Media Roundup for January 2016

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Any article with an ** is a highly recommended read.

News Articles

  1. Decolonize, not Diversify, Kavita Bhanot, Media Diversified
  2. ‘Moderate Muslims’, Shadi Hamid, The Washington Post
  3. Why are Venezuelans so crazy about beisbol?, Rafael Rojas Cremonesi, Caracas Chronicles
  4. Armed men, led by Bundy brothers, take over federal building in rural Oregon, Carissa Wolf, Peter Holley and Wesley Lowery, The Washington Post
  5. Military to Military: Seymour M. Hersh on US intelligence sharing in the Syrian War, Seymour M. Hersh, London Review of Books **
  6. Saudi-Iran Rift Threatens Syria Diplomacy, Dan De Luce, Foreign Policy
  7. What Cuba Can Teach Us About Food and Climate Change, Raj Patel, Slate
  8. Here’s Why Public Wifi Is A Public Hazard: Maybe Better If You Don’t Read This Story on Public Wifi, Maurits Martijn, Medium **
  9. Day One of the Henry Era, Daniel Cadena Jordan, Caracas Chronicles
  10. Entire Florida police department busted for laundering millions for international drug cartels, Justin Gardner, Raw Story
  11. Quick Reactions to the Change of Power in the National Assembly, David Smilde, Venezuela Politics and Human Rights
  12. Santos’ coalition cracks over planned privatization of Colombia energy giant Isagen, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  13. Homicides in Colombia down 5% in 2015, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  14. The Missing Pages of the 9/11 Report, Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast
  15. The Deceptive Debate Over What Causes Terrorism Against the West, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept
  16. Venezuela: El réquiem autonómico del bolivarianismo, Rafael Uzcátegui, Blog de Rafael Uzcátegui **
  17. Removal of Chávez Images from Venezuela Capitol Raises Tension, Nicholas Casey and William Neuman, The New York Times
  18. Arab Shiites Are Caught in Iranian-Saudi Strife, Yaroslav Trofimov, Wall Street Journal
  19. High School Harasses Teen For Being Pro-Palestine on Twitter, Editors, Carbonated TV
  20. Here’s How All the Technology in the iPhone Was Created By Socialism, NOT Capitalism, Zach Cartwright, U.S. Uncut
  21. A Crisis on Two Clocks, Francisco Toro, Caracas Chronicles
  22. What Would A Realist World Have Looked Like?, Stephen M. Walt, Foreign Policy
  23. After Cologne, we can’t let the bigots steal feminism, Laurie Penny, New Statesman
  24. Pakistan Is Caught in the Middle of the Conflict Between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Omar Waraich, Time
  25. How Rolling Stone Handled Ramifications of El Chapo Exclusive, Ravi Somaiya, The New York Times
  26. What Sean Penn Teaches Us About How Not To Chat With A Fugitive, Andrew Fishman, The Intercept **
  27. Bernie Sanders Has Edge In Iowa and Widens New Hampshire Lead, Polls Find, Alan Rappeport, The New York Times
  28. How Many Bombs Did the United States Drop in 2015?, Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations
  29. Venezuela’s Constitutional Crisis: How Did We Get Here?, Juan Cristobal Nagel, Caracas Chronicles
  30. First Constitutional Crisis As Supreme Court’s Electoral Hall Attempts To Freeze Venezuelan National Assembly, Miguel Octavio, The Devil’s Excrement
  31. Remembering Bowie: The Man, The Legend, The Sexual Abuser, Jody Allard, The Establishment
  32. Libyan Oil, Gold, and Qaddafi: The Strange Email Sidney Blumenthal Sent to Hillary Clinton In 2011, Avi Asher-Schapiro, Vice News
  33. ISIS is a revolution, Scott Atran, Aeon **
  34. The Geo-Economics of Gulf Food Imports, Eckart Woertz, Jadaliyya
  35. The Trials of Alice Goffman, Gideon Lewis-Krauss, The New York Times
  36. This is actually what America would look like without gerrymandering, Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post
  37. Why Saudi Arabia Won’t Cut Its Oil Production, Yassin K. Fawaz, Forbes
  38. The Paradox of Violence in Venezuela, Rebecca Hanson, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  39. 0.0% of Icelanders 25 years or younger believe God created the world, new poll reveals, Staff, Iceland Magazine
  40. Colombia Set to Promote Military Officers Linked to ‘False Positives’ Scandal, Other Abuses, Geoff Ramsey, Washington Office on Latin America
  41. World Bank urges world leaders to commit to financial aid for Colombia’s peace process, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  42. Local deportation underscores wider immigration debate, Maria Sacchetti, The Boston Globe
  43. Boston Ranks No. 1 For City Income Inequality, Benjamin Swasey, WBUR
  44. With Roger Ailes Absent, Fox News Is Drifting – There Isn’t Even a “Trump Strategy”, Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine
  45. The Graveyard of Caliphates: The Failure of ISIS in Afghanistan, Nathaniel Barr and Bridget Moreng, Foreign Affairs
  46. Forecasting Syrian Forces’ Action In Aleppo Province, Peto Lucem, South Front
  47. The Swiss Consider a National Referendum on Fractional Reserve Banking, Jeff Deist, The Mises Institute
  48. Switzerland to vote on banning banks from creating money, Rachael Revesz, The Independent
  49. Swiss Monetary Reform Referendum Is, Sadly, Driven by Ill Informed Loons, Tim Worstall, Forbes
