The Weekly Watch
Coup, Coup, Cachoo
The world is engulfed with U.S. led coups. There's Venezuela, Iran, Ukraine, Nicaragua, Cuba, and too many other African and Asian nations to list. In a comment this week Joe suggested there may not be more ongoing coups today than in the past, but they've never been so blatant and obvious. There's also an on going coup against truth tellers. To paraphrase Julian, "Since lies bring us wars, perhaps truth can bring peace." Concurrently, we have a corporate coup against the ecosystem. May 5, Cinco de Mayo, is a celebration of a coup when the Mexican Army defeated the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862 (at least temporarily). However, Mexico celebrates independence day on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores, which initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain. Stretching the theme this week, let's also look at coops and chicken coops.
Contrary to public opinion...(according to wiki)
In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. More popularly celebrated in the United States than Mexico, the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. These celebrations began in California, where they have been observed annually since 1863. The day gained nationwide popularity in the 1980s thanks especially to advertising campaigns by beer and wine companies.
Dos Equis or Modelo Negro anyone?
Let's start this Cinco de Mayo looking at the on going U.S. coup in Venezuela.
It would seem that the April 30th coup effort by Juan Guaidó backfired and energized the Chavista base while it demoralized the opposition. Mike Fox reports from Caracas
https://therealnews.com/stories/the-calm-after-the-storm-in-venezuela-op... (video or text)
There was a lot of deception within Maduro's inner circle. But it was the opposition and its backers who were deceived, not Nicolas Maduro. Putting Guaidó into jail would only make him a martyr. The U.S. would use it to for further bashing. Guaidó running continues to turn himself into a clown.
This week, leading US neocons openly threatened that if the CIA’s latest attempts to stage a coup to overthrow Venezuela’s Maduro government failed, Washington might send in the Marines. The CIA also failed to overthrow governments in Moscow, Tehran and Damascus. Its only ‘success’ to date has been in overthrowing Ukraine’s pro-Moscow government and putting a bunch of corrupt clowns in its place at a cost near $10 billion.
Abby Martin says that Juan Guaido cosplayed as president for three months, gallivanting around the world, so it's not surprising that they're getting desperate. But despite the blatant slant in corporate media, resistance to the coup plot is growing among U.S. citizens.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGIDe4wWHbI (7 min)
Tariq Ali sheds light on the violent, yet quickly defeated coup attempt against the legitimate government of Venezuela.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0BQ44IkPqE (8 min)
The hardships in Venezuela are created primarily by US economic sanctions and out right theft. Jeffery Sachs estimates more than 40,000 people have died in Venezuela since 2017 as a result of U.S. sanctions. (video or text)
One of Venezuela's coup masterminds Leopoldo Lopez has a history of promoting violence to advance the agenda of Venezuela's elite
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-feDyqf3JYY (2 min)
Jimmy Dore explains Venezuelan Coup Fails & So Does CNN
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8rnWIRrpW0 (17 min)
Despite bearing the clear hallmarks of a coup—defined as “the violent overthrow or alteration of an existing government by a small group”—US media have overwhelmingly supported it.... Framing how readers see an issue is an incredibly powerful tool of persuasion.
Caitlin has developed a translation of MSM talking points on Venezuela
Coup against the Truth
Julian Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, talks about the first extradition hearing Assange had in London, where he refused to voluntarily turn himself over to US authorities.
https://therealnews.com/stories/assange-extradition-will-have-chilling-e... (video or text)
Wikileaks Ambassador Joseph Farrell and former Ecuadorean Embassy Consul Rafael Narvaez on the sentencing of Julian Assange to 50 weeks in prison, the possible extradition of Assange to the United States, his condition and treatment in prison.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpBktMZ9pac (13 min)
On the 2nd of May 2019 in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate,was a demonstration called “We are all Julian Assange!”. A Statement from Edward Snowden on the prosecution of Julian Assange was read out by German theatre director Angela Richter and another statement from Yanis Varoufakis was read out by German actor Malte Sundermann. Artists and actors such as Pamela Anderson, Ai Weiwei, etc. also supported this demonstration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRFej-HcKgQ (18 min)
This two part article provides many perspectives from John Pilger to Ed Snowden
The indictment’s implied threat thus reaches beyond Assange and even beyond journalists. Reportedly, British and U.S. intelligence are interrogating Assange, possibly employing torture tactics, without access to legal counsel at a prison reserved for terrorists.
