Around Latin America

-The Salvadoran government is now providing a pension to ex-rebels who fought against the military dictatorship during the country’s civil war from 1980-1992. More than 2600 rebels over 70 will receive the $50 monthly pension, although the government acknowledges that the pension alone is “not enough” for the country’s ex-rebels, over 90% of whom are living in poverty.

-The nineteen-year-old daughter of a Chilean diplomat to Venezuela was shot and killed last week, sparking outrage and further fueling the debate over police violence, which, as Boz notes, is an all-too-common occurrance in Venezuela.

-Also in Venezuela, the government has announced it is sending 15,000 troops to its borders with Colombia, Brazil, and Guyana in order to combat drug trafficking.

-Brazilian officials discovered another new oil leak in an offshore well controlled by Chevron, and authorities have seized the passports of seventeen Chevron executives and are expected to file charges against them.

-A Mexican drug cartel in the state of Guanajuato have pledged there will be no violence when Pope Benedict the XVI visits the country next weekend. The Knights Templar gang signed a number of banners in the state of Guanajuato assuring they were committing to “a sort of truce for peace and said they are going to keep the peace during the pope’s visit.”

-Uruguayan officials have filed murder charges against two nurses, with a third nurse facing charges of covering up the crime, in the case of the deaths of more than a dozen people at two hospitals.

Lillie points us to this article (in Spanish) of children who were sent to a home and were forced to live in harsh conditions after their parents were arrested and “disappeared” during the Argentine dictatorship. While the details are horrific, unfortunately, the cases of Argentine children kidnapped from their murdered parents was not uncommon and continues to shape the memory struggles from the regime nearly 30 years after it ended.

-More than 2000 Venezuelan women are threatening to sue doctors and distributors over faulty breast implants. After a class action suit fell apart earlier this year, the women are planning individual suits in order to get free treatment/replacements for faulty implants that a French company sold to Venezuela.

-Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa is attempting to improve and reform the higher education system in Ecuador, and small, privately-owned universities in Ecuador, known as “garage universities,” are facing closure after failing to meet basic educational and institutional standards.

-After a few relatively tranquil months, students in Chile again returned to the streets late last week. More than 5000 gathered to demand free public education before police using tear gas and water cannons broke up the protest.

-A new report says the number of monarch butterflies in Mexico fell 28% this year, with climate change and deforestation likely culprits in the butterflies’ decline.

-Some farming groups in North Carolina are mobilizing in an attempt to prevent tough immigration laws (like those in Arizona and Alabama) that might negatively affect the state’s farming community, though as Greg points out, there are real limitations to these efforts.


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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