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Blake Fleetwood was formerly on the staff of The New York Times and has written for The New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Daily News, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Village Voice, Atlantic and the Washington Monthly on a number of issues.

He was born in Santiago, Chile and moved to New York City at the age of three. He graduated from Bard College and did graduate work in political science and comparative politics at Columbia University. He has also taught politics and urban development at New York University.

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Entries by Blake Fleetwood

Walter Scott Would Not Have Been Killed by NYC Cops

(23) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 1:04 PM

Police killed 291 civilians nationwide in the first three months of 2015, according to press and TV reports.

Before the year is out, police will kill 1,000 more civilians, most of whom will not be armed with a gun.

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Will Cuba Survive the Americanization of Havana?

(11) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 3:46 PM

Americans are flocking to Cuba by the tens of thousands this year. Next year it may be millions.

The architecture of Old Havana has lasted hundreds of years, but will it survive the onslaught of tourists and rampant commercialism that so despoils other Latin American capitals?

Most Americans will marvel...

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The Slaughter Continues: 176 Civilians Killed by Police so Far in 2015

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:56 PM

One-hundred-seventy-six civilians were killed by police in January and February, according to news clippings collected by

Of course, the greatest outrage of all is that no one really knows how many people are killed by police annually. FBI Director James B. Comey said last...

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False Memories: Brian Williams and David Carr

(5) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 3:31 PM


Eight years ago, renowned New York Times media critic David Carr spent two years writing a brutally honest memoir -- The Night of the Gun -- in which he sought to investigate, as a reporter might, the events of his own life.

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Police Work Isn't as Dangerous as You May Think

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2015 | 3:22 PM

After the senseless death and tragic funerals of two young New York City policeman, cops have got to be thinking about assassination. "I want to go home to my wife and kids," said a cop to the New York Post." I am concerned about my safety."

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Congress Finally Acts to Prevent Police Killings, But Will it Make a Difference?

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 4:53 PM


Last week, in a rare bipartisan vote just before they adjourned for the year, the House and Senate passed a bill called the Death in Custody Reporting Act. The bill which is slated for a presidential signature, calls for all police...

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Democrats Who Abandoned Obama Will Lose

(31) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 12:53 PM

The polls for Tuesday look grim for weak-kneed and squeamish Democrats who have not stood up for Obama -- or the substantial achievements of his party -- over the last six years.

First rule of warfare: you should never allow your enemy to define the playing field or debate agenda,...

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Scary Times Call For a Great President: Paul Krugman's Defense of Obama

(10) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 11:08 PM


In these last few weeks, there has been a cacophony of Obama-bashing from Republican political candidates. And, after tens of millions of dollars in television ads, the polls have not been favorable. The media and the pundits have piled on too.

The Republicans...

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Obama Disrupts Quiet Chelsea Block for $25,000-per-seat Fundraiser

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 5:28 PM


President Obama is visiting the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City today and is expected to descend upon a $16 million historic brownstone.

A birds-eye view from local resident John Tepper Marlin shows that the usually quiet block...

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The Clintons Are Movin' on Down, Slumming It to the Wrong Side of the Tracks

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 6:52 PM

Bill and Hillary are going to be my neighbors in Amagansett this summer. They arrive tomorrow.

But, they are definitely laying low this August, compared to their fancier digs of years past.

So, this year, the power couple has passed up the posh estates of Lilly Pond Lane and the...

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Let Eastern Ukraine Go

(287) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:20 PM

It doesn't matter. It's a small, totally irrelevant piece of land.

Give the separatists a measure of autonomy.

Russia has already lost most of Eastern Europe, and in the last six months, they lost the loyalty of most of the Ukraine. There are few...

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The Taliban Is Not al-Qaeda, and It's Very Dangerous for the U.S. to Confuse the Two

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 7:58 PM

2014-06-05-Berghdal.pngThe recent release of Taliban prisoners of war from the Guantanamo base in Cuba has whipped up hysteria among the media and politicians alike, both of whom have been all too quick, once again, to equate the Taliban with al-Qaeda.

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Why Didn't the Police Ask About His Guns?

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 5:36 PM


"Chris died because of craven irresponsible politicians and the NRA."

These are the words of the father of Chris Martinez, who was one of six killed by Elliot Rodger in last week's mass shooting in Isla Vista, California.

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Memorial Day: Honor the Peace Seekers

(2) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 6:32 PM


Our highest patriotism on this Memorial Day should not simply be to mourn those Americans who have died fighting in the uniform of our country, but more importantly, we should all vow that unnecessary wars -- like Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan...

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Too Bad Ukraine Didn't Keep Its 2,000 Nuclear Weapons

(2) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 6:38 PM


In 1994, through an accident of fate, the newly independent country of Ukraine found itself in possession of the world's third largest nuclear arsenal.

At first, Ukraine planned to keep its nuclear weapons. But, at the insistence of...

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Please Tax Us: Airbnb Offers City $21 Million

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:56 PM

Airbnb recently offered to collect $21 million in taxes from its bed and breakfast hosts each year and pass it on to New York City, but local politicians are not too keen on the idea, despite looming budget deficits.

The total potential infusion to city coffers from direct...

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Heli-Skiing Is the Best Drug I Have Ever Taken

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 7:10 AM


I am floating down on a cloud of my own creation, leaving my mark in symmetrical carved turns on a pristine white landscape of four feet of untracked powder -- a dream world, as close to heaven as...

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Delta Deals the 99 Percent Out: One-percenters Get Twice as Many Miles

(4) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 3:23 PM


Delta's new airline mileage deal is a deliberate attempt to reward its high-spending customers and take from the unwashed 99 percent -- further widening the gulf between the haves and the have-nots.


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Why The New York Times Is the Best Newspaper in the World

(3) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 8:25 PM


As someone who has often found fault with The New York Times in the past, I can tell you that Ken Kurson's cover story in the Observer today does not reflect the reality of the paper I read every day.

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Can America Ever Regain Its Exceptionalism?

(1) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 4:00 PM


Time was when the U.S. was really truly exceptional in many areas -- in the 1950s and 1960s -- after the rest of the world's manufacturing was destroyed in World War II. But in those years, there wasn't much...

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