Media Roundup for May 2017

News Articles

  1. Barack Obama is using his presidency to cash in, but Harry Truman and Jimmy Carter refused, Zaid Jilani, The Intercept
  2. What is to be done in Venezuela?, Greg Grandin, The Nation
  3. The fake wage rise, Naky Soto, Caracas Chronicles
  4. Al-Qaida leader says group fought alongside US-backed forces, Maggie Michael, The Washington Post
  5. Historian on Donald Trump’s Civil War comments: “God help us”, Tim Murphy, Mother Jones
  6. The latest: Venezuela leader decrees constitutional assembly, AP News
  7. Protesters throw Pepsi cans at police during May Day demonstrations, Bonnie Malkin, The Guardian
  8. Mask off: The monopoly on violence and re-invigorating an anti-imperialist vision for Black Liberation, Devyn Springer and Joel Northan, Medium
  9. Coultergate and the truth about campus speech, David Faris, Informed Comment
  10. Adam Jones says Red Sox fans taunted him with racist insults, Patrick Redford, Deadspin
  11. Red Sox statement regarding Adam Jones incident at Fenway Park, The Official Site of the Boston Red Sox
  12. An emotional Jimmy Kimmel discusses newborn son’s heart disease, makes passionate health-care plea, Emily Yahr, The Washington Post
  13. An interrogation at the border, Khury Petersen-Smith, The Socialist Worker
  14. Police account changes in killing of Texas 15-year-old, Liam Stack and Christine Hauser, The New York Times
  15. Trump’s support and praise of despots is central to the US tradition, not a deviation from it, Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept
  16. Crunch time for James Rodriguez as he battles to save future at Real Madrid, Stephen Gill, Colombia Reports
  17. Colombia denies UN claim 41 political activists were assassinated this year, Jamie Vaughan Johnson, Colombia Reports
  18. Attacks on “populism” seek to enshrine the idea that there is no alternative, Jacques Rancière, Verso Books
  19. US Senators seeks sanctions, other ways to address Venezuela crisis, Reuters, The New York Times
  20. Venezuela Attorney General Luisa Ortega criticizes regime she serves, Anatoly Kurmanaev, The Wall Street Journal
  21. Por accidente, hombre queda envuelto en llamas en Venezuela, AFP, El Tiempo
  22. En exclusiva: entrevista a Michael Reid sobre Venezuela, Mariano de Alba, Pro Davinci
  23. “Hay que hacer una auditoría ciudadana de la deuda externa”, Juan Miguel Hernández Bonilla, El Espectador
  24. A principal is accused of being a communist, rattling a Brooklyn school, Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times
  25. Colombia military ‘blackmailing’ Santos: former US ambassador, Adriaan Alsema, Colombia Reports
  26. ‘El paramilitarismo en Colombia sí existe’: Cinep, Redacción Judicial, El Espectador
  27. A Constituent Assembly in Venezuela is no substitute for elections: WOLA calls on Venezuela to announce electoral timetable, Washington Office on Latin America
  28. Venezuela’s ex-spy chief promotes possible presidential bid, Joshua Goodman, The Washington Post
  29. French annoyingly retain right to claim intellectual superiority over Americans, Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker
  30. Venezuela, una verdad incómoda para la izquierda, MOri Ponsowy, La Nacion
  31. La rehumanización de las Farc: el siguiente reto de la paz, Susana Noguera, El Espectador
  32. Se calienta debate sobre adopción igualitaria, Marcela Osorio, El Espectador
  33. ¿Congresistas o notarios?, Rodrigo Uprimny, El Espectador
  34. Copt returning to Arish killed as displaced families continue to suffer, Mostafa Mohie, Mada Masr
  35. So begins the Alt-Right purity spiral, Bryan Menegus, Gizmodo
  36. Ray Allen responds to former Celtics teammates’ comments with Facebook photo, Tim Daniels, Bleacher Report
  37. Trumpism: it’s coming from the suburbs, Jesse A. Myerson, The Nation
  38. It was cultural anxiety that drove white, working-class voters to Trump, Emma Green, The Atlantic
  39. Trump fires FBI Director James Comey, Matt Ford, The Atlantic
