As with most things Donald Trump, if his actions seem confusing, follow the money.

Last April I somehow managed to find myself on the Trump campaign’s fundraising email list. More oddly still, these emails are all addressed to Morris Bomberg, an alias I cooked up at 18 while selling vacuum…


Street violence last year in Bolivia following a disputed election. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

My teenage daughter tells me that her Tik Tok feed is full of images of stores in Washington DC boarding up their windows. Over the weekend a caravan of Trump supporters trapped a Biden campaign bus on a Texas highway and rammed the car of a Biden staffer. …


San Francisco and Midday on 9/11/2020 Credit: John McKee

The Covid Pandemic of 2020 is both a tragedy of its own and also an ominous preview to that other crisis unfolding around us with increasing speed, humanity’s unprecedented alteration of the Earth’s climate. In the three decades since the first serious warnings about climate change, our experiences of it…


Joe Biden first sought the White House more in 1988 as a young Senator, and sought it again in 2008 as an old one, neither time coming even close. This November he (and millions of Americans) hope that three times will be the charm. But when did the idea first…


By Raúl Zibechi, published in DesInformemonos

[Translators Note: I have known and admired Oscar Olivera for more than twenty years. Hearing of his illness has had an impact on many people all across the world. This story about his own experience and that of Cochabamba, the city where I lived…


Photo: California Nurses Association

From a strategy point of view, the ‘Medicare for All’ movement is betting on the following:

One: That there is huge majority support in the U.S. to eliminate private health care and replace it with government run health care.

Two: That this support can withstand a relentless, and hugely financed…


The Flower Seller, Cochabamba

First I want you to understand what Cochabamba is like, when it’s not a war zone. It’s midday during the week and in the old colonial city center most of the stores are closed. This includes the man who sells me chocolate and most of the hardware stores on Calle…


Bolivia in Meltdown

I have returned quite reluctantly to the role of gringo explainer of Bolivia, something I did for a good long time in the nineteen years my family lived there. But I don’t feel like I have a choice. It is my other country. Three of the faces…


Dear Readers, events in Bolivia are changing rapidly and much has changed since I published this article. Please also read my most current post: Bolivia in Meltdown. Thank you.

Bolivia, that country that most people never think about until it is thrust into the news, has been thrust into the…

Jim Shultz

A political activist for more than 40 years, founder and executive director of the Democracy Center. Back in the US after 19 years in Bolivia. A dad, a grandpa.

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