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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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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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