  50. Four Takeaways From Maduro’s State of the Nation Address, David Smilde, Venezuela Politics and Human Rights
  51. Jada Pinkett Smith calls for Oscar boycott in passionate video, David Bateman, Raw Story
  52. Flint sends overdue notices to residents who aren’t paying for their water, which is poison, Ben Mathis-Lilley, Slate
  53. ISIS cuts its fighters’ salaries by 50%, Jose Pagliery, CNN Money
  54. Chris Christie Attacks Michelle Obama’s Healthy School Lunch Initiatives, John Amato, Crooks and Liars
  55. Richest 62 people as wealthy as half of world’s population, says Oxfam, Larry Elliott, The Guardian
  56. Antonio Smith, Malik Jackson say Tom Brady cries to refs too much, Staff, ESPN
  57. Smuggling soars as Venezuela’s economy sinks, Girish Gupta, Reuters
  58. U.S. ambassador’s comments ignite diplomatic row with Israel, William Booth, The Washington Post
  59. Chinese President Calls for East Jerusalem as Capital of Palestinian State, DPA, Haaretz
  60. Colombia Eyes FARC Finances Ahead of Peace Deal, Arron Daughtery, Insight Crime
  61. 5 of the worst atrocities carried out by the British Empire, Samuel Osborne, The Independent
  62. Militants bulldoze through Native American archaeological site, share video rifling through artifacts, Jen Hayden, Daily Kos
  63. Venezuela’s Default Imminent, Chavez Legacy Rests in Pieces, Kenneth Rapoza, Forbes
  64. Venezuela: drumbeat of defaults gets louder, Financial Times
  65. Tom Brady’s big reveal, Kevin Van Valkenburg, ESPN
  66. Egyptian police raid Cairo homes as country prepares to mark 2011 uprising, Ruth Michaelson, The Guardian
  67. What Donald Rumsfeld Knew We Didn’t Know About Iraq, John Walcott, Politico
  68. Women Are Key To Making Peace Last in War-Torn Colombia, Gimena Sanchez-Garzoli, WOLA
  69. Gramsci and Us, Stuart Hall, Verso
  70. Toronto cop found not guilty of murdering Sammy Yatim, but is found guilty of attempted murder, Diana Mehta, The National Post
  71. Egypt Adrift Five Years After Uprising, Michael Wahid Hanna, The Century Foundation
  72. A Revolution Devours Its Children, Lauren Bohn, The Atlantic
  73. Chomsky: I’d ‘absolutely’ vote for Hillary Clinton, Nolan D McCaskill, Politico
  74. Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders has the best policies, al-Jazeera Staff, al-Jazeera
  75. Why Bernie Sanders should talk A LOT more about Hillary Clinton and Goldman Sachs, Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post
  76. Maduro Government Aims to Rekindle Revolutionary Spirit with “Congress of the Fatherland”, Hugo Perez Hernaiz, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  77. Foes of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela See Opportunity in Houses He Built, Nicholas Casey and Patricia Torres, The New York Times
  78. Feminism and Fragility, Sarah Ahmed, feministkilljoys**
  79. Super Bowl 50 Ticket Prices Plummet After Patriots’ Loss, Thomas Barrabi, Fox Business
  80. Opening a New Front Against ISIS in Libya, The Editorial Board, The New York Times
  81. Islamic State Pouring ‘Gas on Fire’ in Libya, Jeff Seldin, Voice of America
  82. Quintonio LeGrier called 911 three times before fatally shot by Chicago Police, Chuck Goudie and Ben Bradley, ABC 7
  83. Ramos Allup wants to democratically remove Maduro, boz, bloggingsbyboz
  84. Hundreds Vanishing in Egypt as Crackdown Widens, Activists Say, Amina Ismail and Declan Walsh, The New York Times
  85. Tajikistan shaves 13,000 men’s beards to end radicalism, al-Jazeera
  86. Aaron Swartz and copyright wars in the Internet age, Hiawatha Bray, The Boston Globe
  87. Anti-Sanders attack ad isn’t quite what it seems to be, Steve Benen, MSNBC
  88. Zika virus spreads in Americas as Brazil ramps up mosquito fight, Anna Edgerton and Sabrina Valle, Bloomberg Business
  89. Zika virus may push South American to loosen abortion bans, Sarah Zhang, Wired
  90. How Colombia managed to climb out of the abyss, Peter Deshazo, The Miami Herald
  91. The Guardian view on the Syrian peace talks: fake diplomacy is no diplomacy, Editorial, The Guardian
  92. Endless war will destroy us all: The U.S. military is the imperial hammer that sees every problem as a nail, Ben Norton, Salon
  93. George Soros donates $8 million to boost Hillary, Kenneth P. Vogel, Politico
  94. Teenage girl admits making up migrant rape claim that outraged Germany, Ben Knight, The Guardian
  95. White House denies clearance to tech researcher with links to Snowden, Danny Yadron, The Guardian
  96. Pashtuns are being killed in the name of ‘national interest’, Hurmat Ali Shah, The Nation
  97. Uruguay finds out it’s easier to send food to Venezuela than to get paid for it, Gustavo Hernandez A. and Ruben Rojas, Caracas Chronicles
  98. Bitcoin: The techie’s refuge from a collapsing Bolivar, Chubeto Bolivar, Caracas Chronicles
  99. Respect is always a priority,  César Crespo & Guido Núñez-Mujica, Caracas Chronicles
  100. The “Bernie Bros” Narrative: a Cheap Campaign Tactic Masquerading as Journalism and Social Activism, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept
  101. Ex-Disney IT workers sue after being asked to train their own H-1B replacements, Joe Mullin, ARS Technica
  102. It’s payback time for women, Judith Shulevitz, The New York Times

