Bolivia’s Coup Explained with Comedy

Bolivia’s Coup Explained with Comedy

Get the suppressed truth on Bolivia’s recent Coup in a fun humor format.  We roast western media outlets that deny that this is even a coup.

 

The United States has a long history of corrupt coups in Latin America.  Is Bolivia any different?  The State Department and Donald Trump think so!

 

Evo Morales was the president of Bolivia before the military asked him to resign.  Some allege that he broke the constitution by seeking an additional term.  Others claim that the United States is behind the coup.  What is the real story?  Tune in…

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Stranger Encounters Ep 36: It’s Not About Socialism; It’s About Liberty

Stranger Encounters Ep 36: It’s Not About Socialism; It’s About Liberty

Before you dig into this episode please take a minute to visit Antiwar.com and contribute to Justin Raimondo’s medical expenses as he continues to fight stage four lung cancer. Justin has been an extremely important voice in the antiwar movement, and despite his advancing illness he continues to fight for life and liberty by opposing US foreign policy.

In Episode 36 of Stranger Encounters Tommy takes on the talking points surrounding possible war with Iran and Venezuela.

Every time the US government decides to intervene in another country it means less freedom for the citizens of the US. Supporting US efforts to destroy other countries in the face of this fact is the reason that the truth about what is happening in Venezuela and Iran is so important.

There’s so many more details to cover, but the only way to take on this topic with a different perspective, a broad outlook, was to avoid some of the finer details and focus on the freedoms lost when the US involves itself in other nation’s affairs.

This Episode contains harsh language.

LISTEN TO STRANGER ENCOUNTERS EPISODE 36 HERE

Turkey’s Crackdown on Criticism Continues as Journalists, 10K Civil Servants Arrested

Turkey’s Crackdown on Criticism Continues as Journalists, 10K Civil Servants Arrested

This article was originally published at Underground Reporter.

 

Istanbul — A day after the administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan dismissed an additional 10,000 civil employees and shut down another 15 media outlets inside Turkey, it was reported Monday that Turkish police have arrested roughly a dozen journalists at one of principle publishers critical of Erdoğan’s crackdown.

“Turkish police detained the editor and senior staff of a leading opposition newspaper on Monday over its alleged support for a failed coup in July,” writes Reuters, “in a move described by a top EU politician as the crossing of a red line against freedom of expression.”

That E.U. politician, Parliament President Martin Schulz, speaking via Twitter, additionally stated that “The ongoing massive purge seems motivated by political considerations, rather than legal and security rationale.”

To date, over 110,000 people have been either fired or suspended, and 37,000 have been arrested during Erdoğan’s ongoing consolidation of power.

The news agency raided, Cumhuriyet, is described by Reuters as “one of few media outlets still critical of Erdogan.” When asked to comment on his detention, one journalist, as he was being carted away, said: “I work for Cumhuriyet, isn’t that enough?”

Another employee, cartoonist Musa Kart, told reporters: “This is a comical situation. It is not possible for people with a conscience to accept this. You can’t explain this to the world. I am being detained solely for drawing caricatures.”

Over the past three and a half months, some 170 varied newspapers, magazines, and television stations have been shut down in Turkey — who, incidentally, is both a NATO member and a candidate for E.U. membership.

Monday’s news directly follows the revelation that 10,000 more government workers — among them “academics, teachers, health workers, prison guards and forensic experts” — had been sacked over the weekend, in a move made legal “through two new executive orders published on the Official Gazette late on Saturday.”

As highlighted by the BBC, the last edition published by Cumhuriyet’s senior staff featured a plain but highly appropriate headline:

“A few copies of Monday’s edition had been left at the gates of Cumhuriyet’s premises. The headline read simply: ‘Coup against opposition.’

“The story was about the suspension of thousands of civil servants and other laws introduced under emergency decrees. Only hours afterwards, the editor-in-chief and several writers were detained and arrest warrants issued for over a dozen of the paper’s executives.”

Erdoğan’s crackdown on free speech and journalistic license has riled some of his — formerly — staunch Western allies such the the United States, who purport to view freedom of expression as a paramount ideal.

The situation is complicated further by the fact that Turkey, under Erdoğan’s newfound boldness, is displaying an independent streak on Middle Eastern battlefronts that lends an element of uncertainty to those events, particularly in Iraq and Syria.

The complexity of it all was aptly characterized in another Monday article by Reuters:

“The unprecedented crackdown at home and his bellicose stance on the world stage have alarmed Western and some regional allies, who fear the NATO member and EU candidate nation is becoming an ever more unpredictable partner, and one over which they have decreasing leverage.”

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