Cyber-security and privacy expert Ola Bini was arrested in Ecuador the same day that Ecuador revoked Julian Assange's asylum. A court now affirmed his pre-trial detention, while his parents and his lawyers say it has no basis (video or text)
Political Coups can be absurd...
After examining about 2,000 tweets from more than 30 Twitter accounts controlled by major news sources over three weeks earlier this year, Media Matters for America (MMFA) reported Friday that the accounts simply spread Trump's lies 65 percent of the time, without providing context or disputing his remarks.
Protests..the peoples coup(s)
University strikes in Mexico
Jimmy discusses the New Gaza Documentary "Shocks The Conscience" w/Abby Martin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pkF6mqIUA4 (11 min)
In practice as well as legally Israel is a colonial entity that occupies Palestinian land, especially in Gaza and the West Bank. Any armed struggle by Palestinians against the occupation, provoked or not, is thus morally and legally justified. But do not expect that any 'western' mainstream media will ever point that out.
Daoud Kuttab explains the dilemmas facing the new Shtayyeh government, the third Palestinian government that was appointed without elections in Palestine. Can such a government maintain legitimacy to oppose the Israeli occupation?
Dr. Omar Shaban discusses the World Bank report on the shrinking Gaza economy and how Israeli sanctions and restrictions have destroyed a once thriving economy.
Demolition of unauthorized Palestinian-owned structures in east Jerusalem is not unusual. But the Peace Forest demolitions have drawn particular attention because of accelerating construction by a nationalist Jewish organization in the same park.
...at some point in everybody’s life, they have to decide whether or not they believe in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Paris. If you do—either you believe in it or you don’t; you can’t have it both ways. And so, if you do believe it, then you have to stand up for people’s human rights all over the world, irrespective of their ethnicity or their religion or their nationality. ROGER WATERS
The Neo-liberal state is crumbling and Macron is going be the sacrificial lamb. At this stage he will be lucky to last two months. His clumsy handling of the Notre Dame blaze has outraged and enraged more sections of the French population. Indeed throughout the five months of protest, and despite the wall to wall media propaganda, opinion polls consistently show continued and unwavering sympathy and support of the Gilets Jaunes.
Thousands of indigenous people from across Brazil are gathering in the capital of Brasilia this week for the biggest indigenous protest in the country, the Free Land Camp.
“Only rebellion will prevent an ecological apocalypse.” Monbiot says capitalism “is like a gun pointed at the heart of the planet. … It will essentially, necessarily destroy our life support systems. Among those characteristics is the drive for perpetual economic growth on a finite planet.” (video or text)
The momentum for the weekly climate strikes shows no sign of abating as young people in hundreds of communities across the globe are hitting the streets on Friday to make a stand against the environmental crisis.
XR met with some success this week after their week long London protest. The UK Parliament has joined Wales and Scotland in declaring a Climate Emergency. After which they voted to add a new runway to Heathrow?
How about a little COOPeration?
I posted this recently, but if you missed it, this is an interesting model of a cooperative community developed from an old school. Watch to the end to see how the project is designed and financed.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh96D7zK5q4 (7 min)
...or do you want a chicken coop?
Here's a nice article with many designs and some good tips.
Now you can be the egg man...
The lyrics are misspelled, IMO it should read coup, coup, cachoo!
Another week gone. Hope you all can look back and feel it was worthwhile and productive...or at least enjoyable. Friday would have been Pete Seeger's 100th birthday.
“Songs are funny things. They can slip across borders. Proliferate in prisons. Penetrate hard shells. I always believed that the right song at the right moment could change history.” ~ Pete Seeger
Here he is sharing some stories...amid his song "Well may the world go" one of my favorite to play and sing...
Well may your corner of the world go. Have a great Sunday...