Around Latin America

-Peru has passed Colombia as the world’s largest producer of cocaine, and has turned to Brazil to try to combat the further spread of narco-trafficking.

-Guatemalan prosecutors have moved to drop charges of genocide and war crimes against former dictator Oscar Mejia, who governed the country from 1983-1986 and whose administration oversaw human rights violations as part of the 36-year civil war that plagued the country. Prosecutors site Mejia’s poor health and age as reasons why the ex-dictator is unfit to stand trial.

-An Ecuadoran court has authorized the arrest of ex-president Jamil Mahuad on charges of extortion.

-Argentina has expanded its quest for justice as it investigates human rights violations in Spain’s Civil War and the Franco dictatorship. At the same time, it has also convicted ex-military leader Reynaldo Bignone for establishing a torture center in a hospital. Bignone, who was already sentenced in two previous human rights violations cases, served as the last leader of the military junta that governed the country from 1976-1983.-A reminder that economic successes always have their dark sides: a new report says thatover one million children between the ages of 10 and 14 continue to work in Brazil, primarily in domestic work and on small farms in Brazil’s countryside.

-The drug war that has expanded beyond Mexico into Central America has now reached Costa Rica, posing some threat to the country’s image as exceptional and a haven in what is perceived as a volatile region.

-Colombia sentenced an ex-paramilitary member to twenty years in prison for his role in the 1990 massacre of 43 people in Antioquia.

-If the 2009 Honduran coup that illegally removed Manuel Zelaya took place because of the alleged influence of Hugo Chavez in Honduras, then does this mean that another coup is on the horizon?

-Something tells me the robbers would have preferred sacks of money over sacks of mail


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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