Thursday 2/9 - Joshua Goodman, AP - Venezuela goes from bad to worse

Thursday 2/9
Joshua Goodman, AP
Venezuela goes from bad to worse

Venezuela, not long ago, one of the most prosperous countries in South America is facing something very close to mass starvation. You can see the signs on the streets of Caracas the capital city and in other cities, towns and rural areas across the country. Associated Press reporters Joshua Goodman and Hannah Dreier have described the lines of people waiting, often all day, to buys a few items for sale in almost-empty stores; the hospital pediatric wards filled with underweight…

Wednesday 9/15 - Seema Yasmin - Dallas Morning News - Zika on the Move

Wednesday 9/15
Seema Yasmin
Dallas Morning News
Zika on the Move

In 1947, researchers first discovered a new virus in a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest of Uganda in East Africa. 5 years later, the same virus, now called Zika, was isolated in humans in Uganda and next-door Tanzania. Over the next 40 years, Zika viruses turned up across Equatorial African and Equatorial Asia, spread mostly through a common and hardy mosquito labeled Aedes Aegypti. At the time, it seemed as though Zika could be serious and could cause a…

Tuesday 9/13 - Joshua Goodman - Venuzuela Worse and Worser

Tuesday 9/13
Joshua Goodman
Venuzuela Worse and Worser

Sometimes, the famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud admitted, “a cigar is only a cigar.” But sometimes real and familiar phenomena can achieve greatly enhanced status by becoming important and powerful symbols. That’s how it was, back in the 1970s when 5 legendary leaders of what was, back-then, called the third of Underdeveloped World formed the Non-aligned Movement. This large-scale collaboration show-cased the ambitions of such global political stars as Nehru of India, Sukarno of Indonesia, Nasser of Egypt, Nkrumah of Ghana…

June 7, 2016 - Joshua Goodman

June 7, 2016
Joshua Goodman

If Venezuelans wanted a new national anthem, they might consider blues singer John Lee Hooker’s great tune: BOOM, BOOM, BOOM, BOOM. Certainly all the metaphors being used in news coverage of Venezuela these days refer to explosions. “’We are like a bomb going tick-tock, tick-tock,’ said Zenovia Villegas, a 54-year-old housewife,” quoted in its lead by The Guardian, while Woodrow Wilson Center scholar Michael McCarthy led his Washington Post analysis with, “Venezuela is a powder keg.” What made Senora Villegas…

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