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Evo Morales was ousted by a military coup but the mainstream media won’t report it

By Caitlin Johnstone There has been a military coup in Bolivia backed by violent right-wing  rioters and the U.S. government, but you’d hardly know this from any of the mainstream media headlines. “Bolivian President Evo Morales steps down following accusations of election fraud” proclaims CNN. “Bolivia’s Morales resigns amid scathing election report, rising protests” reports […]

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The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago but the brutality, greed and inequality of the old regime persists

By Lev Golinkin Thirty years ago, on November 9, the world was stunned to see ordinary Germans tear down the Berlin Wall, the dreaded symbol of totalitarianism. Seemingly overnight, Communist regimes across Eastern Europe dissolved; two years later, the Soviet Union itself ceased to exist. Today, those images of men and women chiseling away the […]

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Rage in Latin America: Centuries of repression and inequality at the root of violent protests

By Jorge Ramos There is a rage brewing in Latin America. Aware that they don’t live in real democracies, the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia are taking to the streets. In Chile, Ecuador and Haiti, citizens are angry about social inequality and the lack of economic opportunity. Meanwhile, Argentina’s government is turning back to […]

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Court ruling temporarily stops oil auction but the battle of Amazon indigenous communities to preserve their way of life continues

By Mitch Anderson In July, a court in Ecuador issued a ruling with profound implications for the urgent fight to save the imperiled Amazon rainforest. The decision effectively blocked a planned government oil auction that threatened half-a-million acres of some of the world’s most biodiverse primary rainforest. The broad outlines of the situation are sadly […]

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#SOSEcuador: Explaining the national protests led by the indigenous movement

By C.N.V. and L.E.S. On October 2, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno announced an economic decree that brought the country to a social and economic crisis. In March of this year, Moreno reached an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that required him to cut government spending, among other IMF conditions, in order to receive […]

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Moreno missed the signals for the indigenous revolt and now has no escape route

By Mac Margolis Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno knows something about indigenous politics. Before rising to the top office in 2017, he served two terms as vice president to Rafael Correa, the disruptive caudillo who tapped the frustrations of excluded indigenous communities to fuel his “Citizens Revolution” before they turned against him. Before that, Moreno saw […]

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How the IMF hurts countries it claims to help

By Mark Weisbrot When people think of the damage that wealthy countries – typically led by the US and its allies – cause to people in the rest of the world, they probably think of warfare. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died from the 2003 invasion, and then many more as the region became inflamed. […]

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Efforts to fight climate change will fail, Nobel Prize-winning economist says

By Chunka Mui I want to scream “You’re not helping!” every time I read a story like this one, which recently ran in USA Today: “End of civilization: climate change apocalypse could start by 2050 if we don’t act, report warns.” I certainly worry about what might befall us and our children by 2030, 2050 and 2100 […]

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In an age of incessant innovation we shouldn’t forget the maintainers

By Andrew Russell and Lee Vinsel Innovation is a dominant ideology of our era, embraced in America by Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and the Washington DC political elite. As the pursuit of innovation has inspired technologists and capitalists, it has also provoked critics who suspect that the peddlers of innovation radically overvalue innovation. What happens […]

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Are we approaching the end of democracy?

By Rick Shenkman Everything was unfolding as it usually does. The academics who gathered in Lisbon this summer for the International Society of Political Psychologists’ annual meeting had been politely listening for four days, nodding along as their peers took to the podium and delivered papers on everything from the explosion in conspiracy theories to […]

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With the end of human existence approaching, how should we live our lives?

By Jonathan Franzen “There is infinite hope,” Kafka tells us, “but, unfortunately, it is not for us.” This is a fittingly mystical epigram from a writer whose characters strive for ostensibly reachable goals and, tragically or amusingly, never manage to get any closer to them. But it seems to me, in our rapidly darkening world, […]

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Failures of conservative Latin American leaders could lead to a return of leftist populism but the bigger concern is a lack of faith in democracy

By Mac Margolis Argentine President Mauricio Macri’s political fortunes are crumbling. First voters delivered the struggling incumbent an upside-the-head defeat in the August 11 primaries. Then the financial markets piled on, blackening the country’s sovereign credit score and the peso to burnt toast. Now, with Argentina’s traditionally profligate Peronists poised to return to power, the […]

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