During the power outages in March, I saw example after example of Venezuelans dealing calmly with the outages, helping one another. The US almost certainly expected chaos, but that didn’t happen.
On March 25, I met with Jaskeherry, head of a colectivo in Caracas, who spoke of how he and his collective had helped others in the community when power outages occured.
On March 31, I spent over an hour with a Venezuelan journalist, Ricardo González [https://twitter.com/RicardoGZK
], talking with people who had come to Waraira Repano mountainside to collect clean spring water.
In spite of the media hype that Venezuela is in a state of crisis, you can see people calmly waiting for their opportunity to fill up water jugs, kids wading in the water, people joking, also people frustrated as to be expected under such exhausting circumstances.
You can also hear a variety of opinions here. It’s interesting that those who spoke in a pro-government stance seem to be politically aware of US machinations against Venezuela, which is something I’ve encountered among many of the poorest I’ve been meeting in my last few weeks here, moving around Caracas’ poorest areas.
On March 17, Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, met with the US Peace Council delegation for over an hour, speaking on issues related to the recent power outage, how the Venezuelan people responded, and the US draconian policies against Venezuela.
I filmed around 10 minutes of our over hour long meeting. What President Maduro had to say about US policies against, and obsession with, Venezuela is accurate, and reminds me of their same grotesque policies and propaganda against Syria, Libya, Iraq, Cuba…
Western corporate media will never allow leaders of the nations the US is targeting to speak freely, because that might allow a Western audience to think for themselves, based on the leader’s words and not on corporate media’s propaganda.
In February 2019, I joined a very informative panel of journalists and activists speaking on a variety of current and important issues, including control of media and their role in war propagandizing–along with NGOs, Syria, the White Helmets, and much more. I traveled after that panel and have been busy working on a number of things since, so didn’t have the chance to share this till now.
Here is my segment, during which I present examples of Syrian voices ignored by media and some of media’s blatant lies, contrasting what I saw and heard on the ground on 11 trips to Syria.
*Andriy Domansky, left, appears alongside his client Russian journalist Kirill Vyshinsky in a Ukranian courtroom. Photo | RIA News
“The Vyshinsky case is key in demonstrating the presence of political persecution of journalists in Ukraine. As a legal expert, I believe justice is still possible in Ukraine and I will do everything possible to prove Kirill Vyshinsky’s innocence.” —Vyshinsky defense attorney Andriy Domansky
-by Eva Bartlett
KIEV, UKRAINE — Andriy Domansky is the defense lawyer for jailed Ukrainian-Russian journalist and bureau chief of RIA-Novosti Ukraine, Kirill Vyshinsky. Vyshinsky has been imprisoned without trial by Ukrainian authorities since May 2018, accused of “high treason” and conducting an “information war” against Ukraine.
Last week, MintPress News published my interview with Vyshinsky, detailing the nature of his detention, the lack of a trial in spite of nearly 10 months of imprisonment, the absurdities of the accusations levied against him, and his lack of adequate medical care while imprisoned.
Domansky is not only Vyshinsky’s lawyer, he is also a journalist. He hosts a weekly radio show on the rights of journalists and, owing to his defense of journalists’ rights, he is sought out by an increasing number of persecuted journalists in Ukraine.
In mid-February, I traveled to Kiev to meet and interview Domansky about the political nature of the Vyshinsky case and about the persecution of journalists in general in Ukraine. The interview was conducted via an interpreter in Ukrainian.
Very grateful to Phil Taylor of The Taylor Report for having me on the show yesterday to speak about the case of Kirill Vyshinsky, imprisoned without trial in Ukraine since May 2018. [LISTEN HERE]
The Taylor Report writes:
“Feat. Eva Bartlett, independent journalist and rights activist, author of ingaza.wordpress.com
Phil interviews Eva Bartlett concerning her interviews with broadcaster/journalist, Kirill Vyshinsky, and his lawyer, Andriy Domanskyy.
Vyshinsky has been in custody in Kiev, Ukraine, since May 2018 without trial. Human rights groups have had little to say about Vyshinsky, since they practice a double-standard when journalists are perceived as political adversaries of the West.
Vyshinsky has been charged with high treason by Ukrainian security forces though the news agency he leads, RIA Novosti Ukraine, publishes a wide range of articles by journalists both for and against the current government of Ukraine, which was installed by a US-supported coup in 2014.
Bartlett discusses the many irregularities of Ukrainian justice in Vyshinsky’s case. She also investigates the possibility that his continuing incarceration might be connected with the upcoming Ukrainian election, and the scheme to try to swap Vyshinsky for a Ukrainian charged with espionage in Russia.”
Note: My interview with Andriy Domansky will be published on Mint Press News in the next day or two.
Please see the following related links:
–“They Just Want Me in Prison”: MintPress Interviews Jailed Ukrainian Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky
–Media Ignores the Plight of Kirill Vyshinsky: A Russian Journalist Imprisoned Without Trial in Ukraine Eva Bartlett speaks with journalist Vladimir Rodzianko (Владимир Pодзянко) Rodzianko on the detention of Кирилл Вышинский by Ukraine since May 2018.
–Release Imprisoned Journalist Kirill Vyshinsky (petition)