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Belén Fernández

Belén Fernández is a contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine and writes regularly for Al Jazeera. Her articles have also appeared in the London Review of Books blog, The Baffler, and numerous other outlets. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in political science from Columbia University in New York City.

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  • Tariq Ali on the launch of TeleSUR English, the largest Latin American news channel

    Last week, Venezuela-based news channel TeleSUR launched its English language website, bringing the left-leaning perspectives of Latin America to new audiences and offering a corrective to the English news media.

    The site, which largely represents the views of state backers Argentina, Bolivia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Venezuela, has already published incisive reporting on Israeli offensive in Gaza. Tariq Ali, Verso author and New Left Review editor, has long been involved with TeleSUR and will host The World Today, an interview show to be broadcast four times a week.


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  • COMPETITION: Win the complete Counterblasts series!



    Counterblasts is Verso's renowned series of punchy, polemic titles attacking the apologists of neo-liberalism and Empire. From Hitch to Bono, no sacred cow or globe-trotting celeb is immune to the excoriating verdicts of these often amusing, always trenchant books.

    To mark the latest in the Counterblasts series, Japhy Wilson's book on Jeffrey Sachs, we're offering the chance to win all the books in the series to one lucky entrant. We will also be offering a copy of Jeffrey Sachs to three runners up. Other books in the series include The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power), Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens, The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at WorkThe Impostor: BHL in Wonderland, and Michael Ignatieff: The Lesser Evil?

    Jeffrey Sachs is famous for forging the doctrine that came to be known as 'shock therapy'. Shock therapy is both an economic and political strategy, which entails the sudden implementation of a set of reforms designed to shock an economy from one based on state planning to that of free markets. To read more about the strange world of Jeffrey Sachs, check out our abridged extract from Wilson's book.

    To enter the competion simply answer this question: On 2 January 1992 in which country was Jeffrey Sachs' programme of shock therapy implemented?

    This competition is no longer open. Thanks for all of the responses we've had!
  • Is another world possible?—Dan Hancox's The Village Against the World reviewed in Jacobin and Truthdig



    After the fall of Spanish military dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, Spain suffered a series of blows that crippled its economy. By the end of the decade, poverty and food shortages plagued the country and the unemployment rate hovered at 60 percent. 

    Today Spain faces another massive economic crisis, with overall unemployment hitting around 26 percent and youth unemployment reaching 56 percent. But in the village of Marinaleda, the self-proclaimed communist utopia at the center of Dan Hancox's The Village Against the World, unemployment sits between 5 and 6 percent. 

    Two recent reviews of Hancox's book, by Belén Fernández for Jacobin and Nomi Prins for Truthdig, wonder if the small Andalucian cooperative-style village of Marinaleda is immune to the larger economic crisis, and if it is a viable alternative model of living and governance.  

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