Around Latin America

-Haitians left disabled after the January 2010 earthquake found some degree of relief in a model community for people left homeless and injured from the quake. Unfortunately, the government is set to reclaim the land, forcing the disabled to fend for themselves and adding to the political and social obstacles and stigmas the physically disadvantaged already face in the country.

-In more depressing environmental news, researchers have issued a new report that suggests that upwards of 900 tropical bird species will be extinct by 2100 due to environmental transformations resulting from climate change.

-Just a few weeks after capturing Shining Path leader Comrade Artemio, Peruvian police have captured another major leader of the movement, arresting Walter Diaz Vega, who was trying to reorganize the guerrilla movement in the wake of Artemio’s arrest.

-Rights activists have long feared that the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay would lead to trials that heavily favored the prosecution and led to unjust sentencing procedures. Yet a recent series of trials on the US military base in Cuba has surprised many, as several people convicted received sentences lighter than those in civilian courts (although the issue of indefinite detention pre-trial is one that continues to plague Guantanamo Bay more than ten years after it “opened”).

-A new report says that 49 human rights activists were killed in Colombia last year, reminding us yet again of the degree to which people defending human rights in the Andean country face threats on a daily basis.

-Prince Harry will be visiting Brazil this weekend, and some Argentines are planning on greeting him with protests over Argentina’s and England’s ongoing verbal and diplomatic struggle over the Malvinas/Falklands islands issue.

-Also in Rio, police arrested a major drug leader, Everton Mesquita, in a favela in the northern part of the city this weekend.

-Lillie points us to this article (in Spanish) and has some brief-but-valuable comments (in English) on the risk of elderly human rights violators trying to “game the system” and use their age to avoid punishment.


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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