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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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More on the gig economy: There’s a difference between existing and living

CuencaHighLife reader Karl Sweetman submitted an op-ed piece, Of typewriters, buggy whips and slide rules, recently that received wide readership and many comments. The article itself was very well composed, orderly and, unfortunately, a clear presentation of a point of view I find very unsettling it its moral and ethical implications, fraught with real danger. […]

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Of typewriters, buggy whips and slide rules

By Karl Sweetman In a recent CuencaHighLife article about independent contractors competing against licensed cabbies, author Robert Bradley took the subject and enlarged it into a broader discussion lamenting the emerging “gig economy” and its effects. Since the position Bradley staked out is only a small part of a much larger battle of ideas, I […]

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Sneaky phone apps are ripping off customers

By Sarah Perez Subscriptions have turned into a booming business for app developers, accounting for $10.6 billion in consumer spend on the App Store in 2017, and are poised to grow to $75.7 billion by 2022. But alongside this healthy growth, a number of scammers are now taking advantage of subscriptions in order to trick […]

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