Around Latin America

-In Guatemala, authorities have arrested one former general for charges of genocide for his role in the murders of numerous people in the 1980s during the civil war that ravaged the country. José Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez is currently in jail awaiting trial. A warrant for former president Oscar Mejia was also issued, though Mejia has apparently gone on the run in an attempt to avoid justice for the murder of thousands of innocent civilians during the bloody strife in Guatemala. And for those interested in a powerful history of the human rights violations of the 1980s and the ongoing impact of the war on Guatemalan society and memory, I cannot recommend strongly enough Daniel Wilkinson’s excellent book Silence on the Mountain: Stories of Terror, Betrayal, and Forgetting in Guatemala.

-While Bolivian president Evo Morales continues to face opposition from indigenous groups in the Amazonian basin over his efforts to create a road through the area, thousands of other Bolivians took to the streets this week to show support for Morales.

-Thousands of years later, the Lysistrata strategy continues to be effective. Apparently, in June of this year women in a rural Colombian town refused to have sex with their husbands/partners until a road linking the town of Barbacoas and the provincial capital was paved. The sex strike seems to have worked, as engineers have begun paving the road, which should shorten the journey between the town by six hours.

-Former football [soccer] star and current politician Romário has called for Brazil to not cave in to FIFA demands regarding ticket sales for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Currently, laws in Brazil guarantee half-price tickets to students and pensioners, but in the interests of profits, FIFA has suggested Brazil change rules for ticket pricing among other issues.

-Speaking of football [soccer], one incident of goal posts falling and killing somebody is tragic, but to have had goalposts fall and kill children on three separate occasions in Jamaica alone seems freakish.

-This past Monday (October 10), Uruguay commemorated the bicentennial of what it considers to be the nation’s formation.

-Finally, in nature news, scientists may have found a massive river underneath the Amazon. The river, four kilometers beneath the earth’s surface, appears to be as long as the Amazon, but much, much wider.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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