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The Right Rises Up as Latin American Left Faces Setbacks

The Right Rises Up as Latin American Left Faces Setbacks

By Benjamin Dangl Source: Toward Freedom Published on April 20, 2016 Fidel Castro, in an address to the Cuban Communist Party congress yesterday, spoke of his own mortality, mentioning that soon he will be 90, “but the ideas of Cuban communism will endure.” Earlier this week, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff was the victim of right wing parliamentary coup efforts;…

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Inequality and Lack of Democracy Take Center Stage in Today’s Divided World

Inequality and Lack of Democracy Take Center Stage in Today’s Divided World

By Benjamin Dangl Published on April 11, 2016 Source: Toward Freedom News pointing to global inequality and a lack of democracy has been dominating newspaper headlines in recent days. From the Panama Papers to controversies swirling in the US presidential primaries, a divided world is in crisis. As recent events illustrate, the stakes couldn’t be higher. The…

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The Horizon of Evo Morales’ Long Decade in Power: Implications of Bolivia’s Referendum Results

The Horizon of Evo Morales’ Long Decade in Power: Implications of Bolivia’s Referendum Results

By Benjamin Dangl Published on February 25, 2016 Source: Toward Freedom Photo by William Wroblewski Bolivian President Evo Morales lost the referendum last Sunday that could have given him the ability to run for re-election in 2019. The margin was small, but the implications are huge: Bolivia’s longest standing and most popular president finally has…

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Photo Essay: Burlington, VT Greets Trump’s Hate With Boisterous Protests

Photo Essay: Burlington, VT Greets Trump’s Hate With Boisterous Protests

By Benjamin Dangl Published on January 8, 2016 Source: Toward Freedom Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a campaign speech at the Flynn Theater in downtown Burlington, VT this evening. The event was greeted outside by boisterous protests which denounced Trump’s hate-filled campaign. Benjamin Dangl is the editor of the Burlington-based progressive news and analysis…

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While Left Governments in South America Face Setbacks, Gains of Progressive Period Likely to Endure

While Left Governments in South America Face Setbacks, Gains of Progressive Period Likely to Endure

By Benjamin Dangl Published on December 7, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom It’s hard to tell before the dust settles, and the situation in each country is unique, but it’s very likely that 2015 will be viewed as a critical year for leftist governments in South America. Chavismo took a blow yesterday in the country’s Parliamentary…

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Dancing with Dynamite in Latin America: Looking Back at Half a Decade of Political Struggle

Dancing with Dynamite in Latin America: Looking Back at Half a Decade of Political Struggle

By Benjamin Dangl Published on November 10, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom This month marks five years since the publication of my bookDancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America, (AK Press). Thanks to everyone who has read, borrowed, pirated, or stolen it. The dance with dynamite between social movements and states in Latin…

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Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent

Eduardo Galeano’s Words Walk the Streets of a Continent

By Benjamin Dangl April 13, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom The world lost one of its great writers today. Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano died at age 74 in Montevideo. He left a magical body of work behind him, and his reach is as wide as his continent. During Argentina’s 2001-2002 economic crisis, Galeano’s words walked down…

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Bolivia’s Contested Process of Change: Views From a Regional Election

Bolivia’s Contested Process of Change: Views From a Regional Election

By Benjamin Dangl Published on March 31, 2015 Source: Toward Freedom A fist fight broke out in a local campesino union office in La Paz one afternoon last April while I was waiting to interview the union’s leaders. The fight was over how funds for government-supported projects were spent. Last week, at a campaign rally for an…

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Bolivia: A Country That Dared to Exist

Bolivia: A Country That Dared to Exist

By Benjamin Dangl Published on March 19, 2015 Source: TeleSUR English In 1870, Bolivian dictator Mariano Melgarejo offered an English diplomat a glass of chicha – a corn-based beer consumed for centuries in the Andes. The diplomat refused the drink, asking for chocolate instead. A short-tempered Melgarejo responded by forcing the Englishman to drink a vast…

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