Around Latin America

-The Order of Brazilian Lawyers (Ordem dos Advogados do Brasil) has come out against a statue to general Golbery do Couto e Silva, one of the early architects of the Brazilian military dictatorship of 1964-1985 who served in high-level advisory positions during the administrations of Humberto Castelo Branco, Ernesto Geisel, and João Figueiredo. The OAB takes particular issue with the fact that the statue of the general in his hometown in southern Brazil was approved just shortly after Brazil announced that it would finally launch its own truth commission into human rights violations during the military regime. In addition to the murder of hundreds and torture of thousands of its own citizens, the Brazilian regime also secretly aided the Pinochet regime, as recently released telegrams have revealed.

-Speaking of military regimes, anthropologists have uncovered a mass grave containing fifteen more bodies of victims of the Argentine military dictatorship. And human rights activists in Argentina gave a judge 130 photographs of victims whom the Argentine regime of 1976-1983 had tortured and tossed from airplanes over the ocean.

-Mexico has apologized to an indigenous woman whom soldiers raped in 2002. Valentina Rosendo had taken her case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in an attempt to seek justice for the beating and rape she suffered at the hands of eight soldiers.

-Venezuelan authorities have arrested four Colombian paramilitaries who had crossed over the border between the two countries.

-Brazil suffered its second oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state this past week after a leak at a rig owned by the Japanese company Mitsui Ocean and Development Engineering, and oil has already begun washing up on beaches. This spill comes in the wake of Chevron’s spill last month.

-58 gays and lesbians were murdered in Honduras this year. The country has a long way to go in improving the rights not only of the LGBT community, but of women’s rights more generally.

-A court acquitted Colombian general Iván Ramírez  of responsibility of the disappearance of a rebel twenty-five years ago.

-Mexico City announced today that it will close down the world’s largest trash dump by the end of the year.

-I second Greg’s sentiment regarding the absurdity of the  idea that Latin American militaries somehow became “apolitical” at the end of 20th-century military regimes.

-While Brazil’s economy has slowed down this quarter, the fact remains that foreign investment in the country quadrupled in five years.

-If you ever wondered how to count to 11 in Nahuatl (a major indigenous language in Mexico), Plaza de Sesame [AKA Sesame Street] is here to help.

-As part of its disarmament programs, Brazil is hoping to offer free or reduced-price tickets for the 2014 World Cup to those individuals who turn in weapons.

-Suffice to say, I do not agree with Meryl Streep in any way, shape, or form on this one.

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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1 Response to Around Latin America

  1. Randy Paul says:

    I only know how to say I love you in Nahuatl.

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