Sunday, November 26, 2017
The strong suspicions that have surrounded the dubious and partisan activities of Reporters without Boarders (RSF) were not unfounded. For many years, various critics have denounced the largely political actions of the Parisian entity, particularly with regards to Cuba and Venezuela.
The positions of RSF against the governments of Havana and Caracas are found in perfect correlation with the political and media war that Washington carries out against the Cuban and Venezuelan revolutionaries.
Finally the truth has come to light. Mr. Robert Ménard, secretary general of the RSF for twenty years, has confessed to receiving financing from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), an organization that depends on the U.S. Department of State, whose principal role is to promote the agenda of the White House for the entire world. Ménard was indeed very clear. “We indeed receive money from the NED. And that hasn’t posed any problem.” (1)
Likewise, it is well-known that Mr. Ménard frequently visits the extreme Cuban right in Miami with which he has signed agreements relative to the media war carried out against the Cuban Revolution. (11)
(1) Robert Ménard, « Forum de discussion avec Robert Ménard », Le Nouvel Observateur, 18 de abril de 2005. www.nouvelobs.com/forum/archives/forum_284.html (sitio consultado el 22 de abril de 2005).
(2) National Endowment for Democracy, « About Us ». www.ned.org/about/about.html (sitio consultado el 27 de abril de 2005).
(3) National Endowment for Democracy, « NED Venezuela Programs ». www.ned.org/grants/venezuelaFacts.html (sitio consultado el 27 de abril de 2005).
(4) Reporters sans frontières, « Reporters sans frontières dénonce une régression de la liberté de la presse », 26 de noviembre de 2004. www.rsf.org/article.php3id_article=12968 (sitio consultado el 27 de abril de 2005).
(5) Reporters sans frontières, « Deux ans après le « printemps noir » : urgence humanitaire pour 21 journalistes emprisonnés », 16 mars 2005. www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=12882 (sitio consultado el 27 de abril de 2005).
(6) Colin L. Powell, Commission for Assistance to a Free Cuba, (Washington: United States Department of State, mayo de 2004). www.state.gov/documents/organization/32334.pdf (sitio consultado el 7 de mayo de 2004), p. 20.
(7) Reporters sans frontières, « Aides apportées aux journalistes emprisonnés et aux médias en difficulté », 2004. www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=7581 (sitio consultado el 23 de abril de 2005).
(8) Reporters sans frontières, « Bilan 2004. L’année la plus meurtrière depuis dix ans : 53 journalistes tués », 2005. www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=12232 (sitio consultado el 23 de abril de 2005).
(10) El Nuevo Herald, « Castro y Chávez llaman a una alianza contra EEUU », 30 de abril de 2005.
(11) Salim Lamrani, Cuba face à l’Empire : Propagande, guerre économique et terrorisme d’Etat (Outremont, Lanctôt, 2005), capítulo VI.
(12) Reporters sans frontières, « La liberté de la presse retrouvée : un espoir à entretenir », julio de 2004. www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=10888 (sitio consultado el 23 de abril de 2005).
(13) Reporters sans frontières, « Comptes de Reporters sans frontières 2003 », 2004. www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=10589 (sitio consultado el 27 de abril de 2005).
Saturday, November 25, 2017
The Cost of Wars report admitted that despite including many costs, there are still some expenses incurred that haven't been included in the budget estimates.
A new "Costs of War" report published by Brown University's Watson Institute shows the actual costs incurred by the U.S. as part of its global "war on terror" that widely contradicts the cost of war figures put together by the Pentagon in its report.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Insider's Report: House Approves Senate Budget — Paving Way for Tax Reform
As always the devil is in the details. And now that the House has passed the Senate budget resolution, Congress has the framework to fast-track sweeping tax reform with only Republican votes. Yet, as much as congressional leaders and President Trump would like to call this effort tax cuts for the middle class, the winners of the Trump tax cuts will be huge corporations and the wealthiest of Americans.
That's because the tax reform scheme is projected to explode the federal deficit by at least $1.5 trillion. Of course this isn't going to sit well with budget hawks and those clamoring for a balanced budget. So how will they pay for these massive tax cuts for the rich? By targeting Medicare, Medicaid and perhaps Social Security — because that's where the money is.
Budget hawks (including President Trump's budget director Mick Mulvaney and House Speaker Paul Ryan) have long dreamed of cutting Social Security and Medicare. Once their tax plan balloons the deficit, they will have the perfect excuse for gutting those programs — even though Social Security and Medicare Part A are completely self-funded by workers' payroll contributions; they contribute not a penny to the deficit.
Despite President Trump's protestations that the GOP tax plan won't benefit the rich, that's precisely who would reap the biggest gains. (Trump himself could save an estimated $1 billion in taxes!)
According to an economist who served in the administrations of Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush, Bruce Bartlett: "Tax cuts and tax rate reductions will not pay for themselves; they never have. Republicans don't even believe they will, they are just excuses to slash spending for the poor when revenues collapse and deficits rise."
With your support we will continue to put massive constituent pressure on members of Congress to reject any tax plan that guts Medicare and Medicaid in order to pay for tax cuts that benefit the wealthiest 1%.