Colorlines

Michelle Chen

Michelle Chen
Columnist, Global Justice
New York, NY

Michelle Chen is Colorlines' Global Justice columnist. She is a regular contributor on labor issues at In These Times, as well as a member of the magazine's Board of Editors. Michelle's reporting has appeared in Ms. Magazine, AirAmerica, Alternet, Newsday, the Progressive Media Project, and her old zine, cain. Prior to joining Colorlines, she wrote for the independent news collective The NewStandard. A native New Yorker, she has also conducted ethnographic research as a Fulbright fellow in Shanghai and checked coats at a West Village jazz club. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the City University of New York and co-producing the community radio program Asia Pacific Forum on Pacifica's WBAI.

Follow Michelle at @meeshellchen.

Colombia Moves Past Reconciliation and Revives the Idea of Reparation

Colombia Moves Past Reconciliation and Revives the Idea of Reparation

by Michelle Chen on June 2 2011, 9:25AM

The war-torn nation will allow victims of violence to petition for compensation. If the project works, it just may rewrite the rules of justice for human rights atrocities.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice

Rape in Haiti: The Aftershocks Continue

Rape in Haiti: The Aftershocks Continue

by Michelle Chen on May 23 2011, 9:06AM

A year and a half later, squalid camps remain the only homes for hundreds of thousands of people, and reports of sexual violence inside them are rising.

Topics: Global Justice, Haiti

North African Refugees Stuck at Intersection of Europe's Hope and Fear

North African Refugees Stuck at Intersection of Europe’s Hope and Fear

by Michelle Chen on May 16 2011, 9:43AM

Europeans cheered the prospect of democracy in the Maghreb. But the revolutions have challenged Europe’s once promising border politics.

Topics: Global Affairs, Global Justice, Immigration

After Osama Bin Laden, the Spectacle of War Plays On

After Osama Bin Laden, the Spectacle of War Plays On

by Michelle Chen on May 9 2011, 9:41AM

Bin Laden’s death merely punctuates a narrative of self-justifying violence that keeps us not only terrorized, but mesmerized.

Topics: Global Justice

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

by Michelle Chen on May 3 2011, 9:04AM

From the food industry to tea party benefactor David Koch, corporatists are hammering lawmakers to move pacts that have been stalled since the Bush era.

Topics: ALEC, Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

The Growing Food Crisis, and What World Leaders Aren't Doing About It

The Growing Food Crisis, and What World Leaders Aren’t Doing About It

by Michelle Chen on April 22 2011, 9:00AM

Rising food prices have plunged more than 44 million people in to poverty in the past year. That’s just the beginning.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Consensus Builds on Free Trade Deals, Alongside Proof of Their Toll

Consensus Builds on Free Trade Deals, Alongside Proof of Their Toll

by Michelle Chen on April 18 2011, 9:27AM

On the same day this month, the president backed a Colombia pact he campaigned against, and new memos revealed how complicit Chiquita has been in anti-union violence.

Topics: Economy, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Once West Africa's Rising Star, Ivory Coast Faces Dangerous Horizon

Once West Africa’s Rising Star, Ivory Coast Faces Dangerous Horizon

by Michelle Chen on April 8 2011, 12:29PM

The 2010 election was supposed to herald a new era in the region. Now, the future holds more questions than answers.

Topics: Global Justice

Do Western Strikes in Libya Betray Peaceful Revolt Everywhere?

Do Western Strikes in Libya Betray Peaceful Revolt Everywhere?

by Michelle Chen on April 1 2011, 10:06AM

Western nations enter the fray with ulterior motives that may make a just end impossible.

Topics: Global Justice

The Radioactive Racism Behind Nuclear Energy

The Radioactive Racism Behind Nuclear Energy

by Michelle Chen on March 23 2011, 10:26AM

At every point in the nuclear production chain, the industry has sloughed a disproportionate share of the risk on marginalized communities.

Topics: Environment, Global Justice

Wars on the U.S.-Mexico Border Divide and Conquer

Wars on the U.S.-Mexico Border Divide and Conquer

by Michelle Chen on March 21 2011, 10:12AM

U.S. drug and trade policies still do more to create instability than fight it.

Topics: Global Justice

The Republican Attack on Women's Health Goes Global

The Republican Attack on Women’s Health Goes Global

by Michelle Chen on March 7 2011, 10:00AM

Sixteen years after the Beijing Declaration on women’s rights, Congress seeks to reverse what progress we’ve eked out.

Topics: Gender & Sexuality, Global Justice, Health

The Wave of Popular Uprisings Has Washed Beyond the Middle East

The Wave of Popular Uprisings Has Washed Beyond the Middle East

by Michelle Chen on February 28 2011, 10:28AM

From Zimbabwe to Madison, popular movements are looking for their own “trigger elements.”

Topics: Egypt, Global Affairs, Global Justice

The Budget Line Neither Party's Willing To Defend: Foreign Aid

The Budget Line Neither Party’s Willing To Defend: Foreign Aid

by Michelle Chen on February 21 2011, 10:00AM

We’re still putting our money into war, rather than peace and prosperity.

Topics: Global Justice

Europe's Fear of a Muslim Planet

Europe’s Fear of a Muslim Planet

by Michelle Chen on February 15 2011, 10:23AM

A surging right takes aim at liberal ideals and directs security anxiety at “multiculturalism.”

Topics: Global Justice

Egypt's Uprising Forces a New American View of the

Egypt’s Uprising Forces a New American View of the “Arab Street”

by Michelle Chen on February 2 2011, 10:23AM

We now see people who demand freedom, rather than a scary “other” challenging our own.

Topics: Egypt, Global Affairs, Global Justice

Global AIDS Watchdogs Worry U.S. Neglecting Its Leadership Role

Global AIDS Watchdogs Worry U.S. Neglecting Its Leadership Role

by Michelle Chen on January 28 2011, 10:07AM

Obama’s strategy is to fight HIV comprehensively, but some say that’s camouflage for neglect.

Topics: Global Justice, HIV/AIDS at 30, Health

Halfway Through Term, Obama Still Hasn't Earned His Nobel Prize

Halfway Through Term, Obama Still Hasn’t Earned His Nobel Prize

by Michelle Chen on January 20 2011, 9:00AM

As Obama greets Chinese President Hu Jintao this week, he does so with a record of more words than deeds on human rights.

Topics: Global Justice

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Call for Peace as Racial Justice Still Rings

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Call for Peace as Racial Justice Still Rings

by Michelle Chen on January 13 2011, 9:47AM

Global Justice columnist Michelle Chen explores the legacy of King’s antiwar activism.

Topics: Global Justice, MLK Day

Learning From Shattered Haiti's Year of Struggle

Learning From Shattered Haiti’s Year of Struggle

by Michelle Chen on January 4 2011, 9:55AM

Global Justice columnist Michelle Chen says the earthquake revealed deep problems with global aid systems, but also may create new models of locally led development.

Topics: Global Justice, Haiti