Around Latin America

-Non-stop and disastrous rains are taking their tolls on the economies and peoples of Central America. It’s so bad, the rain total in parts of El Salvador and the subsequent damage has already far surpassed the rainfall in the devastating Hurricane Mitch back in 1998. Promises of aid have already been flowing into the region, but that won’t make the rain stop or immediately address the suffering of many already affected.

-Violence erupted in the streets of Chile this week as thousands of students launched a two-day strike in their ongoing struggles for educational reform.

-Chile is not the only country in which youths are engaging in politics in the streets; Argentina has also seen a growing presence of young people in the streets. However, unlike in Chile, Argentine youths are demonstrating support for their government. Cristina Kirchner, who seems fairly certain to win re-election in the upcoming elections, also benefited this week by getting support from one of the major farming organizations that clashed with her administration taxation policies for years.

-The Inter-American Human Rights Commission has called for Evo Morales to protect Amazonian indigenous peoples from a planned road through their homelands that his administration has been pushing in the face of both ongoing protest from indigenous groups in Bolivia.

-Finally, women’s rights had a victory this week as Colombia’s senate rejected a bill that, had it passed, would have banned all abortions in the country and even made contraceptives . Certainly, the availability of abortion only in cases of rape, fetal deformation, or to preserve the health of the mother is not the perfect scenario for women’s reproductive rights, but it’s much better than a complete and total ban on abortion.

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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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