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Outrage

Almost every day brings news of awful crimes, but some are so heinous, so horrendous and malicious, that they dwarf all else. One of those rare events took place on July 17, when Malaysian Airlines MH17 was shot down in Eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people.
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Venezuelan Voices, Part I – An Economic Spiral

As international media plays its favorite old game of lambasting the Venezuelan government, long-time observers of the Bolivarian process may be wondering how much truth lies in the prime-time reports panning across empty shelves, long lines and pointing at charts showing catastrophic inflation. How precarious is Venezuela Continue reading

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Venezuela – Maduro in Chávez’s Shoes

A politically refined reading on the presidency of Nicolás Maduro starting with a recognition of the morass of circumstances he has had to face as the country’s leader.
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Ukraine – the Next Christian RIght’s Anti-Gay Battleground?

There is no contesting the fact that high-profile religious right leaders from the United States helped set the table for Uganda Continue reading

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The Traumas and Dramas of Post-Cup, Pre-Olympic Brazil

Tied to a period of economic growth and political stability, Brazil has aggressively pursued a series of mega-events from the Pan-American Games in 2007 to the 2016 Rio Olympics. These events are used by the Brazilian national and local governments to showcase their economic prosperity and to promote the country as one that is on equal footing with global powers. However, with the comings and goings of the international sporting caravans, each requiring billions in public financing, the question remains: where is the benefit for the ordinary Brazilian that stays behind after the parade has moved on? Continue reading

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The Corporate Free Trade Project Reloaded

Six years after the advent of the global financial crisis, and with no end in sight, one would have expected that global capitalism would be in a serious state of disarray. Yet neoliberalism, while discredited, retains its hold on policymakers as a default ideology. Finance capital has been able to roll back the initial attempts to reregulate it in Europe and the United States. And Washington and Brussels have resumed their aggressive efforts to create multilateral free trade regimes.
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Peru’s dangerous environmental regression

New laws cozy up to big mining companies and give police impunity in quelling eco-protests
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New paths require a new culture on the left

Speech given by Marta Harnecker on August 15, 2014, accepting the 2013 Liberator Continue reading

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Mob rule vs. Democracy

Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it. Howard Zinn
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Lifting the Sentence of Secrecy in Chile

As the number of Chileans with direct memories of the Pinochet dictatorship dwindles, the country continues to face the question of how it commemorates and deals with the past. Like in other Latin American countries such as Argentina, Brazil, and Guatemala, archival issues form part of such debates, since whether or not state security files are made public affects what it is possible to know about past repressive regimes. Human rights organizations across Latin America have demanded that their governments open the files, using social media tools to network, raise awareness, and pressure authorities.
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