Ben Dangl

Masters of War: Senate Defense Budget Set to Exceed One Third of Global Military Spending

Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls

You that hide behind desks

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Evo Morales and the Power of the Spectacle in Bolivia

A caravan of buses, security vehicles, indigenous leaders and backpackers with Che T-shirts wove their way down a muddy road through farmers’ fields last Wednesday to the pre-colonial city of Tiwanaku, where Bolivian President Evo Morales was ceremonially inaugurated into his third term in office.  Folk music played throughout the morning as indigenous priests conducted complex rituals to prepare the president for his next term. The spectacle in the ancient city’s ruins was marked by its many layers of symbolic meaning.

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