Around Latin America

-The controversial documentary on Pinochet (briefly discussed here) apparently gained even more controversy, as hundreds of people protested the film before the police, in actions befitting a military dictatorship, showed up and turned water cannons against the protesters and used tear gas to break up the demonstration.

-Yesterday São Paulo held its gay rights parade, one of the largest in the world, with organizers expecting millions to attend.

-Also yesterday, Mexico held its second presidential debate even while protesters who oppose PRI candidate Enrique Peña Nieto continued to take to the streets.

-A new study suggests that 95 percent of Latin American cities are preparing for climate change, compared to only 59% of their US counterparts.

-New polls show Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s approval ratings slowly improving from their record-lows (though he still has an approval of only 33%, showing more how low his ratings dipped than indicating a sudden shift in popularity), while in Argentina Cristina Kirchner’s ratings have dropped to 39% (with disapproval at 34%) amidst economic turbulence.

-The US Supreme Court refused to hear the appeals of seven men whom the US has detained indefinitely at its base on Guantanamo Bay, in spite of a 2008 Supreme Court ruling that found the prisoners had a right to habeas corpus. As Scott puts it, today’s ruling makes clear that the 2008 ruling “signif[ies] a commitment to human rights that doesn’t exist.”

-Finally: penguins, whose “sexual depravity” so shocked a scientist from Edwardian England one hundred years ago that his report on penguins has remained hidden until now.


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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