Belén Fernández

What the Gaza Slaughter and the U.S. Border Crisis Have in Common

When my friend and I used to hitchhike around Mexico some years ago, truck drivers would occasionally ask to see our passports to verify that we were not Latin Americans trying to smuggle ourselves into the United States. Aside from improvised passport control, obstacles to travel were quite minimal, and the worst thing that ever happened was that I was once trampled by a small bull after drinking too much tequila and deciding to participate in a village bullfight.

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Fighting Terror With Terror: The American Drone War on Yemen

On December 12, the New York Times reported that "what appeared to be the second American drone strike in the past week" had killed at least 11 people in Yemen, as they drove home from a wedding. The article offered additional noncommittal details such as that "[m]ost of the dead appeared to be people suspected of being militants linked to Al Qaeda."

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The American Love Affair With Military Coups

Some readers may not be acquainted with an alternative source of entertainment known as the US State Department Daily Press Briefings.

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How America Breeds Mental Illness from Birth Until Death

In a recent article on the BBC News website, Professor Peter Kinderman - head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool - warns that the forthcoming edition of theAmerican Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual "will lower many diagnostic thresholds and increase the number of people in the general population seen as having a mental illness". 

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How Mainstream Media Are Stoking Violence Against Muslims

The Western press and social media often seem to exercise two options for dealing with the Muslim population of the world: overt, unabashed Islamophobia or slightly subtler Islamophobia. 

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Is Facebook Causing a Deterioration of Society as We Know It?

According to a New York Times article by Jan Hoffman referencing a study of the Facebook profiles of 200 university students in the United States, approximately 30 percent of the students “posted updates that met the American Psychiatric Association’s criteria for a symptom of depression, reporting feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, insomnia or sleeping too much, and difficulty concentrating”. These findings are said to “echo research that suggests depression is increasingly common among college students”.

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Don't Believe Media Lies About Hugo Chavez: Venezuelan Leader Was Beloved At Home For Reducing Extreme Poverty

Back in 2010, the Venezuelan anti-government opposition underwent a typical bout of hysteria in response to President Hugo Chavez's proposed plan to import Ramiro Valdes, Cuba's Minister of Information Technology and Communications, to help rectify the Venezuelan electrical crisis. 

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Foreign Policy Mag's 'Top 100 Global Thinkers': A Rogue's Gallery of Imperialists, Billionaires and Cheerleaders of Capitalist Domination

A few years back, Foreign Policy magazine began compiling annual lists of "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Aside from some worthy exceptions, the lists are populated by individuals whose dearth of intellectual qualifications tends to render the whole business an exercise in oxymoron proliferation. 

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