  40. Why the Comey firing could be Trump’s Watergate moment, Yochi Dreazen and Zack Beauchamp, Vox
  41. Walk loud and don’t bother with the stick, Greg Weeks, Two Weeks Notice
  42. Colombia tiene el cuarto salario mínimo más pobre de la región, Redacción Ecomonía, El Espectador
  43. El poder detrás de la acumulación de predios, Redacción negocios y economía, El Espectador
  44. “Si no hay plata, nos mantendremos en paro nacional”: Fecode, Redacción VIVIR, El Espectador
  45. Silvio Carrasquilla, el congresista que cambió la Constitución por la Biblia para legislar, Redacción Política, El Espectador
  46. Se hundió referendo de Viviane Morales, el No ganó en tercer debate, Redacción Política, El Espectador
  47. Finland’s universal basic income trial for unemployed reduces stress levels, says official, Harriet Agerholm, The Independent
  48. For Trump supporters, the real outrage is the Left’s uproar over Comey, Jeremy W. Peters, The New York Times
  49. Black Bloc tactics weaken our struggle, Sarah Levy, Socialist Worker
  50. Los empresarios y la justicia transicional, Alfredo Molano Jimeno, El Espectador
  51. Discussion on protest and popular sectors in Venezuela’s political crisis, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  52. Venezuela suspends border governor after he speaks out on crime, Venezuela Investigative Unit, Insight Crime
  53. La Venezuela chavista también está en la calle, Mariangela Urbina Castilla, El Espectador
  54. Venezuela’s government wants to write a new constitution. That way lies autocracy, Javier Corrales, The Washington Post
  55. ‘Zonas de las Farc las coparon bandas comprando franquicias’, Maria Isabel Rueda, El Tiempo
  56. If Americans can find North Korea on a map, they’re more likely to prefer diplomacy, Kevin Quealy, The New York Times
  57. How Trump gets his fake news, Shane Goldmacher, Politico
  58. This set of charts shows why a border wall won’t stop drugs, Adam Isacson, Adam Isacson
  59. Dark Days, Reuters
  60. Notes made by former FBI director Comey say Trump pressured him to end Flynn probe, Devlin Barrett, Ellen Nakashima and Matt Zapotosky, The Washington Post
  61. ‘Erdoğan’s bodyguards’ in violent clash with protesters in Washington DC, Staff, The Guardian
  62. WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning released from prison, Nicholas Kamm, Yahoo! News
  63. Brazil: explosive recordings implicate President Michel Temer in bribery, Jonathan Watts, The Guardian
  64. Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into an empire, dies at 77, Clyde Haberman, The New York Times
  65. What else can the international community do for Venezuela, Mariano de Alba, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  66. Nubian language, generational schism and state refusal, Leena ElDeeb, Mada Masr
  67. A tale of two Qurans: A thematic analysis, Mohamed Aamer, Medium
  68. Trump isn’t a toddler – he’s a product of America’s culture of impunity for the rich, Matthew Yglesias, Vox
  69. Democrats are falling for fake news about Russia, Zack Beauchamp, Vox
  70. Notes on New US sanctions of Venezuelan Supreme Court justices, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  71. US examines Russia’s grip on Citgo assets, Jay Solomon and Bradley Olson, The Wall Street Journal
  72. Venezuela’s paradox: People are hungry, but farmers can’t feed them, Nick Miroff, The Washington Post
  73. Pics and comments on a mega-march, David Smilde, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  74. My review of the book ‘Building the Commune’ by George Ciccariello-Maher, Steve Ellner, Steve Ellner’s Blog on Venezuela, Latin America and Beyond
  75. Donald Trump signs $110 billion arms deal with nation he accused of masterminding 9/11, Rachael Revesz, The Independent
  76. Vox’s CIA-backed ‘democracy’ standard is ok with slavery and women not voting, Adam Johnson, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
  77. The past week in Colombia’s peace process, Adam Isacson, Adam Isacson
