Around Latin America

-The new year was not all peaceful for politicians in South America. In Argentina, Carlos Soria, a governor and former chief of Argentina’s spy agency, died after what is being called an accidental shooting, while in Colombia, a mayor-elect was gunned down in front of his home.

-Mitt Romney has said that he would veto the DREAM Act if Congress were to pass it. The Act, which a majority of Americans support, would allow illegal immigrants to gain citizenship if they attended college or joined the military. As Greg points out, this could be something that comes back to haunt Romney and hurts his image as the general election campaign heats up later this year.

-The Peronist Youth have begun a blood drive to help President Cristina Kirchner, who begins treatment for thyroid cancer on Wednesday of this week.

-The drug war is not limited to just Mexico’s borders. This weekend, Colombian police killed the head of a cartel that supplied tons of cocaine to Mexican gangs.

-Brazilian aircraft engineering company Embraer won a $355 million dollar contract to sell 20 A-29 Super Tucano aircraft to the U.S.

-Brazil is not the only country looking to controversial hydroelectric projects to supply the country with power. Via Simon Romero, Ecuador plans on creating eight new dams that will double the country’s energy.

-A pension case that has reached Brazil’s Supreme Court could end up costing the country 50 billion reais (about 27 billion dollars).

-The L.A. Times has published an editorial calling on the United States to make economic aid to Honduras contingent upon improvements in human rights in the Central American country.

-An international arbitration panel ordered Venezuela to pay ExxonMobil $900 million in compensation for Venezuela’s nationalization of oil projects and assets that belonged to the company.

-A Haitian commission has recommended the restoration of the Haitian army. Haiti’s new president, Michel Martelly, originally proposed bringing back the army back in October 2011.

-Tim has this heartbreaking story on the Catholic Church ripping a Fernando Llort mural from the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador. The mural was in tribute to the 1992 peace accords that ended El Salvador’s Civil War, and the Salvadoran Catholic Church had actually commissioned the mural itself. The mural was a beautiful piece of art, and the Church’s decision is as baffling as it is heartbreaking.

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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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5 Responses to Around Latin America

  1. Randy Paul says:

    I’m all for pensions for workers, but what they’ve done in Brazil for government workers is, frankly, absurd. My wife has an aunt by marriage who retired at 52 and gets about 10,000 reais a month. Her children are grown and she owns two apartments in Belo Horizonte free and clear.

    The situation with judges is even worse.

    • I agree. I remember knowing an old daughter of a general (who was tied to the middle levels of the military dictatorship) who pulled in 10,000 reais a month just for being a general’s daughter (had she married, it would have gone away; she never married). I remember her once saying that I was an American, I must be rich, etc., etc.; I pointed out to her that what she made in one month took me two and a half months to make, and I actually had to do work. She didn’t like that too much, but I was OK with that.

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