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Award-winning journalist, translator, and university lecturer

Natasha Hakimi Zapata is a London-based writer and the former Foreign Editor of the Webby Award-winning site Truthdig. Her work has appeared on The Nation, Los Angeles Review of Books, Truthdig, Los Angeles Magazine, and elsewhere. Her work has received several Southern California Journalism and National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards, among other honors.

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Los Angeles Review of Books · January 6th, 2021

“The World Wakes Up, Enlarged”: A Conversation with Dan Chiasson

An interview with the New Yorker poetry critic and Wellesley professor about his latest book "The Math Campers," poetry in a pandemic, and America's youth awakening.

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Los Angeles Review of Books · November 30th, 2020

Antidotes to Brexit, COVID-19, and Other Afflictions in Ali Smith’s Seasonal Quartet

Ali Smith's four novels powerfully capture living British history through intimate relationships playing out before the backdrop of sociopolitical turmoil in both the past and present.

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The Nation · October 5th, 2020

Extinction Rebellion’s Long Overdue Reckoning With Race

After experiencing a barrage of criticism for its lack of diversity, has the climate activist group finally made inclusivity a priority?

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The Nation · June 22nd, 2020

How to Destroy a National Health Service

Over several decades, a toxic combination of underfunding and stealth privatization efforts have brought Britain’s widely beloved NHS to its knees

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The Nation · April 20th, 2020

How Brexit Infected Britain’s Coronavirus Response

Boris Johnson’s government keeps promising to “Get Brexit Done,” even as the deadly pandemic ravages the country.

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Truthdig · October 4th, 2019

Sara Nelson Is the Face of America's Resurgent Labor Movement

The flight attendant who made national headlines during the government shutdown as she called for a general strike now wants labor’s top job.

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Truthdig · July 15th, 2019

I Know What It’s Like to Be Told to ‘Go Back’ to My Own Country

As the daughter of Iranian and Mexican immigrants, the president’s racist attacks on four congresswomen of color have struck me to my core.

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Truthdig · April 22nd, 2019

The Most Horrifying Look at Monsanto Yet

Samanta Schweblin has terrified readers across the globe precisely because she tells familiar stories we should all dread.

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