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A Venezuelan refugee and Cuenca expat says dialog will not work with Nicolas Maduro

The following is a response to an open letter from: 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 who wrote a letter to the U.S. Congress and President Donald Trump. To read their original […]

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Venezuelan government clamps down on internet access use as political tensions rise

By Global Voices staff As the political crisis in Venezuela continues to unfold, several major websites are facing destructive technical tampering and censorship. Since February 12, the website of Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly has been intermittently inaccessible on all networks; opposition-aligned humanitarian aid site VoluntariosxVenezuela, suffered a DNS spoofing attack; and multiple Google services including YouTube […]

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Are we headed for the technological ‘singularity’? Will computers make human beings obsolete or will we simply be subsumed by them?

By Jayshree Pandya As humanity stands on the brink of a technology triggered information revolution, the scale, scope and complexity of the impact of intelligence evolution in machines is unlike anything humankind has experienced before. As a result, the speed at which the ideas, innovations and inventions are emerging on the back of artificial intelligence […]

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What the world needs now is a little kindness

A journalist who I didn’t know but whose life was tragically taken; someone’s fiancé who cries out for justice in an unjust country; 11 people of a religious faith different than mine suffering from crimes of hate — these are people who are on my mind lately. When did the world became so nasty, so […]

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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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