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.

United States

The US was sick long before coronavirus

Trump putting his utterly unqualified son-in-law in charge of US's response to the pandemic should not surprise anyone.

The US was sick long before coronavirus

El Salvador

Forty years on, El Salvador's war is still not over

Forty years after Archbishop Oscar Romero's assassination, neoliberal violence is still wreaking havoc in El Salvador.

Forty years on, El Salvador's war is still not over

Refugees

Child suicide is a symptom of our traumatised world

The prevalence of psychological trauma among refugee youth should be an issue of utmost urgency for us all.

Child suicide is a symptom of our traumatised world

Asylum Seekers

How the US made the so-called 'safe third countries' unsafe

Despite Donald Trump's claims, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are everything but safe.

How the US made the so-called 'safe third countries' unsafe

Latin America

Smash the patriarchy to save the planet

The same forces that feed into the violence against migrant women are also undermining climate action.

Smash the patriarchy to save the planet

Donald Trump

Trump's worldwide war on abortion

The Trump administration's anti-abortion measures threaten the lives of women across the world, especially the poor.

Trump's worldwide war on abortion

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