Around Latin America

-Suriname ex-dictator Desi Bouterse, currently facing murder charges for his role in the 1982 murder of opponents to his regime, may walk free after legislators from Bouterse’s party proposed an amnesty law that would pardon crimes committed “in defense of the state” between 1980 and 1992.

-A new study from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute finds that the number of arms imports to the Americas increased by 11% between 2006 and 2011.

-The Interamerican Court of Human Rights (IACHR) has spoken out against Chile for denying a judge custody of her three daughters just because she is a lesbian.

Reminders of Catholic sex scandals that lasted decades in Mexico have resurfaced just as Pope Benedict XVI prepares to visit Mexico this week.

-Colombian Finance Minister José Antonio Ocampo is expected to be nominated to head the World Bank. Ocampo’s candidacy, along with that of Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, could end the United States’ monopoly of directors of the institution since its founding in 1944.

-Could a documentary on the Guatemalan civil war play a role in the  genocide trial of Efraín Ríos Montt?

-In a move that may rankle Chile, Colombia again supported Bolivia’s right to have access to the ocean. Bolivia, one of South America’s two land-locked countries, lost its path to the Pacific Ocean to Chile in the War of the Pacific of 1879-1883.

-Just a reminder that the Occupy movement was global and has not ended in some parts of the world.

-Twelve Mexican police officers who were investigating the beheadings of ten were themselves killed while looking into the crimes, which were fueled by drug wars in the southern state of Guerrero.

-A Chilean community has won a temporary victory over one of Brazil’s wealthiest men. The residents of Totoral won a delay in the construction of a thermoelectric power plant complex that would have had an irreversible impact on the surrounding marine environment. The project had the backing of Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista, the seventh-wealthiest man in the world.

-Even while Latin American economies see increasing stability and growth, it is important to remember that social inequalities continue to be a real problem in many parts of the region.

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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