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  • Fighting for breath by a dying sea

    Fighting for breath by a dying sea

    by David Bacon When the dust rises in North Shore, a small farmworker town at the edge of the Salton Sea, Jacqueline Pozar’s nose often starts bleeding. Her teacher at Saul Martinez Elementary School in nearby Mecca calls her mom, Maria, and asks her to come take her home. Jacqueline is seven years old. “I

  • Guatemala’s Israeli ties drive decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

    Guatemala’s Israeli ties drive decision to move embassy to Jerusalem

    In recent years, Israel has been increasingly turning its attention to Latin America. The shift toward right-wing governments in the region, the latest example being Chile, may facilitate such diplomacy by Ramona Wadi GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — The unfolding of events since U.S. President Donald Trump announced his unilateral recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital,

  • Student debt slavery: Bankrolling financiers on the backs of the young

    Student debt slavery: Bankrolling financiers on the backs of the young

    Higher education has been financialized, transformed from a public service into a lucrative cash cow for private investors by Mint Press News Desk The Web Of Debt Blog — The advantages of slavery by debt over “chattel” slavery – ownership of humans as a property right – were set out in an infamous document called the Hazard Circular, reportedly

  • Russia may join  Venezuela with an oil-backed criptocurrency

    Russia may join Venezuela with an oil-backed criptocurrency

    A new rumor suggests Russia should issue an oil-backed cryptocurrency to combat U.S. defense of the petrodollar Tom is a regular contributor not only here at Russia Insider but also at Seeking Alpha and Newsmax Media. Check out his blog, Gold Goats ‘n Guns and please support his work through his Patreon where he also publishes his monthly investment newsletter by anonymous

  • The true conditions of farm workers today

    The true conditions of farm workers today

    From in the fields of the north/En los campos del norte by David Bacon At the end of the 1970s California farm workers were the highest-paid in the U.S., with the possible exception of Hawaii’s long-unionized sugar and pineapple workers. Today people are trapped in jobs that pay the minimum wage and often less, and

  • Inside Paraguay’s illegal canabis plantations

    Inside Paraguay’s illegal canabis plantations

    by Matias Maxx PEDRO JUAN CABALLERO – Paraguay – Cowboy hats and flasks adorned with imitation jaguar and snakeskin prints dot the market of the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero. Cross the two-lane avenue outside and one will have entered Brazil. Not far away, one will find casinos, motels and brothels typical of

  • AMLO lays out plan for 3rd run for presidency

    AMLO lays out plan for 3rd run for presidency

    Morena party chief presents platform for next year’s presidential election Compiled by Mexico News Daily Two-time leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador has presented the political platform he hopes will pave the way to make his tilt at the top job in next year’s election a case of third time lucky. The Morena party

  • The Art of the Border: Searching for Kikito

    The Art of the Border: Searching for Kikito

    A French artist’s colossal installation on Mexico’s side of the border may make the invisible visible, but other subjects carry a sharper critical edge and pose deeper questions by David Bacon First person (This article originally ran at Capital & Main, an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues.) For almost

  • Forum promotes ways to stop AIDS infection

    Forum promotes ways to stop AIDS infection

    by Fernando A. Torres Meeting at the World Affairs Council in San Francisco on Oct. 31, leaders and public health experts warned this week that despite the marked decrease in deaths attributed to AIDS, the numbers continue to be disturbingly high in the African-American and Latino communities in relation to unprotected sexual conduct. The experts

  • In the shadow of Trump’s walls, locals remain unimpressed

    In the shadow of Trump’s walls, locals remain unimpressed

    by Julia Carrie Wong Reported by the Guardian — Between San Diego and Tijuana, eight prototype border walls are ready for testing – but will any get built, and will it make a difference if they do? It’s 9:15 a.m. and Ralph DeSio of US customs and border protection (CBP) is standing at the front