“La mauvaise mémoire des médias”. Par Iroel Sánchez

Le journaliste de CNN Jim Acosta est sur le devant de la scène après l’incident avec le Président américain Donald Trump qui a eu lieu durant une conférence de presse à la Maison Blanche. Acosta a d’abord questionné le Président Donald Trump sur le qualificatif d’”invasion” qu’il a utilisé pour parler de la caravane d’immigrants d’Amérique centrale cherchant à entrer aux États-Unis, et l’a accusé de les diaboliser ; dans l’échange une boursière a essayé de lui retirer le micro, mais  Acosta a refusé le geste et a posé une deuxième question à propos d’une “recherche russe”. Sigue leyendo

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As a result, Jim Acosta was expelled from the press conference and his White House credential was withdrawn.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

(Publicado en español en Al Mayadeen)


Las subjetividades en el debate del Proyecto de Constitución. Por Manuel Calviño

Yo no quiero para nada hacer aquí una reunión de la Constitución, pero sí reafirmar la importancia de las subjetividades, múltiples, condicionantes y condicionadas. Y como yo soy psicólogo e investigador miro, observo y encuentro que, por ejemplo, los que yo llamo “barrigas llenas”, por decirlo de un modo humorístico, es decir, los que tienen una condición digamos más favorable para enfrentar las vicisitudes de la vida hoy, cuando se habla de la concentración de la riqueza, dicen: “No, ese no es el problema, el problema no tiene nada que ver con la concentración de la riqueza ni la propiedad… lo que hay es que liberar y que la gente luche y que salga alante”, y los “barrigas llenables” dicen: “¿Pero adónde vamos a ir a parar, loco?… hay quien se hace cada día más rico, y los otros no estamos desamparados, ni lo estaremos, pero la estamos pasando muy difícil”. Y es el mismo Proyecto, es el mismo texto, es la misma realidad, pero obviamente cada uno lo ve desde su perspectiva. Y la historia nos ayuda a anticiparnos, a dialogar con la realidad, con esa realidad de las subjetividades múltiples, subjetividades que se conforman desde lugares distintos, siendo el mismo país, subjetividades sustentadas en diez cuc al mes, -doscientos cincuenta pesos, su salario, ganan diez CUC al mes-, y otras subjetividades extendidas desde veinte mil cuc al mes. Subjetividades que concentran más del 80% del dinero que está en los bancos, y no son más que el 15% de las subjetividades.

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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