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My writings on Latin American events in The Monitor at Truman State University.

Reflections on Ferguson from the perspective of Latin American social movements, The Monitor (November 2014): 6-7.
Comments for the roundtable “Starting a Movement: Ferguson Town Hall," Truman State University, September 24, 2014.
Why Wisconsin Matters, The Monitor 18, no. 2 (April 2011): 3.
The solution to Haiti's problems is to allow the country to develop its own economy and political system without constant outside intervention.
The World Social Forum returns to Africa, The Monitor 18, no. 1 (March 2011): 3.
The solution to Haiti's problems is to allow the country to develop its own economy and political system without constant outside intervention.
Haiti, The Monitor, February 2010 (16, no. 2): 4.
The solution to Haiti's problems is to allow the country to develop its own economy and political system without constant outside intervention.
Americas Social Forum held in Central America, The Monitor, October 20, 2008 (15, no. 4): 4, 11.
Thousands of social movement activists gathered in Guatemala for the Americas Social Forum.
Midwest Social Activists Hold Teach-In, The Monitor, April 11, 2008 (14, no. 1): 3, 11.
Over 150 activists from throughout the Midwest gathered the last weekend of March 2008 for Organizing Communities Across Boundaries: An Organizing Teach-in.
Beauty Queens and Empire at the World Social Forum in Caracas, Venezuela (April 12, 2006)
One of the most notable weaknesses and internal contradictions of the World Social Forum in trying to build another world based on principles of participatory democracy and social justice is maintaining gender inclusiveness.
Vieques three years later (March 29, 2006)
Vieques remains much as how the Navy left it after 60 years of military exercises.
World Social Forum meets in Venezuela to work towards "Another World" (February 3, 2006)
Every year, at the end of January people from around the world gather in the World Social Forum (WSF) under the slogan “Another World is Possible.”
Controversy illustrates flawed depiction of Chavez (September 8, 2005)
Condemning and arresting Robertson is merely a first step; we need to support Chavez and the types of policies he is implementing in Venezuela.
U.S. denies cultural exchange visas (April 20, 2005)
Hindering of cultural and academic exchanges hinders our interests while supporting the expansion of corporate power.
Lawsuits an avenue for public justice, corporate abuse (March 2, 2005)
Home Depot has been labeled “the most dangerous store in America.”
World Social Forum participants decry hierachy and privilege (February 9, 2005)
With the slogan “another world is possible,” the World Social Forum provides an open platform for activists to discuss strategies of resistance to globalization and to present constructive alternatives.
North America Turns Right; South America Turns Left (November 16, 2004)
Recent elections illustrate once again just how out of sync the United States is with the rest of the Americas.
Motorcycle Diaries follows Che's early years (October 26, 2004)
Film review of The Motorcycle Diaries.
Friendly terrorists pardoned; US silent (September 21, 2004)
Panama releases four accused terrorists who seek refuge in the United States.
Chavez wins referendum (August 30, 2004)
Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez's victory in an August 15 referendum on his government represents a triumph not only for his supporters but for all who struggle against imperialism and neoliberal economic policies.
The beneficiaries of fair trade (March 24, 2004)
A visit to the Atitlan Dos weaving cooperative in Guatemala.
Assassination attempt on Ecuadorian leader (February 25, 2004)
An attack on the leader of Ecuador's main Indigenous organization leads to a definitive break with the government and a return to street protests.
WSF empowers civil society (February 4, 2004)
Report on the meeting of the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India.
Book is less funny, more strident departure for Moore (November 24, 2003)
A book review of Michael Moore, Dude, Where's My Country?

Travel to Cuba (November 24, 2003)
It is time to end the ban on travel to Cuba.

Columbus Day (October 12, 2003)
On October 12, Indigenous and peasant peoples from throughout the Americas gathered in Caracas, Venezuela for an International Encounter of Resistance and Solidarity. The purpose of the assembly was to strengthen the fight against neoliberal globalization and economic imperialism, and to build solidarity in favor of the earth and the people who live on it.

Recall elections (October 3, 2003)
Both Gray Davis, governor of California, and Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela, are facing recall elections funded by wealthy corporate elites.

September Elevens (September 17, 2003)
U.S. support for Pinochet's September 11, 1973 coup in Chile is part of a pattern of striking out against democracy.

Venezuela and lessons in democracy (April 30, 2002)
U.S. support of the April 12 coup against Hugo Chávez in Venezuela is a blow against democracy. Reprinted in The Touchstone, Vol. XII, No. 4, Sept./Oct. 2002.

Colombia (April 30, 2002)
A report on my trip to Colombia. Reprinted in The Touchstone, Vol. XII, No. 3, Summer 2002.

Michael Moore, Stupid White Men...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation (March 6, 2002)
A book review of Michael Moore's new book on corporate control of the United States.

Collateral Damage (February 13, 2002)
A film review of Arnold Schwarzenegger's new vigilante action flick Collateral Damage.

Guantanamo and other Cold War legacies (January 30, 2002)
The U.S. navel base at Guantanamo, Cuba, is one of the weirdest legacies of the Cold War.

The secret of military tribunals: they work (December 12, 2001)
The Bush and Ashcroft proposal for military tribunals would result in the conviction of innocent people like Lori Berenson in Peru.

Elections, Nicaraguan Style (November 13, 2001)
Report on Nicaragua's November 4, 2001, elections.

End terrorism, start with US (October 2, 2001)
In recent years, the U.S. Army School of Americas (SOA) has come under intense scrutiny for its use of terror to achieve foreign policy objectives.

To the editor (September 18, 2001)
Responding to terrorist acts with violence will only result in increasingly violent counter-responses, as well as a repression of civil liberties and human rights both at home and abroad.

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