  78. Is Maduro turning Venezuela authoritarian?, al-Jazeera
  79. Authoritarianism in Venezuela? A Reply to Gabriel Hetland, Lucas Koerner, Venezuela Analysis
  80. New Orleans mayor: Let go of a ‘false narrative of history’ and stop glorifying Confederate past, Veronika Bondarenko, Business Insider
  81. Maryland police suspend employee for cheering black student’s stabbing by high school classmate, Sarah K. Burris, Raw Story
  82. Philippines president declares martial law in Mindanao province, Esther Yu Hsi Lee, Think Progress
  83. MSNBC wins cable news weekly war for first time ever, Joe Concha, The Hill
  84. Changing Chávez’s Constitution: The view from Antímano, Yesman Utrera, Venezuelan Politics and Human Rights
  85. Critiquing Maduro from the Left, Steve Ellner, NACLA
  86. A Civil Rights protest is happening right now in Colombia, Yesenia Barragan, Black Perspectives
  87. “The Get Down” canceled by Netflix, Sheld Pearce, Pitchfork
  88. Isaiah Thomas: I’m for signing free agents over contract extension, Chris Forsberg, ESPN
  89. Turkish government issues arrest warrant for Enes Kanter, pro-government newspaper reports, Royce Young, ESPN
  90. Kushner talked to Russian envoy about creating secret channel with Kremlin, Maggie Haberman, Mark Mazzetti and Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times
  91. Las cosas como son, Rafael Osío Cabrices, Pro Davinci
  92. Inside the border twon that would be split in two by Trump’s wall, Serena Solomon, VICE News
  93. Saudi Arabia declares all atheists are terrorists in new law to crack down on political dissidents, Adam Withnall, The Independent
  94. Suspect in Portland hate crime murders is a known white supremacist, Doug Brown, The Portland Mercury
  95. Colombia, con primer lugar mundial en récord histórico de desplazados, Política, El Tiempo
  96. Goldman Sachs bought Venezuela’s State Oil Company’s bonds last week, Kejal Vyas and Anatoly Kurmanaev, The Wall Street Journal
  97. Marine officers are drugged, robbed after Bogotá pub crawl and could face charges, Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald
  98. UC Berkeley Report: Affordable housing is best way to combat gentrification, Darwin BondGraham, East Bay Express
  99. Panama to tighten immigration policy for Colombia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Reuters
  100. A U.S. citizen says her rights were violated after she was detained by immigration authorities in San Bernardino, Paloma Esquivel and James Queally, The Los Angeles Times
  101. Racist crime exposes Portland’s white supremacist past, present, TeleSur
  102. Flint water investigator may have lied about out-of-state trips, Jordan Chariton, Medium
  103. Lebron James speaks out after vandalism at Los Angeles home: ‘racism will always be a part of the world’, Aric Jenkins, Time
  104. Wanting monogamy as 1,946 men await my swipe, Lauren Petersen, The New York Times


  1. The Egyptians: A Radical History of Egypt’s Unfinished Revolution by Jack Shenker. New York: The New Press.
  2. Forgotten Peace: Reform, Violence, and the Making of Contemporary Colombia by Robert A. Karl. Oakland: University of California Press.
  3. El control de precios en Venezuela (1939-2015) : de la Segunda Guerra Mundial a la “guerra económica” por Anabella Abadí M. y Carlos García Soto. Caracas: Cedice

Radio Interviews and Podcasts

  1. George Ciccariello-Maher on Free Speech & White Supremacy, It’s Going Down
  2. Goldman Sachs faces criticism for buying Venezuelan government debt, BBC Radio

YouTube Videos

1. Luis Vicente León: Constituyente convocada por Maduro es antidemocrática

2. Is Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by NFL teams?

3. Rebuilding Syria

4. Venezuelan Revolutionaries Demand ‘Truly Communal State’

5. Nas breaks down ‘It Ain’t Hard To Tell’ with Harvard Poetry Prof. Elisa New

6. Donald Trump is a Classic Corporatist

7. Abby Hall and Dave Rubin: Military Intervention and the Surveillance State

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