Around Latin America

-Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has officially declassified the Rattenbach Report, an Argentine study on the Malvinas/Falklands war. While some chapters apparently praised the military, others so severely lambasted the military’s conduct of the failed Malvinas/Falklands War that the military ordered it to remain  secret for 50 years, though much of its content was leaked years ago. The complete failure of the war was a major factor in the downfall of Argentina’s military dictatorship of 1976-1983, one of the most repressive of authoritarian regimes in Latin America in the 20th century. You can read the whole report (in Spanish) here. And finally, in more Malvinas-related material, the Buenos Aires Comisión Provincial de la Memória (Provincial Memory Commission) is making an appeal to the Supreme Court to try officers who tortured conscripts during the Malvinas War.

-Speaking of the Argentine dictatorship, thousands of Argentinians took to the streets Saturday to remember the March 24, 1976 coup that initiated the period of military rule.

-This past weekend, Pope Benedict XVI visited Mexico, where he spoke out against the drug violence that has increased in the past few years. (He also got cheers for wearing a sombrero not once, but twice.)

-“Class C,” or the middle 20th-percentile of Brazil’s population, is a majority of the country’s total population for the first time in its history, making up 54% of the population according to recent data.

-The Chilean government has agreed to talk with protesters in the southern part of the country after people took to the streets to speak out against the high prices of food and fuel, raising demands that have spread to other relatively isolated parts of the country.

-Severe rainfall and flooding in Ecuador have left at least 20 dead and thousands homeless.

-Brazilian officials arrested two men suspected of plotting the massacre of university students in the national capital of Brasília last week, after the men posted anti-student messages on their website, alongside messages calling for violence against Afro-descendants, women, and homosexuals.

-While Josefina Vazquez Mota stands a chance to become the first female president in Mexico’s history as candidate for the  Partido Acción Nacional, a new report says that overall, Mexican parties in general have failed to comply with legal requirements that the parties have women compose at least 40% of the congressional candidacies for each party.

-As was the case with the Cemetary of New Blacks in Rio de Janeiro, urban projects designed to prepare Rio for the 2016 Olympics also continue to unearth important archaeological finds that are shedding more light on slave culture and society in Brazil.

-Colombia has elected Eduardo Montealgre as the country’s new Chief Prosecutor, one of the more powerful positions within the Colombian government. Viviane Morelos stepped down from the position earlier this year over allegations regarding her improper election and her husband’s alleged ties to drug lords.

-In the ongoing debate over the question of supply/demand in the drug trade, Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina has asked that the US help pay for drug seizures that Guatemala makes. Implicitly pointing to the fact that demand spurs supply Perez Molina asked that “For every kilo of cocaine that is seized, we want to be compensated 50 percent by the consumer countries.”

-Finally, as a reminder that the Catholic Church is no longer the force it once was in Latin America, there’s this story of John of God, a “psychic surgeon” whose popular cures for Brazilians has made him a popular figure.

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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