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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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Writer Eduardo Galeano, Voice of Latin America's Left, Dead at 74
"This world is not democratic at all," Galeano said in 2013. "The world is organized by the war economy and the war culture."
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US History of Coup-Making Overshadows Obama's Outreach to Iran, Latin American Left
President Obama met with Cuban President Raoul Castro for an hour on Saturday, and the two made progress on plans to restore diplomatic relations. Before the meeting, Obama said , “I think that after 50 years of policy that had not changed on the part of the United States, it was my belief that it...
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US Declares Venezuela 'Extraordinary Threat to National Security'
Executive order is the latest in a series of antagonistic diplomatic flare-ups
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What Europe’s Hopeful Left Can Learn from Latin America
After years of austerity and economic turmoil, mass movements based on hope are finally taking root in Europe – and not just on the streets. Syriza is now in power in Greece, and enjoying a surge in the opinion polls. Meanwhile, its success is inspiring Spain’s Podemos to make a serious stand in...
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Don’t Believe Mainstream US Media Coverage of Venezuela
Diplomatic relations between Venezuela and the U.S. have just taken a big hit, with the government of Nicolas Maduro demanding that the American Embassy in Caracas reduce its staff by 80% and that U.S. visitors apply for visas . Most symbolically, Venezuela has now barred a number of U.S. officials...
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The Time Is Right for a Palace Revolution
A conversation with Tariq Ali
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Op-Ed on Venezuela Slips Past NYT Factcheckers
A February 15, 2015, op-ed on Venezuela by Enrique Krauze seems to have slipped by the New York Times ' factcheckers. Krauze's thesis (a tired one, but very popular with Venezuelan and Cuban right-wingers in South Florida) is that Venezuela has not only followed "the Cuban model," but has recently...
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Saudi Dictator's Death Shows NYT as Pawn of Power
Abdullah, tyrant who beheaded 'sorcerers,' was 'force of moderation'...
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