Derrick O'Keefe

Derrick O’Keefe is a co-founder and Editor withRicochet.Media. He is the author of several books, including The Lesser Evil? and A Woman Among Warlords, co-authored with Afghanistan’s Malalai Joya. Follow him on Twitter: @derrickokeefe

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 6:15am
A Thank You Note to Eduardo Galeano
I have Eduardo Galeano to thank for helping my partner and I fall in love. His books were the subject of our first serious, in-depth conversations. So it is with an especially heavy heart that I’ve been reflecting on Galeano’s legacy, after word came yesterday that the 74-year-old writer had died...
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Friday, December 6, 2013 - 1:57pm
Mandela, A Life of Struggle: The History Most Mainstream Obits Omit
Nearly 50 years ago, in 1964, Nelson Mandela — along with many other comrades in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa from racist white domination under apartheid — was sentenced to life in prison.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 7:26am
Allende Vive: Latin America's Left and the Reunion of Socialism and Democracy
Last night, Barack Obama spoke in defence of his threats to launch U.S. air strikes against Syria . In justifying his push for an attack illegal under international law, the constitutional lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner appealed explicitly to American exceptionalism.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 11:03am
Hugo Chavez, Undefeated
Hugo Chavez has died -- undefeated. Yes, undefeated. Chavez, no matter how many times the corporate media and the cheerleaders of the status quo call him a dictator, was elected repeatedly with overwhelming majorities.
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Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 9:18am
Only Dictatorships Jail Poets: On Qatar, Al Jazeera and Free Speech
"You can't have Al Jazeera in this country and put me in jail for being a poet."
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 11:37am
Casseroles Across Canada: Tonight We Resist and Dream Together
I don't care what the weather report says where you are today: it's a beautiful day across Canada. Tonight, in over 60 communities big and small, people will be gathering to celebrate and defend the determined student and people's movement in Quebec. It's a night of cross-Canada Casseroles, inspired by the spirited pots and pans protests of the past week in Quebec.
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Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 8:18am
After Durban: We Must Pull the Emergency Brake Before the 1 Per Cent Drive Us Off the Cliff
On behalf of Canada, Environment Minister Peter Kent recently spent several days in Durban at the UN climate talks treating the global community like, well, shit -- disrespecting her, ignoring her wishes and just generally displaying rude and selfish behaviour.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011 - 8:31am
Grief, Love and Politics: Jack Layton's Last Letter Calls Forth the Best in Us
I don't think anyone could have fathomed the scale of the remarkable outpouring of emotion and grieving that has swept across Canada since last week's announcement of the death of Jack Layton. What explains this extraordinary week, in which one person's death seems to have become such a significant moment in the life of this country?
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