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Analysis: Media Watch

US Prosecutors are Good Imperial Soldiers

(Reuters)

Juan Forero’s latest article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), co-authored by José de Córdoba, ran with the headline “Venezuelan Officials Suspected of Turning Country into Global Cocaine Hub”. The article was immediately cited by the BBCUK Guardian, and Reuters among others. Here are five things readers should notice about the article.

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How to Grossly Misrepresent Venezuelan Reality: A Reply to Alejandro Toledo

Peruvian ex-president Alejandro Toledo, best known for promoting the US-Peru free trade agreement, currently faces trial for cor

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times titled "How to Fix the Mess in Venezuela", former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo dutifully recites the tired litany of fabrications and distortions which have long become standard fare in international media coverage of the Bolivarian Republic.

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Amnesty International Whitewashes Venezuelan Opposition Abuses

Chavista effigies hung in 2014. (TeleSUR)

Amnesty International's latest report on Venezuela calls for justice for the dozens of people killed during the unrest that shook the country a year ago, while using sleight of hand to deflect attention away from those responsible.

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Rumour as a Weapon: The Case of the “Stolen Children”

Venezuela has in recent weeks been swept by a wave of false rumors concerning the kidnapping of children, which some claim is pa

The author contends that the recent wave of false rumors concerning the kidnapping of Venezuelan children is part of a campaign of psychological warfare aimed at destabilizing the Bolivarian government. 

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Spain's Podemos Just Latest Victim of Toxic Venezuela Monster!

"Chavzilla", copyright Asa Cusack 2015, based on public domain 1954 Japanese movie poster, with elements of other CC l

Asa Cusack reflects on how Venezuela has unjustifiably become such a toxic brand that the right wing can use it to tar political opponents.

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But What About the Oil? US Senators Get to the Heart of the Matter in Wake of Venezuela Sanctions

US Senator Marco Rubio (redstate.com)

Last week, lawyer and journalist Glen Greenwald acerbically asked if there was “anyone, anywhere, that wants to defend the reasonability” of Obama’s claim that Venezuela is an “extraordinary threat” to U.S. security. On Tuesday at a Senate Foreign Relations Hearing on Venezuela, a band of rightwing “human rights” specialists including US senator Marco Rubio decided to make a Herculean attempt.

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Social Media Coup? The Vile Virality of Venezuela’s Opposition

Venezuela's opposition took to social media to manipulate the international media into portraying right-wing protesters as

On the anniversary of the outbreak of violent right-wing protests, teleSUR examines the role of social media in fomenting violence and misinformation.

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Venezuelan Guarimbas: 11 Things the Media Didn't Tell You

Destroying a metro stop during last year's guarimbas. (Credit: Alba Ciudad/Telesur English).

teleSur journalists Tamara Pearson and Ryan Mallett-Outtrim debunk the myriad of lies and fabrications disseminated by the mainstream corporate media about the violent opposition protests in 2014, known as the "guarimbas." 

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The Worst Venezuela Coverage of 2014

Image from a Reuters article claiming constant homicides are making coffins scarce in Venezuela.

(Reuters/Carlos Garcia Rawli

Joe Emersberger lists examples of corporate media's most outrageous claims about Venezuela in 2014, and explains specific political agendas endorsed by those messages.

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Academics and Diplomats Contest the Washington Post’s Criticism of the Maduro Administration

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro addressing the United Nations General Assembly (agencies)

The Post’s opposition to Venezuela’s aspiration to a UN Security Council seat and its criticism of the Maduro administration has been challenged by the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) and diplomatic sources, published together here.

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Reporters without Scruples and the Committee to Protect Press Barons

Media distortions against Venezuela continue (CEPR)

Emersberger describes how the mainstream media sides with the Venezuelan opposition.

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Nobel Peace Laureates Slam Human Rights Watch's Refusal to Cut Ties to U.S. Government

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. (Reuters)
In a May 12 letter, two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and over 100 scholars, journalists and human rights activists called on Human Rights Watch to close its revolving door to the U.S. government. On June 3, HRW published a response from executive director Kenneth Roth on its website, arguing that their “concern is misplaced."

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Whitewashing Venezuela’s Right Wing

Opposition activists clash with security forces in Caracas, March 2014 (Federico Parra)

In the heated media war over Venezuela, studies produced by well-funded NGOs (usually with ties to powerful states) have been regularly cited by the western corporate media to paint a grim picture of the country.

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Protest and Destabilization in Venezuela: The Difference Between the Violent And Non-Violent Right Is Smaller Than You May Think

Anti-government protestors in Venezuela. (Carlos Becerra / Creative Commons)

Ellner argues that the opposition's street action and civil unrest appear to follow a coordinated plan which is pre-designed to provoke regime change in Venezuela while justifying violence in the eyes of mass media.

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Human Right Watch's Revolving Door

Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch (archive)

Fernandez examines how the Washington-based Human Rights Watch organisation takes stances toward left and right-wing Latin American governments that are “suspiciously in line with U.S. policy”.

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