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The Strategy Behind Washington’s Destabilization Of Venezuela

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[In my experience, MintPress News uses emotionally charged language but is fact based. Venezuela represents everything that the U.S. opposes in the region: socialism, anti-imperialism, economic independence via energy exports and a viable ally for China, Russia, Iran and other countries that oppose the hegemonic designs of Washington. *RON*]
Eric Draitser, MintPress News, 19 May 19, 2017

NEW YORK (Analysis)– The corporate media continues to churn out endless stories detailing repression, state violence and socioeconomic collapse in Venezuela. Conspicuously absent from their stories, however, is the fact that much of the turmoil in the Bolivarian Republic is a result of an economic and psychological war being waged against the country by right-wing elements inside Venezuela and their backers in the United States.

Naturally, this charge has been dismissed out of hand by the imperial stenographers at the New York Times, Washington Post and The Econ…

Oklahoma Lawmaker: Rape and Incest are the ‘Will of God’

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[American Taliban. *RON*]
Michael Stone, Progressive Secular Humanist / Patheos, 23 March 2017
Oklahoma State Rep. George Faught argues that rape and incest are the will of God while defending anti-abortion legislation.

Tuesday the Oklahoma House approved House Bill 1549, also called the Prenatal Nondiscrimination act of 2017. The controversial legislation would prohibit abortion when the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome or any other birth defect.

Discussing the legislation before Tuesday’s vote, Faught, the bill’s author, said when it comes to abortion, people are being allowed to play God.

While discussing Faught’s legislation on the House floor Rep. Regina Goodwin asked:

At what point did you decide that that’s within your ability to decide for all women in Oklahoma?

Faught replied:

One of the things that I campaigned on was to protect life, and I believe life begins at conception.

At one point Rep. Cory Williams (D) asked Faught if rape is the…

A Murderous History of Korea

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[Excellent historical reminders; well worth the read. *RON*]
Bruce Cumings, London Review of Books, Vol. 39 No. 10 · 18 May 2017, pages 17-19

More than four decades ago I went to lunch with a diplomatic historian who, like me, was going through Korea-related documents at the National Archives in Washington. He happened to remark that he sometimes wondered whether the Korean Demilitarised Zone might be ground zero for the end of the world. This April, Kim In-ryong, a North Korean diplomat at the UN, warned of ‘a dangerous situation in which a thermonuclear war may break out at any moment’. A few days later, President Trump told Reuters that ‘we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea.’ American atmospheric scientists have shown that even a relatively contained nuclear war would throw up enough soot and debris to threaten the global population: ‘A regional war between India and Pakistan, for instance, has the potential to dramat…

Jailed for a Facebook post: how US police target critics with arrest and prosecution

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[Democracy, Facebook style. Felony case is part of what civil rights campaigners say is a disturbing trend of arresting users over innocuous political messages that constitute free speech. See also: Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence, and Why Facebook say its fine to 'snap a b---h's neck' but will delete 'shoot Trump' comments. *RON*]

Sam Levin, The Guardian, 18 May 2017

Robert Peralta’s life was derailed by a single Facebook comment.

When the San Franciscan saw a well-known local activist had posted about being “choked” and “slammed” by a sheriff’s deputy at city hall, Peralta fired off a short response: “Wow, brother they wanna hit our general. It’s time to strike back. Let’s burn this motherfucker’s house down.”

Peralta, a 35-year-old activist and musician, didn’t think twice about the 23 January Facebook thread until two months later, when he learned that police had issued a warrant …