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A plea for you to get involved

By Karl Sweetman There is a silent killer on the loose whose toll is increasing at an alarming rate every year. The latest statistics provided by the World Health Organization warn that more than 360,000 people will be killed this year alone and untold millions will be adversely affected. Please take the time to learn […]

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Life goes on even if it’s not what we planned

It has been three months since my last column and I have been sitting here in front of my computer screen for two hours trying to decide how to begin this one. Even if I don’t write regularly, my life does go on so here are some things about that life that have transpired since […]

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The U.S. and its Latin American allies should stay out of Venezuela

Editor’s note: The following is a letter sent to the press, the U.S. Congress and U.S. President Donald Trump. It is signed by Noam Chomsky, Greg Grandin, Laura Carlsen, Miguel Tinker Salas, Sujatha Fernandes, Steve Ellner, Alfred de Zayas, Boots Riley, John Pilger, Elisabeth Armstrong and 60 other academics, artists and journalists. It is a […]

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What’s the real story in Venezuela?

By Fabiana Sofia Perera In a plaza in Caracas, surrounded by supporters carrying flags and chanting for democracy, Juan Guaidó, a 35 year-old legislator from a coastal town in Venezuela swore “to assume all the powers of the presidency to secure an end to the usurpation.” The event was widely reported as “Guaidó declares himself […]

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So what’s a bot?

It’s a sunny day outside, but you wouldn’t know it. You’ve been staring at the modern hellscape known as Twitter for hours now, refreshing feed after feed. Your eyes are glazed over but you keep going; you’re too deep into Politics Twitter to stop. That’s when you see her. Or maybe…it? The account’s handle is […]

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The magic button

Last week’s column started quite a bit of discourse in the comments section of CuencaHighLife.com. I responded to some of those comments, something that I don’t usually do anymore. More often than not I don’t respond to anything that is said about me, I just let the conversation go and let others jump in .But […]

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Considering idiotic idioms

By Jerome Long In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, we didn’t have a war so we had to invent one. Some bright politician decided we ought to have a “war on illiteracy” to make up for this shameful deficiency. It sounded good, anyway. Guess what? Illiteracy is winning. It is a subtle conflict, […]

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2018 was year of mass migrations and violent political upheaval in Latin America

With large exoduses, deadly protests and changes of government, 2018 was anything but ordinary for Latin America and Spanish-speaking communities worldwide. As witnesses and interpreters of such events, Global Voices’ contributors have helped us sift through the noise and untangle their complexity. From the protests in Nicaragua to the Venezuelan crisis, we have told stories of resilience, of […]

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Which is better? A hard right turn in Brazil or a hard left turn in Mexico?

By John McCullough Some political observers seem more comfortable with a dangerous right-wing reactionary than a leftist social democrat. One would be hard-pressed to find two newly elected world leaders more different than Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The former is a moderate social democrat who promises to […]

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Damsels in distress? Treating women as more vulnerable, virtuous or credible than men is reactionary and ultimately counterproductive

By Camille Paglia It’s open sex war — a grisly death match that neither men nor women will win. Ever since The New York Times opened the floodgates last October with its report about producer Harvey Weinstein’s atrocious history of sexual harassment, there has been a torrent of accusations, ranging from the trivial to the […]

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Was the Unibomber right?

By Keith Ablow Ted Kaczynski, aka the Unabomber, was rightly imprisoned for life in 1998 for sending bombs that maimed and killed three people and injured 23 more, from 1978 to 1992. No one can excuse his terrorism. Kaczynski’s ideas, however, described in a manifesto entitled, “Industrial Society and Its Future,” cannot be dismissed, and […]

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WikiLeaks claims the media is persecuting Julian Assange, promoting U.S. extradition

By Kristinn Hrafnsson Two weeks ago, The Guardian published a “bombshell” front-page story asserting, without producing any evidence, that Julian Assange had secretly met the recently convicted former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The Guardian‘s attack on Assange came only days after it was confirmed that he has been […]

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