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Bolivia's coup

Bolivia's coup

||«  »«  »10 June 2020 The New York Times has finally refuted the hypothesis that Evo Morales committed electoral fraud, which served to justify Bolivia’s coup d’état last November. This was a theory that the NYT itself was to only months ago. Few media outlets have continued to follow the developments in Bolivia, as Latin America only exists for the Western press when it can be used as a weapon of domestic policy. Earlier this year, a found that Bolivia’s right-wing coup was based on faulty data from the Organisation of American States (OAS). As Renaud Lambert wrote in our December issue,...

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Siberia's far north frontier town

Siberia's far north frontier town

||«  »«  »Former gulag mining centre looks to immigrantsNorilsk is a byproduct of mining for minerals in the Arctic. It was established as a gulag and sustained by Soviet-era, and now southern migrant, settlers., in the Arctic tundra, prides itself on being the most northerly town in the world. It is a four-hour flight (3,000km) from Moscow, four days by boat from Krasnoyarsk, the administrative centre of the oblast, and has no road or rail links with the rest of Russia. Winter here lasts nine months, with 280 days of snow and 150 of blizzard. The sun disappears entirely for almost two...

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US in the spring of the pandemic

US in the spring of the pandemic

||«  »«  »The best of times, the worst of timesCovid-19 brought economic chaos to the US, and with that a possibility for huge political policy changes. But if Joe Biden wins the presidential election, he’s promised nothing will change.is the worst of times in America. The pandemic that disaster-preparation types have been warning about for decades is finally here, and of course we haven’t prepared very well. Our leviathan government, the subject of so much feigned rightwing terror in ordinary times, turned out to be unable to rise from its easy chair when the crisis came. Our president,...

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As Australia's right tacks left on climate, the course is set

As Australia's right tacks left on climate, the course is set

||Saturday, an in The Australian newspaper rebutted allegations that a ‘right-wing conspiracy of climate denialism’ has plagued its pages. In the face of a chorus of , including from international outlets like the , that the Rupert Murdoch-owned publication (known locally as The Oz) has obfuscated the link between the bushfire crisis and global heating, the editorial said it accepted that climate change has increased the severity of the fires, and that the government needs to commit to mitigation.Read also Maxime Lancien, “”, Le Monde diplomatique, February 2020.This came one day after the...

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US and Iran, short memories

US and Iran, short memories

||«  »«  »Vilification and the language of villainyWestern media have demonised Iran for 40 years, especially in the US. A selective memory of recent history greatly helps the tone and content of that demonisation.an Iranian drone had been shot down over Florida or just off its coast. Rather than arguing about its exact position, we would surely be shocked at its presence 11,000km from Iran. But on 20 June, Iran downed a US drone that had come close to its territory (according to the Pentagon) or violated its airspace (according to Tehran), and almost nobody asked if the US military...

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The imperial magazine

The imperial magazine

||«  »«  »The Economist, from free trade to annexing ChinaThe Economist, when founded in 1843, was all about free trade, small government and no social welfare. Then its editor James Wilson began promoting British government intervention across the world for profit.James Wilson launched The Economist, in 1843, he promised ‘original leading articles in which free-trade principles will be most rigidly applied to all the important questions of the day’. His language conjures up images of a crusade more readily than a business journal. Abroad he saw ‘within the range of our commercial...

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