Around Latin America

-Honduras has cleared six military leaders for their roles in the overthrow of democratically-elected president Manuel Zelaya in 2009. This isn’t terribly surprising, given the Supreme Court’s role in the 2009 coup itself, but it’s still an unfortunate miscarriage of justice for Honduran politics, particularly given that the Truth Commission appointed to study the events concluded the overthrow of Zelaya was indeed a coup.

-I’ve mentioned before the ongoing battles between the Brazilian government on one hand and environmental groups and indigenous peoples on the other over the proposed construction of the Belo Monte dam in Brazil. You can see some powerful photos of indigenous peoples protesting the dam here.

-Colombian officials are claiming that they have killed José “Mincho” Neftali, one of the remaining leaders of the FARC. Neftali was in the guerrilla movement for over four decades, and his death comes in the wake of the deaths of other long-time members and leaders Raul Reyes and Manuel Marulanda Velez in 2008 and Jorge Briceño, better known as Mono Jojoy, last year.

-In Chile, students protesting the increasing privatization of education and the declining quality of Chilean education had another small symbolic victory yesterday, successfully occupying Chile’s Senate building to demand a referendum on educational policy and reform.

-Mexican president Felipe Calderón has once again blamed the U.S. for Mexico’s spiralling problems with violence, claiming Mexico’s northern neighbor is dumping criminals on the border instead of prosecuting them in the U.S. This isn’t the first time that Calderón has blamed the U.S. for drug cartel-based violence in Mexico. also repeatedly shown a willing to put responsibility for Mexico’s problems on everybody but his administration. While Calderón may or may not be correct on either (or both) accounts, he has repeatedly shown a marked refusal to acknowledge the shortcomings of his own policies and administration in the increasing violence in Mexico between the government and cartels.

-The death toll in the record-setting rains in Central America has now reached 105, a tragic outcome unquestionably, but only the beginning of what will mark a long and difficult path towards social and economic recovery in the region.

-Margaret Mays has another of her always-excellent “What is Latin America saying about China” posts up. I highly recommend checking it out for a sense of what’s making news in each country, as well as for a fascinating insight into the different ways that different Latin American countries view China’s presence in the region.

-Finally, Brazil has announced the schedule for the 2014 World Cup games. The Cup will kick off on June 12 with Brazil opening the championship in São Paulo, the largest city in Brazil (and South America), and the Cup will end in Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on July 13.

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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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