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"In our time political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible."
––George Orwell

Iran has been changed forever by admitting its great mistake – yet the west ignores its own deceits
Robert Fisk, © The Independent
January 16, 2020

“In wartime,” Churchill famously told Stalin, “truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.” He said this on 30 November 1943 – by chance his 69th birthday – in an effort to impress upon the Soviet leader the importance of deception in the planning of D-Day. In fact, the Allies did deceive the Germans, whose Wehrmacht commanders thought the landings would be made in northern France rather than on the beaches of Normandy.

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"To suppress free speech is a double wrong. It violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker."
––Frederick Douglass

Reality Is the Better Writer
By Tony Wood, © The Nation
January 13, 2020

On October 26, 1949, in the city of Cartagena on Colombia’s Caribbean coast, a young journalist named Gabriel García Márquez went to the convent of Santa Clara to see its crypt being emptied prior to the building’s demolition. When the workers took a pickax to one of the burial niches by the altar, “the stone shattered at the first blow…and a stream of living hair the intense color of copper spilled out of the crypt.” The workers eventually brought out more than 20 meters of tresses attached to the skull of a young girl. Watching from a slight distance, García Márquez recalled a story his grandmother told him as a boy: “the legend of a little twelve-year-old marquise with hair that trailed behind her like a bridal train, who had died of rabies caused by a dog bite and was venerated in the towns along the Caribbean coast for the many miracles she had performed.”

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"If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. "
––George Washington

Under US Pressure, Social Media Companies Suspend Venezuelan, Iranian & Syrian Accounts
By Ben Norton, © Counterpunch
January 15, 2020

The Donald Trump administration is ramping up its information war against Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. And it has enlisted social media platforms as weapons in its assault on these top regime-change targets.

In the first two weeks of January, Twitter suspended dozens of accounts run by real, live people — not bots — in Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. Those erased from the website included heads of state, numerous state institutions, media outlets, and many average people who do not work for their governments.

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"Free speech has been used by the Supreme Court to give immense power to the wealthiest members of our society."
––Noam Chomsky

For Western Press, the Only Coup in Venezuela Is Against Guaidó
LUCAS KOERNER, © FAIR
January 10, 2020

The international corporate media have entered crisis mode following the replacement of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó as head of the country’s National Assembly.

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