Media Roundup for March 2016

News Articles

  1. The Rise of American Authoritarianism, Amanda Taub, Vox
  2. Un-Democratic Party: DNC chair says super-delegates ensure elites don’t have to run “against grassroots activists“, Ben Norton, Salon
  3.  Obama and Cuba: Should he stay or should he go?, Christopher Sabatini, Latin America Goes Global
  4. Dispatch from a Normal Petrostate, Francisco Toro, Caracas Chronicles
  5. Dawn of Venezuela’s Minimum Wage, Anabella Abadi and Carlos Garcia, Caracas Chronicles
  6. After Tense Weeks, Melissa Harris-Perry MSNBC Show Is Canceled, John Koblin, The New York Times
  7. Transcript of Leonardo DiCaprio’s Oscars Acceptance Speech Gets Political About Climate Change – Video, Kadeen Griffiths, Bustle
  8. Chris Rock’s Oscars Intro: ‘You’re Damn Right, Hollywood Is Racist’ (Video), Carman Tse, LAist
  9. Did Bill Clinton violate election rules in Mass.?, Steve Annear, The Boston Globe
  10. DNC Chair Joins GOP Attack on Elizabeth Warren’s Agency, Zach Carter, The Huffington Post
  11. Black college students kicked out of Trump rally in Georgia for no reason, Arturo Garcia, Raw Story
  12. Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Could Beat Donald Trump, Poll Says, Willa Frej, The Huffington Post
  13. Venezuela’s National Human Rights Plan Approved, Final Text Unknown, Huge Perez Hernaiz, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  14. The Push to Oust Maduro, Editorial Board, The New York Times
  15. Joe Wilson to Hillary Clinton in 2010: Baghdad “Has Been Bled To Death”, Zaid Jilani, The Intercept
  16. Mitt Romney portrays Trump as a failure, buffooon and con-man in scathing speech, Raw Story
  17. Latin America’s Double-Digit Inflation Club Gets a New Member, Ken Parks, Bloomberg News
  18. Can Latin America put an end to corruption?, Luis Alberto Moreno, World Economic Forum
  19. The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders, Greg Grandin, The Nation
  20. Are Medellin’s Crime Bosses After the Mayor?, Mimi Yagoub, Insight Crime
  21. Brazil Ex-President Detained for Questioning in Petrobras Investigation, Sam Tabory, Insight Crime
  22. We Need A Decolonized, Not A “Diverse,” Education, Zoe Samudzi, The Dirtiest Well-Known Secret
  23. Daily Show’s Trevor Noah Schools Trump Supporters on the KKK, Matt Wilstein, The Daily Beast
  24. Bangladesh may drop Islam as country’s official religion following attacks on minorities, Harriet Sinclair, The Independent
  25. She wanted to do her research. He wanted to talk ‘feelings.’, A. Hope Jahren, The New York Times
  26. Is this the end of the West as we know it?, Anne Applebaum, The Washington Post
  27. 1 in 10 children in Colombia suffer chronic malnutrition, Stephen Gill, Colombia Reports
  28. Uber Colombia fined for $140k, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  29. Colombia’s state-run oil company Ecopetrol lost $1.2B in 2015, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  30. Pensando sobre Trump, Moises Naim, El Pais
  31. Why Always Bolivar?, Monica Correa, Caracas Chronicles
  32. The Contrarian’s Take: Why PDVSA Might Not Default, Daniel Urdaneta, Caracas Chronicles
  33. Feminism Against Capitalism, Nicole M. Aschoff, Jacobin
  34. How a Democrat Killed Welfare, Premilla Nadasen, Jacobin
  35. Kobler’s Fecklessness and the Plummeting of the Libyan Dinar, Jason Pack, Libya Analysis
  36. My secret debate with Sam Harris: A revealing 4-hour dialogue on Islam, racism, and free-speech hypocrisy, Omer Aziz, Salon
  37. Political crimes and amnesty: Getting to peace and reconciliation in Colombia, Gustavo Alvira Gomez, Latin America Goes Global
  38. How AIPAC mainstreams anti-Muslim hate, Ali Gharib, The Nation
  39. Where has the oil gone? Missing barrels and market rebalancing, John Kemp, Reuters
  40. The GOP Candidates’ Plans for Beating Islamic State Range from Contradictory to Absurd, Richard White, Insurgentsia
  41. Bernie Sanders Wins Big With Michigan Muslims – And Political Pundits Can’t Quite Believe it, Ismat Sarah Mangla, International Business Times
  42. Nearly half of Israeli Jews believe in ethnic cleansing, survey finds, Lizzie Dearden, The Independent
  43. Brazilian Prosecutors Seek Lula, Former President, in Graft Case, Simon Romero, The New York Times
  44. Maduro Praises Bernie’s ‘Revolutionary Message,’ Bashes Hillary, TeleSur Editorial Board, Venezuela Analysis
  45. How the Iraq War Warped Obama’s Worldview, Shadi Hamid, The Atlantic
  46. El desafio ahora es ganar la paz, Michael Shifter, Estudios de Politica Exterior
