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New Essay: "As Venezuela Divided, So Did My Family" by Bear Guerra

“For 15 years, I let propaganda come between my father and me. The late Comandante Hugo Chávez Frías had been in power for over a decade. Even though in my twenties I too was enamored of him—of the idea of a leader with a social agenda, a political outsider who looked nothing like the previous white bureaucrats—just a handful of years into his presidency, I had completely fallen out of love with his revolution. In principle, I applauded his efforts to use oil profits to fund social programs, but over time, I saw Chávez defunding and attacking the country's independent democratic institutions. My dad, though, hadn't fallen out of love. To him, Chávez would become something of a messiah.”

Read the full essay on Pacific Standard here.

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New Essay: "The People In Their Labyrinth" by Bear Guerra

“In El Hatillo, a middle-class neighborhood on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela, there is a three-story building that looks as if it’s falling apart: The cream-colored paint is peeling off the walls and the garden is overgrown, wild, a place breeding critters of all kinds. In a room on the third floor, there is a large collection of supermarket cardboard boxes piled on top of one another.”

Read the rest of the essay (subscription needed) here.

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New Opinion Piece: Migrants’ Endless Walk North by Bear Guerra

“In a now-retracted description, the Associated Press called the caravan ‘a ragtag army of the poor.’ But I see this latest migrant pilgrimage as something entirely different: a bold people’s movement aimed at subverting the class disparities and strict immigration enforcement of a system deliberately stacked against working-class migrants.” Read the whole piece here.

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New Opinion Piece: How Trump’s Tax Bill Pits the Rich Against the Poor by Ruxandra Guidi

"The final version of the Republican tax bill will not only cut taxes for large corporations and America’s wealthiest, but do so primarily by slashing trillions of dollars over the next decade from programs that serve low-income and middle-class families... If Occupy Wall Street was considered anti-capitalist, then the new tax law is a love song to social Darwinism in its purest form, shamelessly pitting the 1 percent against the 99 percent."

Read the rest of the column for High Country News here.

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