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Award-winning journalist, translator, and university lecturer

Natasha Hakimi Zapata is an award-winning journalist, translator, and university lecturer based in Europe. Her book ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE: Lessons for America From Around the Globe is forthcoming from The New Press (February, 2025), and her articles appear regularly in The Nation, In These Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is the former foreign editor of Truthdig and has received several Southern California Journalism and National Arts & Entertainment Journalism awards, most recently in 2024 for her work as a foreign correspondent.

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Los Angeles Review of Books · January 15th, 2024

Race, Money, and the Pursuit of Poetry in the US Today: A Conversation with Megan Fernandes and Edgar Kunz

Megan Fernandes and Edgar Kunz may not write similar poems, but their poetry and their journeys intersect in more ways than one. As they both wrapped up overlapping book tours across the United States and Europe in recent months, I caught up with them via video call.

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The Nation · December 12th, 2023

The Progressive Refugee Policy That Puts the West to Shame

Uganda’s role as a co-convenor of the Global Refugee Forum in Geneva this week should raise urgent questions about the interests behind its much-lauded open-door refugee policy.

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The Nation · November 27th, 2023

The Ghosts of the Worldwide Surveillance Apparatus Show Their Hand

Phantom Parrot, a British documentary now screening in the US, sheds light on the Orwellian technologies being used across borders to repress activists, journalists, and others.

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The Nation · April 24th, 2023

What the UK’s Arrest of a French Publisher Means for Public Intellectuals the World Over

The detention of Ernest Moret raises urgent questions about British authorities targeting public intellectuals at the request of other nations.

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The Nation · October 20th, 2022

Liz Truss or No Liz Truss, Things Are Bleaker in Britain Than Anyone Realizes

As jaws drop around the world over the resignation of the UK’s shortest-lived prime minister, life here is getting considerably worse by the day.

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The Nation · August 1st, 2022

Boris Johnson’s (Far From Final) Bill for Damages

While the elderly white men who run Britain’s Conservative Party chose between two deeply depressing choices for new leader, let’s take a minute to reckon just how much ruin the disgraced prime minister has inflicted on his country.

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Los Angeles Review of Books · April 4th, 2022

“To Know No Nation Will Be Home”: A Conversation with Solmaz Sharif

An interview with Solmaz Sharif about her poetic journey, as well as why she couldn’t write much in the Trump years, and whether poetry can ever become a home to the displaced.

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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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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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