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JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: CHAVEZ PROPS UP UNSAVOURY CHARACTERS SAYS THINK-TANK HACK ALVARO VARGAS LLOSA – ONCE AGAIN THE FAILURE OF CONVENTIONAL NEWS IN PUBLISHING RUBBISH   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY ALVARO VARGAS LLOSA IN TORONTO’S GLOBE AND MAIL

“The evidence is overwhelming: Hugo Chavez is propping up the region’s most unsavoury characters”

This is a truly dishonest piece by Alvaro Vargas Llosa, “a senior fellow at the Independent Institute,” but astute readers know that most American think tanks are nothing but well-financed propaganda mills, many of them depending on American multinational corporations for their funding, and some, on the CIA through covert channels.

The statement rather describes perfectly decades and decades of American policy in South America.

Who helped set up the coup in democratic Chile which killed an elected president and ultimately 15,000 other people?

Who tolerated, without so much as a wrinkling of the brow, the military dictatorship of Argentina which regularly made people “disappear” by kidnapping them and dropping them from planes over the ocean? Thousands and thousands of them.

How about “the disappeared” of Guatamala, international organizations putting the toll there at 45, 000 souls, none of them explained, or even identified to their families, to this day?

How about the American Army’s School of the Americas, now renamed owing to its ghastly reputation for teaching the military and police of such states how to control and torture people?

How about more than seventy years of crooked, murderous government in Mexico under the PRI which rigged every election?

All these events and more were known to American officials. Not only were no steps taken to alleviate the situations, the United States enjoyed the “stability” provided by such activities.

God, such vapid propaganda is tiresome to read.

I would think it must be tiresome to produce also, but those “senior fellowships” with leather chairs, expense accounts, and handsome salaries do ease the pain.

JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: THE NEW YORK TIMES SAYS AMERICA’S TECHNIQUES IN GUANTANAMO COPIED FROM CHINA OF THE 1950s   Leave a comment

JOHN CHUCKMAN
 
POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

Oh, here we go again, blame the Chinese for something.

Who cares, even if this report were true?

If you copy the horrors of others from more than half a century ago, only you are to blame.

This is even more true when you are supposedly a democracy valuing human rights, and the people you copy were under an absolute government of the darkest nature.

By the way, I think America has little to be taught about brutality.

Good God, in the revolt in the Philippines, American soldiers were torturing with waterboarding.

The Army’s School of the Americas has been teaching unpleasant South American regimes techniques of policing, control, and torture for decades.

America sells more arms abroad to more repressive regimes than anyone.