Belen Fernandez

Belen Fernandez

Belen Fernandez is the author of Exile: Rejecting America and Finding the World (OR Books, 2019), Martyrs Never Die: Travels through South Lebanon (Warscapes, 2016), and The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work (Verso, 2011).

She is a contributing editor at Jacobin Magazine, and has written for the London Review of Books blog, Current Affairs, and Middle East Eye, among numerous other publications.

Science & Technology

Facial recognition technology: The criminal among us

The use of facial recognition in law enforcement takes us one step closer to our dystopian future.

Facial recognition technology: The criminal among us

France

Notre Dame and the case of misplaced empathy

Why is it that a Catholic cathedral in flames provokes more public grieving than the mass suffering and death of humans?

Notre Dame and the case of misplaced empathy

Latin America

Cold Warrior Elliott Abrams returns to battle in Venezuela

The US has chosen a prominent warmonger to promote 'democracy' in Venezuela.

Cold Warrior Elliott Abrams returns to battle in Venezuela

Immigration

The guacamole famine, the Super Bowl, and other American dramas

As the US frets 'the guacpocalypse', its delusions about - and addiction to - undocumented migration remain untreated.

The guacamole famine, the Super Bowl, and other American dramas

Poverty

How capitalism is killing us

And how we may have passed the 'point of no return''.

How capitalism is killing us

Immigration

'Barbed wire-plus': Borders know no love

Across Europe and North America , governments have gone to great cruelty to stop migration.

'Barbed wire-plus': Borders know no love

United States

The inconvenient truth about the US-bound migrant caravan

The migrant caravan Trump is so obsessed about is a direct result of US foreign policy.

The inconvenient truth about the US-bound migrant caravan

United States

Weaponised wine cellars: How not to solve the US gang problem

The ongoing MS-13 hysteria in the US is helping Trump justify his anti-immigrant vitriol and mask the real villains.

Weaponised wine cellars: How not to solve the US gang problem

Spain

Can exhumation kill Franco once and for all?

Forty-three years after his death, the late dictator is still causing controversy in Spain.

Can exhumation kill Franco once and for all?

Indigenous rights

Under fire: the perpetual US war on Native Americans

On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, Native Americans have little to cheer about.

Under fire: the perpetual US war on Native Americans

Space

Trump's astronomically misguided 'space force'

Plans to create a US 'space force' will take global militarisation to another level.

Trump's astronomically misguided 'space force'

Protests

A Nicaraguan Spring or imperial spring cleaning?

Nicaragua in its current state is hardly a revolutionary paradise - but US involvement is not the answer.

A Nicaraguan Spring or imperial spring cleaning?