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Banana Republics

It's the World's Ripest Banana Republic. (Welcome Home.)

Peter Mandel | Posted 08.09.2016 | Politics
Peter Mandel

It's a Banana Republic like no other. Fly into its capital from abroad and you'll catch a whiff of over-ripeness, even decay. The baggage carousel cl...

The Chile Burn Victims Case: Containment vs. Human Rights under Pinochet

ADST | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
ADST

During a 1986 protest in Santiago, Chile against the human rights abuses of Augusto Pinochet's regime, teenagers setting up barricades were arrested by a military patrol. What happened next to Rodrigo Rojas DeNegri (seen right) and Carmen Quintana is a matter of dispute, but in the end, Rojas was dead and Quintana severely burned.

Corporate Courts -- A Big Red Flag on 'Trade' Agreements

Dave Johnson | Posted 11.15.2014 | Business
Dave Johnson

When We the People agree that something should done to make our lives better, it's supposed to get done. Right? You didn't know it, but that whole system changed several years ago. Our government, in our name, signed a document that placed corporate profits above our own democracy.

Make History on Immigration Reform: Address History First

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2013 | Latino Voices
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We need a thoughtful, efficient, legal immigration process that is fair for all. This means that the DREAM Act must become a done deal. This also means we must get papers to the 12 million undocumented immigrants and bring them out the shadows.

Dispatch From a High-Temperature Republic

Peter Mandel | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
Peter Mandel

Prices may be low, but the Republic's economy is slow and there are hundreds of thousands who can't keep up. "Jobs exist," insist local experts. "But our workforce isn't trained." In fact, many high school graduates here have a hard time reading and doing basic math.