Stephanie Kennedy
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Over the past six years, Latin America has been a constant inspiration and subject of curiosity to Stephanie, and the last four have seen her live and work in the continent, now basing herself in Caracas, Venezuela. An active interest in social and political affairs has meant that she has channelled her attention professionally, working in a number of independent media bodies, such as local radios, newspapers, websites, and COTRAIN, a Caracas-based production house that writes, directs and produces documentaries on the country’s past twenty years of political and social developments. Stephanie now works for the National Association of Free and Alternative Press of Venezuela (ANMCLA) and is part of the editorial team of Caracas’ monthly publication, Proceso. Follow her on twitter @MontalanKennedy

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Conflicts and Conundrums: How the Venezuelan State Must Strike the Balance With its Indigenous People

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 10:10 AM

To the west of the country, the Sierra de Perijá, a stretch of both mountains and plains, traces the conflictive border zone between Colombia and Venezuela. The region's inhabitants are, today, a mixture of indigenous groups, cattle farmers, both rich and humble, and the inevitable generational pool of all three....

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Day of Indigenous Resistance, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 5:36 PM

This Friday is 12 October, a date formerly known as "The Discovery of South America". Today in Venezuela, the date has been renamed to "Day of Indigenous Resistance". It is a huge shift in perspectives and redraws American history with protagonists who, up until recently, were either impotent or inexistent...

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When Peace Means War

(1) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 9:48 PM

"The defence of democracy", "In the name of peace", "liberty" and "freedom of expression" are terms thrown about by nations, mainly those ruling the roost and tilting to the right, as easy shows of moral self-righteousness rather than expressions of any genuine sentiment or action.

The law or human rights...

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Why Chavez Isn't Alone Standing for Re-election.

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 1:41 PM

So convinced are Capitalists that their system is not only difficult to defeat but also too serious to contend ideologically, that they fail to gauge any opposition appropriately, as if the latter's resistance is but the ephemeral dream of a badly-behaved dissident. A world economic crisis, banks indebting nations, nations...

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Happiness, X,Y and Z

(1) Comments | Posted June 7, 2012 | 10:18 AM

A study carried out by the World Happiness Report 2012 and presented by Columbia University of the United States places Venezuela as the happiest country in South America, the second in Latin America, and nineteenth worldwide. It is an unlikely survey, principally because we are accustomed to facts and figures...

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Slum Mentality: A Look at the Complexities of Housing in Venezuela

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2012 | 6:33 PM

Latin American architecture, minus the ruins of fallen indigenous civilizations or the colonial churches in hill top villages, is in its urban expression a collection of high rise buildings and sprawling slums. Caracas is no exception and to any eye is a sore indication of entrenched discrepancy in wealth and...

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Election Year in Venezuela

(4) Comments | Posted April 26, 2012 | 6:37 PM

This year in Venezuela is a general election year and like in any country when general elections occur, it becomes a drawn out year of circus-like journalism. Politicians photoshopped into clowns on the front pages, slip of the tongues digitized into repetitive thirty second sound bites, often accompanied by the...

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