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Green. Socialist. Vegetarian. Mac nerd.

Ilhan Omar did nothing wrong

Ilhan Omar did nothing wrong.

Nothing.

If being critical of the actions of the Israeli government, and the complicity of our own in those same actions makes me antisemitic in your eyes, so be it.

Being opposed to Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic. I am grateful to the many Jewish allies who have spoken out and said the same.

 

The Greencast – March 4, 2019 – Khalida Jarrar

Show Notes:

On the show this week, I’m covering the release of Palestinian legislator Khalida Jarrar, held for nearly two years by the Israeli government without charge or trial. Also, the UN Commission on Human Rights released a report last week on Israeli snipers knowingly targeting emergency medical workers, disabled people and children at the 2018 Palestinian Right of Return protest. Finally, several items covering the continued lead up to war in Venezuela.

March 16, 2019 March on Washington: make your voice heard, #HandsOffVenezuela.

https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

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Theme Music: Passage, by Lee Rosevere

http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

@UN Commission of Inquiry on the 2018 protests in #Palestine finds that “Israeli snipers shot at journalists, health workers, children and persons with disabilities, knowing they were clearly recognizable as such.

https://twitter.com/ungeneva/status/1101135170143436800

Full Report, UN Human Rights Council: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/CoIOPT/Pages/Report2018OPT.aspx

Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar was released today from an Israeli prison where she was held for almost 2 years without charge or trial. Her case isn’t unique, it’s crucial to remember it is the norm for Israel to detain Palestinians for indefinite periods without being charged.

https://twitter.com/jvplive/status/1101162390396305411

Khalida Jarrar leaves Israeli jail with “messages of freedom”

https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/tamara-nassar/khalida-jarrar-leaves-israeli-jail-messages-freedom

Counterpunch: Military and CIA interventions since World War II

https://www.facebook.com/CounterPunchOrg/photos/a.302818749776471/2231156793609314/

It is no longer speculation that war criminal Elliot Abrams would again sneak military gear in “aid shipments”—that’s exactly what was found

https://twitter.com/MikePrysner/status/1100822668121501696

Trojan horse: ‘Aid trucks’ carry nails & wire for barricades – Venezuelan Foreign Minister

https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/1100596126896533510

Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela

https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12104

US-backed opposition caught on VIDEO throwing Molotov cocktails at aid truck on Venezuela border

https://www.rt.com/news/452326-venezuela-us-aid-truck-protesters/

U.S. hits Venezuela with sanctions for blocking humanitarian aid

https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-hits-venezuela-with-sanctions-for-blocking-humanitarian-aid

The Grayzone’s Max Blumenthal toured open air markets in Caracas full of food and supplies subsidized by the Venezuelan government

http://youtube.com/watch?v=qlX3yfXNX_g

I went to a market this morning in Miranda state, Venezuela and I still couldn’t find the “humanitarian crisis” the US gov and corporate media keep talking about.

https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1101506920647745537

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela (Empire Files)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ii5MlQgGXyk

Mar 16 March on Washington: Hands Off Venezuela

https://twitter.com/empirefiles/status/1102392324879876096

https://www.answercoalition.org/national_march_on_washington_hands_off_venezuela

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This morning in Miranda state

Ben Norton has been doing some amazing reporting on the ground in Venezuela, and he’s really worth following on Twitter.

I went to a market this morning in Miranda state, Venezuela and I still couldn’t find the “humanitarian crisis” the US gov and corporate media keep talking about.

And this is in a mostly pro-opposition neighborhood. Government-subsidized markets are even cheaper and more popular

https://twitter.com/benjaminnorton/status/1101506920647745537

 

When we say that the Democrats wouldn’t be any better…

When we point out that the Democrats really wouldn’t be any better on progressive issues than Republicans, this is what we’re talking about. 

While Hillary Clinton publicly welcomed improved relations with Venezuela as secretary of state, she privately ridiculed the country and continued to support destabilization efforts, revealed her emails leaked by WikiLeaks.

