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Venezuela’s ALBA: A Reflection 7 Years On

Seven years ago, as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, I wrote my (and perhaps the…?) hallmark book on the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas: Hugo Chavez’s grand plan. At the time I received a lot of push-back, … Continue reading

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On What Progress Might Look Like

I take my tiny dog out in the early African mornings, they are my favorite times on the continent. The little early-birds are chirping around, seated on the razor wire atop the walls which protect us from ‘the anarchy that … Continue reading

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“Short Walks from Bogota” – A Book Review

So first, the positives. “Short Walks from Bogota: Journeys in the New Colombia” is pretty well written, a relatively easy read. Parts of it were informative and certainly the author traveled around the country, if missing most of what he … Continue reading

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The 2018/19 Maduro Diet

It is said that Marie Antoinette, when she offhandedly suggested regarding the hunger of starving peasants “Let them eat cake” was not mocking the suffering of the poor but was so disconnected from reality that she assumed that it was … Continue reading

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The Power of Progress

Words are funny things, slippery and somehow hard to pin down; little moving targets making thought difficult or missiles correctly aimed in order to destroy in far worse ways than the whips and chains of old. Language has always been … Continue reading

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A Green New Deal? – Part IV

Well this has been fun, distilling the “Green New Deal” into bite-size chunks (sorry for oversimplifying things, for which I will be routinely pilloried – as it is, this has been too long and I have risked becoming a bore). … Continue reading

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A Green New Deal? – Part III

As I think through our current environmental problem, I realize that I am not the most sanguine of interlocutors. I do not see our future brightly, perched as I am at the inverse of epicenter where the waves of destruction … Continue reading

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