Greg Grandin

Greg Grandin teaches history at New York University and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. His most recent book is, The Empire of Necessity:  Slavery, Freedom, and Deception in the New World. His previous book, Fordlandia, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:57am
The Bleached Bones of the Dead: What the Modern World Owes Slavery
Many in the United States were outraged by the remarks of conservative evangelical preacher Pat Robertson, who blamed Haiti’s catastrophic 2010 earthquake on Haitians for selling their souls to Satan. Bodies were still being pulled from the rubble -- as many as 300,000 died -- when Robertson went on TV and gave his viewing audience a little history lesson: the Haitians had been "under the heel of the French" but they "got together and swore a pact to the devil.
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Monday, January 27, 2014 - 12:31pm
The Two Faces of Empire
A captain ready to drive himself and all around him to ruin in the hunt for a white whale. It’s a well-known story, and over the years, mad Ahab in Herman Melville’s most famous novel, Moby-Dick, has been used as an exemplar of unhinged American power, most recently of George W.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 10:54am
On the Legacy of Hugo Chávez
I first met Hugo Chávez in New York City in September 2006, just after his infamous appearance on the floor of the UN General Assembly, where he called George W. Bush the devil. “Yesterday, the devil came here,” he said, “Right here. Right here.
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Monday, February 18, 2013 - 11:07am
How a Washington Global Torture Gulag Was Turned Into the Only Gulag-Free Zone on Earth
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12:12pm
With Ollanta Humala's Win, Peru Joins Latin America's Left Turn
Add Peru to the list of Latin American countries that have turned left. On Sunday, Peruvians voted in a second-round run-off ballot and elected Ollanta Humala, a 48-year old former army officer, president. This is Humala’s second try for the office.
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011 - 9:27am
What the 'Farc Files' Really Reveal
The release Tuesday of a "dossier" of Farc files , which were supposedly seized by the Colombian government in 2008, is truly a non-event.
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Friday, February 11, 2011 - 10:54am
Building a Perfect Machine of Perpetual War: The Mexico to Colombia Security Corridor Advances
Last January, I wrote an essay for The Nation on Washington’s integration of Mexico, Central America and Colombia into a “security corridor.” I called it a “rump Monroe Doctrine,” an explosive mix of militarism and neoliberal economics. Militarily, assorted bilateral and regional treaties are fusing the region’s military, intelligence, and judicial systems into unified, supra-national counterinsurgent infrastructure.&nbs
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Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 4:13pm
White House to Push for Colombia Free Trade Treaty: Expect Body Count to Rise
A federal government insider tells me we should soon expect the Obama administration to push Congress to ratify the stalled Colombia Free Trade Agreement, a treaty strongly opposed by unions and human rights activists, in both the United States and Colombia. Obama inherited three such pending treaties—Colombia, Korea and Panama—and he could back all three as a package, less to make the United States more “competitive” than to signal his new “business-friendly” bipartisan posture.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 9:35am
Zelaya's Midnight Ride
In a bold move, the democratically elected president of Honduras Manuel Zelaya - ousted in a military coup in June - has returned to Tegucigalpa, entering the country in secret, traveling overland with a small group of advisers. He is currently in the Brazilian embassy, and crowds of supporters are gathering around the building to demand the restoration of Honduran democracy.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 - 8:52am
Touring Empire's Ruins: From Detroit to the Amazon
The empire ends with a pull out. Not, as many supposed a few years ago, from Iraq. There, as well as in Afghanistan, we are mulishly staying the course, come what may, trapped in the biggest of all the "too-big-to-fail" boondoggles. But from Detroit.
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