The Bad Memory of the Good Media. By Iroel Sanchez


CNN journalist Jim Acosta is in the news because he had an incident with U.S. President Donald Trump during a press conference at the White House. Acosta first asked about President Donald Trump’s description of the caravan of Central American immigrants seeking to enter the United States as an “invasion”. Acosta accused Trump of demonizing them and in the exchange, a White House intern tried to remove the microphone but that time Acosta resisted and asked a second question about “the Russian investigation.”

As a result, Jim Acosta was expelled from the press conference and his White House credential was withdrawn. This has generated thousands of news dispatches. What none of those reports has remembered is that, when Jim Acosta was in Havana, “embedded” in the delegation headed by then-U.S. President Barack Obama who visited the island, he had another tense dialogue. That one was with Cuban leader Raul Castro, but no one tried to take his microphone or put him out of the room:

Jim Acosta: “Why do you have Cuban political prisoners and why don’t you release them?”

Raul Castro: “Give me the list of political prisoners now to release them. Or give me a list of names if there are political prisoners. And if there are those political prisoners, before nightfall they are going to be released.

Needless to say, Acosta did not turn in any lists, but no one expelled him from Cuba because of it.

CNN’s concern, and that of the American press in general, for political prisoners and liberties, and also its hostility toward Donald Trump, is a little selective. During his visit to Israel, which coincided with the numerous and harassed demonstrations by Palestinians in support of their prisoners in Israeli jails, nothing was asked of the Israeli President or said in those media about political prisoners in Israel.

As for the “invasion” of Central American emigrants, mainly Hondurans, neither Acosta nor CNN, nor any U.S. media has alluded to the responsibility of the United States for the state of poverty, social crisis and violence faced by the countries of the so-called Northern Triangle (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras), who have been devastated by decades of dirty war and neoliberalism encouraged by Washington.

Particularly in the case of Honduras, when it began a path to address social needs, integrating into the education and health programs of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) was impacted in 2009 by the military coup that began the U.S. counteroffensive in Latin America aiming to re-establish its hegemony in the region. That was led by Barack Obama’s White House, who by the way has been the U.S. president who has deported more immigrants than any other in history.

In Honduras, 15 journalists were murdered after that coup supported by the United States.There is even a video in which the murder of an informant is ordered, after the uncomfortable question to a powerful businessman linked to the coup plotters (see 10:25 minutes of the documentary The Deadliest Place in the World for a Journalist:   which has been on the Internet since October 2011), but neither Democrats nor Republicans demonstrated on the matter, much less CNN nor any US corporate media. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=633&v=dvg1JcvC3KM

“Send someone to kill him.”

One thing that Trump, Jim Acosta, Barack Obama, CNN and all the “free press” agree on is that the United States, unlike Cuba, is a country with democracy and freedom of expression, but more and more common things happen there in the countries classified as “banana republics,” a term coined in his volume of stories Cabbages and Kings by the American writer O. Henry to refer to Honduras, something that is the result of repeated military interventions and economic looting, along with the export of violence, armed gangs and corruption, as well as the export of violence, armed gangs and corruption.

But what is happening in Trump’s United States, with scandals over the president’s relations with prostitutes, dismissals of officials for spurious motives, and even brothel owners who win elections even after death, surpasses novels like The Autumn of the Patriarch or the Resource of the Method. Of course, these are conclusions too deep to be told by Jim Acosta or CNN, and, if they were to be addressed, it would be to say that it is the exceptional result of the management of an irresponsible madman, never of a system where he sends the money and thanks to which a tycoon who runs a country as if it were his company was able to become President.

Translated and edited by Walter Lippmann
https://walterlippmann.com/the-bad-memory-of-the-good-media/

(Publicado en español en Al Mayadeen)

 

La mala memoria de los buenos medios. Por Iroel Sánchez


El periodista de CNN Jim Acosta es noticia porque ha tenido un incidente con el Presidente estadounidense Donald Trump durante una conferencia de prensa en la Casa Blanca. Acosta preguntó primero sobre el calificativo del Presidente Donald Trump como “invasión” a la caravana de inmigrantes centroamericanos que busca ingresar a los Estados Unidos, acusando a este de demonizarlos y en el intercambio una becaria le intentó quitar el micrófono pero Acosta se resistió a hacerlo e hizo una segunda pregunta sobre “la investigación rusa”.

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La división triunfante. Por Pedro Pablo Gómez


Un panorama de conflictos se avizora de acuerdo con los resultados recogidos en la pasada contienda electoral denominada de medio término en los Estados Unidos, por una parte el Partido Demócrata logró sus deseos de obtener la mayoría de representantes en la Cámara con 219 plazas, mientras los republicanos mantenían el mando en el Senado, con una votación que superaba sus deseos y contra  de las aspiraciones de los llamados ‘’liberales’’. El proceso terminado deja clara una cuestión fundamental: la población norteamericana muestra un alto nivel de división interna en sus apetencias políticas. Sigue leyendo

El ALBA en Nicaragua: Certificación de una derrota (video). Por Iroel Sánchez


Ayer TeleSUR  me entrevistó sobre la reunión de coordinadores de la Alianza Bolivariana para los Pueblos de Nuestra América Tratado de Comercio de los Pueblos (ALBA TCP) que se lleva a cabo en Managua, Nicaragua. Allí opiné que tal encuentro es “la certificación de la derrota de los planes norteamericanos para dar final a un proyecto como el ALBA, pasando por derrocar al gobierno de Nicaragua, como uno de los países integrantes de esta alianza”.

Por cierto, ruego me disculpen porque en un desliz del inconsciente dije Donald Troll en vez de Trump. 

John Bolton: Sí, señores, somos el Imperio. Por Iroel Sánchez


Es común en parte de la izquierda latinoamericana utilizar la palabra Imperio para referirse a los Estados Unidos, y antiimperialistas suelen reconocerse quienes cuestionan las políticas hegemonistas e injerencistas que ese país ha sostenido en la región. Por ejemplo, la Constitución vigente en Cuba y el nuevo proyecto que se discute actualmente recogen la expresión “imperialismo yanqui” y proclaman el antiimperialismo como un principio de las relaciones internacionales de la República. Sigue leyendo