From Venezuelanalysis: Clinton Emails Reveal Direct US Sabotage of Venezuela https://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/12104

The Greencast – February 26, 2019 – Hands Off Venezuela


Show Notes: I’m back! Relaunching the show as a proper podcast with actual commentary from me, this time. Comments are open!

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Theme Music: Passage, by Lee Rosevere http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Lee_Rosevere/

Jill Stein at Hands Off Venezuela https://www.facebook.com/drjillstein/videos/424065811667237/

Jorge Arreaza on Democracy Now https://www.democracynow.org/2019/2/25/the_coup_has_failed_now_the

Trump: We’re Too Far Along
https://www.realclearpolitics.com/

Petition for Marco Rubio’s Resignation
https://www.change.org/p/us-congress-marco-rubio-demand-for-resignation-due-to-promotion-of-violence

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Trump is a symptom

Liberals: yeah, I’ve heard your critique that “socialism will not rid us of Trump.” (Since you seem to need to remind me of it constantly, I’ve heard it a bunch.)
 
Here’s the problem with your criticism: Trump is a symptom.
 
If you don’t address the underlying problem – which modern American liberalism never does, and apparently never will – more Trumps (spread across the paper-thin US political divide) are inevitable.

Where was the outrage?

People: Trump’s choice of Eliott Abrams to be his administration’s point man on Venezuela isn’t a “blunder.”

This will not come back around to bite him on the ass.

Where was the mass outrage when Abrams praised US-trained murder squads and the massacre of subsistence farmers and peasants in El Salvador in 1982?

Right, nowhere. Americans don’t give two shits about the global south unless we can demonize them for coming here and “committing crime” and “selling drugs.” Never mind the facts.

Where was the mass outrage when Bush pardoned Abrams for lying to Congress over his role in Iran-Contra?

Precisely nowhere.

Where was the mass outrage when, as a key architect of the Iraq war, every. single. lie. Abrams came up with to justify that war was proven false?

Nowhere at all.

Picking a convicted-but-pardoned war criminal was hardly a blunder.

It plays right into Americans’ racism and apathy, and it’ll probably work out just fine for the Trump administration.

So, this happened…

Okay so, I’m sitting with the bloody buggery git on the flight back home and predictably, he wants to pester me every five minutes.

I get this. I know the man, I married the man, he is who he is. Okay, fine.

So, I’m waiting for him to get it out of his system before I put on my headphones and zone out for the flight. (I hate flying.)

“Honey, I love you.”

I love you, too.

“Honey, do you want the red pillow or the blue one?” (It’s purple, but whatever.)

I don’t care. Whichever you want is fine.

“But do you have a preference for either color?”

(I take the “blue” pillow or this will go on for several more minutes.)

“Do you want to buy any snacks from the snack cart?”

No snacks, I’m fine.

“I still love you.”

Oh, thank god, I was beginning to worry. You hadn’t said anything in whole minutes.

…we do several more minutes of our usual Laurel and Hardy act, and he settles down to grade papers.

“How do you spell… what’s the word?”

I have no idea.

“You know, that thing you did when you were younger.”

Metabolize nutrients? I have no idea what you mean.

(We spend several more minutes until finally his spelling crisis is averted. I tentatively dive into a podcast — last week’s Macbreak Weekly, if you care. Flight attendant comes by with drink service. Back to my podcast.)

“Honey! Honey!”

…yes?

“I still love you.”

Oh, thank god. (Back to headphones.)

“Honey? Honey! HONEY!!”

…yes?

“How do I airdrop these files to you?”

(Tech support hilarity ensues. We get papers transferred to me, and I ask if I can go back to my podcast so I can zone out and try to ignore the fact that we’re hurtling through the sky in a 17,000 lb tube of fiery death.)

“Honey? Honey! HONEY!!!”

…yes?

“Are you listening to a podcast?”

…I loathe you right now. 🤬

Him: <evil grin> 😈