Benjamin Dangl

Benjamin Dangl is a doctoral candidate in Latin American History at McGill University, and the author of the books Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America, and The Price of Fire: Resource Wars and Social Movements in Bolivia. He edits, a website on activism and politics in Latin America,, a progressive perspective on world events. Follow him on Twitter: @bendangl

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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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Tuesday, May 31, 2016
After Empowering the 1% and Impoverishing Millions, IMF Admits Neoliberalism a Failure
Last week a research wing of the International Monetary Fund came out with a report admitting that neoliberalism has been a failure. The report, entitled, “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” is hopefully a sign of the ideology's death. They were only about 40 years late. As Naomi Klein tweeted about the...
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Why We Need to Ditch Austerity and Take on the Global 1%
By next year, the richest 1% of the world will own more wealth than the rest of the entire population of the planet, according to Oxfam . This is a staggering figure, almost impossible to comprehend. And yet, this fact alone puts into focus a harsh truth: that we live in a fierce, inhuman,...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent
The world has lost one of its great writers. Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano died on Monday at age 74 in Montevideo. He left a magical body of work behind him, and his reach is as wide as his continent. During Argentina's 2001-2002 economic crisis, Galeano’s words walked down the streets with a...
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