Latin America

Alia B. Martin

Andréanne Bissonnette
Lorenzo Dávalos
Lorenzo Dávalos

In this two-part essay, public policy expert Lorenzo Dávalos delves into the complicated relationship between media and government in Venezuela. This first installment digs into Chavez and later Maduro's campaign against independent and critical media, aiming to demonize dissenting voices in the country. Part two moves further into the grounding of this campaign and its direction toward a media hegemony in the country.


Nina Zumel

Topping 700 pages, A Thousand Forests in One Acorn is a doorstop of an anthology with something for everyone. Showcasing 28 writers from Argentina to Honduras to Spain, the anthology is a veritable smorgasbord of literary talent. Nina Zumel reviews this multidimensional collection, which contains the expected (like magical realism) and several surprises, including Faulkner's ghost.

Shaun Randol

Since the 1960s, Noam Chomsky has been a formidable critic of U.S. foreign policy; many (most?) of his ideas highly unwelcome in corporate media. Though the decades march on, his biting critique remains sharp, his political philosophy unwavering. In this interview, Chomsky discusses self-censorship and names the political crises intellectuals and activists should be acting on now. 

World Policy Journal

by Robert Valencia

Kavitha Rajagopalan

What's the bigger crime: being an illegal immigrant or marginalizing those in search of a better life? In this sketch of the global im/migration scene, Kavitha Rajagopalan introduces many provocative questions. How societies view and use today’s immigrants, she argues, is a moral concern that cannot be ignored.

Vicente Garcia Groyon

In the recent Philippine staging of Argentinean writer Griselda Gambaro’s Information for Foreigners, much of the specifics of Ms. Gambaro’s play have been replaced with Philippine equivalents, to chilling effect. The experiment of the play is to force the melding of the theaters of illusion and imagination, intensifying the eventual shock of recognition. Vicente Garcia Groyon reviews.

Vicente Garcia Groyon

In an unnamed Latin-American country, a group of archaeologists work patiently on a site deep in the jungle. An older man leads a team of what seem to be archaeology students or trainees. A few older women are at the site as well, although they seem not to be taking part in the dig.

Another man is summoned to the site, although not to assist the team. His arrival stirs up the friendly atmosphere of the expedition, and long-suppressed emotions surface.