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Ana Rodriguez

Creative Writing MFA, University of Guelph

Ana Rodriguez Machado lives and writes in Toronto. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph.
My Family Didn't Leave Cuba To Watch Trudeau Praise

My Family Didn't Leave Cuba To Watch Trudeau Praise Castro

I am a part of this country. So is my father. So is my mother. Do not erase our experiences. Do not claim that you can separate one aspect of this man from all the others. My family did not escape from under the foot of a dictator to live in a country where its leader praises and celebrates that same dictator.
12/05/2016 06:01 EST
Why Turkey's Recent Election Is So

Why Turkey's Recent Election Is So Important

Turkey held an election this past June and the AKP (remember, they've been in power since 2002) did not win a majority. Coalition talks were a bust, so a new election had to happen. It looked like Turkish voters were making a statement against Erdogan and his party in this election. But this time the AKP's I'm the strong man who can protect you message successfully swayed Turkish voters.
11/18/2015 13:45 EST
What You Need To Know About (Trans)Gender

What You Need To Know About (Trans)Gender Language

Transgender rights have been popping up in the headlines more and more in the past few months. But transphobia still exists  --  on the internet, in schools, in families, and in the media. We've come a long way and still have a long way to go.
08/07/2015 12:39 EDT
What You Need to Know About the Greek Debt

What You Need to Know About the Greek Debt Crisis

Wall Street melts down in 2008. Greece announces financial troubles and borrows €110 billion in 2010. It isn't enough, so a second bailout package brings the total loan to €246 billion by 2016. In early 2015, Alexis Tsipras of the radical left Syriza party is sworn in as the new prime minister with a plan to refuse any more loans. On June 28, the Greek government announces bank closures. Two days later, they miss an IMF payment and default on their debt.
07/07/2015 12:28 EDT
The Month I Spent Living on a

The Month I Spent Living on a Mattress

When I am nine, my parents and I immigrate to Canada from the wet, hot, and hurricane-ridden island of Cuba. Before May 31, 2002, I have never stepped beyond my beautiful little island, have never seen a landscape without palm trees or the ocean, have never smelt air that isn't rife with humidity with a hint of dog piss, sea salt, and garbage, and I have never wanted to.
11/24/2014 12:28 EST