaders, death squads, and illegal wars throughout their careers in government—Certo concluded that the U.S. must abandon its push for regime change and 'back regional dialogue and diplomacy.' "

-->How eager the Western Democracies are to overthrow the elected president of Venezuela. And how our media is cheerleading another war crime in Latin America.  

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The Guardian UK:
"The FBI opened a 'domestic terrorism' investigation into a civil rights group in California, labeling the activists 'extremists' after they protested against neo-Nazis in 2016, new documents reveal.

Federal authorities ran a surveillance operation on By Any Means Necessary (Bamn), spying on the leftist group’s movements in an inquiry that came after one of Bamn’s members was stabbed at the white supremacist rally, according to documents obtained by the Guardian. ...

The FBI considered the KKK as victims and the leftist protesters as potential terror threats, and downplayed the threats of the Klan. ... The report ignored '100 years of Klan terrorism that has killed thousands of Americans and continues using violence right up to the present day', German said [Mike German, a former FBI agent and far-right expert]. 'This description of the KKK should be an embarrassment to FBI leadership.' ”

-->Yes, the FBI sees itself as much closer to the KKK than to any anti-fascist activists. And yes, the FBI has always been a danger to our democratic form of government. The story didn't appear in the NYT.

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