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Popular Agrarian Summit Calls for Strike

Zoe Pepper-Cunningham on April 18, 2014

A national strike in Colombia – involving groups of indigenous peoples, Afro-Colombians, students, women, small miners, petroleum workers, and campesinos [farmers] – is planned to begin on May 1st. The strike was declared during the Popular Agrarian Summit, held from...

How Free Markets Banish the Poor to Suburbia, and What We’ll Need to Stop It

Sean Becker on December 10, 2013

In East Contra Costa County (above), a suburb 45 miles east of San Francisco, the number of people living in poverty grew a whopping 70% during the 2000s – Photo by Brookings Institution The latest casualty of the free market...

“Mi Tierra No Se Vende”: Understanding the Free Trade Agreement and the Current Protests in Colombia

Cristine Khan on September 18, 2013

[Note: The views in this article in no way reflect the views or opinions of the Fulbright Colombia program nor those of the U.S. Fulbright program.] As I was walking into the university in Bogotá, Colombia, where I work as...

Debt, Austerity and the Sequester

Pauline Holdsworth on July 14, 2013

In the B-movie adaptation of this political year, we’ve already run out the clock twice. That’s one of the dominant metaphors being used to talk about the sequester and the student loan rate increase that went into effect on July...