Academic Articles

  1. Weeks, Gregory (2012). “Civilian Expertise and Civilian Military Relations in Latin America.” Latin American Policy – Volume 3, Number 2 – Pages 164-173.
  2. International Crisis Group (2015). “The Prize: Fighting for Libya’s Energy Wealth.” Middle East and North Africa Report No. 165, pages 1-41
  3. Matthew Gray (2011). A Theory of “Late Rentierism” in the Arab States of the GulfCenter for International and Regional Studies

Research and Reports

  1. Rethinking Political Islam, Project Leaders Shadi Hamid and William McCants, The Project On U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, The Brookings Institution
  2. Connectivity Wars: Why Migration, Finance and Trade Are the Geo-Economic Battlegrounds of the Future, edited by Mark Leonard, European Council on Foreign Relations
  3. Libya, Extremism, and the Consequences of Collapse, The Soufan Group.
  4. Normalize This! Human Rights, Resistance and Hip Hop, Syeda Re’em Hussain, Unpublished Thesis


  1. Patria o muerte by Alberto Barrera Tyszka. Tusquets Editores de Novela, 2015

Radio Interviews

  1. Drivetime, 19 Jan Libya announces new unity government UN plan, The Voice of the Cape,


  1. Libya Body Count:

YouTube Videos

  1. Why Hillary Clinton Won’t Be Tough on Wall Street – The Young Turks

2. The Empire Files: Examining the Syria War Chess Board – TeleSur English/The Real News

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