Link to my article in CounterPunch, an ”open letter” responding to an NYTimes piece by Dove Barbanel which appeared just before New Year’s. The Times piece argues that Chaplin was ”like Weinstein and ISIS” and activist Barbanel waxes on his duty to warn women refugees in Athens of ”the real Chaplin” before he screened the films in a refugee-centre.
The new 12th issue of Moko, magazine of Caribbean literature and art, is out now. Two of my poems ”Death of Yanchi the Island Prophet Amos of Aruba” and ”The Swarm”are in the issue! (Publication originally slated for somewhere in November last year met inevitable delay caused by numerous hurricanes that galloped through the region doing business over the heads roofs and modems of the Caribbean.)
My article in CounterPunch criticizing CNN coverage and omissions on Latin America is originally part of a longer essay ”Invisible Americas.”
Emphasis here is on what goes omitted. While state terror and economic crises worsen in many countries on the subcontinent, not specifically Venezuela, CNN En Español streamlines images of Venezuelan collapse, delivering the public in other Latin American countries a spin on Thatcher’s old maxim, acronym TINA ”There Is No Alternative” but submission (to business-rule, the IMF, hedge-funds, etc.) or else starve.
PostScript: I wrote the piece before the Chilean reelection of Piñera, businessman and former functionary of the Augusto Pinochet regime, who campaigned on the promise to prevent Chile’s becoming ”another Venezuela” in the most privatization-prone Andean country where CNN En Español is part of household consumption. My essay also makes no mention of Argentinean president Macri’s brutal military-police-crackdown on protestors and congressmen this December, wounding 150 demonstrators for the crime of vociferous opposition to the government’s plan to eliminate all pensions according to the IMF recipe for success, (it also happened after I wrote the piece, before publication date, among other underreported December horrors in Peru.)
*ERROR spotted after the Weekend Edition printed: “The corruption the post-coup’s corruption went unreported by CNN En Español.” should of course be ”The post-coup corruption went unreported by
Thanks to the editor of the Dutch Caribbean literary blog for posting the text I wrote (linked above) for the November 2017 exhibition ”Being Radical in the Garden of Happy Thoughts,” at the Amsterdam Arts & Crafts centre, solo show of Aruban visual and performance artist Ray Zijlstra
During the years 2105-2016 I avidly read the Dutch press and wider European coverage of the refugee influx. I wrote this article, “The Minister of Culture and Plastic Surgery” after the Dutch former minister of culture Halbe Zijlstra insisted at a press conference that refugees would be denied ”free cosmetic surgery bankrolled by the state” making no mention of any of the multiple wars that had raged on with Western complicity from the beginning of the end of Arab Spring. This year, former Minister of Culture and Plastic Surgery, Zijlstra was recently rechristened as the Dutch minister of foreign policy. https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/08/the-ministry-of-culture-and-plastic-surgery/ *It came as a suggestion from my friend Edward Geelhoed a Dutch journalist and Athens-correspondent, to repost the piece after Zijlstra’s rehabilitation https://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/08/the-ministry-of-culture-and-plastic-surgery/