Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Branding of U.S. Development Aid

In my journalistic investigations, I’ve given the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) a hard time for negligently funding the agribusinesses of drug-trafficking paramilitaries as part of its anti-drug efforts. Right, it’s like “War on Terror” money going to al-Qaida, … Continue reading

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Op-Ed: Summit of the Americas Post-Mortem

Last week, I published an op-ed on the recent Summit of the Americas recently held in Cartagena, Colombia. By now, you’ve probably heard about it because of the media frenzy around Secret Service scandal (don’t get me started on that … Continue reading

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The FBI Almost Seized My Emails

(Well, sort of, not really.) Yesterday, at 4:00 p.m., the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seized a server from a colocation facility shared by Riseup Networks and May First/People Link in New York City. Cooperatively run May First, among other … Continue reading

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Antipode’s Regional Workshop Awards

The Antipode Foundation just announced a new “Regional Workshop Award” that provides £10,000 to “support radical geographers holding regionally based events (including conferences, workshops, seminar series, summer schools and action research meetings) which further radical analyses of geographical issues and engender … Continue reading

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Off-Shore Data Havens?

What’s flat, has two legs, and is capable of stirring international intrigue on the high seas? If you’re thinking “unmanned wave-powered ocean robots,” then you’re close, but (sadly) wrong. No, I’m thinking of the 120-foot by 50-foot platform seven miles … Continue reading

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1000 Pesos and Fidel Castro

I couldn’t pass this up. It turns out that the artist commissioned to design Colombia’s 1,000-peso bill slyly included a portrait of a young Fidel Castro in the background of the bill. It took eight years for anyone to notice … Continue reading

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