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The cynical plan for ‘humanitarian aid’ to Venezuela: How the U.S. broke its teeth in another attempt to overthrow Nicolas Maduro

By Alison Bodine The miserably failed “humanitarian aid” delivery into Venezuela on February 23 is another nail in the coffin of the U.S. government’s coup attempt against President Nicolas Maduro and the Bolivarian revolutionary process in Venezuela. Before this day, the U.S. government and their allies, including Canada, thought that their puppet, self-declared “interim President” Juan Guaidó, still […]

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Election takeaways: Confusion, fragmentation, surprise, the strength of the Correistas and what Pedro Palacios means for Cuenca

By Sylvan Hardy The full significance of Sunday’s election results depend on who you ask but it’s fair to say that the political spinmeisters have their work cut out for them. Following the election, almost everyone agrees that Ecuador politics are a mess and that predicting the future is treacherous business. The surprise winners in […]

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Moreno and Alianza Pais expected to suffer major loses in Sunday’s election

By Jonathan Nack Though President Moreno will not be on the ballot in Sunday’s elections, nor will any seats in the National Assembly be contested, the President’s party, Alianza PAIS (“AP”), has a lot to lose. It, along with allied parties, currently holds the majority of the prefectures, mayor’s offices, and local council seats in […]

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The happy ending still beckons and it is in the hope of grasping it that we go on

Editor’s note: This is U.S. novelist Annie Proulx’s 2017 acceptance speech for the Lifetime Achievement Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. By Annie Proulx We don’t live in the best of all possible worlds. This is a Kafkaesque time. The television sparkles with images of despicable political louts and sexual harassment reports. We cannot […]

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Does the international news media misrepresent living conditions in Venezuela and the level of support that Juan Guaido enjoys?

By Mark Cook I was sitting in my apartment in Caracas, Venezuela, reading the online edition of Time magazine, which carried a report that there was not even something as basic as aspirin to be found anywhere in Venezuela: “Basic medicines like aspirin are nowhere to be found.” I walked out of the apartment to […]

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Firsthand accounts of the situation in Venezuela

By Jeff Van Pelt On February 24, my wife and I attended a very moving presentation at Fishbon del Sur, given by a panel of 3 Venezuelan refugees, one a spinal surgeon now practicing at Monte Sinai Hospital here in Cuenca. Eight or ten refugees, who have opened three Venezuelan restaurants, sold food and came […]

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The end of the world as we know it

By Sean Illing “It is, I promise, worse than you think.” That was was the first line of David Wallace-Wells’s horrifying 2017 essay in New York magazine about climate change. It was an attempt to paint a very real picture of our not-too-distant future, a future filled with famines, political chaos, economic collapse, fierce resource […]

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Why the U.S. and other nations should stay out of Venezuela

By Brandon Turbeville For the better part of 2018, Venezuela had remained out of the headlines. At least in the mainstream Western press, they were more focused on scary Russian agents, keeping American forces in Syria, and promoting a war with Iran. But a few weeks ago, the South American country found itself on the […]

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