The Increasing Cruelty Of The US’ Monroe Doctrine

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 AFGJ summarizes recent border news under the headline “US Barbarity at the Border: The Monroe Doctrine in Practice” then lists the following recent examples of US policy.

Sign the Petition: No second trial for church volunteer Scott Warren who helped immigrants
Migrants Denounce ‘Psychological Abuse’ in US Detention Centers
US Border Patrol FB Group: Agents Joke About Migrant Deaths, Post Sexist Memes
“No More Deaths” Activist Scott Warren To Be Retried For Helping Migrants
Venezuela Embassy Protectors Defense Fund

Venezuela
Germany moves to restore Diplomatic Relations with Chavista Government
Pompeo vows support for Venezuela’s Guaido ahead of July 5 Opposition march
City Council of Berkeley adopts No War on Venezuela/ No Coups resolution
News Network:  U.S. Blockade Kills Venezuelans needing cancer, HIV, diabetes medicines 
Real News Network: Venezuelan Community Builds Solidarity Pharmacy to Counter US Sanctions
TeleSur: Venezuela’s Top Prosecutor: Two Intelligence Officials Arrested, Charged over Acosta Death

Corporate Media Disinformation
FAIR: Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month
Grayzone Project: NY Times admits it sends stories to US government for approval before publication
John Kiriakou: Why Is NPR Carrying Water for Trump on Venezuela?

Cuba
Save the Children: Cuba: Safest Country in Latin America to Be a Child and Adolescent

Nicaragua
NicaNotes: While Weakening OAS Institutionality, US and Right-wing Opposition Fails to Achieve Objectives

Honduras
Grayzone Project: ‘The coup turned Honduras into hell’: Interview with President Manuel Zelaya on 10th anniversary of overthrow by US

We highlight the article below because the graphic says so much about Trump and his inhumane border policy and how for some the truth is too horrible to tell. KZ

A publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada, has terminated its contract with cartoonist Michael de Adder after a drawing he did of President Donald Trump standing over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral on social media.

The drawing, which was posted on de Adder’s Twitter account on June 26, shows Trump standing beside a golf cart, golf club in hand, looking down at the bodies of a father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande while trying to cross from Mexico into Texas. Trump asks, “Do you mind if I play through?”

The illustration is based off the searing photo of Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, 25, and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying face down in the muddy waters of the Rio Grande, which has sparked outrage and become a focal point of the debate over asylum-seekers.

De Adder announced his termination from the newspapers owned by Brunswick News Inc. on Twitter.

“The highs and lows of cartooning,” he wrote. “Today I was just let go from all newspapers in New Brunswick.”

Brunswick News Inc. said in a statement on Sunday it is “entirely incorrect” to suggest the company canceled its freelance contract with de Adder over the cartoon.

“This is a false narrative which has emerged carelessly and recklessly on social media,” the company said. “In fact, BNI was not even offered this cartoon by Mr. de Adder. The decision to bring back reader favorite Greg Perry was made long before this cartoon, and negotiations had been ongoing for weeks.”

De Adder said he was “not a victim” and that this was “a setback not a deathblow.”

The New Brunswick native also said that he was still drawing cartoons for other publications, but was hurt that he would no longer be doing so in his four local outlets.

“I just need to recoup a percentage of my weekly income and get used to the idea I no longer have a voice in my home province,” he wrote.

De Adder, who did not immediately return NBC News’ request for comment, wrote in a tweet Sunday that he would be “off the grid for the day.”

Wes Tyrell, President of the Association of Canadian Cartoonists, claimed de Adder was fired after 17 years with Brunswick News Inc. because Donald Trump was a “taboo subject” for the company.

“Although he has stated there was no reason given for his firing, the timing was no coincidence,” Tyrell said in a lengthy statement on Facebook. “Michael de Adder has drawn many well-documented cartoons on Trump, they have, however, systematically never been seen in the NB papers.”

Previous Trump cartoons by de Adder probably went unnoticed by the company, Tyrell said, but this one went viral thanks to social media celebrities such as George Takei and ultimately led to his contract being terminated.

