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 		 [In 2017 MSNBC ran 1,385 broadcasts on Russia and its political
meddling. I wonder what the average Honduran today thinks about U.S.
corporate media’s obsessive coverage of alleged Russian interference
in the 2016 presidential election. ] [https://portside.org/] 

 USA INTERFERENCE IN FOREIGN COUNTRIES  
[https://portside.org/2018-09-11/usa-interference-foreign-countries] 

 

 Joseph B. Atkins 
 September 11, 2018
Portside 

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 _ In 2017 MSNBC ran 1,385 broadcasts on Russia and its political
meddling. I wonder what the average Honduran today thinks about U.S.
corporate media’s obsessive coverage of alleged Russian interference
in the 2016 presidential election. _ 

 Mexican painter Diego Rivera’s mural “Glorious Victory” indicts
the 1954 U.S. coup in Guatemala., Diego Rivera 

 

OXFORD, Miss. - Back in 1910, New Orleans fruit company boss Samuel
Zemurray got sick and tired of Honduran tax levies on his business
interests there and sent a gang of mercenaries to overthrow the
Honduran government. They did, and his United Fruit Company, today
known as Chiquita, became a giant in the region.

Eighteen years later, the U.S. Navy helped the United  Fruit Company
overcome a crippling workers’ strike by supporting Colombian Army
leaders in an attack on the strikers that killed as many as 2,000.
Famed writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote about this in his novel One
Hundred Years of Solitude.

In 2009, almost exactly a century after the Zemurray-engineered coup
d’etat, then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her
support to the overthrow of Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected
president of Honduras.  Not liking Zelaya’s left-leaning politics,
Clinton preferred the military-backed regime that replaced him and has
since made Honduras one of the world’s most dangerous, crime-ridden
countries.

I wonder what the average Honduran today thinks about U.S. corporate
media’s obsessive coverage of alleged Russian interference in the
2016 presidential election.

In 2017, MSNBC, the “liberal” counterpart to right-wing Fox News,
ran 1,385 broadcasts on Russia and its political meddling. By
comparison, Yemen and its deadly bombing by Saudi Arabia with U.S.
military assistance got 82 MSNBC broadcasts.

It’s not unusual today to see terms such as “traitor” and
“treason” in USA Today and other corporate media applied to
President Trump because of his relationship with the man U.S. media
increasingly love to refer to as Russia’s “thug” leader,
Vladimir Putin.  Still, as valid as the story of Russian interference
may be, is it worth this “tsunami of coverage”, media critic
Norman Solomon asks? And why, in this “tsunami”, are there so many
missing elements to the story?

“It’s very rare … to see any mention of the fact that each
country, Russia and the US, has several thousand nuclear weapons
basically pointed at each other,” Solomon says, “4,000 in each
country … at the ready to basically be able to incinerate, not just
the two countries, but billions of people on the planet.”

Trump has rankled not only liberals and the Democratic Party but also
corporate interests because of his trade policies and also
military-industrial interests that would love to see another Cold War,
or even hot war, with Russia.

Missing in all this discussion is a sense of history and awareness of
the utter hypocrisy of much of the U.S. hand wringing about outside
interference in a sovereign nation’s politics. Politicians on both
sides of the aisle join in this hypocrisy.

Trump loves to wave his saber at Iran, threatening it and raising the
specter of yet another war as if the American people weren’t sick to
death of war after 17 consecutive years of it.

Why is Iran no longer the close U.S. friend that it was under the
pro-Western rule of the Shah of Iran?  Let’s examine.

When Mohammed Mossadegh became Iran’s prime minister in 1951,
Iranians cheered at his strong stand against the British-owned
Anglo-Iranian Oil Company that had soaked Iran’s resources while
only paying back as much as 16 percent of its profits.  England’s
response was to join with the United States in launching Operation
Ajax to oust Mossadegh and install in his place a CIA puppet. They
succeeded, and the Shah subsequently consolidated his rule into a
dictatorship that lasted until the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

A long list of countries could be added to Honduras, Yemen, Colombia
and Iran as examples of U.S. political interference—Guatemala,
Libya, Vietnam, Cuba, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, among
them.
Let’s look at Guatemala. When Guatemalan President Jacobo Arbenz
Guzmán tried to redistribute land to benefit the legions of poor in
his country in 1952, the United Fruit Company raised a hue and cry in
Washington, D.C., which was all the CIA needed to get its tentacles
into the country and assist with Guzmán’s overthrow in 1954.

And we have to have a few words about Vietnam. Now there’s a story.
Consider the U.S.’s crucial supportive role in Ngo Dinh Diem’s
consolidation of power in South Vietnam in the mid-1950s, and then in
his overthrow by South Vietnamese generals in 1963. That coup
d’etat, intended to find a more suitable leader in the fight against
the Communists, resulted in the United States’ irrevocable
involvement in Vietnam’s political future and the bloody war that
lasted into the 1970s.

I could go on, but this is not a book.

Joseph B. Atkins is a veteran journalist and professor of journalism
at the University of Mississippi. His blog is
http://www.laborsouth.blogspot.com
[http://www.laborsouth.blogspot.com]. A version of this article
appeared recently in the Jackson Free Press in Jackson, Mississippi.

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