Benjamin Dangl

Benjamin Dangl has a PhD in Latin American history from McGill University and has worked as a journalist throughout Latin America for over fifteen years, covering politics and protest movements for outlets such as Common Dreams, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Nation, Salon, Vice, and NACLA Report on the Americas. He is the author of the books The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia; Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America; The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia, all published by AK Press. Follow him on Twitter: @bendangl

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Bolivia's self-declared interim president Jeanine Anez talks during a conference at the presidential palace on November 13, 2019 in La Paz, Bolivia. (Photo: Javier Mamani/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Bibles at the Barricades: How the Right Seized Power in Bolivia
Returning to La Paz, Bolivia after last November’s coup was like returning to the scene of a crime. Since Bolivian President Evo Morales was removed from power, right-wing interim President Jeanine Áñez has led the country with an iron fist. State repression immediately following the coup left...
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Tuesday, May 14, 2019
The Five Hundred Year Rebellion: Indigenous Movements and the Decolonization of History in Bolivia
After centuries of colonial domination and a twentieth century riddled with dictatorships, indigenous peoples in Bolivia embarked upon a social and political struggle that would change the country forever. As part of that project activists took control of their own history, starting in the 1960s,...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019
"The Worst Option is War": US Intervention in Venezuela Will Only Deepen the Country’s Crisis
The Trump administration is currently working to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in the name of freedom and democracy . Yet Washington’s efforts will only lead to bloodshed and a worsening of the country’s crisis and polarization. Just take a look at who is leading the coup efforts...
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The Pentagon reports that the Afghan conflict costs US taxpayers $45 billion per year. (Photo: Debra Sweet/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
After 9/11: The Staggering Economic and Human Cost of the War on Terror
“Our war on terror begins with Al Qaeda, but it does not end there,” President George W. Bush announced on September 20 th , 2001 , following the 9/11 attacks. Bush’s “War on Terror” did not end with Al Qaeda – it has roared on into an endless conflict spanning the globe, costing hundreds of...
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"While a new billionaire was created every other day, the 3.7 billion people making up the poorest half of the world’s population saw no increase in their wealth last year." (Photo: Tareq Salahuddin) Views
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Oxfam Report Reveals Global Economy's "Perfect Storm" for Making 1% Even Richer
Forida is a 22-year-old sewing machine operator in a clothing factory in Dahka, Bangladesh. She often works 12-hour days producing clothes for brands such as H&M and Target. Sometimes, during busy production cycles, the hours are even longer. “Last year, I worked until midnight for a full month...
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Sunday, October 15, 2017
Profiting from America’s Longest War: Trump Seeks to Exploit Mineral Wealth of Afghanistan
October 7th marked sixteen years since the start of the US War in Afghanistan – America’s longest war. In an effort to justify the continued and expanded presence of US troops in the country, President Trump is seeking a plan to have US companies extract minerals from resource-rich Afghanistan...
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Saturday, September 30, 2017
Pruning-Hooks Made Out of Swords: The Case for a US Department of Peace
A look back to the history and political vision of the demand for such a department offers methods for transforming our militaristic culture, and provides a political toolbox for peace rather than perpetual war.
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Destruction of rainforest in West Kalimantan, Borneo paves way for palm oil plantation Views
Monday, September 18, 2017
How Top Food Companies Fail to Protect Environmental Activists in Supply Chains
A recent investigation by the anti-poverty advocacy organization Oxfam reveals how the world’s top ten food and beverage companies are failing to protect environmental and human rights defenders caught in the companies’ supply chains. The Oxfam report, Pathways to Deforestation-Free Food ,...
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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Dismantling Power: The Zapatista Indigenous Presidential Candidate's Vision to Transform Mexico from Below
The Zapatistas and National Indigenous Congress (CNI) held an assembly in May in which they chose María de Jesús Patricio Martínez, a Nahua indigenous healer, as their spokesperson and presidential candidate for the 2018 elections in Mexico. "Patricio’s candidacy is based on a model of politics...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Trump’s Budget Expands Global War on the Backs of the American Poor
It is fitting that while President Trump is traveling the world, sealing a weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, he would drop his own kind of bomb on the American people: his budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, titled, of course, “ The New Foundation for American Greatness .” “This Budget’s...
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