Tyrell says that, although Brunswick News Inc. is a Canadian company, its business ties within the United States influenced their decision.

“Trade has been an issue since Trump took office,” Tyrell said. “And the President himself is an unknown quantity who punishes those who appear to oppose him.”

Source NBC News

  • Infarction

    Cartoons in newspapers such as De Adder’s have been extraordinary in graphically displaying editorial opinion since the founding of the land of the free [sic]. As the corporate and governmental censors continue to stifle a free press, the actions of newspapers like The New York Times and this Canadian newspaper close off another source of public discourse.

    The US Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in its landmark case Hustler Magazine v Falwell (1988) in favor of Larry Flynt’s publication after Rev. Jerry Falwell filed a lawsuit demanding damages for a cartoon that appeared on the back cover of Hustler Magazine in November 1983. Hustler magazine was noted in the early 1980s for its explicit photos of nude women that took the genre that Playboy magazine began decades earlier to a new level. Flynt boasted that his models opened their legs wider than the more circumspect Playboy.

    The Falwell cartoon that depicted the reactionary Christian minister as a drunken hypocrite who had sex with his mother in an outhouse. As shocking as the cartoon was, the US Supreme Court ruled that it was parody of a public figure; therefore it was protected under the First and Fourteenth amendments.

    The editors in the media should review the history of their profession and the hard-fought battles that established the First Amendment in the US before they so cravenly and cavalierly toss out the baby with the bathwater.

  • Campbell

    The cartoon was misinforming it’s readers in that the father could have gone to an official border crossing and applied for citizenship, instead he put himself and his family at risk with tragic consequences that need not have happened and this is much like the many to many to count who drowned trying to cross from Indonesia to Australia in unseaworthy boats when they could have flown in and applied to become Australian at an Australian airport at a lot less cost than the fortune paid to the mongrel people smugglers who cared nothing for their safety .

  • Margaret Flowers

    That is not accurate. People who go to the border crossing can expect to be detained and separated from their children, with the risk of the child dying in custody or being lost in the system. It is incredibly difficult to get US citizenship. It can take decades and in the meantime, people face threats of detention and deportation at any moment. Treatment of immigrants in the US is horrendous.

  • Campbell

    Margaret if as you say it is incredibly difficult to get citizenship why would the Father put his family in such turmoil knowing that he could be arrested and put into detention camp ?
    If they were genuine immigrants why didn’t they apply for citizenship in their own country at the US Consulate like many thousands have done in other countries who want to be Australians ?
    When 50,000 people came into Australia by boat they stole from those registered people in other countries who had been waiting for their name to be called to travel to Australia legally

  • Campbell

    De Adder is a brilliant artist , it’s his words that misinform based on misinformation he thought

  • Margaret Flowers

    Perhaps you are not aware that people are fleeing violence and poverty in their countries that is a result of US policies and intervention. They have no choice.

  • chetdude

    He did.

  • chetdude

    Apparently, you are the one who’s misinformed, my friend.

    You haven’t even gotten the facts straight in your posts…

  • Campbell

    Proper flash words ; What are you trying to say ?

  • Campbell

    How do you know

  • Campbell

    So they march their infant children 1000 miles away with no end in sight ?

  • chetdude

    The REAL news…

  • chetdude

    You waste our time…

  • Campbell

    When you say “our” I presume you have a split personality ?

  • Campbell

    Well Dude I have learnt that sometimes the “real “news isn’t as it seems

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    You are so full of shit.

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    Of course we should believe you, in in your infinite wisdom, to give us the “real” news, Campbell.

  • Jadeveon Clowney

    You’re disgusting.

  • Campbell

    So that their infant children can die in a ditch on the side of the road somewhere on their way to their promised land ?
    Jadevon , stop clowning these peoples lives just to make you feel humanity ,instead you are walking them to their graves .

  • Campbell

    Jad I’ll take that as a laugh , I learn everyday that someone is trying to misinform us of our reality so they can dictate their reality upon us .

  • Campbell

    He could have gone to a US Consulate office in his country and applied to become a US citizen and sought permission to enter the US straight away if his life were as dire as you imagine .