Around Latin America

-The Sixth Summit of the Americas ended yesterday with the United States (with support from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper) and the remaining 31 countries in attendance remaining divided over the issue of including Cuba in the Summit. While the rest of Latin America has at least some degree of diplomatic relations with Cuba, the United States continues its anachronistic policy of total isolation of the island country. While at the Summit, President Obama also spoke out against legalizing drugs to combat drug violence, even while other countries proclaimed the need to end the “War on Drugs.”

-Argentine Jorge Videla, an ex-leader of the military junta that took power in 1976, has admitted that the dictatorship he headed for awhile killed at least 7,000-8,000 people, even while he continued to excuse and defend the regime’s actions as “the price to win the war against subversion.” Meanwhile, Peruvian ex-officer Telmo Hurtado admitted he participated in the 1985 Accomarca massacre that left dozens murdered at the hands of the Peruvian military.

-Colombian José Antonio Ocampo has withdrawn his name from candidacy to serve as president of the World Bank. Ocampo’s departure leaves the US’s nominee, Jim Young Kim, and Nigerian Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the remaining candidates, though Okonjo-Iweala is a long shot given that a US citizen has always been the World Bank’s president and the US has the most votes in the process.

-Speaking of economics and Colombia, does recent economic stability and growth point to a “miracle”?

-A British company has admitted to illegally sending waste exports to Brazil and dumping contaminated waste on the country’s shoreline in 2009.

-Three Brazilians have been charged with murder and cannibalism after killing at least two women and “using their remains to make stuffed meat pies sold in the northeastern town on Garanhuns,” meat pies which it seems at least some of the residents ate, including hospital patients and/or schoolchildren.

-Peruvian forces freed thirty-six contract workers who the Shining Path guerrilla movement had kidnapped and held hostage last week.

-Finally, between a video accusing FIFA head Sepp Blatter of human rights violations and Brazil’s Senate refusing to consider controversial bills regarding the 2014 World Cup without Blatter in attendance, it seems safe to say it has been a moderately rough week for Blatter (though he’s certainly had worse weeks in the past, thanks to his own insensitive and sexist remarks).

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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