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​Benjamin Fogel

​Benjamin Fogel

Currently based in São Paulo, Benjamin Fogel is a PhD candidate in Latin American history at New York University and is a contributing editor for Jacobin magazine and website Africa is a Country
SA suffers from political amnesia
SA suffers from political amnesia
Political amnesia: a virus that causes those infected to forget political history, even if the events occurred only months before. The signs of...
SA not immune to the global state of untruth
SA not immune to the global state of untruth
Fake news has become an explanation for political rupture, a byword for our current age of crisis and resurgent extremism, responsible for...
It’s not right for SA’s left to reject elections
It’s not right for SA’s left to reject elections
Dinga Sikwebu is an insightful and important voice on the South African left and I welcome his commentary, 2019 Elections: The Great Democratic...
Why South Africa needs Democratic Socialism
Why South Africa needs Democratic Socialism
After 25 years in power, one would expect that the African National Congress—the party that brought South Africans the Marikana massacre, 40%...
South Africa is ripe for right-wing populist movements
South Africa is ripe for right-wing populist movements
As South Africa gears up to face what is surely the most depressing election in our young democracy, populism is in the air. Pundits, analysts and...
Bolsonaro’s three-month rule a disaster
Bolsonaro’s three-month rule a disaster
March 31 marked the 55th anniversary of the coup inaugurating 21 years of brutal military rule in Brazil. Like its neighbours Argentina, Uruguay...
South Africa’s not that different from Brazil
South Africa’s not that different from Brazil
Jair Bolsonaro is Brazil’s new leader after he took 55.1% of the vote in the second round of the presidential election on Sunday against centrist...
What Bolsonaro’s election victory means
What Bolsonaro’s election victory means
Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America and the world’s sixth most populous elected a neo-fascist this weekend in the second round election...
Brazil flirts with a neo-fascist
Brazil flirts with a neo-fascist
On Saturday September 29, in the largest single demonstration of the year, hundreds of thousands of women in Brazil took to the streets to say...
The man who could save Brazil is in jail
The man who could save Brazil is in jail
On Sunday evening, the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro was enveloped by an inferno that destroyed the 200-year-old centre of science and history....
Brazil, weary of corruption, faces bleak poll
Brazil, weary of corruption, faces bleak poll
A few years ago, Brazil seemed poised to finally live up to its potential as the country of the future. Rapid economic growth, combined with...