Around Latin America

Greg points us to this chart showing that undocumented workers paid $11.2 billion in taxes in 2010, solidly debunking the baseless claims from  that undocumented workers pay no taxes, a common refrain among anti-immigrant forces in the US.

-In yet another example of how the issue of memory of the Malvinas/Falklands war thirty years after the war itself, a small island has been renamed after the last English soldier to die in the 1982 war between Argentina and the United Kingdom.

-Early investigations suggest a cigarette may have been the cause of the Honduran prison fire that killed 358 people, the worst prison fire in history.

-Meanwhile, individuals connected to the Zetas drug cartel murdered 44 inmates in a Mexican prison.

-A Guatemalan judge has stepped down in from the case of Guatemalan ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt, who faces trial for genocide for his role in the murders of Guatemalans from 1982-1983.

-With indigenous peoples in Panama already shutting down a part of the Pan-American highway in protest, the highway also saw a closure this week in Chile after flooding exposed and deposited two landmines on the highway near the Peruvian border.

-As the Mexican presidential elections begin to heat up, the PRI is accusing Luisa Maria Calderón, the sister of current president Felipe Calderón, of corruption in what appears to be an attempt to discredit the PAN (which has governed Mexico since 2000 after the PRI governed under one name or another between 1929 and 2000) in the upcoming elections.

-Community radio stations in Chile are still seeking clarification on a two-year-old law that could support or restrict the stations, which are an important part of free speech and popular cultural democracy in Chile.

-This past week was the celebration of Carnaval in Rio, during which many no doubt had a good time. However, what doesn’t make for an enjoyable Carnaval (although it makes for a memorable one)? Getting attacked by carnivorous fish.

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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