Feb
25
2014

The Question of US 'Democracy Promotion' in the Newspaper of Record

Noam Chomsky (cc photo: Agencia Brasil)

Today's New York Times has a piece about whether the Obama administration is as committed to a policy of "democracy promotion" as the Bush administration had been. To anyone familiar with US history of inhibiting and undermining democracies, the whole concept must seem rather absurd.

Feb
25
2014

'El Chapo' and El Banco

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman

While the only questions regarding Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman's prosecution appear to be where and when, things were different when it came to prosecuting the institution that supported what Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton called "the lifeblood" of the Sinoloa Cartel's operations.

Feb
22
2014

News From Venezuela–but Where Is It Coming From?

San Christobal, Venezuela (Caracas Chronicles)

How trustworthy are reports that "state-sponsored paramilitaries" are "shooting at anyone who seemed like he might be protesting" against the government of Venezuela?

Feb
21
2014

Time Puffs Mexico's President

TIME-saving-Mexico

Time cheers Mexico's president for 'saving' the country. But why is it that most Mexicans don't seem to care for his brand of market 'reforms'?

Jan
16
2014

Zakaria's Fantastic Economic Advice

Wall Street Journal map of Latin America

CNN's Fareed Zakaria– with an assist from the Wall Street Journal–divided Latin American economies into winners and losers. But does it all add up?

Oct
16
2013

'Searing Memories of Defaults'–and Selective Memory at the New York Times

Argentina real GDP

It's true that Mexico's default on its debts in 1982 was followed by years of hard times. But Argentine and Russian memories of default are far less "searing"

Sep
24
2013

Asking What Kissinger Thinks–but Not What He Did

Henry Kissinger (cc photo: Brandon)

Henry Kissinger counts on his friends in the elite media to not bother him with questions about his past.

Jun
30
2013

Chalk Another One Up to Free Speech Hypocrisy

Prosecuting chalkers, not banksters.

It seems inadequate for U.S. media outlets to critique the level of free expression in the country where NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is seeking asylum without comparing it to the level of free expression in the country he is seeking asylum from. While the United States has on paper some of the best guarantees of the right to speak in the world, its practice is considerably more chilling.

Jun
25
2013

Washington Post: Let's Punish Ecuador (Again)

President Rafael Correa

The Washington Post, clearly missing its old left-wing Latin American target, sneers that "replacing the deceased Hugo Chavez as the hemisphere's preeminent anti-U.S. demagogue" is Correa's mission.

Jun
24
2013

ABC Pundits on Snowden: The Center Holds!

abcthisweeksnowden

NBC's David Gregory's "Hey I'm just asking but are you a criminal?" question on Sunday's Meet the Press has been getting a lot of attention, but the Sunday morning discussion of Edward Snowden on ABC's This Week also deserves a look.

May
20
2013

Bum Rap: The U.S. Role in Guatemalan Genocide

Ronald Reagan with Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt

The New York Times report, "Trial on Guatemalan Civil War Carnage Leaves Out U.S. Role," raises at least one obvious question: How much has U.S. coverage of the Ríos Montt trial talked about U.S. support for genocide?

May
10
2013

L.A. Times' Distorted Report on USAID

Evo Morales in the L.A. Times

"USAID Develops a Bad Reputation Among Some Foreign Leaders," read a May 7 Los Angeles Times headline, followed by the subhead: The U.S. Agency for International Development doesn't just offer aid to the poor, it also promotes democracy, which is seen as meddlesome or even subversive. Fighting poverty and spreading democracy–what's not to like? And so, the report seems to suggest, there's something a little off about foreign leaders, nine in recent years, who've expelled the agency.  Why else would Bolivian President Evo Morales expel an anti-poverty group from his "impoverished" country, if he wasn't just a little bit crazy? […]

Apr
24
2013

Jon Lee Anderson Explains: Because I Said So

Jon Lee Anderson

New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson has a blog post on the magazine's website (4/23/13) addressing the controversy over his recent coverage of Venezuela (FAIR Blog, 4/17/13): At issue are sentences in three different pieces written in the course of a number of months—two on the New Yorker's website and one in the magazine.  Readers pointed out what they saw as factual errors in each. In two cases I agreed, and corrected the sentences; in the third I didn't, for reasons I'll explain. So you expect he's going to explain why he didn't agree that the third alleged factual […]