Around Latin America

-Indigenous peoples protesting Evo Morales’s plan for a highway through their homelands in the Amazonian basin successfully reached La Paz after a 63-day protest march.

-Laura Pollán Toledo, leader of the Cuban dissident movement Ladies in White and a major figure among some members of the anti-Castro movements in the 2000s, died in a Havana hospital last Friday.

-The assassination attempt on a Colombian senator in 2005 has now been directly connected to the Departamento Administrativo de Seguridad (Administrative Security Department). The DAS originally pinned the failed carbombing attempt on “leftist guerrillas.”

-Speaking of Colombia, the U.S. Congress approved free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, sending the bill to Obama’s desk. Should he sign it (and there’s no evidence he won’t), it will mark the largest set of free-trade agreements for the U.S. since NAFTA in 1994. Meanwhile, Colombian unions are hoping the new agreement won’t undermine their efforts to highlight the violence many workers face in the workplace as well as from guerrillas and corporate-sponsored right-wing paramilitary groups.

-A trial has opened in Haiti for the murder of at least eleven prison inmates in the wake of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. Officers allegedly murdered the inmates in an attempt to prevent escape in the wake of the massive earthquake.

Human remains were found in Peru this week at the University of La Cantuta. In 1992, a university professor and nine students were “disappeared”, with several of the bodies never recovered. “La Cantuta” became one of the major pieces of evidence in the war crimes trial against former president Alberto Fujimori, who is currently serving a 25-year sentence for crimes against humanity for his role in sponsoring right-wing violence and murders between 1990 and 2000.

-As Guatemala approaches its presidential election in a couple of weeks, former general and right-wing candidate Otto Pérez Molina has a strong (though not insurmountable) lead on his opponent Manuel Baldizon.

-A suspected Brazilian drug lord was arrested in Paraguay this week, and is now being extradited back to Brazil.

-Claims of Nazis escaping to Argentina aren’t uncommon, but this is absurd.

-Finally, the correct answer is Pelé. You’re welcome.

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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