U.S. is staging an illegal coup in Venezuela

JANUARY 24, 2019
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As President Trump announces that the U.S. will recognize opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s new leader and sitting President Nicolás Maduro breaks off relations with the United States, we speak with a former U.N. independent expert who says the U.S. is staging an illegal coup in the country. Alfred de Zayas, who visited Venezuela as a U.N. representative in 2017, says, “The mainstream media has been complicit in this attempted coup. … This reminds us of the run-up to the Iraq invasion of 2003.” We also speak with Miguel Tinker Salas, professor at Pomona College and author of “The Enduring Legacy: Oil, Culture, and Society in Venezuela” and “Venezuela: What Everyone Needs to Know.”

Trouble #16: Conspiracy to Riot

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On January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States of America. Following his inaugural address, as the upper echelons of the American political establishment mingled on the National Mall, several blocks away, a riot was breaking out. A black bloc several hundred strong was wreaking havoc on the streets. The bloc was part of the anti-capitalist and anti-fascist march, one component of a broader day of protests organized under the umbrella #DisruptJ20. Armed with spray paint, crowbars and rocks, this mob smashed windows, clashed with police and redecorated a limo that would eventually be put to the torch. The police repression was swift. Amidst the haze of pepper spray and flashbangs, over two hundred protesters were kettled, and arrested by DC’s Metro Police.

So began one of the most important political trials in recent history. In an effort to set a chilling precedent for anti-Trump resistance, the US Department of Justice charged over 200 people with eight separate felony charges, threatening them with upwards of 80 years in prison. In her crusade to paint the J20 black bloc as one giant conspiracy to riot, federal Prosecutor Jennifer Kerkhoff filed warrants to seize people’s digital data, and entered into an alliance with discredited far-right media outfits peddling doctored evidence. Faced with this repressive array of state power, J20 defendants responded with unflinching solidarity, setting a new standard for political defense in the age of Trump. This is their story.

The J20 defendants still have massive legal bills, so please support them, or better yet, screen this film and host a fundraiser. You can couple it with Trouble #4 – No Justice, Just Us about resisting political repression.

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NYT: Trump regrets hiring Sessions

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation that has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”

In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.

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Senator John McCain faces brain cancer; may the Source be with you, John.

Analysis: Warrior faces a new battle

By James Cook, BBC North America correspondent

John McCain is known in Washington as a tough, independent-minded senator – a warrior who is now facing another battle against cancer.

He earned his reputation the hard way, being shot down as a US Navy pilot over Vietnam where he was held as a prisoner of war for more than five years, including two in solitary confinement.

Repeatedly beaten and tortured, Mr McCain was never again able to raise his arms above his head.

During the most recent presidential election campaign, Donald Trump belittled the senator as “not a war hero” saying “I like people who weren’t captured”.

Many Americans were horrified.

Mr McCain may have annoyed many Republicans by arguing for reforms to campaign finance and immigration laws.

He may have irritated opponents of America’s many wars with his forceful arguments in favour of the projection of US military might.

But this country reveres its veterans. The attacks on John McCain’s personal sacrifice were roundly condemned then – and millions of Americans will be praying for his recovery now.

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“I am.” – G.Raff

I AM beautiful.

I AM whole.

I AM in love with who I am.

I AM complete and on my path.

I AM steady and make progress every day.

I AM born anew with each sunrise.

I AM living life fully and enjoying each moment.

I AM present-minded.

I AM grateful.

I AM soft on myself and forgive easily.

I let things go.

I grow with each new shade and shine of experience.

I get up early and get things done.

I prepare for a bright future.

I stay sturdy and focussed.

I listen.

I AM compassionate and kind.

I hope to always hold space in my heart for everyone I meet.

I love the beauty and the intrinsic sacredness within everything.

I hope to live on a farm someday.

I hope to grow my own food.

I hope to learn an instrument.

I hope to get better at drawing and writing.

Love, G.Raff

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“Breathe.” – G.Raff

I’m using this document to store my thoughts about my predicament and neurosis and to seek compassion in reaching for a new aspiration with a more objective and warming, welcoming approach to each present moment.

To practice bodhicitta, cultivate awareness of my surroundings, live peacefully, stay gentle as smooth sounds repels the knife that wants to slice your heart.

Keep your heart open and alive. If your emotions baffle you, let them roll on top of the river you are flowing down, imagine them just tumbling away towards a cloud fixture or something.

BREATHE. DEEP DREAM BREATH. BELIEVE YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND REMEMBER WE ARE ALL. LOVE THE PLANET FOR WHO IT IS ALL BARE NAKED AND RAW AND ETCHED AND A BIT DAMAGED YET BEAUTIFUL AND WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AND BLOSSOM MORE EVIDENTLY AS WE ALL GET THERE, FIND OUR LITTLE PEDAL STRENGTH.

Pray to Light. Pray to Love. Pray to Spirit. Pray to animals out there. Point them out, still. Remember when we all played around. Thor. Ancient Bestowing Wisdom Stars Cells and Seedlems. Help the cause. Help all. Seek forgiveness and love from your surroundings and yourself. Don’t underestimate the power of kindness and the power of letting go, how much further it takes you from just repeling from it and hiding yourself away in places that don’t really fancy a little fellow monkey doodle being boon who does want to see everybody in the same light as the energy that moves us here. How to inspire those who may be shut down or hidden? How to let them know they are all here to aspire and live life with the freeing flying spirit that lives inside.

G.Raff

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Walt Whitman

This is what you shall do:

Love the Earth, and the sun and the animals.  Despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and the crazy,  devote your income and labor to others.  Hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people.

Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your soul and your very flesh shall be a great person.

Walt Whitman

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