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Bolivia in the Age of Gas

Bolivia in the Age of Gas

Bret Gustafson’s Bolivia in the Age of Gas is an ambitious and exquisitely detailed historical ethnography of Bolivia and its complicated relation with gas (and oil). Fossil fuels, Gustafson argues, have been central to the making of Bolivia, of this “gaseous state.” Drawing on a deep, decades-long engagement in the region…

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What’s in a Chocolate Boom?

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Peru has a longstanding reputation for its quality cacao. In the past decade, it has also attracted attention as a craft chocolate hot-spot with a tantalizingly long list of must-try makers. Indeed, from 2015 through 2019, a boom of more than 50 craft chocolate...

Xocoatl

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Legend has it that the god Quetzalcóatl gave the Aztecs the cacao tree. Ambrosia or nourishment of the gods as its scientific name Theobroma Cacao indicates. Furthermore, cacao is where chocolate comes from. Both words, chocolate and cacao, come...

Discovering the Taste of Molecules in Chocolate

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I'm a chemist. And you generally don't think about chemistry when you have a delicious cup of chocolate. But I have studied the chemical composition of chocolate for 20 years and I would like to share what I have learned with you. For more than three decades...

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Conducting Virtual Research for Argentina

Conducting Virtual Research for Argentina

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It might not be the way most college sophomores spend their Friday nights. Whether it was a high-stakes game of Jenga or just listening to how someone’s day had gone, I found that my experience

Saying Goodbye in the Midst of a Pandemic

Saying Goodbye in the Midst of a Pandemic

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The Covid-19 pandemic has posed an  enormous challenge, independently of one’s social group, playing havoc with many aspects of our lives, revealing the precariousness in which a great part of the world population lives, making visible the weaknesses in each country…

Vaccine Revolts

Vaccine Revolts

In the past eight months, conservative Brazilian politicians have invoked rights against public health mandates at least twice. In June, Congresswoman Carla Zambelli falsely claimed that a federal bill allowed “unconstitutional home invasions” to enforce mask usage inside…

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The Longest Christmas

The Longest Christmas

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I smile as my mother and I dance along to the music, the quick beat resonating with our bodies as we move. “El jolgorio está! Te digo que está bien por la maceta, vamos a gozar, ja ja, wepa, wepa, wepa,” the music booms through the room, the maracas shaking to the beat…

Health as Human Right

Health as Human Right

I began the year 2020 on the eighth floor of Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in the first of many future visits with my oncologist. Though I had received a lymphoma diagnosis just before Christmas, a few days later, on January 4th, I sat in a dorm room at the University…

The WhatsApp Experience

The WhatsApp Experience

A relatively young commercial city of around 80,000 inhabitants in the Colombian vast oriental plainlands received about 18,000 internally displaced persons of the country’s longstanding

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El jardín pandémico

El jardín pandémico

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Imagine the tranquility of a garden. With the aroma of flowers mixed in with the buzzing of bees and the contrast of shady trees against the fierce Paraguayan sun. From the intimacy of a family garden in which daily ritual leads one to water the plants, gather up the dry leaves…

How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die

How Democracies Die analyzes the main dangers that modern democracies face. As the authors warn, 21st-century democracies do not die in one fell swoop, in a violent way, by hands that do not always belong to the political system. On the contrary, modern democracies…

The Return of Collective Intelligence

The Return of Collective Intelligence

My college Native American Culture professor,  the Mescalero Apache scholar Inez Sánchez, told our class that we should regard the word “primitive” as synonymous with “complex.” I gained a better understanding of what Sánchez meant reading The Return of Collective…

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