November 28

Morning Reads:

1) “Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and very Shady Group”, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

The Washington Post on Thursday night promoted the claims of a new, shadowy organization that smears dozens of U.S. news sites that are critical of U.S. foreign policy as being “routine peddlers of Russian propaganda. . . . The group’s list of Russian disinformation outlets includes WikiLeaks and the Drudge Report, as well as Clinton-critical left-wing websites such as Truthout, Black Agenda Report, Truthdig, and Naked Capitalism, as well as libertarian venues such as and the Ron Paul Institute.

Basically, everyone who isn’t comfortably within the centrist Hillary Clinton/Jeb Bush spectrum is guilty. On its Twitter account, the group announced a new “plugin” that automatically alerts the user that a visited website has been designated by the group to be a Russian propaganda outlet.

2) “A Million in South Korea’s Streets”, Yong-Chan Choi, Jacobin:

On November 12, roughly one million people went out on the streets to demand the resignation of the conservative South Korean president, Park Geun-hye, in what many have called the largest demonstration in the county’s nearly seventy-year history.
President Park, daughter of Park Chung-hee, a South Korean military general and dictator who ruled the country from 1961 until his assassination in 1979, has come under public scrutiny in recent months following revelations that she and her administration have been running the government in their own personal interests, enriching themselves along the way, through a secretive cabal centered around Choi Soon-sil, daughter of deceased Shamanistic religious cult figure Choi Tae-min who advised the president until his death in 1994.

3) “It’s not Donald Trump who matters now in the Middle East — It’s Putin”, Robert Fisk, The Intercept

But here’s a mollifying thought. US prestige in the region has fallen so low, the Arab world’s belief (and quite possibly the Israeli belief) in American power so shattered by Washington’s stupidity and ineptness, that I rather suspect little attention will be paid to Donald Trump.

To Watch/Listen to:

1) One of On Point’s topics today is going to be about the alt-right in the White House. Could be an interesting conversation (Airs at 11 EST; will be posted by the evening)

2) Today’s Democracy Now! focused on the life of Fidel Castro. I’m guessing there are some perspectives voiced here that you won’t find in mainstream US media:



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