Belén Fernández

Belén Fernández

Belén Fernández is the author of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work, released by Verso in 2011. She is a member of the Jacobin Magazine editorial board, and her articles have appeared in the London Review of Books blog, Al Akhbar English and many other publications.

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Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 10:45am
Fidel Castro in Context
As of the year 2006, Fidel Castro, Cuba's revolutionary leader, who has died aged 90, had reportedly been the subject of no fewer than 638 assassination plots by the CIA . The Guardian newspaper notes that these had ranged from mundane bombing and shoot-'em-up schemes to more ludicrous proposals,...
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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 4:15pm
Forget Halloween: There's Plenty of Real-Life Horror in the Middle East
In the Iranian city of Isfahan the other day, I chatted with a carpet vendor who had in his possession two carpets woven by Afghan refugees in Iran. At first glance, they appeared to be just like any other colourfully patterned carpets, but upon closer inspection one’s eye began to pick out...
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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
Media Roll Out Welcome Mat for ‘Humanitarian’ War in Syria
As she marches toward the US presidency, Hillary Clinton has stepped up her promotion of the idea that a no-fly zone in Syria could “save lives” and “hasten the end of the conflict” that has devastated that country since 2011. It has now been revealed, of course, that Clinton hasn’t always...
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 10:30am
Radicalized Nation: Fear and Hypocrisy in New York
Following the recent explosions in New York City and New Jersey - one of which injured 29 people and the other of which injured none - President Barack Obama offered a typical presidential message to the American people. The CNN website quotes his analysis that “terrorists and violent extremists…...
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Friday, December 18, 2015 - 12:30pm
Change in Spain: Podemos or No Podemos?
In a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Spain's interior minister and candidate for Congress Jorge Fernandez Diaz revealed that he possesses his very own guardian angel named Marcelo, who helps him with tasks such as parking the car. Coming from a man who awards national...
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Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 12:30pm
Humans of the White House?
During a recent excursion to Iran, Brandon Stanton — creator of the wildly popular Humans of New York (HONY) blog — posted some shots of humans in the Islamic Republic. One of them features a father and his 10-year-old son in the city of Tabriz, with the accompanying anecdote from the dad: “One...
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Sunday, August 2, 2015 - 3:30pm
Who's the Bad Actor?
During his brief descent this week upon the island of Cyprus, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu jumped at the chance to make menacing allegations about the implications of the recent nuclear deal with Iran. According to the Jerusalem Post , Netanyahu warned his Cypriot audience that “Iran...
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Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 8:45am
The Honduran Meltdown: Made in USA
In May 2005, US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick appeared at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington to rally support for CAFTA, a free trade agreement between the US, the Central American countries, and the Dominican Republic. In his remarks, Zoellick played up the notion that...
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 7:15am
Baltimore’s Disgrace Is History of Police Violence
After Saturday’s full day of peaceful protests in Baltimore calling for justice for Freddie Gray — the 25-year-old who recently died of a spinal injury suffered while in police custody — some protesters opted Saturday evening and Sunday to pursue more hands-on expressions of frustration. On Monday...
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 12:15pm
Iraq War Anniversary: Remembering Blackwater
"My company's history is a proud tale of performance excellence and driven entrepreneurialism." So writes Erik Prince, the founder and former CEO of history's most notorious private security contracting firm, in his book Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the...
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