Failed Venezuelan coup leader now wants dialogue. But here’s what corporate media won’t tell you.

Juan Guaidó, the leader of the US-backed coup attempt in Venezuela, is now proposing dialogue with the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. This, of course, should be welcomed, especially given the huge amount of harm that the coup attempt has led to. But there’s an important reality that the corporate-owned press will surely leave out of their reportage on this development: Which is that the Venezuelan government has been willing to negotiate all along. This omission serves to obscure the fact that it is the opposition that has been the obstinate party. Its sudden about-face on the matter, meanwhile, amounts to nothing short of a tacit…

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Here’s what you can do to support Palestinians resisting apartheid, ethnic cleansing and settler-colonialism

The Israeli government continues to commit human rights violations and war crimes against indigenous Palestinians. Since 10 May, the Israeli army has launched a number of deadly airstrikes on Gaza. And since then we’ve seen Israeli military forces brutalising Palestinians protesting ethnic cleansing, and resisting forced expulsion from their homes. We’ve also seen Israeli police attacking worshippers. And in keeping with the apartheid regime, Israeli officials have refused to vaccinate a majority of indigenous Palestinians. The UK government is supporting these human rights violations through arms sales, and failing to denounce the actions of the Israeli state. So it’s time to take action. Here are just some of the ways we…

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While Palestine burns and Ballymurphy weeps, warmongers Blair and Campbell enjoy a breakfast TV catch-up

This week saw Palestine under Israeli bombardment once again. Nearer home, an inquest confirmed that British troops massacred innocent civilians in Belfast in 1971. Yet on Wednesday morning, former PM Tony Blair and his one-time propagandist Alistair Campbell chatted on breakfast TV. Campbell, now the host of Good Morning Britain, had a smug talk with his old boss about Labour Party politics, political power and vaccines. Their role in the destruction of Iraq went unmentioned. As did the profound links between colonialism and violence in Gaza, the West Bank and Belfast. For the British ruling class and its media backers, these are figures of legitimacy, vaccinated against any…

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Cameron says he had ‘big economic investment’ in Greensill Capital

David Cameron has said he had a “big economic investment” in Greensill Capital but insisted that did not motivate his intense lobbying of the Government for the collapsed firm. The Conservative former prime minister said it was a “panful day” for him on Thursday as he gave evidence to MPs over his controversial lobbying of senior figures including Chancellor Rishi Sunak. Mr Cameron placed calls and sent dozens of texts and emails to ministers and senior officials as he appealed for their help in gaining access for Greensill to Government Covid support programmes. Rishi Sunak (Yui Mok/PA) Appearing before the Commons Treasury Committee, he insisted there was “absolutely…

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Nathan Thrall on the Historic Palestinian Uprising Against Israeli Control from the River to the Sea

This year Democracy Now! is celebrating our 25th anniversary—that's 25 years of bringing you fearless, independent reporting. Since our very first broadcast in 1996, Democracy Now! has refused to take government or corporate funding, because nothing is more important to us than our editorial independence. But that means we rely on you, our audience, for support. Please donate today in honor of our 25th anniversary and help us stay on air for another 25 years. We can't do our work without you. Right now, a generous donor will even DOUBLE your gift, which means it’ll go twice as far! This is a challenging time for us all, but…

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"Lynch Mobs": Palestinians Face Brutal Attacks Inside Israel as Assault on Gaza Escalates

Televised images of Israeli mobs attacking Palestinians have been widely denounced by Israeli media and public figures, but Palestinian writer Budour Hassan says the selective outrage ignores decades of occupation that have led to this point. “There is some mention of these lynch mobs that are attacking Palestinians in mixed cities. What is not mentioned is who emboldened these lynch mobs. We’re talking about state-sponsored, decades-long discrimination, isolation and erasure that emboldened these groups,” says Hassan, legal researcher for the Jerusalem Center for Legal Aid and Human Rights, who joins us from Nazareth. Source link

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Poet Mohammed El-Kurd Detained in Sheikh Jarrah After Condemning Israeli Apartheid on U.S. TV

On Monday, we spoke to writer and poet Mohammed El-Kurd, whose family is facing forceful eviction from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem. He also spoke on CNN and MSNBC. After these interviews, Israeli forces arrested him and forcibly removed him from Sheikh Jarrah. It was captured in a dramatic video shared widely on social media. “They just threw me in the street and told me that I couldn’t come back into the neighborhood,” El-Kurd says. “They’ve done this many times to us, many of my family members, many of my neighbors. They do this routinely.” El-Kurd has been one of the most prominent Palestinian voices in recent…

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“The Scene Is Horrific”: Gazans Trapped as Israel Escalates Bombing, Killing Dozens in the Territory

This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.AMY GOODMAN: The death toll in Gaza has reached at least 83 as Israel’s aerial bombardment of the besieged territory enters a fourth day. The dead include at least 17 children. Over 480 Palestinians have also been injured. Israel is now amassing troops near Gaza for a possible ground invasion. This comes as many Palestinians are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan. On Wednesday, Israel leveled one of the tallest buildings in Gaza City, a 14-story high-rise that housed several local media outlets as well as residential units. It was…

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Muslims around the world celebrate Eid across a backdrop of resistance

This year’s Eid al-Fitr comes at a time when Muslims around the world are coming together in solidarity. Gaza is under siege from a settler-colonial state. The treatment of Uighur Muslims in detention camps has been declared a ‘crime against humanity’. Black Muslims face multiple oppressions. Kashmiri Muslims continue to live under occupation. Queer Muslims face persecution and rejection. As ever, Muslims have come together to express grief and hope. Palestine Palestinian activist Muhammad Smiry shared an image of people praying together: Eid Fitr Mubarak from the capital of Palestine pic.twitter.com/o3qvt0pH4o — Muhammad Smiry 🇵🇸 (@MuhammadSmiry) May 13, 2021 Author Elif Shafak shared thoughts on the heartbreak of Eid…

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Headlines for May 13, 2021

Gaza Death Toll Soars Amid Israeli Airstrikes as Israeli Troops Mass for Ground InvasionU.S. Blocks U.N. Resolution on Israel-Palestine as Biden Asserts Israel's "Right to Defend Itself"Chanting "Death to Arabs," Israeli Mobs Attack Arab-Owned Businesses and Assault DriverIndia Reports Another 4,100 COVID-19 Deaths as Cases Begin to Decline in Delhi Nurses Honor 400 Colleagues Who Lost Their Lives to COVID-19, Call for More ProtectionsU.S. COVID Numbers Fall as Doctors Debate Vaccinating Kids Ahead of Vulnerable People AbroadU.N. Calls for Doubling Global Vaccine Production as Some Countries Have Yet to Receive Single DoseCuba Starts to Roll Out Two Domestic Vaccines Delayed EPA Report Paints Dire Picture of Human-Caused Climate CrisisColonial Pipeline…

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