  47. Colombia police scandal whistleblower flees from captors, Editorial, BBC
  48. Women’s Inclusion in the Geneva Peace Talks, Kristin Williams, Syria Deeply
  49. Maybe Putin’s Telling the Truth About Winning Syria, Michael Weiss, The Daily Beast
  50. Ben Carson: Even if Trump’s a bad president, it’ll only be 4 years, Hanna Trudo, Politico
  51. Were Changes to Sanders Article ‘Stealth Editing’?, Margaret Sullivan, The New York Times
  52. The Dangerous Allure of a Syrian Partition, Jonathan Stevenson, The New York Times
  53. David Duke: Trump Makes Hitler Great Again, Gideon Resnick, The Daily Beast
  54. America’s Role in Argentina’s Dirty War, Editorial, The New York Times
  55. Obama Privately Tells Donors That Time Is Coming to Unite Behind Hillary Clinton, Maggie Haberman and Michael D. Shear, The New York Times
  56. Jobseekers resort to ‘resume whitening’ to get a foot in the door, study shows, Nicholas Keung, The Star
  57. George Will shreds Trump’s New Republican Party: ‘He’s appealing entirely to white people’, David Edwardds, Raw Story
  58. Colombia’s FARC rebels to meet Kerry in Cuba during Obama trip, Nelson Acosta and Luis Jaime Acosta, The Global Post
  59. Libya’s eastern government warns against imposition of UN-backed cabinet, Ayman al-Warfalli, Reuters
  60. Brazil’s Petrobras scandal explained, Zach Beauchamp, Vox
  61. The U.S. has ‘worst elections of any long-established democracy,’ report finds, Rick Noack, The Washington Post
  62. Rob Ford, Former Scandal-Plauged Toronto Mayor, Dies, Jon Schuppe, NBC News
  63. Nixon official: real reason for the drug war was to criminalize black people and hippies, German Lopez, Vox
  64. Craig Sager’s Doctors Have Told Him He Likely Has 3 to 6 Months to Live, Angel Diaz, Complex Sports
  65. Could the Brussels attack backfire for ISIS?, Daniel L. Byman, Brookings
  66. Microsoft Disabled Their Teen Twitter Robot Because the Internet Taught It to Love Hitler, Mustafa Gatollari, Distractify
  67. The Ugly Cynicism of Obama’s Declassification Diplomacy, Steve Cohen, The New Republic
  68. ESPN Tried to Shame Cuba on Poverty and It Backfired Spectacularly, Zak Cheney-Rice, PolicyMic
  69. Police Find and Detonate Explosive Device at Trump Supporter’s Home After He Threatened Muslims, Justin Salhani, Think Progress
  70. Want to Sit with Hillary Clinton at George and Amal Clooney’s San Francisco Fundraiser? That’ll Be $353,400, Brendan O’Connor, Gawker
  71. Brussels terrorists planned nuclear plants attack, changed target after accomplice’s arrest – report, Editorial, Russia Today
  72. Man who confronted Muslim woman to ‘explain’ Brussels attacks arrested, Ben Quinn, The Guardian
  73. GOP voters – especially Trump supporters – think racism hurts whites more than minorities, Eric Kleefeld, Raw Story
  74. Vocal Trump critics in the GOP open to supporting Clinton, Kristina Wong, The Hill
  75. UN warns for neo-paramilitary violence in Colombia after peace with FARC, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  76. The French Connection: Explaining Sunni Militancy Around the World, William McCants and Christopher Meserole, Foreign Affairs
  77. An Open Letter to Trump Voters from His Top Strategist-Turned Defector, Stephanie Ceglieski, XO Jane
  78. Growing International Movement Seeks to Place Arms Embargo on Saudi Arabia, Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept
  79. How the Media Totally Botched the 2016 Primary Coverage, Adam Johnson, AlterNet
  80. Why Donald Trump Reversed His Pledged to Support the GOP Nominee, Domenico Montanaro, NPR
  81. Personal freedom in Europe ‘too high’ to fight terrorism – ex-CIA chief, Editorial, RT
  82. French Minister: Muslim women who wear veils like ‘negroes’ supporting slavery, Editorial, France 24
  83. Senior IDF General: Ban on Palestinian Meat and Dairy in East Jerusalem Harming Israel, Barak Ravid, Haaretz
  84. Revealed: how Associated Press cooperated with the Nazis, Philip Oltermann, The Guardian
  85. Black woman goes off on white guy with dreads, Associated Press, The New York Post
  86. NYPD lieutenant who oversaw postal worker’s rough arrest stripped of badge and gun, Rocco Parascandola and Thomas Tracy, NY Daily News
  87. Barney Frank Is Not Impressed by Bernie Sanders, Isaac Chotiner, Slate
  88. Most Americans Say Torturing Suspected Terrorists Is Justifiable, Janie Velencia, The Huffington Post
  89. Obama Commutes Sentences of 61 People, Jon Schuppe and Corky Siemaszko, NBC News
  90. Trump Calls Geneva Conventions ‘the problem’, Ben Schreckinger, Politico

