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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An unmanned Delta 4 Heavy rocket, the largest booster in in the US fleet, lifts off from an air force base in California to put a classified satellite into orbit (Photo: Gene Blevins/Reuters) Views
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Trump's Astronomically Misguided 'Space Force'
Speaking to an audience of military personnel in California earlier this year, United States President Donald Trump unveiled his scheme to create a sixth branch of the US military: the "space force". According to Trump's version of the story, the idea had unfolded as follows: "I was saying it the...
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"A primary function of this Contra War was to punish Nicaragua for dropping the ball on the anti-communist front and daring to defy US politico-corporate interests in the United States' self-declared backyard." (Photo: Screenshot/Al Jazeera) Views
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
A Nicaraguan Spring or Imperial Spring Cleaning?
In April, Nicaragua saw intense clashes between protesters and government forces that reportedly left dozens dead. The protests were initially set off by proposed adjustments to the national social security system, which have now been cancelled by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega. Journalist and...
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Sunday, March 18, 2018
Iraq, 15 Years On: A Toxic US Legacy
Fifteen years ago this month, the United States spearheaded a fantastically bloody war on Iraq as part of its ongoing effort to ensure the Iraqi nation's perpetual misery. Straight-up carnage aside, there were some other more trivial yet still "spectacularly unsavoury" results of the invasion, as...
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Federal police officers hold their weapons while patrolling the city of Monterrey, Mexico (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters) Views
Monday, February 05, 2018
Is Mexico The Most Dangerous Country On Earth?
In 2006, Mexico launched a war on drugs with the fervent backing of its ever-helpful neighbour to the north, the United States of America. Now a bit more than a decade later, some 200,000 people are estimated to have been killed thus far as a result, with an additional 30,000 or more disappeared...
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 Children at al-Shifa hospital in Gaza after a strike by Israel (Facebook / المركز الفلسطيني للاعلام) Views
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Remembering Cast Lead: How Corporate Media Continue To Justify Israel's Criminal Excesses
Palestine, now approaching its 70th anniversary of usurpation by Israel, has long been recognised as a laboratory for fine-tuning punitive Israeli policies and techniques. As the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network has extensively documented , the "ongoing colonisation of Palestine and the...
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Saturday, March 18, 2017
Fear and Loathing on the Border
As Donald Trump 's sordid vision of a "big, beautiful wall" on the United States-Mexico border begins to take shape, The Guardian has revealed that - of the more than 600 companies currently vying to get in on the wall-building action - 10 percent are identified as "Hispanic-American-owned"...
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Saturday, November 26, 2016
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
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
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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Graffiti of a drone in the Middle East Views
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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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