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Year's End in Venezuela

It's been a troubled year in Venezuela, and 2018 looks like it will be much, much worse.
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Venezuelan Enantiadromia: A Sequel

Venezuela a yin-yang in motion and it's not so obvious what's white and what's black as forces transform and realign.
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To my Chavista Friends

In the December 6 elections for the National Assembly in Venezuela, the opposition won an astounding 2/3 majority, giving them extraordinary powers of governance which would even include the possibility of writing a new constitution. Effectively three-quarters (74.25%) turned out to reject the Bolivarian project under which violence has grown alarmingly, inflation has increased to nearly 200%, scarcity of food has grown, and become unattainable for most working people: more than ten minimum wages would be necessary to cover the basic food requirements for a family of five. Voters punished the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), characterized by cronyism, corruption, ineptitude, and an absolute lack of awareness about the dire situation of the people and the country. In light of all this, a letter to my friends who still support the "Bolivarian Revolution."
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Swimming in Sumter Little Theatre

Among the things I’ve done over the three weeks I’ve spent in Sumter, South Carolina, is helped build a set for a Sumter Little Theatre production. My experience with that, and time spent with my childhood pal and star of that theater, Michael Duffy, has led me to reflect on the problem of stardom in our culture, and how it has impoverished us as a people.

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Elections in Venezuela: Did anyone notice?

     I've received lots of emails from chavista friends celebrating the elections for mayors in Venezuela. I'm not so sure there's really much to celebrate in Venezuela these days, except for the brave people who are still organizing outside of the structures of the so-called "Bolivarian Revolution." Here's my take on the elections.

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The New Realism: Voyage of an Epigraph from Paris to Oakland

In those heady early days of the Oakland Commune when the little village of newly-dubbed “Oscar Grant Plaza” was being set up, an old comrade who had been part of the early organizing of the occupation was walking through the village and describing it to me on his cell phone. We were doing relay reporting: I’d been down the day before and reported back to him, now he was giving me an update. “And just past the media tent and the library is the supply tent. . . ” A young woman working at the supply tent jumped into the conversation and began to show him where things went as my friend explained that he was giving a comrade a “virtual tour” of sorts.

“Over here you drop off clothes; there is where you drop off food; tents and camping supplies go over there…”

“And money?” my friend asked. He had been carrying a $5 bill in his hand, money someone had given him to pass on to the camp.

 “Oh. We don’t do money,” she replied.

 “’We don’t do money!’ ‘We don’t do money!’” my friend repeated incredulously as he walked away from the supply tent. “That’s the most radical statement I’ve heard so far!”


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The Classroom at the End of the Occupation: A Report from the Sidelines of Oakland

The first tweet from the Occupy Oakland had gone out just a few minutes before 3 and we managed to make it to the plaza in about half an hour. When my wife Marcy and I arrived at Frank Ogawa Plaza, now redubbed, “Oscar Grant Plaza," the flimsy barricades, some consisting of milk crates, had already been installed in preparation for the police attack.

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From Tegucigalpa to El Paraiso: Curfew to State of Seige

"Curiouser and Curiouser" it does get here in Honduras, separating fact from rumor and figuring out exactly where the power is in this country
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El Salvador: Fast Forward to the (19)80s

Is the Honduran coup a foretaste of things to come in the rest of Central America? We ask that question that others in El Salvador are asking, and we also find stories of hope and struggle at every turn in the road in this country which has recently taken a hopeful turn on its own road...
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Dr Jekyll and Mr. Good Neighbor

It's not likely we'll find Obama's fingerprints on the mechanisms of the coup in Honduras. The time of armed invasions, military coups, death squads, and bloody imperial imposition may be behind us. And so we're in far more dangerous times...
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