Academic Articles

  1. Ciccariello-Maher, George (2014). “Building the Commune: Insurgent Government, Communal State.The South Atlantic Quarterly. 113 (4), 792-806.
  2. Ellner, Steve (2003). “The Constraints Variants of the Populism of Hugo Chávez and Alberto Fujimori.” Journal of Latin American Studies. 35 (1), 139-162.
  3. Hawkins, Kirk A. and David R. Hansen (2006). “Dependent Civil Society: The Circulos Bolivarianos in Venezuela.” Latin American Research Review. 41 (1), 102-132.
  4. Hawkins, Kirk (2003). “Populism in Venezuela: The Rise of Chavismo.” Third World Quarterly. 24 (6), 1137-1160.
  5. Hawkins, Kirk (2010). “Who Mobilizes? Participatory Democracy in Chavez’s Bolivarian Revolution.” Latin American Politics and Society. 52 (3), 31-66
  6. Herrera Salas, Jesus Maria (2005). “Ethnicity and Revolution: The Political Economy of Racism in Venezuela.” Latin American Perspectives. 32 (2), 72-91.
  7. Lovera, Alberto (2008). “Los consejos comunales en Venezuela: ¿Democracia participativa o delegativa? Revista Venezolana de Economía y Ciencias Sociales. 14 (1): 107-124.
  8. Murray, Pamela S. (2001). “‘Loca’ o ‘Libertadora’?: Manuela Sáenz in the Eyes of History and Historians.” Journal of Latin American Studies. 33 (2), 291-310.
  9. Periodico El Libertario (2014). “Chevron: La conexion bolivariana: La expansion de la transnacional bajo el ‘Socialismo del siglo XXI’.” 1-10.
  10. Smilde, David (2014). “From Partial to Full Conflict Theory: a Neo-Weberian Perspective on Post-Neoliberal Venezuela.” Tulane University. 1-31.
  11. Smilde, David (2015). “The End of Chavismo?Current History. February 2015, 49-55.


  1. Venezuela Reframed: Bolivarianism, Indigenous Peoples, and Socialisms of the 21st Century, Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrandez, Zed Books, 2015.
  2. We Do Not Fear Anarchy, We Invoke It: The First International and the Origins of the Anarchist Movement by Robert Graham, AK Press, 2015.
  3. Latino America: How America’s Most Dynamic Population Is Poised to Transform the Politics of the Nation, Matt Barretto and Gary M. Segura, PublicAffairs, 2014

Radio and Podcast Interviews

  1. Drivetime, The colonial and pre-colonial history of Libya, The Voice of the Cape,
  2. The US, Saudi Arabia, and the Destruction of Libya by Western Forces, Kevin Gosztola, Shadow Proof
  3. Syria and the Islamic State: A Conversation with Michael Weiss, Sam Harris, Wake Up Podcast
  4. A New Look at Terrorism: Dr. Max Abrahms and Mojtaba Masood, Brad Blankenship, Al-Masdar Podcast
  5. How a Ceasefire in Colombia Can Work, Adam Isacson and Sarah Kinosian, Washington Office on Latin America
  6. The Best Podcast Ever: A Conversation with Omer Aziz, Sam Harris, Wake Up Podcast

YouTube Videos

1. Marco Presser in FL: Donald Trump Is Not A Leader

2. Russia’s withdrawal from Syria explained

3. Cuban Activists Say Telecommunications Infrastructure Stay In Cuban Hands

4. United States – Cuba normalization of relations explained

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