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'Normal' is killing us.

Donald Trump is out of the White House. COVID-19 is fading, at least in wealthier nations. The world, they say, is returning to “normal.” That’s the narrative that the corporate media is selling. But there’s a problem: “normal” is destroying our planet, threatening our democracies, concentrating massive wealth in a tiny elite, and leaving billions of people without access to life-saving vaccines amid a deadly pandemic. Here at Common Dreams, we refuse to accept any of this as “normal.” Common Dreams just launched our Mid-Year Campaign to make sure we have the funding we need to keep the progressive, independent journalism of Common Dreams alive. Whatever you can afford—no amount is too large or too small—please donate today to support our nonprofit, people-powered journalism and help us meet our goal.

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Belén Fernández

Belén Fernández

Belén Fernández is the author of  "Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World" and "The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work." 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.

Articles by this author

 

Is Mexico The Most Dangerous Country On Earth?

"Poor Mexico, so far from God, so close to the United States."

Belén Fernández ·


Remembering Cast Lead: How Corporate Media Continue To Justify Israel's Criminal Excesses

Media defences of Israel have become so institutionalised that the situation is almost boring to discuss.

Belén Fernández ·


Fear and Loathing on the Border

The militarised nature of the US-Mexico border sustains the fallacy that the US is under attack by 'criminal' migrants.

Belén Fernández ·


Fidel Castro in Context

The revolutionary's achievements in the face of US meddling made him a powerful symbol of resistance against hegemony.

Belén Fernández ·


Forget Halloween: There's Plenty of Real-Life Horror in the Middle East

For many across the region, horror and fright constitute a permanent condition rather than a source of controlled entertainment

Belén Fernández ·



Radicalized Nation: Fear and Hypocrisy in New York

Diagnoses of violent extremism are diligently wielded against Muslims but not against leaders or policies that indiscriminately kill civilians

Belén Fernández ·


Change in Spain: Podemos or No Podemos?

We're led to believe that the concept of basic income is just too radical for the present moment.

Belén Fernández ·

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