All Articles on Eduardo Galeano

Sign reads: A better world is possible. Views
In the Face of Right-Wing Strongmen and an Economy Rife With Insecurity, We Must Reject the Politics of Despair
Maude Barlow delivers keynote speech to Tommy Douglas Institute
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Linguists and then archeologists of the 19th century used Taíno to group together the various Arawak-speaking peoples in the Greater Antilles. (Photo: Smithsonian Exhibits, 2017) Views
Whose History Matters? Students Can Name Columbus, But Most Have Never Heard of the Taíno People
Columbus’s treatment of the Taíno people meets the UN definition of genocide. But there has also been a curricular genocide — erasing the memory of the Taíno from our nation’s classrooms
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Birds are the only free beings in this world inhabited by prisoners. They fly from pole to pole, powered by food alone, on the route they choose and at the hour they wish, without ever asking permission of officials who believe they own the heavens. Views
A Visit to Heaven and Hell
Paying no fare, they travel without passports and without forms for customs or immigration. Birds are the only free beings in this world inhabited by prisoners.
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Twenty-five years ago, I wrote an article, “Once Upon a Genocide,” reviewing the major children’s literature about Columbus. My conclusion was that these books teach young readers that colonialism and racism are normal. Views
Christopher Columbus: No Monuments for Murderers
The world is still sliced in two between the worthy — the owning classes, the corporate masters, the generals — and the nobodies. The invaded, the owned, the bombed, the poisoned, the silenced.
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The Excuse of Progress: Celebrating Genocide, Slavery and Cultural Extermination
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Support Indigenous Rights: Abolish Columbus Day
The movement to abolish Columbus Day and to establish in its place Indigenous Peoples Day continues to gather strength, as every month new school districts and colleges take action. This campaign has been given new momentum as Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas assert their treaty and human...
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On Garrisoning the Planet
[ Note for TomDispatch Readers: Every now and then, in the quieter days of summer, it feels good and appropriate to feature old friends no longer with us. In that spirit, TomDispatch recently offered an excerpt from Mirrors , the idiosyncratic, late-in-life masterwork of world history by Eduardo...
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The Future Foreseen (and Not): A Letter of Apology to My Grandson
A Pox on Twenty-First-Century America
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Open Veins, Healing Wounds, in Latin America
For the first time in more than half a century, the presidents of the United States and Cuba have had a formal meeting. Barack Obama met with Cuban President Raul Castro at the 7th Summit of the Americas, held this year in Panama City. Cuba’s participation has been blocked by the U.S. since the...
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A Thank You Note to Eduardo Galeano
I have Eduardo Galeano to thank for helping my partner and I fall in love. His books were the subject of our first serious, in-depth conversations. So it is with an especially heavy heart that I’ve been reflecting on Galeano’s legacy, after word came yesterday that the 74-year-old writer had died...
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