• Venezuela Protests February 2014
    The Legacy

    This week Israel Centeno writes about the protests sweeping Venezuela, Maduro’s reaction, and how Chávez’s presidency sowed the seeds for the current environment of hate and violence.

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  • Gods of the Modern World
    Ungovernable for Us: Part III

    The conclusion to Israel Centeno’s three-part series on the roots of violence in Latin America. In this final installment Centeno discusses how “distorted legends of heroism” and nationalism cover and cause the region’s inextricable cycle of revolt and “the prevalence of violence in all spaces.”

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  • Vuelvan Caras Venezuela War of Independence
    Ungovernable for Us: Part II

    A history of violence in Venezuela—bloodshed and cruelty, past and present. Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno continues his three part series exploring the roots of violence in Latin America, this week Centeno examines the Venezuelan War of Independence and ensuing civil war.

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  • Gun Violence Sign
    Ungovernable for Us: Part One

    ‘Violence unites us.’ In this week’s column Venezuelan writer Israel Centeno begins a three part series exploring the roots of violence in Latin America through its tumultuous history, important figures, and rich literature.

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  • Stefan Zweig
    The World of Yesterday

    “In one way or another, we’ve all been expelled from previous states and no one leaves their space without being condemned to diaspora.” Venezuelan author Israel Centeno on exile, refuge, and life on the outside.

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  • airplane
    Departure

    “Despite all sense of belonging and nationality, nobody can make you stay in a place that is dangerous and unfavorable to you.” Exiled writer Israel Centeno on the power of leaving and the pain of leaving Venezuela.

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  • Nu Nu Yi: The Writer, the Role Model, and the Bird
    Ten Most-Read Columns of 2013

    We look back at the most-read columns of 2013, featuring contributions from Tarik Günersel (Turkey), Bina Shah (Pakistan), Khet Mar (Burma), Israel Centeno (Venezuela), Hamdy el-Gazzar (Egypt), Tienchi Martin-Liao (China), Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador), and Yaghoub Yadali (Iran).

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  • Saskatchewan Crossing
    Saskatchewan

    “Expatriation—waking up one morning startled by agoraphobia, sentenced and expelled with no possibility of return—has another name and, why not, another destination: Saskatchewan.” Israel Centeno on Richard Ford’s novel, Canada.

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