Around Latin America

-Carlos Fuentes, the world-renowned Mexican author and intellectual, passed away yesterday at the age of 83. If you haven’t read  The Death of Artemio CruzTerra Nostra, or Where the Air is Clear, do yourself a favor and go do it now.

-Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff used Mother’s Day to announce new programs to help low-income families who have children. The programs will aid 18 million people via the Bolsa Familia program.

-Spanish company Repsol has announced its intentions to sue Argentina in US courts and to go before the World Bank to contest the recent appropriation of YPF, which Argentina nationalized in late-April.

-In an issue that affects the Americas and the rest of the world, a new report suggests that humans are consuming at a pace faster than the earth can sustain, with biodiversity decreasing by 30% throughout the world and by 60% in some parts of the world.

-In what appears to have been an assassination attempt, a bomb attack in Bogota left at least two people dead and another 39 wounded, including former Minister of the Interior Fernando Londono, the apparent target of the attack.

-A Guatemalan mother who says her child was stolen from her and given up for adoption to a US couple plans to sue  in order to have her child returned to her after the State Department refused to help the woman.

-Argentina’s Vice President Amado Boudou is facing charges of embezzlement and corruption in an investigation that could see the presumed heir to Cristina Kirchner banned from politics for life.

-Tensions between Argentina and Uruguay have increased recently over the dredging of the Rio de la Plata, with allegations of meddling and concerns over competition fueling the disagreement.

-Finally, the Guatemalan version of food trucks in the US sounds delicious.

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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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One Response to Around Latin America

  1. Nice round up of events in the region. Thanks.

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