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How the inhumanity of social media comments led me to silence and submission

By Brett Easton Ellis Somewhere in the last few years — and I can’t pinpoint exactly when — a vague yet almost overwhelming and irrational annoyance started tearing through me maybe up to a dozen times a day. This annoyance was over things so seemingly minor, so out of my usual field of reference, that […]

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Blogger claims latest reports of Assange’s activity in London embassy are a ‘smear’

By Caitlin Johnstone CNN has published an unbelievably brazen and dishonest smear piece on Julian Assange, easily the most egregious article of its kind since the notoriously bogus Assange-Manafort report by The Guardian last year. It contains none of the “exclusive” documents which it claims substantiate its smears, relying solely on vague unsubstantiated assertions and easily […]

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Expat, immigrant, migrant, refugee: New book looks at mass migrations in the 21st century, why they happen and what they mean

By Lauren Markham Book Review: This Land is our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto by Suketu Mehta In almost any other country on earth, Central Americans attempting to reach our southern border would be considered refugees, a designation that would guarantee them protection under international law. But in the United States, they are mere migrants who […]

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Lenin Moreno takes a political turn to the right and says: ‘I won’t allow Ecuador to become another failed state like Venezuela’

By Ethan Bronner and Stephan Kueffner For WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the morning of Thursday, April 11, arrived as most others had over the almost seven years he’d lived as a refugee in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. Granted asylum there in 2012, he was hiding from British authorities for jumping bail to avoid extradition […]

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Is Bolivia’s Morales following the lead of other Latin American strongmen?

By José María Leyes In recent years, the world has finally taken measures to counter growing authoritarianism in Latin America. For example, democracies around the world have withdrawn their recognition of the illegitimate regime in Venezuela — where strongman Nicolás Maduro has held onto power through electoral fraud and violent repression — and condemned Daniel […]

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Aren’t these guys too old to be president?

By Art Cullen I became eligible for social security the week I realized new eyeglasses were needed to renew my driver’s license. I find myself remembering a bad date in 1978 and not remembering where I am supposed to be in 15 minutes. I need a little nap after lunch. I wonder whatever happened to […]

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Venezuela’s cryptocurrency failed but the idea had merit and could be the future of money

By Aaron Brown Shakespeare tells us, “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” Venezuela’s 20-year slide from peaceful, prosperous democracy to violent, impoverished dictatorship has caused misery on a vast scale. And it brought together the protagonists in the story of el petro — a mashup of fringe economists and cypherpunks, socialists and libertarians, real-asset fundamentalists […]

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How not to let your internet news feed ruin your day

By Umair Haque Death. Destruction. Chaos. All before my morning coffee has even kicked in!! How do you cope in a world where every time you look at a headline it tells of a new disaster? How do you manage not to lose empathy, stay focused, and continue to fight the good fight? Now, I’m […]

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Following his failure in Venezuela, Juan Guaidó’s ‘moment is over,’ embarrassing the U.S. and other allies and strengthening Maduro’s position

By Mat Youkee In the early hours of Tuesday morning Juan Guaidó — recognized by 54 countries as the rightful president of Venezuela – unveiled a bold bluff. Standing alongside opposition figure Leopoldo Lopez – hitherto under house arrest – and flanked by armed soldiers, Guiadó announced the beginning of the “final phase” of his mission […]

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Massive caravan of gringo ‘dental refugees’ waits at the border to enter Mexico

By Mark Provost The Trump administration is trying to convey panic that there’s an immediate crisis on the southern border, pointing to caravans of desperate people who have traveled thousands of miles to enter the U.S. illegally. It’s true that Latin and Central Americans are coming to the U.S. fleeing violence and poverty, much of […]

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As U.S. relations with Latin America falter, Russia and China are filling the void

By Alex Horton With Venezuela in flames, China and Russia are seeking claims in the rubble. But the United States has been caught flat-footed, and the Pentagon is struggling to develop ways to blunt the countries’ influence in Latin America since President Trump has antagonized and distanced himself from nations in the Western Hemisphere. Defense […]

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