Wishing it weren't so
The guns seem to be out for Omar on more than one front. The establishment does not seem to like the new wave; I say, you go ladies! Ruffle some feathers and shake things up.
Omar is by far the most threatened of the new members. It is not unrelated to her wearing the hijab. The right wing is heavily Islamophobic and have been targeting her from the moment she won election.The guns seem to be out for Omar on more than one front. The establishment does not seem to like the new wave; I say, you go ladies! Ruffle some feathers and shake things up.
But it's not an assumption based on her religion, it's not an assumption at all. She has a history of making comments that are anti-Semitic.What is disappointing is that Democrats have not had her back. They are guilty of bigotry as well--the assumption that any Muslim is anti-semitic until they prove otherwise (and do so over and over and over...)
She made one tweet in 2012 that seemed to use an anti-Semitic allusion. Its not clear she had any idea that it was. It was about Israel, not about Jews. That's the entire history.But it's not an assumption based on her religion, it's not an assumption at all. She has a history of making comments that are anti-Semitic.
I'm pretty comfortable calling out the antisemitism on the far left, and the Islamophobia on the far right.Omar has been targeted by the far right for months with them claiming many things she said are anti-Semitic. If you want to side with the far right, be my guest, but given the anti-Semitism and islamophobia on the far right, I'd be careful with that.
Ilhan Omar stated in her recent apology, " Anti-Semitism is real, and I am grateful for Jewish friends and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole...."Her more recent tweets were not anti-Semitic they were about how money influences politicians in Washington and they were twisted so that bigots and people with ulterior motivations could attack her..
She was commenting on how money influences politics. Others saw something else and she apologized.Ilhan Omar stated in her recent apology, " Anti-Semitism is real, and I am grateful for Jewish friends and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes. My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole...."
The most indulgent way of interpreting this is as an admission that while she was not consciously being anti-Semitic, she was nevertheless being unwittingly anti-Semitic, not just commenting on how money influences politics.
A North Carolina-based air freight company has halted flights to Venezuela following a report by McClatchy linking it to possible arms smuggling. Last week, Venezuelan authorities claimed they had uncovered 19 assault weapons, 118 ammunition cartridges and 90 military-grade radio antennas on board a U.S.-owned plane that had flown from Miami into Valencia, Venezuela’s third-largest city. The Boeing 767 is owned by a company called 21 Air based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane had made nearly 40 round-trip flights between Miami and spots in Venezuela and Colombia since January 11, the day after Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro was sworn in to a second term.
Alfred de Zayas, joining us from Geneva, Switzerland, former U.N. independent expert, visited Venezuela in 2017 on behalf of the United Nations.
And another thing that I think it’s important to notice is that the mainstream media has always presented the opposition as peaceful demonstrators. Now, there are ample videos, photographs of the violence committed by the so-called guarimbas in Venezuela in the years 2014, especially 2017. I had the opportunity of interviewing not only victims of police brutality in Venezuela, but also victims of the guarimbas—persons who were just trying to go from point A to point B, and there was a barricade somewhere, and then they were either killed or they were seriously injured or burned. I interviewed them when I was there.
So, I must say, audiatur et altera pars, let’s listen to both sides, and let us not just concentrate, as the mainstream media does in the United States, on the arguments of the opposition. You also have to take into account the 7, 8 or 9 million Venezuelans, who are human beings, who have democratic rights, who have expressed those democratic rights in their ballot box. And you simply cannot shove them away.
A regime more concerned with its own survival than that of its citizens or those of its neighbors. Shameful.Experts have warned of an epidemic of diseases such as malaria and dengue on an unprecedented scale in Latin America following the collapse of the healthcare system in Venezuela.
Continent-wide public health gains of the last 18 years could be undone if Venezuela does not accept help to control the spreading outbreaks of malaria, Zika, dengue and other illnesses that are afflicting its people, experts have warned in a report published in the journal Lancet Infectious Diseases.
Venezuela was once a regional leader in malaria control, but as healthcare has collapsed there has been a mass departure of trained medics, the report says, creating a public emergency “of hemispheric concern”.
The International Red Cross has declined to participate in Washington’s controversial humanitarian aid plan to Venezuela, it was announced this weekend.
“We will not be participating in what is, for us, not humanitarian aid,” stated Colombia’s International Red Cross (ICRC) spokesperson, Christoph Harnisch.“Humanitarian action needs to be independent of political, military or other objectives,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York last Wednesday.
The real issue isn't foreign aid, it's what Venezuela has done to render itself dependent on it.I'm puzzled by the MSM's coverage because the UN and The Red Cross ARE currently providing aid(medical) to Venezuela. They both have turned down assisting with the Washington's USAID organization because they believe it politicized.
Elliott Abrams and other State Department officials accompanied an airlift of U.S. humanitarian aid to the Colombian border in a provocative partnership with Maduro’s political rival as tensions rise over the internal power struggle in Venezuela. The Trump administration has not said whether it will attempt to deliver the aid by force Saturday, the day when opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is supported by the Trump administration, has said the relief supplies will cross into Venezuela.
Trump has repeatedly said that military action is an option, including in remarks Monday to Venezuelan exiles in Miami, setting up a paradox for a president who has argued that the United States wastes money and lives when playing global policeman.
...Having leaned so heavily into the conflict, Trump risks looking weak or ineffective at home and abroad if the Maduro regime survives in the face of U.S. opposition.
This is good news if the government is not going to use force to stop this.
How remarkably stupid is Marco Rubio? He can't be unaware what has happened in Libya since Gaddafi was murdered. He wants this for Venezuela?“There is no question that a military intervention to resolve the Venezuela crisis is more plausible than ever,” Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-based think tank, said to The Post. “Guaidó’s insistence that ‘all options are on the table’ echoes President Trump’s words, first uttered in August 2017 and widely interpreted as serious consideration of military action.”
Amid a flurry of tweets, Sen. Marco Rubio (R.-Fla.), a particularly vocal critic of Maduro, posted an image of a bloodied Moammar Gaddafi — seemingly linking Maduro’s fate with that of the Libyan strongman who was toppled and killed in 2011.
It was a conspicuous and perhaps unfortunate parallel to draw. Gaddafi’s ouster required a lengthy U.S.-led bombing campaign, and Libya has since been riven by political instability and feuding militias. It also sends a curious message at a time when Trump officials are about to meet with the North Koreans, who have cited what befell Gaddafi as justification for their pursuit of weapons of mass destruction.