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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, In These Times, and elsewhere. She has received several Southern California Journalism and National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards, among other honors.

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In These Times · August 24th, 2021

Sanctions Didn't Help Cubans, Iranians or Venezuelans. They Won't Help Afghans.

Economic punishment is taking a brutal toll during the pandemic.

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In These Times · July 19th, 2021

How Rich Countries Can End Vaccine Apartheid

Unlike world leaders, activists saw the moral crisis coming since the start of the pandemic and quickly came up with a number of actionable plans to create equitable access to life-saving vaccines.

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Los Angeles Review of Books · July 2nd, 2021

“America Is a Myth”: A Conversation with Natalie Diaz

An interview with poet Natalie Diaz, the first Latina to win the Pulitzer Prize, about her most recent collection, "Postcolonial Love Poem."

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The Nation · June 4th, 2021

Covid-19 Is a Boon for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Buds

The British government’s latest “test to travel” scheme is providing yet another opportunity for Conservative officials’ friends—like Randox founder Peter FitzGerald—to profit from the crisis.

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In These Times · May 6th, 2021

Joe Biden Shouldn't Shy Away From the Radicalism of the New Deal

‘Why the New Deal Matters’ author Eric Rauchway explains why embracing FDR’s signature programs is not just a moral imperative—it’s good politics.

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In These Times · March 30th, 2021

The UK's Vaccine Rollout Is the Latest Reminder We Need Universal Healthcare

Britain’s vaccination rate has far outpaced the rest of the West. The triumph belongs to its National Health Service.

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Los Angeles Review of Books · March 23rd, 2021

Family Separation by Any Other Name: On Patricia Engel’s “Infinite Country”

A review of "Infinite Country," the new novel by Patricia Engel, which serves as a reminder that family separation is a long, shameful bipartisan legacy.

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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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ScheerPost · December 21st, 2020

The U.K.’s New COVID-19 Strain and Boris Johnson’s Bloody Blunders

The British prime minister’s pre-Christmas announcement that a new, highly contagious strain of the coronavirus is ripping through England is as shocking as it is maddening.

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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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