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Walter Mignolo

Thoughts on modernity/coloniality, geopolitics of knowledge, border thinking, pluriversality, and the decolonial option.

Sobre descolonización/descolonialidad, una vez más

Mis comentarios sobre “Eurocentrism 21st Century: The King and the Colonial Vassal”provocaron algunas reacciones immediatas. Una de ellas, pregunta por qué escribo en inglés sobre estos temas. En los próximos días traduciré el artículo al castellano y responderé a esta pregunta. En lo que sigue, hago algunas aclaraciones dirigidas a preguntas y objeciones que se […]

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Eurocentrism 21st Century: The King and the Colonial Vassal

A while ago, Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek stated that when someone says Eurocentrism “every self-respecting postmodern leftist intellectual has as violent a reaction as Joseph Goebbels had to culture: to reach for a gun, hurling accusations of proto-fascist Eurocentrist cultural imperialism.” However, he asked himself, “is it possible to imagine a leftist appropriation of the […]

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Bono contra China, Reloaded

During one pleasant summer night Leo Ching, Ralph Litzinger and I where chatting about the quite interesting issue of Vanity Fair, published in July of 2007 and edited by Bono. The issue received quite a bit of attention. The conversation moved from Bono’s “crusade”to Bill and Melinda Gates in cooperation with the Rockefeller Foundation’s project […]

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On “The Idea of Latin America”

There is a recurrent blindness among readers and commentators of The Idea of Latin America. Although in the third part of the book I argued that “After”Latin America is the work of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Andean, of Indigenous intellectuals and political projects and that Latinos and Latinas in the US also contribute to dismantling the “idea […]

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Are Africans in South America and the Caribbean also Latins?

My friend Roger, from Brazilia, sent me this site about the growing presence of Afro-Latin Americans, as the saying goes. There is an interesting map, that I highlight here for your easy access. It will be interesting to have a similar map tracing the European migration to—let’s say to simplify matters—America. Do you have one? […]

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Attorney General Alberto Gonzáles and the Hispanic Challenge

When noted Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington published his controversial article, “The Hispanic Challenge,” in Foreign Policy no one could have thought of Alberto Gonzáles. Huntington’s article was published on February 24, 2004. And President George Bush announced on November 11 of that same year that Gonzáles was his choice to replace John Ashcroft . […]

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Rafael Correa: it is “change of epoch”rather than “an epoch of changes”(1)

ALAI, Latin America in Movement 2007-01-19 AmericaLatina, Ecuador ——————————————————————————– In January of 2006 Evo Morales became the president of Bolivia; in November of 2006 Hugo Chávez was elected by a significant majority of votes for a second term in Venezuela; and in January of 2007, one year after Morales, Rafael Correa became the president of […]

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We get what we deserve: On the latest Al Gore and George W. Bush.

I learned to think this way in the early 90s when Carlos Saúl Menem was elected president of Argentina. I was in one of Buenos Aires’s well known book-stores, Librería Gandhi, talking with an admired friend, el Negro Tula, going back to the exciting university years in Córdoba, before Juan Carlos Onganía took power (1966-1970) […]

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Telling Half of the Story

Iraqi President Jalal Talabani objected to the bipartisan study group chaired by James Baker III and Lee Hamilton. He was reported by the international press to have said that the bipartisan U.S. report calling for a new approach to the war offered dangerous recommendations that would undermine his country’s sovereignty and were “an insult to […]

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Bolivian New President is Something Altogether Different

Duke in the News, January 14, 2006. The recent election of Evo Morales as president of Bolivia is unprecedented. It marks the first time in world history that an indigenous candidate (Aymara Indian in this case) was elected president by an overwhelming majority. Related His election has been described as a turn to the left, […]

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