Belén Fernández

Belén Fernández is an editor and feature writer at Pulse Media. Her articles also have appeared on Al-Jazeera, Al-Akhbar English, CounterPunch, Palestine Chronicle, Palestine Think Tank, Rebelión, Tlaxcala, Electronic Intifada, Upside Down World, the London Review of Books blog and, among others. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in political science from Columbia University in New York City.


  • 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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  • Belén Fernández Al Jazeera op-ed: "From banana republic to banana democracy"

    Belén Fernández's latest Al Jazeera opinion piece takes on American fruit distribution giant Chiquita's claims of ethical conduct in Latin America, the disturbing effects of globalization on agricultural workers in Guatemala and Colombia, and of course, Thomas Friedman.  

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  • Alain Badiou and Belén Fernández on Turkish Resistance

    Today, on a blog run by Kyrenia-based academic Cengiz Erdem, Alain Badiou weighed in on the uprising currently ongoing in Turkey. Calling the moment a "rebirth of History," his insight is also an open letter asking the Turkish youth to expand their movement as to incorporate the broad popular masses. In order to create true innovational change, Badiou asserts there are certain requirements:

    They must create the means of living with the broad popular masses, of sharing the thoughts and practical innovations of the new politics with them. They must give up the temptation to adopt, for their own benefit, the "Western" concept of democracy, meaning: the simple, self-serving desire for a middle class to exist in Turkey as an electoral and falsely democratic client of an oligarphic power integrated into the world market of capital and commodities. ...Without it, the admirable current revolt will end in a subtler and more dangerous form of subservience: the kind we are familiar with in our old capitalist countries.

    Journalist and author of The Imperial Messenger Belén Fernández provided a dispatch from Turkey in  Jacobin, recounting her recent experiences in Istanbul, where riot police engaged in full violent force against the protestors. In the whirldwind of rhetoric and analysis currently surrounding the situation, Fernandez points out that the heart of the matter "can be understood without the invocation of previously-labeled phenomena: they are, quite simply, an assertion of humanity in the face of inhumanity".

    Visit Erdem's blog and Jacobin to read the articles in full.