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Link: “The Many Faces of Regime Change in Cuba”

Original post found at: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/07/cuba-embargo-sanctions-biden-crisis/

For more than a hundred and twenty years, the United States has “stood with the Cuban people” — or, perhaps more correctly, has stood over the Cuban people. Cuba seems always to be at the receiving end of American history. To stand with the Cuban people has meant armed intervention, military occupation, regime change, and political meddling — all normal events in US-Cuba relations in the sixty years before the triumph of the Cuban revolution. In the sixty years after the revolution, standing with the Cuban people has meant diplomatic isolation, armed invasion, covert operations, and economic sanctions.

Link: “Right-Wing Operation Condor Murderers Should Be in Jail”

Original post found at: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/07/operation-condor-us-intervention-juntas-military-dictatorships-jorge-nestor-troccoli-trial-italy/

This month, Italian courts jailed fourteen men for their roles in Operation Condor, the US-backed Latin American terror campaign. But many more torturers are living out a peaceful retirement — denying justice to the leftists they brutalized and murdered.

Gives a good historical backgrounder as to what Condor was and the US’s involvement in it, too.

Link: “Six Months After the Capitol Riots, We Still Won’t Admit Why So Many People Believe the Big Lie”

Original post found at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/six-months-after-the-capitol-riots-we-still-wont-admit-why-so-many-people-believe-the-big-lie

About how authority figures under capitalism (even though it doesn’t specifically call out capitalism) lie to us all the time, and when you are raised immersed in lies you tend to believe further lies that accord with the lies you were raised with. Enjoyed this article.

Link: “Emily Wilder’s Firing Is No Surprise: AP Has Always Been Right-Wing”

Original post found at: https://theintercept.com/2021/05/25/emily-wilder-firing-ap-right-wing/

“The Associated Press has received an enormous amount of criticism, including from its own staffers, for firing Emily Wilder, 22, after hiring her as a news associate just 17 days before. According to AP, Wilder was let go for “violations of AP’s social media policy.” AP’s action was clearly in response to a right-wing pressure campaign targeting Wilder for her activism in college supporting Palestinian rights.

Though appalling, however, none of this should be a surprise. AP has been notably conservative since its founding in 1846, with a long history of bowing to the demands of the powerful — with its many talented journalists often forced to fight its management to get the news out. While other wire services such as United Press International and Reuters have not always covered themselves in glory, AP’s history demonstrates significantly more bias.”

Link: “The Cuyahoga River Caught Fire at Least a Dozen Times, but No One Cared Until 1969”

Original post found at: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cuyahoga-river-caught-fire-least-dozen-times-no-one-cared-until-1969-180972444/

Maybe due to my age, I hadn’t heard of this incident until recently. People complain about the Yarra being polluted (which it is) but maybe it’s a sign of how expectations have changed over time that I take it for granted that rivers don’t catch fire.

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